Meet in Rooms 10.30 for 11.40am start
St Bernards

Sat 18th June
Details .. click here

Coughlon Motors are looking to appoint a trainee to learn all aspects of the motor trade
Contact Mick Perrett

9289 1106

Our Wine Fundraiser is being supported by Huge discount offers from Montara Wines
click here

Sat 28th May
St Bernards v Marcellin
1991 B Grade Premiers Reunion
Contact Frank Dunell
0434 430 916
Guest speaker Tony Paatsch

Sat 4th June
St Bernards v Old Brighton
1960s player reunion
contact Jim Taylor: 0419 328 760

Guest speaker
Melb Storm CEO  Ron Gauci
Super Band 'Better Late Than Never' are playing live at 'the Pit' on this night!

Sat 18th June
Annual Club Ball

Flemington Racecourse

Sat 9th July
Legends Day

Sun 18th Sep
$12,000 Raffle

Mon 17th Oct
Annual General Meeting

Sund 30th Oct
Melb Cup Calcutta

St Bernards has joined the Million Dollar Tipping community and you're invited to join the FREE TO PLAY Million Dollar Tipping Comp Weekly, monthly prizes up to $200,000 cash .. get your tips on! To register click here


The Colts Program is targeted at 16 - 19 year olds and designed to identify and improve player performance across a range of fitness and skills parameters.

The program will include both individual and team activities and events using the Kennel and other outside venues.
click here

Two Positions currently available click here

We have many boys involved with both the football and cricket clubs who are keen to enter the workforce.
If you know of anybody looking for quality, 1st year apprentices or other type of employment contact Ian Wheeler 0408 943357 to assist .. ‘let's look after our own’

St Bernards offers a wide range of sponsorship pakages.

Our website receives more hits than any local club providing huge coverage for businesses!

Enquiries to:
Sponsorship co-ordinator
Rob Lawrence roblawrence


Support Your Club .. details:
click here

at 'the Pit'

Committee, Coaches, Support Staff, Social and Special Events Co-ordinators listing ..
click here


Former Club Captain
Damien McLaughlin
proudly sponsors

Alex Singleton


Young 'Singo' debuted with the seniors in round one 2009 and has developed into a versatile cog in Bernards running game playing back, wing, on ball and forward.

One of a number of young guns the pacy left footer is another product of Bernards Junior program who has progressed to senior footy after a stint at TAC club Calder Cannons & Bernards Under 19s.

Visit the Players Sponsors page:
click here 


We are updating our contact lists and need your details!
To help us communicate better to all in St Bernards community the club is building a new data base but we need your help via updated contact details.

Please email details to Luke Gollant: or call Luke on 0419 502 588 with your mailing address.


Now on website, go to TROPHY ROOM page and click on the link to see all players who have played 100 games or more for St Bernards OCFC





abcd All Senior Players - Note Training Tues night is at Walter St Reserve
Walter St Ascot Vale - 6pm sharp!

abcd Bernards Beat Beauy And Celebrate Chisel's 250th!


One of St Bernards favourite sons Chris 'Chisel' Davis leads the side out on his 250th .. more below

The Highs and Lows .. St Bernards Seniors, Reserves and U19s celebrated great wins and Chisel's 250th at 'the Pit' on Saturday, however our thoughts are with young Tim O'Sullivan and Gary Boucher.

Tim O'Sullivan was badly injured in the U18 game at Oakleigh. Tim flew at a contest, only to be polaxed by a strong front-on impact. Tim showed incredible courage to play out the second half, contributing very well but by late afternoon he was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery to repair four ruptured blood vessels.  Tim will spend up to a week in hospital and will not play footy again this year. Tim's mum Allison said Tim is progressing well "Tim's first concern after waking from surgery was that he will miss the rest of the footy season" Our thoughts and best wishes to Tim, his parents Allison & Peter and his brother Ben.

