KRUSHERS VICTORIOUS

Oakleigh Amateurs hosted a triple header at Scammell Reserve on Saturday and claimed the trifecta with all sides saluting. In Premier C division, the Krushers welcomed Marcellin in a battle of the winless but were determined to turn their fortunes around and looked good drawing first blood but the Eagles struck back with the wind in the first term to boot 6 unanswered goals and go to the first break with a 35 point advantage. The Oaks may have been a little rattled but they were not done and put the breeze to good use in the second quarter. Being let down only by inaccuracy and a late lapse in concentration, Oakleigh added 7-8 to Marcellin’s 2-2 and went to the long break a slender point up.

Having the wind in the last quarter meant Oakleigh had to stay in touch with the Eagles in the third term and they did just that putting the Marcellin forwards under enormous pressure to keep them to 3-2 for the term and to keep the deficit to just 4 points going into the final change. It was in the last quarter that the Krushers could’ve put the game to bed early but they sprayed the ball every which way finishing with 1-10 to the Eagles 1-1 and held on to win by 5 points. Trevor Bromley kicked 3 goals for Oakleigh including his 600th senior goal with Aaron Cloke and Tim Doherty adding 2 each. Dermot Cleary, Tim Scott and Pat Ioannidis were among Oakleigh’s best players.

The reserves were also winless and looking for a change of luck and found it early against Marcellin with a 6-6 opening term to go into the first break with a 24 point lead. With the wind at their backs, the Eagles were expected to hit back in the second term but inaccuracy cost them dearly and Oakleigh held a 26 point advantage at the long break. A 5 goal third quarter to Oakleigh gave them a 54 point lead at the last change and effectively ended the contest as they cruised through to a 50 point win. Josh Abela kicked 4 goals for Oakleigh with Josh Revere adding 3 and Ryan Henderson kicking 2. Luke Pappon, Ben Still and Andrew Weymouth were some of the Krushers best. Chris Lavery played his 100th game.

The early game had the U/19s hosting Latrobe Uni and, still buoyed by their victory last week and despite having only 18 players, took on the visitors with a purpose booting 6 goals in the opening term to lead by 23 points at the break. A 5 goal second term had the young Krushers 50 points up at half-time and flying but the visitors hit back with a 5 goal third term to cut the margin to 27 points at the last break. Despite being a little inaccurate in the final term, the Oaks closed out the match to win by 30 points. Anmol Malhotra led the goalkicking for Oakleigh with 4 with Lucas Cloke booting 3 and Dylan Goodwill adding 2. Kevin Baras, Brodie Weymouth and Ed Standish were in the Oaks best.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 11.23.89 def Marcellin 12.12.84.

Goals: Trevor Bromley 3, Aaron Cloke 2, Tim Doherty 2, Dermot Cleary, Liam Gillard, Pat Ioannidis, Zac Mousoulis.

Best: Tim Doherty, Dermot Cleary, Tim Scott, Pat Ioannidis, Aaron Cloke, Jack Davidson.

Reserves: Oakleigh 15.15.105 def Marcellin 8.7.55.

Goals: Josh Abela 4, Josh Revere 3, Ryan Henderson 2, Matt Aranha, Kevin Harris, Chris Lavery, Adam Mathiesson, Nathan Miller, Ben Still.

Best: Josh Revere, Luke Pappon, Ryan Henderson, Ben Still, Josh Abela, Andrew Weymouth.

U19s: Oakleigh 14.11.95 def La Trobe Uni 10.5.65.

Goals: Anmol Malhotra 4, Lucas Cloke 3, Dylan Goodwill 2, Brodie Weymouth 2, Chris Galanos, Corey Moore, Ed Standish.

Best: Kevin Baras, Brodie Weymouth, Ed Standish, Mina Farid, Lucas Cloke, Corey Moore.