Rodney Gonzalez – 50 Games

Oakleigh had an ordinary day out on Saturday as the only team to salute were the U/19s. The seniors travelled to E.E.Gunn Reserve for the local derby with Ormond and took the early running with a 4 goal to 1 first quarter going into the break with a 14 point lead. A 6 goal second term to the Oaks was matched by Ormonds 5-5 and the long break came with Oakleigh 15 points up.

Things changed in the third term as Oakleigh began to falter and the hosts began to crank up the pace. A late goal put the Monders 3 points up but the Krushers had a chance to retain the lead only to have the shot miss to the left and trail by 2 points at the last break. With the home side on a roll, the Oaks wilted under the pressure managing only 1-1 as Ormond piled on 4-5 to run out 4 goal victors. Tim Scott was prolific in front of goal for Oakleigh with 6, Trevor Bromley added 3 with Michael Tate and Aaron Cloke kicking 2 each. Liam Gillard, Shane Borland and Leroy Moeller were among the Oaks best.

The reserves had a day to forget in the early game, to suggest the Oaks failed to make an impact could be deemed an understatement. After trailing by 17 points at the first change, the Krushers were overwhelmed after the break being kept goalless in the second term and scoreless in the last as the hosts ran riot winning by 134 points. Josh Abela kicked 2 goals for Oakleigh with Mark Bennett, Chris Pearson and Zac Kennedy among the best.

The women played host to Yarra Old Grammarians at Scammell Reserve and started brightly, taking a 7 point lead into the first break but went goalless in the second as Yarra picked the pace and went to the long break with a 3 goal lead. After the break, the Oaks worked hard keeping the visitors to 1 goal but could only manage one major themselves and trailed by 16 points at the last change. Yarra proved to be a bit too strong in the end eventually winning by 23 points. Stephanie Wood kicked 2 goals for Oakleigh with Madelaine Bregazzi, Casey Morris and Bonnie Nolan in the best players.

The one shining light for Oakleigh were the U/19s in the early game at Scammell where they played host to St.Bedes/Mentone. Despite having some yips in front of goal, returning 2-8 for the first quarter, the Oaks went to the first change with a 13 point lead. St.Bedes lifted in the second term although the Krushers still had accuracy problems and the advantage was reduced to 7 points at the long break. With the Tigers threatening in the third term, the Oaks rallied and lifted and went to the last break with a 3 goal lead, the last quarter became an arm wrestle as the effort began to tell on both teams with the Krushers emerging as 19 point victors. The Oaks had 9 different goalkickers with Harry Bootjies and Izaiah Elisaia among them. Justin McCarthy, Martin James and Will Harris were in the Krushers best.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 13.5.83 lt Ormond 15.17.107
Goals: Tim Scott 6, Trevor Bromley 3, Michael Tate 2, Aaron Cloke 2
Best: Liam Gillard, Shane Borland, Tim Scott, Leroy Moeller, Zac Barrett, Michael Tate

Reserves: Oakleigh 3.5.23 lt Ormond 24.13.157
Goals: Josh Abela 2, Rod Gonzalez
Best: Mark Bennett, Chris Pearson, Zac Kennedy, Rhys Hilderbrand-Wise, Joed Cook, Josh Revere

Women’s: Oakleigh 4.6.30 lt Yarra Old Grammarians 8.5.53
Goals: Stephanie Wood 2, Jordyn Bethune, Casey Morris
Best: Stephanie Wood, Madeline Bregazzi, Casey Morris, Bonnie Nolan, Adrienne Ringin, Cassie Bethune

U19s: Oakleigh 9.18.72 def St. Bedes 8.5.53
Goals: Harry Bootjes, Izaiah Elisaia, Mina Farid, Dylan Goodwill, Justin McCarthy, Jett Murphy, Ryan Powell, Ed Standish, Naum Krauer
Best: Justin McCarthy, Harry Bootjes, Martin James, Will Harris, Naum Krauer, Hayden Everett