Gary Boucher is also in hospital after a work accident and all at the club wish Gary a huge 'get well soon' .. we hope to see the big fella back on deck as soon as possible

A big thank you to all involved in making yesterdays Ladies lunch another successful day with just under 100 in attendance All the ladies enjoyed the complimentary champagne and excellent two course meal prepared by our gourmet chef Simon Polkinghorne. Guest speaker Davina Connors-Calhem a past president of our A grade rivals Old Xavierians was terrific. Thanks to Dorianna Cooper who in spite of the difficult week she had with Gary's hospitalisation organised the luncheon and thanks also to Debbie Mariner for her great job as MC

abcd Seniors: Grind Out Win Over Game Beauy!

St Bernards overcame a determined Beaumaris ln wet and windy conditions at 'the Pit' on Saturday but not before a tough struggle over the four quarters.

The slippery conditions didn't allow for pretty football but it was great to see our blokes really work hard all day.
St Bernards looked to kick away on a number of occassions but Beaumaris would not concede and it wasnt until the 20 min mark of the final quarter that Tate Pearson goal sealed the game

Football Director Paul Garth said "Obviously it was a must win game but we were really pleased with the mind set of our blokes .. Ryan Schroders 50 metre chase and tackle on Beaumaris full forward Gowers exemplified our determination and the way we put our head over the ball was the difference in those conditions" .. see Schrodes chase on video below

Tate Pearson 6 goals

The smiles say it all .. Jake Forder leads the seniors off after the win

abcd Reserves: Celebrate 'Chisels' 250th!

Reserves: After another a slow start for the Ressies St Bernards got on top in the third quarter before running out twenty point winners over Beaumaris.

Chris Mitchell led the way with six majors while Micky Stapleton, Jesse Manunzio, Luke Baird, Jimmy Stapleton and the milestone boy Chris Davis were our best over the four quarters.

Congrats to one of St Bernards favourite sons, Chris 'Chisel' Davis on his magnificent milestone of 250 games .. now for the 300 Chis!

Clang six goals

abcd Thirds: Mono's Boys First Loss!

A 9.20am start in wet and cold conditions and things got bleaker as the Thirds went down for the first time to ladder leader Caulfield.

Poor kicking for goal didn't help but credit to Caulfield who were simply too good on the day.

Good to see Chris Liberatore play the first half and hopefully he will get a few more games under his belt

Nick Counsel did a great job over the four quarters as did evergreen Paul Capes and Matt Briganti,  Tommy Gleeson and Aaron Helenius all showed they could play at a higher level.

Aaron Helenius in the best again

abcd Warriors: Miracles Boys Run Into Hot OM's!

Nick Toy battled hard in the ruck

The Warriors fronted up to top of the ladder Old Melburnians with high hopes but any flicker of an upset was extinguished in the first stanza when OM's bounced out of the blocks to take a 32 pt lead and never looked back.

Matt Trim was probably our only winner on the day but great to see Damien Iannazzo jet in for a run from sunny Qld and Nick Toy battled hard in the ruck all day.

abcd Under 19: Bernards Trounce Marcellin!

Geez .. we were confident going into the game but its not often Marcellin U19 sides get beaten so badly.

Coach Damien Sullivan said "We obviously trounced them on the scoreboard but it wasnt as one sided as that .. our blokes just played really well for the four quarters and didnt let up at any stage"

Jack Gay had another terrific game, Peter Lenory and Matty Stapo gave us drive all day and Jack Saundry, Daniel Riley and Keiren Farrell continued their good form from last week.

The win puts St Bernards equal top with Werribee and sets up a big clash between the two sides for top of the table honours at Soldiers Reserve next week.

