Updated: Aug 15, 2018
A great weekend of football for SKOB - 7 from 7 as we draw towards the pointy end of the season. A SKOB favourite in John 'Foges' Fogarty finally reached the 250 game milestone in the Masters big win over Point Cook in the final match of the home and away season. The milestone was a long time coming for the man who has given so much to the football club, so it was only fitting that he was chaired off the ground by his victorious team mates to thunderous applause.
My spies tell me it was only 17 years ago that Foges was chaired off in his 200th game!Well done Foges.
The Seniors proved far too strong for Old Scotch, running out 22-point winners at TH King Oval. Leading by two points at half time, SKOB kicked six goals to two in a dominant second half with five of those coming in the third. Henry Parkes led all comers with three goals for SKOB while Ethan Phillips and Lachlan Farrugia were outstanding. Ned Reeves and James Corboy also kicked two each. SKOB is back to the same number of wins as the Lions but trail them on the ladder by 11%.
FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Seniors & Reserves played Old Scotch at home and both had good wins. Best for the Seniors was Lachie Farrugia (I still have the $100 voucher from The Glenferrie Hotel for you Lachie!) and Harry Lagastes in the Reserves.
Thirds Green played St Bernard’s and won well while Thirds Gold played ladder leading Old Xavs and had a strong win too. An off field highlight for the SKOB crowd was when Stephen “The Dog Whisperer” Ring attempted to display his control of his two dogs …. It is fair to say it was the first time I have seen a look of bemused derision from a dog.
The Under 19’s Premier had a bye, Reserves played Scotch and won by 32 points , while the Thirds played Therry and saluted for The General by 20 points.
The Masters had a thumping 10 goal win against traditional rivals Point Cook.
As we move toward the end of the season can I ask all volunteers (be they Committee members or people that do one job per year) to please remember the golden rule of community organisations: Find Your Replacement. If you are planning to continue to assist the club and do your (current) job(s) at SKOB in 2019 – thank you. If you are unable to assist – please FIND YOUR REPLACEMENT. The next 4 weeks is the time to do it. This is the number one rule of volunteer based community organisations.
Grand Final Lunch Friday September 14 at Kooyong - reminders:
Organise and book your table. The VAFA have abandoned their competing lunch. Tickets will be popular. Get in early. Click here:https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=361654
Help us find auction and raffle items. The lunch is one of our main fund raisers. The better the items we offer – the more we make and the stronger SKOB becomes! Contact Steve Browne on 0418 317 248
Old Brighton Lunch this Saturday – book via Old Brighton website if interested.
The last few weeks of the season are upon us. It would be great to see as many of our supporters as possible over the next few weeks. Brighton at Brighton this week then Old Melbournians at THK the following week for the big National Storage Family Day. Put it in the diary now!
AROUND THE GROUNDS IN PREMIER
University Blues recorded a much-needed 25-point win over St Bedes/Mentone Tigers at Brindisi St Oval. The Tigers sit 10th and two games behind those outside of relegation territory with just two games remaining for the season. The Blues move into sixth, a game and a half above relegation.
Seven goals to one in the second half helped Old Trinity to a 24-point come-from-behind victory over Old Melburnians at the Daley Oval. The win keeps the T’s a game and a half above Xavs.
Old Xaverians made it four wins from their past five games after they defeated De La Salle by just six points in a thriller at Toorak Park.
Old Brighton caused the upset of the round, defeating the ladder-leading Collegians by 15 points at Harry Trott Oval. The third-placed Tonners led by three points at the first break before piling on five straight goals in the second and holding on when the Lions hit back with six goals to three in the second half.
SAINT ELIZA STRATFORD POLLS WELL IN LEAGUE MEDAL
St Kevin's Saints star Eliza Stratford has again led the way for the Saints in the Wilson Women's Premier Division Best & Fairest.
SKOB congratulates Taylor Padfield (Marcellin), Melissa Lindsay (West Brunswick) and Ava Hales (Old Brighton) on being names the sections best players.
Padfield has been a standout for the Sheagles again in 2018 and took home the top gong with 20 votes from Kew pair Dani Sibosado and Dani Calautti on 15 each. Padfield polled four BOG’s; including, three in a row from rounds six to eight. SKOB Saint Eliza Straford polled strongly for the second year in a row with 14, while teammate Alexandra Hynes (13) rounded out the top five.
MASTERS CELEBRATE AS 'FOGES' NOTCHES 250
By John “Foges” Fogarty
Let’s get one thing straight – birthday’s are great. If you’re lucky you’ll get the day off work, someone might get you a gift, friends will call and send you messages of good luck, and although you know in your heart of hearts that all a birthday really signifies is that you’re getting older, you’re prepared to park this little truism for the short while it takes to blow out a bunch of candles. Much is the same as a milestone game – particularly those north of the 200 mark. For this scribe such occasion was afforded me on the Masters latest adventure – this time a home game against Point Cook. Your correspondent was showered with goodwill messages, it was Sunday – so no work – and he received not one, but two gifts in the form of a couple of cheap snags – but more on that later.
Our match was played at Xavier College. Yes, St.Kevin’s hosting at Xavier – which as Denis Pagan so aptly put is a little bit like dancing with your sister. With such a big day ahead, I achieved my first big milestone – getting to the ground on time. With the Shark pulling an extra shift at Melbourne Aquarium we were spared his eclectic pre-match mix and instead the troops were pumped up to more old school beats of The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and even DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. With that healthy serve of aural delights it was clear we would be in for a good day. With the whiff of finals just around the corner (or was that Dan Kennedy firing up the BBQ?) there were plenty of hands raised to play, although the Marchesani Bros. decided to manage themselves out, and a Tribe called Conquest resisted the urge to play at his Alma Mater and elected to serve some cordial instead of Sursum Corda.
