Round 1


The VAFA season 2018 started on Saturday and Oakleigh Amateurs opened their account emphatically with a 54 point win over Brunswick NOBSPC at Scammell Reserve. The Krushers flew out of the blocks with a 7 goal first term and could have done more damage but for some near misses early. The NOBS did well with limited opportunities to kick 3 goals and trail by 26 points at the first change. The Oaks took the game by the throat in the second quarter adding 6-7 to the visitors 2 goals and effectively assured themselves, and everyone else present, that the game was theirs, taking a 57 point lead into half-time. After the long break NOBS came out firing and set about getting back into the contest booting 6 goals, but the Krushers lifted and replied with another 7 goal quarter to go to last change 65 points up. Oakleigh seemed to ease off the pedal in the last term as the visitors added 6 goals to the Oaks 3 before the final siren ended a very entertaining game. Aaron Cloke put on a show for the crowd kicking 10 goals in a best-on-ground display with Chris Grant, Lucas Cloke, and Tim Scott adding 3 each with Pat Ioannidis booting 2. Luke Pappon, Gary Bennett Nick Seel and Ed Standish, in his first senior game, were among the best. In the reserves game, Oakleigh also saluted with a determined display. After a tight first quarter, the Krushers trailed by a point but soon got into their rhythm in the second moving the the ball with more confidence and precision, if a little wayward in front of goal, adding 4-6 to the NOBS 2-1 to go to the main break 16 points up. Third quarter honours went to the visitors who cut the deficit to 11 points at the last change and an even last quarter saw the Oaks prevail by 12 points. The U/19s opened proceedings at the Krusherdome on Saturday and celebrated with a tough win over Aquinas. A very even first half had the Oaks 6 points up at the first change and scores locked together at the long break. The second half was where Oakleigh began to shine with a 5 goal to 1 third term setting them up for victory and, after an even last quarter, the young Krushers ran out 25 point winners. The women’s team travelled to Rathmines Rd. to take on Hawthorn Amateurs and found the going a lot tougher than expected. The hosts proved far too strong for the Krushers, keeping them scoreless in both first and third quarters and goalless in the second as they ran the Krusher defence ragged booting 8-15. A goal to Oakleigh in the last term was small consolation in a tough opening to the season.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 23-20-158 def Brunswick NOBSPC 16-8-104.
Goals: A. Cloke 10, C. Grant 3, L. Cloke 3, T. Scott 3, P. Ioannidis 2, G. Bennett, N. Seel.
Best: A. Cloke, C. Grant, L.Pappon, G. Bennett, E. Standish, N. Seel.
Reserves: Oakleigh 14-12-96 def Brunswick NOBSPC 13-6-84.
Best: J. Chapple, J. Revere, J. Van De Ven,.K. Bradley, R. Henderson, Z. Barrett
U/19s: Oakleigh 14-12-96 def Aquinas 10-11-71.
Goals: H.Boontjes 4, D.Goodwill 3, E.Faragher 2, B.Hall, C.Galanos, L.Park, Z.Murphy, E.Thaning 1.
Best: H.Boontjes, C. Galanos, C. Gillard, B. Hall
Women: Oakleigh 1-3-9 lt Hawthorn AFC 8-15-63.
Best: C. Bethune, M. Minchin, M. Leeson, J. Bethune, A. Ringin, M. Bregazzi


VALE – Norm Walsh

Norm had begun his sporting involvement in 1966 on the Victorian Little Athletics Steering Committee and also began his tenure in footy at OSHFC from 1969 to 1979 and being President in 1975. He was awarded the 1976 Life Governor Award for community sport.
At Oakleigh FC in VFA, from 1980 to 1992 where he became the General Manager for 2 years, Secretary for 3 years and president for 1 year. Norm was also a VFA delegate from 1982 to 1990 He received VFA Life Membership
In his time as Secretary and General Manager 1993 to 2009 for the Krushers it must be noted that Norm, something of a stickler for rules and regulations, had no easy time of it given that the club at the time was largely populated by larrikins and ratbags with little respect for authority. It was not unusual to see Norm shaking his head and”tut-tutting”.
Norm was awarded OAFC Life Membership in1996 and in 2000 the Australian Sports Medal Award followed by the2001 MCC recreation award for his service to sport. He was a recipient of the Sir John Monash community leadership 2006 for services to sport. He was awarded the Oakleigh Community Sporting Club Life Membership in 2006
For a bloke that has received many accolades he certainly was very humble about them.
Rest in peace Norm….And thank you for a job well done.

Barry Alexander and Neil Smith

And from Andrew Walsh…..

Thank you to everyone for your tributes for my dad Norm Walsh. The whole family feels so supported and loved during this difficult time.
The Funeral Service for Norm Walsh will be held Friday 16/2 at 2pm at the Boyd Chapel Springvale Cemetery & Crematorium 600 Princes Highway Springvale.
Following the service the family invites you to join us for refreshments at the South Oakleigh Bowling Club 1216 North Road South Oakleigh.


Oakleigh Amateur Football Club president, Barry Alexander, has stepped down after an amazing 33 years at the helm. Way back in 1985, Barry took over as president of the then Oakleigh Sacred Heart Football Club before assuming the role at the new Oakleigh Amateurs Football Club which came about after the merger of Oakleigh Sacred Heart and Emmanuel Football Clubs in 1991.

In that time, Barry has overseen the transition of the Krushers from the former ESCFA, now the SFL, to the VAFA, five senior premiership, one reserves premiership, one U/19s premiership, two U18s premierships and the formation of the senior womens team. His tireless work ethic around the club has been an inspiration for all. His love of the club and the game has won him friends and admirers and respect from across the football community, particularly in the VAFA where his staunch defence of Oakleigh in particular and “district” clubs in general has won, in some cases, grudging respect.

Aside from his presidential duties, Barry is also the chief statistician and “vacuum operator” as he can usually be found in the change rooms cleaning up after the players have long since moved to the social rooms. Now that his tenure is up and he’ll be able to spend more time with understanding wife, Jenni, it’s unlikely the club will have seen the end of Barry. As long there are stats to be taken and floors to be vacuumed Barry will be there. 33 years as president! A record unlikely to be broken.

The club would like to extend it’s warmest regards and thanks to Barry for his years of service, his dedication, his inspiration, his good humour and his passion. It’s the end of an era but the start of a new chapter for the Krushers.

Cheers Barry.


Score $3000 for your club and $1000 for a club hero‏

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