Weekend Wrap Seniors Round 15

11 August 2014

Seniors cement double chance, Ressies Pipped on post, Thirds drop a close one, U19 Prems demolish OM’s, U19 North snatch a great win, U18s too strong for Blues.

Seniors: Bernards Tame Snarling Lions!

 They say a wounded Lion is dangerous and unpredictable and so it was at the snakepit on Saturday. The Lions had a raft of their best players missing in recent weeks and lost State star Wil Tardiff coming into the game but as is often the case ‘on paper’ can mean nothing as the Lions made St Bernards earn every inch of its hard-fought 32 point win.

St Bernards took early advantage of the strong breeze scooting away to a 28 point lead before Collegians fought back to stem the flow.  With Chad Jones and Tom Gleeson marking well in the difficult breeze and Mitch Hannan providing some valuable run St Bernards looked like taking a stranglehold on the game but Collegians midfielders Dominic Russo and Sam Hibbert lifted their side and with Harry Croft doing well across half back the Lions fought back hard in the second term to narrow the margin to 18 points at the main break.

The third term was a repeat of the first with St Bernards peppering the goals and opening up a commanding forty point lead. Even with the gale at their backs in the last quarter few thought Collegians could mount a serious threat to the St Bernards lead, however, the Lions got a sniff after booting three quick goals to draw within 19 points mid-way through the final term.

As quickly as the challenge came it was answered strongly by St Bernards who responded with two goals into the stiff breeze to snuff out any chance of an upset. On balance it was a solid win that cemented a top two finish for St Bernards against a desperate Collegians line up that were determined to keep their finals hopes alive.

With three rounds remaining St Bernards and Uni Blacks have both guaranteed the double chance.  Across town, Xavs shot out to a huge lead over De La Salle before De La stormed home to get within six points at the final siren while Trinity fell to Beaumaris for their fifth straight loss. The Xavs win places them on the same points as Trinity and Collegians and only one game behind 3rd placed Scotch.

In a huge round next week St Bernards travel to Camberwell to play an in-form Old Scotch.  Trinity face a must win game against Uni Blacks as do Collegians against Beaumaris while Xavs will look to enter the top four against St Bedes and De La Salle will host Old Brighton in what may very well decide who will be relegated.

Match Details: St Bernards 14.13-97 def Collegians 13.5-83

Best:Mitch Hannan, Tom Gleeson, Shaun Clarke, Nathan Kazuro, James Weir, Jayden Malseed

Goals:T. Gleeson 4, C. Jones 3, B. Considine 2, T. Russell , A. Singleton , A. McLeod , N. Cooke

Reserves: Ressies Slip Up Against Collegians!

After Ben Hogan spoke passionately in the pre match paying great tribute to George Garth on his 200th game, George led the side through the banner and quickly racked up some early possessions .. it was all going to script but someone forgot to tell Collegians who were desperate to spoil the party and in doing so, keep their finals chances alive.

The windy conditions made it difficult for forwards but it was St Bernards inability to get their running game going that proved costly as Collegians more than matched St Bernards intensity. The Lions booted two goals into the breeze in the first quarter while holding St Bernards to 2.2 which proved to be decisive. The second term continued the trend as the Lions booted 4.2 with the breeze before St Bernards finally came alive responding with 3.2 to trail by five points at the main break.

St Bernards lifted in the third quarter and after hitting the front stretched the lead to three goals and finally looked to be getting on top. Unfortunately an injury to Luke Scerri required a stretcher before another stretcher was needed for Lions forward Michael Dyer. The seven minutes time lost halted St Bernards momentum (and wind advantage) and kept St Bernards lead to just 14 points at the final break.

With the breeze getting stronger Collegians booted three early goals and looked like running away with the contest but the St Bernards boys refused to rollover and after clawing back the margin to two points were a chance to pinch the game back. The final few minutes saw some great desperation from both sides with the ball locked into St Bernards forward line but despite a number of opportunities St Bernards couldn’t nail the final goal as the Lions held on in a nail-biter and jumped into 3rd spot on the ladder.

While it was a disappointing loss, the Ressies have a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks with a top of the ladder finish locked away and plenty of scope for improvement statrting next week when the boys travel to meet Scotch who will be looking to keep their finals hopes alive.

Match Details: St Bernards 13.12-90 def Collegians 8.10-58

Best:Jack Fraser, James Bennie, Jesse Manunzio, Josh Madden, Brad Cooper, George Garth

Goals:G. Garth 2,B. Cooper 2, J. Bennie, O. McIntyre, L.Madden, J. Madden, J. Fraser, L. Scerri 

Thirds: Bernards Pipped In Finals Prelude!  

