FROM THE PRESIDENT
Again, thanks to all the volunteers from Round 2. Anyone who gives some time to assist young men and women play sport is doing a great thing. Games would not happen without these generous people. On Saturday, can I highlight the following people for their great assistance:
Tony Phillips. Recently touted as the Off Field Recruit of the Year. Tony (The General) has helped drive the U19 program to a new level. He has organised other volunteers, coaches the U19(3's), encouraged many players down to the club and has been a tremendous, positive presence around the place. ... Ps. His son can play a bit too!!
Paul Townshend. In a Saints goal umpiring display the likes of which have not been seen since the VFL in the 1960's - Towner cut a resplendent figure in his freshly ironed white coat. Albeit missing the matching white hat he deliberated and adjudicated with great precision. The crowd were frequently delighted with some calling for an encore following a theatrical delivery of a particularly close decision!
Lachie Nankervis. Nank is coming back from injury but, like a great club man was goal umpire for the Two's before taking the runners duties in the Firsts. He endured torrential rain and gale force winds to be cold and wet but happy at the end of a great win for the Seniors.
SKOB Ladies Lunch - Sponsored by Stockland Tooronga - Reminder: May 12 at TH King Pavilion
The day before Mothers Day, the annual Ladies Lunch promises to be a great day. With great support from Stockland Tooronga guests will enjoy a great lunch, a special gift package (compliments Stockland Tooronga) and learn more about the development of Women's Football and the VAFA from special guest Shona MacInnes (VAFA Manager of Women's Football).
Get your tickets soon. It sure to sell out.
ROUND TWO SUMMARY
SKOB Seniors made it two from two on Saturday, defeating rival Old Melburnians at Edwin Flack Oval by 64 points. SKOB's defence was resolute, conceding only two goals across the four quarters. The victory sees SKOB sitting in top spot, with Collegians, Old Trinity & Old Brighton joining the tri-colours on eight points.
In other matches, OM's recorded its second victory in the Reserves recording an 11 point win whilst our Premier 19's kickstarted their season defeating Bernard's at the Snakepit. Harry Crowe again the standout performer for SKOB's young chargers.
Four from Eight this weekend, with the Saints Blue and Masters sides enjoying an early rest.
Another big round of football coming up, the Seniors and Reserves renewing acquaintances with Old Xav's at Toorak Park on Saturday.
AROUND THE GROUNDS IN PREMIER
Six unanswered goals in the fourth term handed Old Brighton a thrilling eight-point victory over St Bedes/Mentone Tigers at Brindisi St Oval. The reigning Premier B champs trailing the Tigers at every break throughout the day, but stormed home with 44 points to three in the final term.
Two goals in the final four minutes of the match helped De La Salle secure their first victory of 2018, defeating Old Xaverians by 10 points at Waverly Oval. With just two points separating the sides at three quarter time, the home side rode the momentum of their passionate fans in the dying stages with Jason Tutt and Antony Forato leading the way yet again.
Seven goals to one in the final term allowed Collegians to claim their second consecutive comprehensive win to start 2018, running out 46-point winners over University Blues at Uni Oval. Just six points separated the two sides at the final break, but George Burbury’s three fourth-quarter goals allowed the Lions to run away with it. They sit at the bottom of the William Buck Premier ladder after playing SKOB and Collegians in the first two rounds. The Lions sit second and less than 5% behind SKOB.
Anthony Scott and Gabe Hamilton starred as Old Trinity claimed their second win in as many weeks with a 13-point victory over Old Scotch at Camberwell Sports Ground. A five-goal to two opening half helped set up the win for the T’s as the Cardinals failed to capitalise on opportunities in front of goal with nine behinds from their first 11 scoring shots.
SENIORS TOPPLE REDLEGS TO GO 2-0
SKOB are undefeated after two rounds of VAFA Premier competition after defeating Old Melburnians at Edwin Flack Oval on Saturday.
Despite conditions that were much cooler and more slippery than the dry heat of round one, the standard of play from both teams was first class. Old Meburnians started brightly on their home deck but SKOB were able to will themselves into the contest. SKOB were were more steady in front of goal, taking a 2 goal lead into quarter time with OM’s managing only four behinds for the term.
It was all SKOB in the second stanza, 8 scoring shots to 2 enabling the visitors to extended the lead to 31 points at the main break. Cal Matheson, Sam Critchley and Sam Barnett laying the platform for SKOB’s dominant second term.
