The Saints have two full sides competing in 2019 but anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend training to get a head start for 2019.
Training will be held on Tuesdays and Thursday at TH King
“Fantastic to see so many new players down at the club. The passion for the game and the enthusiasm of wanting to learn has been a real credit to all the girls.”
- Coach Tom Purcell
***GOLD Semi Final 2***
VAFA fixture experts made a vital error, scheduling a game on a Sunday. However, this was much to Simmonds’ delight, as she wanted to be fresh for her Saturday night drinking session and we all know a solid game of football can really make those drinks go down sideways when you want to give the top shelf a solid nudge.
Bowles was disgusted upon arrival at the lack of cuisine options, not a steamed dim sim within smelling distance. As the Saints got strapped, a quick trip to the local French patisserie was required, where some sausage rolls and pain au chocolat’s really filled the void.
Today was a big day, first chance at a ticket straight to the Big Dance, as well as a celebration of club legend and well respected backman, Skaz, who would grace the VAFA with her 50th appearance after a week in the VFLW. A welcome addition to the team indeed.
The girls came ready to play, needing plenty of run in the legs as the Trinity playing fields seem to cover several postcodes and are home to a rare VAFA requirement where the goal umpires need to bring a set of binoculars to get a look at the other end of the field in case someone kicked at point and they need to wave their flag. The first quarter was a classic first week of finals affair, a tight contest, not really played either teams terms, with the home team managing to score four behinds, thanks to some solid defence from the SKOBs.
Second quarter saw a swing in play and more time with the ball in the Saints half. The Saturday Night Party Machine was being played well off the bench and would play a vital role in the first major. After marking strongly, Simmonds kicked long in to the forward line, where Ila The impact Taylor swooped on the ball, bringing a tear to the forward line coach’s eye as she went for a run before hooking the ball around the corner to Set Shot Sarah Cameron, who marked strongly. Unlike like that full stop I just inserted, Cameron wasted no time and swung on to her right foot kicking a blinder to put the Golds in front! The opposition would strike in the dying moments of the term, to see the half time break Old T 1.5 to the Saints 1.2
Half time saw Coach Purcell doing some serious thinking over the magnet board, so much so that his watch must have been impacted by said magnets, causing a delayed arrival of the team to the field of play for the second half. Thankfully the term “premiership quarter”did make it in to the half time speech and that is what was dished up by our fearless crew in the blue, green and gold hoops. With Old T kicking an early one, the group responded with great gusto. The mids stepped things up, with Rolls Royce J Joyce serving up some of the composure and poise that we have become accustomed to of late. Hynes’ boots spent the majority of their time a good 1.5- 2 feet off the ground as their owner strove to fight it out at each contest. Gleeson added a bit of lift up front, snatching two vital goals to put the Golds up at the final break 3.3 to 2.7
Spirits were in the sky heading in to the last quarter, with the Saints aware of the mountain that lay ahead. Pressure around the ball was enough to create a special SKOB edition diamond (patent pending). Defensive work was the order of the day. Straford continued her tackling, spoiling and general smarts around the field, McLinden grew from strength to strength in an effort to blow the field open with her pace, The Whizz Wardlaw was composed in and around the packs, Brown and Stoltz made their opponent earn their post-match bath by laying tackle after tackle while the backs made the game their own (!!!!!) keeping the Old T to zero scoring shots, despite the time that the ball spent in their forward half.
When the siren sounded, the 10 thousand plus crowd erupted in a moment of pure elation as the ladies of SKOB won in a nail biter by 3 points.
Great footy smarts were present during the game, however these smarts were put to the test post game, with Skaz lifted to the shoulders of her team mates in the centre of the field, the largest field of the league and while she was carried a long way, her feet still found the ground in the centre square, a fair way from the traditional finish line, the field of play/boundary line.
A great win, now time to reset and prepare well for the big dance, ball gowns not required, just bring your normal game day gear.
Stoppage time creators: Magic Gleeson 2, Set Shot Cameron 1
First dibs on the free Red Bulls in the change rooms: Rolls Royce Joyce, How High Hynes, The Whizz Wardlaw, Quick as a Flash McLinden, Magic Mags Gleeson
*** Round 14 Review - Saints GOLD v West Brunswick
With the final round upon us, we celebrated the 50th appearance in the hoops for B Doyle, boiled eggs and all. Back at Spaghetti Oval for the second meeting against the girls from the Isle of Almond Milk, the crew knew that after locking in a place in the final four last week, there was no room for complacency. With not just any ring in, but photographer to the stars, Lisa, behind the lens, both crews lined up for the team photo of 2019 prior to the bounce making for a slightly different pre game routine.
West Brunswick started strong, playing the game on their terms for the majority of the first quarter, kicking towards the change room end. The defenders were under the pump early, but stood strong, forcing goal opportunities to only yield behinds. Asha was worried that her local dentist was due a visit after she made friends with some firm soil on the half back flank, but thankfully her mouthguard paid for itself and she was left with a full set of pearly whites. A welcome addition to the squad, S Straford was in and under the packs early, while Cropley made her mark continuing her defensive pressure around the ground from last week. Limited opportunities in the forward fifty in the first twenty minutes, but Ila (with one L) The Enforcer was up to the challenge, snapping an absolute blinder to set the team up for a first break lead, 1 goal to 4 behinds. Have a look at that goal on VAFA TV, it is as good as you imagined it, in that there is someone’s head right in the line of sight and you don’t see any of the Taylor magic, but I guess that is what magic is, unseen.
Second quarter saw an improvement of SKOB football, as the style of play slowly turned in favour of the Saints. Defence stood as a strong as a Chris Morley shoey, keeping the opposition scoreless, the best sort of score for a defender. At the other end of the field, Set Shot Sarah Cameron tried her luck on the run after some solid forward line pressure from The 50 Gamer Doyle, resulted in Sez collecting 6 points for the good.
2.2 to 0.4 at the big break
The Rolls Royce, J Joyce, was in fine form cruising all areas of the field, laying strong tackles, disposing of the ball with poise and class, generally creating headaches for the opposition. Hynes continued playing the game on her terms, improving as the game went on, her agility again allowing her to mark her presence in all contests she found herself in.
Cropley had showcased her defensive pressure all around the ground, but in the third she showed some forward line talent, kicking two fine goals to put the Saints up 4.2 to 0.4. Another outstanding effort by the defenders, with yet another a scoreless quarter although through a lack of trying, but some outstanding defensive work. The pre-game routine at the Gillet-Gleeson household must have been strong, with both the ladies from the inner city playing strong around the ground, showing true class under pressure.
The fourth quarter welcomed a brief additional player to the 18 on the field for the SKOB’s, as one of the black and white jerseys stormed out of the midfield, reading the playing beautifully, before hitting up Gleeson who was on the lead, in the Saints forward line. Gleeson was then awarded 50m and converted the first major within moments of the quarter starting. Unusual, but we will take it. West Brunswick enjoyed their first goal, quickly adding a second to reduce to the lead to 16. But 16 would be the final margin, as the Saints finished the home and away season in style.
Time to reset and get ready for a million more footy clichés, “real season starts now”, “the big dance”, “what we have been playing for all year”, “remember that pre season event”. Brace yourself…
Ground Control to Major Toms: G. Cropley 2, S. Cameron, I. Taylor, M. Gleeson
Sock presentation: J. Joyce, B. Doyle, A. Hynes, G. Cropley, R. Gillett , M. Gleeson
*** Round 14 Review - Saints BLUE v West Brunswick
As the Blues arrived at Ready Setty Spaghetti oval for the last game of the regular season, they
arrived with a sense of excitement and energy to play the top placed team – West Brunswick, home
of the Halloumi, spinach and mushroom pie; just quietly it’s a pretty good pasty. More opposition
high praise from this beef loving, Aussie farm supporting coach – political agendas aside, let’s discuss
The pre match saw a review of the themes of the season followed by the coach forgetting one of the
players as praise was delivered to all; luckily the Saints Blue players don’t leave a player behind and
promptly pointed out the coach’s oversight.
As the game started West Brunswick pushed forward, using the strong wind effectively; it was clear
from the outset that the Saints had a challenge on their hands and the back line of Johnson, Betts
(Again playing as a single Bett, hopefully Multi Betts return in 2 weeks ladies), Stephenson, Lowe,
Bland and Gregor were going to be under the pump. With a dangerous forward for West Brunswick
identified, the fierce Fiorentini was sent to her with instructions to ‘stick like glue’. Whilst West
Brunswick had the majority of the play, the Saints had some moments to be proud of, Thurman
offered a nice shepherd to free up Crawford, who moved it forward to the all Scottish half forward
line of Double McDonough with McIntosh – still fighting for their freedom. As quarter time sounded
the Saints had held up well against serious pressure; Saints 0.0-0 v West Brunswick 2.5-17.
Sure as night follows day, the second quarter followed the first and the Saints had a good wind
behind them with a desire to take on the opposition. Contaxis worked hard in the ruck against two
strong opponents who constantly rotated against her. Jones was welcomed back, and her Bali tan
was soon draped in Rhigetti mud, Jacka and Howard added able support in the mid field. The
football was spending time in the right area of the ground for the Saints, Augustus, Schwarze and
Pattison continued to work hard to keep the ball forward. The pressure mounted for the opposition;
and a kick quick out of defence for West Brunswick found its way to Thurman – who ran in, collected
the ball, and kicked long for goal, the celebratory cheers from the resulting goal may not have been
heard at nearby Kooyong station but they were pretty special. The renewed sense of pride swept
over the Saints. Snell lifted her tackle rate, Tipping joined the mid field and her aggression was
instantly felt by West Brunswick. A dubious 50m penalty was handed out for encroachment; the
umpire clearly had a desire to be involved in the game; sadly the resulting goal from West Brunswick
hurt. Half Time Saints 1.1-7 v West Brunswick 3.7-25
Post the half time break – the girls knew the game was still very much in their clutches and the third
quarter was a time for them to shine. The defence again found themselves under pressure, Betts
came off with a rib injury, McIntosh was sent from attack to defence, Stephenson was showing that
her Euro tan was the equal of Jones’ tan and her tackling was as good as Jackas’. The Saints sensed a
chance, Howard was running ragged in the midfield, and the McDonough’s were playing like
reunited sisters who just won a slab of Carlton Draught – never bet against the McDonough’s. Dohnt
worked the ball forward into the path of Reis, and after hearing about Tipping’s amazing goal two
weeks ago – still being spoken about in some theatrical circles – Sophie Snapper returned and a
wonderful goal from Reis had the Saints up and about! As the quarter neared a conclusion, the
dangerous West Brunswick forward who had threatened all game was able to capitalise on two half
chances and added to the West Brunswick lead.
Three Quarter time Saints 2.1-13 v West Brunswick 5.9-39
In the three quarter time huddle, Howard revved the ladies into a frenzy and insisted they go
‘mental’; the Saints were inspired! Doble showed her speed in chasing opponents, Augustus
continued to be creative forward and Crawford continued to hunt opposition like lions seek gazelle.
Solid work from the defence saw a kick out to the midfield, where McDonough, Catie; took a good
mark, not content with her effort, she sprinted forwarded – two steps – and took a bounce – the
crowd went wild; the kick forward found Augustus who marked strongly. Steph remembered the
umpire’s focus on encroachment earlier and pointed out that an opposition player was nearby – the
resulting 50m took Augustus to the goal line, where she duly goaled. As the siren sounded the Saints
had worked hard but ultimately not played their best; Saints 3.1-19 v West Brunswick 7.12-54.
A good football lesson and wake up call for the Saints Blues – good thing about footy – you always
get another go, and ours is this Saturday, the first final for the blues. A historic moment for the
Saints Blue, the perfect platform for them to take advantage of the lessons learned last week.
GOALS: Thurman, Reiss, Augustus
BEST: Thurman, Gregor, Betts. R, McDonough. M, Snell, Howard
*** Round 13 Review - Saints GOLD v St. Mary's
With the dim sims of the VAFA’s various canteen’s traded for a Tropicana at the Splendour, Bowlesy was added to the outs for this round. Whilst it wasn’t quite the surf of the Byron Bay Main Beach, Glen Iris Road’s Ferndale Park offered up some delightful weather for the battle of the east’s – “Leafy Green Streets Graced by Audis Cup”.
After taking the honours the first time round the merry-go-round, St Mary’s would be a worthy opponent as we reach the pointy end of the season. With a number of outs, we saw the arrival of a few ins (funny how that works). Thurman and Betts added to the mix.
