Oakleigh Amateurs slump continued on Saturday as a trip to Chelsworth Park to meet Old Ivanhoe turned into another nightmare. Struggling with numbers due to injuries and absenteeism, the Oaks unfortunate habit of starting badly hasn’t helped it’s cause and another bad start on Saturday cost the team any chance of making a game of it against the ‘Hoers. The Krushers had a terrible case of the fumbles that resulted in easy turnovers and helped keep them goalless in the first term, it wasn’t until midway through the second that they finally brought up 2 flags. In the meantime Old Ivanhoe piled on 11 goals and secured the 4 points early.

After the long break, the Oaks lifted and began to play to their potential but still fumbled at critical stages. A vastly improved second half was still not enough to make up for the dreadful first half and Old Ivanhoe finished 65 points up at the final bell. Trevor Bromley led the Oaks goal kicking with 3 and Tim Doherty added 2. Kevin Holden, Tim Scott and Pat Ioannidis were in Oakleigh’s best.

The reserves went into their game with barely enough players and, as expected, were no match for the home side although their commitment to the task was commendable. Things weren’t helped by a player being sent off twice, however, there was a bit off light relief during the final term when two players, one from each side, were yellow carded for an altercation and continued hostilities upon reaching the boundary line. This immediately attracted a crowd and there was much pushing and shoving and fraying of tempers until order was restored and the game continued to its all too predictable end. Chris Grant, Rob Holden and Ben Still all battled hard for the Krushers.

The U/19s played host to St.Johns at Scammell Reserve and with only 16 players had their work cut out to keep up with a determined and full strength JOCs. Despite their efforts they finished 35 points in arrears. Lucas Cloke and Dylan Goodwill shared goal scoring honours with 4 each and Rob Smith, Ed Standish and Craig O’Meara were among the best players for Oakleigh.

Final Scores: Seniors: Oakleigh 6.13.49 lt Old Ivanhoe 17.12.114
Goals: Trevor Bromley 3, Tim Doherty 2, Aaron Cloke
Best: Kevin Holden, Tim Scott, Pat Ioannidis, Dermot Cleary, Gary Bennett, Trevor Bromley

Reserves: Oakleigh 4.3.27 lt Old Ivanhoe 18.11.119
Goals: Josh Abela, Rod Gonzalez, Chris Grant, Ben Still
Best: Chris Grant, Rob Holden, Ben Still, Leroy Moeller, George Angelis, Zac Thiessens

U19s: Oakleigh 10.7.67 v St Johns 14.18.102
Goals: Lucas Cloke 4, Dylan Goodwill 4, Corey Moore, Will Harris
Best: Lucas Cloke, Rob Smith, Ed Standish, Craig O’Meara, Corey Moore, Dylan Goodwill