Opportunity missed on Ladies day

14 May 2012

With a big crowd in attendance for the Ladies Day luncheon and the weather holding the stage was set for an important game with both sides coming in at 2-1 and desperate to create a gap on the rest of the field.

Seniors:St Bernards with the aid of the breeze dominated the early going but simply did not convert on the scoreboard and after allowing a couple of late goals to Scotch the nine point lead was a poor return. VAFA Marketing Manager Michael Fitzgerald summed it up at quarter time "that might prove costly in the final analysis" and it did.

The second quarter saw Scotch take advantage of the wind and with Hill looking dangerous up forward and Sherwan shining across half Scotch slipped away to a 10 point lead before St Bernards really dug in and did well to keep the leeway to nine pints at the main break.

The third quarter was a repeat of the first with St Bernards once again not taking full advantage of the breeze and after some poor turnovers allowed Scotch to boot four goals into the breeze the home side faced a difficult assignment with Scotch holding a nine point lead and the wind advantage for the last quarter.

The St Bernards boys fought hard and with an ounce of luck could have taken the points but Scotch steadied to run out 12 point winners despite having three less shots at goal.

Final Scores: St Bernards 10.12 (72) defeated by Old Scotch 13.6 (84)

Reserves: 3rd Quarter Shocker Sinks Ressies

After a slow start in sunny conditions the Reserves let Scotch shoot out to an early lead but with Isaac Madden and Nick Smith leading the way the boys started to inch their way back into the contest. A nice snap by Madden late in the second quarter put St Bernards in front by a solitary point at the main break.

The third quarter could only be described as a shocker as the Ressies continually turned the ball over and allowed their opponents far too much latitude. Scotch ran harder and used the ball better than our boys, dominating proceedings with 8.3 to our 0.1 and opening up a match-winning lead of 51 points at the final break.

St Bernards fought out the final quarter booting 4.4 while holding Scotch to 2.1 but after the third quarter blow out it was a matter of too little, too late

St Bernards: 7.10 (52) defeated by Old Scotch 13.10 (88)

Best: I. Madden, N. Smith, T. Isaacs, J. Wheeler, A. Stapleton, M. Borzillo
Goals: I. Madden 2, S. Clarke 2, A. Stapleton 2, A. Ciantar

Thirds: Undermanned Threes Smashed By Scotch!

With some late withdrawels in the Reserves and the Thirds sides Mono's boys travelled to Camberwell to face off a talented Scotch line up and struggled from the first bounce.

Scotch were off to a flyer with 7.2 in the first quarter and never looked back holding St Bernards goalless for the entire first half while ramming on an accurate 11.2

Things didn't improve much in the Third with Scotch continuing on the merry way and opening up a massive point lead at orange time. St Bernards fought out the last quarter but when the mis-match ended it was a clear drubbing for our boys.

Mono will be looking to get a few players back next Saturday when the Thirds travel again to meet top side Old Xavs at Stradbroke Park

Warriors Pipped On The Post By Willi

St Bernards lost a thriller by 4 points after leading most of the day.

Coach Mel Beyer was disappointed in the result but praised the effort of his players .. "In glorious conditions again at 9-20am at Williamstown, the fellas really put in a great effort to only go down in the dying minutes of the game. Never underestimate your opposition as Willly would not go away and made us work very hard for our slender lead during the day. Losing Ben Hogan who limped off in the first minute of the game and Nick Mitchell later in the game did not help our cause. Nick had kicked four goals to three quarter time. We did however, have 5 shots on goal in the last quarter but could not nail one. Always remember this is a team sport & no one is to blame".

"Sammy back from umpiring last week played a gem of a game on the half back line & was assisted by Jim Taylor at full back. Daniel Janides played his ever consistent captains game & James Devery is running into some good form. Also thanks to the little man of Amateur football Matt Gurrusi for filling in on the day. Also good to see Aaron Helenius playing a solid game on the ball & Clarke Mitchell, Nick Toy & Chris O'Keefe running hard to contests which shows what a bit of training can do!"

