3 “Unders Teams” play on Premier BYE weekend

04 August 2013

With the 3 senior teams having a bye on Saturday, and Mel’s Warriors facing the Crocs on SUNDAY in Hogi’s 300th game, Saturday was a day for the senior teams three “unders” teams to take centre stage.

19 Prem secure a finals berth with a solid win over Beauy

ST BERNARDS 14.14.98 defeated Beaumaris 10.10.70

Goal Kickers: M. Hannan 2, A. Goodson 2, P. Romano 2, M. Peart , T. Saundry , L. Whelan , J. Riley , J. Shine , C. Peart , C. Issa , M. DeLeur

Best Players: M. Hannan, M. Caven, Z. O''Halloran, J. Riley, T. Saundry, M. Peart

Rocky Ianello’s U19 Premier squad travelled to Beaumaris, who were bolstered with 4-5 players returning from the Beauy seniors squad (who had a bye) as well as some TAC Sandy Dragons players.  The 19 Prem boys knew they were facing a tough battle, and that proved to be the case, as both teams played a tight fought contest for most of the day.

In a high quality match, young Mitch Hannan brought his solid form from the seniors this past 2 weeks, in a BOG return as the dominant midfielder on the day.  Sixteen year-old Michael Caven, youngest brother to club captain Tom and senior CHB Simon, was a stand-out performer at CHB, playing a pivotal role repelling many Beauy forward thrusts.

Tom Russell was very solid in the ruck, Zac O’Halloran an excellent target at Full Forward, Matt Peart excellent all day and Tom Saundry played his role as a defensive small forward very well.  With the likes of Colaco, Considine, Boyse, Riley, Wright, Fraser and Carey all unavailable on Saturday, the 19 Prem coaches will have huge selection headaches this last 3 weeks as Rocky, Serge and Pete settle on a squad to have a real crack at moving deep through September action.

With De La beating OM’s, the top 4 in 19 Prem seems settled 3 with 3 weeks remaining in the season, so the boys  will be focused on building on each game from here to the end of the home and away season.

 

19 North gallant in defeat to top-side, Old Ivanhoe

ST BERNARDS 6.9.45 defeated by Old Ivanhoe 11.12.78

Goal Kickers: S. Piantella 3, B. Jackson , J. Notaro , C. Tormey

Best Players: T. Riley, J. Ford, L. McIntyre, C. Tormey, F. Gatens

 

The final 33 point margin pays no respect to the quality of Trevor Doody’s 19 North side on Saturday.  In windy conditions at the Snakepit, Trev’s boys kicked into the wind in the first quarter.  With Sean O’Keefe dominant in the ruck, and strong rebound footy led by Josh Turville and James Ford down back, the 19 North side ran the ball very effectively and dominated in general play against the talented Old Ivanhoe.

It seems our boys enjoyed the challenge of having to run and carry and spot players up, when kicking into the wind, as we then seemed to lose our way a bit kicking with the wind in the second quarter.  Old Ivanhoe dropped 1-2 players behind the ball and we just couldn’t spot up targets effectively, despite many opportunities.  The talented Old Ivanhoe midfielders then scored a couple of late, rebound goals into the wind, to maintain a 5-point lead at the main break.

Injuries really cruelled our efforts in the second half, and despite only a 4-point deficit at ¾ time, after some excellent work again into the wind, Trev’s playing stocks were heavily depleted at ¾ time.  2 shoulder injuries to Firthy and Chris Tormey, a hammie to Jake Notaro and 1-2 other players down, and The 19 North side battled out the final quarter with 16-17 players, and were over-run by the top side.

Trevor Doody was so proud of his charges efforts on the day, and knows the boys will fight out the last 3 rounds of the season.

 

18’s Move to 3rd with 3 tough games to go

ST BERNARDS 18.11.119 defeated St. Mary’s Salesian 5.4.34

Goal Kickers: J. Sullivan 6, C. Hughes 3, M. Jaggard 3, J. Bromley , L. Sullivan , J. Firth , R. Woods , D. Parkes , J. Jones

Best Players: B. Hedley, M. Hughes, C. Hughes, E. Sibbald, J. Firth, J. Sullivan

The “pups” faced their early season nemesis, St. Mary’s, and were fired up early with the challenge of making a strong start to this must win clash.  Kicking into a stiff breeze at the Snakepit, the U18’s played some of their best team football of the 2013 season.  With dominance in the clearances, many players winning contested ball, strong efforts all over the ground to tackle, block and shepherd, the U18’s were irresistible for the first 20 minutes.

This effort and form flowed into the second quarter, and the U18’s continued to play solid team football, taking a well-deserved 64-point lead into the main break.  The boys maintained a solid work-rate for the remainder of the game and secured an impressive 85 point win in what was a genuine team effort.

Most pleasing from the efforts in this game was the fact that the pups had 8 U17 players in key on-ball rotations, and these boys did an amazing job winning contested ball against bigger bodied opponents, giving our talented runners many opportunities to feed a forward line with numerous opportunities.

Today’s win and other results mean the U18’s sit 3rd in a tight race to play finals football.  With games to come against the 1st, 5th and 2nd teams, it seems the pups own finals destiny is in their own hands.  Competition for spots will be fierce as coaches Connelly and Denahy try to ensure the boys are primed for a tough 3-weeks of football.

 

Unders Scribe