Slippery start proves costly

07 May 2012

St Bernards ran into a strong and determined Old Carey line up on Saturday and appeared to take too long to adjust to the slippery conditions against their more experienced opposition.

Bernards Slippery Start Proves Costly!

With Howatt, Smithwick and Rowe finding space on the big Dunshea oval Carey enjoyed some unrestrained entry into the forward line opening up a 22 point lead at quarter time and but for inaccuracy could have sealed the game by the main break.

As it was the 46 point lead looked unassailable as the rain re-started but after some positional changes and a few well chosen words from coach Chris Tankard at half time St Bernards lifted. After slamming on five unanswered goals St Bernards crept within 14 points before a couple of crucial turnovers allowed Carey to steady and slip back out to a 26 point lead at the final change.

The last quarter was a dour affair but with Howatt and co continuing to find the footy Carey put down any further St Bernards resistance to run out 38 point winners on the day.

While it was a disappointing result there were some positives in winning the second half after our poor start and some lessons learnt about four quarter intensity.

St Bernards will look to bounce back next week against Scotch. With both sides coming into the game 2-1 it's sure be a torrid 8 point contest at 'the Snakepit'

St Bernards: 7.12 (54) defeated by Old Carey: 13.16 (94)
Best: Tom Caven, Tom Overman, Josh Madden, Danny Byrne, Andrew van Meel, Andrew Merrington Goals: Andrew Merrington 3, Josh Madden 2, Nic Cooke, Andrew van Meel

Ressies Crash And Carry Win Over Carey!

A good surface, some handy senior players in both line ups and a must win game for both sides set the scene for a tough battle at Bulleen Road and then came the rain. The slow steady downpour made for slippery conditions and low scoring with neither side able to gain a clear advantage all day.

Carey led by 7 points at the first change and the same margin at the main break before holding onto a 4 point lead at three quarter time. The last quarter was a thriller as neither side could break the shackles. The tackle count was massive and with ball up after ball up it came down to will power. With gritty determination and several courageous efforts in the last ten minutes the Bernards boys inched the ball forward and a goal from Ben Peart late in the game sealed a well earned 10 point win for our boys.

Well done to Assistant coach Micky Stapleton who saddled up due to a late withdrawel. The win puts the Ressies 2-1 and they look forward to welcoming Scotch to the Snakepit next Saturday.

St Bernards: 4.5 (29) defeated Old Carey: 2.7 (19)
Best: Team Effort! Goals: Borzillo 3, Peart 1

Thirds Finally Salute!

After two narrow losses the Thirds broke through on Saturday with a strong display to defeat Old Carey by 72 points at 'the Snakepit'

Coach Frank Mono said it was a must win game to stay in touch with the ladder leaders. "We could be 3-0 but for a little luck but if we can square the ledger next week against Old Scotch we're right back in the hunt"

The boys opened well with 3.5 in the first quarter while holding Carey scoreless but poor kicking for goal resulted in 0.8 in the second stanza and the door remained open at the main break. Mono fired the boys up and they responded in style and in complete contrast to their earlier wayward kicking by slamming home six straight goals to put the result beyond doubt at the last change. Justin Evans starred all day to be BOG and was well supported by Nick Smith Junior and young Matt Sweeney. Chris Godfrey once again did well as did Tommy Isaacs and Xavier Cox returning for his first game for the season.

In the end it was an important win for the Thirds who now look to square the ledger next week when they travel to Camberwell to face off Old Scotch.

St Bernards: 12.15 (87) defeated Old Carey: 2.3 (15)
Best: Justin Evans, Nick Smith, Matt Sweeney, Chris Godfrey, Tom Isaacs, Xavier Cox Goals: Nick smith 3, Chris Godfrey 3, Gerry Christie, Marty Burne, Luke Baird, Michael Kavanagh, Andrew Sicari, Liam Neal

Warriors Conquer Blues At The Pit!

Miracle Mel Beyer's legion of Warriors turned up in style at the Snakepit on Saturday with 25 saddling up to face off the Blues. Aged from 18 to a lot older the hordes started well, put down the Monash challenge and ran away for their second win. Miracle was elated with the roll up and the big win!

"We bounced out of the blocks with fire in the belly & piled on 5 goals to nil in the first quarter. Our use of the ball in dry conditions was pretty good. We switched play numerous times and had the opposition chasing plenty of butt. Hogi, Shagger, Creasey & Blunty were really showing the way with their experience, while Jayson Watts in his first game presented really well at centre half forward"

In the second quarter we slowed down to an absolute crawl & let Monash back into the game. If they had of kicked straight they would have been in front. They outscored us 17 points to 2.

