Bernard's take Anzac Cup Challenge

29 April 2012

All St Bernards sides wore black arm bands on Saturday as is traditionally the case in the Anzac round but also in to pay tribute to Bre Taylor.

Bre Taylor, daughter to club stalwart Jimmy and Sonia and sister to former 200 game player Sam. It has been a sad week for the club and our hearts go out to the Taylor family and to all who were privileged to know Bre.

Seniors: St Bernards 18.15 (123) defeated Trinity 15.8 (98)

St Bernards overcame a determined Trinity line up on Saturday to register it's second successive win and once again take the Anzac Challenge Cup. It's the 7th time in 10 years that the club has won the Cup and Alex Singleton was awarded the H&C Lambert Medal for best afield.

Kicking with the breeze St Bernards opened up an early lead but some wayward kicking for goal allowed Trinity to stay in touch and despite having 12 shots at goal to 5 the 22 pt margin was a poor return for the quarter. Trinity bounced back in the second term as on-ballers Osborn and Chamberlain came into the game and evergreen forward Rambo slotted three for the quarter to enable the visitors to take a 4 point lead into the main break. Coach Chris Tankard was less than happy with his charges lacklustre effort and after a few changes the boys responded with greater intensity ramming on 9.5 for the quarter to take a 37 point lead at the last break and appeared to be in control.

Trinity had other ideas and after booting four goals with the breeze drew within 17 points, however St Bernards responded and with a couple of goals that ended the Trinity challenge with the final margin 25 points.

Anzac Challenge Cup reaches 10 Years
2003 St Bernards def Marcellin
2004 Marcellin def St Bernards
2005 St Bernards def Old Ivahoe
2006 St Bernards def Uni Blues
2007 St Bernards def Uni Blues
2008 St Bernards def Marcellin
2009 St Bernards def Hampton Rov
2010 St Bernards def Old Essendon
2011 St Kevins def St Bernards
2012 St Bernads def Old Trinity

Ressies Too Hot For Trinity!

After an embarrassing defeat against Caulfield in round one the Ressies bounced back to demolish Trinity at the Pit on Saturday. The boys flew out of the blocks ramming on 6.2 while holding Trinity goaless to take a 36 point lead and but for a flat spot in the third quarter never looked back before running out 48 point winners.

The boys will look to move ahead of the ledger as we travel to Old Carey next week.

Best: Hoban, Garth, Ciantar, Farrell, Manunzio, Dalmau
Goals: Ciantar 3, Harris 2, Watts 2, Garth, Licciardo, Borzillo, Molony, Manunzio

Thirds Stiff .. Again!

St Bernards After losing a tight one in round 1 the Thirds battled hard to overhaul Trinity on Saturday and after hitting the front deep into the final quarter it looked like the boys would chalk up a win, however, Trinity were able to snatch the points and leave Mono's boys lamenting another close loss.

Trinty skipped away to an early lead with 4.2 to 0.4 and managed to stretch the lead to 33 points at the last break. Mono's boys stormed home with 5.2 in the last quarter to hit the front but Trinty's only goal for the quarter was enough to get them home by six points.

The Thirds will now look to chalk up our first win against Carey next week

Best: Sweeney, I. Madden, Holland, M.Kavanagh, M.Byrne, Sicari
Goals: M.Kavanagh 4, Christie 2, Sicari, I.Madden, Shepheard , Holland

Warriors Stumble Against NOBS

After registering their first win for two years the Warriors travelled to Brunswick Oval with a full list of 22 and chock full of confidence, however, back to back wins proved difficult against a handy NOBS line up.

Coach Miracle Mel Beyer said “the overall score did not reflect the actual tightness of the game .. in true warrior style our turnovers & terrible use of the ball made the opposition look very good .. we need to use the ball better & hit targets & keep possession of the ball"

"We did however have many good triers on the day .. David Blunt in his second game back showed his class, James Jovanski was very useful down back & up forward. Ben Hogan was strong all day on the ball, Clarke Mitchell the fittest Warrior never gave up all day. Jim Taylor did a good job at Full Back. Nick Toy had plenty of the ball & his strong marking around the ground was impressive. Alex Buckley was also a solid contributor along with The Big man of amateur football Andrew Guressi and Daniel Janides played a strong captains game.