Lets hit back next week againt Therry"

St Bernards: 8.12 (60) defeated by Williamstown CYS 9.10 (64)

Best: Sam Taylor, Nick Mitchell, Daniel Janides, Jim Taylor, Aaron Helenius, Clark Mitchell, Nick Toy & James Devery Goals: Nick Mitchell 4 James Devery, James Jovanovski, Nick Toy & Chris O'Keefe

Under 19 Premier.

In near perfect conditions in Parkville on Saturday, our under 19 boys saluted with a resounding 122 point win over University Blacks.

Knowing that the opposition would not be strong, the challenge for the team this week was to refine some structures, set plays and running patterns with view to being prepared for some tougher games ahead.

After a physical first few minutes from Blacks which saw them kick the first goal of the match our boys soon settled in to our preferred and more familiar style which involves winning possession, quick spreading and quick delivery into the forward line.

With an 80 to 8 score difference at half time and multiple goal kickers including 4 to David Wall, 3 each to Jack Fenner and Pat Macdonough it gave us the luxury of rewarding some of our defensive players with some time up forward and in the midfield.

It was a good win and a step forward in the development of the group. We can be well satisfied with our first block of 4 games but we now need to go up another level and prepare as best we possibly can for what will be our greatest challenge so far this year which sees us pitted against “flag favorites’ Xavs at the pit.

Final score: St Bernard's 20.23.123 defeated University Blacks 2.9.21.

Goal Kickers: Wall 4, Fenner 3, Macdonough 3, Gay 2 and 1 each to Gill, Connolly, Overman, Nataro, O’Connor, Sullivan, Hughes and Wood.
Best Players: Gay, Macdonough, Bennie, Shine, Fenner, Wall, O’Connor and Hannan.


St. Bernard's 9-5-59 defeated by Mazenod 18.16.124

The Pre-match team meeting’s focus was to increase 2nd efforts at the footy and more consistency from individuals.

Mazenod started brilliantly leaving the Bernard’s boys in their wake. Wholesale changes at ¼ time saw the boys claw their way back into the contest crumbing goals to Whelan & Bromley kick started a mini fight back, but could not get the margin back to below 4 goals.

Third quarter featured some long goals by Sam Jones, fantastic defence work led by Jake Van Meel and onballers, Sulzberger, Sullivan, Di Paolo and Johnson started to get some run into their game.

Third Quarter siren sounding left us 5 gaols behind, a disappointing last quarter saw Mazenod run away to a convincing victory. Until we accept accountability and stop making basic skill errors a win seems to be a while away. Great first game efforts from Johno Goldsworthy, Mick Sulzberger, Sam Jones and Jake Van Meel who starred in defence.

Best Players: Van Meel, Goldsworthy, Whelan, W. Sullivan, Bevanda, Zammit & Jones

U18 Round 4 – Start Costs Us Again!!

On a good day for football, the Under 18's took on Rupertswood at the snake pit with high expectations of a better showing than the previous week. The focus was well and truly on a solid start, and making sure that we didn't let them jump out of the blocks. Whilst scoring shots were the same, (5 each) the qtr time score was 2-3-15 to 0-5-5 with Rupertswood ahead. It was still a slow start by our boys and they were flat footed at times and not playing to our structures and plans with little to no run and spread

It was a little better in the second qtr with one goal each, and we slowly started to work our way back into the game. Cohesion was lacking and there was little system to our forward line that cost us potential goals. The 3rd qtr saw Rupertswood kick away with 5 goals to 3, however, moving Killian Cashin into the middle saw some effective run and carry out of the middle. Stef Piantella was outstanding , and was our only shining light in the back half.

The boys worked really hard in the last qtr to get to within a goal but our run was left too late and the final score of 10-12-72 to 7-9-51 was indicative of the day.

We must work harder for longer and not hestiate at the contest from the first bounce if we are to match it with the better sides. The boys are learning that football requires 4 hard, contested qtrs otherwise you are left wanting. You cannot continue to play catch up footy and expect to win games!!

Goal Kickers: P. Romano 2, L. Jowett , K. Cashin , P. O'Sullivan , T. Delzoppo , S. O'Keeffe
Best Players: K. Cashin, S. Piantella, L. Jowett, J. Holland, T. Saundry, P. Romano

Paul Garth