Round 16 Match Review.

In the VAFA Premier C division 16th round, Mazenod ended Oakleigh’s winning run in a tough encounter at Central Reserve on Saturday. The ladder leaders didn’t have things their own way as the Krushers steadfastly refused to be impressed by Mazenods win/loss ratio of 14-1 and took the game right up to the Nodders in the first half with scores even at the first change and only a point separating the two teams at the long break in what was a low scoring affair to that point with only 6 goals kicked for the game.

The second half proved to be a different scenario as the hosts lifted and the Oaks lost momentum after some good fortune went the way of Mazenod and they took advantage and opened up a 16 point break at the final change. Oakleigh continued to battle hard but the Nodders were on a roll and weren’t to be denied and booted 6 goals to the Krushers 1 to run away with a 47 point win. Oakleigh captain Dermot Cleary led the way for his team with a gutsy display despite having his eye split open by an errant elbow in the last term that sent him from the field. Chris Hogan and Andrew Murray were also in the best for Oakleigh.

The early game proved to be a lot easier for the hosts as a struggling Oakleigh couldn’t keep pace with their superior opponents and were thumped by 113 points. Alex Pound-Gow kicked 2 goals for Oakleigh with Jason Olson and James Fitzgerald among the best.

The U/19s hosted Peninsula at the spiritual home of football in Oakleigh, Warrawee Park, and after allowing the Pirates the first goal of the game proceeded with a clinical demolition of their visitors in what was really little more than a training run for Oakleigh.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 6-6-42 lt Mazenod 13-11-89.

Goals: L.Barrand, S.Wines, C.Lavery, S.Tolongs, T.Bromley, T.Scott 1.
Best: D.Cleary, C.Hogan, A.Murray, J.Chapple, P.Holden, A.Valentini.

Reserves: Oakleigh 4-4-28 lt Mazenod 20-21-141.

Goals: A.Pound-Gow 2, J.Fitzgerald, A.Shaw 1.
Best: J.Olsen, J.Fitzgerald, S.Way, W.Manning, M.Klonaridis, M.White.

U/19s: Oakleigh 28-21-189 def Peninsula 3-5-23.

Goals:  A.Cloke 13, Z.Pearce-Thomas 3, A.Deneys, J.Cook 2, A.Mase, C.Pinney, K.Schmauder, C.Grant, J.Benoiton, J.Davidson, L.Pappon, J.Lever .
Best: C.Grant, Z.Pearce-Thomas, M.Tate, C.Pearson, A.Mase, A.Cloke.