Round 8 Wrap Up

03 June 2013

After being pipped by Old Xavs in a scintillating game last week there was no doubt that Saturday’s clash against third placed De La Salle was now the most important game to date.

Seniors: St Bernards Prevail In Thriller!

Conditions dictated the ball would be at ground level for most of the day limiting the influence of key forwards and the game would be won or lost on who created opportunities from traffic. For the first half De La Salle held a slight edge with midfielders Matt Hine and Luke Semmel doing well along with Jake Williams however, poor conversion and some desperate St Bernards defensive efforts kept the margin to only nine points at the main break with De La Salle 3.12 leading St Bernards 3.3

The third term saw St Bernards lift and it appeared that De La with a number of lighter bodied players were starting to wilt in the heavy going. When Tom Gleeson chimed in for his third goal the home side were looking stronger and with 4.1 to 1.2 for the quarter St Bernards took an eight point lead into the final term.

In tough, tight, slippery conditions and a low scoring affair it’s the little things that count, a tackle here, a shepherd there, but above all its desperation that wins the day. Both sides displayed plenty of that commodity but as De La hit the front midway through the final quarter St Bernards had to find a little more .. and find it they did!

A torrid final 15 minutes saw De La Salle’s Ed Clinch miss an opportunity before St Bernards made several forays resulting in two behinds. Stoppage after stoppage ensued with neither side giving an inch when Alex Singleton suddenly found an opening, pounced on the loose ball and snapped truly to provide St Bernards a two point lead.

At the 26 minute mark it was anyone’s game, Ryan Schroder’s desperation in those final minutes was inspirational but it was a case of ‘next goal wins’. Enter Brendon George, the former Douttas star forward has had to swing back and forward this season and by his own high standards has had a miserly couple of weeks but Brendon is made of stern stuff and with the game in the balance he illustrated why they call him ‘the Clamp’ with a couple of timely marks before drilling a 45m goal to seal the match. 

St Bernards were home by nine points in yet another thriller at ‘the Pit’ and it was smiles all round as the boys headed off to celebrate the club’s 50 Year Anniversary Ball.

A week off next Saturday before we take on Uni Blues at the Varsity.

Final Score: St Bernards 9.9 (63) def De La Salle 6.17 (53)

Best:S. Caven, Kazuro, Wilkinson, Singleton, Gleeson, M.Sullivan, Bevanda, Cooke

Goals:T. Gleeson 3, A. Singleton 2, J. Solomon , B. George , T. Harvey , J. Gay


Reserves: De La Put Down Ressies Challenge!

The Ressies faced off against top side De La Salle strong in the belief that they could cause an upset in the wet and slippery conditions, however, De La jumped away to an early lead to create a handy 18 point margin at the first break.

A quick goal in the second term opened up a 24 point lead for De La Salle on a day when goals were hard to come by. Just when it appeared De La would kick away the St Bernards boys fought back tooth and nail and with some terrific work from Captain Steve Cannatelli, Keiren Farrell and Jack Wheeler who were relishing the conditions St Bernards stayed in touch at the main break.

A very determined St Bernards came out firing in the third to issue a strong challenge. With Cannatelli continuing to lead the way, Dave Wall came into the game as did Jesse Manunzio and Wil Sullivan. After clawing their way back to within five points at the final break and the crowd sensed that St Bernards were about to win the arm wrestle.

Unfortunately it was not to be, a couple of costly turnovers were pounced on by De La and with two quick goals the margin was back to 18 points and the De La boys confidence and run lifted a cog while the St Bernards boys sensed the opportunity was lost. Another couple of goals allowed De La to run out 28 point winners.

The Ressies now face Uni Blues after the break in a ‘must win’ game at the Varsity 

Final Score: St Bernards 5.4 (34) def by De La Salle 11.6 (72)

Best:K. Farrell, S. Cannatelli, D. Wall, J. Wheeler, J. Manunzio, W. Sullivan

Goals: O. McIntyre , P. MacDonough , D. Wall , C. Godfrey , L. Sullivan


Warriors: Hordes Wrecking Ball Unleashed On Prahran!

