Bernards miss opportunity

29 July 2013

Coming off three wins in a row St Bernards were confident of upsetting Old Xavs and avenging their narrow loss from round seven.

Seniors: Bernards Miss Opportunity!

At half time it looked like that confidence was justified, however, Xavs showed why they are the flag favourite with a dominant third quarter to set up a 26 point win.

In a high standard, fast paced opening quarter both backlines were on top with neither side creating an edge. Xavs led 2.4 to St Bernards 2.3 at quarter time but the Bernards camp sensed they theie opponent had not taken full advantage of the breeze.

The second term saw St Bernards midfield get well on top with Singleton, Bentick, Garth, Schroder and Tom Sullivan all providing drive. Tom Caven held sway over Xavs full forward Matt Handley as did Simon Caven on Xavs goal sneak Brendan Goss. While St Bernards looked the better side in the second term, it didn’t fully capitalise on its inside 50’s and with Xavs backmen Matt Bate, Nick Wynn and Brendan Goss continually repelling attacks the St Bernards lead was kept to 16 points at the main break.

Xavs came out firing after the break with Bate and Wynn continuing to halt St Bernards forward thrusts and launching attacks off half back Xavs slammed on 4.5 while holding St Bernards scoreless. If not for some terrific work down back by Tom and Simon Caven, Nathan Kazuro and Mick Sullivan Xavs could well have been much further ahead than the 13 point margin at three quarter time.

Xavs started the final quarter well with an early goal to Goss and a snap from Tagliabie giving the home side a vital buffer. St Bernards hit back and with running goals from Singleton and Bevander there was still time but some wayward disposal and failure to gain clean entry allowed Xavs to control the ball across half back and quell any St Bernards comeback. In the end Xavs 3.5 to St Bernards 2.1 for the quarter provided the home side with a 23 point win.

The boys have a break this week and will look to re-group before hosting third placed St Bedes Mentone at ‘the Pit’ on the 10th of August.

Final Score: St Bernards 8.7 (55) def by Old Xavs 10.18 (78)

Best:S. Caven, T. Caven, N. Kazuro, A. Singleton, B. Garth, T. Sullivan

Goals:A. Merrington 2, B. Garth , M. Sullivan , A. Bentick , T. Sullivan , J. Gay , A. Singleton


Reserves: Ressies Almost Upset Xavs In Dutchys 200th!

After Dutchy Holland led the boys out for his 200th game and started the game on fire it looked like St Bernards would cause a huge upset over ladder leader Old Xavs but despite some fine performances and a genuine effort from our boys Xavs managed to escape with a seven point win at Toorak Park.

It was an even tussle for most of the day before Xavs slipped out to a handy 15 point lead at the final break. The final quarter was a thriller as St Bernards stormed back to hit the lead with six minutes to go but unfortunately Xavs got the breaks in the final tense minutes to take the points.

Nick Shutlz continued his recent good form to be named best afield and was well supported by Dan Riley whose leg speed worried Old Xavs all day and James Weir. Jesse Manunzio, Matt Borzillo and Isaac Madden were also strong contributors in an otherwise even team performance.

Final Score: St Bernards 7.10 (52) def by Old Xavs 9.5 (59)

Best: N. Shultz, D. Riley, P. Holland, J. Weir, J. Manunzio, M. Borzillo

Goals: S. Clarke 2, D. Wall 2, D. Lamana, D. Riley, N. Shultz,


Thirds: Threes Struggle Against Xavs!

Kevin Jones reports: Round 14 saw Mono and Kev’s thirds take on top of the table Xavier College. The last time these sides met Xavier kicked 8 goals in the first quarter and went on to record a huge victory. We were keen to make amends with a solid performance. Once again we had to recruit players from the under 18 and 19 teams to field a side for this occasion. Pre-game focus was to believe in our own ability, beat our direct opponent, put some enjoyment back into our game and take it up to the more talented opposition.

The first quarter was played in the back half with Isaacs, Baird, Evo and co standing firm against an early onslaught.  We made the most of our chances when we went forward with Hanmer, Parkes and Moloney all doing well; to be 3 goals down at quarter time was a satisfying result. The initial stages of the second Quarter saw the opposition kick away before a late rally by the boys. We were able to pressure the opposition into making errors and kick a badly needed goal against the tide. The back six were again terrific during this period.

The half time message was keep up the effort shown so far and not allow the opposition any easy kicks; the coaching group agreed that our skill errors were proving very costly and usually produced opposition goals. The players were asked to show more respect to their direct opponent and play smart footy. The last half was a repeat of the first however the boys never gave in and can take something away from this performance as we fought out the game to the end showing lots of character and pride. Mono and Kev preach each week the importance of giving 100% effort and having pride in your performance, this week fella’s  you get 10 out of 10 for this.

A 110 point loss might have people scratching their heads at this statement but we are seriously undermanned in this area of the club and the players are busting there buns each week for the good of the club. To date we have had 80 players represent the jumper at this level, our better players are usually promoted weekly so we are constantly punching above our weight division. The Premier Thirds level of competition is fierce and we are constantly up against much stronger and well drilled opposition who have invested more resources into their thirds teams and appear to have an oversupply of players at their respective clubs.

