Match Reports

23 June 2016

Xavier at Xavier is always a tough road trip.

Senior Match Report: Away V Xav’s

St BernardsFC : 5 . 7 . 37
Xavier: 13. 17. 95

Goal Kickers: D. Colaco, M. Caven, J. Shine, N. Cooke, A. Singleton
Best Players: S. Woods, N. Cooke, T. Caven, M. Hughes, J. Forder, S. Caven

A very inexperienced side made its way to Toorak park to take on the mighty Xav’s. We knew that the task was going to be challenge because by the time we had arrived at the ground… Three changes were made from our selected side Thursday evening.

Returning to senior football after a knee injury 2 years ago was Isaac Madden and making their senior debuts were James Riley and Kane Daley.
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Our start saw the pressure and intensity required to compete and be In Premier division. For the best part of the quarter we had structure and a style of footy that suited the heavy conditions.

The second quarter seemed to be an opportunity to really make some inroads into building a defendable lead. Unfortunately when Xav’s came out hard in the second quarter we really went away from our solid work ethic and strong bodied contested footy.

The second half was similar to the first in so far as we had periods of time where by we made good decisions and were effective with the footy. For the most part however we were not the same side as the first quarter.
We sustained another injury during the game which is a constant occurrence this season, and this is just the way that footy can be sometimes. While the scoreboard may not have looked flattering, we did outscore Xavs in two of the four quarters.

Important to recognise the game of Sam Woods who in the absence of Tom “geez his mother must have been fast” Sullivan, was a very solid four quarter contributer for us, as well as taking some spectacular marks. Also once again against the tide, the defence including a returning Simon Caven, battled very hard/bravely and repelled many attacks. Was also good to have Nathan Kazuro back in playing in his usual hard nosed, focussed and determined midfield style.

In the ruck Zach and Jake continue their solid recent form, and have developed into a strong combination, Nick Cooke returned to the team with a hard running/chasing performance, giving the team some good drive and pressure

This weeks game at home gives us another opportunity to practice learn and improve our actions. We will have some players returning from injury and VFL duties to strengthen our side.
We must continue to “bring the effort” and finally we must make sure that we are continuing to improve by giving our best efforts to recovery training and then the game.
We look forward to the challenge and the opportunity that Old Melburnians present, and we are confident that this week we can ‘Get it Done’. Matt O’Connor


Reserves Match Report :

St Bernards 3 . 3. 21

Xavier 20 . 14. 134

Goal Kickers: M. Farrant, J. Turville, N. Larkin
Best Players: A. Dillon, L. Sullivan, D. Riley, T. Madden, M. Stapleton, N. Larkin

The hard working ressies welcomed in Tom Madden for his first game since last year’s U19 grand final. Congrats Tom – let’s hope with some luck he can string a few together. Congrats also to Kane Daly on his callup to the senior team, Kanes solid form was justly rewarded.

In was billed as a very big challenge to take it up to Xavs, and continue our recent run of competitive performances despite a long injury list.

From the first bounce, Xavs piled on the pressure, and refused to let Bernard’s into the contest. The Bernards mids tried to regroup, but found the going as sticky as the centre wicket glue pot !.

From limited forward entries, Tony Dillon and Michael Farrant were lively, while Matt Stapleton and Josh Turville were battling hard.

Down by ten goals at half time, we had hoped we could stem the tide and take some positives from the game with a strong second half showing. In what has been a common theme all season, we were a couple of soldiers down with Dave Wall and Matt Sulzburger succumbing to injury.

Unfortunately for Bernard’s, Xavs were in no mood to ease up, and ran out easy winners. Dan Riley, Tom Madden, Matt Stapleton and Nick Larkin played and battled hard, while Plugger Sullivan was our best defender.

A concentrated hard and smart effort will be needed over the coming weeks.However with some players returning, there is a real opportunity to secure second half of year improvement and wins.

Sticking together the wheel can and will turn!. So lets get round each other with strong work on the track, and lets have a real crack in upcoming back to back home games. Gary McIntyre.


St Bernard’s Thirds 2016 Round 8 vs Old Scotch  
Final Score: St Bernard’s 10.11.71 defeated Old Scotch 6.5.41 
Goals: J. Firth 4, J. Rose 2, Z. Awan 2, B. Shepheard, S. Whelan 
Best: L. Baird, B. Peart, E. Bourrilhon, L. Whelan, W. Isaacs, Z. Awan.


After a well-timed and much needed mid-season break, the mighty and focused St. Bernard’s thirds travelled out to Camberwell to take on arch enemy Old Scotch on their dung heap. Regardless of the ladder position, Old Scotch have always been a formidable and hard to beat opponent at home and this was reinforced to the playing group prior to the game.
Thursday night selection saw the return of Ben Peart from injury for his first game of the season, Matt Hutchings returned after a long absence from rehabbing a hamstring strain and fresh off the plane from the grand old US of A, Patty Comerford was brought in to give the side some much needed tall timber.
The first quarter was a real arm wrestle, with neither side able to gain a distinct advantage. Both sides adapted to the wet and slippery conditions, moving the ball forward at every opportunity, the Bernard’s backline was under pressure but was holding strong, lead admirably by Luke Baird. As expected Old Scotch were not going to roll over meekly and were able to make the most of their forward entries, heading into the quarter time break 2 straight goals to 1 goal, 3 behinds. 
The second quarter was a carbon copy of the 1st quarter. Both sides were maintaining their effort and intensity at the contest and the ball. Ben Peart was working his way into the game, showing some very clean skills in the wet conditions and his vision, especially in traffic, was helping to bring his teammates into the game and allowing them time and space to move the ball forward. Will Isaacs made the most of some hard work in close by the midfield to stream through the middle of the ground and hit up Jack Firth, who duly went back and slotted the goal. Unlike the 1st quarter, it was the mighty and focused Thirds who outscored Old Scotch to go into the main break with a slender 5 point lead. 
During the break, the coaching staff reinforced the need to maintain the consistent effort displayed so far and to focus on cleaning up our skill execution and playing until the whistle. Some players have been paying too much attention to the Friday night lights of the AFL. But I digress. Midfield mastermind, Borzy, introduced Ben Peart into the midfield to start the 3rd quarter and it paid immediate dividends. His strength around the centre square restart, helped clear a path for his midfield cohorts of Satterley, Dugdale, Kingston and Ryan to deliver the ball into the forward line and put the Old Scotch defence under continued pressure. Goals to Zeesh Awan, Jono Rose and Bernard Shephard saw the Thirds break out to a handy but by no means unassailable, 18 point lead at ¾ time. 
It was going to take the collective desire of all 24 players, to make the most of every opportunity that was presented to them during the course of the last quarter to ensure we got the victory we craved. This was exemplified by two standout moments in the last quarter. Firstly, Little Ed when chasing a loose ball to the boundary line and with two imposing scotch players closing in fast, showed the composure and desire to win the ball, evade the two would be tacklers then dispose of the ball cleanly which set up a movement that ended in a goal. Secondly, Jack Firth who had the ball on a string in the last, came from a long way back whilst chasing an Old Scotch defender who was attempting to clear the ball from defence and brought him down in a perfectly executed tackle. He then went back and kicked the goal. These moments, along with numerous others to mention here, enabled the Mighty and Focused Thirds to run out solid 30 point winners. 
The Thirds now look towards Uni Blues, whom we meet at the snake pit next Saturday, in another challenge that we must meet head on and continue in our quest to build momentum into the 2nd half of the season. Paul Rahil