A fever pitch start by the SKOBs would see Set Shot Sarah Cameron, setting some shots up. Just a lazy two in the first quarter by her. Joyce would use her Rolls Royce skills to get to the ball to “turning everything to Ash…a” who delivered the ball lace out to Thurman, who marked strongly before converting beautifully kicking to the milk bar end. Celebrations chocolates all round for her first in the golds.
3.3 to 0.1 at the first break
The second would see the girls kicking to the $4 Egg and Bacon Roll End (pretty good for $4 Bowles, in case you were wondering). The breeze was strong which made for some hard scoring, with the Saints only managing two points, but some strong defending by Skaz and Nichols, kept St Mary’s to only one goal which saw SKOBs head in to the major break with a 14 point lead.
Some strong work around the ground by Brown, who is stepping up her game after making her second appearance for the Golds in a row, the tackling machine Doyle and the ever-agile Hynes, really set the girls up well for the second half.
The third quarter was a tough battle. Cropley was out to play, after some strong around the work ground, arguably her best efforts outside the forward fifty we have seen this year, this quarter she would find the goals, kicking a beautiful number on the run to open up some real breathing space. Old Set Shot stepped up to kick her third, just in time to enjoy some time on the pine for the fourth quarter after catching a case of too many goals, a rare and often undiagnosed disease, hopefully the 20-minute rest will sure it.
The $4 Bacon and Egg Roll End hadn’t seen a major all game until the fourth quarter, when Cropley finally troubled the umpire by making them raise two hands to signal a score. St Mary’s would get a late one to peg back a few points, by SKOB’s would take trophy home today, with a strong 25-point win.
Many, many, people could be singled out for their superb efforts around the ground. The second/third efforts were great, team work, hitting the contests, the positivity around the ground and the ability to run the game did not go unnoticed. The good news is, there is still room for improvement as we locked in a finals appearance. The singing of the club song could certainly do with some work, as could the magnet board after Tommy decided to see if he could throw it through the concrete floor (he couldn’t). Here’s hoping both are sorted by next week when we return the home of sport, Spaghetti Oval.
Sausage Rolls: S. Cameron 3, G. Cropley 2, E. Thurman
Girls who showed up with a well packed bag: A. Hynes, S. Cameron, G.Cropley, S.Dunell, M.Gleeson, A.Mendel
*** Round 13 Review - Saints BLUE v St. Mary's
If 30 + years in football has taught me anything, it is that don’t gamble with the McDonough’s’, if St Mary’s play St Kevin’s the Catholics are happy and writing a match report after a boozy afternoon celebrating a brothers birthday, may not always be the best decision.
As the Saints entered the penultimate round, a renewed series of injuries, ski trips, work commitments coupled with the final week of Euro vacations saw available players dwindle to their lowest ever. A generous head coach Purcell, offered to release a few players from the Golds for the Blues, however with the importance of a Golds win to ensure a finals berth; this offer was rejected.
The pre-game failed to deliver on the promised Lego sets of last week, but let’s be honest, the coach is a public servant, and isn’t a Monty Burns type. Pre-match we spoke of inner voice and the importance of not listening to Negative Nelly, McIntosh and Simmonds also pointed out the importance of not being tackled near where the chocolate Labrador had just backed one out.
As the match kicked off, Jacka tackled an opposition player – the first of many for her for the day – winning a free kick. The Saints kicked forward, the reality was they were kicking against a 3 goal wind at Ferndale Park. As the ball headed towards the Saints backline, Betts, Ruby – playing as the solo Betts (sorry ladies, no multi Betts today), tackled fiercely and handballed to Lowe (also playing sans sister) and beautiful 1-2 helped repel the opposition attack. St Mary’s knew the wind was with them and continued to press forward – Gregor found herself in a 1v5; and showed determination, smarts and courage to beat all 5 opposition players and kick away. Simmonds went on the attack kicked it long into the open forward line, Murray, Tipping and McDonough worked hard to keep the ball near goals. Despite our hard work, the SKOB Saints found themselves behind – oddly by the 3 goals that the coach felt the wind was worth – eerie when the coach is right. Contaxis wasn’t giving up and her 2nd and 3rd efforts were inspirational, Crawford placed her WWE Championship belt on and kicked the ball long, Murray, received from a smart Augustus tap on and Bland marked strongly in the forward line – yes that is right, Alex was proving she can be impactful at both ends. Bland duly converted, kicking her first SKOB goal, and things were looking up – not just because the Saints were playing the Saints… sorry bad dad joke;
Quarter Time SKOB Saints 1.0-6 v St.Mary’s 3.2-20
Having the wind for the second quarter, the SKOB Saints, knew it was our turn to take advantage of nature. Lowe, Simmonds and Jacka again led the way in the tackling department, and the ball was heading the right way for the Saints. Howard scooped the ball forward into the path of Crawford, who was keen to outdo Tipping’s amazing goal from last week and kicked a wonderful goal nearing the boundary line and the Saints were up and about. Dohnt listened to the quarter time address intently and was laying shepherd after shepherd, Lexi the Border Collie was impressed as were the coaches! McDonough pressed on forward, selling candy in the middle of the field, odd given the milk bar over the road also sold candy. The SKOB Saints had dominated the quarter and still trailed.
Half Time SKOB Saints 2.1-13 v St.Marys 3.4-22.
During the half time break, it was obvious the limited numbers on the bench was taking its toll, and soon after the third quarter started, Fiorentini headed to the bench for a rotation, only to be sent back out to the ground. Johnston and McIntosh laid double team tackles in the backline, Lowe continued to tackle like it shows on the family crest. Gregor and Betts did their best impersonation of a brick wall as continual St Mary’s moves forward were halted. Schwarze was shepherding like her life depended on it, Reiss and Murray were working hard to keep the ball in our forward line, Patto’s ability off the ball assisted in the SKOB Saints holding the ball in the preferred area of the ground. Crawford won a free kick, inspired by the moon landing she sent it into orbit, as the ball travelled 40m high and 5 m forward – we were all reminded that kicking into the wind is a nightmare. The St Mary’s team had thrown everything they could have at SKOB, and yet failed to score a goal, a serious victory for the tiring Saints.
Three Quarter time SKOB Saints 2.1-13 v 3.8-26.
As the last quarter started, the SKOB Saints knew that 20 minutes of hard work was ahead of them. Tipping was as fierce as ever, Contaxis upped the tackling ante and nearly ripped an opposition player’s arm off – much like I imagine Chewbacca could do. Crawford joined in the shepherding party and McIntosh worked on getting her tackle numbers near Jackas’. The Saints pushed forward and Augustus took a solid mark; handballed to the running Howard, a play that would have looked at home on the MCG – the Saints were pressing hard for the win. Simmonds won a free kick, rewarded for a great tackle. Her free kick placed her 60+metres from goal, another inspired lunar landing kick took place, using the wind wonderfully, and the ball sailed through for one of the points of the season. St.Marys tried to move it forward, Johnston, Lowe and Fiorentini made sure the opposition didn’t progress forward. Jacka took her tackle count higher – can anyone beat her for the Tic-Tac tackler? On the next movement forward, Murray smartly moved the ball into space and Reis snapped truly, showing Snapper Sophie was alive. As the match drew near the end, some of the umpire’s decisions made less sense than a Budget Direct TV commercial, Patto and Augustus were impacted by illegal play, Tipping collected another high hit and as the siren sounded, the tired and hurt SKOB Saints had lost by a kick.
Final Score 3.2-20 v 3.8-26.
Despite the loss, the SKOB Saints have inspired their coaches beyond belief once more. A tough loss, but we go into the last match of the regular season better for the game. We look forward to having a full bench next week and returning to the winning circle.
GOALS: Bland, Crawford, Reis
BEST: Simmonds, Crawford, Betts.R, Tipping, Gregor, Contaxis
*** Round 12 GOLD Review***
… in the dying moments, Anthony McDonald Tipungwuti, who was indeed playing footy, I
hope you brought your mum, brought your kids, brought your Nan to the footy because
Anthony McDonald Tipungwuti was playing footy, as he snapped a blinder to see the mighty
Bombers reign supreme.
Earlier in the day, the SKOB’s arrived at the inner eastern suburb’s home of sport, Spaghetti
Oval, for the clash of the titans, in the round one rematch with Fitzory Football Club (minus
their theme song as they entered the field of play). Jane Bunn once again practiced her dark
art, with the girls watching from the comfort of their hooded jumpers, while the Blues ran
out to commence the second half of their game in what must have rivalled some of
Australia’s biggest Cyclones. But with Cyclone Righetti clearing, business was discussed.
In a pre-game chat that had a distinct lack of any of a razor blade puns, Tommy set the
mood for the day, a day which would see Rach Gillett celebrate her 50 th appearance for the
club. Among the changes from last week, Sophie Straford made her long-awaited return,
albeit not in the number 53.
After the girls ran through the “50 Games for Razor Rach Gillett She Is The Best A Team Can
Get” banner, they would be kicking to the left of screen to the city end. Lightfoot
Wedgewood set the scene early for her day, as she showed everyone how it’s done, dancing
around many after a picking up the ball at pace, before delivering deep kick to the Saints
advantage. A fairly uneventful first quarter on the scoreboard saw the team come in 3
points to 0 at the break.
Second quarter things started to slowly come together, albeit with room for improvement.
Some good tagging work from Stoltz and Mendel kept one of their dangerous players at bay
as the mids started to impact on the game. Set Shot Sarah Cameron, broke character to kick
a goal on the run, opening the goal scoring for the Saints. Moments later, the pack busting
Gleeson would read the play better than Stephen Fry reads any of the Harry Potter novels,
and added the team’s second before the major break. Saints up 2.1 to 0.3 at the break, after
some strong defending from the usual suspects, Skaz (in my head SKAZ is like Cher, does not
have a last name), Mach3 Gillette, Brittan, Sully, Long kick Hodgetts and Nichols kept the
‘Roys to zero for the quarter.
The start of the second half would see a more controlled, albeit inaccurate quarter from the
Saints. ‘Set Shot’ Sarah Cameron, did just that, for the one major of the term, as impact play
was occurring around the ground. Illa “The Impact” Taylor, kept attacking the ball, 2, 3, 4
times in a play, as Hynes dominated all around the ground, making the most of her agility as
the game went on. Doyle continued her dominance as the league’s number one tackler,
despite spending 4 hours in a heated pool prior to the game. The crew from Brunswick
Street did manage to trouble the scorers, with a fairly handy on the run goal.
Saints up 3.5 to 1.3 at the end of the third.
The forward line coach was hungry for more majors and asked for nothing but dominance in
the fourth, requesting 3 goals. Just to wipe that smug look off his face, the girls delivered
four. Set Shot Sarah Cameron continued to live up to her name, slotting two in the final
quarter, enjoying the walk back after marking strongly to kick her fourth. Meanwhile
Gleeson and Cropley took some inspiration from the likes of Megan Rapinoe and decided
picking up the ball was just a luxury that would slow the goal scoring process down, opting
for the world game style of scoring, minus the elaborate celebrations, much to the crowd’s
A strong second half for team, saw them run out 7.5 to 1.4 and get an important 4 points.
With only two games to go, the ladder is still a long way from finalised. Surely there is likely
to be yet another “this week is their or our grand final” line from Tommy and to be fair, it
won’t be fat from the truth, albeit without the silverware at the end of the game.
Look after your body and mind, get an extra kick, keep enjoying the game and looking after
eachother. Go team.
Goals: S. Cameron 4, M. Gleeson 2, G. Cropley
Best: S. Cameron, A. Hynes, B. Doyle, I. Taylor, E. Wedgwood, T. Nichols
Saints Blue v Fitzroy – Match Review
After a few weeks in Hawaii and a bye weekend, it felt like an entirety since this scribe had been at a
Saints Blue game – although Fiorentini doubted the Hawaii claims due to the lack of a tan on the
coach – be sun smart ladies. Our opponent this weekend was Fitzroy, and in my humble opinion,
they have the best uniform outside of the tri hoops of SKOB, and given the distain I hold for most
opposition teams, that is high praise.
Our pre-match preparation saw all the players and coaches wear orange ribbons to support our
SKOB Saints Sister Kira’s grandpa as he battles terminal cancer - we are all here to support you Kira.
The address prior to the match spoke of limestone bricks and how on their own, they are pretty
unimpressive, however combine a number of bricks together and you have the pyramids – next
week the girls will complete Lego to really ensure they understand the metaphor of small things
combining to make something big and impressive.
