OCEAN Grove warmed up for its 2014 BFL season campaign to register a 69-point victory over Western Regional Football League opponents Albion on Saturday at home.
The Grubbers led at each of the quarter intervals to win 17.10.112 and defeat Albion 6.7.43.
March saw the Grubbers play three practice matches on home soil with a loss against strong Essendon District Football League senior premier division club Avondale Heights on March 15 and wins against Werribee Centrals on March 22 and Albion on Saturday.
Ocean Grove coach, Shane Jack was pleased with his side’s progress ahead of its season opener against Newcomb on Saturday.
“Obviously the first week was tough against a good side (Avondale Heights) up in Melbourne,” Jack told the Voice.
“We just had to concentrate on what we need to work on, which was our structures, which are done for five months.
“I think in the last two weeks where we could work on that was the pleasing aspect.”
“It is the end of practice matches and we can’t wait to get stuck into the season.”
Youngster Brayden Warren and Daniel Maloney proved to be potent in attack for the Grubbers, while Mark Laidler relieved well in the ruck after the absence of talls Tom Lundberg and new recruit Sam Hedditch.
Gun Grubber recruit Marcus Kellett impressed in his sweeping role across half-back and provided midfielders and forwards with plenty of opportunities.
MEANWHILE the Grubbers face Newcomb in an away clash at Grinter Reserve this Saturday to commence its BFL season.
Ocean Grove will head into the game without experienced midfield duo Rowan O’Callaghan and Liam Rock, who are both unavailable, but the Grubbers are expected to regain livewire forward Travis Gavin and silky on-baller James McTaggart.
The game starts at 2.10pm.