Steam Train Rolls Through Fields!

29 August 2011

Another Saturday of strong performances saw all sides win beginning with the Thirds knocking off Oakleigh, the Ressies proved too good for Caulfield to take 2nd spot.

Another Saturday of strong performances saw all sides win beginning with the Thirds knocking off Oakleigh, the Ressies proved too good for Caulfield to take 2nd spot, the Seniors continued their impressive form and the day was capped off by a mighty effort from the 19s to upset the Tigers in the 2nd semi to book a Grand Final berth! The 17s had the weekend off having won their way into the Grand Final last Sunday.

So next week it's:

Sunday 4th Sept

Trevor Barker Oval, Beach Rd Sandringham

2.00 pm Seniors 1st Semi Final: St Bernards v Brighton

11.40 am Reserves 2nd Semi: St Bernards v Brighton

Highett Reserve, Turner Rd Moorabbin

3.15 pm Under 17 Grand Final: St Bernards v Ajax

Under 19 Grand Final sat 10th Sept, venue TBC

Seniors: St Bernards Steam Train Rolls Through Fields!

St Bernards continued it's barnstorming run into the finals with a third quarter demolition of top of the ladder side Caulfield on Saturday.

Both teams opened with a fierce attack on the ball and while St Bernards looked the more dangerous side Caulfield worked hard and scores remained tight with St Bernards holding a two point lead at quarter time and a seven point margin at the main break. After several bruising clashes Caulfield unfortunately suffered injuries to Carboni and O'Sullivan and were a man short with Hammond receiving a red card.

In boxing parlance the moment of truth had arrived .. and once again St Bernards leg speed and fitness proved too much as they hit their opponent with such a blinding battery of blows the Fielders were on the canvass in the blink of an eye. The St Bernards rampage produced 10 goals to open up a 56 point lead and it was all over! To Caulfields credit they bounced back in the last with the final margin 37 points.

Our Best: Andrew Van Meel, Jake Bevanda, Andrew Merrington, Dan Riley, Brendan George, Matt Stapleton

Pictured: Strong contributors in Bernards big win, Jake Bevanda, Brendan George and Andrew van Meel

Reserves: Bernards Grab Double Chance!

For both sides this was a crunch game, to the winner went the all important double chance but it was clear from the outset that St Bernards were just that little bit more fiercer at the contest and while the scoreline was close until half time St Bernards looked like the winner all day.

The backline was well led by veterans Mick Stapleton, Tommo and Nick Smith while Paddy Gamwell, Mick Sullivan and Shaun Bergin provided the leg speed and continually launched defence into attack

Josh Smith and Josh Ryan provided the grunt in the Ruck and in keeping with the script Chris Mitchell starred in his 200th capping off the good work further afield with six majors and rocketing Clang to the top of the competition's sharpshooter list. Clang's owes Shaun Bergin a beer as Shaun kept Clang's main rival for comp goal kicking honours (Caulfield's Dean Spanos) goaless!

In the end it was a 20 point margin, but for some inaccuracy it should have been a bit more but it was the 4 points that counted and now the Ressies will face off Brighton in the 2nd Semi next Saturday. Remarkably, Brighton have gone the entire season without loss but as Leigh Matthews famously said “if it bleeds, you can kill it”

Our Best: Mick Stapo, Paddy Gamwell, Mick Sullivan, Chris Mitchell, Josh Smith, Nathan Thomas

Thirds: Mono's Boys Finish In Style

The Oakleigh boys have had a bad week but there was never going to be any sympathy from Thirds coach Frank Monaghan. Mono was still fuming at last weeks loss to Xavs that kept us in 5th spot so it was just pride on the line as a very determined St Bernards ‘Wild Bunch' travelled to Scammel Reserve to chop down some tough Oaks.

And after a torrid first half St Bernards began to get the upper hand but Oakleigh came again and it was only in the last 10 mins that the game was assured. Both Nick Counsel and Chris Godfrey capped off terrific first years with the club by being named in our best, Matt Trim kept himself in the mix for Reserves finals with a solid game, Gerry Christie was terrific over the four quarters as was Luke Baird and our man ‘Pigga' put his stamp on the game when it counted.

Congratulations to Mono, his Runner and part time player Luke van Meel and our wonderful trainers Chris Tandy and Mallory on a top job and special thanks to dads, Zoran Fistrovic, Anthony Godfrey and John Kavanagh who provided great support to Mono and the boys all year.

We look forward to seeing the Thirds and Warriors boys roaring their support for the Seniors, Ressies, 19s and 17s in our upcoming finals assaults!

Our Best: Nick Counsel, Gerry Christie, Matt Trim, Joe Pignataro, Chris Godfrey, Luke

Under 19: Bernards Boys Into GF!

Whoa! .. another fantastic effort and another Grand Final opportunity for these kids who play like the club song says ‘we never give in'

After upsetting the undefeated Tigers last Saturday the 19s were expecting a stronger W'bee line up to bounce back hard in the 2nd Semi and indeed that was the case, however, our blokes bounced out of the blocks full of running and with some terrific work in the ruck by James Weir, Matt Sergent doing well and some disciplined ‘tough-yards' work the two ‘hard nut Jacks' Saundry and Wheeler St Bernards opened up a handy 26 point lead deep into the second quarter.

As expected the talented Tigers fought back and clawed within a goal late in the third term. With the margin only 16 points at the final break it was ‘game on' but once again St Bernards stood up to the pressure and with Brad Cooper having a big impact and Sammy Jones and David Wall capping off some great running work further afield St Bernards kicked again to run out 28 point winners and book a Grand Final berth for Saturday week.

Our Best: Brad Cooper, Sammy Jones, Matt Sargent, Jack Wheeler, James Weir, Jack Saundry

Congratulations to Damien Sullivan, Ray King, Ian Le Nory, Kevin Jones, our support staff and the boys on a ‘super' effort .. we look forward to seeing the boys cap off a great year in the big one!

Pictured Below: Jubilation in the rooms after the 19s big win!

Paul Garth