Weekend Wrap August 23

24 August 2014

Seniors last quarter seals win, Ressies dominate De La, Thirds outlast Scotch, undermanned U19 Prem battle well against Xavs, U19 North in a thriller and U18 Colts beaten by Westbourne


Seniors: Bernards Outlast De La!

When De La Salle play St Bernards you know it will be a hard fought contest and Saturday was no exception.

St Bernards opened with the strong breeze at their backs but a determined De La continually pressured St Bernards ball carriers and closed the spaces up forward before Tom Gleeson grabbed a couple of strong marks and converted to enable the home side to take a 15 point advantage into the first break.

De La’s work-rate and tackling lifted in the second term as they threatened to take the lead but some good running from Mitch Hannan and Alex Singleton was capped off by two steadying goals from Tom Gleeson and Chad Jones to leave St Bernards one point in front at the main break. 

With their season on the line De La continued to run hard and close up play and with their midfielders racking up possessions De La nudged to within 12 points at three quarter time and with the aid of the breeze in the final term looked to be in a winning position.

St Bernards responded to the challenge with two early goals to push out to a 25 point lead. With Shaun Clarke on top in the ruck, Tom Caven and Nate Kazuro holding firm down back and Merrington and Jones stretching the De La defence St Bernards finally took control of the game. Tom Gleeson booted his sixth goal as St Bernards rammed on 5.3 against the breeze while holding the tiring De La to 1.1 to give St Bernards a 38 point win. Congrats to James Bennie who made his senior debut after commencing his season in the Thirds.

Good to enjoy a beer with the De La boys after the game and we wish them well in their quest to avoid relegation next week.

So with one round remaining here’s the equation ... last years Grand Finalist St Bedes will now be relegated to B Grade after seven years and a flag in the top division.  St Bernards and Uni Blacks will play a second semi final rehearsal before both sides meet again the following week at Elsternwick Park.

4th placed Collegians will host 3rd placed Scotch under lights at Harry Trott on Friday night. A win for Collegians will secure a first semi against Scotch, if Scotch win, Collegians will be nudged out the four if 5th placed Trinity defeat De La Salle.  Xavs can only pinch 4th if both Collegians and Trinity lose and they make up around 10% against Old Brighton.

Match Details: St Bernards 15.17-107 def De La Salle 10.9-69

Best: Tom Gleeson, Alex Singleton, Mitch Hannan, Nathan Kazuro, Shaun Clarke, Tom Caven

Goals:T. Gleeson 6, A. Merrington 2, C. Jones 2, M. Angel , T. Sullivan, J. Madden, T. Overman, A. Singleton

Reserves: Ressies Hammer De La!

De La had a couple of handy senior players in Ed Clinch and Harry Hayley in their midfield but otherwise were no match for a rampant St Bernards who clearly won all four quarters in a powerful display at ‘the pit’ on Saturday.

St Bernards set the tone early with Dan Riley racking up possessions and George Garth dominating the midfield as the home side booted 5.3 while holding De La scoreless.

St Bernards continued their stranglehold on the match into the second term booting 4.4 into the stiff breeze while keeping De La to 1.3 to take a massive 52 point lead into the main break.

Jesse Manunzio, Luke Scerri and Ben Peart found plenty of footy in the third term while Jake van Meel and Paddy Gamwell (playing his 100th game for the club) repelled any De La forward forays as St Bernards stretched the margin to 82 points at orange time.

In an even performance St Bernards added another 4.4 against the breeze to De La’s 2.3 to run out 95 point winners. The win underlined St Bernards depth with a number of players signalling they are keen to remain in contention for an opportunity at senior level.

Next weeks St Bernards travel to the varsity oval to face off against Uni Blacks who must win to hold on to 4th place on the ladder. St Bernards and Xavs are locked into a second semi berth the following week but five other sides are in contention for the first semi.

Match Details: St Bernards 18.17-125 def De La Salle 4.6-30

Best:Daniel Riley, George Garth, Jesse Manunzio, Luke Scerri, Jake van Meel, Ben Peart

Goals:D. Riley 3, B. Garth 3, P. Gamwell 2, L. Sullivan 2, Z. Awan 2, P. MacDonough, D. Segrave, S. Cannatelli, T. Duyndham, B. Peart, J. Wright

Thirds: Bernards Bounce Back!  

The Thirds bounced back for a hard fought win in a low scoring affair over Scotch

Kevin Jones reports: After trailing Old Scotch at every change the thirds finally mastered the difficult conditions, broke the shackles and posted a come from behind victory in a low scoring game on oval 2 at the pit. After two losses in a row it was good to get back on the winners list.