And so on with the game, and to the roars of someone’s extended family who had braved the chilly winds to cheer on their crazy sibling, SKOB kicked into the breeze after Point Cook correctly called the coin and chose the Barker’s Rd end. After a frenzied opening few minutes it was SKOB who got the first on the board. Jesse “I told you one day I’ll kick” Seven hauled in the first of many pack marks on a day when Point Cook would have no answer for the big man. Swing and go Shannon was being his swing and go self, pinging passes on to the mitts of Estonia Roses and Frankie Four Fingers who kicked snags before getting one himself. Ricky Caldow meantime was leading the PC boys a merry dance, shuffling his twinkle toes across the glassy top of the Chapel Oval like Fred Flinstone, whilst Wayne “Strop” Cornell was putting his head over it and winning a few frees for being super courageous. The opposition were powerless to stop the SKOB charge in the first term and must have been wondering what had happened to the wind. It was there alright, just unable to blow against the hurricane coming off the half back line from SKOB as Ian “Craig” Parry, “Peppermint” Patty Mount and Jake “try not to falcon me again Foges” Ireland rebounded any slight attacking moves from the Point Cookers. It was a powerful first term as SKOB kicked 5 goals to nothing into the breeze to stamp their early authority on this contest.
Expecting the second verse to be the same as the first, SKOB were jumped by an early mark and long bomb goal to Point Cook, but this merely resulted in our midfield getting kickstarted into action. From that moment on it was all one-way traffic as SKOB started getting more clearances than a Trump in-law at Passport Control and with “I like Mike” McCullagh palming the pill perfectly to Penguin (Sheehy) and Pete (Muzz), there was no amount of Cooks in the kitchen that could stop this recipe of success coming to fruition. By now the cake was rising and a delicious treat was being gratefully gobbled up by the goal gluttons up forward. None more so than sticky fingers Seven who looked like he had dipped his mitts in the cake icing - such was grip on the pill. He was well on his way to kicking his own name in snags. There was even time for Chopper Harley to drift forward and snag a goal of his own as the elder statesman of the party was able to enjoy some of the sweet stuff.
By half time the Pointers were Cooked as SKOB held an 11 goal to 1 advantage. As is always the case in the Masters’ comp though, no sides ever give it away and so it turned out to be in the second half as bodies got a bit tired and scoring started to dry up. With the breeze at their back, the visitors lifted and grabbed a couple of goals. This only fired up Joel “Go Go Gadjet arms” Godde who started reeling in more intercepts than a ballistic missile test on the Korean Peninsula. Given his kicking is in direct proportion to his magnificent marking ability, our Joel was keen to dish off little hand passes to his running defenders who gleefully accepted these gifts from Godde. Filthy Phil Cameron was winning tough contested footy and Morls “Clayton Oliver” Morley was putting on a clinic of ball juggling skills until an errant boot stood on his claw and that was his day done. Adie “I’m way too tall to be playing back pocket” Grant was showing a ton of dash and Tim “James” Joyce was like poetry in motion embarking on his own Odyssey of footballing purity.
As they turned for home, SKOB had maintained their half time advantage and were still 10 goals to the good. The signal was out for the coach to swing Mr Milestone down one-out in the goal square. It was a bold move that was destined to come unstuck and after a few fruitless leads were rightfully ignored by his teammates, he finally got the cheapest of cheap handballs from Jesse “I think I’ve kicked enough goals today” Seven after a mark 10 meters out – GOAL! Not content with just the one, the bustling full forward led up and was rewarded with a free kick 35 out from goal right in front. With the crowd urging him on, our hero was put off by the Point Cook player calling him “chicken legs” and he subsequently saw his poultry effort fall meters short. If not for the generosity of Chichy Chich Campagna who had again marked strongly right in front, the goal tally would have stood at one, but Chichy’s little dish was converted truly – GOAL!! With the regular forwards quite content that their spot was unlikely to ever be taken again, there was just enough time left for the “spearhead” to drop a lace up special from “Craig” Parry who darted one in like a two iron off the carpet at Kingston Heath.
When the final bell rang SKOB had registered a 12-goal victory over a fellow finalist and will take great confidence going into the semi finals in a fortnight. Once again, Powerhouse Penguin Sheehy offered up a shoulder for a teammate to get a ride off the ground. If the first final goes our way, he’ll be the one getting carried off as he brings up 300 in the Grand Final (taking it one week at a time perhaps?). Ray “Biggie” Short took the other chicken leg and made this guy’s day. As the post-match brews at the Sponsor’s pub relieved the bruises and strains of another Masters’ match, the other truism of birthday’s and Milestones rang crystal clear – we’re all just getting a little older…
SKOB MASTERS 5.4 11.8 13.6 17.14.116
POINT COOK 0.1 1.2 3.5 6.9.45
Goal Kickers: Jesse Seven 7, John Fogarty 2, Frank Carlucci 2, Rick Caldow, James Harley, Paddy Mount, Pete Murray, Matt Shannon, David Sheehy
Best Players: Rick Caldow, Jesse Seven, David Sheehy, Michael McCullagh, Richard Campagna, Pete Murray, John Fogarty
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