De La Salle Turn Up to Play and Take Home the Chocolates

02 June 2014

We traveled to Waverley Oval to take on De La Salle at their home ground.

 

SENIORS - De La Salle Turn Up to Play and Take Home the Chocolates

We traveled to Waverley Oval to take on De La Salle at their home ground.  From the outset, it was clear De La had turned up to play, needing a win to keep their season “on track”.  Unfortunately, our start was the polar opposite.  We were not as aggressive as we had hoped at either the contest or the ball, and we allowed De La to dictate terms in the first quarter, and as a result we found ourselves down by 14 points at quarter time.

 

In the second and third quarters, although there were patches of flowing footy where we were able to hit our tall targets cleanly, we were unable to do this often enough to open up a commanding lead.  Another series of mental lapses late in the third quarter saw De La whittle the deficit back to less than a kick at ¾ time, and it was “game on”.

 

Heading into this final quarter with a slender lead, the challenge was there and if we were good enough we could have won the game.  The stat that mattered for the day was the inside 50's count and goal conversions - in which we held De La to much less than our total entries, and yet we were unable to capitalize on our own chances.  In contrast, De La kicked 3 goals from only 5 forward entries in the last quarter, and then held on grimly to secure the narrowest of winning margins; a solitary point.

 

More disappointing than losing the game that was there to be won was the manner in which we played over the 4 quarters.  Too few put their head over the ball, sought to achieve clean possession, sought to dictate terms and play as instructed – and as a result, De La Salle were able to play the game on their own terms for long periods of time.  Full credit to De La, who clearly came with a plan and executed that plan well and deservingly took home the 4 points.

 

This was not the result we had hoped for in skipper Tom Caven's 150th game.  Both Tom, and VC Adam Bentick worked tirelessly for 4 quarters, and were ably supported by Nathan Kazuro, Tom Sullivan, Michael Angel, Jacob Bevanda and one or two others; but clearly not enough contributors on the day to attain the desired result.

 

In reality we are 5 - 2 and sitting second on the ladder.  It really hurts that we have lost 2 really close games.  It's now the little things we have to get right. No more will we say "we don't play well at this ground".  We all know that we play well when we 'play our roles' and 'stick to structures'... that needs to be our focus every week.  A light week before we get ready for our next big challenge...third placed Beaumauris at home.

 

St Bernard’s 11.9.75 defeated by De La Salle 11.10.76

Goal Kickers: C. Jones 4, T. Russell , M. Hannan , T. Sullivan , M. Angel , A. Merrington , M. Borzillo , N. Kazuro

Best Players: T. Caven, A. Bentick, N. Kazuro, M. Angel, T. Sullivan, J. Bevanda

 

RESERVES

St Bernards 18.6.114 defeated De La Salle 4.9.33

Goals: B Considine 4, D Wall 3, D Riley 3, T Duyndam 3, N Burgin 2, L Scerri 2, B Peart

Best: Wall, Fleming, Scerri, Le Noury, Peart, Weir

 

It was a case of Top Vs Bottom as ideal conditions greeted ladder leaders St Bernards, and bottom side De La Salle at Waverley Oval on Saturday, with St Bernards looking to consolidate their excellent start to the season, and De La looking to continue their recent revival after a slow start to the season. De La, crippled by injury at the beginning of the year, had won two of their last three games over quality opposition in St Bede’s and Collegians, and showed all the hallmarks of being a very competitive side, despite their ladder position.
 
St Bernards opened the game with big Shaun Clarke back from injury in the ruck and James Bennie into the team as a late inclusion. De La Salle began the game with high intensity and moved the ball well at stages and had the St Bernards defence under the pump. If not for inaccurate kicking, St Bernards may have found themselves well and truly on the back foot, and chasing a three or four goal deficit. St Bernards midfielders seemed to take longer than usual to work themselves into the contest, as De La continually switched played through their defensive half, opening up the corridor. As it was, it took yet another inspirational act from skipper Luke Scerri, with a terrific run down tackle and goal late in the first term, to drag his teammates into the contest, as St Bernards went into quarter time with a slight advantage, in a low-scoring arm wrestle.
 
