Bernards salute in photo at the heath

22 April 2012

The races were at Caulfield on Saturday but there was a better show on behind the back straight as St Bernards celebrated their return to Premier football

Seniors: St Bernards 16.12 (108) defeated Caulfield 16.8 (104)

The races were at Caulfield on Saturday but there was a better show on behind the back straight as St Bernards celebrated their return to Premier football with a hard fought 4 point win over last years Grand Final opponent Caulfield.

In a high standard game St Bernards intensity was a key factor in opening up an early lead but Caulfield bounced back to draw within two points at the first break. The second quarter was all St Bernards and with accurate kicking capping off the good work further afield St Bernards slammed on 7.1 while holding Caulfield to 1.3 to take a 36 point lead at the main break.

Just when it looked like the visitors would take control of the game Caulfield's O'Sullivan, Perkins and Winter started to rally their side. Caulfield managed 4.1 and some inaccurate finishing from Bernards with 5 straight behinds allowed the Fields to get within 15 points before St Bernards booted two late goals to stretch the lead back out 28 points at the last change.

The final quarter saw Caulfield launch back and after three quick goals draw within 9 points. The Bernards boys answered the challenge to maintain a four goal buffer and with 8 minutes on the clock it looked like the game was safe, however with O'Sullivan and Perkins continuing to fire the Fielders made another late charge and were within 5 points when a late set shot sailed through for a behind leaving St Bernards 4 points victors in a thriller.

Credit to Caulfield for their comeback but after leading all day it was a well deserved win by the St Bernards boys. Next week St Bernards host old rivals Trinity at 'the Snakepit'

Ressies Flop First Up At Caulfield!

Reserves: St Bernards 4.9 (33) (26) defeated by Caulfield 18.12 (120)

The Ressies may have looked good on paper but they were completely outplayed by a strong Caulfield line up at the Heath on Saturday.

It was a high standard opening where Caulfield made the most of their opportunities to take the early lead but at half time it was 8 shots apiece with Caulfield holding a 15 point lead and we felt that our boys could only get better in the second half, however, Caulfield had other ideas and went up another notch while St Bernards squandered opportunities and after managing only 3 points for the quarter to the Fielders 6.5 the game had been blown.

The final quarter was a repeat of the third with Caulfield running away to a 87 point win. The Ressies will look to bounce back against Trinty next Saturday to square the ledger.

Thirds Pipped at Post!

Thirds: St Bernards 10.11 (71) defeated by Caulfield 11.8 (74)

In an early 9.20am start The Thirds kicked off the season with a strong opening to take the early lead against Caulfield. With both sides evenly matched St Bernards held a 5 point lead at the main break but with a few players a little underdone we began to tire in the third quarter and some costly errors allowed the Fielders to ram on 4 late goals and take a 13 point lead at orange time.

To their credit and despite running out of gas our boys fought back in the final quarter and but for some poor turnovers at crucial stages could have snatched the game. A three point loss was disappointing but the group will improve on that effort and like the Ressies will look to atone next Saturday at the Snakepit against Trinity.

Warriors Chalk Up First Win in Two Years!

Club 18: St Bernards 17.13 (115) defeated Ivanhoe AFC 5.14 (45)

They don't call him 'Miracle' for nothing .. With 28 open age players unavailable, Warriors coach Mel Beyer produced his first miracle by getting a full list of 23 on the park against Ivanhoe. Some late Friday signings at the Lincolnshire Arms and the return of some talented veterans assembled at the Snakepit to face off a handy Ivanhoe line up and the second miracle was just 100 minutes in the making as the Warriors registered their first win in over two years!

The boys bounced out of the blocks against Ivanhoe and did not look back before running away to a 70 point win. Former A Grade Premiership star Hogi led the way with an outstanding 4 quarters and he was well supported by another former Senior star in 'Shagga' Janides and Jesse Creasey who is returning from injury and work commitments.

It's been awhile since the Warriors have sung the song .. Team Manager Deb Marinier had to lead the side into the main changerooms so the boys could see the words but the boys roared out the tune in great style and with the return of a few players imminent will look to make it two in a row next Saturday against NOBS.

Woody's Boys Overpower Royboys!

U/19 Premier: St. Bernard's 16.17.113 defeated Fitzroy 6.9.45

Peter Wood and the U19 Premier boys travelled to the old Fitzroy FC oval in Brunswick Street to take on Fitzroy. On a balmy April Saturday afternoon, the coaches instruction at the start of the game was to ensure a very strong opening first quarter. Fitzroy reputedly ran forward of the ball well, played through the corridor often and were a “confidence” side, so Woody was keen to ensure Bernard's stamped our authority on the game early.

The boys did not let him down with 9 scoring shots to 2 in the first quarter and a 27 point quarter time lead. With strong attack at the ball, good sharing by hand and foot to release players to space, plenty of voice and quality delivery forward, the boys sustained their intensity to extend their lead to 7 goals at the main break.

The second half proved a little more even in general play, as Fitzroy started to really run and carry well. With only 3 on the bench, our boys started to tire in the hot conditions and we struggled to cover back as well, with our defensive run found wanting at times. Despite this, we still managed to extend our lead, with full forward David Wall, a standout target all day, taking full advantage of some good delivery to bag a game high 8 goals.

Goal Kickers: D. Wall 8, L. Sullivan 2, J. Shine 2, J. Van Meel , S. Firth , M. Hannan , J. Gay

Best Players: D. Wall, J. Shine, L. Sullivan, A. Graham, J. Saundry, J. Gay

Under 19 (2) St Bernards defeated by Old Camberwell – report to come

Pups Show Class In Big Win Over Willi

Under 18: St. Bernard's 19.12.126 defeated Willi CYMS 2.5.17

Serge Romano and his U18 group hosted Williamstown CYMS in their opening round clash. Many of the boys had not kicked the dew off the grass for some years, and the slippery conditions that accompany many 9.20 am starts meant that the first half of football saw many ball handling errors from both teams.

In a hard fought first half, the intent of both teams was strong, and at times a good old fashioned arm wrestle ensued, with play see-sawing between the two half back lines. St. Bernard's were a little more fluid moving into attack and had the benefit of good key forwards and effective small crumbing players saw the boys take a handy 35 point half team lead.

The third quarter saw some outstanding centre square clearance work from the U18's, with Lachlan Jowett's tap work a highlight. The “Atkins Clock” was being used to good effect and some deft sharing by hand and quality delivery into the forward line saw St. Bernard's pile on 4 goals in 5 minutes to blow the game wide open. Ten goals straight for the quarter to2 points, with outstanding team work all over the ground, iced the game by ¾ time and the boys eventually ran out 109 point victors over a tiring Willi outfit.

Goal Kickers: T. Russell 6, P. Romano 3, T. Madden 2, J. Sullivan 2, S. Woods 2, T. Delzoppo 2, L. Jowett , P. O'Sullivan

Best Players: J. Holland, J. Hedley, K. Cashin, T. Madden, T. Saundry, S. Piantella

Paul Garth