For a time there during their VAFA Premier C round 10 clash, the Krusher faithful dared to dream of a major upset after the Oaks gave Marcellin one hell of a fright in the second term at Scammell Reserve. After a solid start, the Krushers started to slip behind and it began to look as if another slaughter was on the cards.
Going into the second quarter trailing by 19 points, the Oaks lifted their intensity and struck back hard booting 5 goals and hitting the front before a slip in concentration let the visitors back in. A visibly shaken Eagles went to the long break 2 points ahead but were determined to make amends and came out firing in the third term as the momentum and the intensity Oakleigh had before the break dissipated. The Krushers tried hard to regain their earlier form but a 7 goal to 1 quarter by the Eagles effectively put the game out of reach.
The Krushers kept fighting though and were competitive around the ground but couldn’t capitalise on their forward moves as Marcellin seemed to be able wriggle out of trouble nearly every time. When the final siren brought proceedings to an end the Eagles had triumphed by 50 points which was hardly the sort of result wanted to celebrate
Trevor Bromley’s 250th game and Pat DiSiervi’s 150th. Lee Barrand kicked 3 goals for Oakleigh with Steve Tolongs adding 2 as Nick Seel, Peter Holden and Simon Way led the best players. In the early game, Oakleigh started well trailing by 5 points at the first change but were soon put in their place as ladder leaders Marcellin put their foot down and ran over a game but outgunned Krushers who continue to struggle as injuries take a toll.
Stuart Wines, Chris Lavery and Jake Pappon were among Oakleighs best as the goals were shared between Aaron Binns, Tom Golik and Leigh Webster. The U/19s again provided the high point with a strong win over DeLaSalle in the U/19s South division match kicking the frost off the Scammell Reserve oval in the very early game. A 5 goal opening term whilst keeping the visitors goal-less set the young Krushers up but a bit of complacency in the second quarter saw DeLaSalle win the term and have a laugh at Oakleigh’s expense. This got under the Oaks skin and they came out after the break determined to put the visitors in their place and proceeded to do just that with a 7 goal to 1 third term and another 7 goals to 3 in the last just for good measure running out comfortable 87 point winners. Zac Pearce-Thomas led the goalkicking for Oakleigh with 7, Liam Gillard and Jake Lever kicked 3 apiece with Jake Benoitton and Andrew Mase adding 2 each. Michael Tate and Luke Pappon were also among Oakleighs best.
<h3>1sts: Oakleigh 8.12.60 lt Marcellin 16.14.110.</h3>
Goals: Lee Barrand 3, Steve Tolongs 2, Trevor Bromley, Dermot Cleary, Pat Ioannidis 1.
Best: Nick Seel, Peter Holden, Simon Way, Baden Wass, Kevin Holden, Gary Bennett.
<h3>2nds: Oakleigh 3.1.19 lt Marcellin 24.20.164.</h3>
Goals: Aaron Binns, Tommy Golik, Leigh Webster 1.
Best: Stuart Wines, Chris Lavery, Jake Pappon, Jack Van Der Ven, Brett Ernst, Adam Matthiesson.
<h3>U/19s: Oakleigh 21.13.139 def De La Salle 7.10.52.</h3>
Goals: Zac Pearce-Thomas 7, Liam Gillard 3, Jake Lever 3, Jake Benoitton 2, Andrew Mase 2, Chris Grant, Luke Pappon, Michael Tate, Andrew Weymouth 1.
Best: Liam Gillard, Zac Pearce-Thomas, Jake Lever, Michael Tate, Andrew Mase, Luke Pappon.