Round 7 Wrap Up: St Bernards Xavs

28 May 2013

Despite a welcome return from Andrew Merrington who booted seven goals in his 50th game for the club Old Xavs had the composure to steady when it counted.

Seniors: Desperate St Bernards Fall Short against Xavs!

Despite a welcome return from Andrew Merrington who booted seven goals in his 50th game for the club Old Xavs had the composure to steady when it counted to take the points and the inaugural Gary McAllister Shield.

On paper Xavs may have looked to have St Bernards measure, however, some astute match ups and a genuine hardness at the footy enabled St Bernards to challenge and almost pull off the upset of the round. In a high standard game St Bernards had Xavs on the ropes several times but could not deliver the knock out blow.

Other games continued to illustrate the evenness of the competition with all away sides winning, Scotch upset Collegians, St Bedes surprised De La Salle, Beauy defeated Uni Blues and Blacks downed Carey. You need to take your chances when you get them. St Bernards could be sitting 4-3 but for some lapses but now sit 2-5 and face a must win game against De La Salle next Saturday.

Final Score: St Bernards 14.11 (95) def by Xavs 16.15 (111)

Best: A. Merrington, A. Singleton, T. Sullivan, T. Harvey, N. Kazuro, J. Bevanda

Goals: A. Merrington 7, T. Harvey 3, J. Bevanda , T. Gleeson , A. Bentick , A. Singleton


Reserves: Ressies Find Xavs Too Slick!

The Ressies looked to have a good line up but so did ladder leader Old Xavs who demonstrated the depth of the Xavier list.

St Bernards matched Xavs in endeavour and fought hard to be within 14 points at the main break, however, Xavs edge in skill and ability to finish off a bit better stretched the margin to 28 points at three quarter time before Xavs ran away in the last term booting 7.2 to St Bernards 2.3

Dave Wall did some nice work down back, Jesse Manunzio battled hard as did Ben Peart and Jack Wheeler continued his good form of recent weeks while Sean Bergin and Jack Fenner were also good contributors. Like the Seniors, the Ressies need to bounce back next week against De La Salle.

Final Score: St Bernards 8.8 (56) def by Xavs 17.11 (113)

Best: D. Wall, J. Manunzio, B. Peart, J. Wheeler, S. Bergin, J. Fenner

Goals: J. Fenner 2, J. Manunzio 2, I. Madden , B. Peart , D. Lamana


Thirds: Threes No Match For Xavs!

After a solid showing against Uni Blacks last week the Threes took on top side Old Xavs on Saturday but found the opposition a little hot. 

Kevin Jones reports .. Mono and Kevs thirds kicked off the inaugural Gary McAllister shield day against the power house Xavier Football Club. Frank spoke to the playing group about the legendary qualities of the late Gary Mac, who was an elite individual and athlete, with the aim of inspiring the group to put in a competitive performance against a quality Football side.

History will show that we received a 110 point hiding however the coaching group have taken numerous positives out of the performance and are convinced the gap between our best and worst performances is narrowing. Good to see Matt Sargent and Nick Schultze get through half a game of footy unscathed and we believe these two will add quality and skill to this group. Thanks to Chris Liberatore for assisting this week and making a valuable contribution to the side.

Despite the loss Mono and Kev remain resolute in the quest to make this group more competitive and consistent which will put pressure on the Reserves group to play well. We are not results driven and we will continue to work hard to maintain our pre-season aims to support the first and second eighteen sides and the club.

Final Score: St Bernards 6.14 (50) def by Xavs 25.11 (161)

Best: Evans, Scarpino, Liberatore, Farrell, Hawkins, Monoghan, Holland

Goals: D. Ryan 4, W. Kingston, C. Connelly


Warriors: Hordes Bitten By Croc’s!

The second placed Warriors pushed top of the ladder and undefeated Old Xavs at ‘the Pit’ on Saturday but could not match the skill level of the powerful Crocs over the four quarters;

Mel Beyer reports .. No club likes an honorable loss, but the Warriors really did have a crack at league leaders Xavier on Saturday in pleasant conditions. Chris Mitchell scored the first goal of the game & we were playing some really good footy. Xavier kept peppering away at goal and at quarter time led by 13 points. The second quarter saw St Bernard’s have all the play in the first 5 minutes only to muster 3 solitary behinds. Xavier had one forward entry & kicked a goal. In the next 5 minutes St Bernard’s had all the play again only to register another 3 behinds. Again Xavier had another forward entry & you guessed it another goal. The body language of the Bernard’s players was quite evident & Xavier went on to kick another 4 goals to set up there victory.


All the players were told at the main break that we had matched the league leaders all over the ground and not to give in. To the Warriors credit they actually outplayed Xavier in the second half having 13 shots on goal to 12. Matthew ‘Little Man’ Gurrisi on his wing gave the side plenty of drive all game. Damien Hurley gave his all at full back propelling many attacks for 4 quarters. Aaron Helenius stepped up to the plate against quality opposition & played a blinder. Andrew Stapleton when moved to centre half back showed what an acquisition he will be to the side when available more regularly. James Trussler in only his second game for the season also showed some real class off the half back line.