Kevin Jones reports: St Bernard’s thirds snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Uni-Blues on oval 2 at the pit. It was the third time we have played this team with today’s result being the greatest winning margin between the two sides. Our depth was once again tested but we were able to get our full complement of players on the park which speaks volumes for the work the footy department has put in this year.  After losing the toss we kicked into a stiff breeze and needed to make a statement, we did that through goals to Sargent. O’Connor and long goal to comeback kid Sam Jones to put us two points down at the first break.

The quarter time instructions were to work our arses off and get the ball into our forward 50 quickly to give our forwards a chance. Our rejigged defence led by Hurley, Jowett and Bevanda were equal to the task and continually turned defence into attack, goals to Boscollo, O’Connor and Jones had us with a 16 point advantage at the long break. The coaching group reinforced the need for us to maintain the initiative as this was now a game of millimetres.

Our focus was to contain our opponents and score into the wind and hopefully set us up for victory in what we refer to as the premiership quarter. By the 21 minute mark we ticked all the boxes, however two late goals, (one from our un-disciplined play!), let them in to give the Uni boys a 4 point buffer at orange time.

We fancied ourselves to come home strongly and the challenge was put to the playing group, “Actions speak louder than words” was the message from the coaching group. However we underestimated the oppositions resolve as they were able to lock us down and frustrate our style of play. Two posters could have turned the tide however the opposition were able to rebound and get one against the flow and hang onto the lead till the end. The reality was we kicked more goals into the wind than with it!

 We will now finish 3rd and face off with Uni-Blues in 4 weeks’ time, we have a lot of work to do to ensure we can achieve a positive result and not make finals just to make up the numbers. Finals football is played in the second half of the year; our performance in the second half of the season has been ordinary. The coaching staff truly believes in our ability to perform when it counts but it will come at a cost!  Hard work off the field and 100% effort on it.

Match Details:  St Bernards 7-6-48 def by Uni-Blues 8-7-55

Best: Damian Hurley, Keiren O’Connor, Adrian Corsetti, Steve Cannatelli, Michael Hughes, Wil Sullivan, Zesh Goals: Sam Jones 2, Kieran O’Connor 2, Matt Sargent, Matt Boscollo, Will Sullivan.



The three ‘unders’ sides all saluted. 19 Premier have locked in a top of the ladder finish and will play 2nd placed St Kevs and 3rd placed Xavs in the next two weeks leading into the second semi.

U19 North’s thriller over Therry locks in a finals spot and the boys remain in contention for a top two finish while the U18s sit second on the table and can lock in a top two spot with a win next week.

Under 19 Premier

Match Details:  St Bernards 29-22-196 def by OM’s 0-0-0

Goals: C. Hughes 5, E. Sibbald 5, S. Piantella 4, R. Woods 3, S. Woods 3, D. Kennedy 2, M. Hughes 2, P. Romano, J. Hedley , J. Riley , W. Considine , N. Larkin
Best: E. Sibbald , S. Piantella , R. Woods , J. Riley , G. Zoccali , C. Hughes

Under 19 North

Match Details:  St Bernards 8-12-60 def Therry 7-12-54

Goals: J. Firth 3, B. Ronke 2, L. Sullivan 2, E. Connelly
Best: J. Oruba , F. McNicol , J. Holland , E. Connelly , M. Farrant , L. Perryman

VAFA Colts

In Round 16 the Colts welcomed Uni Blues to the Pit.

Oval 2 had dried out significantly and was almost hard at the start of the game.  A win to the Colts in Round 16 would consolidate second place on the ladder with Westbourne (third) losing to Mazenod (first) and dropping back four point on the ladder.

So with 20 players, the colts kicked with a stiff breeze in the first kicking well for 5 majors in the first, effectively locking down the game against the undermanned Uni Blues.

The second quarter against the breeze netted another 4 goals and by the time the third quarter was concluded the percentage increase that the colts sought was looking like a 20% increase.

The final quarter allowed the rotation and management of players particularly on the ball, and into the forward line.

Notable mentions on the day include a lazy 6 majors from Matt Zammit, and 3 majors from each  of Tristan Doody and Michael Diamandis.

The middle of the ground was controlled by both Maxim Jaggard and Tom Howard.

Next Week – Point Cook (fourth) @ the pit

Match Details:  St Bernards 18-12-120 def Uni-Blues 4-2-26

Goals: M. Zammit 6, M. Diamandis 3, T. Doody 3, J. Wood 2, T. Baker , J. Gauci , T. Rose , T. Hanmer
Best: M. Zammit , J. Comito , J. Hannah , T. Hanmer , J. Gauci , N. Kelly

Paul Garth