KRUSHERS RELEGATED

Amateurs finished an unhappy season falling to minor premiers Caulfield Grammarians at Scammell Reserve on Saturday in the VAFA Premier C division final round. Despite their best efforts, the Oaks couldn’t keep up with the flag favourites after a bright start gave the Krushers a 4 point lead at the first change. The second quarter, however, was all Caulfield’s as they booted 8 goals the Oakleigh’s 1 and took a stranglehold on the match with a 35 point advantage at the long break.

A spirited third quarter by Oakleigh gave the faithful some hope of an upset cutting the lead to 24 points at the last change but the Fields managed to shake off a tenacious Oaks in the last quarter to win by 44 points. Aaron Cloke led the Oaks goal kicking booting 4 with Trevor Bromley adding 3 and Tim Scott chipping in with 2. Liam Gillard, Tim Doherty and Tom Nolan were among Oakleigh’s best players.

The reserves game started badly for Oakleigh who failed to score against the wind in the first term as Caulfield slammed on 7 goals. An improved second term saw Oakleigh boot 5 straight goals to the Fields 1 and go to the main change 28 points adrift. The second half, though, belonged to Caulfield as they booted 7-10 to the Oaks 2-2 to run out victors by 66 points.

Oakleigh finished the year in ninth place and are now consigned to D1 division next season and the task of rebuilding and returning to Premier C, hopefully in 2018.

Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 12-17-89 lt Caulfield Grammarians 19-19-133
Goals: A.Cloke 4, T.Bromley 3, T.Scott 2, D.Cleary, L.Cloke, T.Doherty 1.
Best: T.Scott, L.Gillard, T.Doherty, T.Nolan, C.Moore, L.Cloke.

Reserves: Oakleigh 7-2-44 lt Caulfield Grammarians 15-20-110
Goals:  J. Abela 2, S.Rodrigo 2, C.Pearson, Z.Thiessens, B.Weymouth 1.
Best: L.Pappon, C.Pearson, A.Murray, A.Weymouth, B.Weymouth, S.Johnstone.

KRUSHERS BOTTOM OUT.

Amateurs hit the bottom this week after losing a crucial game against local rivals Ormond at E.E.Gunn Reserve on Saturday in the VAFA Premier C penultimate round. A week after accounting for top Mazenod at home, the Krushers were quietly confident of victory and keeping their hopes of staying in C grade alive, however Ormond had other ideas and leapt out of the blocks booting 5 unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes before Oakleigh managed 3 late goals to go to the first break 18 points down. An improvement in the second term saw the Oaks claw their way back but an inability to convert up forward had them trailing by 5 points at the long break.

The third term proved an even contest with Ormond managing to hold on to a 6 point advantage at the last change. Oakleigh lifted again in the final term working their way to the front but couldn’t hold on to the lead as the ‘Monders rallied kicking the last 4 goals of the game to win by 24 points. Aaron Cloke led the Oaks goalkicking with 4 and Trevor Bromley added 2. Corey Moore, Zac Barrett and Tim Scott were in the best for Oakleigh.

The reserves battled hard but were no match for a superior Ormond in the early game. Oakleigh could manage only 1 goal to Ormonds 10 in the first half and, although they improved in the second half, they couldn’t stop the Monders who ran away to an 88 point victory.

The U/19s travelled to Garvey Oval to play Old Paradians and managed to take a 4 point lead into the main break but couldn’t manage a goal in the third term and faded in the last to go down by 19 points.

Scores:
Seniors: Oakleigh 10-14-74 lt Ormond 14-14-98
Goals: A.Cloke 4, T.Bromley 2, Z.Mousoulis, L.Moeller, D.Cleary, J.Revere
Best: C.Moore, Z.Barrett, T.Scott, A.Cloke, G.Bennett, D.Cleary.

Reserves: Oakleigh 5-10-40 lt Ormond 19-14-128.
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Under 19’s: Oakleigh 7-12-54 lt Old Paradians 10-13-73
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