KRUSHERS FIGHT BUT FADE

Oakleigh travelled north again in Saturdays VAFA Premier C fixture, this time to take on Old Ivanhoe at Chelsworth Park and Nick Seel playing his 50th senior game. The Krushers were still smarting from last weeks poor opening against Marcellin and things looked grim when Old Ivanhoe booted the first three goals of the game before the Oaks could return fire. A 9 goal to 4 opening term had the hosts in the box seat but Oakleigh hit back in the second quarter with 7 goals to 1 and went to the long break with a 2 point advantage.

The Krushers maintained the rage early in third increasing their lead to 17 points before the ‘Hoes rallied and grabbed the lead back, going into the last change with a 7 point break. A fired up Ivanhoe took the initiative in the last quarter and kicked away but Oakleigh fought back to within 6 points but couldn’t keep the momentum up and Old Ivanhoe got to the line by 18 points in what was a very good game of football. Aaron Cloke led Oakleigh’s goal kicking with 5, Trevor Bromley added 4 and Liam Hard booted 3. Pat Ioannidis, Stuart Wines and Matt Wass were in Oakleigh’s best.

In the early game the Krushers took it right up to their hosts all game leading by 5 points at quarter time and 4 points at the last change but Old Ivanhoe had the wind in the last and despite the Krushers best efforts the ‘Hoes got home by 10 points. Jack Davidson and Stefan Harris kicked 2 goals each, while Jack Van De Ven, Chris Grant and Leroy Moeller were some of the best.

The U/19s were unable to get the numbers and were forced to forfeit.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 18-11-119 lt Old Ivanhoe 20-17-137.

Goal Kickers: A. Cloke 5, T. Bromley 4, L. Hard 3, G. Bennett , J. Olson , T. Scott , S. Briggs , S. Wines , N. Seel.
Best Players: P. Ioannidis , S. Wines , M. Wass , K. Paisley , S. Borland , L. Hard.

Reserves: Oakleigh 8-3-51 lt Old Ivanhoe 8-13-61.

Goal Kickers: J. Davidson 2, S. Harris 2, Gonzalez, C. Mercuri, N Miller, Z Thiessens.
Best Players: J. Van De Ven, C. Grant, L. Moeller, C. Pinney, T. Nolan, Z. Thiessens.