ST. BERNARD’S GRAB TOP SPOT

21 June 2015

Seniors win by a kick. Ressies lose by less than a kick. Thirds crush OMs

The three senior teams had HUGE games on Saturday.  The 1sts in a 1v2 clash with Old Trinity, the Ressies in a match we needed to win to stay in touch with the four, and the 3rds in a match to try to stay in touch with 4th spot.  Whilst the 3rds won easily and moved back into 4th spot, the ressies and 1sts fought out 2 great and very tight contests.  Read on….

Seniors

St Bernards 14.14.98 defeated Old Trinity 13.14.92

Best: A.Boyse, S.Woods, S.Caven, T.Caven, M.Angel, A.McLeod

Goals: A.Boyse 5, M.Hannan 2, A.Bentick 2, A. Merrington, S.Caven, S.Clarke, J.Manunzio, S.Woods

In a tight contest in front of a big crowd, St. Bernard’s defeated Old Trinity to move to the top of the ladder, leaving both teams, with eight wins and three games clear of the pack.

St Bernard’s jumped out to a three goal lead early in the first quarter with goals to Simon Caven, Adam Bentick and Alex Boyse, but in what was to become the pattern of the day, Trinity hit back and hit the front late in the quarter. Andrew Merrington snagged a late goal from a ruck duel to give St Bernard’s a narrow lead. For the remainder of the game it was a ‘tug of war’, with neither side gaining the ascendancy.

Alex Boyse was the standout forward of the day with five goals. Al McLeod weaved some magic in the middle to set up a number of opportunities. With the absence of Chad Jones, the in-form Simon Caven played forward and took some strong marks. In the backline Michael Angel, Tom Caven and Michael Caven worked hard all day. Sam Woods and Mitch Hannan just keep impressing, they both have that ability to make something happen. Hannan showed great skill and determination to kick St Bernard’s last goal.      

When I look at my notes on the game I see I’ve written ‘too many mistakes by St Bernard’s’, but on reflection, I think I’m being too harsh. Trinity are a well drilled side who move the ball with accuracy and they made us pay dearly for even the slightest error.

We head to Beaumaris and then a well-earned break!

Reserves Result – Report Pending

Goal Kickers: D. Wall 2, S. Piantella , J. Hedley , M. Sullivan , D. Colaco , J. Gay , A. Corsetti , J. Forder , Z. O''Halloran
Best Players: , J. Forder , A. Corsetti , P. MacDonough , D. Colaco , L. Scerri , Z. O''Halloran

St Bernards Thirds  vs Old Melburnians

Final score: St Bernards 21-14-140 defeated Old Melburnians 6-2-38

Goals: P.Harris 7, J.Holland 2, F.McNicol 2, Z.Arwan, J.Bromley, C.Forder, L.Jowett, W.Kingston, K.Kwiatkowski, S.O’Keeffe, J.Pignataro, D.Ryan, J.Van Meel

Best: T.Riley, P.Harris, J.Ford, T.Isaacs, C.Forder, J.Van Meel.

With thirteen individual goal kickers (including a seven goal haul from Pat Harris) the thirds registered a big win over an undermanned OM’S side on oval 2 at the pit. It what was a perfect day for footy, the pregame build up was to focus on playing the game on our terms and reversing the Round 1 loss to keep our top four hopes alive. Skipper Kingston won the toss and we off and running. Quick goals to Harris and Bromley gave us a false sense of security as we allowed the visitors to steady and it was a deadlock at ¼ time at 2-2 apiece.

Our Midfield was asked to up their work rate as our transition side of our game was poor. Our work rate across all lines lifted and our forward entries increased. Some desperate efforts from the back six denied the opposition time and space.  At the other end Harris slotted 3 and Zeesh and Damo chipped in to finish off the good work from further afield.  At the long break it was 7-6 to 3-2 however there was still plenty of work to do.

The coaching group felt that we were like a car stuck in second gear and we had some players just going through the motions and not paying the opposition any respect. “Actions not words” was the instruction for the last half. Our combined effort went up another notch as we kept pushing it forward at all costs; Harris kicked 3 for the term and singles to Jowett, O’Keeffe, Kristoff and “goal of the day” to Cal Forder  stamped our authority on the contest and we were gearing up for a big finish. At orange time it was 14-9 to 4-2.

We finished off the last term full of running and the scoreboard kept ticking over, our opponents had no answers.  We added another seven goals gaining some valuable percentage that may be handy towards the end of the season. The Final margin was 102 points and our season is back on an even keel. Next week it is a 9:20 AM kick off, away, versus Beaumaris.

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