KRUSHERS PIPPED IN NAILBITER.
ANDREW WEYMOUTH – 50 GAMES
JOSH REVERE – 150 GAMES
Round two of the VAFA Premier C season saw Oakleigh travel across town to John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve for a triple header against Therry Penola, a club the Krushers had not crossed paths with a quite some time. After last week’s outing against Old Camberwell and the fact Therry had a bit of a shocker against Old Haileybury, the Oaks were probably a bit confident of a good result. However, the hosts were out to make amends for the previous week’s performance and had the Oaks rattled with a couple of quick goals before Oakleigh had even had time to scratch themselves. Regaining their composure, the Krushers set about tidying up and went to the first change a goal in arrears. The second term was a goal feast as both sides booted 5 for the term and, with only 4 points separating the teams at half-time and the tempo and physicality of the game intensifying, the good sized crowd were promised a cracker of a second half and they weren’t disappointed.
Therry again opened the scoring in the third but the Krushers hit back quickly and took the front running as the furious pace continued eventually pulling away to a 21 point lead at the last change. The last quarter was frantic as the Lions set about cutting the deficit. Oakleigh fought valiantly to stem the tide as Therry clawed their way into the lead and with seconds left on the clock the Krushers had one last roll of the dice with Aisea Valentini marking in front. Sadly for Aisea the pressure was too much and the kick slewed off the side of the boot and Therry celebrated a one point victory. In a fine show of sportsmanship, the Therry players helped a shattered Aisea to his feet after the kick as the teams shook hands. Aaron Cloke led the goalkicking for Oakleigh with 8 and J.Bannister booted 7 for Therry in what was a shoot-out of the forwards, Trevor Bromley added 2 for the Krushers. Pat Ioannidis, James Chapple, Ben Hogan and Keith Paisley were among Oakleighs best.
The reserves game proved a better result for Oakleigh with the Krushers saluting by 21 points. Some inaccuracy in the first term saw a return of 1-5 to the Lions 2 straight goals and a 1 point deficit at quarter time but a 4 goal second quarter set the Oaks on their way. Jake Benoiton and Rod Gonzalez kicked 3 goals each for Oakleigh with Chris Mercuri, Aaron Binns and Leroy Moeller among the best players.
The U/19s opened the day’s proceedings at the very early hour of 9.20 am and Oakleigh started the better of the two teams going into the first change a goal up. However, the Lions hit their straps in the second keeping the Krushers to only 2 points for the term before taking control of the game in the second half and going on to post a 25 point victory. Anmol Malhotra kicked 4 goals for Oakleigh with Mason Ansell, Scott Johnstone and Corey Moore among the best.
Final Scores: Seniors: Oakleigh 16.15.111 lt Therry-Penola 16.16.112.
Goals: Aaron Cloke 8, Trevor Bromley 2, Dermot Cleary, Pat Di Siervi, Liam Gillard, Tim Scott, Stuart Wines, Gary Bennett. Best: Pat Ioannidis, Aaron Cloke, James Chapple, Ben Hogan, Keith Paisley, Trevor Bromley.
Reserves: Oakleigh 10.11.71 def Therry-Penola 7.10.52.
Goals: Jake Benoiton 3, Rod Gonsalez 3, Matt Bennett, Andrew Mase, Nathan Miller, Jack Van Der Ven. Best: Chris Mercuri, Aaron Binns, Leroy Moeller, Josh Revere, Andrew Mase, Jake Benoiton.
U19s: Oakleigh 7.5.47 lt Therry-Penola 11.6.72.
Goals: Anmol Malhotra 4, Zac Barrett, Sohil Bhanwal, Hayden Shea. Best: Mason Ansell, Scott Johnstone, Corey Moore, Anmol Malhotra, Chris Pearson, Hayden Shea.
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