Oakleigh vs Brunswick FC

Division 1
April 7, 2018, 2:00 pm
Score: 158 - 104
Oakleigh Oakleigh7.5-4713.12-9020.17-13723.20-158
Brunswick FC Brunswick FC3.3-215.3-3311.6-7216.8-104
Oakleigh Oakleigh96 - 84
Collegians Collegians16 - 27
Collegians Collegians55 - 22
Match Report

At halftime on a beautiful Melbourne autumn afternoon, it was looking like being a real baptism of fire for a new look Brunswick senior men’s team – with no less than 11 new players – up against an experienced Oakleigh outfit at WA Scammell Reserve, before they dug deep to run the game out strongly in the second half, displaying a number of encouraging signs for the season ahead.

Both teams traded goals early in the opening term, but a pattern soon emerged whereby the NOBs’ forward entries were intercepted by Krushers’ tall backs who initiated a series of counterattacks straight down the corridor to the imposing Aaron Cloke and a mosquito fleet who snagged a number of goals over-the-back. By the end of the first half, the young and inexperienced NOBs’ defence was under siege, having conceded 27 scoring shots.

The third quarter saw new teammates starting to click and some real talent emerge. A dominant period led to four goals straight and a closing of the gap, before the Krushers steadied and replied with some late majors, to make it seven goals to six for the term. Forwards Jed Carey and Chris Gavaghan were strong in the air and good in front of the sticks. New vice-captain Nick Burgin also started to work into the game, giving a glimpse of his class.

Even more pleasing was the final term, when the hard work put in over pre-season showed as we clearly won the quarter. It was tremendous to see big Adam Bevanda, who was clearly our best over four quarters, going as strong at the end as he was at the first bounce, as was his partner-in-crime James Schmidt.

So well did we finish off, you were left with the impression our young team will take a lot of improvement out of the game, with some experienced players to return for our first home game against Preston Bullants next Saturday.

It promises to be a ripper day at Gillon Oval, starting with our Under 19s’ first game after a 10-year hiatus at 9.20am. See you there!

1. Jed Carey52
13. Chris Gavaghan44
4. Dominic Sullivan2
9. Nicholas Burgin13
2. Mathew Dickson1
3. George Dellaportas1
17. Anthony Argento1
34. Danny King1
19. Adam Bevanda1
5. James Schmidt5
31. Seamus Whelan6
7. Angus Coverdale
8. Benjamin Wilson
10. Aidan Pollock
14. Dean Beaumont
18. Darcy Heenan
24. Weston Howell
26. Thomas Wilson
27. Nikolas Verbeek
28. Liam Whelan
30. Jarrod Bye
35. Zach Bye

Venue Information

W.A. Scammell Reserve

Guest Road, Oakleigh