Bernards out slog Cardinals

22 July 2013

On a wet and slippery track it’s always going to be about who keeps their feet and who creates the most chances.

Seniors: Bernards Out Slog Cardinals!

Aside from a brief second quarter fight back by Scotch it was St Bernards that held sway for most of the day to register its third win on the trot.

After an even tussle in the first 20 minutes both sides remained goalless but with Ryan Houlihan racking up possessions, Adam Bentick ploughing a path through the midfield and Micky Sullivan’s sure hands, run and rebound St Bernards booted four valuable goals in 8 minutes to take a 24 point lead at quarter time. A desperate Scotch fought back late in the second term to get within six points at the main break and with both sides having plenty to play for it was ‘game on’.

The third quarter opened with St Bernards snatching two quick goals to provide a vital buffer. With Liam Wilkinson tireless in the ruck, Houlihan and Bentick continuing to win possessions, George Garth and Simon Caven on top of Scotch guns Jamieson and Barnett and Tom Gleeson adding grunt in the packs St Bernards booted 4.5 to Scotch’s 1.2 to take a handy 27 point break into the final term.

Stoppage after stoppage ensued for the first 15 minutes of the last quarter as St Bernards stronger bodies began to take their toll on a determined but tiring Scotch and while St Bernards only managed 0.5 for the term they held Scotch to 1.2 to run out 26 point winners in a very solid team performance.

Congrats to young Mitch Hannan who booted two goals in a promising debut. Nick Burgin was another youngster who showed poise in the difficult conditions and Andrew Merrington had a terrific battle with Sam Thompson while Scotch captain Richard Eva was best for the visitors.

Thanks to the Old Scotch boys for their strong attendance at the after match, particularly coaches Dean Anderson and Stuey Powell who despite their disappointment were most gracious in defeat and are always welcome visitors.

Final Score: St Bernards 8.15 (63) def Old Scotch 5.7 (37)

Best: R. Houlihan, M. Sullivan, A. Bentick, S. Caven, B. Garth, N. Burgin

Goals: A. Merrington 2, M. Hannan 2, N. Burgin, B. Garth, B. George, T. Sullivan.


Reserves: Ressies Pay For Slow Start!

You can’t give starts to good opposition, particularly in the wet. Scotch appeared to relish the conditions in the first term and rattled on 7.1 to St Bernards 0.3 to set up what appeared to be an unassailable lead.

St Bernards clawed their way back in the second term to give some hope at the main break, however Scotch held firm and looked safe with a four goal buffer at three quarter time as conditions deteriorated and the ball became heavier.

To their great credit St Bernards kept coming and with big Shaun Clarke and Steve Mitchell controlling the ruck duels and Lockie McLeod and Jack Gay winning plenty of the footy St Bernards drew within a goal deep into the final quarter.

Unfortunately the boys paid for their tardy start and despite a desperate effort to bridge the gap and keeping Scotch to one goal after quarter time the Ressies fell short by six points. Brad Cooper continued his improvement since returning from injury and Jack Saundry worked hard all day in what was in the end a opportunity missed.

Final Score: St Bernards 7.5 (47) def by Old Scotch 8.5 (53)

Best: L. McLeod, J. Gay, S. Clarke, S. Mitchell, J. Saundry, B. Cooper

Goals: J. Gay 2, L. McLeod , S. Clarke , D. Riley , P. Rahill , B. Cooper


Thirds: Threes Struggle on Oval 2 Lake!

With oval 2 under water from overnight rain it was a difficult day for the Thirds

Kevin Jones reports: In Artic like conditions Mono and Kev’s Thirds took on fourth placed Uni Blacks. Overnight rain had turned oval 2 into a swamp. Pre-game tactics were to master the conditions and play wet weather footy by being first to the contest, play in front and push the pill forwards at every opportunity. The first quarter was a real tussle with neither side being able to master the boggy conditions.

The second quarter was our best for the game where we threw everything at the opposition, Mugavin and Feehan were brilliant in defence,but we went in 4 points down at the long break. The coaching grouped believed we were in with a real chance of causing an upset, they were also aware that maintaining consistency in the second half of matches has not been one of our strength’s this season, Mono and Kev urged the group to turn this around by maintaining the pressure on the opposition and continue to play wet weather footy.

However it was the opposition that kicked away in the third term to set up a match winning lead, the boys fought it out to the end but could not out bustle the physically stronger opposition. This week’s side consisted of five under 19 and 18 players, Jack and Tom Howard, Liam and Seamus Whelan,(who were sensational), and Aiden O’Connor. They were not intimidated by their bigger opponents and their contributions were appreciated by the entire group.

Back to the drawing board for the group, our day was heartened by the fantastic win by the seniors and this is what we are all about. Once again all thirds players need to get to training or those that can’t train should be doing some extra work on their time off. Mono and Kev believe we can pinch another win before season’s end.

