Round One Match Reports

12 April 2016

Tough Round One vs Xavs


Report Round One Home Vs Xav’s


St Bernards





Old Xaverians






St Bernards

Goal Kickers: T. Sullivan 3, S. Caven 2, J. Schroder 2, A. Singleton, J. Bevanda, Z. O'Halloran
Best Players: N. Kazuro, S. Woods, J. Bennie, M. Angel, A. Singleton, T. Sullivan

On a perfect day, in front of a bumper crowd, the 2015 Premiership Flag was unfurled and fans were treated to a very high standard game vs traditional rivals Xavs for the Gary McAllister shield.In a rollercoaster game, a 25pt Xavs halftime lead was reeled back to just 7pts at the final change, before Xavs pulled away in the final quarter.

Report from Football Manager & Senior Assistant Coach Matt O’Connor :

Football is a simply game that provides many opportunities for feedback.

We go out to play with a style and plan in mind of how we would like things to flow and then about half an hour later we get to look at the score board, stats and our notes and gather to reflect on the feedback that we have been presented with from that quarter.

Our feedback from round one is that we definitely have the ability to match it with what is undoubtedly going to be a very strong side in our competition. What we will work on is our ability to maintain the standard that saw us start so very well. Strong bodies over the football. Support for those under pressure, good decisions by hand and foot and pressure on the Xav’s players.

We were able to return to this through strong effort and endeavour in the 3rd quarter. But “you get what you deserve in football and being in the game for just over a half means that we are probably going to lose. This was the result.

All congratulations must go to a very strong Xavier outfit that played very well to commemorate "Gary McAllister" and are now the holders of his shield.

Going forward… we will play at that intensity for longer, we will build on the positives from Saturdays game and we will continue to work on areas of deficiency.

In closing;

Congratulations to the “first gamers” Jordan Schroder, Jed Carey & Charlie Vague. We wish them well as senior players and hope that their careers with St Bernard’s are all successful ones.

We look forward to seeing you all in full colours and voice at the Harry Trott Oval in albert Park this week, as we take on Collegians @ 2pm

Reserves Report vs Xavs


St Bernards





Old Xaverians





St Bernards

Goal Kickers: L. Scerri, W. Considine, C. Hughes, M. Sullivan, J. Riley, E. Sibbald, J. Manunzio
Best Players: S. Fleming, N. Burgin, P. Gamwell, M. Hughes, J. Forder, C. Hughes

From Acting Reserves Coach – Gary McIntyre

After what was one of the toughest selection nights in recent memory, with several experienced players unable to crack the 22, theressies entered Round 1 with an air of confidence that they could take it right up to the reigning premiers.

Kicking with the aid of a slight breeze, Bernard’s leapt out of the blocks to score the first goal via some slick ball movement, before the experienced and big bodies Xavs team settled into stride. Xav’s managed to have the better of general play, but Bernard’s made the most of their opportunities to go to the first break only 9 points down, with Chris & Mitch Hughes, Sneaky Forder leading from the front, with Mick Sullivan giving some drive from the back half.

The game developed into an arm-wrestle after quarter time. Bernard’s were defending well but unable to make any headway on the scoreboard. Our boys were breaking even across stoppages and general play, but unable to penetrate going forward. Some loose checking allowed the Xavs midfield too much space and time – and with their quality ball users allowed to give their forwards some silver service, the Bernard’s back six were busier than termites at a saw mill.

After half time, our boys adopted a more defensive and accountable mindset, pressuring Xavs into mistakes and taking full advantage of turnovers. After conceding the first goal of the term, Bernard’s slammed on four unanswered goals to come roaring back into the contest. Nick Burgin and Sam Fleming had worked their way into the game, with Jacob Shine and Giacomo Zoccali beginning to have an impact. Unfortunately for Bernard’s, Xavs were able to kick three goals in the final three minutes of the quarter to take the wind out of the sails, and wrest back the momentum.

Xavs finished with the breeze and their experience and class across the board told in the final term as they ran out comfortable winners.

Plenty of positives to take out of the game with some young players getting some valuable experience against a top side, and our boys showing – at times – what can be achieved by playing accountable football. Just need to maintain our pressure and focus for longer.                     

St Bernards Thirds 2016 Round 1 vs Uni-Blacks

Final Score:  St Bernard’s 13-14-92 defeated Uni-Blacks 8-10-58

Goals: A.Stapleton 3, J.Firth 2, J.Gay 2, C.Connelly, J.Jones, B.Garth, L.Sullivan, M.Hutchings, D.Yogarajah    

Best: J.Turville, L.Sullivan, A.Stapleton, M.Stapleton, N.Larkin, J.Gay

Report from Kevin Jones:

St Bernard’s Third eighteen kicked off their season under new coach Paul Rahill with a comprehensive victory against Uni-Blacks at Crawford oval.With a dominant midfield and a hard running defence the forward line was presented with plenty of the Sherrin and they took full advantage taking a 4 goal break at the first change. Score 5-3 to 1-1

The second quarter was a repeat of the first with our defensive six putting the clamps on the Uni boys keeping them goalless for the quarter and the midfield continuing to work hard. Our skills by hand & foot were proving to be the difference and our straight kicking forwards were proving too strong for the Uni boys. At half time we held a commanding lead of 55 points. Scores 10-5 to 1-7

The expectation was that the Uni team would respond and come back hard in the second half. They did not disappoint as the game went up a notch and the ball was hot. It was our turn to be inaccurate in front of goal. The Uni boys were able to get some momentum going to score five goals before we kicked two late quarter goals that steadied the ship. Scores at ¾ time 12-11 to 6-8

Even though the contest was well within our keeping the coaching group urged the players to keep playing to our structures and continue the high work rate as we wanted to make the score line reflect our dominance. The final quarter was a bit of a stalemate as tired bodies were evident on both sides and neither team could gain any clear advantage. We ran out comfortable winners in the end despite being outscored in the second half. Lots of positives from the performance and coach Rahill expects to build on the performance.

Next weeks thirds game is at 11.40 vs St Bedes at Brindisi St





Patrick Crabb