Not so good weekend at Bernies

26 August 2013

With all sides except the 18s losing in wasn’t a good weekend for St Bernards however there were some positives.

With St Bedes doing us a favour to overcome a desperate Uni Blues we will remain in the top flight. The 19s had a close loss to St Kevs but will get another chance in the first semi next Sunday and the mighty Warriors while beaten by Xavs in the Grand Final did a great job to play off.


Seniors: Bernards Battle At De La!

After a good win over Uni Blacks the previous Saturday and the inclusion of Andrew Merrington a close to full strength St Bernards side travelled to Waverley Park confident of registering a win to seal its place in A Grade but a resurgent De La Salle had other ideas.

In a high standard contest De La Salle took first advantage of the breeze and were in control early with Vickers, Clinch, Williams and captain Lowe doing well and their forwards leading St Bernards to the ball. De La registered six straight behinds before Matt Hine kicked their first goal and but for their inaccuracy and some St Bernards pressure De La Salle could have opened up a bigger margin than the twenty three points that separated the sides at the first break.

St Bernards responded well in the second term with the breeze at their back. The furious pace of the first term continued but St Bernards more than matched De La Salle in contested footy and with Tom Overman, Tom Sullivan, Adam Bentick and Tom Caven all doing well St Bernards bounced back to boot 5.3 to De La’s 1.2 for the term to grab a two point lead at the long break.

The third quarter was a repeat of the first term with De La pressing and playing their home ground to perfection. De La’s 4.4 to St Bernards 1.0 provided the home side a 20 point lead at orange time but St Bernards would come home with the breeze. After Tom Gleeson kicked the opening goal of the term the margin was cut to 14 points. St Bernards had a sniff and created several opportunities but the De La defence stood firm. Despite St Bernards booting 4.1 for the term, De La Salle met every challenge booting 4.2 to run out 21 point winners on the day.

As De La Salle snuffed any chance of a late St Bernards comeback all eyes turned to VAFA progressive scores. Across town Uni Blues had shot out to a four goal lead at half time and it looked like St Bernards would be playing the Blues for relegation in round 18 but thankfully St Bedes motored home and did the job by (a too close for comfort) seven points.

The boys will look to finish the year on a better note against Uni Blues next Saturday.

Final Score: St Bernards 10.6 (66) def by De La Salle 12.15 (87)

Best:A. Bentick, T. Sullivan, T. Overman, T. Caven, J. Forder, S. Clarke, J. Gay, N. Kazuro,

Goals:T. Gleeson 3, B. George 2, I. Madden, N. Cooke, S. Clarke, A. Merrington, N. Kazuro


Reserves: Ressies Outrun By De La!

De La Salle may have had more talent but the key difference between St Bernards and De La Reserves was De La’s preparedness to work hard and run. In the end De La simply outworked St Bernards all over the ground to register their 45 point win.

St Bernards tried to work back into the game in the third quarter with Brad Cooper, Dan Riley and Cal Forder providing some impetus but it was a case of too few winners as De La with 15 more scoring shots dominated all but 20 minutes of the match.

Like the 1s, the 2s will look to finish the year on a better note against Uni Blues next Saturday.

Final Score: St Bernards 5.8 (38) def by De La Salle 11.17 (83)

Best: B. Cooper, D. Riley, C. Forder, M. McCann, J. Weir, N. Shultz

Goals: D. Riley, D. Wall, B. Peart, A. Corsetti, D. Lamana


Thirds: Threes Gallant Against Strong Blues Line Up!

The Threes may have been well beaten on the scoreboard but put in an honest effort against a strong Uni Blues line up on Saturday. Great to see ‘our man Pigga’ back in the line up. Kev Jones Reports:

Looking for their fourth win for the season Mono and Kev’s Thirds ran into a red hot Uni-Blues outfit. Pre-game focus was to pay our respects to the Late Chris Lane, (former school mate of Joey Pignataro) and Tony Capes, (Father in law of Craig Connelly and Grandfather to Charlie and Ed). We are one big family and losses such as this extend to the playing group and beyond. We need to keep working for each other on and off the field and enjoy the moment by giving our best, as you never know what is around the corner.

