BERNIES CELEBRATE THE BALL WITH A WIN OVER BLACKS

10 August 2015

St Bernards 13.13.91 defeated University Blacks 12.9.81

Best: N.Kazuro, T. Cartledge, B.Ronke, T.Sullivan, M.Hannan, A.Singleton

Goals: A.Merrington 3, B.Ronke 3, C.Jones 2, S.Caven, T.Gleeson, C.Hughes, A.McLeod, T.Sullivan

 

A clinical first quarter of football gave us a 32 point lead at quarter time. If some set shots had been converted that lead could have been bigger. There was no discernable breeze, but Blacks hit back in the second quarter kicking 5 goals to our 2. An early Tom Sullivan goal in the third quarter and then a chain of handballs resulting in an Andrew Merrington goal suggested that St Bernard’s would run away with this game. But maybe our players started to think about the Ball a little too early and took the foot off the pedal.  Uni Blacks played this game with a lot more determination than our meeting earlier in the year and in the last quarter they kicked the last 3 goals to narrow the final margin to 10 points.

A feature of St Bernard’s play was the pressure we applied when the ball was in our forward line. Blacks struggled to clear the ball and turnovers resulted in St Bernard’s goals. Ben Ronke’s closing speed and fierce tackling unsettled Black’s players on numerous occasions. His three goals were also a great contribution. Nathan Kazuro once again stood up and got the job done on one of the better opposition players, his tackling pressure and workrate for the whole game earned him a best on ground performance. Tristan Cartledge is really starting to make a big impression. His ruck work and marking around the ground is just getting better each game.

We won but still dropped to second on the ladder. Whether we finish first or second is irrelevant now, we know we will play Trinity in the first final. The task now is to finish the season well and get prepared for a big final series. Go Bernies!     

 

RESERVES

St Bernards 13.7.85 defeated Uni Blacks 10.6.66

 

Goal Kickers: D. Colaco 5, B. Considine 2, L. Scerri , B. Garth , J. Manunzio , G. Zoccali , F. McNicol , L. Madden
Best Players: , D. Colaco , J. Bevanda , M. Sullivan , B. Considine , G. Zoccali , P. MacDonough

 

What a difference a week can be in sport.  Some observers of Saturday’s ressies first quarter felt the quality of our ball movement was as good as they could remember from a Ressies team.  To Blacks credit, they hung in all day but our boys seemed in control all day and enjoyed a deserved 4 quarter win.

Well done to all.

 

St Bernards Thirds 2015 Round 15 vs SKOB’s

Final Score:  St Bernards 3-3-21 were defeated by SKOB’s 8-8-56

Goals: T.Russell 2, Ugi

Best: S.Cannatelli, T.Saundry, C.Forder, Ugi, D.Riley, M.Boscollo

 

After an emotional week St BernardsThirds ran into the SKOB’s train and came off second best. The pregame focus was to build on last week’s performance and set up a finals berth. The first quarter was a physical affair as neither side conceded ground, the pill was hot but SKOBs were cleaner with it and nailed 3 majors to have the coaching group scratching their heads. First turn it was 0-1 to 3-0

The second term was a repeat of the first but our strong play was going unrewarded. The SKOBs boys were showing us the way in the boggy conditions; then frustration crept in gifting them scoring opportunities. Approaching the long break we were playing poorly and staring down the barrel with a half of footy to play. Score check: it was 0-2 to 5-5

Desperate times call for desperate measures; the positional changes were ringing as we tried to swing the momentum our way. The intensity lifted the inside 50s increased but we still could not buy a goal until big Tommy Russell kicked truly. We could not keep the clamps on our opponents and they were able to keep us at arm’s length. At the last term it was a miserable 1-2 to 7-6

Last roll of the dice as our percentage was going to determine our fate, the instruction book was tossed out the window and the players were urged to lift their combined effort to enable us to salvage some pride from the contest. Once again the playing group lifted a notch to try and gain some positives from the day. Goals to Ugi and Russell effectively doubled our score however the SKOBs boys would not wilt and they ran out 35 point victors. New season starts for this group and it starts immediately. We know our best will be good enough but we must regroup and bounce back as good sides do.

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