Bernard's bring home the bacon

18 June 2012

Senior coach Chris Tankard set the tone at the thursday nite player dinner.


Saturday wins by u/19 ones (a goal over st bedes), u/18's (by 70pts) and the surging Warriors (by 99pts) saw a large optimistic crew of players and supporters, journey south of the Yarra to VAFA HQ at Elsternwick Park on Sunday for the game of the round.

Under grey skies and light rain, a nimble St Bede's combo handled the slippery conditions well and bounced out of the blocks to an early 3 goal lead. Post the bye it seemed the St Bernard's machine was taking its time switching back on. At the qtr time break, a calm but forceful Tankard and his panel of Smith,Atkins and Laidley refocussed the playing groups mind and leaders Bevanda,Cooke along with youngsters Moylan,Grosso,Borzillo and Shine took control in the midfield. While the margin at the half was only 5pts the momentum was with the Snow dogs.

Bernard's dominated the third quarter with Madden's, the Caven's and Angel bringing down an iron curtain on the St Bede's forwards, the ball spent 70% of the time in our forward fifty. The only blemish was missed scoring opportunities, with two goals eight for the quarter and a cheap St Bede's goal late, leaving them still in the hunt only 3 goals down at the final break.

A special effort helping the cause was the role Tanks assigned to skipper Danny Byrne. Asked to sacrifice his own game, Danny did an excellent lock down job on St Bede's best midfielder (who had 35 touches previous week) not only nullifying his opponent, Danny got some damaging processions going back the other way including a valuable goal.

The focus in the final quarter was to get the scoreboard reward for the effort being put in. The rewards certainly came with four goals in the first ten minutes of the final stanza saw the Snowdog's threatening a blow out result. Defenders Van Meel and Madden even joined the party, with long range bombs sailing through the big sticks. In the still slippery conditions six goals four behinds for the quarter put the icing on a resurgent 15.17 107pts to 9.8 62pt win and delivered on Tanks call to "bring home the bacon" .This win consolidated St Bernard's in 5th position on the Premier Division ladder just two games out of the four. Looking ahead this weeks big home game clash is a real challenge vs third placed De La Salle, however the Snowdog's form is on the upswing and the time is now for the team to "bring it on" against one of the top teams in the comp.

All members/supporters/family and friends are urged to get down to the Snake Pit this Saturday and turn the place into a "St Bernard's Cauldron" for this big clash.

Goal Kickers: R. Moylan 4, J. Bevanda 2, N. Cooke 2, B. George 2, L. O''Sullivan , J. Madden , A. Van Meel , J. Shine , D. Byrne
Best Players: J. Bevanda, M. Borzillo, N. Cooke, M. Angel, A. Van Meel, L. Madden, D Byrne.


In fantastic sunny conditions at Pine Lodge Saturday Morning The Warrior team

Showed some real class defeating Old Ivanhoe by 99 points.A big turn around as Ivanhoe have given the boys a good touch up over the past 2 seasons.

Having 6 on the bench really worked well as the rotations during the day kept all players pretty fresh.The good thing was no one winged when they were rotated to give there mate a run.

Nick Toy was once again in the thick of things & is really running into some great form with his marking & long Kicking.The 3rds Players who helped fill

The numbers all contributed well.Justin Evans,Lule Baird Grant Breheny & Matt Trim.Mark Salvadori played his first game in 2 years & kicked a great goal on his return.The big man was impressive on the Ball Like wise Peter Villani.

James Davery & Daniel Janides were also raking up the possessions. Aaron Helenius & Chris Walsh roved pretty well & are working good together.

Lets keep the winning feeling as we prepare ourselves to take on De La Salle Saturday morning in what should be a cracking game.

St-Bernards 18/15/123 def Old Ivanhoe 03/06/24

Goals: Janides 3.Helenius 3,O'Keefe 2, Devery,Breheney,Walsh Gurrisi,Trim,Lawler,Salvadori,Toy & Buckley 1 each
Best: Toy.Evans,Janides,Helenius,Gurrisi,Devery,M.Smith,S.Lawler,A Buckley

Under 19 Premier

Interesting reading in the Ammo record last week where the scribe noted, "St Bernard's win in a "Semi Surprise" over Scotch"

A little surprising, given our 6 / 1 win loss ratio and our 3rd v 6th ladder positions, but hey, good ammunition for coaches and strategically perfect as we all love that coveted "Underdog" tag.

