Bernards Too Strong for Trinity

06 July 2014

Seniors and Ressies record strong wins over Trinity. 3rds go down to Xavs.

Seniors - Bernards Too Strong For Trinity! 

St Bernards turned the tables on their first round loss to Trinity with an emphatic display at ‘the pit’ on Saturday.

Kicking with the aid of the breeze in the first quarter St Bernards took the early initiative with Tom Sullivan, Mitch Hannan and Adam Bentick doing well and Chad Jones and Tom Gleeson looking dangerous up forward. Isaac Madden booted a couple of handy goals while ‘our man’ Jesse Munz was terrific in and under as St Bernards opened an early lead before Trinity steadied to keep the margin to 19 points at the first break.

Looking to move the ball quickly, Trinity challenged strongly in the second term. however, St Bernards backline led by Simon Caven stood firm and with Nathan Kazuro matching Trinity champ Brenan Iezzi and Alex Singleton providing some important run both sides registered 3.2 for the quarter to keep the St Bernards lead to 19 points at the main break.

Any concern about St Bernards fading in the second half were wiped away quickly as the home side got well on top in general play in the third term booting 5.6 including three posters while holding Trinity to a solitary behind to stretch the margin to 54 points at three quarter time.

St Bernards continued their second half dominance to register a further 5.2 to Trinity’s 2.5 in the final term to run out 69 point winners on the day.

The boys will enjoy a week off before travelling to St Bedes Mentone after next weeks break.

Match Details: St Bernards 18.14-122 def Old Trinity 7.11-53

Best: S. Caven, M. Hannan, N. Kazuro, A. Singleton, A. Bentick, T. Sullivan

Goals: D. Wall 3, J. Manunzio 3, C. Jones 3, I. Madden 2, T. Gleeson 2, A. Merrington 2, J. Bevanda, M. Hannan, T. Russell

Reserves: Ressies Steamroll Trinity!

The match started in ideal conditions at the Snakepit, as the St Bernards reserves took on a Trinity side, who in Round 1 had gone toe-to-toe with our boys for three quarters until we were able to shake them off, so we expected a tough contest. Trinity had won their last two games and were vying for a spot in the top four. With a number of players making their way back from injury, Bernards lined up with Ryan Schroder, Jake Van Meel and Jake Calvert back from a stint with the Seniors.

The opening quarter saw St Bernards dominate large portions of the play, with the game played mostly in their forward half. Early on, Trinity’s defense had held up well, and via some slick ball movement, managed to catch the Bernards mids and defenders off guard, and land a couple of early goals. At two goals apiece midway through the term we had a real contest on our hands.

Enter Dan ‘Turtle’ Riley.

In what can only be described as one of the most dominant individual performances at St Bernards since Chris Davis was going around, Turtle lit up the Snakepit like few before him. He had the footy that many times in the first half, it was almost as though he bought his own footy to the game. When he wasn’t slotting them through the big sticks, he was setting them up for his teammates. The opposition coach sent the runner out to lock down tag on The Turt, though judging by the end result, that message may not have reached its intended recipient, as he continued to slice the opposition to ribbons.

On the back of Turtle’s brilliance, St Bernards opened up a 50-point margin by half time. Their shell-shocked opponents could only manage one second-term goal, as St Bernard’s piled on the pressure. Jack Saundry, Sam Fleming and Shrodes were killing them at the coalface, and James Bennie was continuing his good form providing plenty of run and carry. Rucks Shaun Clarke and Darren Colaco were dominant, and the back six were again solid. Jayden Malseed turned in a very impressive half with his dash and composure from defense… Nice work ‘Seeds’!

The second half was all St Bernards, as they did what good sides do, and put the opposition to the sword. The Trinity heads dropped as St Bernards powered away to one of their most impressive victories of the season. Brad Cooper turned in another four-quarter performance up forward, playing an excellent lead-up role. He’s had a great month of footy, Coops! He was ably assisted by other key targets Considine and Calvert who really stretched the Trinity defense. James Weir, Luke Sullivan and Pat Gamwell were again all good down back as St Bernards held Trinity goalless for the half, to run out big winners by 133 points, in what was another excellent team performance.

Turtle finished the game with six majors (which he had till mid-way through the third quarter). The lad possibly got ahead of himself a little as the game wore on, but we’ll put that down to leather poisoning.
We travel to St Bede’s next week with the aim to continue the momentum through the second half of the season.

Match Details: St Bernards 23.16-154 defeated Old Trinity 3.3-21

Best: B. Cooper, S. Clarke, J. Saundry, R. Schroder, J. Bennie, D. Riley

Goals: D. Riley 6, J. Calvert 3, J. Bennie 2, B. Cooper 2, B. Considine 2, L. Scerri 2, R. Schroder 2, S. Fleming, D. Colaco, L. Sullivan, J. Gay 

Thirds: Bernards Down to Xavs!

The Threes were a bit slow out of the blocks and couldn’t quite bridge the gap against third placed Xavs at Xavs College ground on Saturday.

Kevin Jones reports: St Bernard’s thirds took on Xavier College at their Spiritual home and came of second best. We were made to pay for a sluggish start and even though we finished full of running it was a case of too little too late.

Our Opponents won the toss and kicked with a 4 to 5 goal breeze, they were quick out of the blocks and had 3 goals on the board before we could compose ourselves; a solitary goal into the wind was our only highlight for the quarter. The coaching group highlighted the need to try and break the game open with our run and carry and were confident we could reel in the 16 point deficit.

Our work rate lifted in the second term however we could not find space in our forward 50 and were still finding ourselves second to the ball, 2 goals 2 for each team for the quarter had the game at a stalemate and the Coaches were busy searching for answers at the long break. The half time message was that we could only improve from this point on and that we had to believe in our ability to respond to the challenge now staring us down. The team was reshuffled to try and get some grunt into the midfield.

We knew we had to hold the opposition during the third term if we were to keep the contest alive, the breeze was strengthening and we had to try to close the game down. Both sides were going at each other as the game went up a notch and even though our effort was there the results did not follow and we found ourselves to be 30 points down at orange time.

We decided to go for an all-out attack in the final term as we felt that we just needed a break and if we could get on the scoreboard early we might finally gain some momentum. Even though we had the majority of the footy during this term we could not retain our structures and kicked an inaccurate 2 goals 6 and failed to reel in the deficit resulting in a disappointing 25 point loss which ultimately cost us Top spot on the ladder.

We will now dust ourselves off and begin preparing for our next opponent Old Scotch in a fortnight. All members of the thirds squad are encouraged to work harder on their skills and fitness as we have a tough run home and need to make every post a winner.

Match Details: St Bernards 7.7-49 lost to Old Xavs 11.8-74

Best: W. Sullivan, M. Dillon, L. Whelan, N. McAllister, A. Corsetti

Goals: D. Ryan 4, N. McAllister, L. Whelan, J. Notaro

Paul Garth