KRUSHERS BLOW A BIG CHANCE

Saturday proved to be a disappointing day for Oakleigh Amateurs with the seniors coughing up a chance to make the four as did the women’s team, the reserves were undermanned and outgunned, the U/19s, however, were the one shining light.

The seniors played host to Ormond at Scammell Reserve and, after last week’s heroics against PEGS still fresh in the minds of the faithful, it was hoped there would be more of the same against Ormond but with a howling gale blowing down the ground the conditions weren’t ideal. Ormond had first use of the wind and couldn’t really capitalise booting the only 2 goals of the quarter and taking a 13 point lead into the first break. The Oaks hit back when their turn came but inaccuracy proved curse and a 4-5 return gave them a 9 point lead the long break.

The Monders made better use of their second time with the wind kicking 5 goals to the Krushers 1 and going into the last change with a 17 point break. With the wind at their backs, the Oaks had every chance of running down the difference but again they couldn’t handle the wind in front of goal booting 2-5 to the visitors 2-2 and failing by 14 points. Aaron Cloke led the goal kicking for Oakleigh with 2, Tom Nolan, Tim Michael and Jon Rutter were in the best for the Oaks.

The early game was a one-sided affair as top side Ormond had too much firepower for a hapless Oakleigh who were left with no interchange. The Krushers tried hard but were simply outclassed losing by 114 points. Andrew Weymouth, Chris Grant and Brodie Weymouth were in the best for Oakleigh.

The women travelled over to Bulleen for a shot at Old Carey and a chance to make the four also, however a goalless first half against a sharp outfit like Old Carey didn’t help their cause at all. A much better second half saw the Oaks outscore the hosts but trying to haul in a 40 point deficit in half a game is a tough ask. To their credit, the girls had a go and eventually succumbed by 29 points. Jordyn Bethune and Casey Morris led the Oaks goal kicking with 2 each with Jade Farrugia, Elizabeth Yore and Adrienne Ringin among the best.

The U/19s travelled to Jordan Reserve to take on highly rated De La Salle. A good, if somewhat inaccurate (3-7), first term had the Krushers up by 18 points at the first change but a 5 goals to 3 second term had the hosts only 7 points adrift at the long break. The third quarter saw the Oaks pile on 5 goals to 1 to take a 30 point lead into the last quarter. The Krushers had to stand tall in the final term as De La Salle threw everything at them with the wind but came up 6 points short at the bell. Sam Carney and Dylan Goodwill kicked 3 goals each for Oakleigh with Izaiah Elisaia adding 2. Mina Farid, Harry Bootjes and Jacob Pearce were in the best players for the Oaks.

Final Scores:

1sts: OAFC 7.15.57 v Ormond 10.11.71
Goals: Aaron Cloke 2, Gary Bennett, Trevor Bromley, James Hunt, Leroy Moeller, Tim Scott
Best: Tom Nolan, Tim Michael, Jon Rutter, Gary Bennett, Ben Hogan, James Hunt

2nds: OAFC 4.7.31 v Ormond 22.13.145
Goals: Zac Barrett, Josh Abela, Rod Gonzalez, Scott Murray
Best: Andrew Weymouth, Chris Grant, Brodie Weymouth, Dylan Ruddy, Mark Bennett, Josh Abela

U19s: OAFC 11.10.76 v De La Salle 11.4.70
Goals: Sam Carney 3, Dylan Goodwill 3, Izaiah Elisaia 2, Mina Farid, Corey Moore, Griffin McPhee
Best: Sam Carney, Mina Farid, Harry Boontjes, Jacob Pearce, Tom Gillard, Dylan Goodwill

Womens: OAFC 5.5.35 v Old Carey 9.10.64
Goals: Jordyn Bethune 2, Casey Morris 2, Stephanie Wood
Best: Jade Farrugia, Casey Morris, Jordyn Bethune, Elizabeth Yore, Adrienne Ringin, Stephanie Wood