Round 6 Roundup

22 May 2011

St Bernards made it three in a row with a 42 point win over Hampton in blustery conditions at James Boss Reserve.

Seniors: Too Strong For Hampton!

St Bernards made it three in a row with a 42 point win over Hampton in blustery conditions at James Boss Reserve. St Bernards started well with the aid of the breeze but 3.8 was a poor return for the sides general dominance against an under manned Rovers line up. Hampton responded with an accurate 4.1 to St Bernards 3.1 in the second to leave St Bernards with a 20 point margin at the main break. In the Third quarter St Bernards rammed on 5.2 to Rovers 0.2 to stretch the margin to 50 points and while the Rovers battled hard with 6 goals in the last quarter St Bernards managed four goals into the breeze to register a comfortable win. With 31 shots to 14 the margin should have been greater but credit to Hampton Rovers who were missing some stars and contested hard all day.

The boys now face off at 'the pit' next Sat against traditional rivals Marcellin

Reserves: Nearly Blow It In The Wind!

In what was described by some as 'one of the worst games they have seen' both sides struggled in the windy conditions. With Hampton sitting bottom of the ladder and winless we were expected to take this match comfortably but the Rovers boys simply wanted the footy more than our blokes for most of the day and deep into the last quarter looked like they had secured the upset of the round.

Hampton were one point up with two minutes on the clock before the boys scrambled the ball forward through some desperate work from Jesse Manunzio. In a last roll of the dice Chris Mitchell took a strong mark and converted to save the game!

Like the Seniors the Ressies kicking for goal was poor and with final scores 7.13 (55) to 8.2 (50)

Thirds: Libba Sparks Win Over Blacks!

This was a danger game for Mono's Thirds after our first loss to Caulfield last week. With Uni Blacks always a danger side at home but the St Bernards boys stood up solidly over the four quarters to make it five wins from six. Chris Liberatore looked like he was back in the 1s running the lines and setting up opportunities in a BOG performance. He was well supported by Matt Chippendale who continues to improve as he learns the game. Paul Capes had another good one, Dutchy Holland did well as did Tommy Isaacs and Johnny Harvey.

The boys host St Kevins next Sat at 'the Pit' in a big game where a win will consolidate our top four chances.

Warriors: Beaten But Not Bowed!

The Warriors had 23 players and a full support staff and after the thirds win over Blacks were looking forward to opening their account, however, Blacks had other ideas and while the boys never gave up we were simply fighting out of our weight class and in the end it was an 80 point loss as the Hordes slip to 0 – 6 for the season.

Next Sat the Warriors host the rampant Old Xavs at 'the Pit' and given our formline Sportsbet will have us at 1000/1 They don't call him Miracle for nothing but we suggest punters take the Quinella rather than the win only

U19s: Stung By Bees!

The undefeated 19s travelled to Soldiers Reserve to face off to the undefeated Werribee. In a high standard game the Tigers looked a little stronger early in the game but the St Bernards boys never conceded and with a 5 goal last quarter the final result was only 16 points.

Coach Damien Sullivan was not concerned about the boys first loss and focused far more on the positives that came out of the game "Our blokes just kept at and it we know we can improve a lot on where we are at right now... Werribee are the benchmark side for this comp but we will continue to focus on how we improve as individuals and as a group and preparing players for senior footy and the results will come" Our Best Players: Hayden Carland, James Weir, Peter Lenoury, Andrew Graham, Matt Sargent, Daniel Riley

The 19s remain 2nd on the ladder and host Old Trinity (4th) at home next Sat

U18s: Bernards Bounce Back!

St Bernard's 14.20.104 defeated UHS-VU/Flemington 8.6.54

Best: Thompson, McIntyre, Van Meel, Sulzberger, Firth, Feehan, Molony

Our first four quarter effort since the first round, dedicated by every player before the game to Tim O'Sullivan, was an excellent effort by every player. We focused on concentration today. Specifically, concentrating on a 4 quarter effort, maintaining our structures and moving the ball down the ground as instructed to each week. Today, our concentration in these areas was great.

We also talked about body-lining the ball. Specifically, each player was asked to get his head over the ball, being first in for the contest, getting down low and attacking the contest with ferocity. In this area we were also great today.

On-ballers and centre line players also worked hard defensively to assist in the back half as required and then spread and shared the ball well to deliver quality ball to our leading forwards. As our opposition said after the game today, our ball use was very clean.

A huge game next week against second placed Rupertswood. Let's make sure we bring a 4 quarter effort to this important contest.

U17s: Bernards Demolish Dingley!

The boy's were on a mission as they kept Dingley major less for the first half. What pleased the coach MB "the way the boys worked the ball into a strong wind, kicking 7 goals and 1 point in first qtr was fantastic" .. we still have room for improvement though, being focused for the 4 qtrs!!

Great Team Effort, Great Result.

Best Players: P. Romano, K. Cashin, J. Hedley, S. Piantella, R. Dougherty, N. Madden

Goal Kickers: R. Dougherty 4, K. Cashin 2, J. Hedley 2, C. Keenan 2, M. Iacobaccio 2, W. Fleming 2, J. Bromley , T. Russell , P. Moloney , P. Romano , M. Dickson , T. Riley

Paddy Moloney leads the song after the boys' big win

Craig Connelly