26 April 2016

Round Three - slow starts prove costly but thirds win a thriller.


ST BERNARDS : 9.11.65

TRINITY:             15.7.97

Goal Kickers: C. Hughes 2, J. Schroder 2, E. Sibbald 2, S. Fleming, Z. O''Halloran, A. Boyse

Best Players: Z. O'Halloran, T. Sullivan, J. Forder, J. Schroder, N. Kazuro, C. Hughes

 Perfect conditions for footy greeted the fans for our Round 3 Grand Final replay with Trinity.We welcomed Edyn Sibbald as another first gamer to the Senior side with a jumper presentation in the rooms, and then the stage was set for a cracking contest.


Trinity came out of the blocks well and although we appeared to match up well against them, skipped out to a 4 goal lead. And that was the tale of the tape…

For the next 3 quarters we actually outscored Trinity.

And our ball movement and structures were solid, without the experience of Bentick Cooke and Clarke, we relied on Sullivan’s run and superior fitness and again our young players who stepped up to play different roles.

Mark of the Day went Zach O’Halloran, who ran back with the flight of the ball into a pack!!Great moments by our young players saw goals being kicked and clearances made.Do not be mistaken by my positive tone… Yes - We have upside and no longer have the same experienced players of 2015… But this current group, on the condition that they players all work extremely hard - will show great improvement. Bomber and the coaches are working tirelessly to strategize ways to improve both the individual and the team as quickly as possible, and then be able to implement them on the training track.

WE NEED YOU…As a player - to ensure that your preparation is faultless for the remainder of the season

As a supporter - to get to as many games as you can… The Away games are just as important & to get down on a Thursday night for the meals and selection and buy a ticket in the raffle

This week is Away against Old Melbournians at the other side of the world in Elsternwick Park, and we look forward to seeing you there. Matt O’Connor


ST BERNARDS : 11.10.76

TRINITY :            13.5.83

 Goal Kickers: D. Colaco 3, J. Shine 3, T. Riley 2, I. Madden, N. Larkin, B. Garth

Best Players: L. Sullivan, P. Gamwell, J. Shine, F. McNicol, D. Colaco, J. Van Meel

 After a disappointing game vs Collegians we put a good week together on the track and were ready to redeem ourselves in the Anzac day match vs Trinity.

With 6 forced changes we welcomed some quality players in Darren Colaco, George Garth, Matt Stapleton, Anthony Dillon, Jack Gay and Tom Riley into the lineup.

 Unfortunately for us we left all our good work on the training track as Trinity got the jump on us to lead by as much as 44 points mid way through the 2nd qtr before we managed a couple late goals to keep us within striking distance at half time. Our backline of Gamwell, Plugger and Vanners had held pretty solid considering the amount of easy ball that was coming out of the middle and if it weren’t for them we could have been a lot further behind at the main break.

 A few home truths, a slight reshuffle of the team and we set about closing the gap into a slight breeze in the 3rd term. The mids started to get aggressive and get some centre clearances into a forward line that was hungry to keep the ball inside 50. Colaco, Shine and Andrew Stapleton gave us great targets to kick to and we started to hit the scoreboard. All of a sudden we were on top all over the ground and went into the orange break only 2 goals behind with momentum and a slight breeze at our backs in the last.

Twice in the last qtr trinity managed to get their lead out to 3 goals but we kept coming, Colaco clunking everything, Tom riley whilst doing a tremendous defensive role hurting his opponent the other way with 2 goals, we closed to within 4 points. A couple errors on our behalf allowed trinity to score and get back out to 11 points with 5 mins to play. We never gave up having the last 4 scoring shots of the game……unfortunately for us they all went the wrong side of the big sticks and we fell 7 points short.

The question still remains of how we can bring the effort we showed in the second half for 4 qtrs. It is an issue that has plagued us for the past 18 months now and one that we will continually work on to solve. And once we do (hopefully sooner rather than later) the competition better watch out as we will be very hard to stop.

Looking forward to taking on Old Melburnians this week. Chris Davis

 St Bernards Thirds 2016 Round 3 vs SKOBS (Green)

Final Score:  St Bernard’s 8-8-56 defeated SKOBS (Green) 7-11-53

Goals: J.Firth 4, B.Ryan 2, E.Bourrilhon, J.Rose.   

Best: W.Kingston, J.Rose, J.Notaro, L.Baird, J.Firth, C.Forder

The thirds faced off against St Kevins Old Boys (Green) on oval 2 at the Pit. We were keen to bounce back after last week’s shock loss. With Ralphy back at the helm there was an air of confidence within the group. Skipper Kingston won the toss and took first use of the breeze. Both sides were slow to settle, it was the visitors that drew first blood before Firthy struck back with two majors that were on the end of some great defensive efforts from up the field. Neither side could break through the defences; it was “game on”. At the first break it was 2-2 to 1-2 

Our second quarters have been average of late and the coaching group stressed the need to maintain the intensity & effort. The visitors were first to the footy and their small, quick forwards were proving the difference as they kicked three majors in a row, however they missed several opportunities’ that could have had us in trouble. Our midfield was working hard for little reward and our forwards were being outmuscled. Little Ed took a courageous mark and threaded through a much needed goal before the bell. The visitors had their tails up and we had to get our back sides into gear. Score check us 3-3 them 4-6

After numerous positional changes we were straight out of the blocks at the start of the third in an attempt to gain the ascendency. Our midfield was on top and our defence tightened their grip denying their opponents the pill. Two opportunist goals to Chicka and a clever snap from Firthy had us up and about. A strong mark & goal from swingman Rose turned a 9 point deficit into a 17 point lead at orange time. Score 7-6 to them 4-7

The SKOBS had last use of the strengthening breeze; our 17 point lead was not enough to defend! We had to retain the momentum and win the game by going for an all-out attack. Ralphy & Borzy asked the troops to dig deep and bring home the win. SKOBS were quick on the board with a long goal before Firthy slotted his fourth to keep SKOBS at arm’s length. The game became an arm wrestle with neither side willing to concede ground. SKOBS kept coming and with four minutes to go the margin was 5 points in our favour. Second third and fourth efforts were given as both teams threw everything at each other. It was nail-biting stuff!  Terrific defensive efforts from the whole team enabled us to run down the clock and scrape home by 3 points. It was a great team effort and full credit to the playing group for failing to concede ground and they literally willed themselves to victory.  Paul Rahill & Kev Jones