Weekend Wrap Round 4

12 May 2014

Womans Round and it proved to be a Good Weekend At Bernies with all three senior sides overcoming tough opposition to win.

While Rocky Iannello's 19 Premier side took the points over Old Xavs and the U18s registered a big win over Willi CYMS. It was almost a clean sweep with the only loss being in Under 19 North where our boys were pipped by two points against La Trobe. 

Seniors: Bernards Make It Three In a Row ! 

St Bernards jumped out of the blocks with a goal in the first minute and showing a little more accuracy registered 4.1 to Blacks 2.5 in an otherwise even first term. With Nic Cooke, Tom Sullivan and Adam Bentick winning possessions and Glen Chivers doing well in his return to the line up the home side stretched the lead to 20 points at the main break and looked to be taking control.

Touted as one of the genuine contenders this season, Uni Blacks refused to capitulate and with captain Bede Mahon exerting an influence, Tyson Kruse running hard and Jandre Slabbert providing a mobile target up forward the Blacks fought back to within ten points late in the third quarter before Josh Madden held a miraculous one hander and converted to provide St Bernards with a 16 point buffer at the final break.

St Bernards continued to press in the final quarter, Nic Cooke capped off a strong four quarter performance with his fourth goal and Tom Gleeson booted his third as St Bernards added 5.1 to Blacks 2.2 to draw away to a 30 point win and move into second spot on the ladder.

Across town Trinity remain the only undefeated side after handing Beaumaris a thrashing at Dayley Fields, De La Salle bounced back to a big win over St Bedes-Mentone, Old Scotch held sway over a plucky Brighton and reigning premiers Old Xavs escaped a 0-4 start to their year in beating Collegians by 3 points.

St Bernards host St Bedes-Mentone at 'the pit' next Saturday.

Match Details: St Bernards 15.9-99 def Uni Blacks 9.12-66

Best: N. Cooke, T. Sullivan, A. Bentick, G. Chivers, A. Merrington, A. Singleton

Goals: N. Cooke 4, T. Gleeson 3, J. Madden 2, Bentick, Bevanda, L.Madden, Hannan, S.Caven, Merrington


Reserves: Ressies Remain Undefeated!

Another high standard Reserves game saw the only two undefeated sides play for top spot on the ladder. St Bernards grabbed the early lead but Blacks responded well to keep in touch, holding the St Bernards lead to seven point at the first change.

As light rain swept across 'the pit' St Bernards appeared to handle the ball a little better and the home side's pressure began to take effect in the second quarter with Peter Le Noury, Plugger Sullivan and Jesse Manunzio relishing the slippery conditions and Brad Cooper and Ben Considine providing some options up forward. St Bernards booted 3.3 for the term while the backline led by Paddy Gamwell and Isaac Madden held firm to keep the Blacks to 0.2 and stretch St Bernards lead to twenty points at half time.

Similar to the senior game Blacks refused to concede and but for some inaccuracy on the Blacks part, the margin could have been closer than the 23 point lead St Bernards took into the final quarter.

St Bernards appeared to have the game well under control midway through the final term but a late rally from Blacks narrowed the margin to an even six points with five minutes left on the clock before St Bernards steadied to take a seven point win.

The win allowed St Bernards to claim top spot on the ladder as the only undefeated side after four rounds.

Match Details: St Bernards 9.11-65 defeated Uni Blacks 8.10-58

Best: P. Le Noury, L. Sullivan, P. Gamwell, B. Considine, J. Manunzio, I. Madden

Goals: B. Considine 3, B. Cooper 2, C. Peart, D. Wall, L. Scerri, B. Garth


Thirds: Bernards Overcome OM's!

Another strong win over Old Melburnians leaves 'the threes' as the only undefeated side and in top spot. 

Kevin Jones reports: The thirds battled against a game time change, player rotations, wet weather and crossing busy Lakeside drive to grind out an 8 point win against a slick Old Melburnians outfit. We were keen to test ourselves against another top 4 side.

The first quarter was a scrappy affair made worse by the overnight rain; neither side could gain an advantage. The Bernards boys were hard at the contest, co- captain Will Kingston scored the first two majors, one of them on the back of some strong tackling by O'Sullivan, however we were trying to play dry weather footy which resulted in numerous turnovers allowing the opposition to take a 5 point advantage into the first break.

During the break the coaching group urged the boys to get back to basic wet weather footy and push the ball forward at every opportunity. We all agreed that it was a great contest. During the second term our attack at the footy was ferocious with our human wrecking balls Tom Isaacs, Matt McCann and Jake Notaro hitting every contest as if it was their last, these efforts inspired the group and created opportunities' for the outside runners and had the opposition on the back foot, defensively we were fantastic during this quarter allowing the opposition one goal whilst goals to Kingston and Neal had our noses in front at half time.

During the long break the players were urged to up the work rate and work on their transition running to contribute to our team defence mindset.  Individual players that were treading water in the first half were challenged to impose themselves on the contest. Those players responded with some inspiring efforts that resulted in team goals, one worth mentioning was when Kieran O'Connor was faced with a three on one contest on our half forward line and amazingly reduced it to a stoppage, (a real selfless act); we were then able to score a goal from the resulting stoppage. The defence led by Evo, Hurley, Liam Whelan and L. Mac allowed the opposition 1 goal for the quarter; we managed 3 ourselves to creep out to a 13 point margin at orange time. It was obvious that for the third week in a row it was going to go down to the wire.

At the last break the players were urged to dig deep as there is no magic wand and the result was going to be decided by the team that is prepared to work the hardest, we expected the opposition would once again challenge us. The opposition turned up the heat narrowing the margin; we answered every challenge and were able to play the game on our terms. Every player stood firm and the game become a battle of wills, our attack on the footy was relentless with both sides throwing everything at it. The Bernards boys tackled and wrestled their way to a stirring victory.

We did our best to loosen the roof off the old Junction oval grandstand, waking up a few ghosts along the way, as we belted out the club song. It was really pleasing to see the amount of support we had, (approx. 30 people), at the game by players missing out on a game, Parents and former players. Compliments of our the early start we were able to travel back to the Pit and watch the Reserves and Seniors post great victory's over Uni-Blacks.

Match Details: St Bernards 10.8-68 defeated Old Melburnians 8.12-60

Best: M. McCann, T. Isaacs, J. Notaro, W. Kingston, D. Segrave

Goals: W. Kingston 3, D. Segrave 2, J. Gill , L. Neal , J. Notaro , T. O'Sullivan , S. Cannatelli


Paul Garth