Round 3 Match Reports

02 May 2017

All the details from a big round three for Senior Teams

SENIORS REPORT-produced by Media Director Joe Pigantaro

In the battle against the two sides relegated to Premier B Grade for 2017 it was a hard fought win for St Bernards over Old Carey out at Carey Sports Complex on Saturday.

The Snowdogs debuted Tom Madden (younger brother of Luke) and under 19 Luke Di Lizio. Whilst Chris Spinella also took the field in his first 1’s game in a few years. Having replaced the injured Shaun Clarke who hurt his hamstring in round 2.

It was a hard fought opening half of footy with Mark Bomber Riley saying “it was a good brand of hard tough footy where we controlled the game but gave Old Carey a couple of very soft goals from poor kick choices in our back half.”

A 4 goal opening term and then 5 majors in the second stanza set up a 30 point lead at the main break however in almost polar opposites to round 2 where the St Bernards blitz was on after half time the Snowdogs fell away slightly.

“We were ordinary in the 2nd half, our backline was under siege however we felt they stood up well under pressure. We couldn’t lock the ball in our forward end and Old Carey transitioned coast to coast far too easily.”

Adam Bentick continued his good form running and gunning through the midfield, Tristan Cartledge fought bravely in the ruck and whilst the defence faced a tough ask after half time the skipper Tom Caven was named amongst the best. Chris Spinella hit the scoreboard and finished with 3 of his own, 2 of them during the rampaging 2nd term.

Perhaps the highlight of the day was the brilliant run and bouncing of Alex McLeod with a couple of bounces and then ramming home the goal of the day that no doubt he’ll make sure is on the highlight reel come Tuesday night review. On a sour note a broken leg to Michael Caven, arguably the quickest player at the club and one of the fan favourites will see him out of action for a few weeks after going in for surgery today. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.

Before going off to analyse his former club Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium, Bomber Riley finished with “The positive is we are 3 and zip and have played some good footy but we have to play more consistently for longer. It’s exciting that we have a lot of improvement in us.”

St Bernards will be hoping to go 4-0 next Saturday against Fitzroy at Brunswick St Oval at 2pm who are coming off a 79 point loss at the hands of Brighton.

St Bernards 13.12.90 def. Old Carey 11.8.74
Goals: C.Spinella 3, J.McNamara 2, E.Sibbald 2,H.Rocke, M.Caven, A.McLeod, M.Reyment, A.Bentick, C.Vague

Best: A.Bentick, C.Riley, C.Hughes, T.Cartledge, T.Caven, S.Caven

Reserves Match Report - thanks to sub editor Luke Xavier

Coach Craig Connelly said pre-game that he thought there was a good feeling about the boys pre-game and they got off to a hot start with Darren Colaco kicking a go al in the first minute. Carey were able to move the ball a little too easily during the first quarter and were kicking goals regularly. Darren Colaco kept Bernard's in it by kicking our first three goals but a late surge saw Carey ahead 5.3.33 to 3.3.21 at quarter time

Craig urged his players to focus on the ball not the man in the second quarter and Bernard's had all the play but couldn't convert up forward, with 8 behinds meaning they would still trail 8.4.52 to 6.11.47 at half time. Daniel Riley was threatening up forward with two goals for the quarter.
In the third quarter, Bernard's pressure was again good and they surged ahead to lead by three points at the last break. Thomas Riley was taken to hospital with sore ribs after a brave mid-air collision. Craig asked for a big effort in the last quarter but Carey worked harder and beat St Bernard's to the ball to kick three quick goals and move 15 points ahead. St Bernard's surged again with about 10 minutes to go to kick two important goals but ultimately fell 3 points short. After the game, Craig said the boys had worked hard but ultimately a lack of fitness and some lapses in concentration and focus cost us the game.

The reserves were very competitive for the entire game against a very impressive Carey outfit. A wasteful 5 goals 11 behinds during the second and third quarters cost us dearly, controlling play for extended periods but failing to capitalise with scoreboard pressure. Instead of being in control of the game at 3/4 time, we found ourselves trying to claw back a deficit with serious injuries curtailing Luke Madden and Tom Riley as well as 1 or 2 other very sore boys. An opportunity missed.

Carey 5.3-33 8.4-52 9.6-60 12.8-80
St Bernards 3.3-21 6.11-47 8.14-62 10.17-77
St Bernards
Goal Kickers: D. Colaco 4, D. Riley 2, B. Peart 2, J. Shine, J. Gay
Best Players: T. Rose, L. Jowett, J. Gay, N. Burgin, J. Shine, D. Riley

THIRDS REPORT - thx to media director joe pigantaro.

The mighty fighting St Bernard's Thirds were granted a golden opportunity to play host to arch rivals St Kevin's out on oval 1 for one of the few times in the last couple of seasons.

The key points printed on the board in the pre-game by the coaches were to "make the most of the opportunity" and to "maintain focus and composure." The vibe in the room was high, the warm up was solid, then the game started and within minutes the air had been sucked out of the St Bernard's balloon.

The team was second to the footy, slow to react, the midfield let the Skevs boys out with ease and going forward seemed to be a tough ask. All the pre-game confidence had disappeared and by half time we trailed by 50 points with a 3 figure final margin on the cards.

Half time was much needed and very welcome in St Bernard's rooms as the lads took the opportunity to reset, compose themselves & come out far more disciplined than in the first half. There was a few positional changes, the most noticeable was Mick Sullivan sent to the wing encouraged to run & kick long. Jake Notaro also took the message of leading at the kicker on board & responded well.

Ferg McNicol lifted to another level, he won a majority of the hit outs in the first half but in the second half started to put them to the advantage of our midfielders who bought in to what Ferg was asking for at the half time break. Jeremy Sullivan was buzzing around the forward line kicking a couple of big time goals. The boys went into 3 quarter time trailing by 35 points and it was not beyond them.

A dogged, fast paced final term saw the boys finish running over the top of the ground, Mick Sull, Will Isaacs, Mick Sulzberger & Zeesh Awan spreading, running & kicking to advantage. Unfortunately time was very much the enemy and we fell 15 points short of the ultimate result with all the boys knowing full well the lapses at the start of the game & midway through the 2nd quarters the main reason we didn't finish ahead.

Coach Paul Rahill in the post match said “we could not have played any worse in the first half, but to the players credit, they turned it around in the second half. Playing with high intensity, skilful football which can match it with the best in the competition. The challenge now is to play with the intensity & intelligence of the second half from the first bounce next week."
One positive was that we finished the game with a clean bill of health. The mighty fighting thirds will be encouraged to continue to getting down to training as they're an important part of the fabric of St Bernard's. A big round 4 game vs.
Bernards 1.2-8 3.2-20 7.3-45 12.7-79
St Kevins OB Green 5.3-33 11.4-70 12.8-80 14.10-94
St Bernards
Goal Kickers: J. Sullivan 3, J. Firth 3, B. Ryan 2, D. Yogarajah, M. Sullivan, J. Notaro, E. Bourrilhon
Best Players: F. McNicol, Z. Awan, J. Stapleton, M. Sullivan, D. Yogarajah, W. Isaacs

Joe Pignataro