Collegians overcome undermanned Bernards

19 August 2012

It was an emotional day at the Snakepit with the club reeling from the loss of young Harry Overman.

Seniors: Collegians Overcome Undermanned Bernards!

Win, Lose or draw coach Chris Tankard asked the players to honour Harry and the Overman family in the way they attacked the task.


The players responded with a genuine honesty of effort and fought their way to within a point of ladder leaders Collegians at the final break. Everyone was willing a miracle win but in the end Collegians strength and class told against a gallant but undermanned St Bernards line up.


Micky Sullivan and Andrew Merrington made welcome returns to the side that has been tested for depth in recent weeks and Liam Wilkinson put in a lionhearted effort all day as did Tom Sullivan who proudly wore Harry’s number 28. With the return of several players next week the boys will be looking to finish off the season well against Caulfield and Old Scotch.


Across town Uni Blues saluted by 4 points over Trinity to ensure St Bernards remain in the top flight next season in the club’s 50th year in the VAFA.


Tributes and tears flowed all day and in fitting tribute to Harry the post match crowd was the largest in memory.


St Bernards 7.12 (54) defeated by Collegians 12.15 (87)

Goal Kickers: A. Merrington 3, J. Madden 2, C. Mitchell , A. Grosso
Best Players: M. Sullivan, L. Wilkinson, T. Sullivan, D. Byrne, T. Caven, A. Merrington


Reserves: Ressies fight hard but lose on points

The Ressies faced off against third placed Collegians in atrocious conditions at ‘the Pit’ in a ‘must win’ game to keep our finals chances alive. With the aid of the breeze the boys took the early ascendancy to lead the highly fancied Collegians line up by 9 points at the first break.

Collegians responded in the second quarter converting their opportunities to lead 4.1 to 3.3 at the main break. With Hayden Carland, Keiren Farrell, Matt Borzillo and Captain Steve Cannatelli relishing the conditions St Bernards fought hard to stay within striking distance, however, while the three quarter time deficit was only six points the breeze favouring Collegians end in the last quarter was gaining strength

In the end Collegians were able to withstand a desperate St Bernards effort to register a twenty two point win.


St Bernards 3.4 (22) defeated by Collegians 6.8 (44)

Goal Kickers: S. Clarke 2, H. Carland
Best Players: H. Carland, K. Farrell, M. Borzillo, S. Cannatelli, S. Mitchell, L. Cookson



Thirds: Collegians Too Slick For Mono’s Boys!


With a raft of injuries to our Senior and Reserves lists Mono’s Thirds travelled to Harry Trott Oval with a number of Warriors players and under age boys filling the breach against a polished Collegians outfit.


Yes we copped a hiding but at no stage did the boys chuck in the towel and it was great to see youngsters Paddy Comerford, Lachie Neal, David Anderson and Michael Smith supporting their club by making themselves available along with a number of Warriors boys who played in last weeks Elimination final.


St Bernards 1.3 (9) defeated by Collegians 20.24 (144)




Under 19: Bernard’s Topple Ladder Leaders De La


There wasn’t a dry eye in the rooms as Mick Overman bravely spoke to Harry’s Under 19 teammates before the game, nor afterwards as the boys roared out the song after toppling ladder leader De La Salle.


It was the first time our Under 19 Premier side had defeated De La Salle since the all-conquering St Bernards Premiership side of 2003 blasted through the competition.


While the win was emphatic and signalled St Bernards as a genuine flag contender what really mattered on the day was the boys desire to pay tribute to Harry and they did so in style both in the contest and afterwards when the side gathered in the darkness on oval 2 to salute their great mate.


Well done boys!


St Bernards: 8.6 (54) defeated De La Salle: 4.10 (34)

Goal Kickers: D. Wall 3, J. Solomon 2, J. Fenner , M. Sulzberger , J. Goldsworthy
Best Players: J. Van Meel, J. Fraser, T. Black, C. Peart, J. Solomon, J. Goldsworthy



Under 18: Pups Continue Push To Finals!


St Bernards registered a strong 35 point win over the UHS – VU combine to consolidate fourth place on the ladder. The Pups will meet third placed Rupertswood next Saturday while 5th placed St Marys are away to top side Werribee so a win will guarantee a first semi berth against Rupo while a loss will force us to rely on Werribee defeating St Marys.

Match Report to come


St Bernards: 9.12 (66) defeated UHS/VU: 5.1 (31)

Goal Kickers: J. Sullivan 3, P. Romano 3, J. Ayres 2, T. Russell
Best Players: P. Romano, T. Saundry, M. Spence, C. Issa, T. Bisognano, J. Ayres

Paul Garth