Weekend Wrap Round 5

18 May 2014

Often its the games that you are expected to win that prove most difficult.

Seniors: Bernards Tame Brave Tigers!


Often its the games that you are expected to win that prove most difficult and so it was on Saturday as St Bernards appeared to play in bursts against a somewhat undermanned but very determined St Bedes outfit.

St Bernards held sway in the opening term against a slight breeze booting 5.3 to the Tigers 3.2 before stretching the lead to 30 points at the main break.

While St Bedes lacked height, particularly up forward their endeavour was first rate. Despite looking the more polished side St Bernards could not break the Tigers shackles and were held to 1.1 in the third term as an inaccurate St Bedes booted 1.6 to keep in touch.

With a 25 point margin at the last break and the wind at their backs for the final quarter, St Bernards were expected to run over the top of the Tigers, however, once again the St Bedes boys worked hard and midway through the term clawed within 18 points before St Bernards steadied to run out 26 point winners.

Glen Chivers put in a solid four-quarter effort while Nic Cooke was again lively with three goals, Luke Madden also chimed in with three majors while Nathan Kazuro, Michael Angel and Tom Russell were other solid contributors on the day.

St Bedes star veteran Luke Wintle retired midweek after recently playing his 300th game. Rated the clubs best ever player, Luke led the Tigers in their remarkable run from C Grade to A Grade premiership success and along the way has become a VAFA legend. St Bernards congratulate Luke on his fine career.

Next week it’s St Bernards v Old Xavs at Toorak Park. St Bernards were in a winning position in both games last year and will be keen to turn the tables on their old foe while Xavs sitting at 1-4 will see it as a must win game.

Match Details: St Bernards 11.14-80 def Uni Blacks 7.12-54

Best: G. Chivers, N. Cooke, N. Kazuro, L. Madden, M. Angel, T. Russell

Goals: N. Cooke 3, L. Madden 3, C. Jones 2, A. Merrington 2, M. Hannan


Reserves: Ressies Steamroll St Bedes!

The previously undefeated reserves came up against a talented, if inconsistent St Bede’s outfit, who in the earlier rounds had defeated a couple of handy sides in Scotch and Beaumaris.

In blustery conditions, St Bernard’s won the toss and took advantage of the wind assistance in the first quarter to open up a 29-point break, in a dominant early display. Jack Gay was providing plenty of drive through midfield along with Jesse Manunzio and Jack Saundry, supplying key forwards Jake Calvert and Ben Considine with plenty of opportunity. St Bernard’s tackling and pressure on the opposition was a feature, shutting down St Bede’s and continually forcing turnovers.

The second term saw St Bernard’s flex its muscle. Kicking into a stiff breeze, the St Bernard’s midfield led by Brenton Garth, Manunzio and Luke Scerri, remained on top with the assistance of dominant rucks Tom Duyndam and first-gamer Zach O’Halloran, opening the margin out to 41 points. Key forwards Considine, Calvert and Cooper were proving a constant headache for the opposition. The defensive six, exceptional all season to date, remained solid contributors. Led brilliantly by James Weir, who read the weather conditions to perfection and was able to pick off opposition forward entries at will, restricted St Bede’s to only two goals till half time.

The second half saw St Bernard’s have the game wrapped up by three-quarter time, opening up a 74-point advantage, slamming on six unanswered goals with the breeze to put the result beyond doubt. Ryan Schroder and Manunzio continued to rack up possessions, and defenders Weir, Jake Van Meel, Pistol Pete Le Noury and Plugger Sullivan providing plenty of defensive turnovers and drive from the back half, with Ben Peart and Isaac Madden busy as small forwards.

Considine and Calvert were outstanding up forward and finished the match with four goals apiece, with Jack Gay slotting three from midfield. St Bernard’s had 22 contributors across the park, in what was a very even team effort.

Match Details: St Bernards 17-9-111 defeated Uni Blacks 5-7-37

Best:Weir, Considine, Manunzio, Calvert, Schroder, Gay

Goals: B. Considine 4, J. Calvert 4, J. Gay 3, B. Peart 2, I. Madden , L. Scerri , R. Schroder , J. Manunzio


Thirds: Bernards Too Slick For De La!

Another strong win over De La Salle leaves ‘the threes’ as the only undefeated side and in top spot. Many thanks to ‘Buckets’ Evans on filling in as Field Ump.

Kevin Jones reports: Even though De La Salle thirds had been struggling recently we were not going to let complacency interfere with our preparation to achieve our pre-game objectives. Skipper Kingston won the toss and kicked with what was seen as a five goal breeze. With Gill, Jowett and Bevanda providing us first use of the footy and Segrave dominant up forward we were able to jump out of the blocks kicking eight goals four in the first quarter to set up a win. At the first break the coaching group reinforced the need to work hard into the breeze and use our run and carry to demoralise the opposition.

As a group we relaxed during this quarter as the opposition denied us space in our forward fifty and we appeared to drop our intensity despite great work from Fraser, Sulzberger, Forder and L.Mac. The opposition were able to kick a couple in a row due to some undisciplined behaviour on our behalf and were up and about. An inaccurate two goals six by the home side gave the coaching staff the opinion our performance was like driving a car with the handbrake on.

 We reset at halftime and focussed on upping our effort, work rate and intensity, dominate the stoppages and get the scoreboard ticking over. Our defensive pressure lifted along with our work rate as we piled on another eight goals with Damo Ryan getting amongst them and providing opportunities’ for the crumbers. It was all smiles at ¾ time.

A feature of our recent performances has been our ability to run games out and finish strongly. The playing group were reminded of this and were encouraged to put the foot down, take advantage of our dominance across all lines and gain some valuable percentage. Into the breeze we were able to kick an inaccurate seven goals ten with Mick Hughes returning to form to run out convincing winners. We now focus on our next opponent, the formidable Uni-Blacks outfit. To date we have been able to respond to all challenges, we expect a strong showing next week. All players are encouraged to keep up the good attendance at training. Those players unable to get there are to communicate with your coaches and make up the missed session when you can. Our perfect start is no coincidence; it is about a group that are working hard on the track and working hard for each other during the game. We need to keep this “Team First” mindset continuing.

Match Details: St Bernards 25.25-175 defeated Old Melburnians 5.3-33

Best: D. Segrave, C. Forder, S. Cannatelli, M. Sulzberger, L. McIntyre, J. Fraser


Goals: D. Ryan 5, M. Hughes 4, C. Forder 3, D. Segrave 3, W. Kingston 2, S. Whelan 2, M. Gurrisi, L. Neal, M. Sulzberger, K. O''Connor, J. Wright, B. Ryan

Paul Garth