A win to savour

Ocean Grove enjoyed a strong start to the new netball season. (Jamie Cullum) 179442

Ocean Grove knocked off Geelong Amateur in A Grade netball for the first time since round 12 2013.
The 44 to 41 victory was set up with a powerful first term in which Grove led by eight goals. Ammos hit back hard, but Grove was good enough to hold with Abbey Middleton, Ashton O’Brien and Kelsey Ollis the best players.
In B Grade, Ammos proved too good with a 53 to 38 win. Tina Birch (17 goals) and Erin Mercer (16) did their best.
In C Grade, Grove recorded a strong 28 to 23 win. Mia Smith was best on court while Jesse Sutton scored 13 goals and Kate Titheridge 15 in a dominant display under the net.
Ocean Grove enjoyed a 26 to 23 win against Ammos in D Grade. Tarryn Stanley was instrumental in the victory while Shereen Wolfe scored 15 goals and Lauren Barber was busy.
Ocean had a great 33 to 15 win against Geelong Amateur. No other details were provided.
In Round 1, Ocean Grove had a strong start to the season for the senior grades, with all teams claiming a well deserved win over Portarlington.
A Grade
A convincing win for the A Grade girls despite missing a couple of key players. New recruits Rebecca Scott and Ashton O’Brien showed off their skills, while Kelsey Ollis and Dannie Hoiles applied strong defensive pressure throughout.
Best: Kelsey Ollis, Dannie Hoiles, Rebecca Scott
B Grade
Ocean Grove took control of the game early, with coach Elyse Howard making use of some well-established combinations throughout the match. Young gun Kim Hart stood up to the challenge, backing up her strong B Grade performance with an A Grade debut.
Best: Emma Walker, Erin Mercer, Meg Badrock
C Grade
Despite being a young side, C Grade has proven that they will be strong competitors this season. Defensive efforts from Mia Smith and Kylie Lane were hard to beat, with Jessie Allen creating countless opportunities throughout centre court.
Best: Mia Smith, Kylie Lane, Jessie Allen
D Grade
Playing earlier on in the day, the D graders were the first to secure a win for Ocean Grove. Consisting of a number of versatile players and last year’s league best and fairest, the girls hope to once again challenge for the title.
Best: Maddy Goodger, Kylie Collett, Tarryn Stanley
E Grade
In putting their first win on the board, E Grade has proven the true depth of the Ocean Grove list. A combination of seasoned players and new recruits, this side shows a lot of potential coming into the season.
Best: Jamilla Smith, Lucy Conquit, Samantha Caine.
– Meg Badrock