Bernards bounce back over Carey

13 May 2013

In what is shaping as the most even season for many years all Premier Division games were close except St Bernards big win over Old Carey at ‘the pit’.



Seniors: Bernards Bounce Back Over Carey!

In a must win game for both sides it was a far more determined and physically stronger St Bernards that controlled all but the opening 10 minutes of the match. 

Carey took advantage of the breeze in the first term with three early goals before St Bernards responded with a number of forward thrusts, however, some wayward conversion returned only 1.3 and a late goal to Carey gave the visitors a 15 point lead at the first break. 

Coach Chris Tankard had done his homework well with St Bernards key match-ups holding Carey’s top guns Howatt, Smithwick and Rimington while his big man rotations exploited Carey’s lack of height and the absence of Carey’s key tall Lachy Mascambie.

The second term saw St Bernards dominate the midfield and with co-captains Adam Bentick and Tom Caven leading the way along with Alex Singleton and Jake Bevanda as St Bernards slammed on 8.5 while holding Carey to a solitary point to set up a 29 point lead at the main break.

In the all important third quarter former Marcellin and East Perth star Joel Rice lifted Carey, captain Cam Howatt provided some run and speedster Ryan Carrafa looked ominous up forward. Carey drew within 12 points but St Bernards hit back with 3.3 into the breeze to hold a 17 point lead at the last change and with the wind at their backs in the final quarter St Bernards looked to be in charge.

The large crowd bolstered by over 200 ladies from the Womens Day Luncheon sensed victory and in a repeat of the second quarter St Bernards responded with 9.3 to Carey’s 2.1 to run out 61 point winners. Shaun Clarke capped off the good work further afield with six majors while Jack Solomon booted four in a very even team performance.

Special mention to our star mascots for the day young Matt Gavin and his mate Brad who enjoyed being part of the seniors warm up and did a fine job as water boys before leading a roaring rendition of the song after our big win. It was also great to see club stalwart Barry McAntree back cheering the boys on after recovering from his recent illness.


Final Score: St Bernards 20.12 (132) def Old Carey 11.5 (71)

Best: A. Bentick, T. Caven, S. Clarke, J. Bevanda, A. Singleton, M. Angel

Goals: Clarke 6, Solomon 4, Singleton 3, Gleeson 2, Cooke 2, Wall, George, Grosso



Reserves: Ressies Tame Panthers!

The Ressies bounced out of the blocks with the breeze at their backs to take an early 23 point lead against an undermanned but very honest Carey line up who fought tooth and nail all day. 

St Bernards held firm against the wind in the second quarter before stretching the margin to 57 points at orange time. Six goals into the breeze in the final term gave St Bernards a much needed percentage boost in our 89 point victory.

After an interrupted pre-season Tom Sullivan racked up possies across midfield Jack Gay, Cal Forder and Luke Sullivan did well over the four quarters and Paddy McDonough and Jack Wheeler were also handy contributors.

Isaac Madden chimed in for three goals as did Plugger and Daniel Lamana who provided some leg speed in his return to the Ressies line up. Two other players also coming off interrupted pre-seasons, Sammy Jones and Jack Fenner showed some promising signs up forward while Chris Hoban and Steve Cannatelli were solid all day and provided terrific leadership to the young players.


Final Score: St Bernards 16.18 (114) def Old Carey 3.7 (25)

Best: T. Sullivan, J. Gay, C. Forder, L. Sullivan, P. MacDonough, J. Wheeler

Goals: I. Madden 3, L. Sullivan 3, Lamana 3, Jones 2, Riley, Fenner, MacDonough, Hoban, Gay



Thirds: Threes Trounced By De La!


Mono and Kevs thirds were looking for redemption following last week’s abysmal showing against

Uni Blues. A pregame team meeting asked the group for honesty with our efforts and self-appraisal.

This appeared to be a very positive session the rest of the prematch preparation was upbeat.


Game time arrived with great expectation of an improved performance. The previously winless De La

unit won the toss and made full use of a 5 goal breeze leaving the Bernards boys in their wake. Our

turn with wind resulted in a meagre 5 behinds, the score line combined with a mounting injury toll

had the groups confidence plummeting.


The last half went from bad to worse as the Bernards Boys were only able to muster a further 2

behinds to add to their score line while allowing the opposition to kick 10 goals to take us to the

cleaners and back again while leaving Mono and Kev in shock from the end result.


An emotional honesty session was held post match to try and find the answers to turn this group

around. This group is not graced with Brownlow medallists, there are some good footballers but not

enough honest footballers prepared to put their body and soul on the line when it is “Their Turn To

Go”. For a senior group to go goalless for the game is a sad state of affairs. The entire group “must

hurt” from this result.


