Round 8


Oakleigh Amateurs broke a three game losing streak with a big win over Ivanhoe at Ivanhoe Park in the VAFA Division 1 eighth round. On a sunny autumn Saturday in Melbourne, the Krushers headed over to Ivanhoe hoping for a change of luck after pushing a couple top sides in recent weeks but not bringing home the points. The hosts were also hoping for a change of fortune and were desperate for a win. The Oaks grabbed an early advantage, going to the first change with a 13 point lead, but kicked it up a gear in the second term with a 4 goal haul to the hosts 3 behinds and took the lead out to 39 points at the main break. After the break, the Oaks shut the gate with a 7 goal to one third term and turned for home with a 78 point lead. Oakleigh kept the hosts goalless in the last as they finished them off to win by 103 points. The Cloke brothers led the goal kicking with Aaron booting 9 and Lucas adding 3, Chris Grant and Zack Pearce-Thomas chipped in with 2 each. Pat Ioannidis, Nick Seel and Liam Gillard were in the Oaks best.

The early game saw the Krushers bounce back from a 4 game drought. After a fairly even first term, which had them 4 points ahead at the first break, the Oaks pulled away at each change, starting with a 6 goal second quarter that gave them a 22 point lead at the main change. The Krushers kept going, extending the lead to 35 points by the last change and going on with it to claim a 54 point win.

The U/19s opened proceedings at Scammell Reserve with an early morning start against Ivanhoe and struggled with a shortage of players and some wayward kicking in the first quarter to trail by 2 points before turning the game around with a 5 goal to 3 second term to take a 7 point lead into the long break. A 6 goal third term to Oakleigh pushed the margin out to 29 points by three quarter time but injuries reduced the Oaks to 18 players in the last and they had to withstand a fast finishing Ivanhoe to hold on by 12 points in a tough encounter. Dylan Goodwill led the Oaks goal kicking with 4 and Ethan Faragher added 2.

In the womens game at Scammell Reserve, an under manned, if you’re allowed to say that about womens football, Oakleigh started well but couldn’t quite put the score on the board against Old Melburnians. Trailing by 11 points at the first change, the Oaks got one goal back in the second term but the visitors managed to hold a 12 point advantage at the main break. After half-time, injuries and prior commitments reduced the Krushers to 16 players and, despite some fine efforts, they couldn’t keep up with a sharper opposition and went down by 55 points. Jazz Ballestrin kicked the Oaks goal with Cass Bethune, Maddy Bregazzi and Meg Minchin in the Krushers best.

Final Scores:

Seniors: Oakleigh 19-17-131 def Ivanhoe 3-10-28. Goals: A.Cloke 9, L.Cloke 3, C.Grant, Z.Pearce-Thomas 2, A. Mase, M. Bennett, J. Chapple 1.
Best Players: P. Ioannidis, A. Cloke, N. Seel, L. Gillard, Z. Pearce-Thomas, A. Mase.

Reserves: Oakleigh 17-17-119 def 9-11-65. No match details available.

Women: Oakleigh 1-1-7 lt Old Melbunians 8-14-62. Goals: J. Ballestrin
Best Players: C. Bethune, M. Bregazzi, M. Minchin, A. Leeson, J. Bethune, J. Ballestrin.

U/19s: Oakleigh 13-13-91 def Ivanhoe 11-12-78. Goals: D. Goodwill 4, E. Faragher 2, R. Powell, L. Park, C. Galanos, S. Izlani, Z. Murphy, T. Gillard, D. Milner
Best Players: No best players available.