De La Show Bernard's A Clean Set of Heels

23 August 2015

Firsts beaten well by a strong De La team. Ressies smashed in an insipid effort.

SENIORS

St Bernard’s 12.7.79  defeated by De La Salle 13.19.97

Best: M. Sullivan, T.Caven, M.Caven, S.Caven, T.Sullivan, S.Woods 

Goals: C.Jones 3, T.Gleeson 3, B.Ronke 3, B.Considine, T.Sullivan, S.Woods

De La Salle has not been a happy hunting ground for St Bernard’s for a number of years and once again it proved a difficult assignment.  De La Salle were coming off six wins in a row and fighting for a spot in the finals.  On the other hand, we were hoping to derail their run and keep our winning streak intact. While De La were pretty much at full strength, we were missing the likes of Peart, Kazuro, Hannan, McLeod and Boyse.  Without the stopping power of players like Kazuro and Peart, De La Salle were able to get their running game going and with some precision transition kicking started to inflict some damage.  But the damage was not being translated on the scoreboard with some poor kicking resulting in a number of behinds and allowing St Bernard’s to stay in the game.  Our backs, led by Tom Caven stood in the way of many of the De La attacks, while at the other end, Chad Jones was looking particularly dangerous.

The final result probably flattered us, but there were still plenty of positives. Michael Sullivan continues to show what a valuable player he can be for St Bernard’s.  He has great closing speed puts plenty of pressure on opposition players and his accurate kicking sets up many opportunities.  Sam Woods was good again, he just doesn’t know how to play a bad one.  Simon Caven gave us plenty of energy up forward, and Ben Ronke and Nick Cooke were up and about.

We now head home for a last round game against Old Carey, and we are sure the coaching and playing group will want to send a message to the other three finalists by the manner in which we attack the final home and away game of the season.

Reserves

St Bernards 6.8.44 defeated by De La Salle 20.6.126

No Best Players or Goal Kickers Available

There is no sugar coating the insipid effort of the reserves team in yesterday’s game against De La Salle.  Neither team had anything to really play for other than some pride and the pure competitive enjoyment of playing as best as you can individually as well as a team.  De La Salle did this in spades – and all credit to them.  As coach Chris Davis said at half time, “I can’t coach effort”.

It’s a genuine challenge to the 22 players selected this week to represent the reserves team and the club.  Nothing other then genuine effort for a full 4 quarters will do.  The result will be irrelevant – EFFORT and COMMITMENT is all that we would want from any team taking the field for this great club.

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