Round 6


Oakleigh Amateurs let themselves down with their kicking for goal on Saturday at Ruthven Reserve in their Division 1 clash with Preston. A first quarter return of 4-6 gave the Krushers a 10 point lead at the first break with the Bullants booting 3-2. But a dominant second term from Preston with 5 goals to the Oaks 1 had the hosts up by 18 points at the main change. The third quarter was where the Krushers kicking let them down booting 2-9 to the Bullants 1-2 leaving the Oaks still 5 points in arrears at the last change. A 6 goal to 3 last term by the home side settled the issue with Preston running out 23 point winners. Aaron Cloke booted 5 goals for Oakleigh with Ed Standish, Lucas Cloke and Gary Bennett among the best.

The reserves, still battling with injuries, put up a solid display early but were overrun by a stronger Bullants outfit, particularly in the second half. Taking a 2 point lead into the first change, the Krushers were headed in the second quarter and slipped to a 19 point deficit at the long break. From there things went downhill a bit as the Bullants took control extending the lead to 41 points at the last change and keeping the Krushers goalless in the final quarter to run away with the game by 77 points.

The Krushers womens team travelled to Chelsworth Park for a date with Old Ivanhoe and, fresh from their big win the previous week, were quietly determined to do well but a scoreless first term wasn’t quite the start they’d hoped for and made life a little difficult. Opening their account in the second term, the Oaks trailed by 6 points at the long break and things were looking up but Old Ivanhoe added 2-2 to the Oaks single behind and went to the final change with a 19 point lead. The Krushers found their mojo in the last quarter and came home strongly booting 3 goals to 1 but the slow start came back to haunt them and Old Ivanhoe snuck home by 6 points. Jazz Ballestrin kicked 2 goals for Oakleigh with Cass Bethune, Mandy Leeson and Kara White were in the Oaks best.

The U/19s played at the Krusherdome at Scammell Reserve hosting Brunswick NOBSPC. After being moved to Section 4 from Section 5 and promptly stamping their authority with a huge win over Old Scotch last week, the young Krushers were set back a little as NOBS took the early initiative and went to the first break with a 6 point lead. The Oaks were having none of this and set about putting things right in the second term booting a slightly inaccurate 3-6 to the visitors solitary point. Improved kicking in the third term saw the young Oaks take a stranglehold on the game with 6 goals to the NOBS 1 and a 48 point lead at the last change. A further 6 unanswered goals in the last quarter gave the Krushers an 89 point win. Ethan Faragher kicked 4 goals for the Oaks with Dylan Goodwill and Zac Murphy adding 3 each and Harry Boontjes chipped in with 2.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 10-19-79 lt Preston Bullants 15-12-102. Goals: A.Cloke 5, J.Hunt, C.Grant, L.Cloke, H.Everett, T.Scott 1. Best: E.Standish, A.Cloke, L.Cloke, G.Bennett, L.Gillard, A.Mase.

Reserves: Oakleigh 6-9-45 lt Preston Bullants 18-13-121 Goals & Best: No details available

Women: Oakleigh 4-2-26 lt Old Ivanhoe 4-8-32 Goals: J.Ballestrin 2, N.Aldridge, M.Minchin 1. Best: J.Ballestrin, M.Bregazzi, C.Bethune, M.Minchin, K.White, A.Leeson.

U/19s: Oakleigh 17-17-119 def Brunswick NOBSPC 4-6-30. Goals: E.Faragher 4, D.Goodwill, Z.Murphy 3, H.Boontjes 2, R.Powell, T,Gillard, L.Park, S.Izlani, E.Thaning 1. Best: No details available

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.


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