Coach Damien Sullivan  

abcd Under 18: Pups Do It Tough In Oakleigh .. Best Wishes to Tim O'Sullivan

The U18’s travelled out to Oakleigh to take on the second placed Krushers.
A 2.9 first quarter display reflected a dominance in general play that was not converted into the scoreboard pressure the boys deserved.  Trailing by 7 points at the main break, we let ourselves down badly in the third quarter, conceding 6.5.41 kicking with the aid of a strong breeze.  This poor effort and our early inaccurate kicking for goal were the difference in the end.
Despite the disappointing result, today’s three quarter effort was a fantastic improvement on last week’s insipid effort.  If we show up to play 4 quarters, who knows what we’ll do.
Craig Connelly
Tim O'Sullivan was badly injured in the U18 game at Oakleigh. Tim flew at a contest, only to be polaxed by a strong front-on impact. Tim showed incredible courage to play out the second half, contributing very well but by late afternoon he was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery to repair four ruptured blood vessels.  Tim will spend up to a week in hospital and will not play footy again this year. Tim's mum Allison said Tim is progressing well "Tim's first concern after waking from surgery was that he will miss the rest of the footy season" Our thoughts and best wishes to Tim, his parents Allison & Peter and his brother Ben.

abcd Under 17: Bernards Crush St Pauls!

The 17s boys belt out the song after their big win over St Pauls on Sunday

The 17s went on their merry way again on Sunday and now sit equal top with St Bedes Mentone

Final Score: St Bernards 14-20 (104) defeated St.Pauls 2.3 (15)

Best Players:
T. RUSSELL, M. Dickson, K. Cashin, A. Bevanda, L. Jowett, J. Bromley
Goal Kickers: A. Bevanda 3, M. Dickson 2, W. Fleming 2, L. Jowett 2, K. Cashin 2, T. RUSSELL, J. Bromley , R. DOUGHERTY

Coach Mick Bevanda was pleased with the boys work rate:
.. "I just love the way the boys are sharing the footy around, preparing to run for each other, earning the results that comes from bloody hard work."
Team Effort!
Team Result!
Bigger Mountains to climb coming shortly!


abcd Capsey Chalks Up 200th .. Finally!
After looking at the games played page on the website Paul Capes decided that sitting on 196 career games was just too enticing so Capsey got into the preseason with the intent of playing with the Warriors and increasing his career tally to 200 plus .. but Capsey has done a little more than make up the numbers in the Warriors, after showing good form early Paul was promoted to the 3rds and been named in the best .. well done Capsey!
.. pics of Capsey's 200th click here

abcd St Bernards Announce Team Leaders For 2011

Danny Byrne has been reappointed Club Captain for 2011. Nic Cooke is Vice Captain with Josh Madden, George Garth and Jake Bevanda named as Deputy Vice Captains. For all sides Team Leaders click here


Danny Byrne Capt
Nic Cooke VC
Josh Madden DVC
George Garth DVC

abcd Thanks To St Bernards From Tristan Mungatopi and Family!

The response to Damien and Jo Sullivan's request to assist the Mungatopi family's move from the Tiwi Islands to Victoria has been terrific and much appreciated by Tristan who visited the club last week.

Tristan has written to the club and asked we pass on his thanks to all those that have helped his family since they have made the move .. see below

To the St Bernard's Football Club,
I am writing to thank the Club for the kindness shown to my family and me recently.  When Damien Sullivan told me about his idea to approach the St Bernard's Footy community for a bit of help setting up my home, I had no idea what the response would be; a genuine display of goodwill and an overwhelming example of practical reconciliation in action. An unlikely community of people banding together to help a young family from the Tiwi Islands.  The trailer load of furniture and other goods that Damien and Jo brought here has turned our modest house into a real home.

The way your community has welcomed and embraced my boys Jordan, Tracker and Antony at training or on game day is inspiring to me as a father.  It has been hard to move away from our community Milikapiti (Snake Bay) on the Tiwi Islands so I can give the kids a better start in life - but this challenge is being been made easier knowing that there are good people out there who are prepared to help, people who I see have given us a hand up and not a hand out. It was good to come to training last Thursday and to meet a few of the people from the St Bernard's Footy community.

I look forward to coming down to the Club again and I know that it is now just a matter of time before Jordan, Tracker and Antony are kicking goals for St Bernard's!!!

