Frearson Oval, Monash University,
Wellington Road, Clayton
Oakleigh bounced back from last weeks disappointment with a resounding 7 goal victory over Williamstown in the VAFA Premier C penultimate round at Scammell Reserve on Saturday. Celebrating milestones were Andrew Murray for 200 games, Tim Scott in his 100 senior game, Pat Ioannidis and Aaron Cloke for their 100 games. After being entertained by Tiger great, Matthew “Richo” Richardson in the pre-match luncheon, the supporters moved out into the sunshine to watch the Krushers control proceedings during the opening term only to be let down by some poor finishing in front of goal which left them with a 5 point advantage at the first change. The Oaks inaccuracy in front of goal continued in the second quarter and, although the difference increased to 26 points at the long break, the waywardness allowed Williamstown to keep in touch.
The visitors launched a counter attack in the third term as the match became a bit physical and the Krushers struggled to maintain control going into the last change with a 4 point lead. After an early arm wrestle in the last quarter, the Oaks broke loose and slammed on 8 goals to 2 to power home by 42 points. Aaron Cloke led the Oakleigh goal kicking with 6 while Liam Hard and Trevor Bromley added 3 each. Pat Ioannidis, Dermot Cleary and Shane Borland were among Oakleigh’s best.
The reserves game was, unfortunately, a blowout for the Krushers who, after a fairly tight first quarter, were no match for a rampant Williamstown. The visitors ripped the game away from the Oaks particularly in the third term with 9 unanswered goals before going on to win by 112 points. Oakleigh’s leading goal kicker was George Angelis with 4 with Tom Nolan, Jack Van De Ven and Chris Mercuri in the Krushers best.
The curtain raiser had the U/19s staged a great fight back to turn a 5 goal half-time deficit into a 1 point victory over match favourites DeLaSalle in the U/19 Section 4 final round. Although suffering from a similar case of inaccuracy that plagued the seniors, the young Krushers stuck their task snatching the lead late in the final quarter and holding on to win by the narrowest margin. The Oaks goal kicking was led by Anmol Malhotra with 5 with Ryan Henderson and Kyle Schmauder added 2 each. Chris Pearson, Scott Johnstone and Ben Swan were in the best for Oakleigh.
Seniors: Oakleigh 17-24-126 def Williamstown CYMS 13-6-84.
Goals: A.Cloke 6, L.Hard, T.Bromley 3, D.Cleary, G.Bennett 2, S.Borland 1.
Best: P.Ioannidis, L.Hard, D.Cleary, J.Olsen, S.Borland, T.Bromley.
Reserves: Oakleigh 8-2-50 lt Williamstown CYMS 24-18-162.
Goals: G.Angelis 4, C.Grant, J.Van De Ven, A.Mathieson, N.Miller 1.
Best: T.Nolan, J.Van De Ven, C.Grant, C.Mercuri, E.Catella, S.Harris.
U/19s: Oakleigh 13-17-95 def DeLaSalle OC 14-10-94.
Goals: A.Malhotra 5, R.Henderson, K.Schmauder 2, L.Cloke, A.Malhotra, T.Corrie, C.Pearson 1.
Best: C.Pearson, A.Malhotra, B.Swan, S.Johnstone, C.Moore, R.Powell. Best: C.Pearson, A.Malhotra, B.Swan, S.Johnstone, C.Moore, R.Powell.
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