Having 14 point buffer at half time Monash scored the first 2 goals to get within 2 points. To the boys credit they did rally with good goals To Damien Burnside & Chris O'Keefe steadied the ship. Daniel McManus and 'the big Man of VAFA Footy' were showing gave plenty of fight in the ruck.

The last quarter saw the boys constantly enter our forward 50 and we should have got a higher return than 4.6 Nick Toy had an impact around the ground with his strong marking and Chris Walsh just kept on running hard. James Jovanovski chipped in for 4th for the day, Daniel Janides kicked a belter from the car park angle & Ben Hogan took an absolute screamer!

St Bernards:12.14 (86) def Monash: 5.09 (39)

Best: Ben Hogan, James Jovanovski, Nick Toy, Clarke Mitchell, David Blunt, Jesse Creasey, Jayson Watts, Andrew Gurrusi. Daniel Janides
Goals: James Jovanovski 4, Jesse Creasey 2, Chris O'Keefe 2, Marty McVeigh, Nick Toy, Damien Burnside, Daniel Janides

Under 19 Premier – Peter Wood (Coach)

In total contrast to the week against Old Melbournians, our boys finally showed what can be achieved if we stick to the basic principles of footy. The main area of focus for the game was to get numbers around the ball, win the contested footy and move the ball into an open but active forward 50 as quickly as possible.

To there credit the boys stuck to these simple principles and in wet and heavy conditions relished the luxury of the wide open spaces of oval number 1 playing a free running, wide spreading structured and controlled game of footy, which to all who watched made for a very entertaining game to watch.

Our defenders were well organized, controlled and calculating, our mids were strong and aggressive winning most clearances and our forwards presented into the right areas, held strong marks and kicked well. The highlight of the game being the crumbing and goal kicking of Michael Hughes, who's 5 goals were of the highest quality.

Final score: St Bernard's 21.18.144 defeated Beaumaris 9.5.59.

Goal Kickers: M Hughes 5, T Black 4, J Fenner 3, P Macdonough 3, J Gill 2, P Lenoury, J Fraser, S Wood and J Gay – all 1 each.
Best Players: J Shine, M Hughes, S Wood, T Black, P Macdonough, B Cooper.

Under 19 (Section 3) – Kevin Jones (Coach)

St. Bernard's 2-7-19 defeated by PEGS 9-11-65

Grey skies and drizzle greeted Kevin and the U19 (2) boys for the local derby at PEGS. Our pre-game focus was getting off to a good start and winning the contested footy.

First quarter was the battle of defences with Aiden O'Connor, Harry Firth Andrew Zammit, Jack Holland and Liam McIntyre combining well to turn defence into attack.

Second Quarter brought increasing drizzle making conditions slippery, Ruckman Bevanda rucked tirelessly supported by McAllister, Notaro, (Killian Cashin) and Will Sullivan however St. Bernard's couldn't find the big sticks!

Comerford, O'Sullivan, Herriman, Paoli were under siege up forward but couldn't capitalise on their opportunities. Jake Bromley stood tall at centre half back until an arm injury restricted him to the bench. Third quarter saw both sides unable to score a goal in the slippery conditions, Alex Nicou was sensational in the conditions and Will Sullivan urged the team to lift.

A gutsy last quarter saw us throwing everything at the contest, Liam Whelan and Lachie Herriman played a great last quarter but we couldn't convert, pleasing to see the boys fight it out with the scoreline flattering the opposition.

Best Players: A.O'Connor, A. Zammit, A. Nicou , H. Firth, J.Notaro, W. Sullivan, A.Bevanda
Goals: O'Sullivan, Bevanda

Slow start in first quarter delivers 18's their first loss.

After making it a focus pre game not to become too complacent, the under 18's started poorly against St.Mary's Salesians with a five goal to one 1st qtr.

With drizzle falling steadily throughout the match, it become an uphill battle from that point to reel in the deficit.

From about the half way point of the second qtr the positive was that the boys did not throw in the towel and fought hard to get back into the game with our back six led by James Riley, Tom Riley, Ed Connelly and Lauchie Jowett (in the second half) contributing greatly to the fight back. Tom Russell and Sean O'Keefe were starting to get on top in the ruck and the midfield started to get their hands on the footy with Josh Hedley, Pat Romano and Taylor Bisognano moving the ball forward at all costs. Tom Saundry and Tom Del Zoppo were busy around the packs with Tom Madden and Sam Woods starting to get their hands on the footy as well after a slow first half by their standards. This saw the deficit get cut to 2 goals by 3Ž4 time.

The last qtr was a tremendous effort with all players contributing to a 3 goal to 1 last qtr, however, it wasn't enough to get over the line with final scores being; St. Marys 7- 7- 49 to St Bernard's 7-4-46.

The lesson learnt for the boys this week is simple:….The game starts from the very first bounce!!!

Paul Garth