Saturday Practice Matches - week 2

24 March 2014

3 teams made the road trip to Undera, in country Victoria and a team travelled to Mazenod

Three teams travelled to Undera on Saturday, just outside of Shepparton, to take on the Mooroopna Cats.  And an U18/19 Nth team travelled to Mazenod. 


“Unders” travel as a group

Unfortunately, the U18 Mooroopna Cats only had 14 players, so Rocky Iannello rotated 6 players a quarter through the Cats line-up to ensure all 26 players who travelled on the 7.00 am bus from Bernard’s got a really solid hit-out.

With a mixture of 19 Prem, 19 North and U18 players, the boys were focused on gaining valuable match fitness as well as practising a few elements of the game style the unders will try to bring to their games each week.

In a very one-sided affair, the scoreline showed a 100-point margin in favour of Bernard’s, though more relevant was the quality on show from many of the boys more likely to play in the 19 North and 18 sides this season.  It augers well for another year where all 3 “unders” sides are expected to be competitive in the competitions they compete in.

Ressies/3rds hit out

Approimately 30 senior players travelled up for the first senior game, with many ressies and 3rds squad players enjoying a solid hit out, as well as 6 or 7 players who played 2 or 3 quarters before coming off to join the squad of 24 playing in the later game.

With approximately 8 players donning Mooroopna Cats jumpers, a game of 22 –v- 22 ensured again that all players got a very solid hit-out.  Chris Davis, Gary McIntyre, Kev Jones and Brian Moon were all very encouraged with what they saw.

Quality ball movement, strong intensity and reasonable skills were all a feature of what was another solid scoreline favouring Bernard’s.

Seniors – finally a competitive game for the day

With Chad Jones, Glenn Chivers, Alex Mcleod and Tom Gleeson all available and playing their first practice game of the year for Bernard’s, Anthony Rock and his team fielded a very competitive squad against a strong Mooroopna line-up.

In a first half where Bernard’s dominated in general play, but wasted opportunities in front of goal, the visitors were clearly playing with a tempo and game style that saw Bernard’s enjoy the better of the first half contest.

After half time, as the Bernard’s coaches started to rotate through more of the 13 players on the extended bench, and Josh madden, Chad Jones, Tom Caven, and 2 or 3 other senior regulars enjoyed more bench time, the Mooroopna Cats worked their way back into the game.

A kick after the siren gave the Cats a narrow victory on the scoreboard, 8.8.56 to 7.12.54, though both coaches clearly moved many players after half time and experimented with players in different positions.  Most important from a Bernard’s perspective, the game was a very physical contest, and our endeavour and physicality was the equal of a physically mature and strong Mooroopna lineup.

Again – 100% injury all clear, despite a sickening tackle which saw Nick Cooke end up under observation at Shepparton base hospital until 8.00 pm Saturday night.  We are pleased to report that Nick is in good health, and will be available for round 1 against Old Trinity.

U18 / 19 Nth – travel to Mazenod

An u18/u19North squad travelled to Mazenod for a practice match last Saturday. In ideal conditions for football the 26 players set about implementing and practicing our structures and game styles.

As the game travelled, the size of the Mazenod boys began to assist them.  Encouragingly, later in the game the Bernard's boys improved their attack at the ball, showing a strong desire to win and maintain possession. Throughout the last quarter, our run and work ethic served us well,  contributing to an even final quarter. Unfortunately by this stage the game honours had well eluded St Bernard's.

Good leadership and desire was shown by A Mulkearns through the middle of the ground.  F. McNichol was strong in the ruck, both in the centre and presented well around the ground.   B Ronke & S Merkel attacked the ball well all round the ground.  D Douge played well at full back.

Looking forward to a strong & competitive year in both the u18 and u19 north competition.

Rohan Vahland

U18 coach

Craig Connelly