Mixed results for Grove netballers

Jessica Griffin at goal defence. 166879 Pictures: JAMIE CULLUM

Some Ocean Grove teams couldn’t continue their winning ways of Round 1 when they played Geelong Amateur in Round 2.
However there were plenty of positives to match it with quality sides.
Grove Premier Division had their chances late in the game but couldn’t capitalise in the end, luckily finishing their game before the heavens opened up.
Premier Division
Ocean Grove 28 vs Geelong Amateur 37.
Best: K. Ollis, C. Parker, J. Griffin
A tough physical and defensive game, a credit to all defenders especially Candice Parker and Jess Griffin and also a centre change of pace for Kelsey Ollis. With the Grove scoreline within three goals with 10 minutes to go it was a disappointing finish going down by nine, but it showed Grove where they need to be to compete with the grand final teams. A lot to work on but plenty of positive signs for this new team.
Division 1
Ocean Grove 40 vs Geelong Amateur 41.
Best: M. Badrock, E. Mercer, S. Hackett
Last year’s grand final replay was a ripper played in the warm conditions. Nothing was separating the teams at each quarter and it was critical for Grove to keep up the physical pace. Defenders Meg Badrock and Shelby Hackett had plenty of work to do to get it down the court for Erin Mercer to score.
Division 2
Ocean Grove 10 vs Geelong Amateur 33.
Best: R. de Kretser, K. Morrish, E. Walker
Unfortunately Division 2 couldn’t put their Grove game together today against Ammos, but there was some great defensive work from Rowena de Kretser, Emma Walker and Kellie Morrish.
Division 3
Ocean Grove 24 vs Geelong Amateur 23.
Best: K. Geerings, T. Splatt, A. Skurrie
A fantastic nailbiting win for Division 3 showing plenty of determination and great work from all over the court, with Katie Geerings, Alicia Skurrie and Tam Splatt taking out the best.
19 Under Grade
Ocean Grove 14 vs Geelong Amateur 23.
Best: M. Giblin, L. Doyle, S. Bastiaan
The 19s team are continuing to work hard each week with centre courters Michaela Giblin, Loretta Doyle and Sarah Bastiaan showing the way.
The season opener was a fantastic day against Portarlington with some quality netball played across all grades.
A consistent start for the newly named Premier Division taking the four points against the Demons, with new and existing players settling into some great early form.
Premier Division
Ocean Grove 46 vs Portarlington 23.
Best: O. Hobbs, C. Parker, E. Heard
Hard fought win with full pressure the whole game against a quality side. Outstanding midcourt performance from Liv Hobbs and great defensive pressure and goaling from Candice Parker and Elley Heard.
Division 1
Ocean Grove 59 vs Portarlington 16.
Best: S. Hackett, C. Britt, D. Hoiles
Despite the nerves of the first round, the B Grade girls put it all aside and dominated throughout the match. The thorough preparation during pre-season obviously paid off and the girls were firing from the first centre. Endless turnovers from Shelby Hackett and Meg Badrock allowed a strong mid-court to effectively bring the ball down. Erin Mercer showed brilliant consistency in her shooting throughout the game. Overall a very promising and strong performance by all players.
Division 2
Ocean Grove 24 vs Portarlington 14.
Best: E. Clark, K. Morrish, E. Walker
Portarlington got the early jump on Grove but to their credit the girls toughed it out and came away with a win. Some new players took the best honours this week with Eliza Clark, Kellie Morrish and youngster Emma Walker.
Division 3
Ocean Grove 49 vs Portarlington 9.
Best: J. Sutton, M. Goodger, S. Cain
Ocean Grove made a strong start to the 2017 season, with an impressive 40-goal win. A strong defensive lineup allowed the defenders to make multiple intercepts limiting Portarlington’s attempts at goal. The mid-court saw strong drives and well placed passes creating a nice flow down the court with the goalers working well together to create space and allow for smooth passing into the ring.
19 Under Grade
Ocean Grove 11 vs Portarlington 28.
Best: M. Giblin, S. Bastiaan, G. Bradley
With some new players adding to the 19U line-up there were some great passages of play that will improve over the coming season if they work hard.