Round 2 WRAP - 18 April 2015

19 April 2015

Bernards Seniors, 19 Prem were winners on Saturday against quality opponents

Round 2 of the 2015 VAFA season saw St Bernard’s and Old Xaverians line up against each other in 5 different games.  Whilst Xavs got the chocolates winning 3 of the 5 matches, Bernard’s took home the 4 points in the all important Premier division 1sts and the U19 Premier section.

Given the clubs continued focus on player development, as well as participation, this is particularly pleasing as our wins came for the two teams where we have a genuine focus on winning; as opposed to the development and enjoyment (as well as winning, don’t get me wrong) aspects of playing 2nds/3rds/U19(3)/Colts football.

Even more pleasing is the fact that our senior team this week was missing names such as Tom Sullivan, Chad Jones, Andrew Merrington, Tom Overman, Nathan Kazuro, Mitch Hannan, Jacob Bevanda, Tom Gleeson; whilst our U19 Premier squad supplied three players (Michael Caven, Will Considine, Ben Ronke) to the winning 1sts team – demonstrating the depth and quality of both the senior playing group as well as the “unders” program.

These are exciting times for the football club and Saturday’s results are extremely encouraging for the playing groups of all 6 sides.

A special mention for the 6 first cousins who played together in the winning 1sts team on Saturday (Tom, Simon and Michael Caven, Ben and Will Considine, Adam Campbell) as well as the 7 players who enjoyed their debut first XVIII win and singing of the club theme song (debutants Sam Woods, Will Considine, Adam Campbell and second gamers Ben Ronke, Michael Caven, Tristan Cartledge and Alex Boyse).

Seniors: Bernards Too Strong For Xavs!

St Bernards 20.14 (134) defeated Old Xavs 9.13 (67)

Best: A. Bentick, A. McLeod, S. Fleming, A. Boyse, T. Cartledge, S. Caven

Goals: A. Campbell 5, A. Boyse 4, J. Manunzio 2, A. McLeod 2, B. Considine , A. Bentick , N. Burgin, S. Fleming, M. Caven, T. Cartledge, B. Ronke

After St Bernards narrow loss to Trinity in round one and Xavs solid win over Collegians the round two clash between the traditional rivals was considered an even money bet by most pundits.

On a perfect deck at Toorak Park the game opened at a furious pace with both sides looking to take the early initiative.  Debutant Adam Campbell made an immediate impact with some strong marking that produced two early goals while at the opposite end Xavs skipper Mark ‘Chopper’ Handley pushed up high before snapping Xavs second major to keep his side within 12 points at the first break.

The second term saw Alex McLeod and Adam Bentick winning possies in the midfield and Simon Caven, Alex Boyse and Adam Campbell looking ominous up forward as St Bernards rammed on 6.2 to Xavs 2.3 to stretch the lead to 35 points at the main break.

St Bernards continued to dominate the game in the third quarter, forcing Xavs into errors and with Tristan Cartledge providing first use the midfield continued to launch attacks placing Xavs defence under constant pressure as the visitors added another 6.6 while holding Xavs to 2.3 to open up a decisive 62 point margin at the final break.

The final stanza was a fairly even affair as St Bernards ran out to a commanding 66 point win in an impressive performance underlined by eleven goal kickers on the day.  Congratulations to young Wil Considine and Sam Woods on their strong senior debut and fellow debutant Adam Campbell who capped off his first game for the club with five goals.

The boys now look forward to playing our first game at the new ‘pit’ next Saturday as we host Beaumaris in the Anzac Challenge round.  St Bernards have dominated Anzac Challenge games since its inception in 2003 winning 9 of the 12 contests and will be keen to keep the H&C Lambert trophy in Raff’s cabinet.

Reserves: Xavs Outrun and Outgun Ressies!

St Bernards 5.11 (41) defeated by Old Xavs 19.11 (125)

Best: G. Zoccali , R. Schroder , B. Garth , J. Hedley , Z. O'Halloran

Goals: C. Forder, R. Schroder, Z. Awan, L. Scerri, L. Sullivan

Supporters were checking their Footy Records as a raft of new faces appeared in the in the Ressies line up with only eight of the 22 that lined up against Xavs in last years finals series.

