St. Bernard's take control and head to Grand Final

15 September 2015

VAFA scribe, Andrew Leonard said in his preview of the Preliminary Final that Uni. Blues had his attention all year and, not surprisingly, he picked them to win by 17 points.

St Bernards 18.5.113 defeated University Blues 8.12.60

Best: T.Cartledge, S.Clarke, S.Caven, T.Caven, A.Bentick, T.Sullivan

Goals: C.Jones 3, B.Ronke 3, S.Fleming 2, T.Gleeson 2, N.Kazuro 2, S.Clarke 2, B.Considine, A.Singleton, N.Cooke, M.Caven

 

VAFA scribe, Andrew Leonard said in his preview of the Preliminary Final that Uni. Blues had his attention all year and, not surprisingly, he picked them to win by 17 points. Maybe Andrew should’ve been paying more attention to St Bernard’s because it was St Bernard’s, not Uni. Blues, who put on a dominant display of football to win the game by 53 points.

 Remarkably, St Bernard’s kicked 18.5 to reverse last week’s losing score of 5.18. Kicking into the wind in the first quarter, St Bernard’s asserted themselves immediately by kicking the first two goals of the match.  Our big men, Tristan Cartledge and Shaun Clarke were fantastic all day. They gave us control at the centre bounces and both worked hard all around the ground. Clarky was especially dangerous when he pushed forward to take strong marks and kick two valuable goals. Midfielders Adam Bentick , Chris Peart, Tom Sullivan, Sam Fleming, Alex Singleton  and Jake Bevanda out-muscled and outran the Blue’s midfield.  Nathan ‘The Clamp’ Kazuro did the job on Ross Young and chipped for a couple of goals himself.

A highlight was the ability of St Bernard’s to control the game. Players spread and ran hard to spaces, and accurate team kicking meant we hit targets all day. The kicking to our forwards was especially good.  The sight of Chad Jones streaming out of the goal square and getting on the end of some of those kicks was a delight to watch.

Our backline has been good all year and they did not let us down on Sunday. Tom Caven seemed to have  a steely resolve that nothing would pass him. He was everywhere, marking strongly and creating our forward moves. Simon Caven had the task of stopping Jack Watts. He did the job comprehensively, kept his cool and earned himself the VAFA Radio Award for best on ground. Tom and Simon were ably supported by their younger brother, Michael, Sam Woods and James Bennie.

 

It was great to have such a decisive win in the lead up to the Grand Final. Our players will head to Ikon Park confident that they have a game plan that will deliver them a premiership. We wish the players and coaching staff all the best for the coming week. Go Bernies!   

The Committee