Round Two - Match Reports

19 April 2016

Collegians prove to be a handful on a tough day.



COLLEGIANS :  10.18.78

ST BERNARDS:  5.14.44

Goal Kickers: A. Bentick 2, D. Wall, M. DeLeur, A. Boyse
Best Players: M. DeLeur, J. Bennie, J. Carey, Z. O'Halloran, A. Singleton, N. Kazuro

 Sometimes the footy Gods just don't smile on you...

We travelled to 'Harry Trot' reserve with a spring in our step knowing that we had learnt a fair bit from our round one encounter. Collegians having also not been successful in round 1 were going to provide good competition but we were reasonably confident that we could get it done with the team had picked.
Mitch Hughes was selected for his first senior game and this also added to our buoyant outlook.

Our start was again one of frenetic pressure and we were out to three goals promptly. This was much more like a St Bernard's script...
There are reasons for everything and as our major players seemingly were picked off from the grassy knoll, with a variety of injuries.. Our day was souring like milk left in the sun.

Football doesn't build character it reveals it. And the character of some of our youngsters was on display for all.
With 1 manufactured rotation that came about because Bernard's boys hang tough. What could have been an absolute shellacking was much closer than the 34 points shows.
The backline were a standout with skipper Tom Caven solid as a rock. Alongside Tom was the dash of Deleur and the courage of Carey and the brilliance of Bennie, that repelled attack after attack. The Hughes boys along with Vague, Kazuro and Singleton were strong all day. And Zach O'Halloran who was called upon to shoulder the ruck load, dug in and gave a very strong contest throughout the game.
Collegians were the better team on the day and so congratulations and praise must go to them.
After so many injuries in a day of footy – the like of which none of the coaches had ever experienced before - provide a new set of challenges, but also opportunities.
The depth of St Bernard's FC will be tested and now the players get the best opportunity to cement their own spot in the senior 22.

We will rehab, review train amend adjust and be ready to take on a fit and firing Trinity at the Pitt on Saturday in our ANZAC Clash.
We would love to have you all there in full voice..!! . Matt O’Connor.





Best Players : J Riley, S Fleming, T Delzoppo, G Zoccali, E Sibald, J Van Meel

 Arriving early at Harry Trott Oval on Saturday to the sight of one of the Collegians Thirds players writhing in agony with a badly broken leg was harsh enough, but when the ambulance on centre wing sets the scene for the entire day on the injury front, you know you’re up against it.

 The twos welcomed in Matt Tonge and Nick Larkin for their first ressies games up from the u19’s last year, and Andrew Stapleton for his first game in a few years, after dominating in the 3’s the week before.

 St Bernard’s kicked into a slight breeze in the opening quarter, but had the better of general play and went to the first break with their noses in front. Fleming and Burgin made a bright start, while Stapo had clunked a couple of grabs and slotted two majors.

 The second quarter saw Bernard’s pile on the pressure, slamming on five goals to two, taking a 19-point lead into the main break, with big Ferg McNicol sinking a 50m bomb on the siren to give Bernard’s all the momentum. James Riley and Tom Del Zoppo had plenty of the ball, while Edyn Sibbald was sticking grabs as a lead-up target.

 The second half started as an arm-wrestle, and just as Collegians worked their way back into the contest, the injury toll hit. Mick Sullivan with a hammy, Nick Burgin with a corkie, Will Considine was struggling with a crook achilles, Kane Daly had tweaked a hammy and Jacob Shine had done his shoulder. The Bernard’s midfield were red-lining it, and at three quarter time it was anyone’s game with only seven points in it.

 In a  tight, see-sawing final quarter, Collegians kicked the first goal only to be answered by Bernard’s within minutes. The Bernies backs were under the pump with Collegians on top in the midfield battle, and despite their valiant efforts, eventually weight of F50 entries told as Collegians were able to land the knockout blow with a late goal inside the final few minutes.

 Disappointing to lose a game in which we’d been in front all day, except when it counted.

 (Gary McIntyre) 

 St Bernards Thirds 2016 Round 2 vs Xavier College (Reds)

Final Score:  St Bernard’s 8-6-54 were defeated by Xavier College (Reds) 9-18-72

Goals: J.Firth 3, D.Yogarajah 2, M.Farrant, J.Holland, M.Stapleton. 

Best: J.Holland, M.Stapleton, J.Gay, B.Garth, I.Madden, T.Riley

After being granted a rare opportunity to play on oval one St Bernard’s third eighteen were brought back to earth with a thud by a slick Xav’s outfit. The expectation was to build on last week’s performance and make it two zip. In perfect conditions it was the Xav’s boys that started the better. We were struggling to win at the stoppages in the early part of the quarter. However some strong tackling forced our opponents onto the back foot and we hit back with goals to Farrant, Firth and Stapo to have our noses in front at quarter time. Score- 3-4 to 1-3

All our good work from the first quarter came undone in the second as we failed to exert the required pressure on our opponent; they started to dominate in all areas and appeared to be able to score at will. We were working our backsides off only to be let down by poor decision making and basic skill errors. The Xav’s boys capitalised on our mistakes and they put scoreboard pressure on us. The half time break could not come quick enough and we had plenty of work to be done. Score check 4-4 to 6-11.

At the long break the magnets were whizzing around the board as the coaching group searched for answers. The playing group were urged to put in an improved effort, get back to the basics to try and claw our way back into the game. A change in the Weather conditions produced a stiff breeze favouring the clubroom end. The tempo went up in the third as we battled to get back into the contest; our opponents went defensive and denied us the footy. Once again our basic skill errors negated the improved effort shown and we failed to take advantage of the stiff breeze allowing the Xav’s boys to keep us at arm’s length. At orange time it was 5-5 to 7-13

We were now staring down the barrel; however we knew we had to make the most of our opportunities’ to shift the momentum in our favour. A twenty point margin was not insurmountable, we were still “in the contest” All of a sudden we won the first few stoppages and through quick ball movement we able to kick successive goals through Firth & Dutchy. Our opponent’s had the jitters and missed the goals, a Mark & goal to Yogi had us within five points. Unfortunately skill errors crept back into our game and the Xav’s steadied with two late goals to ice the contest running out winners by 18 points. We will now dust ourselves off and train hard to prepare to bounce back against the SKOB’s train next week. (Kev Jones) 




Patrick Crabb