28 June 2015

A convincing 19 goal win was a great way to head into the double bye

St Bernards 21.19.145 defeated Beaumaris 4.5.29

Best: T.Sullivan, Nick Cooke, Alex McLeod, Chad Jones, Chris Peart, Ben Ronke

Goals: Tom Sullivan 5, Chad Jones 4, Nick Cooke 2, Alex McLeod, Adam Bentick, Ben Ronke, Chris Peart, Simon Caven, Alex Boyse, Michael Sullivan, Jake Bevanda

Ladder leaders St Bernard’s travelled down the Beach Road to take on Beaumaris who are struggling to avoid relegation.  Pre match we learned that Beaumaris had been forced to make nine changes to their side from last week.  Conversely, we looked to have a strong side with the inclusion of Chad Jones, Sam Fleming and Ben Ronke.  Mitch Hannan’s late withdrawal paved the way for the welcome return of Michael Sullivan for his first senior game of 2015.

So on paper, it looked like St Bernard’s should take the points without too much trouble. But Beaumaris is a big club with good depth and clearly some of the young boys that replaced the absent senior players were out to show they could match it in the big league.  During the first quarter, a physical, hard running Beaumaris seemed to unsettle St Bernard’s somewhat, and despite some 20 indide-50’s, St Bernard’s was unable to generate effective delivery to our forward targets and went in at ¼ time only 4 points to the good.

But after quarter time the tide turned.  St Bernard’s dominated the next three quarters in both general play and on the scoreboard, kicking 19 goals to 2.  Tom Sullivan has struggled with injuries this year, but his performance yesterday showed that he is starting to feel a lot better.  Tom’s run and carry through the midfield, coupled with 5 quality goals, was a gratifying sight for St Bernard’s supporters and a worry for opposition teams as we head into the second half of the season.

St Bernard’s midfield asserted their dominance.  Alex McLeod, Chris Peart and Adam Bentick worked well with Tristan Cartledge and Shaun Clarke to secure many centre clearances. In the forward line, despite Alex Boyse having a quiet day, Chad Jones could not be contained kicking 4 along with 10 other goalkickers. It is a pleasing sight to see so many players kicking goals and not having to rely on key forwards to do all the work.  A highlight for this scribe was the game of Marcus Deleur.  Marcus is proving to be a real find, and despite still being eligible as an U19 player, Marcus size, athleticism and marking ability make him a real asset in the side.

While most players now have two weeks off, a number of St Bernard’s players will be selected to play in the VAFA representative games. It is an honour to be selected to play in one of these sides and the fact that we have so many players in these squads demonstrates St Bernard’s strong place in the competition at this time. We wish all these players who are selected the best of luck in these representative games.

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