Bernards pipped on the siren

14 April 2014

After all the tributes to retiring VAFA legend Andrew (Rambo) Ramsden Trinity were looking to bounce out of the blocks on their home turf.

St Bernards 10.7 (67) lost to Trinity 10.11 (77)

Best: G. Chivers, C. Jones, M. Angel, N. Kazuro, T. Sullivan, D. Riley

Goals: C. Jones 5, N. Cooke 2, N. Burgin , T. Gleeson , B. Considine

However, with new recruits Chad Jones and Glen Chivers prominent it was St Bernards that looked the better side early in the game.

Despite having more of the footy St Bernards didn’t make the most of their opportunities with the breeze and should have managed a bigger lead than the 12 point margin held at the first break. Trinity responded well in the second term with captain Brendan Iezzi prominent and the dangerous Harry Tinney providing run off half back as Trinity clawed their way back to be within four points at the main break.

The Third quarter was a torrid affair with neither side giving an inch, however Trinity’s hard running, desperation and solid tackling kept the St Bernards lead to four points and set up a thrilling finish. The see-saw final quarter saw a number of lead changes. When Mitch Hannan ran onto a loose ball and booted truly St Bernards pushed out to a nine point margin and looked to close the game, however, a snap from Trinity’s Ned Hunt kept the home side in touch. Another goal from Chad Jones again provided a small buffer to St Bernards but with Trinity’s Iezzi leading the way the home side again responded with two quick goals to take back the lead.

In the final desperate moments, Chad Jones took a towering grab and slotted his fifth goal from a difficult angle to give St Bernards a two point lead and with one minute left on the clock most supporters hoped that was the sealer but it wasn’t to be. After a scrambled St Bernards clearance Trinity gained possession on their last line and went coast to coast before Cal Pohl booted the winning goal for Trinity with only seconds left on the clock.

It was a disappointing loss after leading for most of the day but one the boys will learn from and we now look to bounce back against Old Brighton in our first game at ‘the Pit’ after the Easter break.


Reserves: Ressies Overpower Determined Trinity!

St Bernards  12.12 (84) defeated to Trinity 5.8 (38)

Best: B. Garth, J. Forder, P. Gamwell, M. Borzillo, D. Wall, A. Boyse

Goals: Duyndham 3, Cooper 2, Garth, Corsetti, I.Madden, D.Wall, MacDonough, Le Noury, Boyse

In what some described as one of the highest standard Reserves game for some time St Bernards had to work hard to overcome a hard running and disciplined Trinity line up. St Bernards appeared to have the oppositions measure in general play in the early stages of the match but a determined Trinity defence kept the margin close with a solitary point separating the sides at the main break.

New Coach Chris Davis fired the boys up after the main break and with Jake Forder and George Garth dominating the stoppages, Paddy Gamwell and Isaac Madden providing the run and big Tom Duyndam proving a focal point up forward St Bernards slammed on 5.1 to take a handy lead at the final break. Matt Borzillo, Alec Boyse and Dave Wall were other solid contributors in an otherwise even team effort in the second half.

The last quarter was all St Bernards and with 4.5 to Trinitys 0.1 the Ressies ran out comfortable 46 point winners.


Thirds: Bernards Too Strong For Lions!

St Bernards 17-17-119 defeated Collegians 2-6-18

Best: Manunzio, O’Connor, Sulzberger, Segrave, Evans, Jowett, Peart.

Goals: L.Neal 4, D.Ryan 4, Arwan 2, L. Whelan, Kingston, M.Peart, Segrave, Evans, L.McIntyre, Rose

Kevin Jones reports: The thirds kicked off their season with a big win over Collegians. The group wore black arm bands to pay their respects to Gerry Welch, (Grand Father of Ned McAllister).

Collegians have dished out some hidings to us in previous encounters and we were keen to turn the tables. Pregame focus was to make a statement by grabbing the initiative, and get the opposition on the back foot, Matt Peart was dominant across Half Back, and a five goal to nil first quarter with the breeze ticked all the boxes. Skipper Will Kingston was leading from the front. The second quarter saw the opposition fight back hard but the back six led by Baird and Evans stood firm and continually turned defence into attack, the Bernards boys continued to maintain the upper hand finishing the quarter strongly, Notaro, O’Connor and Manunzio were in everything.

The third quarter saw the Team put the foot down and attempt to demoralise the opposition , the boys were sharing the ball and doing all the team things that were expected of them by the coaching staff. Our big men department led by Jowett, Bevanda and Ryan were providing plenty of opportunities’ for the runners.  At orange time the boys were encouraged to run the game out and show the opposition no mercy.  An inaccurate, (5 goals 8), but dominant St Bernards side finished the game strongly. The coaching staff agreed it was an even Team performance with winners on every line and everyone playing their role in the victory.

We now need to turn our focus to our next opponent, the rampaging Uni-Blues outfit, (@ 9:20 am 26/4/14 at Crawford oval). They have been the yard-stick of the competition in recent times and even though it is early days this will give us an indication as to our standing within the Comp. Training attendance is compulsory for all players in this group, if you are unable to attend you must let the coaching staff know and catch up on the missed session in your own time. It was good to see the guys that missed selection all helping out on the sidelines or supporting their teammates. Special thanks to Gerrard Dillon; for answering the call to help umpire the game, well done Dillo.

Paul Garth