Final Score: St Bernards 1.3 (9) def by Uni Blacks 5.12 (42)

Best: P. Holland, J. Evans, J. Bye, J. Bennie, P. Muggavin, M. Feehan

Goals: Liam Whelan


Warriors: Hordes Claw Cats!

Miracle Mel Beyer’s Warriors relished the wet track to take an important 4 points from Como Park

Miracle Reports .. Well finally we got to play a game of football; the whole team was champing at the bit to finally have a hit out. Our last month has seen 2 forfeits, a round Bye & a wash out. The game was a really important one as a victory would cement our place in the top four & for Geelong the game would give them a chance to get back into the top four.

Although the conditions were terrible we did take control of the game in the first quarter. Chris Mitchell using all his experience showed his true class in wet tricky conditions kicking 3 majors for the quarter. Mick Moloney, Alex Buckley & Clarke Mitchell were solid contributors down back repelling many attacks.


The second term saw the team have 90% of the play but could not capitalise on our dominance due to various players venturing to far up the ground. David (run Forrest run) Blunt dominated on his wing and The Gurrisi Brothers were also causing Havoc. Sean Lawler, Andrew O’Dea & Josh Faulkner were working well around the ground. Our rotations were working a treat as we had to get players on the ground to keep them warm. Quick changes were the order of the day & this worked really well.


After half time the side took total control of the game with Jesse Creasy, James Stapleton, Mick Moloney, James Tobin & John Hellard all were having a big impact on the game. Chris Mitchell was still kicking miracle goals & Martin McVeigh was using his pace in bursts to do some really good chasing of opponents & running them down. Josh Faulkner, Chick Ryan, Chris Walsh, Matthew Trim Mark Salvadori, Daniel Janides, Damien Hurley, James Jovanovski, Aaron Helenius, & Nick Toy all adapted well to the conditions. Ben Hogan only lasted a couple of minutes due to an ankle injury.


Special thanks to the Deb Marinier (team Manager) Brian Moon (assistant coach & goal umpire) Matthew Catterall (boundary umpire) Jess & her medical team. You all deserve a big pat on the back for the work you did in very tough conditions.


We now prepare for our next game against 3rd placed Prahran at home Saturday 11-40am. Each player knows the importance of the game as a win will give the team a double chance. Let’s keep the winning feeling going & be good lads next Friday night??

Final Score: St Bernards 13.8 (86) def Old Geelong 5.5 (35)

Best:Chris Mitchell, Mick Moloney, David Blunt, Jesse Creasey, Alex Buckley, James Stapleton, Andrew O’Dea & John Hellard

Goals:Chris Mitchell 7, Jesse Creasey 2, Mark Salvadori, Brendon Ryan, Daniel Janides & Matthew Gurrusi 1 each


Under 19 (1): Bernards Swamp St Bedes In Wet Pit!

Rocky Iannello’s boys consolidated their position in the top four with a strong win over second placed St Bedes in atrocious conditions on oval 2 on Saturday.

A good first quarter where St Bernards were well on top deserved a better lead than the nine point margin but the boys continued to press their advantage to stretch the margin to 19 points at the main break.

The second half was an old fashioned wet slog with the Bernards boys maintaining the early edge to run out 18 point winners and place themselves in a strong position for the run home to finals action.

Jono Ayers was once again amongst the best, Matt Scarpino, and big Tom Russell put in fine four quarter efforts as did Tom Saundry who provided plenty of grunt and Alec Goodson and Matt Dickson were others to shine on the heavy track.

Final Score: St Bernards 7.7 (49) def St Bedes 4.7 (31)

Best: J. Ayres, M. Scarpino, T. Russell, T. Saundry, A. Goodson, M. Dickson

Goals: C. Riley 2, A. Goodson 2, M. DeLeur , A. Boyse , M. Scarpino


Under 19 (2): St Bernards Too Slick For Unicorns!

Trevor Doody’s boys continued their strong recent form by defeating MHOB on Saturday.

Jake Notaro was dominant all day and was well supported by Chris Tormey, and Michael Farrant while Claude Issa, Michael Dillon and Josh Turville were other to shine in another very even team performance.

Jake Notaro also led the goalkickers with six majors while Bomani Jackson chimed in for four goals.

Final Score: St Bernards 22.19 (151) def MHOB 2.1 (13)

Best: J. Notaro, C. Tormey, M. Farrant, C. Issa, M. Dillon, J. Turville

Goals: J. Notaro 6, B. Jackson 4, D. Tannenberg 3, T. O'Sullivan 3, J. Turville, D. Mighell, M. Farrant, S. Piantella, D. Moloney, T. Doody


Under 18: Pups Bite Tigers!

The Pups had another good win over Richmond Central on Saturday.

Match Report to come

Final Score: St Bernards 10.14 (74) def Richmond Centrals 3.5 (23)

Best: M. Caven, C. Hughes, M. Hughes, M. Jaggard, A. Mulkearns, E. Connelly


Goals: J. Sullivan 2, D. Parkes 2, R. Woods, J. Oruba, P. O'Sullivan, J. Firth, C. Hughes, M. Caven

Paul Garth