Best: Blunt, C.Mitchell, Jovanski, Hogan, Toy, Taylor
Goals: Aaron Helenius, Andrew Gurresi, James Jovanski 1 each

Under 19 Premier Take Points Over Plucky OMs!

After a stirring pre-match Anzac day ceremony followed by the traditional minutes silence, it was expected that the Under 19 premier boys would hit the ground with the same intent and physicality that was on display the previous week.

The pre-match message was no different to week 1 with Coaches keen for the boys to start strongly and set the tone for the day.

However, in contrast to week 1 the boys got off to a poor start at the pit against a smaller yet very physical Old Melbournians on oval number 2.

O'Ms started the game with more intent and more physicality winning most contested footy and clearances. This showed in our stats where 20 tackles in the 1st quarter showed that we were 2nd to the ball at most contests. Only poor kicking by O'Ms allowed us to claw our way back into the game and go into the main break just 5 points down.

Our back 6 had been solid all day and in the 2nd half we saw the game begin to open up allowing our free running players to begin to work through the lines and with 12 run and carry stats for the half as well as some improved mid field work we were able to scratch out a fairly ugly 23 point win.

Final score: St Bernard's 11.11.77 defeated Old Melbournians 7.12.54.

Best Players: J Gay, J Shine, J Van Meel, J Bennie, M Hannan, M Hughes.
Goals: D Wall 3, A Johnson 2, S Firth, M Hannan, J Weir, J Shine, J Bennie, J Gay.

Out gunned at Ormond

St. Bernards 7.9.51 defeated by Ormond 16.10.106

Kevin Jones and the Under 19 (2) boys made the road trip to Ormond. Focus pre-game was to win the contested footy and increase pressure on the opposition. Ormond flew out of the blocks with their bigger bodies creating plenty of forward thrust. Makeshift Ruckman, Herriman, Gurrusi and (Jack in the Box) O'Sullivan battled hard to turn the tide, the boys tackled hard often not being rewarded for their efforts.

McIntyre, Overman, Notaro, Paoli, McAllister worked hard to create scoring opportunities for Will Sullivan who was playing a lone hand up forward, Defenders Firth Whelan Bromley and O'Connor battled hard against the odds.

By ¾ time we were starting with a 5 goal deficit kicking with a slight breeze, one last effort was called for however it was beyond the boys and we could not get the chocolates. Bernards boys laid an outstanding 67 tackles led by Alex Nicoll with 7.

Best Players: Overman, Sullivan, Notaro, McIntyre, Whelan, Firth, McAllister
Goals: Sullivan 3, Notaro 2, DiPaolo 1

Pups Barking!

A good win, but...

On a perfect day for football, the under 18's took on UHS-VU / Flemington out at Brens Oval with a couple of changes to the side from the previous week.

The first half was a case of our boys playing some scrappy football due to the opposition clogging up stoppages and our forward line with extra players back. We did not adapt quickly enough with our width and depth structures to open them up and fell into their style of play. If you didn't know the score at qtr. time and half time you would have thought that UHS-VU / Flemington were in front, even though we held a 40 point lead. To their credit, UHS played some good contested footy in the first half, and after a little restructuring we came out in the second half and played some of the footy expected and drilled into our guys on the training track.

The midfield rotations with Hedley, Bisognano, Romano, Saundry and Woods started to get on top, and the forward structure was left open with key target Tom Russell starting to get his hands on the footy, and when he didn't, it came to ground and Jeremy Sullivan was there to mop up with 4 goals.

Our defence was very good led by Killian Cashin who again, put in a stellar performance at centre half back and even had a run in the midfield in the last qtr. and dominated there as well. Special mention to Pat O'Sullivan who gave terrific contest for 4 qtrs., and whose attack on the footy was very good

A good win in the end, however, some things for the coaching staff to work on this week.!!

Goal Kickers: J. Sullivan 4, T. RUSSELL 3, T. Riley 3, J. Riley 2, T. Madden 2, T. Bisognano , P. Romano , T. Saundry , P. O'Sullivan
Best Players: P. O'Sullivan, K. Cashin, J. Sullivan, J. Riley, T. RUSSELL, S. Woods

Serge Romano, Coach

Paul Garth