Bernards out muscled by blacks

09 September 2014

Seniors Out Muscled By Blacks, Ressies Swamped By Xavs, Thirds On Song Over Blues, U19 Premier Bounce Back against Xavs, U19 North Defeat Suns, and U18 Colts Topple Westbourne

Seniors: Bernards Out Muscled By Blacks!

A disciplined Uni Blacks out bodied and then outplayed a disappointing St Bernards in Saturdays 2nd semi final held in near perfect conditions at Elsternwick Park.

Kicking with the aid of a slight breeze St Bernards struggled to match the early intensity of Blacks, however a Chad Jones goal on the siren kept the score-line even at the first break. St Bernards looked to settle and strike back in the second term but it was Blacks that took control booting 5.3 to St Bernards 3.3 to open up a 20 point lead at the main break.

While Blacks were clearly on top in the first half St Bernards were still in the game and a strong third quarter showing was needed to challenge for a spot in the Grand Final. The optimists suggested that St Bernards may have the fresher legs given the raft of players rested in the previous week but it wasn’t to be.

With Blacks star wingman Jesse Laurie winning a ton of possessions and the stronger bodied Blacks midfield continually placing St Bernards under pressure St Bernards struggled to gain clean possession, which resulted in poor delivery into the forward line that allowed Blacks to continually launch rebound attacks off half back.

St Bernards backline was under siege in the last half as the Blacks forward entries mounted and with too many Blacks players being allowed to run loose into space Blacks answered all challenges and ran away with the game.

In the final analysis Blacks simply played at a higher level of intensity on the day and their stronger work rate was underlined in the score-line with thirteen more scoring shots and a spread of eleven goal kickers led by Alastair Robbins who booted four. St Bernards will now look to bounce back against experienced finals campaigners Collegians who defeated Old Scotch by 17 points in the first semi final.

Match Details: St Bernards 9.10  (64) def by Uni Blacks 15.17 (107)

BEST: St Bernards: M. Hannan, S. Caven, T. Sullivan, T. Overman, N. Kazuro, A. Singleton

Uni Blacks: J. Laurie, S. Hogan, P. O'Rourke, A. Pitt, B. Mahon, S. Weekley

GOALS: St Bernards: C. Jones 3, N. Cooke 2, A. Bentick 1, T. Sullivan 1, M. Hannan 1, S. Caven 1

Uni Blacks: A. Robbins 4, N. Batten 2, T. Napier 1, H. Lacey 1, J. Ernest 1, A. Pattison 1, B. Mahon 1, C. Turner 1, I. Anderson 1, A. Locke 1, J. Slabbert 1


Reserves: Bernards Caught Napping Against Xavs!

With 14 changes to its round 18 side St Bernards appeared to be caught on the hop by a desperate Old Xavs line up and aside from the first quarter struggled to match Xavs intensity.

After an even opening term Xavs ran in numbers and pressured St Bernards into errors that resulted in turnovers which Xavs fully capitalised on to open up a 38 point lead at the main break.

St Bernards looked to regroup and bounce back in the third term but had no answers for Xavs who continually found space and used the ball well going forward where Xavs spearhead Matt Margin capped off their forward entris with seven goals.

The trend continued in the final term as Xavs ran out comfortable 44 point winners on the day. Ryan Schroder played a lone hand and was the only player to make an impact over the four quarters, while Ben Considine led the goalkickers with three majors from limited opportunities.

Like the seniors, the side will look to bounce back next week against Uni Blacks who defeated Collegians in their first semi final.

Match Details:  St Bernards 8.10-58 def by Old Xavs 16.6-102

Goals: Ben Considine 3, George Garth, Tom Duyndham, Jesse Manunzio, Luke Sullivan, Daniel Riley

Best: Ryan Schroder, Ben Considine, Sam Fleming, Jack Fraser, Pat Mcdonough, Jack Saundry


Thirds: Bernards Bounce Back Over Blues!

The Thirds bounced back with a stirring win over Uni Blues to enter the Prelim final.

Kevin Jones reports: A perfect spring morning greeted the thirds as they took on Uni-Blues in a sudden death playoff at the Bill Lawry oval. We took a moment pregame to reflect on a successful home and away season that brought us 12 memorable wins and six gallant losses. The players were reminded of the hard work that the group had put in thus far and that hard work alone does not guarantee success but you will not get anywhere without it. The message was it does not end here!  as a group we owe it to ourselves, the players on the sidelines and the Club to leave nothing in the tank in pursuit of a victory

The first quarter was hot contest with both teams playing attacking footy, the Blues skipped out to a 2 goal break before we kicked into gear with some strong tackling work to be 5 points up at the first break. The nerves had gone in the second as both sides went at each other with neither willing to concede ground, the scoring dried up as neither side could break through the defence until the Uni boys broke through for the only goal for the term which had scores tied up at the long break.

Mono and Chris had the magnets whizzing around the board at the break to try and get some run into our midfield and attack, the players were instructed to take more care for the footy  as we were playing ok we were just butchering the footy and giving our forwards no chance. The third term was similar to the last however we were able to scrounge a couple of goals to the oppositions single major to take a 5 point lead into the last quarter.

At orange time it was laid on the line to players “step up or step down” the equation was simple open up the flood gates and kick goals and give us something to defend. Both sides were throwing everything at the contest until the Bernie’s boys put the foot down to kick 4 last quarter goals to post a stirring victory with another terrific team performance.

Match Details:  St Bernards 10.5-65 def Uni Blues 6.6-42

Goals: Z. Awan 3, J. Cunningham 2, S. Cannatelli , N. McAllister , D. Ryan , P. Rahill , J. Wheeler

Best: Wil Sullivan, Cal Forder, Jack Wheeler, Paul Rahill, Liam Jowett, Zesh Awan, Josh Cunningham




All three sides bounced back with strong Prelim final performances. Congrats to all players, coaches and support teams on making the three Grand Finals and good luck in the big one next weekend. A win in the 18s will be a club first, 19 North will be looking to make it our third flag in that grade and the 19 Premier boys can break the drought we have had since the all conquering side of 2003.


Under 19 Premier Prelim Final

Match Details:  St Bernards 12.6-78 def Xavs 9.8-62




Under 19 North Prelim Final

Match Details:  St Bernards 16.15-111 def Wyndham Suns 11.9-75

Best: W. Isaacs , E. Connelly , F. McNicol , C. Issa , D. Douge , W. Baird

Goals: E. Connelly 3, J. Firth 3, J. Notaro 3, S. O''Keeffe 2, W. Pasznyk , J. Holland , S. Tamraz , F. McNicol , M. Farrant


Under 18 2nd Prelim Final

Match Details:  St Bernards 11.11-77 def Westbourne 6.13-49

Best: J. Comito , N. Kelly , D. Heenan , J. Sullivan , S. Merkel , J. Wood


Goals: M. Jaggard 4, J. Gauci 2, D. Kennedy , N. Kelly , M. Diamandis , M. Zammit , J. Turville

Paul Garth