Weekend Wrap Saturday August 2nd

04 August 2014

Seniors hold off hungry Sharks, Ressies Secure top spot, Thirds come from behind over OM’s, 3 unders teams win well. All in all it was a "Good Weekend at Bernies’

 Seniors: Bernards Hold Out Plucky Sharks!

Despite losing their last six games Beaumaris’s form against Uni Blacks and Xavs in the previous fortnight was sound and with their home ground advantage a tough contest was expected.

St Bernards began well with two quick goals, however, Beauy responded and with Petering doing well in the midfield and crowd favourite Waylen Manson booting a couple of goals, Beauy more than matched St Bernards to take a six point lead at the first break.

The second term was tight with plenty of numbers around the ball and with neither side creating any clear advantage Beauy maintained a one point lead into half time. The game opened up in the third term with St Bernards Tom Sullivan, Mitch Hannan and Alex Singleton providing some valuable run while Adam Bentick did well in the stoppages. St Bernards looked to be winning the arm wrestle and but for some inaccuracy (6.5 to Beauy 4.0) the visitors could have led by more than the 16 point margin it held at three quarter time.

St Bernards continued to hold the edge in the last term. Chad Jones who had a terrific tussle with Beaumaris gun Scott Gower all day made his presence felt but it was Andrew Merrington who kicked a couple of left foot set shots from tight angles to ice the game. Merro finished with five majors for the day, while Tom Gleeson and Ben Considine two apiece the only other multiple goalkickers as St Bernards registered a hard fought 14 point win.

Club stalwart Jimmy ‘the bear’ Taylor presented first gamers James Weir and Jayden Malseed with their jumpers before the game, congrats to both boys on their debuts.

With four rounds to go Premier Division is hotting up with the battle for finals spots and relegation wide open.

Uni Blacks and St Bernards need one more win to secure the top two spots while 3rd and 4th is up for grabs with Trinity’s fourth loss in a row to Brighton placing them just percentage ahead of Scotch and Collegians and only one game ahead of Xavs who appear to have the best run home.  In the relegation battle last years Grand Finalists St Bedes have fallen behind and face a huge task to avoid the drop while the round 16 De La v Brighton clash looms as critical to both sides.

Match Details: St Bernards 14.13-97 def Beaumaris 13.5-83

Best:Tom Sullivan, Mitch Hannan, Andrew Merrington, Adam Bentick, Nate Kazuro, Alex Singleton

Goals:A. Merrington 5, T. Gleeson 2, B. Considine 2, C. Jones , M. Hannan , J. Forder , R. Schroder , S. Fleming

Reserves: Ressies Avenge Only Loss!

St Bernards had no less than nine changes from the side that defeated Xavs the previous week before facing off against the Sharks who are the only side to inflict defeat on the Ressies this season. An accurate Beauy booted three straight goals to take a four point lead in a physical opening to the game.

The second term saw Tom Russell doing well in the ruck, George Garth broke clear of his tag and along with Jack Saundry provided some valuable drive through the midfield while Ben Peart and Tom Duyndham found some space up forward. But for some poor conversion (3.5 to Beaumaris 1.0) the St Bernards lead should have been more than the 13 point margin held at the main break.

St Bernards continued to hold sway in the third quarter and with the midfield continuing where they left off and Jesse Manunzio, Luke Madden and Paddy Gamwell finding possessions the lead stretched to 29 points at three quarter time. The final term was a relatively even affair before a determined Beauy managed to kick a couple of late goals to bring the margin back to 14 points at the final siren.

Given the high number of changes to the side it was a solid performance. Well done to the Thirds boys promoted up including Justin ‘Buckets’ Evans who came in as a late change for Luke Scerri.

Next week the boys will host fourth placed Collegians who will be desperate to win to keep their finals aspirations alive.

Match Details: St Bernards 10.8-68 def Beaumaris 8.6-54

Best:Tom Russell, George Garth, Jack Saundry, Luke Madden, Ben Peart, Jesse Manunzio

Goals:D. Wall 2, T. Duyndham 2, J. Gay 2, J. Manunzio, P. Gamwell, T. Russell, A. Boyse


Thirds: Bernards Bounce Back Over OM’s!  

The Thirds bounced back with a 28 point win over OM’s at ‘the pit’ on Saturday

Kevin Jones reports: A dominant midfield led by young gun Mick Sulzberger and veteran Steve Cannatelli plus the effort from 100 gamer Damien Hurley, who shutdown  ex AFL player Ben Holland, helped the thirds post a stirring come from behind victory on oval 1 at the pit.

As expected Old Melburnians loaded up with the big guns in an effort to topple us, it certainly stretched the St Bernards defence, however our run and carry and work in close ensured that the opposition forwards had minimal opportunities. Goals to Boscollo and Sulzberger got us off to a good start before OM’S snagged 2 late ones to have us 4 points up at the first break.(2-4 to 2-0).

Our focus for the day was to be more accountable and guard the space to contribute to our team defensive mindset. Our midfield was showing the way and our forwards working hard to keep the pill in our half, goals to Gill, Boscollo, Helenius and Josh Madden had us up and about before a lapse in concentration allowed OM’s to kick four in a hurry with their taller forwards starting to get on top and kicking accurately. A six point, (6-7 to 6-1), margin had us in front at half time.

We expected to gain the advantage in the third term and when O’Connor, Cannatelli and Cunningham all kicked truly we thought we were going to keep the momentum, however another lapse in concentration allowed their forwards off the leash as they kicked four goals in a row and were up and about and they held a 1 point advantage at orange time, (9-8 to 10-3).

The coaching group threw down the challenge to the players as our work rate and intensity needed to lift and if we wanted the win badly enough it was there for the taking. The players responded in the best way as they out tackled and out run Om’s to kick 6 last quarter goals running out 28 point winners. A victory like this was even more meritorious considering the forced changes across all 3 sides this week as our depth was well and truly tested. The song was belted out at top note as we celebrated the victory and Damien Hurley’s 100th game for the club. Well done Hurl’s.

Match Details: St Bernards 15.11-101 def OM’s 11.7-73

Best: Michael Sulzberger, Seamus Whelan, Michael Hughes, Steve Cannatelli, Damian Hurley, Liam McIntyre, Jack Wheeler

Goals: M. Boscolo 2, J. Madden 2, M. Hughes 2, K. O''Connor 2, M. Sulzberger 2, L. Whelan, S. Cannatelli, J. Gill, J. Cunningham, A. Helenius


Paul Garth