Round 11 Wrap Up: Xavs Spoil Bernards Party!

08 July 2012

Seniors: Bernards Pipped In Thriller At The Pit!

Round 11 Wrap Up: Xavs Spoil Bernards Party!


Seniors: Bernards Pipped In Thriller At The Pit!


Strange things can happen in footy. An undermanned Carlton beat the Pies on Friday night and at similar odds a St Bernards line up missing a few of its best did all but upset a previously rampant Old Xavs on Saturday.


The large crowd gathered for the clubs 2002 Premiership reunion were disappointed in the result but not in the effort put in by the boys, who but for a lapse in the second quarter outplayed Xavs for most of the day.


St Bernards early intensity prevented Xavs from playing their run on game and with both sides missing chances St Bernards took a three point lead at the first break. Despite Xavs being one man short when ruckman Cam Purss was red carded St Bernards failed to capitalise on their opportunities and as good sides do Xavs pounced on a few St Bernards errors to boot 5.2 for the quarter to take an 18 point lead into the main break.


Despite the second quarter lapse the the feeling in the rooms was that Xavs were vulnerable With Andrew Grosso on fire and some great work from Jake Bevanda, Michael Angel, Liam Wilkinson and Brendan George, St Bernards rammed on 6.2 to Xavs 2.3 to take a 7 point lead into the last break.


The final quarter was a thriller with both sides giving their all in the slippery conditions. St Bernards had the momentum but Xavs backline led by Lynch across half back held firm and the ladder leaders escaped with a six point win.


Congratulations to young David Wall who did well in his senior debut.

Seniors, Reserves and Thirds have a bye next week before we host Old Carey in round 12


St Bernards: 14.13 (97) defeated by Old Xaverians: 15.14 (104)
Andrew Grosso, Matt Angel, Liam Wilkinson, Brendan George, Jake Bevanda, David Wall Goals: A. Grosso 7, B. George 2, M. Sullivan, J. Bevanda, C. Peart, D. Riley, D. Wall




Reserves: Ressies Pay For Poor Start!


The Ressies were looking to repeat their upset win over Xavs in round 4 but were left in the starters blocks as Xavs dominated early proceedings at the Pit on Saturday with a number of players struggling to hold their feet in the slippery conditions and giving their opponents too much latitude.


Xavs capitalised on the space they were given and but for inaccurate kicking it could have been all over at half time. With the door left open St Bernards lifted and with George Garth Chris Liberatore and Grant Breheney getting on top in the midfield, Sean Bergin and Jack Wheeler doing well down back along with some good work from Hayden Carland we looked a threat but we failed to cap off our chances.


The final quarter was more of the same and once again we missed opportunities to put on some scoreboard pressure, in the end it was Xavs by 29 points


The boys are expected to get a few players back after the break in our ‘must win’ game against Old Carey


St Bernards: 5.6 (36) defeated by Old Xaverians: 9.11 (65)

Best: George Garth, Chris Liberatore, Hayden Carland, Sean Bergin, Grant Breheney, Jack Wheeler Goals: A.Ciantar, C.Liberatore, D.Lamana, B.Peart, C.Mitchell




Thirds: Xavs Too Slick For Mono’s Boys!


There was a bit of David v Goliath about the two sides as an undermanned St Bernards line up faced off against ladder leader Old Xavs on Saturday and in the first half it looked like Mono’s boys were going to receive a thorough hiding against their bigger opponents but to their credit the boys dug deep and refused to chuck in the towel.


With Justin Evans starring again as he has done all season, Luke Baird racking up some valuable possies and Gerry Christie proving lively up forward St Bernards fought back and matched Xavs blow for blow in the second half.


Matt Chippendale and Nick ‘Junior’ Smith were others to shine in the fightback it was great to see young Nick Shultz back for his first game this year.


Like the Ressies the Thirds are expected to see a few more players return from the sidelines over the next few weeks and hopefully take a few scalps along the way.


St Bernards: 7.3 (45) defeated by Old Xaverians: 12.14 (86)
Best: Justin Evans, Luke Baird, Matt Chippendale, Gerrie Christie, Nick Smith, Nick Schultz

Goals: G. Christie 3, N. Smith 2, B. Shepheard 2



Club 18: Warriors Given A Lesson At The College!


St Bernards 1.3 (9) defeated by Old Xaverians 24.18 (162)


Match Report to come



Under 19 Premier: Bernards Topple Ladder Leader!


Peter Wood’s boys won a thriller over top side Old Xavs on Saturday by a solitary point.


St. Bernard’s 11.5.71 defeated Old Xaverians 10.10 70


The U19 Premier team travelled to Stradbroke Park to take on the undefeated Old Xaverians.  Last time these two teams met, Xavs took an early 3 gold lead that Bernard’s just couldn’t reign in all day, so a fast start by Bernard’s this time around was what co-captains Luke Sullivan and Jack Gay asked the team for.  Peter Wood simply asked the boys to take the game on, moving the ball on at every opportunity and trying to isolate our tall forwards 1:1, whilst making the game a physical contest at every opportunity.

With Will Sullivan and Jack Saundry doing some great centre square clearance work, sustained tackling pressure all over the ground, strong rebound by the half back line of Bennie, Weir and Connelly, dominant mid-field performances by Hutchesson, Overman, Gay and Hughes and quality delivery through the midfield to Jack Fenner down forward, the boys took the early ascendency with a 2 goal quarter time lead in a high quality opening quarter.

This trend continued into the second quarter, with Bernard’s dominating general field play early with players sharing the ball as instructed, spreading well when we had possession and working back well to cover Xav’s defensively.  The contest was evening as we approached half time, and some excellent work down back by James Bennie, Andy Graham, Luke Sullivan, and Keiran O’connor ensured the boys retained a 2 ½ goal half time lead in a high quality contest.

Xavs changed it up in the third quarter, starting with a spare man in defense to cover the strong marking Jack Fenner, whilst also providing rebound off half back.  This tactic worked well for Xavs who started to play the game more on their terms.  Xavs started to dominate in general play and were putting the back six under sustained pressure.  Bernard’s tackling intensity remained strong and the quality of the contest lifted again as both sides attacked and counter-attacked with a lot of play occurring between the respective half back lines.  Scoring dried up in the third quarter arm wrestle, with Bernard’s not bothering the scorers and Xavs adding a solitary goal.

The stage was set for a titanic last quarter struggle, with Bernard’s retaining a nine point margin at the last break.

Xavs started the last quarter in a dominant 10-minute display that saw them skip to a 2 goal lead, kicking 4 goals to 1 and dominating in general play.  Changes were being made at a fever pitch by coaches Wood and Peart in an attempt to generate the run needed to get the game back on out terms.  In a tem minute burst, Jack Gay, Jack Saundry and Matt Hutchesson stamped their authority on the game again with some excellent clearance work , Bennie, Overman, Connelly, O’Connor, Hughes, van Meel and O’Sullivan found the energy to really run and carry the ball again, allowing Fenner to be isolated 1:1 again with quick ball movement forward.  Quality small forward goals to Hutchesson and Gay eventually saw Bernard’s regain the lead with about 6 minutes to play.  In a desperate conclusion to the game, the boys ensured a tight run of stoppage after stoppage, holding Xavs out for a memorable victory.


Under 18: Pups Struggle Against Big Oaks!


St Bernards 5.5 (35) defeated by Oakleigh: 10.16 (76)

Best: S. Piantella, P. Romano, T. Russell, D. Parkes, L. Jowett, A. Bevanda

Goals: T. Russell 3, S. Piantella , M. Gurrisi

Match Report to come

Paul Garth