Oakleigh had their best day of the season on Saturday as all four teams saluted. In Div. 1 the seniors swept aside a determined St. Johns at Thomas Carroll Reserve in a bit of a scrappy encounter. After starting well, the Oaks allowed the Jocs to dictate the terms in the first quarter and trailed by 7 points at the first change. Still looking scratchy early in the second term, the Krushers managed to contain the hosts before hitting their stride and banging on 6 unanswered goals to take control of the game. A late goal to St. Johns made the difference 22 points in Oakleigh’s favour at the main break.

The Oaks were on a roll after half-time and piled on another 6 goals to the hosts 3 as the Jocs began to falter and the Oaks held a 39 point advantage at the last change. St. Johns wilted in the final term and Oakleigh piled on another 7 goals and strolled to an 82 point win. Tim Scott was again the main goalkicker with 8, Trevor Bromley showed he still has the goods kicking 7 and Gary Bennett and Aaron Cloke added 2 each. Pat Ioannidis, Michael Tate and Shane Borland were in Oakleigh’s best.

In the early game, the Krushers proved too strong for St. Johns. After taking an 11 point lead into the first change, the Oaks simply outplayed their hosts taking a 24 point lead into the long break and then keeping them goalless in the second half, running away with a 97 point win. “Rocket” Rod Gonzalez was on fire in front of goal with 9, Josh Abela kicked 5 with Chris Grant adding 2. Nick Seel, Brodie Weymouth and Anmol Malhotra were among the Krushers best.

In the Women’s Development Division 2 match at Scammell Reserve the Krushers emerged victorious in a low scoring affair against Old Carey. A goalless first term saw the scores locked together at one point each at the first break, but the Oaks upped the intensity in the second and went to the long break with an 8 point advantage. A strong third term from the Krushers had them 3 goals in front at the last change and they withstood a late charge from Old Carey to grab a 12 point victory. Goals were shared between Shannen Bethune, Somaly Herridge and Stephanie Wood for Oakleigh with Casey Morris, Marnie Guerin and Crystal Van among the Oaks best.

The U/19s began proceedings at Scammell Reserve, playing host to Aquinas and came away with a 7 point win after the entire second quarter was lost due to a serious injury to Lucas Cloke whose arm was broken. It’s difficult to proceed with a game when there’s an ambulance on the field. Anyway, after the ambulance took Lucas to the hospital, play resumed with the second quarter abandoned and the Krushers held on in a tight one. Dylan Goodwill and Ed Standish each kicked 3 goals for Oakleigh with Chris Galanos, Harry Bootjes and Mina Farid among the Oaks best.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 23.17.155 def St Johns 11.11.77
Goals: Tim Scott 8, Trevor Bromley 7, Gary Bennett, Aaron Cloke 2, Pat Ioannidis, Michael Tate, Zac Mousoulis, Shane Borland.
Best: Trevor Bromley, Tim Scott, Pat Ioannidis, Michael Tate, Shane Borland, Gary Bennett

Reserves: Oakleigh 19.19.133 def St Johns 5.6.36
Goals: Rod Gonzalez 9, Josh Abela 5, Chris Grant 2, Anmol Malhotra, Nick Seel, Jaryd Wines
Best: Rod Gonzalez, Nick Seel, Brodie Weymouth, Anmol Malhotra, James Chapple, Josh Abela

U19s: Oakleigh 9.3.57 def Aquinas OC 7.8.50
Goals: Dylan Goodwill 3, Ed Standish 3, Izaiah Elisaia, Chris Galanos, Tom Gillard
Best: Dylan Goodwill, Ed Standish, Chris Galanos, Harry Bootjes, Mina Farid, Will Harris

Womens: Oakleigh 3.5.23 def Old Carey 1.5.11
Goals: Shannen Bethune, Somaly Herridge, Stephanie Wood
Best: Stephanie Wood, Shannen Bethune, Casey Morris, Marnie Guerin, Somaly Herridge, Crystal Van