Cheers from Tristan Mungatopi & Family

Background .. full story, click here

abcd Around 'the Pit' ..

Tommy Back in May!
click here
Bernards Boys O'seas!
click here
Diamond Dogs Launched
click here
Tom Makes
AFL Debut
click here
Run and Won!
click here
Vale Peter
click here

Raff Wins
VAFA Award
click here
Sides Up
No's Listed
17s Coach

Mounty Takes
Ressie Reins

East Perth
Boys Arrive

abcd Pottsy Wins Again!

We'd rather have him roaming up forward at 'the Pit' but great to see Pottsy remains undefeated after his latest MMA fight. Pottsy pulverised his opponent before winning by submission!



abcd Capesy Chalks Up His 200th .. Finally!
After looking at the games played page on the website Paul Capes decided that sitting on 196 career games was just too enticing so Capsey got into the preseason with the intent of playing with the Warriors and increasing his career tally to 200 plus .. but Capsey has done a little more than make up the numbers in the Warriors, after showing good form early Paul was promoted to the 3rds and been named in the best .. well done Capsey! .. pics of Capsey's 200th click here

Capsey alongside brother Anthony (runner) and his cheer squad

Capsey is clapped off by team mates after
blitzing in his 200th milestone game

And a kiss from the Missus Nicole
and daughter Olivia

abcd Raff Honoured by VAFA!

Congrats to John Raffle who was honoured by the VAFA at last week's season launch held at the MCG.

Raff was awarded the VAFA Certificate of Merit, a special award that is only handed out to individuals who display a strong commitment to a VAFA club and or the VAFA over a long period of time. In Raffs case he has not only been a club stalwart over many, many years but has also been involved at VAFA level as Team Manager for a number of State Representative sides.

Of eleven nominations for the award this year Raff was one of only six individuals to be granted the award .. well done Raff!


abcd Tom Makes AFL Debut!
There will be plenty of excitement in the Libba household this weekend with former Bernards junior star Tom Liberatore being selected for his AFL debut for the Western Bulldogs  in their round one clash against Essendon after 18 year old Tom showed strong form in the NAB cup and preseason games.

The Liberatore familiy has been a huge part of Bernards for many years with dad Tony coaching juniors and Tom's brothers Chris (Senior B&F winner) Oliver (U/11) also playing at the club. Mum Jane is always on hand to help out and sister
Meg has been cheering the boys on for years

Congrats Tom and good luck from all at Bernards!
Tom Liberatore

abcd New Coterie Group 'Diamond Dogs' Launched in Fine Style!

St Bernards new coterie group the 'Diamond Dogs' was launched recently amid the plush surrounds of Eureka Towers.
Kevin Sheedy was the key note speaker and the night was a great success with over forty St Bernards supporters coming together to pledge support for the club .. full story click here

abcd Merro Returns & 'Bucks' Makes it Three East Perth Boys at 'the Pit'

Former Carlton and East Perth star Andrew Merrington is back at 'the Pit' and looking forward to playing alongside former East Perth teamate and St Bernards Captain Danny Byrne. Andrew played 16 games for Bernards before being drafted to Carlton. After leaving the Blues Merro headed to East Perth where he became a star key forward from 2004-2010 making the WA State side. Merro was named vice Capt after his B&F in '05.
Merro will be joined by another East Perth boy in Mark Buckley 'Bucks' hails from Donnybrook in WA where he carved a reputation as a strong on baller before moving into WAFL ranks and will be another welcome addition to the club for 2011.

Andrew Merrington and Mark Buckley on the track this week

abcd Mounty Named Reserves Coach For 2011

James Mount has been named Reserves Coach for 2011.

Well known to Bernards supporters
Mounty made his senior debut in 1997 and has played over 150 games for the club. Mounty won the Reserves B&F in 2000 and captained the all conquering Ressies Premiership team in 2003. Still going strong last season Mounty mixed Ressies and Thirds footy  and took out the Thirds Best and Fairest.

