KRUSHERS BOUNCE BACK.

Tim ScottOakleigh bounced back from the disappointment of the previous three weeks with resounding thumping of fourth placed PEGS at Scammell Reserve on Saturday. After conceding the first major, Oakleigh with Tim Scott playing his 100th game, took control powering to a 25 point lead at the first break. Sensing that PEGS were less than pleased with the sticky turf wicket area and the smaller confines of the Krusherdome, the Oaks continued to pressure the visitors frequently forcing them into mistakes as PEGS fought desperately for an avenue to goal only to have the Oakleigh defence send the ball back. At this stage the Krushers kicking for goal became a bit ragged returning 4-10 to PEGS 3 points for the second term but they still went to the half-time interval 56 points up.

After the the break, the main concern for the Krusher faithful was whether the team could maintain the rage against a quality opposition but their concerns were put to rest as the Oaks marched on adding another 4 goals for the quarter and although PEGS did fare better the game was effectively over at the last change with Oakleigh holding a commanding 72 point advantage. The final quarter was marred by an ugly incident midway through which saw two players ejected this threw the Oaks off their game a bit as they failed to register a goal in the last as PEGS added the only major with the siren signalling the end to a 65 point Oakleigh victory. Steve Tolongs and Aaron Cloke both booted 4 goals for Oakleigh with Pat Ioannidis and Pat DiSiervi among the best players.

The reserves game saw yet another undermanned Oakleigh battle hard without much luck against top placed PEGS. Although the Krushers were always competitive, they could not score a goal going into the three quarter time break with 9 straight behinds on the board to the PEGS 7-10 and were staring a thumping in the face. But, as with the previous week against Monash, the Oaks came guns blazing and refusing to lay down. They proceeded to boot the next 5 goals to the visitors 1 behind and were on the charge when the siren cut the challenge 13 points short. Tommy Golik booted 2 goals in the last quarter for Oakleigh and Zac Thiessens, Leroy Moeller and Adam Abel were in the Krushers best.

Jake LeverThe U/19s with Jake Lever playing his 50th game, travelled down the road to Monash Uni and a date with the Blues and, after a reasonably tight first term that had Oakleigh 13 points up, proceeded to blow Monash off the park. After conceding 3 goals in the opening term, the Krushers allowed the Blues just one more goal in the last quarter as they ran over a hapless Monash to win by 115 points. James Grigorou booted 7 goals for Oakleigh with Tim Michael adding 5. Sam Ciavarella and Jack Davidson were just two of the young Krushers best.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 14.22.106 def PEGS 5.11.41

Goals: Steve Tolongs 4, Aaron Cloke 4, Gary Bennett, James Chapple, Pat Ioannidis, Will Manning, Josh Paola, Tim Scott
Best: Steve Tolongs, Pat Ioannidis, Pat Di Siervi, Ben Hogan, Liam Hard, Josh Paola

Reserves: Oakleigh 5.10.40 lt PEGS 7.11.53

Goals: Tommy Golik 2, Dan Mercuri, Rod Gonsalez, Jaryd Wines
Best: Zac Thiessens, Leroy Moeller, Adam Abel, Matt Wass, Rod Gonsalez, Tommy Golik

U19s: Oakleigh 22.14.146 v Monash 4.6.30

Goals: James Grigoriou 7, Tim Michael 5, Jake Benoiton 2, Sahil Bhanwal 2, Anmol Malhotra 2, Zac Bennett, Ankush Malhotra, Nic Di Cioccio,
Jack Davidson
Best: Sam Ciavarella, Jack Davidson, James Grigoriou, Tim Michaels. Chris Pearson, Nic Di Cioccio