Round 18

KRUSHERS STORM INTO FINALS ON BACK OF CLOKE TON.

In the VAFA Division 1 on Saturday, it was an interesting state of affairs as the top four sides played amongst themselves with top team Hampton Rovers visiting second placed Ormond and third placed Therry Penola paying a visit to fourth team Oakleigh in what were essentially dress rehearsals of next weeks finals. The result of the first game had little effect on the final standings as Hampton had the minor premiership sewn up but the second game was of great interest to, not only Oakleigh but Prahran who stood to gain a spot in the finals should the Oaks falter, there was also the small matter of whether Aaron Cloke could reach 100 goals for the season. What ensued at Scammell Reserve on Saturday afternoon was nothing short of remarkable as the Oaks stunned everybody with a powerful display of attacking football. Led by Jim Hunt in his 150th game for the club, the Krushers stormed from the blocks with an 8 goal first term keeping a rattled Lions to 2 goals and going into the first break with a 39 point lead. Any concerns about which end the gusting westerly was favouring were dispelled as the Oaks piled on another five goals in the second quarter with Therry being held goalless. By the long break the lead had blown out to 71 points and any hopes that Prahran had of playing finals had been blown away. The Krushers kept the momentum going and as the Lions lifted with 4 goals, the Oaks answered with 7 including Aaron Clokes 100th goal coming late in the quarter. Order was restored after players and supporters swamped Cloke with congratulations and it was back to the business at hand for Oakleigh and they went to the last change with a 92 point lead. The Krushers were relentless, and miserly, as the defence gave the Lions nothing, keeping them to 1 goal in the last as the Oaks booted 3 to finish a whopping 106 points up at the bell. Aaron finished with 9 goals for the Krushers with Harry Boontjes, Tim Scott, Luke Pappon and Ethan Faragher added 2 each. Liam Gillard, Corey Moore and Ed Standish were some of the Oaks best. For the record, Aaron Cloke is the first Oakleigh senior player to kick 100 goals in a season since Matt Forrest in 1992.

In the reserves game the Oaks found their opponents a bit too strong as the Lions opened up a 14 point lead by the first change. A goalless second term did little for the Oaks cause as Therry took a stranglehold of the game with a 6 goal haul and went into half-time with a 48 point lead. Both sides broke even in the third term but the Lions edged away in the last to post a 57 point win. Chris Pearson led the goalkicking fo Oakleigh with 2, Dan Mercuri, Jack Van Der Ven and Zac Thiessens were in the Krushers best.

The U/19s opened the festivities hosting Whitefriars in what was a tight and tough contest. The ‘Friars held sway at the first break by 8 points with the Krushers pushing them all the way but unable to make a difference on the scoreboard save for narrowing the margin to 5 points at the long break. An even third term saw the difference unchanged at the last break and hopes of a Krusher resurgence were dashed as Whitefriars closed out the game with 4 goals to 1 in the final quarter. Dylan Goodwill booted 5 goals for the Oaks with Emil Thaning adding 3 and Zane Murphy chipping in with 2. Tom Newstead, Jacob Pearce and Justin McCarthy were in the best players.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 23.17.155 def Therry Penola 7.7.49

Goals: Aaron Cloke 9, Harry Boontjes 2, Tim Scott 2, Ethan Faragher 2, James Hunt, Corey Moore, Zac Pearce-Thomas, Con Petropoulos, Jack Sellen, Ed Standish
Best Players: Aaron Cloke, Liam Gillard, Corey Moore, Ed Standish, James Hunt, Nick Seel

Reserves: Oakleigh 7.11.53 lt Therry Penola 17.8.110

Goals: Chris Pearson 2, Josh Abela, Hayden Everett, Casey Moyle, Aaron Planksken, Jack Van Der Ven
Best Players: Dan Mercuri, Jack Van Der Ven, Zac Thiessens, Justin McCarthy, Dylan Ruddy, Josh Abela

U19s Oakleigh 11.4.70 lt Whitefriars 14.9.93

Goals: Dylan Goodwill 5, Emil Thaning 3, Zane Murphy 2, Lachlan Park,
Best: Tom Newstead, Jacob Pearce, Justin McCarthy, Zane Murphy, Emil Thaning, Tom Gillard.

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