Round 1

OAKLEIGH OFF TO A GREAT START.

The VAFA season 2018 started on Saturday and Oakleigh Amateurs opened their account emphatically with a 54 point win over Brunswick NOBSPC at Scammell Reserve. The Krushers flew out of the blocks with a 7 goal first term and could have done more damage but for some near misses early. The NOBS did well with limited opportunities to kick 3 goals and trail by 26 points at the first change. The Oaks took the game by the throat in the second quarter adding 6-7 to the visitors 2 goals and effectively assured themselves, and everyone else present, that the game was theirs, taking a 57 point lead into half-time. After the long break NOBS came out firing and set about getting back into the contest booting 6 goals, but the Krushers lifted and replied with another 7 goal quarter to go to last change 65 points up. Oakleigh seemed to ease off the pedal in the last term as the visitors added 6 goals to the Oaks 3 before the final siren ended a very entertaining game. Aaron Cloke put on a show for the crowd kicking 10 goals in a best-on-ground display with Chris Grant, Lucas Cloke, and Tim Scott adding 3 each with Pat Ioannidis booting 2. Luke Pappon, Gary Bennett Nick Seel and Ed Standish, in his first senior game, were among the best. In the reserves game, Oakleigh also saluted with a determined display. After a tight first quarter, the Krushers trailed by a point but soon got into their rhythm in the second moving the the ball with more confidence and precision, if a little wayward in front of goal, adding 4-6 to the NOBS 2-1 to go to the main break 16 points up. Third quarter honours went to the visitors who cut the deficit to 11 points at the last change and an even last quarter saw the Oaks prevail by 12 points. The U/19s opened proceedings at the Krusherdome on Saturday and celebrated with a tough win over Aquinas. A very even first half had the Oaks 6 points up at the first change and scores locked together at the long break. The second half was where Oakleigh began to shine with a 5 goal to 1 third term setting them up for victory and, after an even last quarter, the young Krushers ran out 25 point winners. The women’s team travelled to Rathmines Rd. to take on Hawthorn Amateurs and found the going a lot tougher than expected. The hosts proved far too strong for the Krushers, keeping them scoreless in both first and third quarters and goalless in the second as they ran the Krusher defence ragged booting 8-15. A goal to Oakleigh in the last term was small consolation in a tough opening to the season.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 23-20-158 def Brunswick NOBSPC 16-8-104.
Goals: A. Cloke 10, C. Grant 3, L. Cloke 3, T. Scott 3, P. Ioannidis 2, G. Bennett, N. Seel.
Best: A. Cloke, C. Grant, L.Pappon, G. Bennett, E. Standish, N. Seel.
Reserves: Oakleigh 14-12-96 def Brunswick NOBSPC 13-6-84.
Best: J. Chapple, J. Revere, J. Van De Ven,.K. Bradley, R. Henderson, Z. Barrett
U/19s: Oakleigh 14-12-96 def Aquinas 10-11-71.
Goals: H.Boontjes 4, D.Goodwill 3, E.Faragher 2, B.Hall, C.Galanos, L.Park, Z.Murphy, E.Thaning 1.
Best: H.Boontjes, C. Galanos, C. Gillard, B. Hall
Women: Oakleigh 1-3-9 lt Hawthorn AFC 8-15-63.
Best: C. Bethune, M. Minchin, M. Leeson, J. Bethune, A. Ringin, M. Bregazzi