Under-manned "Unders" do Bernard's Proud

16 July 2012

With a record number of boys unavailable on the weekend, the two U19 teams had a real crack against the odds


U19 Premier


St. Bernard’s 9.13.67 defeated by Beaumaris 11.7.73


Goal Kickers: D. Wall 4, J. Solomon 2, M. Hutchesson , J. Weir , N. Kazuro
Best Players: N. Kazuro, P. MacDonough, H. Overman, J. Weir, M. Hutchesson, L. Sullivan


The U19 Premier team started the game with a 22-man squad.  5 of these players (O’connor, Graham, Connelly, Zammit and Feehan) played the early game for the 19(2) team.  By quarter time, it was apparent that two of these players (Graham and Connelly) were effectively “lame” and unable to continue at all.


So, to say the side was under-manned was a massive understatement.


Still, from adversity a lot can be learnt.  And, Adrian Peart, filling in for Peter Wood for the week, would learn a lot that is good about the young men who played in the Bernard’s jumper on Saturday.


The game started with the Bernard’s boys notably flat after last week’s big effort against Old Xavs.  Beaumaris had come to play and were dominating in general field play and took a deserving 3 goal lead into quarter time.  The boys came in at quarter time obviously concerned at what had been a lacklustre “out of character” first quarter effort.


The second quarter saw Bernard’s dominate in general play, but poor conversion would cost the boys dearly.  With 9 scoring shots to 4, we were all over the boys from Beaumaris, and yet we only narrowed the deficit by 5 points.  4 goals 8 at half time to 7 goals 1 for Beauie highlighted the benefit of quality conversion to the home team.


The third quarter was more of the same, with Bernard’s dominating in general play, but failing to convert on the scoreboard.  In two quarters of football, Bernard’s had 15 scoring shots to 6, and yet still trailed by 2 points at the ¾ time break.


As Adrian Peart gathered the boys at ¾ time he had no bench left.  There seemed to be more injured Premier players watching from the sidelines than standing in the huddle with Adrian.  Of the 18 boys still on the park, 3 had played full games earlier that day, one was playing his first game for the season (Nathan Kazuro, who had played a blinder) and the rest were exhausted from the lack of rotations available since quarter time.


Early running in the last quarter was all one way.  Beaumaris opened up a handy 4 goal lead and the match looked beyond Bernard’s.  Given the lack of available players, such a result would have been seen as a valiant loss.  But this playing group does not lie down.  In a spirited last 15 minutes or so, the boys fought back to be within 1 kick of a flagging Beaumaris.  With the ball deep in the Bernard’s forward line when the siren went, this playing group was left to rue poor conversion in the middle stanza of the game.


The more important aspect of the game today was the competitive spirit displayed by the players who ran the game out, as well as the club spirit of the five players who were prepared to play in two games of football so that the club could field competitive teams inU19 both games.  The efforts of the entire playing group are to be commended.  Rest assured, as we start to get players back from injury, we will field more competitive and complete teams each week.  If those players can match the competitive efforts of the team that played against Beaumaris on Saturday, then the U19 Premier team will be very competitive against every team they play.




UNDER 19 (Section 3)

St. Bernard’s 6.4.40 defeated By Xavier 8.11.59

With a massive injury list across the Under 18’s and Under 19’s group the Under 19(2) boys faced up to Xavier College, pre-game focus was to stand up and be counted as a team unit despite wholesale personnel changes.


With Xavs kicking with the breeze the Bernard’s Boys defended well with on ballers, Jowett, Notaro, Charlie Connelly and McAllister getting first use of the footy. The second quarter was an arm wrestle with neither side able to break free.  The defence led by Fehan, Bromley, Zammit, Ed Connelly and O’Connor continually rebounded to Forwards Graham, DiPaolo and Nathan working hard for little gain.


A rejigged forward line saw the Bernard’s reel in the deficit in the 3rd quarter on the back of great efforts from Maloney, Firth, Muir, Paolo and the Whelan brothers together with opportunistic goals to Commerford and Graham gave us a 3 point lead at orange time!


Game ending injuries to LeNoury, Seamus Whelan, and Charlie Connelly saw a brave seventeen man Unit fight against the odds to see the lead go to Xavs early in the last quarter.


The boys fought it out to the end the weight of numbers proving too great, an effort the coaching staff was proud of.  A big thank you to Under 18’s and Premier boys who put their hands up to play.



Goals:   Graham 3, Commerford 2, Di Paolo

Best Players:  Feehan, Jowett, Notaro, McAllister, S Whelan, Zammit, Commerford, Graham


Kevin Jones

Craig Connelly