The SPC Baked Beans and Spaghetti Rhigetti Oval (thanks Oli, some of your best) had a strong 4 goal
wind blowing down to the change room end, Fitzroy chose to kick with the wind in the first quarter
and the Saints were instructed to play the game on the ‘Grand Stand Side’ (pending council
approval, planning and overall funding – actually the side that features 12 x $8.99 white plastic
Bunnings chairs). Fitzroy started well and used the strong breeze to advantage as they entered their
forward line, Gregor was having none of it and punched the ball away in an early candidate for the
golden fist. The Lowe sisters tackling with that fierce ferocity that their family is famous for. Viti and
Thurman were working hard in defence and then pushing the ball forward. The Blues had welcomed
back Crawford, a World Wide Wrestling Champion and much loved player, and she showed impact
early as she scooped the ball up on the wing and shrugged off two would be tacklers and kicked the
ball forward to Thurman and then on to Captain/Birthday Girl Patto who had found herself in space,
and the Blues were able to score a point against the strong wind. Betts, Ruby was dominating across
half back, putting in some early numbers for the weekly Tic-Tac Tackler award. Sadly as the quarter
ended, Viti went down with an injured knee and wouldn’t return for the game. Quarter time SKOB
Saints 0.1-1 v Fitzroy 0.3-3, all in all a very positive quarter given the wind.
The midfield started to gain the ascendancy in the second quarter, Contaxis was rucking well, and
Snell, Betts, Jacka and Toohey were enjoying first use of the ball and kicking long to the forward line.
McDonough, who was unlucky not to be named in the golds (did they say Catie or Maggie?), with
Augustes, Murray, McIntosh and Tipping working hard to score or keep the ball in the forward half
of the ground. The pressure was building but the Saints couldn’t convert, suddenly Tipping took a
great mark from a Fitzroy kick out, not content with her mark, she sprinted on – heading to the
boundary to make the angle tighter – and then proceeded to kick the best goal of the season so
far. Warwick, who is the niece of club legend John Fogarty, was playing off a half back and attacked
the football kicking long into the forward line, Harman collected and kicked forward and Patto was
able to kick the Saints second – Happy Birthday Patto. Nearing the end of the half, McDonough won
a free kick right on the boundary, 30 metres out, starting the ball out wide, it stayed out wide and
went out on the full, with one coach heard to say ‘Maggie would have kicked it’. The Saints had all
the play and were in charge of the game at half time SKOB Saints 2.4-16 v Fitzroy 0.3-3.
As the third quarter was about to begin, the wind died down and the heavens opened delivering
heavy rain and hail. Snell and Jacka love these conditions and their tackle count went sky high.
Tipping not one to miss out on a fierce contest took a whack to the nose, as Claire come off to be
met by the trainer, she was heard saying ‘ I thought it was blood, but it turned out to be snot’. A
couple of Kleenex later and Tipping was back out there. The Saints pushed on in hard conditions for
football, Murray was working hard with limited opportunities and Patto again was the recipient of a
wet footy bounce and couldn’t convert. Gregor had moved forward and was providing a great
contest for Harman and Augustes to work with. In tough conditions the ball resembled a 4tone bar
of soap and each team managed only a behind each, Three Quarter time SKOB Saints 2.5-17 v Fitzroy
As the final quarter started; the hurricane had passed, the girls were reminded of the limestones
coming together to form a pyramid, and of Patto’s birthday – soon we were all dreaming of cake,
that may have just been the coach. The girls smelled cake, and also victory and pushed hard for the
goal that would seal a win. Augustes was playing with confidence, collected the ball and ran into the
forward line space, going for a bounce, Steph had temporarily forgotten the previous 20 minutes of
rain and the ball trickled along. Steph regained possession and snapped the ball forward; Patto,
Tipping, McDonough and Murray were working hard to convert the goal – several attempted
kicks were had and a Fitzroy wall of players repealed the attacks. The coach remarked; ‘How was
that not goal?’ to which a dead panned McIntosh replied ‘Because it didn’t go through the big sticks’
(possibly followed by an under the breath ‘you idiot!’ Fair call Tess. The Saints had all the play and
Bland, Fiorentini, Warwick, Lowe and Lowe had little to do other than try and keep warm. Sarah
Betts at the other end burst through the pack and kicked a long ball forward as the Saints were keen
to add to the lead. Thurman took note of the example and followed suit, kicking long, only for a
Shane Warne type bounce to turn the ball from goals. The siren sounded and the Saints had won,
final score SKOB Saints 2.7-19 v Fitzroy 0.4-4.
Happily we were able to sing two songs and have birthday cake – importantly, the Saints Blue have
secured their ability to play finals with that win – congratulations ladies!!!
Goals: Tipping, Pattison
Best: Crawford, Snell, Thurman, Toohey, Betts. R, Tipping
Round 11 Marcellin FC v SKOB Saints – Gold.
A poor week for the VAFA Dim Sim appreciation society, not a bottle of soy sauce in sight.
After a lengthy wait by one of the coaching staff, their local coffee van accepted what would
turn out to be a $4 donation, however based on the 9 News article that graced our screens
later in the evening, perhaps they can use it to find another vast expanse of land in the
suburbs of established Melbourne(…) to build their new base. Bowles, however, was kind
enough to have brought a hot jam donut to the venue, so all was not lost. But, yet again, I
Round 11 would see the third player to reach 50 games for the Saints. C. Stoltz, wonder if
we are related, I should google that, who would receive a set of flowers to mark the
occasion. G. Cropley must have dropped a pretty penny on them too, classy move. In
addition, Stoltz’s twin brother made the trek from our capital (political, not cultural) city, in
what was another yet another classy move, although unlike Cropley, he wasn’t any help on
The ground, despite the numerous weaknesses in its surface, was at least well drained,
which was a welcome change compared to last week’s visit to just near the dead centre* of
Kew. The first quarter saw a slow start from the Golds, as Marcellin made the most of the
first 12-13 minutes, kicking two goals to the left of screen. The final few minutes saw a more
of an engaged crew, resulting in Lupo hitting up a leading S. Cameron, who would go back
and convert a nice set shot.
1/4 time – 2.3 to 1.0
Second quarter saw a more even slog, with Marcellin continuing to play the game on their
terms, using a style of football quite different to the flowing style of the Saints, but the team
was up to the challenge more often than not. Marcellin OC managed to have more scoring
shots and after an off the ground goal from Magic Mags, the Saints were down 3.6 – 2.1 at
the major break.
Tommy reminded the girls that this is a tough competition and the game isn’t always going
to be played on our terms. As this speech was taking place, Jane Bunn decided to use her
meteorologist dark arts to unleash some winter weather in all it’s wet and windy glory.
The third quarter a wet and slippery affair with a total of 4 points added to the scoreboard
between the two teams.
3/4 time with the Saints down 13 points and with an uphill battle ahead of them.
The final term was, at times, the G. Cropley show, showcasing her skills with great aplomb.
Considering the conditions this was quite the feat. Long penetrating kicks after stepping
around the opposition with ease, later taking a strong mark would see her convert from 75,
into the wind, potentially on her opposite foot, from the carpark. A glorious goal any week,
but in the wet, even more so. Not be out done by herself, she decided to step around the
full 18 opposition players before kicking another long goal. With the siren sounding, it was a
minute or two too soon for the Golds, as their run of play was strong, but they didn’t quite
get there, losing by the slimmest of margins.
A tough loss, but let’s make it the loss we needed to have to make the fire burn brighter. A
harsh reminder of how close this league really is, all teams could win on their day, so let’s
make sure Saturday’s are our day. Once we switched on, it was 1 goal to 4.
Hats off to Soph, who must have been the carrying 5kg of wet clothing around the field as
the team runner in the second half. A. Bloom, don’t study to hard while abroad, sounds like
a tough time ahead and the squad will miss your presence on and off the field.
Goal Kickers: G. Cropley 2, S. Cameron, M. Gleeson
Best Players: S. Dunell, J. Joyce, B. Doyle, A. Hynes, G. Cropley, B. Brittain
*that’s a cemetery gag.
Round 11 Marcellin FC v SKOB Saints – Blues.
The annual exodus out of Melbourne to Europe had its usual impact on the playing list and on Thursday evening it was all hands-on deck to try and recruit players for the game. The Blues welcomed back Croagh, Gaffey and Brown and welcomed Warwick, Dobbyn and Harman for their first games for SKOB. It was a big game with Marcellin breathing down our necks waiting for us to slip up; it was third v fourth.
It was an early start for the Blues with a 9.40 kick off. Google Maps was given a hounding for directions to Bulleen Park and it wasn’t long before thee messages on ‘Whats Apps’ started: where is the actual ground??? Crisis averted and slowly the Blues rolled in to the change rooms. Clearances and registrations were still frantically being processed as the umpire blew the whistle to start the game.
Simmonds took on the role of number 1 ruck this week with Contaxis out injured and started strongly. McDonough (M) started in the centre and immediately had in impact laying a number of strong tackles and together with Jacka, and Jones dominated early. The Blues opened their account off the boot of Thurman who converted after taking a strong mark. The intensity at the ball was intense at both ends and the Blues continued to win the ball out of the middle and delivered beautifully to the forward line. The return of Brown and Croagh in to the centre of the grounds was having immediate effect. Gaffey made a strong return to the Blues and delivered the ball beautifully from full back allowing Bland to play up the ground. Thurman took a strong mark and converted followed shortly after by Gregor who scored her first ever goal; not bad for someone who said she didn’t know how to play forward! Unfortunately, Jones took a knock to the back early in the game and despite returning to the field after treatment was unable to continue.
Qtr Time: Marcellin 2-0-12 SKOB Blues 3-4-22
The second quarter saw the intensity at the ball continue with the McDonough sisters having an impact on possession. The back line of Betts, Johnson and Lowe (A) stood strong and continued the tackling pressure that has become a trademark of the Saints game. Jacka and Doble continued their strong tackling and attack at the footy; could Jacka be a contender the Tic Tac Tackling award again? The addition of Warwick and Harman to the mids added extra pressure on the ball. Dobbyn’s registration was finally confirmed which meant we could also throw her in to the mix and she had immediate impact. Marcellin didn’t see a lot of the ball in their forward 50 whilst the Blues continued to apply strong pressure. Lowe (M) was making her presence known in the forward line and battling hard. Reis slotted the only goal of the quarter but it wasn’t her trademark ‘snap’ as the Blues went into the sheds 14 point up at half time.
Half Time: Marcellin 2-3-15 SKOB Blues 4-5-29
To say the Blues came out napping after half time was a bit of an understatement and Marcellin pounced on the opportunity kicking in to the wind. Whilst Simmons was rucking strongly and the mids continued to battle hard – Marcellin took advantage of our slow start after the main break and peppered the goals but weren’t able to convert. Croaghs continued where she left off last year and was running hard but Marcellin were on the attack. Bland was playing up the ground and was laying some hard tackles and winning the ball but the opposition kept up the intensity. Thurman continued her dominance in the forward half of the ground. Warwick stepped in to the defensive role and Johnson also fought hard but there was no doubt that the backline was under pressure. With a few minutes to go, Straford took a strong mark 25 metres out but wasn’t able to convert. Despite the pressure the Blues still managed 6 shots on goals but accuracy let us down. Marcellin’s inaccuracy had kept us in the game; our inaccuracy meant that we had let the door ajar for them…. the final term was going to be tough one taking a 5-point lead and the Blues kicking against the wind. Destiny was in our hands.
3rd qtr time Marcellin 4-6-30 – SKOB Blues 4-11-35
At the final break Karen reminded everyone “that to make the great you to have to focus on the small’. Doing the little things will win us the game and the Blues certainly stepped it up. Thurman who hadn’t rested all day was dominant again taking marks, laying tackles and showing her prowess; no wonder she was awarded with the Glenferrie Hotel award. Lowe (M) slotted her first ever goal for the Blues as the mids continued to dominate the centre clearance and deliver to the forward line. The Blues peppered the goals at every opportunity and Paddo kicked her first for the day and was unlucky not to be awarded a free kick after being pushed in to the goal post. The Blues were getting under Marcellin’s skin. Betts (R) lay a goal saving tackle and the backline almost had the quarter off with Marcellin only managing to score a behind. It was a fantastic show of strength; the Blues keeping Marcellin goalless and running out winners by 27 points.
Full time: Marcellin 4-7-31 – SKOB Blues 7-16-58
With the Bye next week, a number of the plyers need a well-earned rest and be fighting fit for our next game against Fitzroy back at Righetti (Spaghetti) Oval. Thanks so much to Brown, Croagh, Dobbyn, Gaffey, Harman and Warwick for pulling on the SKOB jumpers for the first time in 2019 and we can’t wat to see you training and hopefully finish off the season with us. We also wish Straford safe travels as she heads off to Europe.
