Weekend wrap

28 July 2014

Seniors fade against desperate Xavs, Ressies brutal third term secures big win, Thirds outplayed by Blacks.

19 Premier register solid win over Beaumaris, 19 North play thrilling draw at Whitefriars, U18 Colts romp home over Point Cook. 

Seniors: Bernards Fall to Desperate Xavs!

It was a big build up for the Gary McAllister Shield and with a large crowd in attendance St Bernards were keen to repeat their round six win over Xavs at Toorak Park.

St Bernards opened well with two quick goals to Chad Jones and another to Andrew Merrington in the first five minutes, however, Xavs with Cayden Beetham and Ben Kennedy doing well in the midfield clawed their way back into the contest to keep the St Bernards lead to nine points at the first break.

Xavs came out firing early in the second term and with three goals nudged to a two point lead before St Bernards responded. Chad Jones underlined his influence with his fifth goal before Alex Singleton drilled a trademark left foot goal in his 150th game. A free to Andrew Merrington who kicked truly was quickly followed by a strong mark from Tom Gleeson who converted to give St Bernards four goals in six minutes and restored the margin to 22 points at the main break.

Chad Jones sixth major early in the third term provided St Bernards with a five goal break, but from then on it was all Xavs. Similar to the previous week St Bernards work-rate dropped in the third term while Xavs maintained their intensity and pressure. Xavs strong bodied midfield provided the grunt, Tim Dynon continually set Xavier up from the back half and Chris Waller and Chris Larkins found space up forward as Xavs booted 5.3 while holding St Bernards to 1.3 giving Xavs a two point lead at the final break.

Xavs intensity and attack on the footy continued into the last term forcing some St Bernards turnovers that proved costly and while both sides scored three goals it was the more desperate but inaccurate Xavs with 3.8 to St Bernards 3.2 that held sway to run out eight point winners on the day.

While it was a disappointing loss, full credit to Xavs who fought back strongly. St Bernards will look to bounce back next week when they travel to Beaumaris.

Match Details: St Bernards 14.8-92 def by Old Xavs 14.16-100

Best:Chad Jones, Andrew Merrington, Alex Singleton, Adam Bentick, Mitch Hannan

Goals:C. Jones 7, A. Merrington 3, T. Gleeson 2, A. Singleton , S. Clarke


Reserves: Ressies Third Quarter Blitz!

Top of the ladder St Bernards have had some comfortable wins with only one loss to date this season but a glance at the Xavs team sheet suggested this would be a real test and provide a good indication of how the side will perform under finals type pressure.

In what many rated the highest standard Reserves game for some time, St Bernards managed to overcome a strong Xavs line up after an emphatic third quarter blitz at ‘the pit’.

In near perfect conditions, the game opened at a furious pace but with both sides defending well goals were hard to come by as St Bernards led 1.1 (7) to Xavs 0.4 (4) at the first break. St Bernards appeared to be getting the upper hand in the second term, stretching the lead to 17 points before two late goals by Xavs closed the margin to only four points at the main break.

The third quarter saw the game open up and with George Garth and Jack Saundry taking control in the midfield, Jayden Malseed and James Bennie providing some valuable run and Paddy MacDonough and Sam Fleming doing well St Bernards rammed on 7.1 including three majors from Ben Considine while holding Xavs to one solitary behind to take a 46 point lead into the final term.

Xavs bounced back in the final term to bring the final margin back to 28 points but the damage had been done. It was an impressive win by St Bernards against second placed Xavs who had a few senior stars in the line up.

Next week the boys travel to Beaumaris to face off against third placed Beauy who are the only side to inflict defeat on St Bernards this season.

Match Details: St Bernards 11.7-73 def Old Xavs 6.9-45

Best:George Garth, Jack Saundry, Paddy MacDonough, Jayden Malseed, Sam Fleming, James Bennie

Goals:B. Considine 3, L. Scerri 2, D. Riley, B. Garth, J. Gay, T. Duyndham, B. Peart, R. Schroder


Thirds: Blacks Too Slick For Bernards!

The Thirds ran into a slick Uni Blacks outfit at Crawford Reserve on Saturday going down by 44 points

Kevin Jones reports: The Thirds fronted up to a red hot Uni-Blacks outfit at Crawford oval and were keen to test themselves against the ladder leaders. Our pregame focus was to grab the initiative and play attacking footy as the double chance was up for grabs. It was expected to be a physical affair as we flew out of the blocks with Bevanda and Gurrisi giving us first use of the footy and Alex Boyse kicking 3 goals from three great grabs before the Uni boys steadied to level the scores at the quarters end. A season ending shoulder injury to co-captain Will Kingston soured what was an even first quarter.

At the first break the coaches instructed the players to concentrate on winning the contested footy, absorb the pressure, minimise our skill errors and the rest will look after itself. The opposition turned up the heat in the second quarter and had us under enormous pressure, despite the best efforts of Cannatelli, McCann, Wright, Segrave and Forder we were unable to break the shackles as we coughed up the footy on numerous occasions and the opposition made us pay for it, we were unable to hit the scoreboard as our attack was blanketed by their opponents even though Corsetti, Boyse and Rahill were working tirelessly for little reward.  A 26 point half time deficit was not insurmountable and the coaching group agreed that we had plenty of up-side as long as we could get the playing group to be more accountable with their direct opponent and win more one on one contests.

After numerous positional changes we started the third term full of optimism, our defence led by Evo and co were defending grimly as the game went up a notch, goals became hard to find as the tackling pressure from both sides was fierce, goals to Corsetti and Rahill gave us some hope but were quickly answered by the opposition. At the last turn we were still looking at a 26 point deficit but we felt we had contained the Uni boys during that term and just required an ounce of luck as we were still within striking distance. We were prepared to roll the dice but we had to find more avenues to goal.

Our opponents smelt blood and were in for the kill; a five goal to two goal last quarter finished us off to the tune of 44 points.  Uni-blacks quite rightly proved that they are the yardstick of this competition with a dominant display that left us in their wake.  We had been led to the footy and outnumbered all day, that combined with our poor decision making and basic skill errors proved costly as we failed to handle their pressure and kept giving the footy back to them.

Where to from here? A reality check was served up to us and the vital double chance went out the window.  As a group we must learn from this and regroup, with five rounds to go we need to reinforce our roles and responsibilities to each other and individually narrow the gap between our best and our worst performances. We now have to roll up our sleeves and work hard to achieve consistency of effort and get back on the winners list. 

Match Details: St Bernards 7.4-46 def by Uni Blacks 13.12-90

Best: Andrew Gurrisi, Alex Boyse, Jake Wright, Owen McIntyre, Liam Whelan, Daniel Segrave, Cal Forder


Goals: A. Boyse 4, A. Corsetti , J. Notaro , P. Rahill

Paul Garth