Oakleigh continued to struggle in the VAFA Premier C division suffering another loss on Saturday, this time against old foes Peninsula Old Boys at Scammell Reserve. The Pirates had first use of the wind and had to work hard against a spirited Oakleigh defence although the Oaks couldn’t put a major score on the board. Things looked grim in the second term for the Krusher’s as the Pirates added 3 quick goals against the breeze before the Krusher’s could answer with 2 goals before the half-time siren.

Oakleigh improved in the third term with 2 goals into the wind but still couldn’t contain Peninsula who stretched their lead to 49 points at the last change. The final quarter proved to be a pretty even affair with the final siren leaving Peninsula 47 points up. Tim Doherty played his 100th game. Trevor Bromley kicked 4 goals for Oakleigh with Aaron Cloke adding 3, Liam Gillard, Dermot Cleary and Pat Ioannidis were among the best players.

The reserves match was a closer game with Oakleigh kicking themselves out of a quarter lead booting 2-4 with the wind to the Pirates 3 straight goals. Oakleigh held Peninsula to 3 goals in the second term but slipped to a 13 point deficit at the long break. The Oaks still couldn’t take advantage of the breeze in the third term and went to the last change 18 points in arrears. With Peninsula unable to kick a goal in the last quarter, the Krusher’s fought back but eventually ran out of time and fell short by 10 points. Tom Nolan played his 50th game. Jake Benoiton led Oakleigh’s goal kicking with 4 and Ben Still, Zac Thiessens and Matt Wass were in the best players.

The shining light in an otherwise dull day for Oakleigh were the U/19s who welcomed Aquinas to Scammell Reserve and then proceeded to show them the door. After going into the first break with a 5 point lead, Oakleigh kicked away in the second with 5-6 to Aquinas 3 goals. The third quarter was quiet on the scoreboard with the Oaks booting the only goal and going into the final term with a 26 point lead. The Krusher’s took control in the last term and ran away with a 47 point win. Anmol Malhotra kicked 4 goals for Oakleigh with Chris Galanos adding 3 and Lucas Cloke, Dylan Goodwill and Brodie Weymouth kicking 2 each. Koby Sikorsky and Kevin Baras were in Oakleigh’s best.

Final Scores:

Oakleigh    0-1-1   2-1-13   4-2-26    7.4.46
eninsula  4-3-27  7-7-49  11-9-75  14.9.93

Goals: Trevor Bromley 4, Aaron Cloke 3
Best: Liam Gillard, Dermot Cleary, Pat Ioannidis, Tim Michael, Aaron Cloke, Trevor Bromley

Oakleigh     2-4-16  3-5-23  5-7-37  7.8.50
Peninsula  3-0-18  6-0-36  9-1-55  9.6.60

Goals: Jake Benoiton 4, Ryan Henderson, Nathan Miller, Ben Still
Best: Ben Still, Zac Thiessens, Matt Wass, Ryan Henderson, Chris Grant, Rod Gonzales

Oakleigh 4-2-26  9-8-62  10-8-68  15.13.103
Aquinas   3-3-21  6-3-39    6-6-42       8.8.56

Goals: Anmol Malhotra 4, Chris Galanos 3, Lucas Cloke 2, Dylan Goodwill 2, Brodie Weymouth 2,
Corey Moore, Jordan Peeler
Best: Koby Sikorsky, Anmol Malhotra, Dylan Goodwill, Lucas Cloke, Chris Galanos, Kevin Baras