Semi Finals Wrap

05 September 2011

The St Bernards Steam Train keeps gathering momentum .. once again it was a tight first half and once again the boys responded with a blistering second half.

Seniors: Bernards Steam Train Rolls Through Brighton .. Next Stop Elsternwick!

The St Bernards Steam Train keeps gathering momentum .. once again it was a tight first half and once again the boys responded with a blistering second half.

St Bernards opened well and looked to be 'in the groove' in the first 15 minutes but failed to convert and after allowing Brighton too much latitude the pendulum swung back Brighton's way with Bernards trailing by 11 points at the first break. The second quarter saw Brighton growing in confidence and but for some terrific work by the Bernards backs led by Michael 'the scalp' Angel Brighton's margin of 19 points could have been greater.

Full credit to Senior coach Chris Tankard and Assistant Nick Smith who held their nerve and assured their charges that if they stuck to the game plan the opposition will crack .. and crack they did. St Bernards opened the third in a fury with the midfield ferocious on their opponents, the backline rock solid and the forwards relishing the increased flow of opportunities. In the first 20 minutes, St Bernards simply overwhelmed Brighton slamming on 7.5 to 1.3 before a late Brighton goal kept the Bernards margin to 13 points at three quarter time.

While their had been some swings in the game there was an air of determination about the Bernards boys in the huddle and a confidence that we would finish stronger. An early goal to Brighton drew them within seven points and it was 'game on'! As the tempo lifted another cog St Bernards responded immediately to the challenge with three quick replies and then moved in for the kill. Brighton fought hard to stem the tide but by St Bernards tackling and pressure forced errors and with 5.4 for the quarter it was all Bernards, the final margin was 31 points but from late in the 2nd quarter the stats sheet showed St Bernards had 24 shots at goal to 11.

Our Best: Team Effort

Next Week:

  • Seniors Prelim Final St Bernards v St Kevins:
  • Prelim Final St Bernards v Old Ivanhoe
  • Under 19 Grand Final: St Bernards v Werribee

Saturday Reserves @ Elsternwick Park @ 11.40am Preliminary Final
Seniors 2.10pm @ Elsternwick Park @ 2.10pm Preliminary Final
Sunday Under 19's 2.15pm @ Coburg City Oval
Thursday night players Dinner 7pm @ Clubrooms

Reserves: Ressies Just Fall Short But Still Alive!

St Bernards faced off against an undefeated Brighton line up believing they were a genuine chance to upset the hot favourites and there were times in the game that we looked like we may just burst the Brighton bubble but full credit to 'the Tonners' who answered all challenges and will now enter the Grand Final with a perfect record of 19 - 0.

Joey indomenico bounced straight back into the swing of things after returning from injury to lead the midfield while Chris Mitchell pounced on every opportunity in bagging seven majors. Nathan Thomas was a rock in defence and Paddy Gamwell, Mick Sullivan and Shaun Bergin all continued their recent strong form.

While we outscored Brighton with 10.7 to 8.6 in the second half the first half proved costly but we know we can improve on that effort and given the final margin was only 12 points our blokes are still well and truly in the race!

The Ressies will now have to do it the hard way by overcoming Ivanhoe next week at Elsternwick Park in the Prelim

Under 19:

The 19s had the week off while Werribee and St Kevins fought out the Prelim with Werribee winning. Next weeks Grand Final will be the third time the sides have met in a row with St Bernards taking the points in the last home and away game and again in the second semi. Both games were tight with little separating the two sides. All supporters are encouraged to get along to support the boys.

Under 17: Grand Final: St Bernards 6.9-45 def by Ajax 15.17-107

To all the players and parents, not the result we were looking for on the weekend. AJAX too good on the day.

The lads worked hard all day, a team effort, but not to be...

Be proud of your year and look forward to the future and what you can do for the club in 2012.

Paul Garth