Goal Scorers: Thurman 2, Reis 2, Pattison 1, Gregor 1, Lowe (M) 1
Best: Brown, Jacka, McDonough (M), Simmonds, Straford Thurman
Round 10 Review: SKOB Gold v Kew
With the tenth edition of the emerging VAFA Dim Sim appreciation society hitting its straps, the assistant coaches found themselves at picturesque Kew on a fresh Saturday afternoon. Bowles was the first to strike, partaking in $2.50 special supplied by the local canteen. Said canteen had a solid selection of condiments, no black and gold soya sauce in this neck of the woods. But I digress.
50th game celebrations were afoot, with Captain Courageous, A.Hynes, joining the exclusive half century club. We also welcomed a SKOB first gamer, Kira Grimes, to the mix.
The girls set the scene early, showing they were not afraid to get dirty. This was highlighted well before the opening bounce, at half time of the blues game, when she who will remain nameless, decided it was a good idea to send Billie (Official Club Dog?) through the mud in chase of his ball – hopefully he was clean by games end or Sam was willing to let it slide, much like he did in the excitement of the ball chase.
Ruthless, team football was what was asked for, and that what was delivered from the start. When the game was there for the taking, the girls took it, when things got tough, the girls responded, when things got unsavoury, the girls stood strong and were the ones who could hold their heads high. Round 10 was as good a round as any to be wearing the SKOB jersey!
First quarter leads, tackles and a high quality of a disposal saw the Saints starting well. A strong mark to Gleeson, thanks to a quick thinking and moving of “The Thrilla” Illa, resulted in a well taken set shot. Later, S Cameron troubled the scorers for another week, after also making the most of a set shot. Joyce and Doyle did their best to move the centre square mud collection around the ground by collecting most of it on their jersey and faces.
Quarter time – 2.1 – 0.1
Second quarter – Kew managed to get their ducks on a row and answered strongly, kicking two of their own.
Half time 2.1 to 2.3 with Kew in the lead.
As several of the girls washed a large chunk of the field down the drain during the break, the troops were asked to answer the call and there was a sense of determination amongst the squad as they stormed out on the field for the second half.
Within minutes, the lead was flipped back to the Saints, however it was through a peppering of points, but the style of play had swung. Persistence paid off, when The Thrilla, pounced on a loose ball, reading the play better than Tommy reads the Sunday papers, slotting a fine goal. The City of Boroondara were thankful they didn’t install a roof over the field (something I am sure they considered, based on the mud pit in the middle), as the girls would no doubt have blown it off as they rallied around each other in this moment of triumph.
Despite what the website says, I think the score was 3.5 – 2.3 at the 3/4 break
Final quarter saw Tommy as proud as punch (a saying which I just decided to google, treat yourself), as the girls adopted some smart final quarter football. Slow and wide, strong marks, taking their time assessing the options, really tightening the screws on their opposition. The Wizz was running amuck in the forward fifty, presenting again and again, before taking a strong mark and slotting a well-deserved goal. In the dying seconds, Kew managed to sneak a goal back, but the game was SKOBs, running out 10 point victores.
Claudia decided her fresh slacks were tired of being that way, and offered to clean Hynes boots by chairing her off the field, you can see this step by step in the SKOB Whatsapp. A fantastic game for and by the skipper!
Some superb overhead marks, especially considering the conditions, second and third effort tackling and great awareness of kicking to a team mates advantage, an area that was low against Kew the first time round the merry go round. Great resilience from a number of players when things got tricky as well.
A special shot out to the Rach Gillet for swapping her playing role for a caring role, along with Bree and Izzy when a Kew player was injured, all spending a substantial amount of time seeing that they were ok, a true sign of the great people that you are,
Next week sees the Saints on the road, for an 11.40 kick off against Marcellin OC.
Goal Kickers: E. Straford, G. Lupson, M. Gleeson
Best Players: E. Straford, E. Hodgetts, S. Dunell, M. Gleeson, B. Doyle, M. Weinstein
Round 10 Review: SKOB Blue v Kew
With the resident match day reporter sunning himself and his family in Waikiki, the journalistic mantle has been handed over for the day....... is this reporter up to the challenge? We’ll see...
Our arrival at Victoria Park in Kew was met with the biggest mud bath ever seen - not only would there be a spike in Napisan sales but I think a few of the ladies were thinking about the positive impact on their complexion.
As we were led to the change rooms at the far end of the oval…we were greeted with the smallest change rooms ever; the AUSKICK change rooms. Come on really! We’ve had the rejected BBQ’s and now a room filled with bunting and size 2 footies.... The Blues weren’t phased and set about the match day routine without too much fuss although with a few latecomers the fines are certainly racking up for end of year.
The winter holiday exodus is in full swing with numbers down but the selected team reflects the depth of the Saints list this year. The Blues welcomed Simmonds to the team and would give the Blues a second ruck option. Contaxis lead the charge and the team knew that we’d be in for a hard game.
Paige was running water like a princes and we’ve never seen anyone so excited to run out on the ground with water bottles on a cold and grey winters day. Florentini was first in the mud and showed that the Blues were here to take it up to the Bears. Despite the tackling pressure that the blues have become known for, Kew jumped out of the blocks early and despite the efforts of the Blues backline, took first blood. Scoring opportunities were minimal and the mud was having an impact on the game in that no one wanted to venture in to it...who can blame them. Once you were in there it was like quicksand.
Qtr time: Kew 1-1-17 SKOB 0-2-2
Despite our best efforts, the Bears got the jump on us again but scoring proved to be difficult. The backline of Betts, Bland and Gregor worked hard and were under pressure but held firm. Rotations off the bench were coming thick and fast to counter the mud fatigue (I’m sure if you’d google it, it’s a thing). AJ and Jacka created run from the clearance supported by both the McDonoughs. Maggie Mc laid a great tackle but wasn’t rewarded for her efforts. After a kick out of our forward line, the Bears try to transition out but hit it out on the full. Dohnt was awarded the free kick and delivered the ball beautifully in the arms of a Betts (S). Unfortunately the conversion didn’t follow and we finished the half without troubling the scorer. Kew managed only one goals despite a number of entries and went in the shed 10 points down.
Half time: Kew 2-1-13 SKOB 0-3-3
Given the change rooms were in the top paddock and were the size of a shoebox, the coaches decided to stay on the ground for the half time address. The sun peeked out and it was a pleasant change but didn’t last long. We stated the quarter 2 rotations down with Tipping and Dohnt injured and unable to run out the game. Despite that the Blues took control of the game and peppered the goals. Centre clearances saw the ball delivered to S Betts who took another strong mark. Simmonds was also a presence in the forward 50 but the kick in boot was off a little. McIntosh fought hard and after laying a strong tackle in the mud had to come off for an eye bath. A number of the mids were battling it out for the weekly Tic-tac tackling award and despite dominating possession, we couldn’t convert; scoring 5 behinds. Kew had limited opportunity for goal and there only entry resulted in a major.
3 Qtr time Kew 3-2-20 SKOB 0-8-8
Going in to the last quarter, the Blues we’re desperate for possession but Kew weren’t going to let up and were playing a possession game and put pressure on our backs. What can I say ; they remained strong and Kew didn’t trouble the scoreboard again. The game was one where we saw no play in the middle and lots of congestion on the wings. Thurman toughed it our all day only coming off in the last. With less than 5 seconds to go Caitie McDonough slotted one through to lots of celebration. We may not have got the 4 points but we can celebrate a goal....
Off to Bulleen for an early game against Marcellin.
Final scores Kew 3-2-20 SKOB 1-8-14
Best: S Betts, Jacka, Jones, M McDonough, Thurman, Wong
Congratulations to Ali Hynes on her milestone 50 games. Ali is a great leader both on and off the field and the Blues showed their support as they lined the race as she smashed her way through the banner. Well done Ali.
Round 9 Review: SKOB Gold v Old Trinity
After a long weekend off for all but Skipper Hynes and SCameron (well done ladies on your
700 point win over your opposition), the Saints made their way to their home bowl of
goodness, the Spaghetti Oval. We welcomed T Merrigan to the fold after some strong work
in the Blues (SKOB, not Carlton). The centre square was damp, but Tommy didn’t let that
dampen his spirits as he delivered his pre match line in the sand speech within earshot of
the opposition. With a different mindset, line-up and location, the coaching crew was
confident that June 15 was SKOB’s day.
First quarter set the scene for the style of play for the day, Saints style, with the ball in the
forward half of the ground for the majority of the quarter. Skaz (who had a blinder) was in
Ash Barty mode, not letting a ball get past her, while Weinstein left her finger prints all over
the ball all day. The mids were running hot with a line up to bring a tear to the eye, hard to
say who it was led by as they all played their roles. Not surprisingly Doyle laid another 400
tackles while the opposition tried their best to ensure she woke up sore on Sunday, Hynes
was playing high and low, SCameron playing with the passion of 6 players, while E Straford
enjoyed collecting any football that was below knee height.
Lupo got the first major, as she kicked a delightful number from the goal square that would
make Eddie Betts blush. Minutes later Gleeson would mark from a strong lead before going
back and kicking confidently from a set shot (much to this writers’ delight, great to see
confident kicking at goal from set shots) to add the second for the first quarter.
2.1 to 0.0 at quarter time.
A change of ends in the second quarter, who would have guessed, but not a change in style.
The team brought the passion and strove to recreate the first quarter effort. Despite it being
the depths of winter, there was a bloom, sorry A.Bloom on the field, who was a welcome
addition to the squad after some time on the injury list. She played much taller than her
height would suggest, backing back into packs and bringing the ball to the ground
numerous times. Her trademark tackles would become a feature as the day went on as she
gained some solid game time. Another 3 scoring shots for the quarter, this time just the one
goal, but a nice goal it was. Eliza ‘in and under’ Straford slotted an on the run worm burner
as a reward for her continued hard work, leading by doing.
3.3 to 0.0 at the half time break.
Third quarter wasn’t the prettiest of quarters, but sometimes you just need to grind a solid
third quarter out. Despite the scoreboard only adding 4 points to 3, the contest was fierce
and a 1 point win for the quarter was still a win. McLinden continued her strong marking
overhead while showcasing her ability to create space were there appeared to be none,
you’d think an athletics base would have she would only run in straight lines, but she was
nimble and quick on all angles. Pace was certainly a strong point for the day with E. ‘who
would?’ Wedgewood burning her opponent regularly, while The Wizz Wardlaw lived up to
her now timeless nickname.
3.7 to 0.3 at the three quarter time break
Final quarter was a more even style of play, with only one major added for Old Trinity.
A solid, confident performance by the team, resulting in a good win against a quality team.
Still room for improvement, which is ideal after a win such as this. Game highlights the
evenness of the league and should instil some belief that with hard work and a strong
attitude, anything is possible.
Goal Kickers: E. Straford, G. Lupson, M. Gleeson
Best Players: E. Straford, E. Hodgetts, S. Dunell, M. Gleeson, B. Doyle, M. Weinstein
Saints Blue Match Review v Old Trinity
At the newly named SKOB Saints SPC Baked Beans and Spaghetti Oval – thanks Oli- the Saints Blue
faced Old Trinity, the lead up to the match had a few late selection changes, sadly Kiri’s transfer
hadn’t come through and with Anneke Simmonds unwell, 2 late changes were needed. Thankfully
the coaches could bring in superstars AJ and Tess; and our magnet shuffling was complete for now.
The Betts sisters had told the coach pre match of a third sister, the Bonus Betts – recruiting plans are
now in place; seriously SportsBet, Two Betts with a Bonus, gamble responsibly. Some questionable
headwear was also being handed around pre-match, and DJ Cowboy was born, whilst the Friesian
cowboy hat survived Saturday’s match, I think we will all be comfortable if it doesn’t appear on the
On the field, Trinity took the momentum straight away – putting the defence of Gregor, Bland and
Fiorentini under pressure. Meehan was also playing down back and her tackling was inspiring the
rest of the backline. Despite our best defensive efforts, Trinity soon opened the scoring, kicking their
first goal. The goal swung our Saints into action, Betts (Sarah) was enjoying sometime in the midfield
with hard at it Snell and Jacka; as the Saints went forward, an angry Strafford created a contest on
the forward line and picked up the ball, kicking forward into the open space, Murray charged into
space, under pressure we could only manage a behind, however the coaches were impressed with
the movement and attitude from the Saints. Quarter Time Saints 0.2-2v Old Trinity 1.0-6
During the quarter time huddle the Saints were reminded that they had most of the possession and
looked the better team and not to worry about the scoreline. Heeding that message, the Saints
come out firing, Betts (Ruby) laid some bone crushing tackles – clearly wanted to be named the Tic-
Tac Tackler for the day, the Scottish half forward line of Murray, McIntosh and McDonough were
clearly still after their ‘FREEDOM’, McDonough crashed into the contest and kicked the ball forward
to Reiss, who collected the ball, steadied and snapped truly around her body – and Snapper Sophie
was born. Old Trinity attempted to bounce back and moved the ball forward, only to be meet by
Lowe, Betts and Bland, Lowe’s tackling resembled a merger of WWE and drunken twister, it’s
extremely effective!! It also ensured Mummy Lowe had some extra muddy washing this week.
