St Bernard's get flat in Mentone

20 May 2013

St Bernards up and down form continued on Saturday in what could best be described as a disappointing performance on the tight Barissi St oval.


St Bernards allowed their opponents far too much space and lacked the intensity required to overcome a far more desperate St Bedes line up.

St Bedes created an early break from some St Bernards errors but after steadying St Bernards made several forays to draw within 9 points at the first break and could have been closer but for some poor conversion.

The second term was more of the same with St Bedes pouncing on some basic errors to convert. St Bernards appeared to be looking for a spark but couldn’t find any easy avenues to goal while St Bedes ran off in numbers and made their chances count. Nevertheless St Bernards managed to grab a couple of late goals to keep in the game and with 4.5 apiece the margin remained at 9 points at the main interval.

Most St Bernards supporters felt that after a lacklustre first half things could only get better but the visitors continued to struggle to close the gap and but for Simon Caven and Nathan Kazuro it was difficult to find a winner anywhere on the ground as St Bedes crept away to a 25 point lead at orange time. 

In the final term, St Bedes preparedness to take risks and back themselves created three quick goals and some undisciplined actions (when will some players learn that arguing with the umpire is dumb) gifted St Bedes another allowing them to run away in the final term to a comfortable victory.

St Bernards must bring their A Game to the table next Saturday at ‘the pit’ where they play host to Old Xavs. 

Final Score: St Bernards 10.13 (73) def by St Bedes 19.13 (127)
Best: S. Caven, N. Kazuro, N. Cooke, Bentick
Goals: Gleeson 2, Bentick 2, Bevanda, Cooke, Schroder, George, Clarke, Singleton


Reserves: Ressies Tame Tigers!

The Ressies overcame a young but determined St Bedes line up at Mentone on Saturday. St Bedes took the early lead and seemed to play the tight ground a little better but St Bernards settled to level scores at the main break. 

The third quarter was all Bernards who slammed on 6.2 to 0.3 to create the decisive break in the game. Sean Bergin and Micky Sullivan both did well after recent injury woes and led the way along with Cal Forder and Owen McIntyre followed up his good form in the Thirds in recent weeks. 

The final quarter saw St Bernards boot 2.1 while holding St Bedes to 2.4 to run out 38 point winners. Chris Hoban and Jack Wheeler were strong contributors over the four quarters while Dave Wall capped off the good work further afield to finish with 4 majors.

Final Score: St Bernards 12.9 (81) def St Bedes 6.7 (43)
Best: Bergin, M.Sullivan, Cal Forder, McIntyre, Hoban, Wheeler
Goals: Wall 4, Borzillo 2, Jones, Fenner, McIntyre, M.Sullivan, L. Sullivan, Peart


Thirds: Veterans Dutchy and Evo Fire Up Unlucky Threes!

Still suffering from a host of players unavailable the Threes put in a terrific performance before being pipped by the highly rated Uni Blacks.

Kevin Jones reports .. After a week of soul searching Mono and Kevs thirds fronted up to Uni-Blacks at Crawford oval. Dutchy Holland spoke to the group pre-game about fond memories he had of the Late club legend Neil Loughlin and the enormous contribution he made to this football club, this seemed to galvanise the group. From the first bounce the Bernards boys were up and about and hit the Uni boys with everything.

In a torrid opening McCann, Scarpino, Farrell and the Gurrussi brothers were busy attacking the footy and tackled everything in sight, great defensive efforts continually turned defence into attack which was led by Damo Ryan who was proving to be a handful at Full forward. Courageous efforts from Jono Rose and Pete Mugavin, (who played three quarters of a game with a broken Hand), inspired the side and propelled them to a 4 point lead at orange time.

For the third week in a row injuries reduced the interchange to minus one with Will Sullivan selflessly returning to the field to fight out the last term. Only by sheer weight of numbers Uni-Blacks ran over the determined Bernards unit who refused to lie down. Terrific efforts from Godfrey, Lachie Neal, Holland, Allison, Isaacs and Kingston who continually put their bodies on the line when it counted.

Thank you to the Gurrussi brothers and John Hellard for answering the call to help out with numbers and making a valuable contribution to the team’s performance.  In stark contrast to last week Mono and Kev had 18 players to pick their best from in what was a truly gutsy and improved team effort.

Final Score: St Bernards 7.5 (47) def by Uni Blacks 7.16 (58)
Best: Holland, Evans, Scarpino, Rose, Farrell, Godfrey, Mugavin
Goals: Ryan 3, Rose, Kingston, Hellard, Godfrey


Warriors: Hordes Clawed By Cats!

The Warriors were upset at the Pit’ by a determined Old Geelong line up.