The second placed Warriors consolidated their second spot on the ladder with a big win over Prahran

Mel Beyer reports .. The paid up and proud make hay while the sun shines Warriors travelled out to Malvern for a show down against third placed Prahran in very heavy conditions after Friday nights

downpour. The late inclusions of Paul Holland, Justin Evans & Paul Rahill gave our forward & back line some real stability. With the withdrawal of the Big Man of VAFA footy Paul Rahill shared ruck duties with Sean Lawler and both did a terrific job in trying conditions.


The first quarter was a very fierce battle with both sides missing plenty of easy shot. The 1 point lead at the break should have been more & this was stressed to the players at quarter time. Take your time when having shots at goal don’t rush your kicks. Andrew O’Dea & Damien Hurley stood tall down back with some great spoils & smothers.


Our second quarter saw the side kick four goals & the work rate of Daniel Janides & Ben Hogan was outstanding. Their tired bodies just kept working harder & harder to help out their team mates whenever they could. Joe Pignataro in his first game back after nearly 2 years showed some good form on his wing, likewise Matthew Gurrisi who keeps improving each week.


The message loud & clear at half time was to keep running hard at all time’s as we had 8 on the bench & fresh legs were available whenever they needed a rest. The boys followed to perfection & many rotations were made when players came off for a timely rest. Keeping Prahran goalless for the quarter gave the side plenty of confidence at the last break, Jesse Creasey, Paul Holland & Sinclair Johansen kept presenting themselves for the full 25 mins & their opponents were really feeling the pinch.


The final quarter was a real battle with Prahran not going away and peppering the goals for 1 goal, 5 Behinds plus 3 out on the full. We really stood firm all over the ground as the game is not over till the final siren sounds. Daniel Janides kicked the sealer with minutes remaining. Mick Moloney used his strength on ball in this term & just showed what a valuable player he is to the side. Justin Evans took some timely marks & Josh ‘the General’ Faulkner was again at his brilliant best. Aaron Helenius, James Bennie, Chris Walsh, & Clarke Mitchell kept working hard when the pressure was on. Overall a real gutsy win & one of our best for the season.


Lets once again keep that winning feeling going when we take on Monash Blues on Saturday 15 June at 11.40 at home.

Final Score: St Bernards 9.10 (64) def Prahran 5.13 (43)

Best: Daniel Janides, Ben Hogan, Damien Hurley, Jesse Creasey, Josh Faulkner, Sean Lawler, Chris Walsh, Mick Moloney, Andrew O’Dea, Aaron Helenius, Justin Evans, Paul Rahill, Paul Holland & Sinclair Johansen


Goals: Daniel Janides, Jesse Creasey, James Bennie, Sinclair Johansen, Paul Holland, Mark Salvadori, Aaron Helenius & Chris Walsh 1 each


Under 19 (1): St Bernards Overwhelm Cardinals!

St Bernards Under 19 Premier side followed up their strong win over Old Melburnians with another solid performance against Old Scotch at Camberwell on Saturday. Michael Sulzberger led the way with an impressive display and was well supported by Chris Peart, Zac O’Halloran and Jono Ayers while Mick Bergin, Tom Saundry and big Tom Russell were others to shine in an otherwise very even team performance where St Bernards had twelve individual goalkickers.

After this weeks break St Bernards (4th) will host St Kevins (3rd) in a crunch game for both sides with St Kevs looking to take second spot on the ladder and St Bernards looking to consolidate a position in the top four.

Final Score: St Bernards 17.17 (119) def Old Scotch 9.10 (64)

Best: M. Sulzberger, C. Peart, Z. O'Halloran, J. Ayres, N. Burgin, T. Saundry

Goals: C. Peart 3, T. Russell 2, N. Burgin 2, P. Romano 2, A. Boyse, M. Hannan, C. Riley, Z. O'Halloran, J. Ayres, C. Issa, A. Goodson, J. Shine


Three Games Abandoned Due To Rain!

The rain that hit Melbourne over Friday night caused the cancellation of our Thirds, Under 19 (2) and Under 18 games. The VAFA will determine fixture amendments this week.




Paul Garth