Pushing the ball out of the backline, Thurman and Howard added some serious class and polish and
again the Saints looked threatening as we went forward. A feisty McDonough kicked forward for
Chief Patto to mark about 35m out, latter reports at the Emerson of the mark being at least 45m out
have been circulated. Regardless the distance, Patto kicked truly and the Saints were up and about.
Half Time Saints 2.3-15 v Old Trinity 1.0-6
We knew that Trinity would come out hard, and the Saints were ready – Tipping moved onto the ball
to add additional grunt with Jones and Jacka. Contaxis was working tirelessly in the ruck, pushing
hard into the back line as needed. Wong was moved forward, her tackling added to the pressure in
the forward line. Dohnt, returning from an ankle injury was running through the wing – pleasing the
coaches on her return, and Doble proving she was comfortable forward or back and that she was
perhaps the fastest Saint on the ground. Meehan playing off half back, kicked the ball forward into
space, Snell ran onto the loose ball and sprinted forward, executing a Boost bounce perfectly. Jacka
shepherded Snell through and another goal looked likely, the pressure from Trinity arrived and
perhaps the most valuable point ever was scored.
Three Quarter time Saints 2.4- 16 v Old Trinity1.3-9.
As the last quarter started, Schwarze was moved into defence to add some steel, Snell continued to
work hard at every contest, even on the other side of the ground, the coaches knew where she was
as her pony tail would flick high in the air, seriously its more reliable than ‘Find my iPhone APP’!! The
pressure from Trinity was relentless, as our defence held strong, one of our favourite Saints – Mads
Meehan went down with a serious injury, the coach muddied his favourite shoes running the
stretcher onto the ground and even cut his finger, the cut required a band aid. Seriously; Meehan
was playing a great game and we are thankful her injury isn’t more serious, we look forward to
seeing you back in 3 weeks Mads. The Saints were then dealt a double injury blow as Contaxis
received a whack in the ribs and had the wind taken from her, Betts (Sarah) moved into the ruck. As
the football continued on, Trinity kicked a goal, and the Saints were up by a point. Trinity smelled a
win, the Saints were rock solid – as both teams pushed for their desired result – the game resembled
a HK downtown protest without the tear gas. From the pressure, a quick kick from the Saints
backline saw an Old Trinity player mark on a tight ankle 35 out from goal – not confident of kicking
the goal, the Old Trinity player was looking for options nearby, a short hand ball to an unmarked
team mate, and a shot on goal looked likely; but Wong had other ideas, tackling the opposition
player who was at least 4 times bigger than her. The Saints reinforcements arrived and the ball was
moved from danger, and the resulting siren was music to the Saints ears.
Full time Saints 2.4-16 v Old Trinity 2.3-15.
A terrific win Saints – highlighting your ability to stay true under immense pressure. The game
awareness and match knowledge you have developed is great to see; the season destiny is in your
BEST: Betts. R, Snell, Tipping, Wong, Betts. S, Meehan
Gold Round 8: SKOB V Melb Uni
This week saw a real change up, with a) a morning game and b) said morning game being on a Sunday. The girls arrived at the picturesque setting of the Melbourne University main oval, picket fence and all, ready to dish out their own education.
The forward line welcomed the appearance of The Wizz, Wizzie Lizzie Wardlaw, whose pace was on show numerous times throughout the match, as she continues to show great growth after returning from the long-term injury list. A strong mark by The Wizz, before converting from a set shot saw the Saints kick the first of the game. The run and carry from the likes of Izzy ‘ I’ll touch every blade of grass on the field’ McBeth Japhott, Ellie “do you want me to run faster or is my half pace too fast for you?’ McLinden were on display early and would be a running theme (pun intended) for all four quarters. Sarah, The Enforcer, Cameron slid in to the forward line for the girls second, as they took a 15 point lead in to the first break.
The girls did not ease up in the second, with greatly improved leading on the field compared to last week, led by (pun intended again) Gleeson who presented brilliantly, demanding the football while also creating options for those around her. The Enforcer appeared to enjoy the extra attention that she was given, slotting her second from a set shot to open the scoring for the second quarter. Fantastic team work, persistence and link ups, saw Illa ‘Impact’ Taylor driving one home on the run to seal her first for the game, as the SKOBs left their mark on the first half with a 4.5 to 1.0 at half time.
Half time saw the fearless leader demanding a strong second half, impressed by what he had seen, but not satisfied on calling it a day just yet. The girls marched out of the well designed and spacious change rooms, ready to go to battle together for another 40 minutes.
Bri ‘I lay more tackles than the total score of the game’ Doyle, continued to put her body on the line, before going back for a strong set shot which set the crowd alight in the third quarter. Defence continued to impose themselves on the game when the ball arrived on their turf. Calm and steady work from all the back six made things difficult for the opposition, allowing the girls to play the game on our terms, in the Saints forward half. ‘Rolls Royce’ Joyce swept up around the field, got in and under and collected numerous effective disposals. The three-quarter time break would see the Saints up by 27 points.
A low scoring fourth quarter suited SKOBs, getting to all the contests and slowing the game down appropriately. Ali ‘Skip’ Hynes summed up the team’s performance for the day, as in the dying moments of the game she chased down the loose ball, after starting several lengths of the field behind her opponent, but still getting there first as she thwarted their attempt to mount an attack.
A great win to start of the second half of the year positively, as a well-earned week off lies ahead this coming weekend.
Community announcement- Someone needs to check on Kat Viti, as she must be suffering a terrible case of leather poisoning today, perhaps she managed to keep it a bay by wiping her hands on the oppositions jerseys as she laid one of her many strong tackles. Fingers crossed.
There are some great snaps in the Gallery this week - with thanks to the sharp shooting Lisa Ring - check them out
Goal Kickers: S. Cameron 2, B. Doyle, I. Taylor, E. Wardlaw
Best Players: S. Cameron, E. McLinden, S. Dunell, B. Doyle, J. Joyce, E. Wardlaw
Blue Round 8: SKOB V Melb Uni
As Sunday morning rolled around, the thought of a long sleep in, some well cooked bacon nestled next to some delightful scrambled eggs washed down with a big cup of English Breakfast tea comes to mind; so on this Sunday morning, to be confronted with having to greet the winter morning cold and head into the city wasn’t part of this scribes normal Sunday – or anyone’s actually.
The early Sunday start obviously had the better of our resident DJ (not the coach DJ, but our music DJ, who is actually AJ…), as the UE boom was still tucked at home in Hawthorn. Faced with the grim possibility of having to listen to mundane conversation for 20 minutes, leadership swung into action pronto, Contaxis spied a cord, dangling from our change room wall, and stated ‘ that looks like a speaker cable’, a few seconds later DJ Wong, was on the case and the phat beats of PNAU were echoing across the rooms. Now these rooms were a thing of beauty, having previously had to slum it in the BBQ galore storage shed at West Brunswick, the saints were now presented with a space that wouldn’t look out of place in the Melbourne Weekly. It was Armageddon doomsday bunker meet modern 4 bedroom townhouse. Pretty sure I saw some first home buyers texting their parents ‘I have a brilliant idea, for my first home lets go underground!!!’
Tunes and real estate covered; it was time for the game, well 9:40 Sunday morning wasn’t ideal – just ask Catie McDonough, who was one 21st party away from an all nighter – whoop whoop, come on party people. From the first bounce, it was clear Melbourne Uni - or the ‘muggars’ as they like to be called – were up for it. Merigan wasn’t intimidated and laid some amazing tackles in the first quarter, she dodged an accusation of bringing her own football for the first 20 minutes such was her performance. Betts (Ruby) was enjoying a move forward and making some great contests, and Thurman’s pressure in the midfield was moving the ball forward for a seedy McDonough, and her sober sister Maggie. Contaxis had moved on from finding Co-Ax cables to winning ruck contests, her second efforts were a thing of beauty, giving Jones and Jacka some terrific first use. Auguste showed that it’s not just defenders who have to tackle as her forward pressure resulted in numerous repeat forward entries. Barmby who had a bruise dummying as an arm sleeve tattoo was inspired as she tackled multiple ‘Muggars’ into the lush surrounds of The University of Melbourne. Despite having all the play for the first part of the game, the Saints found themselves behind thanks to a freak goal from the Muggars. Lowe, Morgan and Gregor gang tackled the next forward entry, and whilst being a bone crunching tackle the ball fell in the path of a Muggar, who pinched another goal. Quarter Time Saints 0.0-0 v Melbourne Uni 2.2-14.
Muggars were keen to capitalise on their fortuitous two goals and pushed hard early, the defence was held up by Lowe, Amanda – who loves a run of half back, Bland and Schwarze, and attacks for the muggars were constantly denied. Howard, was leading a merry dance on the scoreboard side wing, Jones and Wong weren’t to be left behind the dance party and ably joined in, before the umpire arrived and shot the party down. Catie McDonough was also seen attending the party, none were surprised. Our efforts forward were met with serious attitude from Straford, easily the most underrated of her family, Meehan and Murray. Two Betts are better than one according to SportsBet, and Sarah had moved up the ground trying to influence proceedings. But alas, much like Shakespeare’s Sonnet 87 being recited nearby, there was much unrequited love for the Saints, and our efforts went scoreless. The coaches were content with the quarter, even with a lucky goal kicked off the boundary line 40m out by a muggar – I mean that’s ridiculous – couldn’t damper the coaches’ enthusiasm for the Saints effort at half time. Half Time Saints 0.0-0 v Melbourne Uni 3.3-21.
Being three goals down at half time called for serious magnet shuffling, the coaches threw Schwarze into the ruck, Contaxis to the wing and then proceeded to load as much talent as possible onto the whiteboard. It must be said, that by stage of the report, we have failed to mention the injured Tess McIntosh, who despite the sub double digit temperatures had elected to wear sandals and shorts – clearly wanting to highlight her significant bruised ankle. Tess was in charge of the white board for the coaches for the day and until the third quarter had performed admirably. McIntosh’s ankle injury which the astute and medically trained Howard and Jacka pointed out should really be looked at more seriously, maintained there was nothing to see here. Back to the game, the muggars had started well and kicked two goals in quick succession, McIntosh was fed up and threw the whiteboard into the pristine turf of The University of Melbourne in disgust, making Coach Nitshke’s swearing fits look mild, the resulting collection of magnets from the ground saw the team with 7 defenders, 5 midfielders, 10 forwards, 2 doves singing and a partridge in a pear tree. As we neared the end of the quarter, the whiteboard had resumed normality, the coaches decided to strengthen the backline, the normally forward playing Maggie McDonough was asked if she can play back? ‘Yes’, was the forthcoming answer and on to the backline she went; although Maggie was heard saying ‘I thought that was a joke question’ as she moved into the back line. Despite the comical behaviour on the sidelines, Betts sisters again proved that SportsBet are accurate with their two Betts are better than one slogan, Barmby tackled hard and Gregor continued push away muggar attacks at goal. Contaxis did well on her wing positon, and Bland continued to display the best kick in the league. 3 Quarter time Saints 0.0-0 v Melbourne Uni 5.11-41
Starting the last quarter, the goal was to score, Stephenson was moved forward to support Pattison. Catie McDonough seemed to have sweated out the 45 vodka red bulls and in the absence of a bar, the forward line seemed the best place for her. Jacka passed triple digits for tackling, Merigan continued to fight hard at every contest, Gregor reinstated than none shall pass her in defence and Lowe, Amanda once again showed she loves to run off half back. The Saints worked hard in the last quarter and moved the ball forward with Straford, Augustus and Meehan being involved, Pattison created a contest and Catie McDonough kicked a goal off the ground, cue the celebrations. We achieved our last quarter goal of being on the score board. Final Score Saints 1.1-7 v Melbourne Uni 6.13-49.
Overall, a tough day at the office, or doomsday bunker, whichever way you see it, the Saints have their destiny in their hands and are looking forward to learning from the loss.
