The old adage of “a week is a long time in football” was proven to be true at Scammell Reserve on Saturday as Oakleigh Amateurs, fresh from a big win over St. Johns last week, came up against ladder leaders St. Marys Salesian and got a bit of a reality check from the top side. To be fair, the Oaks were missing four of their best players, including three from their starting midfield, but SMS were slick and quick and made the most of any mistakes, which Oakleigh made a few of. A goalless first term wasn’t the best of starts for the Krushers and they trailed by 25 points at the first break. Three goals in the second term had the Oaks up and about but a couple of goals to the visitors made the difference 18 points at the long break.
Another goalless quarter in the third was disastrous for the Oaks as SMS piled on 7 unanswered goals to take a stranglehold of the contest. The Krushers threw everything into the last quarter and looked the better team but the task proved too great and they eventually succumbed by 40 points. Aaron Cloke led the Oaks goal kicking with 3 and Pat Ioannidis added 2. Luke Pappon, Andrew Murray and Chris Pearson were some of the Krushers best.
The injuries to the senior side proved disastrous for the reserves as they went into the early game with barely enough men and, despite giving their all, were simply no match for a vastly superior SMS. Anmol Malhtra, Ash Kitts and Brodie Weymouth battled hard for Oakleigh.
An injury depleted U/19s travelled to Melbourne High School and found the going a bit tough falling by 43 points. There were no match details for this game, unfortunately.
1sts: OAFC 6.12.48 v SMS 12.16.88
Goals: Aaron Cloke 3, Pat Ioannidis 2, James Hunt
Best: Luke Pappon, Andrew Murray, Chris Pearson, Liam Gillard, Pat Ioannidis, James Hunt
2nds: OAFC 0.2.2 v SMS 28.21.189
Best: Anmol Malhotra, Ash Kitts, Brodie Weymouth, Rhys Hilderbrand-Wise, Matt Pearson, Wally Cosgrove
U19s: OAFC 6.7.42 v MHSOB 11.19.85
Goals: Not Available
Best: Not Available
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