Bernards topple blacks at headquarters

20 August 2013

St Bernards wore black arms to mark the anniversary of the tragic passing of ‘our Harry’ Overman and it was a proud Tom Overman (pictured) that led the side off the ground after a gritty hard fought win.

Seniors: Bernards Topple Blacks At Headquarters!

With the Uni oval closed and the game moved to the wind tunnel at Sportscover Arena, St Bernards were confident of outrunning the tall Uni Blacks line up but recognised it would require a four quarter effort. In recent weeks St Bernards had outplayed the opposition in the first half before falling away in the third quarter, however, this time it was the third term that St Bernards took hold of the match.

Kicking with the strong breeze Uni Blacks started well with a couple of early goals to Nick Batten before St Bernards controlled the ball for most of the next twenty minutes with strong running and a high intensity in its tackling that appeared to upset the Blacks. A couple of errors allowed Blacks to grab two late goals and take a 19 point lead at the first break.

The second term saw Shaun Clarke doing well in the ruck, the Bernards midfield started to get some clearances, the backline led by Tom Caven were on top and with some fine efforts from Brendon George and Tom Gleeson against their taller opponents St Bernards looked threatening, however, the side failed to capitalise booting 2.6 for the term to trail by seven points at the long break.

The critical third quarter would decide the game and this time the St Bernards boys stood firm. St Bernards midfielders dominated the quarter, Adam Bentick led the way along with Tommy Sullivan, Ryan Schroder and George Garth while Alex Singleton, Nic Cooke and Mitch Hannan provided the run and carry and down back Jake Forder, Tom Caven, Michael Angel and Nathan Kazuro were all over their Blacks opponents.

After 30 hard fought minutes St Bernards held the Blacks to 3.1 while booting 1.2 against the wind. It was a gritty effort that set up the game and most fans thought the 19 point margin Blacks held would not be enough to hold St Bernards out.

Uni Blacks defended desperately in the final quarter but St Bernards continued to press and after Tom Gleeson booted his third goal it was all St Bernards with 4.3 to Uni Blacks 0.2. While the final margin of seven points probably didn’t reflect St Bernards edge throughout the match full credit to Uni Blacks who were hard at it all day and with such a tall side will no doubt be better suited in finer conditions.

The boys travel to De La Salle next Saturday. De La will be keen to avenge their round 8 defeat at the Pit’ but the Bernards boys are equally keen to repeat the dose and finish the year well.

Final Score: St Bernards 8.12 (60) def Uni Blacks 8.5 (53)

Best:T. Caven, A. Bentick, S. Clarke, B. George, A. Singleton, R. Schroder

Goals:T. Gleeson 3, N. Cooke 2, B. George 2, M. Hannan


Reserves: Ressies Crash Against Blacks!

The Ressies started well against the breeze but were simply blown away in the second term as Uni Blacks ran riot booting five goals to take a 29 point lead into the main break

Unfortunate injuries to Andrew Graham and Lockie McLeod didn’t help as the Ressies fell apart in the third term. Uni Blacks stretched their lead to over ten goals before an even last quarter left the Ressies adrift by 70 points in what was a disappointing performance.

Cal Forder who has been consistently good all year provided some resistance, as did Nick Shultz, Steve Mitchell, Matt Borzillo and Jack Saundry

Final Score: St Bernards 4.6 (30) def by Uni Blacks 15.10 (100)

Best: Nick Shutlz, Cal Forder, Steve Mitchell, Matt Borzillo, Jack Saundry, Dan Lamana

Goals: Wil Sullivan, Dan Lamana, James weir, Lockie McLeod


Thirds: Buckets Jets In As Threes Upset Scotch!

The Threes had a well deserved win over Scotch

Kev Jones Reports .. Hungry for a win, Mono and Kev’s thirds hit the road to take on Old Scotch for the third time this year. We spoke pre-game of the fact that we need to put the enjoyment factor back into our game and enjoy each other’s company as teammates. Short term goals were made and a couple of them were grabbing the initiative, stick to the game plan while playing our individual roles and have belief in our ability.

Club President Pat Crabb spoke of the importance of this group in underpinning the overall structure of the senior team. The playing group drew inspiration from veteran Justin Evans who flew in from America and came straight to the ground keen to play, such is the determination of this great clubman and he is truly a leader of our group.

After an even first quarter, where we could not take advantage of the windy conditions, we worked our backsides off in the second to kick 4 goals into the wind to take a 9 point advantage into half time. The half time message was to focus on the tasks ahead, hold the visitors goal less in the third term, put some scoreboard pressure on them and set up the game for a long awaited victory.

The last half was our most consistent half of footy for the season; we had winners on every line with every player attacking the contest as if there was no tomorrow. The opposition could not match our intensity and we ran out the game to post a convincing victory. An attempt was made to lift the roof off the grandstand while singing the club song and celebrate a rare but hard earned victory; the victory was made even sweeter when news of the Seniors great victory filtered through. Mono and Kev believe if we can sustain this type of effort we may get another victory before seasons end.

Final Score: St Bernards 9.13 (67) def Scotch 5.6 (36)

Best: Mugavin, Rahill, Cunningham, Hawkins, Rose, Cox, Evans

Goals: Kingston 2, Kavanagh 2, Evans, Rahill, Scerri, Cox, Monoghan.


Warriors: Hordes Storm Into Grand Final!

Miracle Mel Beyer’s Warriors Stormed into the Grand Final with an emphatic win over Prahran on Sunday at Sportscover Arena. We hope to see a big roll up of support for the boys next week (It was only a few of the Bernards faithful who braved the weather on Sunday) so lets see a better effort from all at the club next Sunday to roar the Warriors home!

See full match report in Warriors article

Final Score: St Bernards 10.8 (68) def Prahran 5.11 (41)

Best: Damien Hurley, Chris Mitchell, Mick Moloney, Matthew Gurrisi, James Devery, Chris Walsh, Josh Faulkner, Marty McVeigh, Matthew Trim, Aaron Helenius

Goals: Chris Mitchell 6, Jesse Creasey, Chris Walsh, Matthew Gurrisi & Aaron Helenius 1 each





Paul Garth