Bernard's stumble at Trinity

02 July 2012

After an impressive win over De La Salle in the previous week St Bernards misfired badly at Trinity on Saturday missing an opportunity to consolidate a position at the upper end of the table.

Seniors: St Bernards Stumble At Trinity!

After an impressive win over De La Salle in the previous week St Bernards misfired badly at Trinity on Saturday missing an opportunity to consolidate a position at the upper end of the table. Always a dangerous side at home Trinity took the early initiative against the breeze and with Barrett, Butler, Mescher and Hamilton all providing plenty of run and forwards led by big Ramsden converting their opportunities, Trinty jumped to a five goal lead before Brendan George goaled to leave St Bernards 23 points adrift at the first break.

Growing in confidence from their first quarter effort Trinity continued to take risks with the breeze booting 5.2 while holding St Bernards to a solitary one behind and set up a match winning 54 point lead at the main break.

An improved effort in the third saw St Bernards register 4.1 to Trinity’s 1.2 but with Barratt and Captain Iezzi controlling the midfield Trinity simply proved too good on the day running out 60 point winners at the final siren. Brendan George and Tom Caven tried hard over the four quarters in an otherwise disappointing performance. The side will now look to upset ladder leader Old Xavs at ‘the Pit’ next Saturday. The club have arranged a 10 year reunion for its A Grade and under 19 Premiership sides in 2002 and look forward to a big role up.

St Bernards: 6.7 (43) defeated by Old Trinity: 16.7 (103)

Best: Brendan George, Tom Caven, Dan Riley, Jack Gay, Liam Wilkinson, Luke Madden Goals: Luke O''Sullivan 2, Brendan George 2, Liam Wilkinson, Alex Singleton

Reserves: Ressies Out Muscle Trinity!

After a frustrating loss to top side De La Salle last week the Ressies bounced back with a solid win over a handy Trinity line up in a low scoring affair.  After Trinity took advantage of the breeze and established a three goal lead the boys responded to inch ahead at half time by four points. The break came in the third quarter when St Bernards on ballers took control. With Shaun Clarke, George Garth and Jesse Manunzio winning the clearances, Liam Cookson, Paddy Harris, and Jack Wheeler doing well down back and Paddy Gamwell lively across half forward St Bernards booted 2.3 into the breeze while holding Trinity to a solitary point.

Half way through the last quarter St Bernards had 18 shots to 8 and after Chris Mitchell and Andrew Ciantar goaled it looked all over but a plucky Trinity kept coming and with a few late goals the final margin was narrowed to 13 points. The win keeps the boys in finals contention and sets up a big game against Old Xavs next week at ‘the Pit’

St Bernards: 8.12 (60) defeated Old Trinity: 7.5 (47)

Best: Shaun Clarke, Jesse Manunzio, George Garth, Chris Mitchell, Liam Cookson Goals: Chris Mitchell 3, D. Lamana 2, A. Ciantar 2, M. Salvadori


Thirds: Mono’s Boys Big Win Over Trinity!

Despite the large number of players unavailable for round 10 a very determined St Bernards line up faced off Old Trinity on the back oval. Getting changed alongside the Ressies there was a strong desire to win both games and Mono’s boys hit the ground running.

With Justin Evans dominating from the start, the Neal boys doing well and Grant ‘the Bug’ Breheney controlling the ruck St Bernards rammed on 6.5 in the first half while holding Trinity goalless. Tarik Kendier, Dylan O’Connor and Chris Godfrey were all fine contributors as the lead was stretched to 42 points at the last break. The last quarter was a dour affair with a little tiredness kicking in but with Nick Smith Junior, Dutchy Holland and Michael Kavanagh (3 goals) steadying the ship Mono’s boys registered a fine 40 point win and now look to become giant killers in the big game against undefeated Xavs next Saturday.

Best: Justin Evans, Liam Neal, Nick Smith, Michael Kavanagh, Paul Holland, Justin Daniele Goals: Michael Kavanagh 3, Nick Smith, Dylan O''Connor, Tarik Kendjer, Grant Breheney, Lachie Neal, Chris Godfrey, Liam Neal


Club 18: Warriors Storm Home Over Prahran!

 Coach Miracle Mel Beyer’s Warriors came from 5 goals down to take the points over finals rival Prahran. Kicking into a very stiff breeze in the first quarter, we had plenty of chances, but inaccurate kicking and some costly turnovers allowed the opposition to ram on five unanswered goals. 

