Trevor Bromley

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Gary Bennett

After last week’s disappointment at Williamstown, Oakleigh were keen to make amends at home against Therry Penola in Saturdays VAFA Premier C Division round 11 clash, the 200th Senior home at Scammell Reserve. Gary Bennett playing his 150th game, a sluggish start and a spirited Therry had the Krushers struggling some 25 points adrift at the first change. After some stern words at quarter time and with a strengthening breeze at their backs, the Oaks set about restoring some order and, after a 9 goal to 1 second term, managed to turn the deficit into a 25 point advantage at the long break.

As is often the case, the breeze eased in the third quarter and an enthralling tussle saw the Oaks edge out to a 31 point break at the final change. Therry came out firing in the last and looked threatening as they set about reducing the Krushers lead but they began to wilt under Oakleigh’s pressure and the Krushers ran away to win by 49 points. Aaron Cloke led Oakleigh’s goalkicking with 6, Trevor Bromley, in his club record breaking 267th game, added 5 and Shaun Briggs booted 4 with Shane Borland, Baden Wass and Josh Revere were in Oakleigh’s best.

The reserves game was a thiller with Oakleigh, after a bright start, having to hold out a hard finishing Therry in the second half. The visitors threw everything into the game particularly in the final quarter but the Oaks remained strong and held on to win by 3 points. The win was soured somewhat by a sickening injury to Jake Pappon who had his jaw broken in a dubious tackle and was taken to hospital as a result. Leading Oakleigh’s goal kickers was Jake Benoiton with 3, Nathan Miller and Andrew Weymouth added 2 each. Chris Lavery, Rod Gonzalez and Adam Matthiesson were in Oakleigh’s best.

The days entertainment began with the U/19s and Therry Penolas wayward kicking in the first half probably cost them the game in the end when they trailed by 3 points at half time having kicked 3-12 to Oakleigh’s 5-3. The Oaks remained calm and opened the lead up to 3 goals at the final change and then had to withstand a Therry fightback that got them to within 7 points when the siren ended proceedings. Nick DiCioccio, Ryan Henderson and Chris Pearson each kicked 2 goals for Oakleigh with Ankush Malhotra, Corey Moore and Zac Barrett among the best players.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 20.11.131 def Therry Penola 12.10.82

Goals: Aaron Cloke 6, Trevor Bromley 5, Shaun Briggs 4, Jack Davidson 2, Josh Revere 2, James Chapple
Best: Shane Borland, Baden Wass, Trevor Bromley, Aisea Valentini, Shaun Briggs, Matt Wass

Reserves: Oakleigh 11.6.72 def Therry Penola 11.3.69

Goals: Jake Benoiton 3, Nathan Miller 2, Brodie Weymouth 2, George Angelis, Simon Berman, Rod Gonzalez, Chris Lavery
Best: Chris Lavery, Jake Benoiton, Rod Gonzalez, Adam Mathiesson, Brodie Weymouth, Milo Gluth

U/19s: Oakleigh 9.8.62 def Therry Penola 7.13.55

Goals: Nidk Di Cioccio 2, Ryan Henderson 2, Chris Pearson 2, Anmol Malhotra, Jordan Peeler, Dylan Saffigna
Best: Ankush Malhotra, Corey Moore, Zac Barrett, Chris Pearson, Hayden Shea, Ben Swan