Bernards fall to Lions

15 September 2014

19s flag a ray of light in otherwise gloomy weekend, Seniors Season Ended By Lions, Ressies Poor Start Proves Costly, Blacks too Strong For Thirds, U19 Premier Take The Cup from Skevs, U19 North Beaten By Hot Hoers, and U18 Colts Find Mazenod Too Strong!

Seniors: Bernards Fall To Lions!

A disappointing finals series ended at Elsternwick Park on Saturday as St Bernards exited in straight sets after a 40 point loss to Collegians. St Bernards entered the game as favourites after defeating the Lions comfortably in both games during the season, however, the loss of key forward Chad Jones left a big hole to fill and the Lions were always going to be a threat after stringing 8 wins from 9 games (their only loss to St Bernards in rd 15)

In near perfect conditions captain Tom Caven won the toss to give St Bernards first use of the breeze favouring the city end. St Bernards appeared to have a slight edge in general play but sprayed the footy and failed to convert booting 1.7 for the quarter while Collegians managed 1.4

The second term saw St Bernards gain enough forward entries but its inaccuracy continued with 1.5 for the quarter while Collegians with midfielders Hilton and Hibbens racking up possessions and Zimbachs providing drive made the most of their opportunities booting 6.2 to take a 24 point lead into the main break.

Despite the four goal break the crowd sensed that St Bernards were well in the match and with a strong third quarter and a little more accuracy the tide could turn, however, it was the Lions that lifted their work rate managing three goals into the breeze while holding St Bernards to 2.6 which enabled the Lions to maintain their 4 goal buffer heading into the final stanza.

St Bernards pushed hard early in the final term but the Lions had all the answers before running out comfortable winners on the day and will now face Uni Blacks in next weeks Premier Grand Final.

Alex McLeod tried valiantly over the four quarters, Nathan Kazuro held goal-sneak Shaura Taft, Simon Caven did a stirling job on Lions danger forward Harry Croft, while Tom Overman and Tom Sullivan battled hard. As VAFA commentator Peter Fitzsimmons summed up “You don’t win many games kicking 5.22”

On a positive note the side took a step forward with improved playing ranks. Former AFL and Claremont key forward Chad Jones made a huge impact, Mitch Hannan, Tom Gleeson and Tom Sullivan all showed the benefit of their VFL pre-seasons, Tom Overman was terrific after missing most of 2013, Alex McLeod was a handy addition when not playing with Essendon in the VFL and a total of eleven players made their debut.

No doubt the season post mortem in both the St Bernards and Scotch camps will debate the wisdom of resting half the side in round 18, however, the reality is that St Bernards lost four of their last five games and were well beaten by the three other finalists in each of those games with only one win coming against bottom side De La Salle.

Such is the evenness of Ammo footy that the difference between finals success and relegation can come down to a couple of players, luck with injury or a range of factors that can determine results, as evidenced by last years Grand Finalists St Bedes being relegated, De La Salle’s plunge from finals force and Uni Blacks rise up the ranks.

No doubt the club is in a position to take the next step, which will come from the usual places, player retention, recruiting, hard work and improvement across the playing group, coaching panel and support staff.


Match Details: St Bernards 5.22-52 def by Collegians 14.8-92

Best: A. McLeod, N. Kazuro, S. Caven, T. Sullivan, T. Overman, M. Angel, A. Singleton

Goals: T. Overman , A. Bentick , A. Merrington , B. Considine , S. Clarke


Reserves: Bernards Poor Start Proves Costly Against Blacks!

With only three changes this week after the massive fourteen changes in the second semi it was hoped that the Ressies would get back their rhythm in the Prelim final but it was Uni Blacks that shot out of the blocks with four unanswered goals to open up a 21 point lead into the first break.

Uni Blacks run continued in the second term and extended the margin to 42 points before St Bernards managed to grab a couple of goals and keep the margin to 31 points at the main break.

Similar to the seniors game, St Bernards needed a big third quarter to keep within striking distance, however a couple of injuries left the side two men down which didn’t help the cause. Nevertheless St Bernards scrapped hard and held the Blacks to 2.3 for the quarter while managing 1.1 into the breeze to give some hope at the final change.

With the breeze at their backs and finally starting to find some space St Bernards made a run at the Blacks and as St Bernards drew within 14 points the crowd sensed the Blacks were starting to wilt but it was too little too late and as Blacks forward Foster booted his fourth goal of the day time had run out for the late charging Bernards with Blacks running out 19 point winners.

Rover Jesse Manunzio and Paddy Gamwell across half back were the stand-outs. In the final analysis St Bernards poor start that allowed Blacks to get out to a seven goal lead proved the decisive factor in a disappointing loss for Chisel and the boys who had performed well all season, winning 15 out of 17 games before their round 18 loss to Blacks when half the side played in the seniors.

Blacks will now meet Old Xavs in the Grand Final.


Match Details:  St Bernards 6.8-44 def by Uni Blacks 9.9-63

Best: J. Manunzio , P. Gamwell , J. Gay , C. Forder , B. Peart , P. MacDonough

Goals: B. Peart 2, J. Bennie 1, T. Duyndham 1, Cal Forder 1, D.Wall 1


Thirds: Bernards Swamped By Blacks!

The Thirds found Uni Blacks far too strong in a one sided affair where Uni Blacks dominated preceedings from the first bounce. After booting 3.4 in the first term while holding St Bernards to a solitary behind the Blacks stretched the margin to 26 points at the main break before kicking away to an unassailable 39 points at orange time.

Blacks continued on their run in the final quarter to run out 53 point winners and join their Seniors and Reserves in all three of next weeks  Premier division Grand Finals.

The thirds did well over the season and aside from the Under 19 Premier team were the only side to win a final when they defeated Uni Blues in the first semi but unfortunately ran into a red hot Blacks outfit on the day.

Well done to Kev Jones, Brian Moon, Chris Cunningham and Ged Whelan and all the boys who performed admirably this season.


Match Details:  St Bernards 4.6-30 def by Uni Blacks 12.11-83

Best: J. Wright , P. Rahill , W. Kingston , L. Baird , M. Sulzberger , Z. Awan

Goals: Z. Awan 2, W. Kingston , M. Sulzberger



A great effort to have all three sides in the big one, U19 Prem were fantastic in overturning their 2nd semi loss to St Kevs and romping home with the flag! Unfortunately the Under 19 North and U18 Colts ran into two teams that were dominant all year and had to settle for runners up.


Under 19 Premier: St Bernards Take First Flag Since 2003!

Match Details:  St Bernards 12.10-82 def St Kevins 4.12-36

Best: G. Zoccali, W. Considine, T. Doody, M. DeLeur, T. Delzoppo, S. Piantella

Goals: G. Zoccali 2, E. Sibbald 2, P. Romano, M. Hughes, Z. O'Halloran, T. Doody, J. Hedley, H. Wade, B. Ronke, J.Sullivan

Under 19 North: Bernards Find Hot Hoers Too Strong!

Match Details:  St Bernards 2.9-21 def by Ivanhoe 7.14-56

Best: W. Baird , J. Holland, M. Satterley, M. Farrant, D. Parkes, W. Isaacs

Goals: J. Notaro, P. Comerford


Under 18: Colts Overpowered By Nodders!

Match Details:  St Bernards 3.4-22 def by Mazenod 21.18-144

Best: D. Kennedy, J. Comito, M. Jaggard, T. Howard, C. Vague

Goals: M. Zammit 2, C. Vague



Paul Garth