Goals: C. McDonough – it was actually her this time not Maggie
Best: Gregor, Bland, Jacka, Merigan, Howard, Barmby
Gold Round 7: SKOB V Kew
With the arrival of a team banner to the Spaghetti Oval, something special was afoot. As the banner was revealed, the mighty Cropley emerged from the rooms to celebrate her 50th game for the Saints, making history as the first female at SKOBs to earn the honour. The first challenge for the day would be for the crepe paper, being tested by the wind, as the girls would be during the first quarter. With the marching band back in the stadium and the fireworks suitably fired, the game commenced with a couple of first timers gracing the field in Russell and Toohey.
A gallant early effort saw only one goal sneak through, before, in the dying moments, the girls from Kew, lined up (pun intended) their second on the beat of quarter time.
SKOBs would have the wind in the second quarter but Kew didn’t put the cue in the rack and were ready for the challenge, managing to outscore the girls 2 goals to zero taking a 4 goal lead in to the half time break.
Some reshuffling and rethinking was required at the half time break as SKOBs had their work cut out for them in the second half.
The second half saw a real lift in effort, as Bri continued her ambition to the winner of the Sorest Sunday Award (excluding injuries) receiving knock after knock, while dishing out her fair share of body contact. How she manages to walk on a Sunday is a mystery, perhaps she can’t?
In addition, the rucks stood tall during the second half with Hynes leading the way in the middle and Simmonds continuing to come ahead in leaps and bounds. Meanwhile, Luppo decided to have a try her luck in the school of Sophie Straford, thankfully she didn’t graduate with a crater but an egg and would spend the rest of the game resting the head.
The lift in intensity was rewarded in the final quarter with Gleeson able to covert after a strong grab in the square, before kicking a second after a some spectacular linkage play/teamwork. Playing with a real fire in her belly that could see her spend more time away from the forward line (…) Sarah Cameron got front and centre for a handball receive to slot a nice goal on the run. But it was all too late unfortunately.
The match highlighted an important aspect of the state of the competition, in that all teams, including us, are beatable. We should come prepared for the challenges of playing teams we defeated, as they will come ready for pay back. While we should approach the teams we lost to with the confidence that we can return the favour. Key point to work on next week, with one of our fearless leaders not on the field to assist, we should take a leaf from her book and lead with passion, not only with our style of play, but also at the ball! Go team, Go Saints!
Goal Kickers: M. Gleeson 2, S. Cameron
Best Players: E. McLinden, B. Doyle, T. Nichols, E. Wardlaw, S. Dunell, A. Hynes
Blues Round 7: SKOB V Kew
Once again the Saints Blue were presented with a beautiful Spring afternoon for football – extremely rare for late May, especially seeing as though it is technically autumn. Our opponents had travelled from far Kew and despite the late withdrawal of Ruby Betts – first game this year with no Betts – gamble responsibly ladies; the Blues had a very strong team on paper, actually it was a whiteboard with magnets – but you get the picture.
Right from the first bounce, a strong wind straight down to the change room end was in existence, luckily the Saints had the wind and dominated possession in the first quarter. The forward line was enjoying first use of the football – Barmby’s tackling and long kicks were helping Augustus and Reis continue their solid creative forward form. Our wingers Thurman and Doble were helping to keep the ball in the right areas for the Blues – but our opponents from far Kew were showing they were more than up for the challenge, putting our ball use under extreme pressure. Gregor was moved forward to offer some additional height, and it proved a coaching masterstroke if this scribe does say so; from a resulting contest, McDonough, Maggie; pounced on the free ball, moved in to clear space and used the wind beautifully to kick the Saints first for the game. Our cheers were short lived as influential forward McIntosh was in the hands of trainers, the resulting ankle injury would rule her out for the rest of game. Just as the siren sounded, the blues were dealt a further injury blow when Barmby was tackled fiercely from behind, and driven into the harder than cement cricket wicket area – injuring her wrist – also out for the reminder of the game – Quarter time Saints 1.0-6; Kew 0.0.0
With the magnets moved around during the break, it was the Kew’s turn to have the wind, the defence of Bland, Fionentini, Lowe and Lowe – how Lowe can you go; were up against some serious pressure – Gregor and Schwarze were not just a local Hawthorn law firm but moved to defence adding vital height as Kew kicked their first goal. Our midfield of Contaxis, Jones, Tipping and Jacka were finding the going tough but were working hard in defence as Kew used the wind to great effect kicking another goal. Merigan was moved on to the wing – adding evasive pace, Thurman was moved forward and through some quality defensive forward pressure from McDounough Catie, Murray and Pattison, Thurman was able to kick a goal and keep the Saints in the game. Half Time Saints 2.1-13; Kew 2.5-17
Following half time, the Saints were looking forward to having the wind again, sadly the wind had changed direction and wasn’t the advantage of previous quarters. Tipping was working brilliantly in the midfield, tackling hard – unfortunately she landed awkwardly on her knee in one of her trade mark fierce tackles and was added to the injury list for the day. Johnson and Stephenson were in defence using their experience to hold the opposition at bay, and work the ball forward – Thurman continued to present really well and McDonough, Augustus and Doble were working hard in the forward line – Reis took a big hit and became the 4th Saint added to the injured and not returning list – with one on the bench the rest of the game the Saints were up against it as Kew kicked a goal against the run of play – extending their lead, Three Quarter time Saints2.1-13; Kew 3.7-25.
At the three quarter time huddle the Saints were surprised to see assistant coach Nitschke, who had flown home from sake school to add support – the girls were inspired by her Mario cart effort to make it to the ground and started the quarter brilliantly, Doble tackled hard and created an opportunity for her to kick a goal and reduce the margin, the Saints had a sniff of a comeback win. Jacka lifted her work rate in the middle and the Saints pushed forward again – Pattison marked and then goaled and the Saints were only a few points behind. Kew weren’t about to lay down for the Saints, the constant forward movement inevitably broke our defence, despite some amazing efforts from our exhausted defenders Bland, Gregor, Schwarze, Fionentini, Stephenson and Johnson – who were all amazing in the last quarter – Kew ran the game out well and added two more goals to their score. Final Score Saints 4.1-25; Kew 5.11-41.
The score line flattered Kew a bit in the end, the reduced bench for Saints made it difficult in the final quarter. The coaches are extremely proud of the never give up attitude of the all the Saints – we weren’t our best, and are keen to rectify the loss next week.
Goals: M. McDonough, Thurman, Doble & Pattison
Best: Gregor, Schwarze, Jacka, Contaxis, Bland, Thurman.
SKOB Gold Round 6
V Old Trinity – Bulleen
With May Day upon us and democracy sausages being sauced across the nation, the girls
were in high spirits. Fake tanning was discussed pre game, allowing society to expect
everybody to have tans all 12 months of the year despite the temperature and UV levels.
Additionally, it was a day for celebration with Eliza who was set to make her VFL debut for
The team was sporting a set of arm bands on their right arm in recognition of Thick and Thin
Round. The round is designed to spark conversation about mental health in a bid to reduce
the stigma. True SKOB spirit has been shown on the SKOB Whatsapp this week, with great
conversation and offers of support being extending to the team. Well done girls, making the
world the better place at a local level is how the whole world improves.
Tommy ‘Two Coats’ Purcell was seen sporting an opposing team shirt prior to kick off, but in
true Clark Kent style, he arrived on time and in character to the venue. The venue in
question was home to a field that would make the MCG look small and penetrating kicks
would be a rare commodity on a field wide enough to support a the landing of a large
commercial passenger aeroplane.
The first quarter was a traditional quarter of two halves, with the opposition coming out
strong, before the Saints stepped up with a strong second ten minutes. 1-1 at quarter time.
Second quarter highlighted the return of Wardlaw to the club, who hit the ground running,
showing her speed and ability around the ground, a truly classy display that should leave her
with great confidence for some good times ahead. More scoring shots were managed by
both teams during the quarter, with Cameron marking strongly before going back and
getting the job done. Old Trinity were deadly with their forward fifties, managing to score 3
majors for the quarter to the take an 11-point lead at the major break.
With the sun shining, Gatorade was flowing at half time, while some shuffling (a sign of
Tommy’s dance moves for later in the evening?) of the magnets on the board resulted in
some changes. The girls were asked to dig deep and left the rooms ready to rise to the
The third term was played with great intensity by both sides, with the ball spending much of
its time in the Simpson Desert (middle of the field). Such intensity was shown, that the
strong commitment for the ball resulted in some friendly, leaving Straford and Cameron
requiring some extended time off the field after a heavy clash of heads. Unfortunately for
Sophie, her courage and commitment would see her unable to re-enter the play and all our
thoughts are with you for a swift recovery and an uninterrupted night’s sleep! The effort from
both teams saw the teams come in at the break with a 11 point margin to OT.
The last quarter would see one major added by Old Trinity as the girls ran out the game
A tough contest, but a 17 point loss in Premier footy should leave us with plenty to
confidently build upon for both next week and for when these two teams meet again at
Righetti later in the season/in a few weeks (Round 9!?!?).
Next week, jump in line, it’s time for Kew.
Goal Kickers: S. Cameron
Best Players: E. Wardlaw, E. McLinden, A. Hynes, J. Joyce, S. Dunell, B. Doyle
Blues Round 6: SKOB V Old Trinity
Trinity Marles Playing Fields
Bulleen. Thick and Thin Round.
We ventured north of the Yarra for the third time this season, where car parking was a
premium. The change rooms resembled an elongated bedroom, where there was not
enough room to practice your 70’s disco dance steps for the upcoming MayDay
cocktail party. At least we did not have to contend with BBQs in the corner- they had
all been hired out for Election Day sausage sizzles. Playing conditions were warm,
sunny and not a breath of wind. These conditions and the large oval were going to test
We welcomed back Barmby, Schwarze, Johnson and McGregor . Special welcome
was extended to Oli who stepped in to help coach with Karen and Chris overseas.
This week, Straford. C, McDonough. C and Thurman volunteered to be rested for the
team. Thanks ladies.
In line with the Thick and Thin Round, the theme for the day was the power of
postive thinking. We discussed how positive thoughts would help determine the
enjoyment and ultimate success the team would have today. Positive energy and get
around each other was going to be our focus.
The Blues dominated the first quarter with repeated entries into the forward 50. We
just couldn’t convert on the scoreboard until Patto found herself on the end of a pass
from Jess and bulldozed her way through congestion, to register our first major. The
mids were being challenged especially by Old Trinity’s best player- a redhead who
we affectionately called ‘the Ranga’. Snell and Merigan were asked to run with her
and did the job brilliantly. Leo toiled hard in the ruck.
Quarter time SKOB; 1.2 -8: Old Trinity 0.0-0.
The second quarter started differently with Old Trinity taking the ascendance and
keeping the ball in their forward half. Defence remained strong. So we could free up
our mids, Toohey was given the task of nullifying the Ranga when she ventured into
their forward fifty. The same obligation was given to Barrmby in our forward line.
The pressure the girls put on resulted in many turnovers. Mika, who was all over the
midfield, suffered an ankle injury and had to come off in some distress, She was done
for the day. We were kicking points until Reis managed to score a major. The all
round pressure from the team was shining through, as we kept their scoring to a
measly one point for the half. From a coaching prospective, we were concerned we
were not kicking ourselves out of the game. The opportunities were presenting
themselves, but we just could not put them away.
Half time SKOB; 2.5-17: Old Trinity 0.1-1.
Old Trinity were playing better than what the scoreboard showed. They pressed
forward on numerous occasions but were constantly repelled by Bland, R. Betts,
Stephenson, Doble, Johnson, Fiorentini and co. The ball vacillated between the two
forward lines. Tipping and Lowe on the wings were running all day. We were tackling
hard as Liv “I can bring anyone down” Jacka laid the best tackle you could hope to
see. Just before the end of the quarter, Jess Mounas got crunched and had to be
chaired off the ground with an ankle injury; the seriousness of which was not clearly
evident then. The opposition, this quarter, out scored us with 2 goals to our 3 points.
At ¾ time the team gathered in the only shady area around the ground to regroup. The
message for the day, “positive energy” was reemphasised. The team was not going to
lie down. Conditions were warm and the competition hot.
Three Quarter time SKOB; 2.8-20: Old Trinity 2.1-13
Down two rotations on such a warm day, was going to test us, physically. The
coaches asked many players to play in different positions to what they were normally
accustomed. The first goal for us came from the boot of Sarah Betts. The next goal,
came from Augestes who had been busy all day. We were finally putting some score
board pressure on and we looked like we were home. Or we thought! A controversial
goal was awarded to Old Trinity. With the ball coming back to the centre, the mids;
Schwarze, AJ, Snell and Jacka, combined to clear the ball to McDonough who kicked
to the forward pocket. Sarah “Super Boot” Sarah Betts picks it up and kicks an Eddie
Betts style goal. Pardon the surname pun. Old Trinity kicked a goal late in the quarter,
but we came away with a well deserved victory.