Our depth was once again tested up till the eleventh hour and for the first time this year we could not get our full complement on the park. Pregame focus was to enjoy the moment, play for each other and give 100% effort as you never know what is around the corner. Liam McIntyre, who was injured in a cowardly attack last weekend, bravely faced his teammates and is living proof how fragile our existence really is. 

A gusty northerly made for trying conditions. The opposition had first use of the breeze and attacked from the outset, we were forced to defend, skipper Ralphy led the midfield and Sam Jones had sticky fingers taking several contested grabs while working up the lines. Goals were hard to come by and we manufactured one through Liam Neal before the opposition got one on the siren. (1-0 to 1-4 at ¼ time).

The second quarter was an arm wrestle, as both sides went at each other; great work by Graham resulted in a goal to Peart.  Big Bev and Gurrisi were standing tall, the opposition were able to break through on two occasions with quick ball movement and kick two majors, we got one back through Chicka Ryan but it did not impact the ¼ time lead and we went in at the long break 4 points down. (3-1 to 3-4).

We spoke about our need to win the contested footy and control the tempo of the game to give us a chance for victory. The breeze had stiffened favouring the visitors. The next 25 minutes football was not pretty to watch but we effectively strangled the opposition and were able to set up scoring opportunities ourselves, a sky scaping Andy Graham mark had the bench on their toes as he went back and missed from point blank range. At orange time we were still in the red by 2 points but we had our tails up, neither side could kick a major during this term.

The coaches called for one last effort and rolled the dice with wholesale changes to try to break the game open. The Old Scotch boys had the same idea as they tried to kill the footy  at all times, a worm burner pass that was marked by Sam Jones outside the arc had us on the edge of our seats. He went back and kicked a long goal.  A Matt Peart mark and goal minutes later ended the contest and we were able to sing the song for the first time in 3 weeks.

Match Details:  St Bernards 5.6-36 def Scotch 3.5-23

Best: K. O’Connor, P.Rahill, M.Feehan, J.Evans, J.Cunningham, B.Ryan, S.Whelan

Goals: M. Peart 2, L. Neal , S. Jones , D. Ryan


Under 19 Premier

Match Details:  St Bernards 5.12-42 def by Old Xavs 12.5-77

Best: S. Piantella , J. Hedley , N. Larkin , Z. O''Halloran , P. Romano

Goals: J. Riley 2, J. Sullivan , S. O''Keeffe , P. Romano

Having secured top spot and a likely 2nd semi final opponent in St. Kevins, Rocky Ianello and the 19 Prem coaching department rested 4 players, allowed 3 or 4 to assist the 19 North in a must win game to secure 2nd spot and so displayed the depth of young talent at the club by pitting many U18 boys against the strong Old Xavs U19 Prem side.  Having the same number of scoring shots and matching it with Xavs in general play, the effort by this under-manned team was excellent and very encouraging for season 2015.

Next week the 19 Prem boys will be at full strength, with the likes of Michael Caven, Darren Colaco, Edyn Sibbald, Chris Hughes, Harry Wade, Tom Del Zoppo, Giacomo Zoccali, Ed Connelly, Michael Dillon, Claude Issa all possible inclusions for the exciting 2nd semi final clash against St Kevins.

Under 19 North

Match Details:  St Bernards 6.11-47 def Wyndam Suns 5.14-44

Best: D. Parkes , L. Sullivan , D. Douge , B. Ronke , F. McNicol , J. Notaro

Goals: B. Ronke 2, J. Notaro , F. McNicol , D. Colaco , J. Firth

In a game between 2nd and 3rd that would determine who would face the very strong Ivanhoe team in this weeks 2nd semi final, the 19 North boys won a thriller.  In very blustery conditions, the match was not of the highest quality, but very intense and competitive.  An outstanding 3rd quarter with the wind set the boys up with a 4 goal lead, and they managed to hold on by 3 points as Wyndam Suns fought gallantly right to the wire with the aid of a strong breeze.

VAFA Colts

Match Details:  St Bernards 5.10-40 def by Westbourne 9.9-63
E. Vahland , C. Brasher , S. Merkel , N. Kelly , J. Wood , D. Heenan

Goals: M. Diamandis , N. Kelly , C. Brasher , M. Zammit , T. Hanmer

An under-manned Colts team, with many boys experiencing 19 Prem footy for the first time, battled valiantly against 3rd placed Westbourne Grammar.  The Colts now face the all conquering Mazenod in the 2nd semi final next week.

Paul Garth