Bernard's pipped by Black

15 April 2013

After dominating most of the game St Bernards allowed Blacks to pinch the four points in a torrid opening round.

Seniors: Bernards Blow Opener!

Kicking with the breeze in the first quarter, St Bernards had the ball in their forward 50 for most of the quarter but after missing several set shots and some determined flooding by Uni Blacks, St Bernards only managed 4 points for the quarter and with Blacks snapping one against the tide St Bernards trailed by 5 points at the first change

The game opened up in the second quarter with Adam Bentick leading the way in the midfield, Alex Singleton came into the game and Simon Caven was doing well as St Bernards intensity appeared to overwhelm the Blacks. Despite being one man short the home side scooted away scoring 5.5 to Blacks 1.2 and as teams went to the main break it looked like St Bernards were about to run away.

The third quarter saw St Bernards waste opportunities once again, despite looking in command St Bernards failure to convert and some costly turnovers allowed Blacks to take their opportunities and with 2.3 apiece, Blacks kept in touch on the scoreboard.

The final quarter saw the game turn around completely, Blacks height became a factor as they lifted to control the tap outs and outmarch St Bernards around the ground. Some poor decision-making and costly turnovers allowed Blacks the sniff they were seeking. Blacks captain Bede McMahon and on baller Weekley started to get possessions and the dangerous Lacey who had been quiet most of the day created some opportunities as the visitors stormed home to hit the front at the 28 min mark. A late thrust by St Bernards couldn’t convert as Blacks pinched the match by 3 points.

Final Score: St Bernards 9.15 (69) lost to Uni Blacks 10.12 (72)

Best: A. Bentick, S. Caven, T. Caven, A. Singleton, N. Cooke, T. Harvey

Goals: S. Caven 2, A. Singleton 2, T. Gleeson , C. Peart , S. Clarke , A. Grosso , R. Moylan



Reserves: Tall Blacks Shade Ressies!

After a reasonable first quarter where St Bernards held Uni Blacks against the strong breeze it all fell apart in the second quarter. With Blacks midfield running riot and a lack of tall forward options for St Bernards, Blacks took control and with better use of the footy kicked away to a 26 point lead.

The third quarter was relatively even but St Bernards struggled to make inroads on the scoreboard and with Blacks superior height a factor the trend continued into the final quarter with Blacks running out 20 point winners

Brad Cooper presented and marked well over the four quarters. George Garth, Micky Sullivan and Steve Mitchell were strong contributors and Ben Peart and Cal Forder tried hard in an otherwise disappointing loss. The young players should benefit from the experience

Final Score: St Bernards 10.7 (67) lost to Uni Blacks 13.9 (87)

Best: B. Cooper, B. Garth, M. Sullivan, S. Mitchell, C. Forder, B. Peart

Goals: A. Graham 3, J. Van Meel 2, B. Cooper 2, M. Sullivan , B. Peart , L. Sullivan



Thirds: Mono & Kev All Smiles!


The thirds kicked off their season with a big win over Old Carey. Pre-game focus was to grab the initiative and get the opposition on the back foot. A seven goal to nil first quarter ticked all the boxes. The second quarter saw the opposition fight back hard but the back six stood firm and continually turned defence into attack, The Bernards boys continued to maintain the upper hand finishing the quarter strongly.

The third quarter saw the Team put the foot down and demoralise the opposition , however poor conversion resulted in 4.12. At orange time the boys were encouraged to run the game out and show the opposition no mercy. Mono and Kev both agreed it was an even Team performance with winners on every line.  A ripper performance from Adrian Corsetti who bagged 9 goals in his first game back with the Club.

Best : Corsetti, Kavanagh, Evans, Holland, Allison, Lammana, Sullivan.

Goals : Corsetti 9, Kavanagh 2, Lammana  2, Liam Neal  2, Connelly, Bennie, Sullivan, Monaghan.



Warriors: Hordes Chop Down Oaks!


Miracle Mel Beyer reports .. ‘The Proud Financial & Paid up Warriors’ travelled to Oakleigh for their first game of the season and came home with the four points in a hard fought out encounter.


In windy conditions at Oakleigh the Warriors got off to a real flyer kicking 3 goals in the first 5 minutes to set up a handy 29 point lead at the first break. Hogi 13 was at his usual best and the confidence he gave to our younger brigade was outstanding.


Matthew Trim also started the game well & Alex Buckley stood firm down back.


To Oakleigh’s credit they had a real crack in the second quarter but the Gurrisis stood firm in a terrific display of Big Man Little Man Syndrome. Clarke Mitchell & Daniel Janides were also in the thick of things


Our third quarter was a real team effort kicking 5 goals & the work rate of the side lifted 100%, with Toy, Creasey, Devery, Trim, Couch & Salvadori showing some good touch. The last term kicking into the breeze was a torrid affair with Chris Walsh standing tall down back and repelling many of Oakleigh’s forward thrusts. Scoring opportunities into the breeze were very limited with only 3 goals kicked into it for the whole day.


Overall a good team effort & terrific start to the season (lets keep the winning feeling going)


Final Score: St Bernards 12.12 (84) def Oakleigh 6.8 (44)


Best: Ben Hogan, Alex Buckley, Matthew Trim, Chris Walsh, Jesse Creasey, Andrew Gurrisi & Daniel Janides Goals: Matt Trim 5, Nick Toy 2, Jesse Creasey 2, Gurrisi 2, James Devery 1





St Bernards 19 (1)s went down to last years Premiers by 30 points at Waverly. The 19 (2)s smashed Old rivals Parade while the Pups got home in a nailbiter by three points over Point Cook. Match Reports to come 


Under 19 (1)      St Bernards 9.11 (65) lost to De La Salle 13.17 (95)

Under 19(2)       St Bernards defeated Old Parade

Under 18          St Bernards defeated Pt Cook

Paul Garth