Round 4 Senior Wrap

04 May 2015

3 from 3 a great result against a talented opponent, Uni Blues

 On a wonderful day for football, the 3rds got our round 4 campaign off to a great start with a stirring victory against quality opposition.  The ressies then clawed their way back into the game after conceding 5 first quarter goals, to secure a fantastic victory against quality opposition.  This left it to the seniors to make it "3 from 3", and they did not let us down, winning a hard fought, at times scrappy battle against the previously undefeated Uni Blues.

Re-set, re-load and get ready for De La at home for all 3 teams this Saturday.

SENIORS OVERCOME LADDER LEADER

St Bernards 12.13.85 defeated University Blues 11.14.80

Best: A. Bentick, A. Boyse, T. Caven, J. Manunzio, M. Caven, S. Clarke

Goals: A.Boyse 4, J.Manunzio 2, S.Woods 2, A. Bentick, S. Fleming, A.Merrington, C.Peart

On a perfect day for footy in the idyllic setting of the Melbourne University grounds, the contest between two of the early season, leading sides in Premier, had all the ingredients of a great contest.  We weren’t disappointed.  The game was played with intensity, particularly in the first half where skills and finishing suffered as a result, though the game did open up somewhat in the second half.  Throughout the course of the game, neither side could establish a clear break on the other. The biggest margin at any time in the game was two gaols.

A significant factor in St Bernard’s win was the dominance of Shaun Clarke and Adam Bentick at centre bounces.  In an even first quarter, they continued to give us first use of the ball.  Bentick also popped up in the forward line drilling a goal from 50 out. Alex Singleton is in good form and was a very good contributor in the opening quarter.

The beginning of the second quarter saw Blues running in numbers and kicking the first two goals.  Our backs worked incredibly hard to stem the flow.  Simon Caven and Nick Cooke laid great tackles to stop the Blue’s forward moves.  While at our end Sam Woods kicked a ripper left footer on the run, and “Munna” roved beautifully and snapped truly.

The third quarter opened with quick goals to Sam Fleming and Alex Boyse.  Again, Bentick was proving to be the difference, he continued to dominate the centre clearances, despite the efforts of his second tagger for the day.  Backs, Tom Caven, Ben Considine, Michael Caven and Michael Angel worked incredibly hard to stop the Blue’s attacking football, and the pressure through the middle of the ground lifted a notch.

Early in the last quarter, Sam Woods drilled a goal from 50 out to level the scores. Onballers, Adam Bentick and Chris Peart were in the middle of every stoppage working tirelessly to win first possession.  Another mark and goal to Boyse put our nose in front. The Back six were fantastic and stopped the Blues on the last line to seal the deal.  Bernie’s triumphant in a thriller!

In an even contest, St. Bernards displayed a lot of character to get over the line.  Alex Boyse is proving to be the X Factor in the forward line.  He continues to snap marks that don’t seem to be there and then more importantly, convert.  It’s also great to see young guns, Sam Woods, Ben Ronke and Michael Caven injecting energy into the team. Now as the coach says,’ we reload and go again.’

Senior Team Scribe   

 

Reserves – Round 4 -vs- Uni Blues

 

Final score: St Bernards 12.11.83 defeated Uni-Blues 12-5-77

Goals: Farrant, Russell, Colaco, Awan, L.Sullivan - 2 Scerri & Gay-1

Best: Bevanda, J. Forder, Gay, Garth, Russell + special mentions to Farrant & Sibbald for their first games.

 

Into the game at 1 Win, 2 Losses & a low % versus a strong Uni. Blues team who were sitting in 2nd Place, we knew we would have a tough game.  From the outset we were under the pump and the score at quarter time was UB-31 vs StB-1.  Rearrangement of structures and playing a more offensive running game resulted in a 5 goal to 1 goal 2nd quarter effort in our favor.  

 

It was “game on” at half time.  The second half was an exciting high standard Premier Reserve grade football.  The future of St. Bernard's footy was progressed again today with the senior debuts of Stefan Piantella, Michael Farrant & U/19 Prem player Edyn Sibbald, ably assisted by the experience of Kazuro, Bevanda, Garth & Schrodes.

 

Fantastic contribution from all players, young & old resulted in a 6 point victory, 83 vs 77, to the Ressies.

 

Terry Davis (Ressies Scribe)

St Bernards Thirds 2015 Round 4 vs Uni-Blues

Final score: St Bernards 10-8-68 defeated Uni-Blues 4-13-37

Goals: J.Pignataro 3, D.Ryan 2, F. McNicol 2, S.Cannatelli, L.Neal, S.O’Keeffe

Best: E.Connelly, J.Pignataro, P.Rahill, J.Ford, F.McNicol, B.Ryan   

After being down at half time St Bernard’s thirds powered home in the final quarter to record their second win for the season against a strong Uni-Blues outfit in blustery conditions at Crawford oval. Pre-game focus was to carry our momentum gained from last week into this contest and get our win/loss ratio back on track.

With the breeze at their backs an accurate Bernard’s side got the scoreboard ticking over quickly with pocket rocket Pigga up and about; our defence was under siege but held up well with Allison & Connelly turning defence into attack. The quarter time score 4-0 to 1-4 clearly indicated it was “game on”

Our work rate and pressure dropped off in the second term which allowed the Uni boys to work their way into the contest, our defence was once again up against it and we were unable to clear the ball through their press, Chicka, Ralphy and Bromley were continually putting their head over the footy to try and stop the rot, a long goal from Fergus into the wind gave us a lift, however the half time score of 5-1 to 4-9 showed that the game was there for the taking.

We needed to reset at half time and play smart footy to try and gain the upper hand as the Uni boys had their tails up. A half time rev from the coaching group seemed to have immediate results as our work rate on the inside lifted and the attack at the pill went up a notch. Desperate acts from Tonka, Damo and Neal enabled us to keep the ball in our possession and inspired others as we slammed on 4 quick ones and kept the opposition goalless to give us something to defend.  A very accurate Bernard’s led 9-1 to 4-12 at orange time.

The Coaches reminded the group of how hard we need to work into the wind, we must maintain our effort and intensity shown during the third term and bring home the win. The playing group responded with a complete domination of play across all lines and the ball was in our forward fifty for the majority of the quarter. Second, third and fourth efforts were given and this one was not going to get away from us as we ran out winners by 31 points. A great team effort. Next week we are at home versus De La Salle 11:40 kick-off, let’s keep the momentum going.

SKEV

Senior Scribes