Weekend Roundup

01 May 2011

A roundup of the St Bernards teams in action across the weekend.

Seniors Stunned By Slick Caulfield Outfit!

A Slick Caulfield side bounced out of the blocks with the aide of a strong breeze ramming on 10.1 to St Bernards 0.1 for the quarter. St Bernards then took their turn with the breeze but at no stage got their running game going and with only 3.2 for the quarter it was all over at half time.

St Bernards had no winners on the day, Andrew Stapleton battled hard as did 18 year olds Matt Stapleton and Tom Sullivan in their first games. Another first gamer Brendan George tried hard booting three goals. How do you sum up such a one sided game? .. Caulfield were terrific, ran hard and hit targets while Bernards turned the ball over and looked sluggish. The boys will hit the track early Tuesday and prepare to bounce back next Saturday against Uni Blacks at the Varsity oval.

Ressies Blow It In the Wind!

A strong breeze made scoring to the clubrooms end difficult all day. The Ressies took the early ascendancy but allowed Caulfield to stay in touch before a number of players tired badly in the second half and a fitter Caulfield pounced in the last quarter to run away 22 point winners in a dissapointing effort.

Our Best: Kyle Dalmau, Andrew Smith, Xavier Cox, Ben Hogan, Steve Cannatelli, Sasha Bugryn

Thirds Bowl Over Brighton!

Mono's boys travelled to Brighton with a number of blokes in the side who were unlucky not to be selected in the Ressies line up and in typical Brighton beach oval conditions it was difficult for both sides to convert in a low scoring encounter. Final Scores Bernards 5.11 (41) def Old Brighton 2.11 (23)

Judda continued on his solid practice match form to be named best afield and he was well supported by Deisel O'Neil, Stephen Iannazzo, Daniel Lamanna, Josh Ryan, Dutchy Holland and our UK recruit Matt Chippendale

Brave Warriors Fall at De La!

The Warriors suffered from 24 Senior, Reserves and Thirds players unavailable for round one.

With only 15 players on deck Sammy Young filled the breach so coach 'Miracle' Mel Beyer could kick start the game with the minimum 16. The Warriors fought bravely and amazingly were only three goals down at half time! While we had some talented players in the side De La with a full compliment of eight on the bench overwhelmed us in the second half to run away in the end.

Our Best: Andrew O'Dea, Paul Capes, Steve Smith, Jack Aitken, Dave Kavanagh and Matt Briganti.

With a number of players returning next week look out for the Warriors... yep I'm tipping an early season upset as 'Miracle' conjures up a victory over Monash Blues at 'the Pit'.

19's Crush Bullants!

Despite having Captain Simon Caven, vice Captain Brad Cooper out and four boys in the Senior side Damien Sullivans 19s were far too strong for a determined Bullants outfit and after an even first half ran away with the game to register a 119 point victory.

Hayden Carland had a blinder, Harry Overman racked up the possies while Luke Sullivan, James Bennie, Cal Forder and Tom Lynch all shone in a terrific team performance. Goals: David Wall 4, Harry Overman 3, Sam Jones 3, Hayden Carland 2, Luke Sullivan 2, Daniel Riley , James Bennie, Sam Firth, Isaac Madden, Caleb Forder, Jack Gay James Weir 1 each

Pups Romp Home Against Therry!

The new look 'Pups' bounced out confidently against Therry in the early game on oval one and never lookeed back. Michael Hughes was in everything as was Captain Michael Sulzberger while Vice Captain Jake Van Meel, Liam McIntyre, Alex Nicou and Lachlan Neal were clear winners on the day.

Paul Garth

Weekend Roundup

25 July 2011

In a huge turnaround St Bernards reversed their 102 point loss to Uni Blacks in round 2 to run away 26 point winners at 'the Pit' on Saturday.

Seniors: Bernards Bounce Back Over Blacks!

In a huge turnaround St Bernards reversed their 102 point loss to Uni Blacks in round 2 to run away 26 point winners at 'the Pit' on Saturday

Still smarting over the loss in the previous week to St Kevins in a game we felt was winnable the boys were determined to make amends against Uni Blacks.

Uni Blacks opened well with Lacey finding space and booting a couple of goals setting up another. Howgate was doing well on Merrington as the Blacks maintained a two goal break well into the third quarter but a couple of astute changes from the coaches box were starting to pay dividends.

The third quarter was a torrid affair with both sides pressing forward but St Bernards started to move the ball with improved precision. Some bone crunching tackles were starting to take their toll on the Uni Blacks runners and with a number of players lifting the crowd sensed St Bernards were starting to turn the tide as they wrestled a three point lead at the last break.

St Bernards superior fitness showed in the last quarter as they overwhelmed Uni Blacks with some more fierce tackling and hard running and with 10 shots to two for the quarter Bernards ran away 26 point winners at the final siren.