Matthew Trim kicked a fifty metre bomb in the third quarter which had all spectators saying what a ripper goal. This was the goal of the Day as Matthew was as cool as a cucumber when he took his kick. Clanga added 2 goals to his tally but his 4 behinds could have been majors. Xavier did there home work on Clang & covered his space all day. Next week we take on Prahran at Darling park at 2pm. Players should be at ground 1.00 pm and get back that winning feeling

Final Score: St Bernards 7.13 (55) def by Xavs 16.13 (109)

Best: Aaron Helenius, Matthew Gurrisi, Damien Hurley, Andrew Stapleton, Matthew Trim, James Trussler, Andrew O’Dea & Mick Moloney

Goals: Chris Mitchell 2, Matthew Trim 2, James Bennie, Alex Buckley, James Stapleton


Under 19 (1): St Bernards Hold Sway Over OM’s!

After a poor trip to Mentone last week Rocky Iannello’s boys bounced back against a very determined Old Melburnians. It was an important win against good opposition that the 19 Premier side had to win to stay in touch with the early ladder leaders.

Young Sam Woods was best afield and was well supported by Matt Paert and Zac O’Halloran. Alex Boyse showed continued improvement as did Daniel Carey while Alec Goodson led the goalkickers with 4 majors. The boys need to overcome Old Scotch at Camberwell next week to consolidate their position on the ladder.

Final Score: St Bernards 15.8 (98) def OM’s 13.9 (87)

Best: S. Woods, M. Peart, Z. O'Halloran, A. Boyse, D. Carey, A. Goodson

Goals: A. Goodson 4, C. Peart 3, A. Boyse 3, T. Russell 2, P. Romano 2, M. Scarpino


Under 19 (2): St Bernards Far Too Good For Westbourne!

Trevor Doody’s youngsters continued on their winning way with a strong performance against Old Westbourne on Saturday.

Michael Farrant continued his good form to be named BOG and was well supported by Liam McIntyre, Josh Turville and Aiden O’Connor while Jack Holland and James Ford were others to shine in an otherwise very even team performance where the side had twelve goalkickers.

Final Score: St Bernards 21.11 (137) def Westbourne 6.2 (38)

Best: M. Farrant, L. McIntyre, J. Turville, A. O''Connor, J. Holland, J. Ford

Goals: A. O''Connor 3, D. Tannenberg 3, D. Mighell 3, B. Jackson 3, J. Turville 2, Y. Abdul-Wahed , L. McIntyre , T. Doody , J. Holland , C. Tormey , S. Whelan , S. O''Keeffe


Under 18: Pups Push Ladder Leaders All The Way!

The Pups travelled to Kew to tackle top side and undefeated Kew on Saturday and nearly burst the Kew bubble.

Craig Connelly reports .. The U18 "pups" ventured out to Victoria Park in Kew to take on the undefeated Kew Giants.  Prior to Saturday's game, Kew had won 6 of 6 games by an average winning margin of 100 points!  A daunting task indeed.  The pre-game instruction to the boys was simple.  We were to play the game on our terms, focus on what we could control, bring physical pressure to each and every contest, and ensure that every individual influenced the game as often as possible.

Our focus at the start of the game was to ensure we were "in the contest" from the first bounce.  Well, the boys were in it up to their eyeballs.  We were playing physical, contested football.  We were running, spreading and sharing the ball and moving the ball very well.  Adam Bevanda was giving us first use of the ball, and our on-ballers were dominating centre square work and stoppages around the ground.  Michael Caven was rebounding effectively off half back, James Oruba was a strong defensive force at full back, and around the ground we were taking the game on and playing quality, skilled, team football.

We went in at quarter time just 1 goal in arrears and there was a strong belief that we could compete with a quality opponent.  The second quarter was the best quarter the U18's have played this season.  We dominated all aspects of the game, kicking 4.6.30 to 2.1.13.  The 10 scoring shots to 3 was the real measure of our dominance in this quarter.  To go in at half time ahead of such a quality team, having played such outstanding football in perfect conditions, was a credit to all 24 boys in the team on Saturday.

The second half was always going to be tough.  We had poked a "beast" and they were not happy.  Kew had never trailed in ANY game at any point in season 2013, let alone trailed at half time after having been completely outplayed for 22 minutes of football.  I tried to prepare the boys for the eventual onslaught we would endure and implored the boys to just continue to take the game on and play the game on our terms.  To our credit, our physical effort was sustained in the 3rd quarter, but our mental effort lapsed.  We let Kew run and spread unmanned, we lost our focus and failed to influence the contest "off the ball" by our defensive running and our structures.  Kew also lifted their defensive effort and their stoppage work, reducing our score for the quarter to just one point versus their own 4.1.25.

We were in danger of letting Kew blow us away in the last quarter.  This just did not happen.  3.2.20 to 3.4.22 reflected a very even, hard fought contest to the end of a high quality game.  Shane Denahy and I were both so proud of every player on Saturday.  If we bring that focus and that effort to every game, we will win way more games than we lose, irrespective of our opponent each week.

Final Score: St Bernards 11.8 (74) def by Kew 8.10 (58)

Best: A. Bevanda, M. Hannan, J. Oruba, B. Hedley, C. Hughes, M. Caven

Goals: J. Sullivan 2, J. Bromley , C. Hughes , S. Piantella , M. Caven , M. Hannan , W. Pasznyk

Paul Garth