Debut year to remember

Sarah Perrott

Star Grubber ruck Sarah Perrott completed a fairytale first season of football by being named in the AFL Barwon senior team of the year.

Perrott, the sole Ocean Grove representative, was named on the interchange in the team of the year which consisted of 23 players.

Perrott, who polled three votes in the league best and fairest awards, was named in the Grubbers’ best players six times and played in all 12 matches in 2019.

She also played in the AFL Barwon Women’s Interleague win over the Northern Football League at Queen’s Park in May.

When Perrott spoke to the Voice in May she was excited to join the Grubbers in her debut season of senior women’s football.

“I actually really enjoy just playing with a group of women, they are all really positive and supportive and then make you feel welcomed as well,” Perrott said.

“The ladies have been so welcoming and supportive and really good teachers for someone like me who has never played before.

“I actually knew one of the girls who used to play for Ocean Grove and she kept on talking about how wonderful it is here, so I had to come down.”

THE tall athletic Perrott has also turned her sporting talents to netball and touch football.

She won the Portarlington Netball Club A Grade best and fairest award in 2018.

Perrott, a defender, lined up for the A Grade Demons against Ocean Grove in Round 16 at the Shell Road netball courts on 3 August.

IN other developments, teenage sensation Maddy Searle topped the club’s vote tally at the AFL Barwon awards night with seven votes, while Ocean Grove senior co-captain Emily Jarvis collected one vote.

It was a tough season for Ocean Grove after it was promoted to the Division One competition after playing in the Division Two competition in its inaugural season in 2018.

The Grubbers finished on the bottom with a 0-12 record in 2019.


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