Round 9 Match Reviews

On Saturday in the VAFA Premier C divisions ninth round, Oakleigh made the long trip out to Essendon Grammars sporting fields to do battle with PEGS. Optimistic after a weeks rest but still undermanned, the Krushers’ slow start once again had them playing catch-up football after conceding a 28 point lead to the hosts at the first change. After a fairly even second term the Oaks went into the long break trailing by 5 goals but an indifferent third quarter saw the deficit blow out to 8 goals and, if not for PEGS inaccuracy, the Krushers were facing annihilation. However, a fightback in the last term saw Oakleigh pile on 7 goals to PEGS 3 before the final bell ended proceedings with the Oaks still 24 points adrift. Tim Scott got busy with 3 goals in a best-on- ground display for Oakleigh with Gary Bennett and Jim Hunt adding 2 each and Simon Way and Andrew Murray also in the best. The reserves, feeling the brunt of the player shortage, had a day to forget as they were no match for a vastly superior PEGS outfit. Chris Lavery, Kieren Hogan and Jack Van Der Ven battled hard against the odds for Oakleigh. On a brighter note, the U/19s popped over to Monash Uni for a date with Monash Blues in the U/19 South comp and after an even first half the Oaks held on to a slender 5 point lead at the main change. A revitalised Oakleigh upped their work rate in the second half and took the match away from Monash adding 9-14 for the second half. Had they kicked straight the difference may well have been a lot more than the 52 point margin at the finish. Zac Pearce- Thomas booted 6 for Oakleigh with Michael Tate, Tex Minchin and Austin Deneys among the best.

Final Scores:

1sts: Oakleigh 13.7.85 lt PEGS 15.19.109

Goals: Tim Scott 3, Gary Bennett 2, Jim Hunt 2, Lee Barrand, Dermot Cleary, Peter Holden, Pat Ioannidis, Andrew Middlemiss, Zac Thiessens 1
Best: Tim Scott, Gary Bennett, Simon Way, James Hunt, Andrew Murray, Peter Holden

2nds: Oakleigh 2.6.18 lt PEGS 21.8.134

Goals: Kieren Hogan, Michael Klonaridis.
Best: Chris Lavery, Kieren Hogan, Jack Van Der Ven, Jason Olson, Jake Pappon, Tommy Golik

U/19s: Oakleigh 12.21.93 v Monash 6.5.41

Goals: Zac Pearce-Thomas 6, Jake Benoiton, Jack Davidson, Jake Lever, Andrew Mase, Clinton Pinney, Alex Seremelis 1
Best: Michael Tate, Zac Pearce-Thomas, Tex Minchin, Austin Deneys, Jack Davidson, Alex Seremelis