The second quarter saw a much improved effort kicking 4 goals with the breeze & restricting Prahran to only 1 goal in a hard contested encounter. Only 6 points down at the main break the side as they knew they had a sniff of victory.

 The half time instruction to play wide & attack worked really well and with Chris Liberatore played a blinder down back we set up plenty of forward thrusts, a great goal by Marty McVeigh just gave the side the belief they could out score Prahran kicking into the breeze. Nick Toy Slotted our second for the quarter and we went into the last Break 5 point leaders.

 Marty McVeigh was straight into the thick of things kicking the first goal in the last quarter to increase our lead and Nick Toy soon followed with another and from there on the boys were never going to get headed. Joe Indomenico in his first game back kicked the sealer with minutes remaining. Blunty, Hogi and Shagga Janides were solid contributors and provided leadership to our young side and Peter Villani, Sean Lawler & the big man Andrew Gurrisi all rucked very well during the course of the game.

Lets keep the winning feeling going as we take on Xavier next Saturday morning at 9-20am!

St Bernards: 10.14 (74) defeated Prahran Assumption 7.7 (49)

Best: David Blunt, Ben Hogan, Daniel Janides, Daniel McManus, Chris Liberatore, Marty McVeigh, Nick Toy, Clarke Mitchell, Joe Indomenico Goals: Nick Toy 2, Aaron Helenius 2, Marty McVeigh 2,Sean Lawler, Michael Stapleton, Daniel Janides, Joe Indomenico


Under 19 Premier

With an ever increasing injury list at Senior and under 19 levels it was a very different line up that fronted Fitzroy back at the pit on Saturday.

A massive effort by Jack Saundry, Luke Sullivan, Sam Wood, Jarrod Gill, Alex Johnson, Tim O,Sullivan, Lachie Allison, and Aiden O,Connor who “Due to a shortage of fit players” were forced to play 6 quarters of footy each over 2 games. Well done boys, it is this sort of commitment that makes this club so great and strong.

With so many changes and a few tweaks to our usual game focuses for this week, it was expected that a slow start was likely. And so it transpired.

Fitzroy, “To their credit” played probably their best quarter of football for the year matching us for clearances and forward entries; however neither side was able to trouble the scorer with a major in the first quarter.

The 2nd quarter was a different story, with the game beginning to open up and some really good delivery into the forward 50 paying dividends. David Wall was once again on target kicking 3 of his total of 9 in the 2nd term and we were able to open up an 8 goal to 1 lead at the main break

The 3rd term saw the lead extend to 51 points but with the previous game taking its toll on some of our players, it was expected that the intensity would drop away in the last.

To their credit and with no bench left at all, the boys stuck to the task and ran out 52 points winners.

Great win under the circumstances, and with a massive game against premier leaders Xavs next week, we can only look forward to a great showing again. 

Final score: St Bernard’s 16.8 .104 Def  Fitzroy 7.10.52

Goal Kickers: D. Wall 9, A Johnson 2, S Wood 2, C Peart, J Gill and J Bennie 1each.
Best Players: D. Wall, S Wood, J. Bennie, C Peart, H Overman & M Hannan.


U19 (2)

St. Bernard’s 6.9 defeated By PEGS  16.8

Pre-match focus for this group was to stand up and be counted physically and get a win before the dreaded “carbon tax” comes in to effect.

 In the “battle of the Creek” PEGS won the toss and kicked with a stiff breeze and were on the board early, some positional changes stemmed the tide and the boys fought back with goals to Firth and Bevanda.

 The second quarter started at a furious pace and PEGS looked like running away with it before the momentum shifted but the Bernard’s boys couldn’t find the big sticks, the ball was in our forward 50 for the most of the quarter, late goals to Gill and Paoli breathed some life into the contest.

 The first ten minutes of the third quarter was a real arm wrestle with the boys defending grimly, two crucial turnovers resulted in easy goals which allowed the flood gates to open, PEGS scored 6 unanswered goals to keep us at arm’s length.

 The last quarter saw PEGS increase their lead and run out easy winners.

 Special thanks to Premier boys Jack Saundry, Luke Sullivan and Sam Wood for playing great first half before playing up and Michael (mad dog) Smith for playing the last half, after playing a full game with warriors, to make up the numbers.

 Tough month ahead for this group, we must stick together, train hard and remain positive “we are not done yet”

 Goals:   Bevanda, Firth, Gill, Johnson, Paoli, Notaro
Best Players:  O’Connor, Feehan, Paoli, Johnson, L.Whelan, S. Whelan, O’Sullivan

Paul Garth