KRUSHERS SALUTE

Round 6 Match Reviews

After a tough first 5 rounds Oakleigh Amateurs finally saluted the judges on Saturday in the VAFAs Premier C division. Travelling to Mt.Eliza to renew acquaintances with long time foe Peninsula Old Boys, the Krushers put aside the upheaval and disappointment of the previous week, which saw the senior coach and the club part company, and set about making amends. A little slow out of the blocks early, the Krushers soon got on the pace and set themselves up nicely with a prolific, if somewhat wasteful, first term which realised 4-8 to the Pirates 2-1. Oakleigh’s confidence grew as the game wore on increasing the pressure on the hosts as they forced turnovers with some fierce tackling. The long break saw the Krushers 29 points up and the third quarter saw the Krushers really grab the game by the throat. The Peninsula defence wilted from the constant barrage from Oakleigh’s running players as the Oaks added 5-3 for the term whilst the Oakleigh defence held the Pirates to 2-3 and the Krushers went to the final change with a 47 point lead and a skip in their step knowing their first win of the year was within their grasp. The last quarter was a bit of an arm wrestle as Peninsula tried their best to bridge the gap but the Oaks stood firm and savoured a 45 point win. Steve Tolongs led the goalkicking for Oakleigh with 5 and Lee Barrand and Dermot Cleary joined in with 3 each. Steve Buchanan, Aaron Cloke and Aisea Valentini were in the Krushers best. The Reserves started poorly, conceding 5 goals to one in the opening term and from there it was catch-up footy for the rest of the game. They worked very hard, closing the gap to 10 points at one stage as they out scored the Pirates in the second half before succumbing by 16 points at the final siren. Mimo Dimachki booted 3 for Oakleigh with Jack Hind adding 2 goals. Gerard Roney, Nick Seel and David Counihan were all among the best players. The U/19s had a day out at Scammell Reserve as they played host to Parkdale Vultures in their VAFA U/19 South sixth round clash. From the opening bounce it was all Oakleigh as they kept the Vultures goalless in the first half, booting 12 themselves and adding another 17 after half-time allowing Parkdale a solitary major for the game. Austin Deneys kicked 9 with Alex Seremelis and Kyle Schmauder adding 5 apiece. Sam Ciavarella, Joed Cook and Chris Grant were also among the best for Oakleigh. Sadly the Thirds were forced to forfeit.

Seniors

Oakleigh 16.16.112 def Peninsula 9.13.67.

Goals: Steve Tolongs 5, Lee Barrand 3, Dermot Cleary 3, James Hunt 2, Aaron Cloke, Andrew Mase, Pat Di Siervi.

Best: Steve Buchanan, Dermot Cleary, Aaron Cloke, Steve Tolongs, Aisea Valentini, Lee Barrand.

Reserves

Oakleigh 8.8.56 lt Peninsula 10.10.70.

Goals: Mimo Dimachki 3, Jack Hind 2, Michael Klonaridis, Chris Lavery, Geraed Roney.

Best: Gerard Roney, Nick Seel, David Counihan, Luke Kioussis, Jack Van Der Ven, James Faranda.

U19’s

Oakleigh 29.23.147 def Parkdale 1.2.8.

Goals: Austin Deneys 9, Alex Seremelis 5, Kyle Schmauder 5, Jack Davidson 3, Jake Benoiton, Liam Gillard, Chris Grant, Tex Minchin, Ben Still, Michael Tate.

Best: Austin Deneys, Kyle Schmauder, Alex Seremelis, Sam Ciavarella, Joed Cook, Chris Grant.