That winning feeling

Grubber forward Jake Ward tries to keep his balance. 193173

By Mark Heenan

The Grubbers have finally tasted a victory in 2019.

Ocean Grove secured a 26-point win over Anglesea at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval at home on Saturday 4 May.

Final scores Ocean Grove 13.7 (85) defeated Anglesea 9.5 (59).

The four-goal plus win pushed the Grubbers into eighth spot with a 1-4 record after five rounds.

Ocean Grove injured playing coach Jordan Jones was thrilled with result after the match – his first win as senior coach.

For the first time in 2019 Ocean Grove male football sides and women’s netball teams all won their matches on the same day.

“This is a great feeling, a much better feeling and this is why we play footy to win games,” Jones told the Voice.

“It is going to be good for our group and their confidence and their belief in what we are doing.”

The home side overturned a 20-point deficit at quarter time as Anglesea kicked with a three-goal breeze in the first term.

New Grubber cult hero Cory ‘Chippy’ Connor continued his amazing start to 2019 and booted seven goals.

Connor also snared six majors in the club’s Round 4 loss to Modewarre and kicked 12 goals across the first three rounds in the Grubber reserves grade.

The small forward dynamo has booted 25 goals across seniors and reserves from five matches this year.

“He is a smart little footballer we knew he would come in and play his role as a small forward,” Jones said.

“He is a bit of a cult figure.”

Aaron Baxter found some top form, while defender Harry Walker played an important role down back.

Jones praised his young playing group with the likes of Fletcher Long and Max Sutton tasting their first senior win.

Former Grubber juniors Logan Taylor, Ollie Monteith and Joe McDonald all played significant roles in the win.

“The hardness and ruthless we have got at the footy is starting to shine off on the younger guys,” he said.

Last season’s senior best and fairest winner Luke Cartelli returned after a hamstring injury and unavailability.

Anglesea sharpshooter and league leading goalkicker Jordan Erskine was in terrific form and finished with five goals.

Erskine has booted 31 goals from five matches in 2019.

Kangaroo team-mates Jackson Bews and Nicholas Swain played valuable roles across midfield and half-back.

Ocean Grove now play second-placed Geelong Amateur in Round 6 at home at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval on Saturday 11 May.

Senior game starts at 2.10pm.

SENIOR SCOREBOARD

OCEAN GROVE 13.7 (85) def ANGLESEA 9.5 (59)

OCEAN GROVE

Goals: C. Connor 7, L. Cartelli 2, J. Ward, A. Baxter, S. Presani, J. McDonald.

Best: C. Connor, A. Baxter, H. Walker, J. Linton, O. Monteith, J. Carey.  

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