Night game to start

David King during his playing days with the Grubbers. 155748

Ocean Grove will kick off its 2019 Bellarine Football League season opener under lights at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval at Shell Road against Newcomb.

The club’s only home night game takes place in Round 1 on 6 April.

The Grubbers play Newcomb twice in the first nine rounds with its corresponding away fixture in Round 9 – a Sunday game on 9 June.

Ocean Grove has to wait until Round 10 to face off against neighbours Barwon Heads in the first of two blockbuster Battle of the Bridge clashes.

Barwon Heads, the 2018 BFL runners-up, has won its last nine matches over Ocean Grove.

Ocean Grove retains its Easter weekend home game in Round 3 against Queenscliff on April 20.

The club’s Easter home game at Shell Road is considered its biggest attended home fixtures for the season.

The Grubbers face a challenging run home with away games in Round 17 and Round 18 against 2018 finalists Barwon Heads and Queenscliff.

IN other developments, former Grubber playing assistant coach David King returns to Ocean Grove for the 2019 season in a non-playing role.

King will be an assistant midfield coach alongside fellow assistant coach Stuart Jones, while Jordan Jones takes the reins as Grubber playing coach.

An Ocean Grove local, King said it was an easy decision to get back involved at the Grubbers.

“It was because of family and friends and what not, we have become friends with a lot of people around the area and around the community and they all involved in Ocean Grove,” King told the Voice.

King who last played for Ocean Grove in 2016, had a decorated playing career at St Joseph’s in the Geelong Football League after playing more than 200 GFL games.

King played 17 senior games for Ocean Grove in 2016 and booted 16 goals.

He was an assistant coach at St Joseph’s in 2017 and 2018 where Joeys won back-to-back senior GFL premierships under senior coach Heath Jamieson.

King’s sister Jackie Montgomery was the captain of the inaugural Ocean Grove women’s senior footy team in 2018.

GRUBBERS 2019 FIXTURE

ROUND 1 (6 April) v Newcomb (home) (night game)

ROUND 2 (13 April) v Drysdale (away)

ROUND 3 (20 April) v Queenscliff (home)

ROUND 4 (27 April) v Modewarre (away)

ROUND 5 (4 May) v Anglesea (home)

ROUND 6 (11 May) v Geelong Amateur (home)

ROUND 7 (25 May) v Portarlington (away)

ROUND 8 (1 June) v Torquay (home)

ROUND 9 (9 June) v Newcomb (away) (Sunday game)

ROUND 10 (15 June) v Barwon Heads (home)

ROUND 11 (22 June) v Drysdale (home)

ROUND 12 (29 May) v Anglesea (away)

ROUND 13 (13 July) v Geelong Amateur (away)

ROUND 14 (20 July) v Modewarre (home)

ROUND 15 (27 July) v Torquay (away)

ROUND 16 (3 August) v Portarlington (home)

ROUND 17 (10 August) v Barwon Heads (away)

ROUND 18 (17 August) v Queenscliff (away) 

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