The second half saw SKOB pull right away from the opposition, SKOB’s class, quick ball movement and positional play culminating in a six goal to one second half. SKOB’s defensive unit were resolute, conceding two goals to ensure SKOB would continue its unbeaten start to the season.
Billy Kanakis and Jay Schulz kicked two goals each for the victors whilst Angus Clarke and the dangerous Al Armstrong kicked one each as the sole goal scorers for OM’s.
Final Scores: SKOBFC 12. 17. 89 def OM’s 2. 13. 25
Goal Kickers: J. Schulz 2, B. Kanakis 2, M. Brown, H. Parkes, T. Jok, S. Barnett, L. Merrett, L. Sullivan, C. Matheson, M. Romero
Best Players: C. Matheson, S. Critchley, J. Schulz, S. Barnett, L. Sullivan, H. Parkes
SKOB TRIUMPH AT TH KING
The U19 Premier Reserve team played St Bernards on a cold, wet and windy TH King.
The match started off a bit messy due to the conditions and the first quarter was quite congested around the ball, but the boys fought hard to keep St Bernards to 2 goals 4 points into the wind and SKOBs kicking 1 goal 1 point themselves. The back line was dominated by Joe Lee and Charles Bryan, who worked well with the entire backline to continually run the ball out of the back line to our mids.
The second quarter to boys had most of the play in out forwards 45, but could only score 1goals 2 points, due to St Bernards flooding our forward line and with the poor conditions scoring was hard. SKOB 2 - 3 15 St Bernards 3 - 4 - 22 at half time, when the hail arrived.
The third quarter saw SKOBs dominate the game after some great work from the mid field to work the ball forward from stoppages which there were many. Josh Willmott dominated with strong powerful leads up the ground to bring the ball into our forward line with precision. Great quarter by the boys scoring 4 straight goals to St Bernards 1 - 2 for the quarter giving the boys a 9 point lead going into 3/4 time.
The last quarter was a hard fought encounter with the boys controlling most of the quarter but they were unable to score, St Bernards showed great determination and dominated the last 10 minutes of the game kicking 2 goals 4 to take out a 7 pint win.
Goals: Connell, Davidson, Lee, Mitchell, Stetkidis and Tranacek 1 each.
Best: Willmott, Davidson, Lee, Sholl, Bryan and Stucki.
SAINTS GOLD ON THE BOARD
Saints Gold travelled to Marles Oval on a mission. Playing an inform Trinity was going to be a huge challenge. The girls who were the jumper on Saturday played as one in tough conditions to record a 25 point victory. It was an inspirational effort and an important victory to build momentum on for the rest of the season.
Keys to the game were our tackling, smothers and pressure we put on Trinity when they had the football. Kim Ledder and her ladies in defence were outstanding only conceding one goal for the day. Gillet, Gleeson, O’Shaughnessy, Hodgetts, McLinden, Stoltz and Chisolm combined as one all day and not conceding a score in the second quarter against a five goal breeze was superb.
The Midfield were tough, hard and accountable all day. Ali rucked a great contest with her opposition ruckman, while Doyle and Brown played their run with roles with distinction. We won the contested ball battle which helped us control the game. Sophie Straford won plenty of the football and a highlight of the game was her smother and tackle preventing a certain goal. Cropley, Dunell, Crawford, Townsend and Weinstein, Snell, and Wedgewood all play their roles.
The forward line functioned well and played with great confidence. Sarah Cameron was brilliant presenting all day and providing a contest in a dominant display. McBeth-Jephcott Starr, Pattison, Minahan all made great contributions and a feature was the work rate to lock the ball in and work together to create more space.
Congratulations to Amy Chisolm, Mel Crawford, Brigette Snell and Madeleine Pattison who played their first game for the Saints. All great clubman and it was a jumper well earned. Already ten new players have worn the Golds Saint jumper for the first time in 2018.
It’s a tough competition this year and every game will be hard fought and every victory earned. How Premier Football should be. This weekend the Saints Gold and Saints Blue’s take on Marcellin and looking forward to the challenge against two very strong and well coached teams.
Final Scores: SKOB SAINTS 6. 1. 37 def Trinity 1. 6.
Goals Sarah Cameron 3, Maddy Pattison 1, Chloe Bown1, Anna Townshend 1
Best: Sarah Cameron, Bree Doyle, Ali Hynes, Ellie McLinden, Margaret Gleeson, Sophie Stratford, Chloe Brown