Uni-Blues are a formidable opponent, their last two outings against us has seen them game, set and match at half time. However on this occasion we were within 32 points at half time which was a massive team effort and they had to produce their very best to shake off the dogged Bernards boys. This week’s side included three under 19 boys who experienced their first taste of senior footy. Lachie Jowett, Daniel Mighell and James Ford performed like veterans and brought with them enthusiasm and energy which added to the group.

The coaching group set short term goals at the beginning of each quarter such as, make the opposition work for their possessions and keep constant pressure on the ball carrier, (the boys delivered in spades on that one), even to the extent that the field umpire commented post match that the score board was not a true reflection of the contest. Our skill errors and the opposition’s ability to score from them was the main difference in the end.

Mono and Kev believe the final margin was not indicative of the efforts shown by the playing group, our last month of football has been consistent and the playing group has been playing good team footy and are playing to the best of their ability, our motto has been “No passengers” and everyone is contributing to this mind set. Despite facing many hurdles this group has stuck together and they can be commended on their resolve and ability to enjoy each other’s company in what has not been a successful season as far as team wins are concerned.

We now turn our attention to the final home and away game versus De La Salle, we would like to finish off the year on a high but that will only be achieved if the seniors remain in A Grade. Thanks to Craig and Trevor for assisting with player numbers this week.

Final Score: St Bernards 6.4 (40) def by Uni Blues 21.12 (138)

Best: L. Baird, J. Evans, L. Neal, J. Rose, L. Scerri, P. Rahill, J. Pignataro.

Goals: Jowett, Ford, Kingston, Scarpino, Rahill, Kavanagh.


Warriors: Hordes Fall To Crocs In Div 1 Grand Final!

Miracle Mel Beyer’s Warriors ran into a highly polished Xavs outfit in Sunday’s Grand Final. The Crocs registered their 19th Club 18 Premiership and were simply too good on the day. Unfortunately a back injury kept captain Hogi out of the game.

On a positive note it was a terrific effort to reach the Grand Final after two great wins in the first semi and Prelim finals.

No less than 50 players have represented the club at Warrior level this season, which is testimony to the importance of the Warriors to our footy club. Congratulations to Mel Beyer whose legendary service to the club over more than 20 years never ceases to amaze.

Many thanks to Brian Moon (Assistant Coach) Deb Marinier (Team Manager) Hogi 12 (Captain and Assistant Coach) and their support crew.

See full match report in Warriors article

Final Score: St Bernards 5.6 (36) def Old Xavs 25.9 (159)


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

Rocky Iannello’s boys had a finals preview against St Kevins on Saturday. Going down by 13 points didn’t effect the ladder position of either side so it’s on ‘for real’ next week in the first semi.

Final Score: St Bernards 11.6 (72) def by St Kevins 12.13 (85)

Best: J. Fraser, C. Peart, K. O'Connor, M. Hannan, T. Saundry, T. Russell

Goals: A. Goodson 2, S. Woods, T. Russell, A. Boyse, J. Shine, J. Riley, M. Hannan, M. DeLeur, J. Ayres, P. Romano


Next Week: Under 19 Premier Division First Semi Final

St Bernards v St Kevins

11.40 am start

Central Reserve, Cnr Springvale & Waverley Roads, Glen Waverley


Under 19 (2): St Bernards Walkover!

Unfortunately Old Westbourne forfeited the game due to a lack of numbers.

Congrats to Trevor Doody, Rohan Vahland, Peter O’Sullivan and their crew and of course the players on a terrific year.

The boys finished just one game out of finals calculations but more importantly we provided a game of footy and development for over 50 boys through the U19 North side during the season


Under 18: Pups End Of Season Blitz!

The Pups followed on from their recent good form with another strong win. In the last three weeks the side has easily beaten finalists Willi and W’bee and came within only 5 points of undefeated Kew.

Well done boys.

Final Score: St Bernards 16.15 (111) def W’bee 9.5 (59)

Best: M. Hughes, N. Larkin, C. Hughes, A. Bevanda, B. Hedley, A. Dillon

Goals:J. Sullivan 4, J. Carey 4, C. Hughes 3, M. Hughes, R. Woods, C. Tormey, T. Howard, J. Firth



Paul Garth