In Saturdays round 7 of the VAFA Division 1, Oakleigh played host to Therry Penola at a windy Scammell Reserve and emerged victorious after a tough battle in blustery conditions. The Oaks opened proceedings quickly with U/19 Hayden Everett posting a goal with his first kick in senior footy. Unfortunately, the wind played havoc with accuracy and Oakleigh booted 3-8 to Therry’s 1-1 in the first term going to the break with a 19 point lead. A big second quarter against the wind realised 5 goals to the Krushers as the visitors struggled to break through the Oakleigh defence adding only 1 goal for the term and Oakleigh went to the long break with a commanding 47 point lead.

The Krushers continued to dominate in the third term getting out to a 10 goal lead by the last change. As the Oaks took the foot off the pedal in the last, Therry mounted a counter attack and kicked 4 goals to 1 to cut the deficit to 41 points at the final bell. Aaron Cloke, Pat Ioannidis and Tim Scott kicked 2 each for Oakleigh with Adam Matthieson, Tom Nolan and Gary Bennett among the Oaks best.

In the early game, a slow start with the breeze cost the Oaks dearly as Therry booted 3 goals to 1 and went to the first change with a 13 point advantage. Things didn’t improve much for Oakleigh in the second as Therry upped the tempo and the Krushers struggled to keep up trailing by 30 points at the long break. A better effort in the third saw the Oaks match it with the visitors but they couldn’t make inroads on the scoreboard and they still trailed by 30 points at the final change and a big effort in the last quarter wasn’t enough and Therry ran out 33 point victors. Josh Abela led the Oaks goalkicking with 2 and Chris Grant, Andrew Weymouth and Jaryd Wines were in Oakleigh’s best.

Corey Moore – 50 games

The U/19s travelled down to Mornington to take on Peninsula and handled the trip, the wind and the locals comfortably booting 4 goals in the opening term to the Pirates nil. Peninsula booted 2 goals in the second but the Oaks answered with 5 of their own and went to half-time with a 47 point lead. The Pirates failed to register a major after the break and the Krushers cantered away to win by 85 points. Dylan Goodwill led the Oakleigh goalkicking with 4, Izaia Elisaia added 3 and Chris Galanos, Tom Gillard and Corey Moore playing his 50th game for the club, chipped in with 2 apiece. Mina Farid, Justin McCarthy and Harry Bootjes were among the Krushers best.

The women had a long trip the other way to Ivanhoe and battled hard but couldn’t put the score on the board as the home side made better use of the wind and won by 15 points. Stephanie Wood booted 2 goals for Oakleigh with Casey Morris, Madelaine Bregazzi and Hanna Wood among the best players.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 13.21.99 def Therry Penola 8.10.58
Goals: Aaron Cloke 2, Pat Ioannidis 2, Tim Scott 2, Gary Bennett, Shane Borland, Hayden Everett, Leroy Moeller, Luke Pappon, Josh Revere, Jon Rutter
Best: Adam Matthieson, Pat Ioannidis, Tom Nolan, Gary Bennett, Jon Rutter, Andrew Murray

Reserves: Oakleigh 5.2.32 lt Therry Penola 9.11.65
Goals: Josh Abela 2, Rod Gonzalez, Chris Grant, Anmol Malhotra
Best: Chris Grant, Andrew Weymouth, Jaryd Wines, Rhys Hildebrand-Wise, Mark Bennett, Aaron Shaw

U19s: Oakleigh 15.20.110 def Peninsula 2.13.25
Goals: Dylan Goodwill 4, Izaia Elisaia 3, Chris Galanos 2, Tom  Gillard 2, Corey Moore 2, Harry Boontjes
Best: Mina Farid, Justin McCarthy, Dylan Goodwill, Harry Boontjes, Tom Gillard, Callum Gillard

Womens: Oakleigh 2.3.15 lt Ivanhoe 4.6.30
Goals: Hanna Wood 2
Best: Stephanie Wood, Casey Morris, Madeline Bregazzi, Hanna Wood, Shannen Bethune, Jasmine Ballestrin