It was a well deserved victory against Uni Blacks who are the only side to beat Caulfield this season and the win has kept the club's season alive.

In an amazing day for results in the competition St Bernards was the biggest winner of the day. Caulfield just pipped St Kevs by a solitary point, Ivanhoe beat Marcellin by four points, Oakleigh sneaked in by four points over Hampton and Brighton just got over Beaumaris by 14 points highlighting the evenness of the comp with five games remaining.

Best Players: J. Stapleton, A. Merrington, A. Van Meel, N. Cooke, R. Schroder, J. Manunzio

Reserves: Bernards Blow Opportunity Against Blacks!

An undermanned Reserves side bounced out the blocks against Uni Blacks taking the early ascendancy but for the second consecutive week the boys lost their way in the second and third quarters before a late spurt proved too little too late.

After leading by 14 points at quarter time the second quarter proved costly with Blacks ramming on six goals to Bernards 0.5 which proved to be the difference in the matrgin at the final siren.

The loss allowed Blacks to take our place in the four on percentage so the boys must bounce back next Saturday against Marcellin to keep up with the ladder leaders.

With a few players returning next week pressure will be on for spots and coach James Mount reminded all players that a strong training performance will be essential for selection.

Best Players: D. Lamanna, P. Gamwell, L. Cookson, J. Ryan, P. Holland, S. Bugryn

Thirds: Mono's Boys Keep Finals Hopes Alive!

With more outs than the Sydney Mardi Gras it was a win that showed the great depth in the club. Hard times call for hard men and our man 'Pigga' decided to set the tone by putting in a 'blinder' in Saturday's important win over Old Brighton.

With Pigga and Sully leading the way and a couple of first year players Chris Godfrey and Nick Counsel 'on fire' St Bernards took the early lead. Aaron Helineus was stopping everything down back and a handy cameo performance from former senior B&F Chris Liberatore saw the boys break the game open in the second stanza and take a five goal lead at half time.

The third quarter was an even affair before the boys had to fight off a late surge from the visitors to chalk up a 17 point win.

The Thirds now sit 5th on the ladder only percentage from third place and a win in next weeks clash against top side St Kevins will put us in a strong position for finals honors.

Best Players: J. Pignataro, M. Sullivan, N. Counsel, C. Godfrey, A. Helenius, C. Liberatore

Warriors: Hordes Find De La Too Slick!

The good news first .. with over 50 open age and Under 18/19s unavailable this Saturday the club still managed to fill all six sides and have 23 players run out for the Warriors.

With so many 'outs' it was once again an amazing performance by 'Miracle' Mel to fly the flag. Congrats to old warhorse Peter 'Irish' O'Dea who saddled up alongside son Andrew after umpiring the Ressies earlier.

James Devery continued to impress and showed with a pre season under his belt he is destined to play at higher levels as did 'the big man of Amateur Football' Andrew Gurrisi who may need four or five preseasons rolled into one but the man mountain gave it his all.

De la were always going to be too strong but the Hordes never chucked it in and after an initial onslaught in the first half the boys were very competitive in the second half booting 7.4 in reply to De La's 9.8

The Warriors play their last game next Saturday against Monash Blues.

With a few blokes expected back in the Ressies and Thirds we look to finish the year on a strong note .. yep, were sticking with the Hordes to go out with an upset .. Miracle to get them home by 4 points and a nice sip afterwards!

Best Players: J. Devery, M. Sullivan, C. Mitchell, A. Helenius, A. Gurrisi, D. Janides

Under 19: Bernards Far Too Strong For Monders!

Despite a number of players out St Bernards played strong disciplined footy all day in overpowering a plucky Ormand outfit.

The final margin of 79 points reflected St Bernards dominance and the big win boosted our percentage assisting our double chance hopes

Matt Borzillo led the way along with Keiren Farrell. James Weir and Matty Stapleton were others to shine in a fairly even performance while David Wall capped off the good work further afield and Haydn Carlin continued his recent good form over the four quarters.

The boys travel to meet fourth placed Old Haileybury next Saturday in a game that could all but secure second spot.

Best Players: M. Borzillo, K. Farrell, J. Weir, M. Stapleton, D. Wall, H. Carland

Under 18: Pups Storm Home But Pipped By Uni

With a number of players unavailable the Pups called upon some U17 boys to help out who acquitted themselves well but despite a late charge we fell short by 11 points

Match Details to come

Under 17: Bernards Beaten By St Pauls

St Pauls East Bentleigh 12.7 (79) def St Bernards 7.7 (49)

Bernie Boys found it tough going in the slippery conditions out at Bentleigh.

Coach Mick B, "I was really disappointed about the lack of intensity, especially in the first half . I know what they are capable of and today they did not produce the required results"

Next week at home against AJAX.

Paul Garth