Bernards win a vital clash against Old Scotch

23 June 2014

Three excellent wins by the 3 senior teams maintains strong momentum at the half way mark of the season

 

Seniors – St. Bernard’s 15.7.97 defeated Old Scotch 10.8.68

Goal Kickers: T. Gleeson 2, N. Burgin 2, C. Jones 2, J. Bevanda 2, T. Duyndham 2, N. Cooke , A. McLeod , T. Sullivan , D. Wall , A. Bentick .

Best Players: N. Kazuro, T. Sullivan, T. Caven, M. Angel, P. Le Noury, M. Hannan

 

Match Report – Pending

 

Reserves – St. Bernard’s 13.8.86 defeated Old Scotch 10.6.66

Goal Kickers: B. Considine 5, B. Cooper 2, L. Madden 2, B. Peart 2, D. Colaco , L. Sullivan

Best Players: L. Madden, S. Clarke, J. Manunzio, J. Van Meel, B. Cooper, J. Gay

 

It was difficult for our boys had to drag themselves away from the thrilling action between Honduras and Ecuador in the World Cup, but Old Scotch awaited at the Snakepit for the mighty St Bernards reserves. After a very disappointing display last week against Beaumaris, the two stepped out against Scotch keen to atone for their first loss of the season. Scotch were sitting all square with a 4-4 record, but had taken the big scalp of Beaumaris only a fortnight ago.

 

St Bernards went into the clash with first gamer Darren Colaco called up after an impressive start to the season with the U19’s, with Luke Madden back from the Seniors, Matty Borzillo making his way back from injury, and Jesse Manunzio back from his romantic weekend away. Big Jumbo Duyndam had capitalised on his good start to the season by being called up to the Senior team for his first game in a few years, after trying his hand at punting in the USA. All the best to the big fella!

 

Luke Scerri won the toss and kicked with the aid of a gusty Bernards northerly. From the very first bounce, the change in attitude from this week compared to last week was evident, as the Bernards boys came to play, and cracked in from the very first bounce. St Bernards had four goals on the board before Scotch knew what hit them, with Brad Cooper, Ben Peart and Ben Considine proving difficult to contain up forward, with Jack Gay, Ryan Schroder and Manunzio all winning their share of the footy through midfield.

 

The second term into the breeze opened brightly with St Bernards pushing the lead out past 30 points. As the quarter went on, Scotch wrested back some momentum and were able to work themselves into the contest. The last five minutes of the quarter saw St Bernards have some defensive lapses and allow Scotch to score three quick goals in red time, to go into the main break with a slender 7-point lead. Shaun Clarke’s efforts in the ruck were up, and Luke Madden had a stack of the ball in a terrific first half showing.

 

The second half saw the St Bernards boys make use of the breeze, dominating the play, but finding it difficult to score with a disciplined Scotch team taking as much time off the clock as possible. Our boys were eventually able to open the game up and score four goals to one for the quarter, in what was proving to be another arm wrestle. Our defensive six were again solid, and led from the front by Jake Van Meel, James Weir and Plugger Sullivan, blunted the Scotch forwards effectively. It was a case of close enough if good enough for Scotch, who would be coming home with a four-goal wind at their backs, as St Bernards lead by 27 points.

 

In what was probably St Bernards best 15-minute patch of the game, early in the last quarter our boys were able to hold off the initial attack by Scotch, and score on the counter attack via some slick ball movement into the breeze. Two early goals was enough to effectively put the result beyond doubt, extending the margin out past six goals. To Scotch’s credit, they ran the game out and were able to post a few consolation goals to bring the margin back to 20 points. Jack Saundry did an excellent negating midfield role when called upon in the second half. Paddy Gamwell, rucks Clarkey and Colaco were influential, along with midfielders Luke Madden (BOG), Manunzio and Gay who were all impressive. Brad Cooper provided a strong lead-up target all game, and Benny Considine found himself on the end of some good work up the ground, and finished the game with five big ones, and his ability to convert was probably the difference between the two sides.

 

Thirds – St Bernards 15-10-100 defeated Old Melburnians 9-4-58

Goals: D.Ryan 5, W.Kingston 4, C.Forder 2, J.Notaro 2, T.Pearson, D.Segrave.

Best: L.McIntyre, C.Forder, W.Kingston, J.Gill, D.Segrave, J.Wright, S.Cannatelli.

 

Four second half goals to Damien Ryan, and a career high four goals from skipper Will Kingston helped the thirds overcome a strong Old Melburnians outfit in the R10 clash at the Pit. Our pregame focus for the players was to control only what they can control and that is their preparation, performance and on field actions. Our opponents had been in consistent form of late and we knew they had loaded up their team to try and topple us.

Old Melburnians won the toss and came out with all guns blazing; our engine room players Cannatelli, Forder, Kingston, Cunningham and Gill were working well together.  We were working hard into the breeze but we were inaccurate, (3 goals 4 due to the blustery conditions), compared to our hard running opponents, (6 goals 2), giving them a 16 point lead at the first break. Instructions during the break were to try to play the game on our terms and lock the opposition down as one quarter of footy does not always define the end result.

Our team defence really came into play during the second term as we started to win the contested footy and whittle away at the lead, Our back six provided plenty of run and kept their bigger opponents to a miserable one point during this term while we able to graft out 3 goals to lead by 2 points at the long break. It was a very physical game and the injury toll was mounting for both teams. The coaching group asked a few individuals to lift their intensity as the game was up for grabs and we had to be prepared to work our Butts off into the wind and control the tempo of the game.

Our performance in the third term was game defining, we tackled, pressured and harassed the opposition and were able to score into the wind, 2 goals 3, and keep the opposition to 1 goal 2, giving us a 7 point lead at the final turn. For the second week running we were faced with a nail biting finish. Our bench was reduced to two players so our rotations had been limited since half time. The players were urged to believe in our ability as a team and as individuals to dig deep and find the steely resolve that has served us well recently and finish the game full of running.  The entire team delivered it in spades! A six goal final term blew the game apart as we run out easy winners. The song was belted out at top note as this team continues to answer all challenges put before it

All players are urged to work hard on the track and keep the ball rolling, as it has been noted previously that our good form is not a coincidence or good luck it is due to the entire playing group accepting the challenges and working hard to help the club achieve its goals. Please advise coaches if you are unable to train.

Craig Connelly