"Unders" season concludes. Bring on Finals!

26 August 2012

Yesterday saw the final home and away games for our three under age teams in the senior club.

The U19 Premier side had a hit-out against 4th placed St. Bede’s Mentone in a preview of next week’s first semi final.  The boys fielded close to their strongest side this year and proved too good for St. Bede’s in what was a good tune up for finals football.

 

The U19(2) side ventured down to second place Mazenod, which was always going to be a very tough battle.  With the four U16 players (O’Halloran, DeLeur and the Hughes twins) contributing well above their years would suggest they might, Kevin Jones was really pleased with our second and third quarter efforts.  Unfortunately, it seems the boys were a little over-awed in the first quarter and took some time to settle into the task.  Except for some late “junk time” golas to Mazenod in the 4th quarter, the U19(2) team gave a very good account of themselves after quarter time.

It is a credit to Kevin Jones, Ray King, Ged Whelan, the many parents that supported them during the season and the playing group, that this team remained competitive in most games in the face of crippling injuries, ordinary player numbers in many weeks and a “revolving door” playing group as a result of many unforseen circumstances.

What is most pleasing is the fact that at least half a dozen of the U19(2) squad members are still part of the U19 Premier finals training group.  Kevin Jones and Ray King have done a great job developing the playing group, which was always the focus of our “unders” program in season 2012.  Peter Wood and Adrian Peart know full well that, should they need a certain type of player, there are ample players capable of stepping in to fill the breach and play a role for the U19(Premier) teams tilt at a flag in season 2012.

The under 18’s had a “must win” game against 3rd placed Rupertswood.  A win would ensure a 1st semi final next week against Rupertswood again, a loss would probably mean a premature end to their 2012 season.  In what sounded like a pulsating game, Bernard’s were not headed until midway through the final quarter.  The boys responded with the last two goals of the game to win a tight battle by 7 points.

As it turned out, 5th placed St. Mary’s Salesian beat the top team, Werribee, by nearly 10 goals.  There effort was in vain, with the Bernard’s U18 team securing 4th spot by approximately 8%.

U18 top five teams at year end – for a final four!!

 

 

%

Points

Oakleigh

217.34

56

Werribee Districts

187.15

56

Rupertswood

147.85

48

St Bernards

146.93

48

St Mary's Salesian

138.02

48

So, to the boys in the U19(2) squad, thanks for your efforts this season.  We hope you enjoyed your time with Kev, Ray and Ged and had a wonderful season.  Please ensure you get around the U19 Premier boys and the U18 boys as both teams attempt to progress deep into the next three weeks of finals.

All players are welcome to attend training and ensure the two playing groups have as much assistance and momentum during the week in preparation for the two first semi finals this weekend.

To the U19(Premier) boys and the U18 boys – the best of luck this week.  There are going to be some tough selection issues for both teams as we have probably 54 to 60 players for 48 team spots.  Both Peter, Serge, myself and the other assistant coaches will give detailed consideration to the teams.  Get out on the track, enjoy the week and have a real crack this week in your respective first semi finals.

Go Bernard’s!

Craig Connelly