Coach Chisel applied some heat to the midfield, asking for a lift in accountability and defensive pressure which had served the side so well during the season so far. This seemed to have a dramatic effect, as a completely different St Bernards team rolled out after quarter time. Tackling pressure and covering off defensively lifted, as did their ability to move the ball quickly into space, taking advantage of their key forward strength. Ben Considine began to work into the contest well and presented up the ground with great effect, opening up the space over the back. Defenders James Weir, Jake Van Meel and Pete Le Noury were all prominent in shutting down opposition attacks, as midfielders Sam Fleming, Jack Saundry, Ben Peart, Nick Burgin and Brenton Garth were all beginning to influence the contest. In the blink of an eye the game had opened up as St Bernards slammed on seven goals to two, to lead at the half by 33 points.
 
As has been the pattern for second halves during the season thus far, St Bernards fitness and class all over the park told, and were able to edge away with a four goal to nil third quarter, opening up a 56-point margin, to all but kill off any resistance from the De La Salle boys. Dave Wall, moving between wing and key forward, ran his guts out all day as he racked up mark after mark, and ran his various opponents into the ground, in what was his most dominant display this season. Jumbo Duyndam, spending more time in the ruck each week, had worked into the game well, as did Jesse Manunzio and Isaac Madden, who were racking up plenty of possessions. Luke Scerri had again led from the front, and was having another ripping game. His tackling and efforts in hunting the opposition was first rate, as was Jack Saundry who had gotten on top through the middle.

St Bernards showed their class and kicked clear with a six goal to two final term to run out 114-33 winners. Ben Peart was relentless in his efforts all day. His footy smarts, one-percenters and selfless efforts were a highlight. Considine, who had worked hard all day, got his just reward as he managed to get on the end of a few lace out passes in the last quarter. It was very much an even spread from the Bernards forwards, with Considine slotting four, and Duyndam, Wall and Scerri each with three.

We look forward to the break, with another big game at the snakepit against Beaumaris.

 

THIRDS

 

Final score: St Bernards: 15-7-97 defeated Old Scotch 9-4-58

 

 Goals: D.Ryan 6, L.Neal 2, K.O’Connor 2, M.Boscollo, J.Malseed, T.O’Sullivan, L.Jowett,  S.Canatelli.

 

 Best: D.Ryan, M.Sargent, L.Whelan, N.McAllister, J.Rose, J.Fraser, L.Jowett.

 

The thirds ventured out to Camberwell sports ground to take on Old Scotch and we were keen to atone for last week’s loss.  Our focus all week has been to play disciplined team footy, concentrate on better use of the football and work harder when we are forced to defend.  With Jowett and Gill giving us first use of the footy we are able to get the scoreboard ticking over quickly, Fraser, McCann, Rose and Malseed were hungry for the footy providing plenty of opportunities for our forwards. Our back six led by Hurley, Baird, and Liam Whelan were miserable in defence keeping the opposition to one point for the quarter.

The Opposition lifted in the second term and were making us work for our possessions; McAllister, Sargent and Cannatelli were equal to the task and Damo Ryan was looking dangerous up forward with plenty of assistance from O’Connor and Liam Neal. Once again our defence were working hard for each other making sure their opponents had to earn their kicks. A half time lead of 50 points was just rewards for a good half of team football.

The coaching group were keen to keep the momentum going and put the foot down to try and demoralise our opponent, full credit to Old Scotch they refused to wilt and outscored us by 4 points during the third term as complacency crept into our game and our first half intensity dropped off despite hard work from Ralphy, Isaacs, Ryan and the McIntyre brothers.

At orange time we were looking to re-ignite our first half intensity and gain some valuable percentage. Our work rate lifted but we were unable to shake off our opponent, we were wasteful when we went inside 50 as blokes were queuing up to try and kick goals. Old Scotch were able to rebound and bang on 4 goals, which would have pleased their coaching staff, as we ran out comfortable 39 point winners.  Damien Ryan highlighted the importance of having a strong target up forward as he was able to kick six and provided plenty of opportunities for others from his hard work.

We will take the win any day of the week as Old Scotch’s form has been steady over the last few weeks and have always been a difficult opponent in the past. The coaching group did not think we applied our foundations for success for the full 100 minutes of the game and allowed the opposition some easy goals. We now look forward to taking on Uni-Blues after the long weekend and in the meantime we will try and find the recipe for consistency of effort.

 

Craig Connelly