Weekend Wrap

07 August 2011

It was a crunch game .. St Bernards had to win to keep their finals chances alive, Brighton had to win to keep second spot.

Seniors: Bernards Tsunami Rolls Into Brighton Beach!

It was a crunch game .. St Bernards had to win to keep their finals chances alive, Brighton had to win to keep second spot. Sportsbet had Brighton a warm favourite after they had strung together an impressive nine wins in a row and given the home ground advantage the Tonners usually enjoy at the Beach Oval. The wily Billy Stapo snapped up some juicy pre match odds and after a torrid first quarter Billy's investment looked promising.

St Bernards signalled their intent early racking up over 20 bone crunching tackles in the first quarter and quick movement of the footy allowed the visitors to take a 13 point lead into the first break.

The Tonners bounced back with two early goals in the second stanza but St Bernards attack on the footy and general intensity was starting to take its toll and while the margin remained the same the crowd sensed that Bernards were getting on top as both sides headed to the change rooms for the main break.

With coach Chris Tankard making a couple of astute adjustments and Nick Smith rotation plan kicking in St Bernards looked much more full of running through the midfield and far more dangerous up forward. By the 15 minute mark of the 3rd quarter the Bernards boys could smell blood and with cleaner forward entry St Bernards rammed on 7.7 for the quarter while holding the Tonners to just 1.1 and open up a 56 point lead at the main break.

Like good sides often do, Brighton refused to roll over and hit back well in the last stanza with six majors to St Bernards two but the damage was done with Bernards running out five goal winners and remaining well and truly in the finals hunt! As the boys headed off to the beach for rehab, Stapo Snr was heading to the bar flush with his 12/1 investment!

Football Director Paul Garth was pleased with the performance but quoted the old adage of 'a week at a time' .. "Our blokes showed some real hunger for the contest today and you can sense our growing confidence but if you look at Hampton's recent form where they have pushed Oakleigh and Brighton before stunning Beaumaris we aren't looking any further ahead than next Saturday .. the comp is so even the difference will be who can get better now at the business end of the season, our coaches and playing group will hit the track this week looking to take it up another notch"

St Bernards host the improved Hampton Rovers next Saturday at 'the Pit' in another 'must win' game.

Our Best: Andrew Merrington, Danny Byrne, Dan Riley, Josh Madden, Tom Caven, Tom Gleeson

Reserves: Bernards Blow Chance To Topple Undefeated Tonners!

"Geez … How did we lose that" was the general consensus after the Ressies had done 'almost' everything to defeat the undefeated Brighton.

St Bernards were terrific from the outset, Paddy Gamwell and Steve Cannatelli racked up the stats, Shaun Bergin and Josh Smith made their presence felt and Josh Ryan put in a huge one in the ruck, late inclusion Nick Jnr Smith and Liam Cookson were well on top of their opponents and Chris 'Jetsetter' Mitchell shook off the jetlag to provide some bite up forward as St Bernards looked to have the edge after taking a 24 point lead late into the third quarter.

A late goal to Brighton brought the margin back to 18 points at the last break and it looked like the Tonners undefeated run was about to end.

A couple of costly errors opened the door but due credit to the Tonners who responded to the challenge by ramming on 5.2 to St Bernards 1.3 in the last quarter to snatch the game back by 5 points

Close, but no cigar .. the Ressies must now bounce back against Hampton at home next Sat to stay in the finals hunt.

Coach James Mount reminded the boys that with a few blokes returning this week training performance will be a must for all players.

Our Best: Paddy Gamwell, Steve Cannatelli, Shaun Bergin, Josh Ryan, Nick Jnr Smith, Liam Cookson

Thirds: Bernards Bounce Back Into Contention Against Blacks!

St Bernards resurrected their finals chances after a stunning win over Uni Blacks at 'the Pit' on Saturday. The win places us equal fourth with Uni Blacks, just behind in percentage and a genuine chance to reach finals with three games remaining.

Final scores: St Bernards 15.16 (106) defeated Uni Blacks 9.10 (64)

Match Report to come

Under 19: Bernards Tame Panthers!

The 19s started well against Carey but like the Haileybury game the boys were inaccurate with 3.7 and despite dominating the quarter led by only 19 points at the break.

St Bernards continued to apply the heat ito the Panthers n the second with another 10 shots at goal to Careys four stretched the lead to 35 points at half time.

While we were well on top Carey fought hard all day, the second half was a more even affair with St Bernards adding a further 8.8 to Carey's to 5.1 to run out 70 point winners and secure the double chance for the finals.

The 19s travel out to Brighton Beach oval next Saturday before meeting ladder leaders and undefeated Werribee in their last round before finals commence

Our Best: James Weir, Nick Schultz, Keiren Farrell, Calib Forder, Hayden Carland, Jack Bennie

Under 18: Bye – Next Sat the Pups are away to Williamstown

Under 17: St Bernard's winning MOJO is back!!

St Bernard's 13.10 (88) def East Sandy 9.7 (61)

East Sandy boys were at the ground early waiting to repay their earlier loss to the Snowdogs in the year.

The luxury of a bench ensured fresh legs were always on the field.

Our running game started to show through, which was good to see, but the lads needed to look up and weigh up other options across the pitch, to the fat side.

Coach Mick Bevanda was pleased to see the boys sing the song at home for the first time this year, Mick said "We were very pleased with the teams efforts, all the lads put in"

Best: Bye, Cashin, Hedley, Holland, Russell, S. Whelan

Goals: Russell 3, Yakka, J.Riley 2, Bevanda, Bromley, Cashin, Dougherty, Ramano, Spencer

Paul Garth