Football Director Paul Garth said "Mounty is a good fit for our coaching panel .. we felt it was important to add a coach to the panel who  had first hand experience with our young list.

Mounty is clear on where we are at and what we need to do to improve, he has coached Juniors, is respected amongst the playing group for the way he has gone about his footy and  he is passionate about St Bernards"

St Bernards Bolsters 2011 Football Dept
In addition to finalising the Coaching Panel the club has added to its Football Department support group ..  click here
Mick Bevander
Mounty after his 150th
James Mount
Reserves Coach

Mick Bevanda U17s Coach .. Completes Coaching Panel

With Mick Bevanda's acceptance of the Under 17 coaching job the club has now finalised our coaching panel for all teams for 2011

Mick played Junior, Reserve and Senior footy for Bernards old ‘arch rival’ North Old Boys where he won Junior B&F awards and played in NOB’s Under 19 premiership team.


Mick has  loads of footy experience and has kept close to the action by supporting his three boys at St Bernards (Jake, Liam and Adam) as a trainer of their teams.


His team manager is Ged Whelan who has a long history of team administrator duties from the time his twin boys (Liam and Seamus) started with our Under 10s


St Bernards  Full Coaching Panel for 2001 .. click here

Mick Bevanda
17s Coach


abcd Premiership Sides Now On The Site!

Thanks to John Raffle for his research time and effort in documenting all St Bernards VAFA Premiership sides since the club began way back in 1963.

We still have a few gaps to fill but already have most sides up.

Go to THE CLUB page or click here


abcd New Players ... St Bernards Is The Place To Be!
St Bernards is the biggest and most successful VAFA club in the region and is on the look out for new
recruits for the 2011 season ... for some of the key benefits in representing St Bernards .. click here


Luke and Jordan Make A Record Four Bernards Boys Drafted!

Luke Mitchell
Jordan Schroder
Mitch Wallis
Western Bulldogs
Tom Liberatore
Western Bulldogs

Huge congrats to Luke Mitchell and Jordan Schroder who were both drafted last night and now join Tom Liberatore and Mitch Wallis in AFL ranks for 2011. Everyone at Bernards are rapt for the boys and its great to see they will all be playing locally with Luke (Carlton) Jordan (Geelong) and Tom and Mitch (Western Bulldogs)

The four played all of their Junior football together at St Bernards under coach Steve Wallis including premierships at U12, U14 and U16 level. The boys then headed to Calder Cannons where they have played in back to back TAC Cup premierships in the past two seasons.

Mitch Wallis and Tom Liberatore made the Vic Metro U18 side this year with Mitch being named captain and Tom named All Australian. Luke Mitchell overcame a shoulder injury before starring in the TAC Cup finals series and Jordan Schroder's strong 2010 form was also capped off by an excellent finals series.

St Bernards Football Director Paul Garth said, "We believe that four boys being drafted in the same year is a record for any club, all four families are a big part of our club, all of the boys have brothers playing at Bernards .. it's a terrific achievement and clearly demonstrates the success of our junior program"

Pic above: All four boys after playing in St Bernards 2008 U16 Premiership side.

St Bernards Player Employment Assistance Program


    1. Commencement role as Storeman leading to Advancement
         Jason Gollant is looking for someone to start with his Company as a storeman general rouseabout,   
         with a view to becoming an auctioneer. Call Mick Perrett 9289 1106 for details

    2. First or 2nd Year Apprenticeship opportunity in Carpentry
       Ideally suit someone coming out of Year 12
       Small business, predominantly in the East Keilor /Essendon region (Drivers Licence required)
        Call Ian Wheeler (0408 943357) for details and to send your resume


    1. Electrical Technician (electrician) qualified in High Voltage testing commissioning /maintenance field.

    2. Grounds Management Position

    If you can assist please contact John Hughes 0403 056 584

abcdNew Players ... St Bernards Is The Place To Be!
place to be

St Bernards is the biggest and most successful VAFA club in the region and is on the look out for new
recruits for the 2011 season ... some of the key benefits in representing St Bernards include:

