Round 9 Wrap Up

19 June 2011

After Ivanhoe kicked the first goal into the breeze St Bernards clicked into gear and with quick movement into the forward line and slammed on 7 goals to lead by 33 points

Seniors: Good Start Wasted!

After Ivanhoe kicked the first goal into the breeze St Bernards clicked into gear and with quick movement into the forward line and slammed on 7 goals to lead by 33 points at the first break. Ivanhoe bounced back with the breeze and regained the lead before a late goal to Merro allowed St Bernards to take a 7 point lead at half time.

Poor disposal and turnovers in the third quarter allowed Ivanhoe in for some easy goals and with their confidence regained after the early St Bernards onslaught Ivanhoe's big Forwards Weatherly and Branigan made the most of their opportunities to take a 10 point lead at the last break.

Ivanhoe continued their momentum early in the last stanza to run away 32 point winners in what was a disappointing performance after quarter time.

Congrats to Under 19 boys Isaac Madden and Daniel Riley who both made their senior debuts on Saturday. Both boys acquitted themselves well. Isaac and Daniel's debuts brings the tally to nine U19 age boys to be blooded in the seniors so far this season.

St Bernards host Oakleigh at 'the Pit' next Saturday in a must win game to stay in touch with the finals contenders.

Reserves: Bernards Bolt In Against Hoers!

Such was the dominance of the Ressies in their point 79 win over Ivanhoe they kept the Hoers goalless for the game! Final Scores: St Bernards 12.14 (86) def Ivanhoe 0.7 (7)

Once again Jesse Manunzio led the way in the middle where he was well supported by Joey Indomenico. Nathan Thomas did well down back and Micky Stapleton, Ben Glasson and Chris Mitchell were others to shine in an otherwise strong team performance.

The win places the Ressies in 3rd position but only percentage from second spot and another good performance next Saturday against Oakleigh will see the boys consolidate our finals chances.

Thirds: Threes in a Thriller!

It was touch and go all day as the Thirds trailed by 8 points at quarter time before nudging back in front by 2 points at the main break. Marcellin bounced back again in the third stanza to lead by 13 points at orange time and looked to be in a winning position but our blokes fought back to get within 3 points with only minutes remaining on the clock .. enter 'our man Pigga .. Joe Pignataro swooped on a loose ball and slammed home the match winner!

The win places the Thirds in 5th position but only percentage from second spot and another good performance next Saturday at home against Camberwell will see the boys back in the top four.

Best Players: P. Holland, J. Flannery, J. Fistrovic, M. Chippendale, N. Counsel, B. Cooper

Warriors: Hordes Well Beaten By Strippers!

Despite having good numbers the Warriors were no match for Prahran managing only 8 goals 5 behinds in reply to Prahran's 21. 12

Despite the boys fighting out of their weight class it has been a fantastic effort to keep hanging in and with a few blokes likely to return over the next few weeks the Hordes might yet cause a couple of upsets before the season is done.

Under 19: Bernards Crunch Carey!

In was a second v Third game that was going to be a tough assignment given we had five U19 players in the Senior side, however our boys proved too strong for Carey out at Buleen.

It was a testing first half with Bernards poor kicking for goal leaving us with 4.9 at the main break in reply to Carey's 5.1

The game opened up in the third quarter as St Bernards got their running game going and rammed on 5.5 while holding Carey to 1.2. The last quarter was a repeat of the third as St Bernards ran away with the match booting another 5 goals to Carey's 2.1 to give us a 48 point win and consolidate second position on the ladder.

Best Players: C. Forder, J. Weir, J. Bennie, K. Farrell, P. Lenoury, B. Cooper

Under 18: Pups Bite Therry!

With eleven goal kickers led by Michael Hughes booting five majors the Pups put on a strong display in the second half against Therry on Saturday.

After an even first quarter St Bernards led by 7 points and the game remained tight in the second with Therry booting 5.0 to our inaccurate 4.7 leaving the Pups with a 13 point lead at the main break. The boys fired up in the third quarter with 5 goals to stretch the lead and ran away with the game in the last with a blistering 10 goals one behind to Therry's one solitary goal.

The 90 point win helped our percentage and allowed the Pups to take 5th position on the ladder, one win behind fourth placed Oakleigh who we play next Saturday. With our better percentage a win will sneak us into the four and back in finals contention.

Best Players: D. Thompson, R. Giacomini, L. McIntyre, B. Catoggio, M. Hughes, C. Connelly

Under 17: 17s Win By One Point!

The boys from Essendon knew it was a must win game! Mick B made sure the boys were aware of how important this game was for us.

What a game what a contest!!!!! Their work rate and intensity and never say die attitude was put to test at Columbia Park against a tough Waverley Park side.

Down by 2 goals at half time. Our backs were up against the wall. Waverley Park were on top and had the momentum. The teams belief to win, was still shining brightly. A few positional moves and the team as a whole started to work back into the contest.

Killian Cashin played a great defensive game, nullifying the oppositions top gun. Down by 3 goals at ¾ time the boys had a tough task ahead , but they stuck to the game plan, kicking the ball long to presenting targets and converting with what limited opportunities we had.

Seamus Whelan holding the backline together, whilst our boys were dropping with injuries/ cramp; it push our capacity with only two on the bench. Chris Keenan's four qtr effort was fantastic, as was Nick Madden's Liam Whelan moving to the fwd line resulted in some great conversions in blustery conditions.

With 2 seconds on the clock, and whilst being tackle, Stefan Piantella slotted the last goal of the day!!

ST BERNARDS win by one point!!!!!

Coach Mick Bevanda said,"Very proud , a great TEAM win that will be remembered for a long time ."


Paul Garth