D Grade champs

WINNERS: Ocean Grove''s D Grade netball side won the premiership on Saturday. (Mark Heenan Media) 185067

By Mark Heenan

Ocean Grove netball fans turned out in droves to support three Grubber teams participating in Bellarine Football Netball League Grand Finals at Drysdale on Saturday 8 September.

The day got off to a winning start thanks to Ocean Grove defeating Torquay 30-18 in the D Grade Medibank Cup Grand Final.

Ocean Grove Football Netball Club Director of Netball, Justine Finlay, said it was a fitting victory after D Grade’s heart-breaking 25-24 one goal loss to Geelong Amateur at the 2017 decider.

“With D Grade after last year where they just got pipped at the post and they come out firing (against Torquay),” Finlay told the Voice.

“The first three quarters were close – but they got way at the end and they did a beautiful job.”

It was the sole premiership win for Ocean Grove on Bellarine Football Netball League grand final day after the Grubbers suffered defeats in E Grade and 17 and Under Section 2, while the Grubbers Under 19s football team lost by 11 points to Geelong Amateur in their decider.

Ocean Grove E Grade (21) lost by nine goals to Anglesea (30) and the Grubbers (17) 17 and Under Section 2 team went down to Portarlington 31 by 14 goals.

Finlay said the future looked bright with a number of junior netballers making the transition into senior netball at Ocean Grove.

A total of 16 junior teams spread from 11 and Under and 17 and Under and nearly 150 junior netballers took to the court for Ocean Grove in 2018.

“We have got a lot of juniors playing up in seniors,” she said.

All Ocean Grove senior netball grades competed in the 2018 BFNL finals including A, B, C, D and E grades.

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