Round 11 Match Reviews
Oakleigh Amateurs celebrated a triple treat on Saturday as all three sides saluted in a great day for the club. The Seniors pulled off the Premier C division upset of the day beating Monash Blues at Scammell Reserve. Not given much chance of toppling the second placed Blues, the ninth placed Krushers defied the odds and outplayed their more fancied opponents for most of the game.
Starting well, the Oaks jumped the visitors banging on 4 goals before a couple of concentration errors let the Blues back to within 7 points at the first break. The second quarter was where Oakleigh really showed what they were about as they poured on the pressure and ran Monash ragged booting 6-7 to 1-3 and could have closed the game out by half-time had they kicked straight. The Krushers took a 41 point advantage into the long break and were full off confidence starting the third term where they left off.
However, they let the intensity relax a bit and Monash struck back late in the quarter to cut the deficit to 29 points. The Blues kept coming in the last and looked to be about to run over the Oaks when the home side steadied then hit back hard snuffing out the Monash challenge to run out 43 point victors and giving the faithful good reason to cheer. Trevor Bromley turned on a vintage display up forward booting 5 goals and having a hand in another three or four with Dermot Cleary, in a fine Captains game, Tim Scott and Steve Tolongs adding 3 each for Oakleigh. James Chapple and Pat Ioannidis also featured in the best.
In the early game, Oakleigh reserves got the ball rolling with a 6 goal to 1 first term which set them up well as the Blues worked hard getting themselves back into the match cutting the margin at every change. In a very even second half, the Oaks battled hard to keep the Blues at bay and in a nail-biting final term the Krusher defence worked overtime to see the Oaks hold on for a 2 point win. Mimo Dimachki booted 2 goals for Oakleigh with Stuart Wines, Chris Lavery and Jake Pappon among the best.
The U/19s travelled to Southern Rd. Oval for a date with nemesis St.Bedes Mentone and struggled with accuracy but still managed to overcome a feisty St.Bedes in a hard fought event. Despite their wayward kicking, the Krushers did enough to keep the Tigers out and came home with a 22 point win. Zac Pearce-Thomas and Austin Deneys both kicked 3 goals for Oakleigh with Jake Benoitton and Ben Still adding 2 each. Wilson Jones, Chris Pearson and Andrew Mase were among the Krushers best.
Seniors: Oakleigh 19-17-131 def Monash Blues 13-10-88.
Goals: T.Bromley 5, D.Cleary, T.Scott, S.Tolongs 3, G.Bennett, J.Hunt, A.Valentini 1. Best: T.Bromley, D.Cleary, J.Chapple, P.Ioannidis, P.Holden, P.DiSiervi, Valentini.
Reserves: Oakleigh 9-12-66 def Monash Blues 9-10-64.
Goals: M.Dimachki 2, T.Golik, M.Klonaridis, A.Mattheison, J.Pappon, A.Pound-Gow, Gonzalo Valenzuela, Ben Davis 1. Best: S.Wines, C.Lavery, J.Pappon, M.Dimachki, T.Golik, L.Kloussis.
U/19s: Oakleigh 12-17-89 def St.Bedes Mentone Tigers 10-7-67.
Goals: Z.Pearce-Thomas, A.Deneys 3, J.Benoitton, B.Still 2, C.Grant, A.Weymouth 1. Best: W.Jones, C.Pearson, A.Mase, Z.Pearce-Thomas, A.Deneys, C.Grant.
Footnote: Last triple win, Round 17 2012, Seniors 15.11-10 d Werribee 12.20-92, Reserves 11.9-75 d Werribee 8.13-61, Under 18’s 6.6-42 d Rupertswood 3.5-23.