Six Wins from Six, The Seniors Prevail in a tight contest

26 July 2015

Collegians came to play, particularly the 1sts and 2nds, where Bernard's prevailed in 2 engrossing contests. The thirds moved one step closer to possible finals action

SENIORS

St Bernards 9.16.70 defeated Collegians 8.5.53

Goal Kickers: T. Gleeson 2, A. Boyse 2, S. Caven , T. Sullivan , A. Merrington , C. Hughes , S. Woods
Best Players: , M. Angel , T. Cartledge , S. Caven , A. Boyse , M. Hannan , T. Sullivan

Heading into the business end of the season, St Bernard’s hosted a Collegians side that is sitting uncomfortably close to the relegation end of the ladder. With a lower percentage than De La Salle and Scotch, Collegians needed a win to put some distance between them and the relegation stakes. Added to this, St Bernard’s has struggled against them in recent meetings and they did inflict one of our only two losses at Harry Trott in the first half of the season.

A goal by Collegians within a minute of the ball being bounced signalled that it was game on. Kicking with a slight breeze, St Bernard’s started to win a lot of the ball and rack up plenty of inside 50’s, but inaccurate kicking left us with a score of 2.7 to Collegians 1.2 at the first break.  Alex Boyse kicked the first goal of the second quarter, but Collegians fought back and took the lead.  At the 32 minute mark Sam Woods drilled one into the wind leaving Collegians only up by a point at half time.  The third quarter saw St Bernard’s once again win the inside 50’s, but like the first quarter, we wasted opportunities by kicking 2.6, meaning we only had a 10 point lead at three quarter time. So for the second week in a row we faced the prospect of defending a small lead with the opposition kicking to the ‘scoring’ end.  But once again this team showed that they can get the job done.

Returning from injury, Tom Sullivan and Mitch Hannan had a significant impact.  Tom was instrumental in many of St Bernard’s forward movements and his on-the-run goal from outside 45 in the last quarter was ‘the sealer’.  Mitch had been good all day, but the decision to use him as an extra defender in the last quarter worked a treat.  He marked strongly and showed what a versatile player he is for the side.  Ben Ronke and Chris Hughes both had moments that made you think, ‘look out if these guys really get confident!’

After the two week break, we set out to win the four home games, well it’s two down and two to go. This week we’d love to get a St Bernard’s win and our name on the Gary McAllister Shield.

RESERVES

St Bernards 11.9.75 defeated Collegians 10.6.66

Goal Kickers: L. Madden 4, A. Corsetti , D. Colaco , G. Zoccali , D. Wall , P. MacDonough , M. Pearce , B. Garth
Best Players: , D. Wall , D. Colaco , L. Sullivan , J. Forder , G. Zoccali , T. Overman

What a difference a week can make in football.  Backs to the wall if this group wants to play finals, and playing against 4th placed Collegians, the one thing the Ressies would need today was CONSISTENT effort.

Led by Dave Wall all day, and with a concerted effort from the entire 22, apart from the last 10 minutes of the 2nd quarter, the group today gave Chris Davis and Gary Mcintyre the effort asked for since last week’s capitulation to Uni Blues.

Most obvious observing the game from off-field was the vibrancy of our on-field presence.  Voices, physicality for the contest, intensity – were all present from the first bounce.

What players MUST work on during the week and for the remainder of the season is eliminating basic skill errors, by hand and foot.  This element of your game will be sorely tested this Saturday against ladder leading Old Xavs – an exciting challenge I know the selected 22 will be up for.

THIRDS

St Bernards 15.14.104 defeated Collegians 3.3.21

Goals: Z.Arwan 3, D.Ryan 3, D.Riley 2, S.O’Keeffe 2, J.Pignataro 2, J.Bromley,D.Hurley, B.Ryan

Best: T.Riley, D.Ryan, D.Riley, A.Gurrisi, J.Holland, M.Dillon.

After an even first half the Thirds broke the shackles in the second half to post a convincing victory over 3rd placed Collegians on oval 2 to keep their aspirations for a top four finish alive. Collegians won the toss and took first use of the breeze. We were controlling the stoppages and inside fifties but could not find the big sticks while our opponents made the most of their opportunities. At the first break it was 0-3 to 2-1

The quarter time instructions were to keep up the work rate and get the scoreboard ticking over. Zeesh got us on the board early followed by a great running goal from Hurley that had us up and about. We were controlling the game but were once again inaccurate; the defence denied their opponents scoring chances before a run of Goals to Damo Ryan, Dan Riley and Chicka gave us 26 point buffer at half time.

The boys were urged to work their backsides off into the wind for the third quarter and try to capitalise on our midfield dominance. Once again Zeesh got the scoreboard ticking over as we continued to pepper the goal face. O’Keeffe, Bromley & Riley chipped in for major’s before Pigga bent one back from the boundary to claim goal of the day. The defence stood tall keeping the opposition goalless. At orange time it was 11-11 to 2-3 and we were clearly in control.

The boys were urged to finish strongly as valuable percentage was on offer. The effort and high work rate was maintained during the final term and we were able to post an 83 point victory. We know turn our attention to ladder leaders and respected opponents Xavier College next week as we look to lock away a finals berth.

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