After an even first quarter Xavs held a narrow seven point lead but some poor turnovers saw Xavs pounce in the second term to register 6.4 while holding St Bernards to a solitary behind.

St Bernards fought back in the third term with Ryan Schroder, George Garth and youngster Giacomo Zoccolli providing the drive but failed to convert their opportunities booting 2.5 while Xavs, again taking advantage of St Bernards errors booted 4.1 to extend their lead to 54 points at the final break.

The last term was all Xavs as the home side simply out ran a disappointing St Bernards.  The boys will look to bounce back and register their first win at the ‘pit’ against Beauy next Saturday.

Thirds: Bernards Battle Against Talented Xavs!

Kev Jones and Brian Moon may not have been happy with the result but they were pleased with the ‘Threes’ effort as they fronted up to a highly talented Xavs line up in the early game on Saturday.

Match Report to come from Kev Jones

Match Details:

St Bernards 4.6.30 defeated by Old Xavs 12.7.79

Best: M. Farrant, B. Ryan, F. McNicol, D. Hurley, S. Piantella, J. Holland

Goals: K. O''Connor, F. McNicol, M. Farrant, S. Cannatelli


Under 19 Premier

Match Details:

St Bernards 18.12 (120) defeated Old Xavs 7.8 (50)

Best: M. DeLeur, J. Carey, A. Dillon, J. Sullivan, C. Vague, H. Rocke

Goals: C. Vague 5, J. Sullivan 4, T. Horton 2, M. Hughes 2, M. DeLeur, A. Dillon, E. Sibbald, C. Hughes, R. Woods

Following a positive win in round 1 vs Old Scotch, the guys were looking forward to playing one of the leagues heavyweights in Old Xavs. The first quarter was played at a hectic pace and both teams looking to take the advantage however through some crucial clearance work from our midfielders in Tom DelZoppo, Chris Hughes, Mitch Hughes, Josh Turville, Declan Kennedy, Harri Rocke and Rhyen Woods we started to gain the advantage and set up a handy 23 point first quarter lead. Charlie Vague, Edyn Sibbald and Jeremy Sullivan were proving very dangerous early across the half forward line in the first quarter. On such a big ground our wingmen, Nick Larkin and Ben Hedley were also providing important drive and willingness to intercept any balls coming out of our forward line. The 2nd quarter was again a tough where both teams continued to give their best and the lead got out to 30 points by half time.
The challenge was to get out after half time and continue our work rate and not let Xavs back into the game. Really important efforts in defence from Jed Carey, Anthony Dillon, Daniel Parkes, James Oruba, and Ed Dugdale made it difficult for Xavs to score in the 3rd quarter and moving Marcus DeLeur into the ruck proved really important. His work in the ruck and follow up on the ground provided our midfielders with a clear advantage and our guys were able to outscore them by 5 goals to 1 goal which saw our lead stretch out to 53 points.
The last quarter was once again dominated by our midfielders and despite not kicking our best towards goals, our lead was getting bigger and a positive win resulted. The last quarter also provided us with opportunity to blood some of our younger boys for longer periods in Tom Howard, Tom Horton, Paddy Martin, Nick Kelly and Tom Noonan which will prove really important for the depth of our unders guys in the weeks ahead. Next week we come up Beaumaris away who are coming off a 79 point victory, so our challenges continue. Bring on round 3!

Under 19 (Div 3)

Match Details:

St Bernards 5.5 (35) defeated by Old Xavs 19.21 (135)

Best: J. Hannah, S. Merkel, W. Isaacs, E. Vahland, M. Jaggard, M.Tonge

Goals: W. Morgan 2, A. Cunsolo, C. Gavagha, , M. Jaggard



Match Details:

St Bernards 3.5 (23) defeated by Mazenod 21.5 (131)

Best: R. Spicer, A. Carey, J. Thorogood, Z. Hannett, K. Dowsett, T. Baker

Goals: R. Spicer, W. Baird, J. Wood 

Craig Connelly