Bernards roar back at Lions in a thriller

01 July 2013

St Bernards snatched a thrilling one point victory over reigning Premier Collegians at ‘the Pit’ on Saturday.

Seniors: Bernards Roar Back At Lions In a Thriller!

Despite not being tipped by the vafa record, St Bernards got the jump early to open up a 13 point lead at the first break.

With Ryan Schroder on fire in his 150th game, Tom Sullivan, Sean Bergin and Tom Caven well on top of their respective opponents and Tommy Gleeson providing a focal point up forward St Bernards stretched the margin to 31 points before a late goal from Collegians narrowed the lead to four straight goals at the main break.

As good sides do Collegians bounced back in the third quarter and with key forwards Nick Corp and Harry Croft proving more than a handful Collegians rammed on five goals to take the lead at the 25 minute mark, however, St Bernards were not about to capitulate and with two late goals the home side wrestled back an eight point lead at the final break.

In a thrilling final quarter Collegians came out hard with Kondarovskis and Tardiff racking up possessions. Two quick goals from Croft and Jack Bull gave Collegians a ten point break at the 15 min mark and they looked set to take control but once again the Bernards boys answered the challenge. 

A spearing pass from Adam Bentick found debutant Jack Fenner whose goal cut the Collegians lead to four points. Liam Wilkinson charged out of the next centre bounce and drilled the ball deep into the forward line where Nic Cooke took a strong grab. The home crowd roared its approval as Cooke’s conversion gave St Bernards a two point lead at the 19 minute mark.

With a lot on the line for both clubs it was anyone’s game. Neither side flinched and the last ten minutes was a tough and desperate affair. With two minutes left Collegians star Nick Reis missed a set shot from 45m leaving St Bernards up by a solitary point. In the final gripping moments young Jack Fenner held onto three towering marks to repel Collegians final assault as Bernards got home by the narrowest of margins in another memorable day at ‘the Pit’

In a very tight VAFA comp Bernards strong home win was crucial ahead of the bye, with the next game away at Carey.

Well done to all the boys on saturday.

Final Score: St Bernards 13.8 (86) def Collegians 12.13 (85)

Best: R. Schroder, S. Bergin, T. Caven, T. Gleeson, A. Grosso, B. Garth, T. Sullivan

Goals: T. Gleeson 4, J. Forder 2, A. Grosso 2, J. Fenner, J. Fraser, N. Cooke, T. Sullivan, A. Bentick


Reserves: Ressies Set The Tone!

In a day of upsets The Ressies set the tone early with a strong win over Collegians.

After Collegians took a slight two pint lead in the first term St Bernards lifted to dominate the second quarter and but for some inaccurate kicking could have wrapped up the game by half time.

With Isaac Madden, Dan Riley and Owen McIntyre providing plenty of run St Bernards booted 4.7 to Collegians 0.2 to open up a handy 27 point lead at the main break.

Collegians fought back in the third term to draw within 16 points but it was all St Bernards in the last quarter with Luke Sullivan and Paul Rahill standing firm down back and Sean Clarke pulling in some big grabs up forward the Ressies ran out comfortable 28 point winners.

Final Score: St Bernards 9.14 (68) def Collegians 5.10 (40)

Best: D. Riley, O. McIntyre, I. Madden, L. Sullivan, P. Rahill, S. Clarke

Goals: S. Clarke 2, D. Lamana , D. Riley , B. Peart , N. Schultz , J. Weir , L. McLeod , L. Sullivan


Thirds: Threes Push De La!

St Bernards Thirds were much more competitive against a strong De La Salle line up on Saturday.

Kevin Jones reports: Another week and 8 changes later, Mono and Kevs thirds took on De LaSalle. The last time these sides met we were unable to kick a goal in what was our worst performance for the year. A 9:20 am start always tests our organisational skills but we were keen to turn the tables. With 45 players unavailable in the senior group, the thirds were helped by the warriors having a bye, otherwise player numbers would have been tested further. In a physical contest De La grabbed the initiative and was never headed despite a much improved effort from the group.

The gap between our best and worst efforts is narrowing and apart from two 5 minute periods in the first and second quarters, (where we were caught napping), we were competitive and finished full of running. The coaching group were pleased with the effort. The resolve of this group remains strong and we can sense a much needed win is just around the corner.

Thanks to Mick Moloney, Andrew Gurrisi, Aaron Helenious and Chris Walsh for helping with numbers and their valuable contributions. We encourage all players to get to training to improve our morale, fitness and skill level.

Final Score: St Bernards 7.6 (48) def by De La Salle 12.10 (82)

Best: Bye, Christie, Scarpino, J. Stapleton, Kavanagh, Evans.

Goals: Ryan 4, Overman, Cunningham, Scarpino


Warriors: Bye!


Under 19 (1): Bernards Upset Undefeated Xavs!

Rocky Iannello’s boys caused the upset of the season with a huge win over previously undefeated Xavs on Saturday.

With three boys in the seniors St Bernards were at long odds to overcome the ladder leader on their home turf but in a memorable performance St Bernards held a slight edge at each of the breaks before storming home in the last quarter booting 6.0 to Xavs 1.2 to run out 33 point winners.

Jono Ayers continued his recent good form to be named BOG while Chris Peart and Michael Sulzenberger were terrific over the four quarters. Big Tommy Russell gave us first use of the ball in a fine display in the ruck and Mitchell Hannan and Tom Saundry were others to shine in a super team effort where St Bernards had ten individual goalkickers.

Well done to Rocky and the boys!

Final Score: St Bernards 13.6 (84) def Old Xavs 7.9 (51)

Best: J. Ayres, C. Peart, M. Sulzberger, T. Saundry, T. Russell, M. Hannan

Goals: A. Goodson 2, J. Shine 2, M. Peart 2, A. Boyse, C. Peart, M. Caven, S. Woods, Z. O''Halloran, W. Considine, T. Saundry


Under 19 (2): St Bernards Overpower Therry!

Trevor Doody’s boys continued their strong recent form by defeating Therry in a high standard game at ‘the Pit’ The win puts the side in finals contention.

Liam McIntyre put in four terrific quarters and was well supported by Chris Tormey, and Sean O’Keefe while Daniel Mighell and James Ford were other to shine in an otherwise even team performance.

Dayne Tannenberg capped off the good work further afield with 4 goals with jake Notoro and Bomani Jackson booted two each.

Final Score: St Bernards 15.13 (103) def Therry 11.6 (72)

Best: L. McIntyre, C. Tormey, S. O'Keeffe, D. Mighell, J. Ford

Goals: D. Tannenberg 4, J. Notaro 2, B. Jackson 2, J. Hedley 2, C. Hughes , J. Holland , M. Farrant , D. Mighell , H. Firth


Under 18: Pups Give Students A Lesson!

St Bernards had a big win over bottom side UHS/VU, gaining valuable percentage for the run home.

Final Score: St Bernards 19.12 (126) def UHS/VU 2.2 (14)

Best: S. Piantella, J. Sullivan, W. Isaacs, M. DeLeur, C. Hughes, M. Hughes

Goals: J. Sullivan 7, M. DeLeur 3, C. Hughes 2, M. Cobby 2, M. Hughes 2, A. Mulkearns , T. Donohoe



Paul Garth