Full time SKOB; 5.11-41: Old Trinity 4.1-25.
The team played with positive energy and continually got around each other. We were
challenged many times, adapted and went on to get the job done.
Next week we back at home against Kew, who will be out to get their season back on
Lets keep the good work going.
SKOB Best; McDonough M, Toohey, Snell, Jones, Merigan, Betts S.
SKOB Goals; Betts. S 2, Pattison 1, Augestes 1, Reis 1
SKOB Gold Round 5
V Uni Blues – Righetti Oval
As the girls awoke early from their slumber and typed in T.H.King to google maps for their 11.50 kick off, the reality set in that they were in fact playing at Righetti. Thankfully Skaz took it upon herself to lift the team’s spirits during the warm up, with a good play on words fit for the ages, replacing Righetti with Spaghetti. Brilliant.
While Club legend, Lisa, fought the good fight for the girls along with Susan Alberti over at TH King, Tommy arrived at 1pm. Large fines were discussed for his tardiness, as high as $5 for such an act, hopefully he has enough spare to feed the family. Additionally, Bowles was unavailable this week, seeing the addition of Brian to the mids.
The focus of the game was passion and the girls were reminded to hit the ground running after a strong finish last week, they needed to come out ready to play. With Rachel’s hair braided thanks to Mags, the girls were ready.
SKOBs left their mark on the first quarter, with a strong start from the mids, breaking out of the middle from the first contest allowing early scoring opportunities in to the wind. Gleeson impacted early, reading the ball well before waltzing in to an open goal to kick the first major. Hynes showed her class, winning every contest around ground, allowing her team mates to benefit from her hard work. With Cameron collecting her first for the day in the first quarter, the SKOBs went in to the quarter time break with a 2 goal lead. Unfortunately, Abbey ‘the smiling assassin’ Bloom went down early with an ankle injury, fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!
The second quarter saw a real swing of play. The defenders were called in to the match and they stood strong, putting pressure on their attempts at goal, allowing their time with the ball to not impact on the scoreboard. Great pressure from the likes of Hodgett, Sullivan, Stoltz and Viti really helped keep the girls in the game. Viti was seen timing her tackles perfectly on local Comedian/RSL Barman’s (Sam Garlepp) sister, being rewarded for her efforts with free kicks. At the other end of the ground, limited inside 50’s were not wasted, with Cameron scoring twice, seeing the SKOB’s to head to the half time break with a 4 goal lead.
The third quarter was pure Saint’s domination, allowing the coaches plenty of shoulder slapping and moments of enjoyment. Great run and carry from McBeth- Japhcott, tremendous poise form Nicholls, timing and skill from Cropley linking up superbly with Luppo, who troubled the scorers twice in quick succession. The three-quarter time break would see the score board with a season high 8 goals 6 to Melbourne Uni’s 1 goal.
The fourth quarter took just as long as the previous 3 quarters, seeing 20 minutes of time pass by.
At the final siren, the girls had a season high 8 goals 6 behinds, running out 5 goal victors over the Muggers. In addition to the team song, once again sung with great gusto, happy birthday was heard bouncing of the cinder block walls of the Reghetti change room to celebrate Cropley, who did a much better job taking overhead marks on Saturday, than keeping her birthday secret.
A solid performance by the girls, with a list a mile long of key plays from many individuals. The team work and discipline from all is being rewarded with results in our favour, but the most exciting thing is, our best is still to come. GO SKOBS!
Uni Blues 3.6.24
Goal Kickers: S. Cameron 4, M. Gleeson 2, G. Lupson 2
Best Players: G. Cropley, T. Nichols, C. McBeth Jephcott, E. Hodgetts, S. Dunell, A. Mendel
SKOB Blue Round 5
V Uni Blues – Righetti Oval
After the sojourn to the very cool West Brunswick Oval – it was back to our home ground. Jan had the changeroom in impeccable condition and there was not a broken BBQ in site. Melbourne Uni were super keen with everyone having arrived before 10.30 for a game that started at high noon. (insert Clint Eastwood music there). The Blues were disappointed after their narrow loss to the Magpies in Round 4 and were keen to make up for it. A rousing pre-game speech was delivered about how a lioness protects her pride – finished off with the quote from the matriarch of the Simpson family: Marge; it was Mother’s Day weekend after all.
Melbourne Uni won the toss and elected to kick with the breeze towards the Change room end. The Saints Blues started well with strong marking and ferocious tackling by Straford and Merigan. Contaxis, despite a niggle in her hip, continues her strong form and control of the centre square. Melbourne Uni peppered the goals but our defence held strong. Russell and Murray provided great run of the half back flank and R Betts continues to grow in strength as a reliable defender. Snell played her first game for the Saints Blues and quickly showcased her slick ball skills and strong run bursting though packs. Augustes showed great form in the starting line up and moved with confidence despite the back injury that hampered her 2018 season. Against the run of play, S Betts marked strongly at the other end kicking to Straford who opened the account for the Saints Blues kicking the first for the day.
Qtr Time Saints Blues 1-0-6 Melbourne Uni 0-1-1
The Saints Blues weren’t going to let the advantage of the breeze go to waste in the second quarter and jumped out of the blocks despite the centre square resembling a mud bath! The ball was delivered beautifully to Pattison who opened her account for the day, scoring the Saints second. Tackling pressure was intense and Jones and Jacka took on Melbourne Uni in the centre, supported by Tipping who despite having a root canal only 2 days earlier (ouch), showed her silky skills. The Saints dominated the play in the centre, Mergian tackling hard and executing a beautiful smother with the ball making its way in to the hands of Doble who slotted through her first for the day and the Saints Blues third. Reis presented but was closely held by her defender. The coaches were running rotations to ease the burden of the mid-fielders with C McDonough and Mounas showing their class. Melbourne Uni, despite playing tough footy were held scoreless for the term.
Half Time: Saints Blues 3-2-20 - Melbourne Uni 0-1-1
We knew that Melbourne Uni were not going to be happy being held scoreless in the 2nd term and with the breeze at their back, we knew we’d have to defend hard. The message from the coaches at half time was simple, tighten up on the loose players, use our voice and don’t give them the opportunity to create space. Contaxis continued to ruck strongly with the mids trying desperately to quell the pressure of the Muggers. Thurman took a blow to the eye and will be donning a lovely shade of purple this week. Let’s hope the shade matches her outfit section for Mayday! Tipping at one stage ran hard for the ball and despite being outnumbered 3 to 1, managed a clearance. Our defence was tested in the 3rd term with the Muggers adding 1 goal 4 behinds and keeping us scoreless. Bland with her long boot delivered out of the backline but Melbourne Uni worked hard to lock it in. Fiorentini despite her slight frame and with only 4 games under her belt has grown in to a natural defender and ferocious tackler ably supported by the ever-reliable Stephenson. Toohey was thrown in to the backline in the 3rd quarter to stem the attack and make her presence felt with her strong body work. Cherry was having a great game but copped one on the nose and came off for a blood rule.
3 Qtr time: Saints Blues 3-2-20 – Melbourne Uni 1-5-11
The nerves in the huddle at 3rd time were high, given that only last week the Magpies stunned us with a come from behind victory. We knew the girls had these thoughts going through their heads when Melbourne Uni kicked the first 2 goals. Dohnt showed why she was part of the leadership team and used to her and skills to direct the traffic At this point, notes for the match report ceased as the coaches tried to bring calm to the bench as the rotations to stem the flow continued. With McIntosh back in the forward line and creating options for the mids to deliver, the ball found its way through the Muggers defence. With only a minute or so to go, Patto backheeled a goal off the ground, putting the Saints Blues in front by 4 points. Blow the siren!!!!!! The celebrations were grand final like and the Saints headed back to the change rooms relieved but over the moon.
Final Score: Saints Blues 4-4-28 - Melbourne Uni 3-6-24
Goals: Patterson, Straford, Betts and Doble
Best:, Augustus, Bland, Contaxis Jones, Snell, Russell.
SKOB Blue Round 4
V West Brunswick – McCallister Oval
SKOB Saints headed out to the trendy inner suburb of West Brunswick for our top of the table clash, the allocated change room resembled something closer to a BBQ’s Galore store as no less than 3 barbeques were sighted in the minimalist room, I am convinced our changing room was previously the janitors cupboard such was its diminutive size. This scribe can only assume that with all the tofu baking in the region, the good old ‘barbie’ just isn’t in demand as it once was in the years gone by.
Tiny changing rooms aside – this was a top of the table clash that the Saints were ready for, the energy was high, the UE boom was working overtime and with the valuables safely locked in Karen’s car, although there was some talk of a gumtree sale on phones from account ‘Go_Tigers_Dusty is the best_Nitschke’… it was game time!
From the first bounce, Contaxis showed she was going to be a presence all day; Jones, Jacka and Toohey – doubling as an inner city accounting firm were also lapping up the first use of the sherrin, delivering early use for the forwards, Betts (Sarah), Augustes and McIntosh enjoyed the service from the midfield. The Saints used the open forward line brilliantly – Merigan was elusive as ever (has anyone actually ever tackled Tara?), Reis turned opposition backline inside out and Schwaze was excellent as full forward. The Saints were peppering the goals, and it wasn’t long before Sarah Betts kicked her first goal – The Saints were away!! West Brunswick didn’t allow us to rest, and immediately counter-attacked, the half backline Gregor, Betts (Ruby) and Russell were repelling well and it wasn’t long before the Saints were back on the front foot, and scoring another goal through Reis. Quarter time Saints 2.3 – 15 v West Brunswick 0.0-0
The gum tree surrounds of the trendy hipster oval offered little protection from the wind, and for the second quarter a strong breeze was blowing towards the West Brunswick goal. Bland was leading a band of Fiorentini and Lowe down back, receiving great support from Stafford and Stephenson. The pressure was immense in the back line and great support from the wingers Dohnt and Thurman was welcomed by those down back. As the half time siren sounded, the Saints had defended stoically and as a team, we headed back to barbeques galore for cup of Gatorade and a haloumi, mushroom and spinach pie; half time Saints 2.3 – 15 v West Brunswick 0.3 – 3.
Not content with the half time vegan friendly pie, the coach ordered a double McDonough stat, Catie and Maggie were sent into the midfield to add extra polish to the work of Toohey & Co; Doble came onto a wing to add some pace and Mounas went forward as the Saints went on the attack. Love the game not the odds Betts was on the end of a brilliant passage of play, featuring Schwarze beating two opponents, keeping the ball alive and providing Betts the ability to score her second of the day. West Brunswick are a proud team and had lifted their work rate, scoring their first goal for the day. End of the third quarter Saints 3.6 – 24 v West Brunswick 1.3 – 9.
As the last quarter started, light rain started to fall and the wind again picked up towards the West Brunswick Goal, the coach pondered was there an eco-friendly wind turbine somewhere near by? Renewable energy aside, Bland & Co were under fire down back. Contaxis worked hard in defence and in the ruck, Russell and Toohey lifted their work rate and Ruby Betts proved that there is more than one Betts in the game – play the game not the odds ladies. The football became greasy and our clean hands of the first three quarters deserted us, and the pressure down back was too much for our young team a gallant West Brunswick were not going to be denied on their trendy vegan eco powered home ground, final score Saints 3.6 – 24 v West Brunswick 4.6 – 30.
Saints Blue lost by a kick, a solitary goal. We went to West Brunswick in search of a challenge and a desire to know where we sit in the competition, we found out we are right amongst the best and we don’t fear anyone. We will learn a lot from this loss and we can’t wait for the rematch!!
Goals: S. Betts 2, Reis
Best: S.Betts, Bland, Contaxis, R.Betts, Dohnt, Jones
SKOB Blue Round 3
V Marcellin – Righetti Oval
Good conditions with a fluky wind blowing down to the Pavilion end of Righetti, presented itself for our second home game this season. Six of our regular players were not available this week. Special mention to Steph and Jo who were not 100% fit and stood down for the team. Five players were called up for their first game this season with the Blues; Mads Meehan, Charlotte Barmby, Cherry Russell, Sarah Betts and Ila Taylor, all handy players who acquitted themselves admirably.
The theme for the day was the remembrance of women who have fought for our great country; in particular Margaret Prowse was praised. A spritely 99 year old veteran who still is very active around the local community.