Miracle Mel Beyer Reports .. The Paid up & proud warriors were really put to the test on Saturday by player numbers and a fit & fast Old Geelong. The day didn’t start to well with the withdrawal of four players Saturday Morning. Our water carrier James Bennie who is out injured was

asked to play, Aaron Helenius got busy on the phone calling on some old Warriors to fill gaps for us during the game. With that we then lost four players with injury during the game. We did not give up at all & at one point during the second quarter we were four goals in front.

 The second half saw Old Geelong use their bench well, with 8 sitting on the pine, their rotations worked really well and we had no answers and were run off our legs. Clarke Mitchell down back was outstanding for the whole game. Andrew O’Dea, Mick Moloney (his first game in 3 years) Damian Hurley & Josh Faulkner worked frantically all day to repel many attacks by the opposition.

 Jesse Creasy, Matthew Trim, James Jovanovski, Ben Hogan & Shagger Janides also battled hard all day to give us plenty of forward entries. So overall well done to Old Geelong, they were the better side on the Day and deserved their win.

 This week we come up against Ladder leader Old Xavier at home at 11.40am. With hopefully plenty players back next week we should field a very competitive side. Lets get that winning feeling back & be prepared to work hard so the crocs know they have played a game of football. Be at ground by 10.30


Final Score: St Bernards 9.7 (61) def by Old Geelong 13.18 (96)
Best: Clarke Mitchell, Jesse Creasey, Andrew O’Dea, Damian Hurley, Matthew Trim, Daniel Janides, Mick Moloney & James jovanovski
Goals: James Bennie 2, Daniel Janides 2, Jesse Creasey 2, Xavier Blair, James Tobin, Daniel O’Neil 


Under 19 (1): St Bedes Too Slick For Bernards!

After nearly toppling the undefeated ladder leaders Old Xavs last week, Rocky Iannello’s 19 Premier side didn’t handle the long trip to Mentone or the early start as St Bedes jumped away to an early lead and stretched the margin as the game progressed. The boys now face a must win game against Old Melburnians next Saturday to stay in touch with the table leaders.

Final Score: St Bernards 7.8 (50) def by St Bedes 13.13 (91) 
Best: S. Woods, N. McAllister, C. Issa, K. O''Connor, M. Scarpino, D. Colaco
Goals: A. Goodson 3, D. Colaco 2, Z. O''Halloran , N. Burgin


Under 19 (2): Bernards Too Strong For Unicorns!

Trevor Doody’s youngsters continued on their merry way with another big win over MHOB at ‘the Pit’ on Saturday. The win has our boys knocking on the door of the four and an opportunity awaits next Saturday against Old Westbourne.

Final Score: St Bernards 17.15 (117) def MHOB 4.3 (27) 
Best: L. McIntyre, J. Ford, M. Dillon, A. O''Connor, C. Tormey, S. Whelan 
Goals: F. Gatens 4, D. Mighell 3, H. Firth 2, J. Turville , A. O''Connor , A. Bevanda , L. Clark , J. Ford , T. Devers , S. Whelan , S. O''Keeffe


Under 18: Pups Better Start = Better Result!

In an even comp The Pups chalked up an important win over Collegians on Saturday to slip into second spot on the ladder. A huge game next Saturday as the boys face off top of the ladder and undefeated Kew 

Craig Connelly Reports .. Today the U18's played against Collegians.  Having lost the last two games, the pups needed a 4 quarter effort against a team on the same points as us.

From the outset, the boys were "on", with a solid start against the wind set up by strong intensity for the contest, good spread and sharing of the ball and numbers at the contest and in support.  A feature of the first quarter was 28 "DI's", which clearly reflected a great effort from every player.  The second quarter was a repeat of the first.  The DI count improved to 30 for the quarter and the manner in which the boys played was very pleasing to watch.  We took a handy lead into half time and were well and truly in the contest.

The half time message was clear – maintain the intensity, ensure EVERY individual impacted the game in some way, run and carry, spread and share, and work hard in numbers to support your team mates.  A 4 goal 3/4 time lead was the result, with 32 DI's for the third quarter – making 90 DI's to 3/4 time; a record for the 18's this season.

Collegians came hard early in the last quarter, and whittled the deficit to 2 goals, but to the boys credit, they steadied, upped the work rate and some quality finishing by Max Jaggard ensured we ended up comfortable 22 point winners.  29 DI's in the last quarter was a super effort again by the whole team.

Next week we face the undefeated KEW, which will be a massive challenge.  Bring 120+ DI's again, and we'll serve the ladder leaders a genuine contest.

Final Score: St Bernards 11.10 (76) def Collegians 8.6 (54) 
Best: M. Hannan, N. Larkin, C. Hughes, E. Connelly, M. Caven, J. Firth 
Goals: J. Firth 4, M. Jaggard 2, W. Pasznyk 2, J. Sullivan , C. Gavaghan , R. Woods


Paul Garth