St Bernards defeat a Spirited De La Salle

10 May 2015

3 from 3 wins, the closest and toughest test the Senior game, with a tight contest decided late in the piece

St Bernards 13.3.81  defeated De La Salle 9.8.62

Best: S.Caven, A.Bentick, T.Gleeson, A. Singleton J.Bennie, M.Caven

Goals: T.Gleeson 5, A.Merrington 2, J.Manunzio 2, A.Bentick, S.Caven, C. Jones 

This was a significant game for St Bernard’s, we would either be 3 & 2 or 4 & 1. Clearly it was our chance to break away from the pack early in the season. Even though De La Salle has been struggling of late, they can never be taken lightly, particularly given the consistent tight contests we seem to have against this quality football club. In general it wasn’t a pretty game for the spectators, but being the Mother’s Day Lunch extravaganza, most of the 220 females at the lunch were otherwise preoccupied and thankfully only saw snippets of the contest.

In form backs, Captain Tom Caven and Anzac Day medallist, Ben Considine were late withdrawals on game day. This meant our backline, with the inclusion of Will Considine, together with Michael Caven and Sam Woods, started to resemble the backline from last year’s U19 premiership team.  It’s great to see these young guys stepping up to Senior footy and playing their part so well.  With the withdrawal of the experienced backs a lot responsibility fell on the shoulders of Simon Caven and Michael Angel.  As usual, they didn’t disappoint.  Angel was solid and disciplined all day. Simon Caven really stood up and took charge.  He took strong marks, tackled ferociously and to top it off, kicked a 70 metre goal to ice the game late in the final quarter.  It seems almost certain this estimated distance of Simon’s sensational goAL could get longer in folklore, but for the record, 70 metres was the consensus estimate for the length of the kick).

In a scrappy game with lots of stoppages Adam Bentick, Chris Peart and Jessie Manunzio were heavily involved.  Acting captain, Adam Bentick has been in terrific form and once again was responsible for many forward moves. Chris Peart was at the bottom of many packs and laid some very strong tackles. Munna continues to do what Munna does so well, he was at the fall of the ball and snuck in for a couple of great goals.  Tom Gleeson was released from Coburg to play his first game for Bernies this season. He made the most it, kicking 5 goals whilst also laying 11 tackles; an outstanding return for Tom.

Inaccuracy in front of goal has been a problem in our past 5 or 6 games, so it was pleasing to see some straight shooting from Tom in particular, as well as all other goal scorers.  In the third quarter, Andrew Merrington marked strongly and kicked two goals in succession to give Bernies the edge going into the last quarter kicking with the wind.  The boys then ran the game out very well, kicked accurately, and won the 4 points against a very determined De La Salle outfit.

We move forward to take on Collegians next week at the Harry Trott Oval.



Reserves Overpower De La

St. Bernards: 12-19-91

De La Salle:     7-9-51

Goal kickers: Pat Gamwell 4, Zac O'Halloran & Luke Scerri 2, Chris Hughes, Luke Sullivan, Darren Colaco & Jack Gay 1

Best Players: Nathan Kazuro, Brenton Garth, Pat Gamwell, Tom Riley, Giacomo Zoccali, Jack Gay, Tom Russell


After badly losing our first 2 games, we chalked up our third win in a row against a spirited DLS by 40 points.  The first quarter was fairly even with the DLS spare player in our forward line dictating the play and our forward entries being rushed.  Once we got the centre clearances through Tom Russell, Nathan Kazuro & Brenton Garth, we moved the ball well into the forward line and started kicking goals and behinds!!  Guest Assistant Coach for the day, Adam Campbell was excellent with his coaching and advice to our forward line players.

We probably missed an opportunity to boost our poor % by kicking 19 behinds and letting DLS in for 3 easy goals in the last 10 minutes of the game when we stopped running.  Chris Hughes came up from the U/19 Premier and after a slow start was very impressive with his hard running and good use of the ball in the last 3 qtrs.


St Bernards Thirds 2014 round 5 vs De La Salle

Final score: St Bernards 24-15-159 def. De LaSalle 3-8-26

Goals:  S.O’Keeffe 5, D.Ryan 4, F.McNicol 3, J.Pignataro 3, J.Bromley 2, P.McDonough 2, M.Boscollo, K.Kwiatkowski, P.Romano, M.Satterley, W.Sullivan.

Best: B.Ryan, M.Dillon, S.O’Keeffe, J.Bromley, F.McNicol, D.Ryan.

With fifteen individual goal kickers St Bernard’s thirds demolished a struggling De La Salle outfit on oval 2. The expected weather conditions prevailed and the game was played in spring like conditions.  We were focussed on getting off to a good start and grabbing the initiative early. The defence was on top early with Jowett and Ford letting nothing past and up forward O’Keefe and Fergus marked everything that came their way.  At quarter time it was 7-7 to 0-1.

Into the wind in the second quarter the message was to put the foot down and deny the opposition the ball. Our on-ballers, Tonka, Damo, Chicka and Romano were providing plenty of run and the defence led by McDonough and Evans was rock solid allowing their opponents one solitary behind for the term.  At the long break it was an inaccurate 13-11 to 0-2.

We took the foot off the pedal in the third as we must have expected the De La boys to crumble.  This was not the case as they congested the play and took advantage of our lack of intensity. Dillon, Bromley, Isaacs and Ford continued their good form.  At three quarter, scores were 17-14 to 1-4.

We wanted to finish the game strongly, Fergus and Pigga chipped in for a couple and a seven goal last term, into the wind, gave us some valuable percentage. The win puts us 3 wins, 2 losses and gets our season back on track. We now focus on taking on Collegians next week at Albert Park.  Extra running on Tuesday nights at the conclusion of training continues to be mandatory for all thirds players.

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