Bizarre end to Bernards Blues battle

02 September 2013

Talk about bizarre finishes .. St Bernards led by over five goals at half time and looked by far the dominant side.

Seniors: Bizarre End To Bernards Blues Battle!

Most supporters thought the game was in the bag and the home side would chalk up a percentage boosting 8th win for the season, however, once again, St Bernards went to sleep in the third quarter as the Blues booted 5.8 with the wind to St Bernards 1.2

With a two point lead at the final break and with the breeze at their backs in the last term St Bernards still appeared to be in control but the Blues refused to concede and at the 29 minute mark of the final quarter the Blues crept within six points before making one final foray.

Reminiscent of Leo Barry in the 2005 AFL Grand Final, Uni Blues Aaron Harris plucked a mark from the front of a huge pack as the siren rang out across the snake pit. Harris, a Kiwi with a rugby background didn’t look confident even though he was only 25 metres out on a slight angle. To add to the pressure on young Harris the St Bernards fans behind the goals were roaring and waving arms frantically as he lined up .. and then it happened!

In perhaps the worst kick ever to tie a match Harris’s wobbly punt just cleared the man on the mark and after travelling a mere 22 metres bounced in front of the Bernards backmen, before shooting  under the reaching arm of Tom Caven. The grimace on Tom’s face said it all as the Blues boys jumped for joy and the St Bernards crowd looked on in stunned silence.

While it was a dead rubber both sides wanted the four points to finish the season on a good note and the second half was a very disappointing effort, St Bernards had two players down but full credit to the young Blues side who simply outran us to fight back and snatch the draw.

Many thanks to the Uni Blues boys who turned up in good numbers at the post match, great to see Bobby Girdwood, Quilly, Pres Joe Sturrock, Johnny Kanis and co. We have enjoyed a great rivalry with the Blues and of course our annual practice games have fostered a terrific relationship, we wish them a speedy return to A Grade.

To our boys, well it was a year of highs and lows, but for injuries early in the year we may well have been in finals contention, we then had to win enough games to avoid the danger zone and in the end we managed to hang in.

We can now look forward to a good break before taking the next step in 2014


Final Score: St Bernards 16.12 (108) drew with Uni Blues 15.18 (108)

Best: T. Sullivan, T. Caven, A. Singleton, J. Forder, B. George, T. Overman

Goals: T. Gleeson 3, A. Merrington 3, M. Sullivan 2, R. Houlihan , A. Singleton , T. Sullivan , B. George , J. Forder , L. Wilkinson , N. Kazuro , J. Gay


Reserves: Ressies Get Over Blues!

After a disappointing effort against De La Salle the previous week the Ressies bounced back with a strong win over Uni Blues to record their ninth win for the season and finish in 6th position.

After an even first half St Bernards led by nine points but after the break it was all Bernards and with 7.6 to Blues 4.1 the Ressies ran out comfortable 33 point winners.

Once again Cal Forder put in a top four quarter effort and he was well supported by Dan Riley, Paddy MacDonough and Matt McCann while Owen McIntyre who has had a terrific season and Matt Sargent were others to shine.


Final Score: St Bernards 12.13 (85) def Uni Blues 8.4 (52)

Best: D. Riley, M. McCann, P. MacDonough, C. Forder, O. McIntyre, M. Sargent

Goals: M. Sargent 3, B. Cooper 2, D. Riley , P. MacDonough , K. Farrell , D. Wall , J. Weir , S. Mitchell , O. McIntyre



Thirds: Threes Finish On High Note!

The Threes chalked up win number four for the year beating 5th place De La Salle by 62 points

Kev Jones Reports: The Thirds faced De La Salle in what was to be Frank Monoghan’s final game as coach. During the Pre-match meeting the focus was on reflection and celebration of the year which seen player numbers to represent the club at this level reach the mid-eighties. The players were congratulated on sticking together as a group, embracing the thirds concept and its importance to the club structure, we spoke about the possibility that this group may never play together again as a team and encouraged them to enjoy the day and put in a solid performance.

De La Salle have beaten us comfortably on the previous two occasions, the round 5 performance was our lowest point of the year,(where we were held goalless for the entire game,) this was used as motivation to the playing group and we demanded a competitive performance. Game time arrived and we flew out of the blocks and took advantage of a slight breeze to hold a 3 goal advantage at ¼ time, the message during the break was to increase the work rate, maintain the initiative and hit the score board. The second quarter was an arm wrestle as De La threw everything at us; we were able to withstand the challenge, score into the breeze and finish the half with a 4 goal lead.

At the main break we spoke about the importance of our run carry and to maintain the intensity as we could see that the opposition’s lack of interchange players was starting to take its toll. We had a sniff of victory and we felt the opposition were there for the taking. The last half saw us kick an inaccurate 6 goals 8 and keep the opposition to a single second half goal to run out easy winners and give Mono a terrific send off, the club song was belted out in the rooms and there were smiles all-round.

Mono and Kev’s aims and expectations for the year were based around supporting the seniors and reserves sides while developing players to be able to take the next step and possibly pinching the odd win. We believed we maintained this focus for the entire season. We were blessed with terrific leaders in Paul Rahill, Justin Evans and Will Kingston; these guys led by example and provided terrific support to the coaching group on and off the field.

Congratulations to Nick Mitchell, the first eighteen players and support staff on keeping this great club in A grade, where it belongs.

Special thanks to Damien Sullivan and Peter Wood for their combined efforts in keeping training sessions structured and meaningful and also for their continued support during the year. We would like to thank Andrew Maher, David, Will and Tom McAllister for their match day contributions. Thanks to Laura Richards, for being our trainer all season, and to the numerous parents who helped during the year.

Finally to Frank, he is truly a legend of the club and his contribution to coaching at this level has been enormous and first class. He has continually put the club first, second and third and has never wavered in his pursuit of his goals as coach. It has been an honour to work alongside Frank as his passion and love for the football club is highly contagious. His support at this level will be missed.


Final Score: St Bernards 14.14 (98) def De La Salle 5.6 (36)

Best: J. Bye, L. Scerri, M. Kavanagh, P. Rahill, L. Neal, J. Evans

Goals: M. Kavanagh 4, J. Evans 2, S. Firth , J. Monaghan , W. Kingston , P. Scarpino , L. Scerri , D. Ryan , L. Neal , M. Byrne


Under 19 (1): Bernards Pipped By St Kevs!

Rocky Iannello’s boys had a gutsy win against St Kevins on Sunday reversing the result of the previous week where St Kevins took the points.

After an even first half St Kevs held a slight edge to lead by 11 points at the long break but as Rocky predicted the Bernards boys would show they are full of grit and but for some inaccurate kicking (3.7 to St Kevs 1.0) could have been further ahead than the eight point margin at the last break.

Against the breeze in the last term St Bernards met every challenge and managed 4.3 into the wind against St Kevs 3.3 to take the final by 14 points

Sam Woods was a star on the day and was well supported by Chris Peart, Nick Burgin and young Michael Caven. Alex Boyce booted four crucial goals while Jack Fraser and Zac O’Halloran were others to shine on a terrific effort from the Bernards boys on the day.

Next week the boys will face off St Bedes in the Prelim final.


Final Score: St Bernards 10.15 (75) def St Kevins 8.13 (61)

Best: S. Woods, C. Peart, N. Burgin, M. Caven, J. Fraser, Z. O''Halloran


Goals: A. Boyse 4, T. Saundry , D. Colaco , M. DeLeur , M. Caven , C. Peart , P. Romano

Paul Garth