The first quarter was hard fought, as it became very clear that Marcellin had come to play. We were kicking with the wind and it would be fair to say we did not take full advantage of it. Our strong defence led by full back “Don’t mess with me” Bland held sway. The mids with debutantes Ila, Charlotte B and Cherry, together with our stalwarts, Leo, Liv, AJ and Elise, started to work together better as the quarter wore on. One of the highlights for the forwards, who had limited opportunities, was “Get out of my way” Pattison laying one of the most bone jarring tackles you will ever see. The crunch noise could be heard from the interchange bench!! The coaches message at quarter time was lets get back to basics, keep to our structures.
Quarter time SKOB; 0.1-1 : Marcellin 1.4-10
With the coaches’ messages ringing in the player’s ears, the Saints gradually wrestled back the ascendance in the game. Ila and Gemma, were damaging with their run off the half back and centre lines. We took control of the stoppages; Leo was finding her touch and the mosquito fleet took full advantage, clearing the ball in a more constructive manor. The half backs of Amanda, Remi and the Betts sisters, stood strong and repelled many of Marcellin’s forward forays. The full back line of Bella, Alex and Jess Johnson, aka JJ, were rock-solid, as the scoreboard showed. The forward line was engaged in a titanic arm wrestle and as they started to lock the ball into our forward half. Mads Meehan was so revved up she was running a muck and into anything that came her way. Unfortunately after a great start she fell awkwardly and hurt her knee. Even though she wanted to come back on, she was done for the day. Patto, snags our first goal and we are right back in the game.
Half time SKOB 1.1 – 7; Marcellin 1.4-10
The coaches reinforced our structures around stoppages and contested ball. We lifted our intensity at the ball. The number and ferociousness of our tackling doubled. The twin turbos, Caitie and Maggie McDonough along with Caroline and Sophie laid tackle after tackle. This allowed our forward line to shine. Patto and Charlotte M (complete with a sprightly tan), to kick truly and we put some scoreboard pressure on. AJ was in and under, laying numerous tackles before she succumbed to yet another finger injury. With our interchange bench down to four, the players were rotated quickly on and off the bench as the mids are asked to run their guts out. Gemma and Remi combined to lay an AFL like tackle. Tipping is continued her elusive play, while Renee and Charlotte B playing pivotal roles in the forward line. The backline continued their dominance and kept the opposition to their second scoreless quarter; while we tripled our half time score.
Three Quarter time SKOB; 3.4-22: Marcellin 1.4-10
We knew Marcellin would come out strong, but we were up for the challenge. Our team work went to another level. One example was when Ila backed herself, broke the lines and passed to Caroline, who in turn got the ball to Sarah and then onto Maggie, who converted. Marcellin was not done. But it is our backline who stood tall along with our mids to clog up their forward line. Our forwards were asked to push right up the field and take on a defensive role. We are unlucky not to get another goal with the last kick of the day.
Full time SKOB; 4.4-28 : Marcellin 1.6-12
A great game, where we were challenged many times and responded in the SKOB Saints Blues way.
“SKOB Saints play ruthless footy, are united and have a great time doing it. We are respectful, we are strong, we are courageous”.
Interesting celebrations after the game: Coaches asked to do a “Shoey” along with some exuberant players. I for one had not heard of the expression. Interesting flavour, but all good fun.
The win leaves us undefeated and second on the ladder. Next week we face our toughest opposition yet with a top of the table clash against West Brunswick AFC. Go Blues!!
SKOB Best; McDonough M, Toohey, Contaxis, Russell, Pattison, Taylor
SKOB Goals; Pattison 2, McDonough M 1, Murray 1
Saints Blues V St Marys Salesian- Righetti Oval
The conditions couldn’t be more perfect for Round 2. The historical first game for the Saints
at Righetti Oval saw the ground bathed in glorious sunshine and not a breath of wind - hard
to believe that it’s almost midway through April. After a big win in the opening round, the
Saints Blues were up against new-comers to the Premier Division; St Marys Salesians. The
message from the coaches (and a quote from Lisa Simpson) was about what amazing role
models they were, to continue to be brave, not perfect and to maintain tackling pressure
and intensity at the footy. Whilst we didn’t quite know what to expect from them, we knew
they would bring intensity to the game and as newcomers they had something to prove. We
weren’t proven wrong.
St Marys won the toss and elected to kick to the Change room end. They certainly came to
play and jumped out of the blocks. Contaxis efforts in the ruck continued on from where she
left off last week and continued to dominate in that position but also made her presence
known at the ground level contests. St Marys’ midfielders came out fighting and our mids of
Jones, Toohey and C McDonough had to work hard to gain possession of the footy. Thurman
impressed with her run and tacking pressure, with Dohnt applying her pressure game and
directing the traffic. The Blues backline was under pressure early with St Marys peppering
the goals, with little return on the scoreboard. Bland stood strong and her run out of the
back supported by Stephenson and Lowe was impressive and withstood the pressure.
Fiorentini was fierce in her tackling and M McDonough laid what is sure to be one of her
trademark bumps. Against the play, Merrigan’s intensity at the footy and her strong run
helped deliver the ball to forward line where McIntosh managed to squeeze a goal after a
pack had formed. Straford and Gregor came off the bench and had terrific run and ably
assisted in holding St Marys off.
Quarter time: SKOB Blues 1-0-6 St Marys 0-3-3
The second quarter started the same way as the first with St Marys jumping out of the
blocks but they were no match for the Blues. Thurman continued to dominate the wing
with her run and tackling pressure and delivered the ball to Patto who used her body
beautifully to out mark her opponent and boot the Blues second. Brittan seemed to be
everywhere and was running like there was no tomorrow. Betts was proving to be
unshakeable in defence with Johnson and Schwarze playing a supporting role assisting in
clearing off half back. Contaxis continued to dominate in the ruck and Dohnt continued to
show her strong tackling skills and why they were both voted in to the leadership team in
2019. Doble displayed her versatility playing more of a defensive role this week and
Merrigan showcased her evasive skills. After a promising first half, Gregor come off midway
through the 2nd quarter courtesy of a dislocated finger (that would turn your stomach) and
prematurely ended her day. The backline continued to withstand St Mary’s pressure
allowing them only a measly behind. The quarter saw some beautiful link up possessions.
Half Time: SKOB Blues 2-1-13 St Marys 0-4-4
After kicking only 4 behinds to half time, we knew St Marys would come out hard and that’s
exactly what they did. Contaxis continued to execute her plans in the ruck and deliver to the
run of Jones, Thurman, Brittan and Merrigan. After a spell down back, Schwartze was
thrown in to the ruck to give Contaxis a well-earned rest and continued to deliver first use of
the ball to the SKOB mids. The mids and wingers withstood St Marys renewed vigour and
continued to deliver strongly in to the forward line. C McDonough laid a strong tackle and
the Blues linking play was a thing of beauty. Toohey ran hard and on a break out of the
backline, pulled up with a strain of her hamstring. Whilst she came off, she played on and
off the bench and was rested in the last term. Straford laid a terrific tackle late in the third
term and was rewarded with a shot on goal which she nailed. Jones continued her 2018 B &
F form and laid a ‘don’t argue’ showing us that she hasn’t lost any form despite missing
round 1 with a hand injury. St Marys were again held scoreless for the term.
3 Qtr time: SKOB 3-4-22 – St Marys 0-4-4
In the final quarter, Murray was thrown in to the forward line after Gregor’s injury and
whilst not a natural forward line player (so she tells us) presented well, created a running
target and was rewarded with her first goal for SKOB, and for the year. Brittan continued
her midfield dominance as did Jones and Merrigan whose evasive skills and bursts through
the pack excited the crowd. Against the run of play, St Marys clearing kick out of the centre
to an open forward line saw them post their first and only goal of the match. At the re-start,
Johnson and Brittan executed some beautiful shepherding to assist their team mates run at
the ball. M McDonough ended her day with a goal after Patterson helped clear out the
forward line. Fiorentini showed her defence skills and impresses in her first season of footy.
A good win against tough opposition going in to the bye and the Easter break
Final Score: SKOB 5-5-35- St Marys 1-4-10
Goals: McIntosh, Patterson, Stafford, Murry and McDonough
Best: Brittain, Merrigan, Thurman, Jones, Contaxis and Dohnt
SKOB Saints Blue
SKOB Blue Round 1 – V Fitzroy
A glorious autumn day presented itself for the SKOB Blue opening match at the beautiful Brunswick
Rd oval; an oval that had a few tough memories for the SKOB Saints community. Conditions couldn’t
have been more perfect for round 1. The SKOB Blue team featured 14 new players, many playing
their first ever game of football.
Despite the requested 11am arrival time, many were stuck in traffic – expect some fines ladies – the
theme for the day was of sisterhood and being ‘BRAVE not perfect’, some of the players may have
taken exception to the theme, as over the course of the four quarters they did their best to be
Right from the opening bounce it was obvious Jacka and Wedgewood meant business, Jacka
burrowing in to win the football to feed out a handball to a running Wedgewood would become a
theme for the day. Dohnt was keen to continue her good preseason form and was having an impact,
using her voice well, until sadly a knee injury ruined her day. Thurman, Toohey, and Catie
McDonough moved the ball forward and Reis kicked her first goal for the day – and the Saints were
up and about. Contaxis battled hard in the ruck, Caroline Strafford found her way in the middle of
the ground and was proving equal to the legend of her last name as the Saints again went forward.
Captain Patto created a contest nearly pulling in a great mark, Maggie McDonough scooped the ball
and quickly snapped the ball toward goal, Doble took a great contested mark and goal – proving it
wasn’t her last name getting her a game.
Quarter time SKOB 2.3-15; Fitzroy 0.0-0
Fitzroy started the second quarter with renewed intensity, the Saints backline stood strong with
Lowe, Bland and Fiorentini repealing Fitzroy’s efforts to score, Saints Merrigan and Murray clearing
the ball away from danger. With the backline rock-solid, the forward line continued to dominate,
Patto opened her account, receiving a free kick and an Oscar for ‘best performance in winning a
head high tackle’. Reis added another when she cheekily soccered one off the ground in the goal
square. Contaxis found her way to the bench after sending multiple players off for the blood rule, it
appeared it might have been her blood from a breakfast mishap. This saw first gamer Schwartze
placed in the ruck, proving she was more than capable in this position. She tackled fiercely and won
a holding the ball free kick; topping it off with a long-range goal. Toohey also playing her first game
for SKOB, was excellent on ball and showed a tackling intensity we look forward to seeing more of.
Half time SKOB 5.3 – 33; Fitzroy 0.0-0
The coaches made some changes at half time, aiming to bring more girls into the game, Lowe and
Fiorentini started on the wings, Fiorentini’s tackling was more like a bulldozer doing demolition as
knocked players down with ease. Johnston, Betts and McIntosh were reliable down back, beating
their opponent at each contest. Doble and Murray were working well up forward and the elusive
Catie McDonough kicked a goal – or was it Maggie or was it Sophie; why do the girls all look so
similar??? Jacka’s tackle count went even higher, and the courageous rover took a great mark
running with the flight of the ball, kicking the ball forward quickly to Wedgewood who delivered to
Patto for her to convert her second goal. Tipping had arrived in dramatic fashion, and went straight
into the midfield, throwing herself in with little regard for her safety. Three quarter time and Saints
SKOB 7.6-48; Fitzroy 1.2-8.
McIntosh not content with her brilliant game so far, displayed incredible poise, grace and skill as she
threw her drink bottle (bottle flip style) from the ¾ time huddle into the carrier – amazing.
In the fourth quarter the Saints took their team work to new levels, Bland started a run from the
backline, a chain of handballs forward through Thurman, Murray, Schwartz, Strafford, Fiorentini,
Johnson and probably a McDonough, finished with a long kick forward to Merrigan, Tara picked the
ball up and displayed graceful elusiveness as she waltz passed defenders, making them look like
witches hats to kick her first goal. Betts had also moved forward and was showing she can play at
both ends of the ground, and Reis kicked the final goal of the match as the SKOB Saints ran out
9.8-60 to Fitzroy 1.2-8.
A great game with all coaches extremely proud of the players and thankful to the supporters. The
team put on a stunning display including ‘don’t argues’, blind turns, and ferocious footy.
We lived up to the SKOB Saints motto:
“SKOB Saints play ruthless footy, are united and have a great time doing it. We are respectful, we
are strong, we are courageous”.
Come down to Righetti Oval for our first home game when we take on St Mary’s Salesian.
SKOB Best; Reis, Wedgewood, Jacka, Contaxis, McIntosh, M McDonough
SKOB Goals; Reis 3, Pattinson 2, Doble, C McDonough, Merrigan, Schwartze