Weekend Wrap Seniors Round 12

20 July 2014

All six sides sang the song in another good weekend for the club

The Seniors and Reserves both overcame very desperate St Bedes line ups, the Thirds trounced Scotch.  In the ‘Unders’ our 19 Premier boys defeated a strong Xavs side, 19 North turned the tables on La Trobe and the 18s had a big win over Parade. 

Seniors: Bernards In Tough Slog At Brindisi Street!


St Bernards overcame a very determined St Bedes line up to take the points at Brindisi Street on Saturday.  A desperate St Bedes had some good inclusions before the game.  A strengthened St Bedes team was expected to be hard to toss on their home turf after a big win over De La in the previous round, but it was St Bernards who took the early initiative and with Andrew Merrington proving a handful for the Tiger’s defence the visitors shot out to 22 point lead at the first break.

The pattern continued into the second term and with Adam Bentick and Tom Sullivan having an influence and Merrington and Jones looking ominous St Bernards stretched the lead to 34 points before St Bedes pounced on a St Bernards turnover to keep the margin to 28 points at the main break.

In a complete turnaround from the first half, the third quarter was all St Bedes as the home side lifted with Pat Tyquin, Tom Garside and Sam Andrea providing the run and Tim Doherty defending stoutly.  In the Premiership quarter, St Bedes rammed on 5.7 while holding St Bernards to 1.2 and but for some inaccuracy the Tigers may well have taken more than the one point advantage it held into the last term.

The final term was a desperate affair with both sides hard at the footy. St Bedes threatened on several occasions but St Bernards defence held firm and with Chad Jones and Andrew Merrington providing the edge up forward St Bernards managed to stem the tide adding 2.5 to the Tigers 1.2 as St Bernards held sway to record a hard fought eight point win.

Next week St Bernards host the rejuvenated Old Xavs at ‘the Pit’ in the second ever Gary McAllister Shield.

Match Details: St Bernards 10.14-74 def St Bedes 8.18-66

Goals: A. Merrington 5, C. Jones , L. Madden , N. Burgin , N. Cooke , A. Singleton

Best: A. Merrington, A. Bentick, N. Kazuro, T. Sullivan, J. Manunzio, M. Borzillo 


Reserves: Ressies Pushed All The Way By Tigers!

While St Bedes had a sprinkling of senior players top side St Bernards were expected to be far too strong for the eighth placed Tigers, however, the Ressies had to work hard to overcome what was a very determined St Bedes line up at Brindisi Street on Saturday.

After an even first term where St Bedes signalled their commitment to the contest the Tigers took a five point lead into the second term and but for some good defensive work from James Weir and some strong running from James Bennie and Jake Malseed the Tigers lead could have taken a bigger lead than the eleven point margin it held at the main break.

St Bernards opened the third term with three quick clearances to boot 2.1 in five minutes and snatch the lead, however, St Bedes quickly countered with three majors before St Bernards added another. With the Tigers holding a three point margin at the last break the stage was set for an upset.

The final term saw St Bernards midfield finally overcome the Tigers pressure to consistently drive the ball forward and with Ben Considine and big Tom Duyndam providing strong marking targets up forward St Bernards opened up the Tigers defence to snatch a three goal break.  St Bernards ran the game out strongly booting 4.4 to the Tigers 0.3 to register a hard fought 22 point win.

In what is shaping as a finals prelude first placed St Bernards will host second placed Old Xavs at ‘the pit’ next Saturday.

Match Details: St Bernards 11.12-78 def St Bedes 8.8-56

Best: J. Weir, B. Considine, J. Malseed, J. Bennie, R. Schroder, L. Scerri

Goals: B. Considine 4, Duyndham 4, Cooper, Gay, Peart

Thirds: Bernards Overpower Cardinals!

Kevin Jones reports: The thirds were keen to get back on the winners list after last week’s loss. They were ably assisted by six goals from Adrian Corsetti and a return to form by Zeesh Arwan that propelled us to a convincing win over an undermanned Old Scotch outfit on oval 1 at the Pit. 

In slippery conditions we were quickly out of the blocks with our Forwards capitalising on the great running work of Zeesh and the McIntyre brothers who were getting plenty of supply from our midfield dominance. Our opponents were battling to stem the tide and a 5 goal to 1 quarter had the side up and about at the first break. The boys were urged to increase the tempo and try to expose the opponent’s lack of interchange players.

Much of the same in the second quarter as our dominant display continued, our back six led by Evo and Hurley continually turned defence into attack, our work rate was good, that combined with the bullocking work of A.Gurrisi, Sargent, Sullivan & Cannatelli were features of this term. However the opposition were playing a loose man back, who we managed to pick out numerous times, an inaccurate 4 goals 5 to 1 opposition goal for the quarter, was not indicative of our dominance. The half time message was to put in a consistent effort, maintain the intensity and try to gain some valuable percentage.

The third term was a frustrating and lack lustre affair, our opponents lifted as our intensity and decision making faltered.  We continually spotted up opposition players across the ground and it was full credit to our opponents as they were able to dictate terms which frustrated all concerned. Two St Bernard’s goals for the term had the Coaching group disappointed considering our first half dominance.

Some stern words at orange time sparked the playing group to lift their intensity and effort, open the game up and finish the game full of running. All boxes were ticked with the exception of our accuracy, 6 goals 6 for the term had us run out big winners posting a 98 point victory. We now focus on our next opponent Uni-blacks and we will work hard on and off the track and concentrate on putting in a strong performance against them. All squad members to take note of the new game time of 9:20 am.

Match Details: St Bernards 17.16-118 def Old Scotch 3.2-20

Best: A. Corsetti, Z. Awan, O. McIntyre, W. Sullivan, W. Kingston, S. Cannatelli

Goals: A. Corsetti 6, M. Hughes 3, B. Ryan 2, O. McIntyre 2, L. McIntyre 2, P. Rahill , L. Neal

Paul Garth