  • The club’s infrastructure and support matches VFL clubs with superb facilities including new clubrooms and social club, boxing gym, swimming pool and synthetic summer training surface.
  • We have a first class coaching panel, including specialist skills, development, conditioning and boxing coaches supported by professional trainers and physio support services.
  • St Bernards enjoys broad community support with a strong business network that enables us to provide great player amenities and a range of potential employment opportunities.
  • Socially St Bernards is a vibrant club as you can see on this website.
  • Our supporters match day luncheons are renowned in the VAFA where sponsors, family and friends mix in a relaxed welcoming environment.
  • The VAFA offers the unique opportunity of wearing the 'big V' St Bernards has produced a wealth of State Reps including six last season who represented Victoria in VAFA U21, U19 and St Bernards boys were also selected in the U18 side to tour New Zealand. A VAFA U23 side also toured South Africa which was a terrific experience for young players.
  • 2011 will give more players the chance to wear the 'big V' at Senior, U23, U21 and U19 level and includes a national U23 'All Australian Carnival,' in Adelaide playing against Tasmania, Western Australia & South Australia in a week of showcase Amateur football.
If you are interested in joining one of the great football clubs in Victoria contact Football Director
Paul Garth 0412 533 314 email: or just pop down to training at the
College in Beryl Street West Essendon where you will be made most welcome!


Team Leaders
abcd St Bernards Announces Team Leaders For 2011

Captain: Danny Byrne
VC: Nic Cooke
DVC: Josh Madden, George Garth, Jake Bevanda
Captains: Ben Hogan, Andrew Smith, Stephen Iannazzo
VC: Jesse Manunzio

Captain: Justin Fistrovic
VC: Danny O'Neil
DVC: Nick Hughes, Johnny Harvey

Captain: Daniel Janides
Vice Captain: Clarke Mitchell
DVC: Andrew O'Dea

Under 19
Capt:  Simon Caven
VC: Brad Cooper
DVC: Harry Overman
Under 18
Captain: Michael Sulzberger
VC: Jake van Meel
DVC: Michael Hughes

Under 17
Captain: Taylor Bisognano
VC: Michael Iacobaccio
DVC: Patrick Romano
Congratulations to those appointed to leadership positions and best wishes to all the boys for 2011.


More Bernards Boys Overseas!
Dane Evans debuts for Macau Lightning Footy Club while Mick Moloney donned the Bernards colours on top of Whistler in Canada. Good to see Dane wearing the Bernards socks .. but much better effort from Mick to don the Bernards singlet at minus 5!


vvdf   sssxdef
  Flying off half back .... Evo was named 3rd best for the Lightning .. and BOG at the aftermatch

.. and Tommy Gleeson (below) has been racking up the wins in the USA where he is on a tennis scholarship in Florida. Tom rang Football Director Paul Garth from Tampa this week to assure Garthy that he will be back in Melb May 7 and keen to have a run at 'the Pit' during his three month break!


WON v Beau 14 pts
WON v Beau 20 pts
lost v Cauf 41 pts
WARRIORS lost v OM's 150 pts
WON v Marc 147 pts
lost to Oakl by 36 pts
WON v St Pauls  89 pts





Chris Mitchell

Previous 'On the Couch'
with Hogi interviews

Steve Cannatelli
Kyle Dalmau
Ian Wheeler

Jesse Manunzio

Joe Pignataro

Tom Overman

Mick O'Dea

Jake Foulds

Mel Beyer

Mark Salvadori

Alex Jolley

Xavier Cox

Simon Cave

Steven Mitchell

Joey Indomenico

Chris Liberatore

James Hughes

Chris Davis

Andrew Smith

Luke O'Sullivan

Justin Evans

Brendan Ryan

George Garth

Tate Pearson


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