OCEAN GROVE’S momentous win over triple BFL premiers Queenscliff on Saturday was one for the ages.
The 61-point landmark victory against the Coutas entrenched the Grubbers at the top of the ladder with a 2-0 record in 2014.
Final scores were Ocean Grove 19.12.126 to Queenscliff 9.11.65.
The Grubbers face another huge challenge against Drysdale, last season’s BFL grand finalists, at Ocean Grove this Saturday.
Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack rated the 61-point triumph against Queenscliff as one of the best wins in his time at the Grubbers.
It was the first time Ocean Grove had toppled the Coutas since round 18, 2011.
Queenscliff had several stars missing from the team that defeated Drysdale in last year’s BFL grand final including star defender Steve Owen and key tall Nic Orvis.
“It was good to win, we had a couple of good wins towards the end of the last year,” Jack told the Voice.
“Obviously Barwon Heads at Barwon Heads, Torquay under lights (at Torquay) and last season’s finals’ win against Torquay.
“That is the benchmark we want to stay at for the rest of the season, it is going to be hard, but we have got a couple of young kids.”
Midfielder Aaron O’Callaghan had a good knack at finding the ball in the first quarter, while livewire forward Daniel Freeman proved dangerous in front of goal.
Key Ocean Grove tall Daniel Maloney sealed the win for the home side in the final term as he played as a deep forward and finished with four goals.
“We stood up in a big game which is good, they (Queenscliff) came at us at in the last 10 minutes of the third quarter we got challenged, but the way we responded in the last quarter was really good,” Jack said.
It was an excellent day for the Grubbers after the reserves defeated Queenscliff by one point in a thriller. Final scores were 5.11.41 to 6.4.40.
Kaiden Long and Jack Rawlings were among the home side’s best players.