Grove march on

Grove march on

OCEAN Grove stamped itself as a genuine BFL contender following its comfortable 27-point win over coastal rival Torquay under the lights of Spring Creek Reserve on Saturday night, writes Mark Heenan.
Final scores were Grubbers 18.11.119 defeated Torquay 14.8.92
The win now gives Ocean Grove a 4-0 record in 2014 and puts them second on the BFL table behind ladder leader and the undefeated Geelong Amateur, who smashed Modewarre by 111 points on Saturday.
Saturday night’s match was a great advertisement for the Bellarine Football League, the game played at a frenetic pace and a break neck speed from both teams.
Ocean Grove playing coach, Shane Jack, who had stints with Victorian Football League based club Werribee and GFL club Geelong West, appreciated how fast the game moved.
“It was quick footy, both teams moved it pretty quick,” Jack told the Voice.
Torquay playing coach Craig McCaughan agreed with Jack’s sentiments after the match.
“It was pretty quick and that is probably where they (Ocean Grove) are at,” McCaughan said.

“They (Ocean Grove) move the ball extremely well.”
Jack impressed with the way his players handled the conditions under the lights at Torquay and stuck to its game plan against the Tigers.
“We came up at each contest with different game plans with different players, we just adapted,” Jack said.
“It was a good win and we gutsed it out again.”
Ocean Grove hold a strong recent record against Torquay, the Grubbers have now won its past three matches against their seaside counterparts including the victory in last year’s nail-biting elimination final victory at Portarlington by three points.
The Grubbers also defeated Torquay in Ocean Grove’s first ever night home and away BFL clash at Spring Creek Reserve by 13 points in round 18 last season, a week before the elimination final.
It was a game to savour for Ocean Grove defender Mark Laidler, who celebrated his 150th match for the club.
MEANWHILE Ex Geelong AFL star Max Rooke, who missed the round three clash against Drysdale, was a key catalyst in the victory and provided some uplifting heroics in front of goal and booted four majors.
Grubber dynamite forwards Travis Gavin and Daniel Freeman both kicked four goals and three goals respectively, while Geelong Falcons-listed player Brayden Warren bagged three majors.
The first term saw the visitors hold sway with a nine-point advantage at quarter time, both sides kicking accurately in front of goal.
Grubber makeshift ruckman Brandon Poulter continued his good form and battled hard at the centre bounce against opposing Torquay big man and ex Ocean Grove player Mick Stanley.
Ocean Grove playing coach, Shane Jack, was instrumental across half-back and provided great delivery by foot to his teammates.
The second quarter saw the home side lifted its intensity at the footy and got within two goals of the Grubbers.
Former South Barwon GFL player Isaac Baker, who booted five goals, and Michael Sleep-Dalton, who kicked five majors, gave Torquay a competitive advantage in front of goal.
“We tried at times (to isolate) Baker in the square, but I just don’t think our delivery and our ball use was that good to him, but at times at was,” McCaughan said.
At the main break, Ocean Grove still led by 17 points.        ,
The Grubbers extended their margin in a lower scoring third quarter and had a match winning 36-point lead at the last break.
McCaughan praised the Grubbers’ ability to win the contested during the key stages of the game, especially the second half.
“We fumbled the ball and they (Ocean Grove) just hurt us on the turnover,” he said.
The fourth quarter saw the Tigers challenge the Grubbers, but in the end Ocean Grove went on to record a momentous 27-point victory in the end.
MEANWHILE the Grubbers will face Modewarre this Saturday in their round five clash at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation.
Senior game starts 2:10pm.

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