The coaching group is determined to turn this group into a competitive unit. (We are not looking for

the razor blades yet!) Up till these round a total of 51 players have represented this group, we will

maintain our focus on supporting the seniors and reserves whilst trying to turn our own fortunes



A message to the playing group: Hard work does not guarantee success but you will certainly get

nowhere without it. You must try to improve by embracing and executing our game plans and team

rules. Working on your deficiencies while working your bums off when on the track is the only way

we will turn this around.


Kevin Jones.


Final score: St Bernards 0-7-7 defeated by De La Salle 19-16-130

Best Players: McIntyre, Couch, McCann, Stapleton, Gill, Scarpino.



Warriors: Hordes Out Roar Lions!


The Warriors continued their rampage through the Club 18 competition decimating Fitzroy by 109 points.

Coach ‘Miracle’ Mel Beyer reports .. The paid up and proud Warriors travelled to Clifton Hill Saturday to face up against a much improved Fitzroy side. Unfortunately the Big man & Little man of Football slept In and were late arrivals. Nevertheless we were well prepared with Grant ‘the Bug’ Breheney taking ruck duties from the start of the game and acquitting himself very well. A six goal first quarter set up the game and with our backs defending all that came their way it was team lifting to see how hard they were working together. 

Andrew O,Dea gave his all for his best game of the year so far. Alex Buckley at full back was in control of his opponent right from the word go and never gave him a sniff. Chris ‘Clanger’ Mitchell in his fortnightly role showed great poise slotting 9 goals and was a real focal point up forward. Aaron Helenius showed some great class kicking 4 goals and moved the ball forward well when playing on ball. Daniel Janides found the form which won him 2 best & Fairest awards in 2010 & 2011 .. just a great player to have in the side. ‘Run Forrest Gump’ Blunt gave his all on the wing and provided our younger players plenty of confidence.

Other players I should mention are ‘General’ Josh Faulkner who did a great job down back directing all players to man up etc. Mark Salvadori & James Devery were in the thick of things all day and were handy contributors. Overall a very good effort by a side which is growing in confidence each week.

This Saturday we take on Old Geelong at home at 11.40 am on oval 2. Lets set the alarm clocks for an early rise so we can keep on enjoying this great winning feeling!


Final Score: St Bernards 23.11 (149) def Fitzroy 4.16 (40)

Best: Janides, O'Dea, C.Mitchell, Buckley, Helenius, Breheney

Goals: Chris Mitchell 9, Helenius 4, Jovanovski 2, Salvadori 2, Janides 2, Johansen, Trim, Blunt, Blair



Under 19 (1): Bernards Pipped By Xavs In A Thriiler!

Rocky Iannello’s 19 Premier side had ladder leaders and undefeated Old Xavs on their knees deep into the third term but as good sides do, Xavs found a way to snatch victory and take the four points in a thriller at ‘the Pit’

While the result was disappointing the boys showed they are more than competitive at Premier level and will learn that to beat the top sides, we cant afford lapses.


Final Score: St Bernards 10.7 (67) def by Old Xavs 10.12 (72) 

Best: T. Russell, M. Peart, S. Woods, N. Burgin, J. Shine, T. Saundry

Goals: Russell 3, Cobby, Riley, Sulzberger, N. Burgin, T.Saundry, Goodson, Shine



Under 19 (2): Bernards Too Strong For La Trobe!


Trevor Doody’s youngsters bounced back with a huge win over La Trobe Uni at ‘the Pit’

Ned Mcallister led the way with a BOG performance and was well supported by Liam McIntyre, Tom Riley and Tristian Doody. James Ford continued his fine form, as did Jack Holland while Tristian Doody (4 goals) and Joshua Hedly (3 goals) capped off the great work further afield. The 88 point victory should give the boys some confidence in their clash with MHOB next Saturday.


Final Score: St Bernards 20.15 (135) def La Trobe Uni 7.5 (47) 

Best: N. McAllister, L. McIntyre, T. Riley, T. Doody, J. Ford, J. Holland

Goals: Doody 4, J. Hedley 3, L. McIntyre 3, H. Firth 3, Mighell 2, L.Whelan 2, Turville , S. Whelan, A.Bevanda



Under 18: Slow Start Proves Costly For Pups!

The Pups paid the price for a tardy start. After trailing by six goals at the first break the boys fought back but fell by 16 points.


Final Score: St Bernards 11.10 (76) def by St Marys La Trobe 14.8 (92) 

Best: E. Sibbald, C. Hughes, T. Howard, B. Hedley, A. Mulkearns, W. Isaacs

Goals: J. Sullivan 3, J. Firth 2, M. Caven 2, J. Ayres, B. Hedley, C. Hughes, R. Woods





Paul Garth