Tough loss against reigning premiers

Logan Popple fights for the ball against his Modewarre opponent. 193173

By Mark Heenan

Ocean Grove’s winless start continued in 2019 after a 64-point loss against reigning BFL premiers Modewarre at Community Bank Oval on Sunday 28 April.

The ten-goal plus loss meant the ninth-placed Grubbers were without a win and had 0-4 record after four rounds.

Final scores Modewarre 22.12 (144) to Ocean Grove 12.8 (80).

It was Ocean Grove’s heaviest loss after four rounds this season.

The home side jumped the Grubbers, who were goalless in the first term.

Modda led by 33 points at quarter time after a five-goal opening term blitz and never looked back.

“The loss wasn’t great but the score probably didn’t reflect the game,” Ocean Grove senior playing coach Jordan Jones said after the game.

Jones was forced to coach the Grubbers from the sidelines and requires knee surgery after his injury in the club’s Round 3 defeat to Queenscliff on 20 April.

In good news, Grubber Cory Connor made a sparkling senior debut and finished with six goals.

Connor was promoted to seniors after he kicked 12 goals from his last three games in the reserves.

Ocean Grove teenager Fletcher Long also made his senior debut and kicked one goal.

New recruit and Grubber forward Jake Ward continued his good form and snared three goals.

Modda pair Thomas Worpel and Mitchell Fisher were both dominant and each kicked six goals.

New Modewarre playing co-coach Seamus Orr, a former Grubber junior and senior player, did not play after he had surgery on a dislocated wrist.

IN other developments, the Modewarre and Ocean Grove clash was played on a Sunday due to it being promoted as Worksafe Game of the month.

Senior footballers and senior A Grade netballers stood side by side before their matches started for the national anthem.

Special guests on day included former AFL Blues champion Anthony Koutoufides, current North Melbourne AFL player Ben Brown, netballer Tegan Phillip (Melbourne Vixens) and former Australian Diamond netballer Julie Corletto.

SENIOR SCOREBOARD

MODEWARRE 22.12 (144) def OCEAN GROVE 12.8 (80)

OCEAN GROVE

Goals: C. Connor 6, J. Ward 3, L. Taylor, H. Walker, F. Long.

Best: A. Baxter, J. Ward, C. Connor, J. Perkovic, L. Meadows, L. Taylor. 

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