Bernards start with a Bang
10 April 2017
Round 1 Match Reports as Bernards goes Bang !!
St Bernards reserves have opened their 2017 campaign with an emphatic 61 point win over Mazenod in the season opener.
With some off-field changes to the coaching line up, new coach Craig Connelly encourage the boys in the pre-game to give off at every first option, run through the lines, kick long to the big forwards and take the game on.
After a long 6 month pre-season and a 3 week pre-season campaign the Snowdogs were chomping at the bit to get into the competitive stuff for premiership points.
George Garth was employed as the captain of the day with Ben Peart his vice captain, both men along with seniors player Luke Madden gave strong words of encouragement before the first bounce to back in the boys ability and believe that all the work done in the off-season will pay off and the rewards will come.
Sean O’Keefe was given the task of playing at full back, Will Considine slotting in to the centre half back position. Big man up front Darren Colaco was the focal point to hit up and Dylan Gollant made his senior debut at centre half forward impressed in his first outing.
With a blowing gale to 1 end the boys kept Mazenod to 2 goals while kicking 1 themselves going against the breeze in the opening quarter. At half time St Bernards had gained a lead of 17 points. The Premiership quarter points went to Mazenod as they cut the margin to 12 points at the final stanza.
The question from the coaches at 3 quarter time was a simple one. “Do you have the mental attitude to finish off the game?” St Bernards knew they had the ability to run out the game with all the pre-season training behind them, it was a mental battle with Mazenod pressing.
A big tackle at the top of the goal square and goal from Ben Peart set the tone for the quarter. Daniel Riley continued to run through the lines and Darren Colaco who had presented all day managed to clunk a few big marks and kick telling goals that sealed the game. An emphatic 8 goal final quarter to 2 behinds blew the final margin out to 61 points giving the reserves the best possible start to the season.
Coach Craig Connelly said in the post match “Kicking against a stiff breeze, we managed to restrict Mazenod effectively at quarter time. We then worked well to establish a solid lead at half time with patches of effective team play. Our second half effort improved measurably, with our superior fitness and improved execution of our game style both reflected in a comfortable 10 goal win.”
The Snowdogs will take on Parkdale Vultures at home in Round 2 on April 22. After the break for Easter.
St Bernards 14.13.97 def. Mazenod 5.6.36
Goal Kickers: B. Peart 3, D. Riley 3, P. Romano 2, D. Colaco 2, T. Madden, J. Riley, D. Gollant, M. Stapleton
Best Players: S. Piantella, L. Jowett, S. O''Keeffe, B. Garth, D. Riley, L. Madden
After a horror 2016, the St Bernards senior side went into their Round 1 game vs. Mazenod keen to make amends and send a warning to the 2017 B Grade competition that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Senior coach Mark ‘Bomber’ Riley said on Thursday night at the season opener that he stood in front of the room a coach "more confident" in the 22 boys picked to run out for the season opener and there was "5-6 men genuinely unlucky" to not be named after what has been a long but successful pre-season.
Dom Iermano, Matt Reymant and Connor Riley - all VFL development listed players in 2016 were selected to make their St Bernards debut.
It was not going to be an easy task with Mazenod unfurling their C grade Premiership flag before the game in front of their home fans. Skipper Tom Caven won the toss and elected to kick with the wind. Under blue skies the Snowdogs got off to the best possible start kicking 7.3.45 in the opening quarter to 0.1.1 - Jack McNamara (4 goals) who has returned to club kicked a wonderful goal from the boundary in front of the Bernards bench that impressed the fans who drove down the highway to support the boys.
Vice captain Simon Caven was out of this game doing a wonderful charity ride for a worthy cause, his younger brother Michael was given the job of standing the centre half forward. By half time it was a foregone conclusion with St Bernards opening up a 62 point lead. Vice-captain Adam Bentick running riot through the midfield, Sam Woods using his pace off the half back flank and Eden Sibbald who finished the game with 5 goals was flying for everything.
About 20 minutes into the 3rd quarter skipper Tom Caven was caught one out on the wing, lunging at his opponent he produced a goal-saving wonderful tackle that resulted in a St Bernards goal however came off worse for wear injuring his shoulder and done for the day. Unsure on the extent of the injury but the club has said “we’ll wait for scans” Chris Davis on FB.
The weather turned even nastier at 3 quarter time with the wind picking up even more and the rain starting to tumble. The margin though, continued to grow in the final term as it went beyond 100 and the Snowdogs continued to run out the game stronger than their opponents to finish with a 113 point win.
After the win, coach Mark Riley said " It was a good reward for the players who have invested heavily in a rigorous pre season. We were hard and tough, well organised and had an even contribution across the board. We look forward to our next challenge. "
A week off due to Easter before Round 2’s home game vs. Parkdale Vultures who went down to Fizroy by 3 points in their season opener. Saturday, April 21 at 2pm at the Snakepit.
St Bernards 21.14.140 def. Mazenod 4.3.27
Goal Kickers: E. Sibbald 5, J. McNamara 4, M. Reyment 2, N. Cooke 2, Z. O''Halloran 2, C. Riley , A. Bentick, D. Iermano, H. Rocke, C. Hughes, A. Mcleod
Best Players: A. Bentick, E. Sibbald, T. Delzoppo, S. Woods, H. Rocke, J. McNamara
hope too see you all at the Snakepit on April 22nd !!