We started the day with 19 and finished with 18 players. Having to go looking for players from our under’s  program is not an ideal situation but over the last few weeks we have had to do this out of necessity and the guys who have put their hands up to play for us have been terrific. Daniel Parkes, Paddy Moloney and Tommy Hanmer were fantastic and Tommy’s goal on the run in the last quarter was a bloody ripper. Thanks to Craig Connelly for assisting with player numbers.

We will enjoy the week off but encourage all players to attend all training sessions and work on their skill and fitness levels so we can have a strong finish to the year.

Final Score: St Bernards 4.1 (25) def by Old Xavs 19.24 (138)

Best: Mugavin, Baird, Cunningham, Hanmer, Parkes, Scarpino, Isaacs

Goals: A. Neal 2, T. Hanmer 2


Warriors: Hordes Rue Second Half Fade Out!

Miracle Mel Beyer’s Warriors ran out of puff against Prahran on Saturday at the Pit

Miracle Reports .. The paid up and proud Warriors were really put to the test by a very determined Prahran Side last Saturday. A big reward for the winner was a double chance come finals time. With only 18 players available come game time we were not able to rotate players & our aerobic capacity was really found wanting.


Our 5 goal first quarter kicking with a 7 goal breeze was not enough as Prahran belted on 7 goals in the second. Once more Chris Mitchell was again in the thick of things kicking 3 goals in the first quarter. Unfortunately we didn’t have 3 more Clangs in the side. Our turn over’s during the second quarter were very frustrating as we kept giving easy Goals to Prahran. Andrew ‘the big man of VAFA footy’ Gurrisi was outstanding in the ruck & was ably assisted by Sean Lawler



Our second half was a little bit of a let down as we let Prahran kick 2 goals into the breeze. This did break our spirit & we never looked in the contest after three quarter time. Mick Moloney did give us some spark in the last quarter with his aggressive style of play & John Hellard also did contribute well all over the ground. David Blunt kept raking up the possessions & in his own words said he would wear his contacts next week. When you have 40 touches & 10 are bad people generally only look at the bad ones David is an outstanding player & gives 100% when he takes the field.


Ben Hogan still celebrating Hawthorns win Friday night was pretty quite for his standards & no doubt the Co Captain will rise to the  occasion next week against Xavier in his 300th game for the club. Chris Walsh & Aaron Helenius also worked well with there shared on ball roll.



Enough said, lets all now focus on our next opponent the undefeated Xavier. They will be celebrating there 30th year in club XV111 and have switched the game to Punt Road oval next Sunday for a 11am kick off. LETS SPOIL THE PARTY AND WIN FOR HOG1 12

Final Score: St Bernards 8.7 (55) def by Prahran Assumption 13.5 (83)

Best: Chris Mitchell, Andrew Gurrisi, David Blunt, Johnny Hellard, Mick Moloney, Andrew O’Dea, Chris Walsh

Goals: Chris Mitchell 3, Aaron Helenius, Sean Lawler, John Hellard, Mark Salvadori & Matthew Trim


Under 19 (1): Bernards Tardy Start Proves Costly!

Rocky Iannello’s boys got away to a poor start against the breeze with Old Scotch ramming on 4.3 to St Bernards 0.1 in the first term on Saturday.

St Bernards fought back well to narrow the margin to three points at the main break before Scotch once again took full advantage of the wind to jump back out to a 21 point lead at three quarter time.

With the game up for grabs St Bernards were well served by big Tom Russell, Alec Goodson and Zac O’Halloran but despite booting 4.1 for the quarter a goal to Scotch was all the visitors needed to snatch a two point win. Matt Scapino was once again in our best along with Matt Dickson and Ned McAllister.

The loss was a reminder that no games are certainties and sides can be bolstered by players coming back from APS school footy. The boys will look to consolidate our top four position when we play Beaumaris after the break.

Final Score: St Bernards 8.11 (59) def by Old Scotch 9.7 (61)

Best:T. Russell, A. Goodson, Z. O''Halloran, M. Scarpino, M. Dickson, N. McAllister

Goals:Z. O''Halloran 2, M. Hughes , J. Shine , M. Scarpino , M. DeLeur , P. Romano , N. McAllister


Under 19 (2): St Bernards Fall Short Against Hoers!

Trevor Doody’s boys lost a close one to finals contender Ivanhoe on Saturday.

In a torrid affair scores remained close all day with both sides locked on 41 points at the final break. Unfortunately Ivanhoe managed to get the breaks in the desperate last quarter to snatch the game by 8 points.

Michael Farrant was our best and was well supported by Daniel Moloney, Daniel Mighell and Ben Hedley while Jake Notaro and Liam McIntyre were also strong contributors on the day.

The loss places the boys in fifth spot, one game behind Therry but with a better percentage we remain in the finals race.

Final Score: St Bernards 6.7 (43) def by Ivanhoe 6.15 (51)

M. Farrant, D. Moloney, D. Mighell, B. Hedley, J. Notaro, L. McIntyre

Goals:B. Jackson 3, J. Notaro 2, M. Farrant


Under 18: Pups Keep Finals Hopes Alive!

The Pups had a good win over Collegians on Saturday.

Match Report to come

Final Score: St Bernards 7.11 (53) def Collegians 2.5 (17)

Best: N. Larkin, T. Saundry, M. Caven, J. Jones, E. Sibbald, S. Woods

Goals:J. Firth 4, R. Woods , J. Sullivan , M. Caven



Paul Garth