Unders lose Prelim Finals

12 September 2012

Under 19's Premier ran into a rampaging De La Salle on sunday,who were stung into action after their recent loss at St Bernards and a mediocre showing last week vs Xav's.

A Freo v Geelong blowout happened early, however the Bernards lads dug deep to narrow the margin to 23pts at halftime and still be right in the game. However a long hard and emotional year seemed to weigh on the boys, and once again there was no stopping the De La machine, as they blew the margin out at the final bell. 24g 15p 159 vs 10g 12p 72. 
 
At the start of the year the VAFA scribe said "St Bernards would just be making up the numbers after promotion to premier u/19's". Well the team showed they could match and beat the powerhouse club's and a third place finish on 15wins and just 5losses, is a great credit to coach Peter Wood, assistant Adrian Peart and team manager Ian LeNoury. Plus this could only be achieved with super support from Kev Jones u/19 twos and to all the lads who improved as players. Many of the u/19's move into senior ranks next year and all will be valuable contributors as the club "takes the next step" in premier division in 2013.
 
Under 18 Pups came out firing on saturday vs arch rival Werribee at the spacious Coburg City Oval. Winning contested ball they peppered the goals with 7 scoring shots, but in a very tricky cross wind only managed one goal six behinds. The trend continued with strong endeavour, more scoring shots,inside 50's, tackles and kicks but the bigger Werribbee outfit were steadier in front of goals. At 3qtr time with 4 goals 11pts on the board Bernard's were still only 19pts down and in the hunt. After last weeks miraculous win vs Rupertswood the boys knew anything can happen in football. However like De La in the u/19's, the Werribee machine hit top gear and powered on to a strong victory. 12g 13p 85 v 4g 14p 38. Post game coach Serge Romano praised the boys on a brave effort in the match and on an outstanding year, given two thirds of the team will still be eligible in the u/18's in 2013. The team posted a very creditable 11 and 7 win/loss ratio for the year. Football Director Craig Connelly passed on thanks to the group on behalf of the whole club, and said the highlight for this team, was the huge leap forward they had all taken as young men both on and off the field.
 
Having two of our three unders teams reach preliminary finals is confirmation the development focus at the club is not only the right pathway for all those involved, but is also delivering results.
Finally a big well done to all Unders Players/coaches/assistants/team managers/team helpers/parents and supporters, for representing the club in great St Bernards style in 2012.
An exciting 2013 awaits as this unders group of talented St Bernard's boys, become outstanding St Bernard's men.

Patrick Crabb