School takes home the cup

29 June 2012

St Bernards School Football Team broke an 11 year drought, defeating St Bedes Mentone in a super team effort to win the ACC Premiership Cup.

In a game hosted by the VAFA at Elsternwick Park, Old Collegian's Development Coach Simon Atkins steered a very talented group of lads to a big win. Entering the match undefeated after 7 games the team was optimistic, but would play without giant key forward and skipper, Liam McBean, who was on a rep football curfew.

A firey St Bede's came out hard and fast pushing to an early two goal lead,however when the going gets tough St Bernards gets going, and the boys clawed their way back into the contest by halftime.

Some calculated and shrewd instruction from Simon and his coaching panel and improved contested ball work by the team, saw Bernard's pepper the goals in the third term. Reward on the scoreboard was patchy with 4 goals 12pts being registered by the last break and only a 4pt lead.

With the words "its yours for the taking if you want it badly enough" ringing in their ears, this was one tough school exam that every young man would pass with flying colors.

After an early arm wrestle and desperate defence against a big St Bede's push, the boys brought home the bacon. Midfield superiority saw long kicking to fast leading, strong marking power forwards Thompson and Langwell. Many players including Colaco,McAlister,Madden,Liberatore,De Leur, Holland, Madden, Riley, Notaro, Woods, Delzoppo made big contributions in what was truly a team effort.

Scoreboard pressure was stacked on again and again with the final margin a commanding 5 goal win.

Well earned wild and loud celebrations started on-field and flowed over into the rooms.

After a roaring rendition of the school song, Coach Simon Atkins awarded each player their premiership pennant and Principal Tony Paatsch congratulated all in involved on an historic win. The school team now goes on to play in the semi final of the Herald Sun Shield on august 8th, and all at the football club and in the school community wishes the team well in future games.

Patrick Crabb