After weeks of pressuring the top four, Oakleigh entered fourth spot on the ladder following their 100-point victory over St John’s at Scammell Reserve. Led by a nine-goal haul from Aaron Cloke, the Krushers increased a 41-point half time lead with 13 goals to three in the final two terms. Trevor Bromley added five and Tim Scott kicked three for the Krushers in a BOG performance, while Travis Hendy fought valiantly for the JOCs as their most impressive player. The comprehensive margin allowed the Krushers to jump over the Bullants on percentage, while the JOCs remain ninth.
St Mary’s Salesian held fellow top four aspirant Preston Bullants to just four goals during their 70-point victory at Ferndale Park earlier today. The ladder leaders kicked nine unanswered goals in the first half and took a 57-point lead into the main break before things evened out with six goals to four in the final two terms. Ben Andrews and Manny Dolan kicked three goals each for the Saints, while Joel Mattiske was named best afield and stretched his run of impressive performances to three in a row. Olsen Clark stood out as the best Bullant and Paul Sansonetti was particularly impressive, but they’ve now gone eight weeks without consecutive victories.
Ormond made it three wins on the trot when they defeated Brunswick NOBSPC by 29 points at E.E. Gunn Reserve. Leading by eight points at half time, the Monders exploded in the third term and piled on five unanswered goals. NOBS hit back with five goals to two in the final term but it wasn’t enough as the Monders secured their 11th win of the year. Blair Atkins was named best afield for the third-placed Ormond while Henry Simon and Isaiah Tahana kicked two goals each. Daniel Mott starred for NOBS and eight players shared their eight goals. NOBS are now a game behind Therry Penola in eighth spot on the ladder and one game ahead of the JOCs in the relegation zone.
Therry Penola secured their fifth win of the year and went two games clear of the relegation zone via a 30-point victory over Ivanhoe at Ivanhoe park. With just one point in it at the first break, the Lions kicked nine of the last 14 goals as they gradually got away from the Magpies with Matthew Lyons continuing his outstanding form as the best on ground. Rory Macgregor and Daniel Tadinac kicked three each for the Lions, while Alex Whitehead and Reece Cotter starred for the Magpies. The Lions are now a game clear of eighth-placed NOBS, while the Magpies are one spot and one win above them.
PEGS returned to the winners’ circle with a comprehensive 80-point victory over Whitefriars at PEGS Sporting Fields. Leading by a goal at quarter time, the Bombers blasted 15 goals to five in the ensuing three terms and ran away with the win one week after falling to Preston and losing top spot on the ladder. Trent Skurrie led the charge in front of goal with five, while Andrew Khallouf and Brad Jones were best afield for the home side. Hewitt Murray continued his solid form for the Friars but they remain with just one win for the year.