Round 11 Wrap Up

04 July 2011

The one point loss to Oakleigh on the previous Saturday still burnt as St Bernards faced another crunch game away to Beaumaris on Saturday.

Seniors: Bernards Bounce Back Over Beaumaris!

The one point loss to Oakleigh on the previous Saturday still burnt as St Bernards faced another crunch game away to Beaumaris on Saturday.

St Bernards opened up well on top in the first quarter but once again poor conversion proved costly and with 3.5 and a late goal to Beaumaris the advantage was only 16 points before Beaumaris took their turn with the wind.

Fortunately Beauy were even more wasteful than St Bernards with the breeze and at half time scores were Beaumaris 3.12 to Bernards 4.5. As the wind eased slightly, the third quarter was a torrid affair but St Bernards failed to capitalise on our forward entries and as Beauy dropped a couple back play became congested and difficult to score. At the final break St Bernards led by a solitary point.

As players gathered at the huddle they sensed that we were starting to win the arm wrestle and we could run over the top of Beauy. Coach Chris Tankard reminded the boys of our gut wrenching loss the previous week and assured the side that if they continued to run hard we could take the game .. and take the game we did!

The boys closed up ranks at the stoppages, ran hard and with quick forward entry rammed on 5.4 for the quarter to Beaumaris 3.3 to run out 8 point winners and keep our season alive. Congrats to Tom Gleeson who did really well in his debut game

After next weeks break we look forward to facing off against traditional rivals St Kevins who sit second on the ladder in a game we must win.

Best Players: A. Singleton, A. Merrington, M. Church, J. Manunzio, R. Schroder, T. Gleeson

Reserves: Ressies Bolt Home Over Beauy!

The Ressies were a little undermanned going into the game but fought hard in the blustery conditions against a plucky Beaumaris line up to take the early ascendancy leading 5.1 to 1.7 at the first break. The second quarter against the breeze was a scappy affair but the boys managed to match Beauy's three goals to take a handy 21 point lead into the main break.

With Sahsa Bugryn, Tommy Isaacs and Paddy Gamwell starting to have a strong influence the boys looked like kicking away in the third but Beauy responded and at the last break St Bernards led by 24 points going against the breeze in the final stanza.

Josh Ryan's ruckwork was giving us first hands on the footy and Chris Mitchell was looking dangerous up forward and with our midfield getting on top the boys actually outscored Beauy against the breeze to run out 33 point winners.

The win leaves the Ressies in third spot on the ladder and we now have a big opportunity to put some space between us and fourth placed St Kevins who we meet after next weeks break.

Best Players: Bugryn, Gamwell, Isaacs, Ryan, Glasson, C.Mitchell

Thirds: Mono's Boys Crushed By Caulfield!

With a number of players in the Ressies and a few more unavailable it was always going to be a tough ask for Mono's Thirds side to topple ladder leaders Caulfield.

The boys got off to a great start to lead by 11 points at the first break and for a moment it looked like there may be an upset in the wind but that all changed quickly as Caulfield proved far too strong for the remainder of the match ramming on 15 goals to our four after quarter time.

The loss has tipped us into fifth place but only percentage off third spot and with a few players back after the break Mono will be looking to push back into finals contention.

Warriors: Forfeit v Uni Blacks

With a record number of players unavailable this week the Warriors unfortunately had to forfeit the game on Saturday but with no other senior games next week Miracle will have a full contingent against Xavs and with a number of players due back after the break the Hordes will be looking to notch that elusive first win.

Under 19: St Bernards Pipped On The Post By St Kevins!

St Bernards were pipped in a thriller by 4 points at T.H King Reserve on Saturday.

After a tight first half where scores were even St Kevins skipped away in the third quarter to take a 21 point lead at the last break but St Bernards fought back in the final quarter

As Bernards stormed home with six straight goals and it looked like we had the game but to St Kevs credit they managed three in response to our onslaught to hold on by four points at the final siren.

Jack Gay continued his good form and was well supported by Keiren Farrell and Haydn Carlin while David Wall capped off a strong game up forward with six goals.

While it was disappointing to lose the game showed that our blokes are right up in the mix for finals action in the new re-drawn comp.

Goal Kickers: D. Wall 6, J. Gay 5, L. Scerri 2, I. Madden

Best Players: J. Gay, D. Wall, K. Farrell, H. Carland, J. Weir, C. Forder

Under 18: Pups Upset Bees!

The Pups caused an upset on Saturday beating Werribbee 18s at Soldier Reserve in a thriller by nine points.

St Bernards jumped out of the blocks to take a 14 point lead at the first break. Surprising the more fancied W'bee with their intensity at the footy our boys continued to match it all day and despite W'bee closing the gap on several occasions the boys led at every break before holding on in a tight last quarter.

With so many young players the 18s form has fluctuated during the season but this was a solid win that the Pups should build on for the rest of the year - well done boys!

Under 17: St Bernard's Fore At Gun Reserve!

St Bernards 11.5 (71) def Ormond 6.15 (51)

"A crucial game, our intensity lifted across the whole team, lasting the four quarters." pleased Coach Mick B

The boys in the backline worked extremely hard today, applying lots of pressure which resulted in Ormond missing a number of opportunities.

Through the midfield running for each other and into the fwd line, taking what opportunities we had, whilst scoring some important majors

The lads dedicated the last qtr effort to Stefan, who went to Hospital with a nasty break to the wrist. The boys lifted !!!

A great win away from home at E.E Gunn Reserve.

Goal Kickers: P. Romano 2, R. Dougherty 2, T. Russell , J. Riley , W. Fleming , L. Jowett , T. Riley , C. Keenan , L. Whelan
Best Players: Z. Bye, J. Holland, J. Riley, J. Hedley, M. Dickson, L. Whelan

Paul Garth