Weekend Wrap Round 14

01 August 2011

St Bernards leapt back into finals contention with a big win over Marcellin on Saturday.

Seniors: Bernards Demolish Eagles!

St Bernards leapt back into finals contention with a big win over Marcellin on Saturday. Marcellin's recent form had been sound, in the past three weeks the Eagles have pushed ladder leaders Caulfield and St Kevins before an unlucky 5 point loss in the last kick of the day to Ivanhoe.

St Bernards opened with a goal to Brendan George in the first minute and looked to have the upper hand but Marcellin pushed numbers back and restricted the margin to nine points at the first break. The second quarter was much the same but St Bernards were starting to crack the Marcellin defence as the margin stretched to 30 points at the main break.

In the third quarter Marcellin appeared to be tiring under St Bernards relentless pressure and St Bernards slammed on 5.5 to Marcellins solitary goal to take a 57 point lead into the final stanza. St Bernards by now were full of running and with another 5.3 for the quarter ran out 68 point winners.

Moving into sixth place on the ladder the margin lifted St Bernards percentage over fourth placed Oakleigh who have a one game break on Ivanhoe (5th) and St Bernards (6th) and a two game break on Beaumaris (7th) and Uni Blacks (8th) With the competition tightening up all the other games were close and all finals contenders face big games next Saturday.

Our Best: B. George, A. Singleton, J. Stapleton, J. Bevanda, T. Caven, A. Van Meel

All supporters are encouraged to make the trek to Brighton next Sat to support the boys as they look to storm home in the last four rounds.

Footnote: Thanks to Marcellin for being great hosts as usual and commiserations to Stephen ‘Super' McPherson and the boys who unfortunately have had a shocking year with injuries which has led to the dreaded double drop for the Eagles. While our games are always hard fought Marcellin is a club we highly respect and we look forward to the Eagles climbing back up the charts under Super.

Reserves: Ressies Get Out Of Jail And Leap To Second Spot!

In a very scrappy opening the Ressies placed themselves in a difficult position with some poor kicking and turnovers that allowed a plucky Marcellin outfit to rebound and score some easy goals to take the early lead 3.3 to 1.2

From thereon in it was a battle but with Paddy Gamwell and Xavier Cox doing well across half back, Josh Smith giving some drive in the ruck and Micky Stapo starting to have a presence the boys clawed their way back into the game to level the scores at three quarter time.

Ben Glasson and Matt Trim playing his first game after stints in the Thirds and Warriors provided some much needed leg speed and in a torrid final stanza St Bernards managed 2.1 to Marcellins 1.1 for the quarter to take the game by 7 points.

The win allowed the Ressies to take 2nd spot on the ladder with nine wins but only one game ahead of four sides from 3rd to 6th who all have a better percentage so the boys must keep winning starting with their big clash next Sat against ladder leaders Old Brighton.

Our Best: Josh Smith, Pat Gamwell, Mick Stapleton, Ben Glasson, Xavier Cox, Matt Trim

Thirds: St Kevs Too Good For Mono's Boys!

Given the number of players unavailable it was always going to be a battle for Mono's boys to topple top side St Kevins but we simply were no match for the polished ladder leaders.

Such was the dominance of St Kevs that we didn't score our first goal until after half time, however, the boys did battle it out showing a bit of pluck to try and match it in the last quarter. Chris Godfrey continued his improvement as the season has progresses and has been a welcome inclusion to the club. Diesel O'Neil and Flanners were tireless in their efforts while Aaron Helenius, Gerry Christie and Mick Sullivan all got plenty of work down back in an otherwise one sided contest

The loss leaves St Bernards one game plus percentage outside of fourth spot and in a ‘must win' game next Saturday against third placed Uni Blacks.

Our Best: M. Sullivan, G. Christie, A. Helenius, J. Flannery, D. O'Neil, C. Godfrey

Under 19: St Bernards Take First Blood!

St Bernards made the big trip to Haileybury and after an inaccurate first half where despite having 16 shots at goal to Haileybury's eight we led by only 18 points at the main break.

St Bernards looked like taking the ascendancy in the third quarter but Haileybury fought back well to keep the margin to 17 points at the last break. In the final stanza it was all Bernards with 5.6 for the quarter while holding ‘the Bloods' to a solitary point the boys ran away with a 52 point win.

Nick Shultz led the way along with James Bennie and they were well supported by Hayden Carlin, Brad Cooper, Jack Gay and Matt Sergent returning from injury.

The boys meet Old Carey at home next Saturday where a win will secure the double chance.

Our Best: N. Schultz, J. Bennie, H. Carland, B. Cooper, J. Gay, M. Sargent

Under 18: Pups Leave Their Run Too Late!

St Bernards got away to a slow start against Therry on Saturday allowing the opposition to jump away to an early lead and the trend continued in the second quarter with Therry taking a handy 21 point lead into the main break.

The boys fought hard to stay in touch in the third quarter but Therry still dominated the scoreboard with 2.5 to the Pups 1.2 leaving St Bernards 30 points adrift at orange time.

The Pups took the game on in the last quarter throwing everything at Therry and ramming on 5.6 however Therry steadied to the challenge and with 3 goals in response to the Pups charge Therry took the match by 17 points

The Pups have a bye next week before travelling to Williamstown Sat week.

Under 17: Undermanned Bernards Lose To Ajax

St Bernards 7.6 (48) lost to Ajax 11.11 (77)

The U17's with no bench played to their best on the day!

"Never surrender no matter what!!"

Our commitment for the 4 quarters could not be questioned.

A very proud coach! - Michael Bevanda

Paul Garth