Saturdays game V St Bedes was to be the first of 2 big tests for our boys over the next couple of weeks, we had some idea of what to expect having been taught a solid lesson in possession / running footy in our practice match meeting earlier in the season.

The result of the game would probably come down to a matter of "who had learnt most and prepared best" from that earlier meeting.

We new that they were small, quick and shared the ball around well, we also new that we had them covered in contested footy and marking power and that if we covered the potential ball carriers, won the contested ball and moved it into the right spots that we could win the game.

A good first quarter saw the game played out exactly as predicted, with some really physical contests frustrating St Bedes and forcing them to play an unaccustomed style of footy which saw us take a 31 to 8 lead at quarter time.

Unfortunately as a group the 2nd quarter saw us lower our guard and take the foot off the pedal, forgetting some of the basic principles that we had worked on and stood for as a team. This allowed St Bedes to play the game on there terms and run and share their way to a 12 point lead at the man break.

A regroup and refocus at Half time saw our boys come out and slowly regain some control of the game, some solid checking by Weir and some brilliant marking and converting by Waller and Matty Peart saw us wrestle back a 1 point lead at the last break.

With Pete Lenoury, Jono Goldsworthy, and "Young gun" Tom Delzoppo out of the game through injury and illness at 3 quarter time, it came down to a matter of 19 willing and proud players digging in and proving what a spirited and talented group of players they are.

The final result was a very satisfying 5 point win over a very good team in St Bedes.

Final score: St Bernard's 11.16.82 Def St Bedes 11.11. 77.

Goal Kickers: D. Wall 3, M Peart 3, J. Fenner 2, D Riley, J Bennie, S Wood 1 each.
Best Players: D. Wall, C. Connelly, P. MacDonough, J. Bennie, J. Fraser, J. Fenner.

Under 19 (2)

Ormond 14.18.102 defeated St. Bernard's 5.9.39

The Under (19) 2's travelled to Ormond with high hopes of two wins in a row but ran into a brick wall.

In a physical game Ormond controlled the game from start to finish.

We were given a lesson on running, spreading and tackling. We were smashed at the stoppages and despite wholesale changes could not stem the tide. In a game where we had a few winners it was hard to draw too many positives out of this game despite being competitive in the second half.

Thanks to under 18 boys Tom and James Riley and big Sam Firth who put his hand up to subdue Ormond's dangerous full forward who probably would have kicked 15 goals if not for Sam's efforts.

Best Players: McAllister, Sam Firth, Notaro, J. Riley, L Whelan, O'Connor.
Goals: J. Riley 2, Commerford, McAllister, S. Whelan

Under 18s

Under 18's get back onto the winners list!

After an interrupted 3 weeks of football which included a postponed game, a bye and the make up match against Oakleigh, we returned to the Snakepit on a great day for football.

The match was against Williamstown CYMS, and the boys got off to an inaccurate start with 7 behinds to Williamstown's 1-2-8. Not exactly the start we were looking for on the scoreboard, however, work rate and contested ball numbers were up on previous weeks which was a good sign.

The back six were very good throughout the day and maintained good defensive structure which did not give the opposition much room to move specific roles were given to both Ben Nathan and James Oruba at centre half back and full back respectively and both did a sterling job. Ben's game in particular was outstanding. His read of the play and great run off the half back line was the catalyst of many attacks. Ed Connelly and Jack Holland were also very proactive and created many opportunities for the boys up the ground.

The midfield was very productive aft qtr time with Pat Romano, Killian Cashin, Taylor Bisognano an Tom Del Zoppo producing great attacking forays into the forward line. However, special mention must be given to Sam Woods who came back after 4 weeks on the sidelines through injury and was outstanding with his run and delivery.

Capping all of this good work off was Tom Madden who finished the day with 6 goals from centre half forward/ full forward.

The next couple of weeks will bring challenges with opposition that have beaten us before, so time for the boys to train hard on the track and reverse the results.

St Bernard's 13-22-100. Williamstown CYMS. 3-6-24

Goals: T.Madden 6, M.Spence 3, J.Sullivan, P.Romano, K.Cashin, S.Tamaraz
Best: B.Nathan, S.Woods, T.Madden, J.Howard, E.Connelly,

Patrick Crabb