Round 16 Wrap

15 August 2011

After defeating Hampton Rovers by 77 points St Bernards have moved into Fourth place on the ladder and now face Old Ivanhoe.

Seniors: St Bernards Steam Train Keeps Rolling!

After defeating Hampton Rovers by 77 points St Bernards have moved into Fourth place on the ladder and now face Old Ivanhoe at 'the Pit' next Saturday in a crunch game for fourth spot.

Despite having a few stars out and knowing they cant escape relegation the Rovers came out hard, playing with great passion and while St Bernards looked the more threatening side Hampton more than matched the home side for intensity and the lead at quarter time of only 20 points did not reflect the evenness of the contest. Hampton continued their good form into the second quarter where both sides booted 5.2 and the margin remained the same at half time.

After a re set and a rev up from Coach Chris Tankard St Bernards upped the tempo in the third quarter and with a vastly improved tackle count St Bernards pressure was starting to tell as they rammed on 6.1 to Hampton's 2.3 and stretched the lead to 43 points at three quarter time. It was all St Bernards in the final quarter as a brave but undermanned Hampton began to tire St Bernards stormed home in the last quarter adding 7.1 to 1.1 to chalk up a final margin of 77 points.

Football Director Paul Garth said "The positives were that our blokes learnt that you cant drop your intensity and they did respond well in the second half, we have a lot of confidence in our conditioning plan .. we are finishing games stronger each week. Our destiny is now completely in our own hands but we are not thinking beyond Ivanhoe next Saturday"

Our Best: R. Schroder, A. Singleton, A. Merrington, J. Stapleton, J. Bevanda, J. Manunzio

Reserves: Ressies Smash Undermanned Rovers!

With perhaps the strongest side named for the season the Ressies had far too much firepower for an undermanned Hampton Rovers line up.

St Bernards rammed on 8.4 in the first quarter while keeping the Rovers scoreless and it wasn't until the final quarter that the Rovers managed a goal.

After quarter time it was the Clang (10 goals) and Licca (6 goals) show with the final margin of 160 points reflecting the mismatch.

The huge win has lifted our percentage above some of the other contenders and like the Seniors, sets up a big showdown against the Hoers next Saturday at 'the Pit'

Our Best: C. Mitchell, S. Cannatelli, M. Licciardo, P. Gamwell, M. Stapleton, M. Sullivan

Thirds: Mono's Boys Still In The Finals Hunt!

It was a game we were expected to win against bottom side Whitefriars but Mono's boys had to work hard to get the 4 points and keep their finals hopes alive.

After getting away to a good start St Bernards seemed to be well in charge leading 10.6 to 5.3 at the half time interval but Whitefriars were not ready to concede and the second half saw both sides go goal for goal.

Matt Hughes and Paddy Harris signalled their intentions to get back in the Reserves line up as quickly as possible with both boys putting in strong performances.

Gerry Christie and Judda were others to shine over the four quarters while Chris Godfrey continued his recent good form and Danny 'Diesel' O'Neil showed he is starting to hit his straps after missing a bit of footy jetsetting and a couple of head banging injuries

Like the Seniors and the Ressies the Thirds have a massive crunch game next Saturday at 'the Pit' when they face off to Old Xavs .. the winner will almost certainly play finals!

Mono has stressed the importance of training performance this week as spots in the side are up for grabs.

Our Best: Matt Hughes, P. Harris, G. Christie, J. Fistrovic, C. Godfrey, D. O'Neil

Under 19: St Bernards Blow Brighton Off The Beach!

After opening up an early lead 5.3 to 2.0 at quarter time it was all St Bernards at Brighton Beach oval on Saturday.

Damo's boys increased the tempo as the game progressed booting 6.4 in both the second and third quarters and a thumping 10.2 in the last!

Hayden Carlin continued his good form as did Keiren Farrell, Jack Saundry and Matty Sargent while Sammy Jones showed some real improvement and David Wall led the scorers with 4 majors in an otherwise even display where St Bernards had 12 individual goalkickers on the day.

Next week it's a blockbuster at 'the Pit' as St Bernards (second) take on the undefeated top placed Werribee in what will be an interesting prelude to their second semi final clash the following week.

Our Best: H. Carland, D. Wall, K. Farrell, J. Saundry, S. Jones, M. Sargent

Under 18: Pups Go Down Fighting Against Strong Willy Line Up!

It was always going to be a big task .. taking on top side Williamstown away but the job became a little more difficult as the Pups lost a few key players to a Sydney trip on the weekend.

Nevertheless the boys fought hard all day and while the final scores reflected a comfortable win to Willi coach Chris Connelly was very pleased with the effort of his charges who never let up all day.

The boys finish their season next week at home against Werribee and with a few players returning we hope to finish on a good note in what will be a huge weekend for the entire club!

M. Gurrisi, A. Nicou, J. Bye, K. O'Connor, M. Feehan, A. Zammit

Under 17: St Bernards Eye Finals Chances!

St Bernards 16-9-2011 to 2-3-15 Chelsea Heights

With finals looming, the U17s showed some great running, linking up and switching play.

Disciplined football won on the day which belonged to the St Bernard's over Chelsea Heights FC!!

Great Result under trying conditions!

Goal Kickers: M. Iacobaccio 4, T. Russell 4, P. Romano 3, M. Paoli 2, J. Hedley , A. Bevanda , L. Jowett , R. Doughert

Best Players: Z. Bye, L. Jowett, T. Russell, J. Hedley, J. Riley, M. Paoli

Paul Garth