Bridge showdown for Grove

Grubber player Meaghan Cook chases her Bell Post Hill opponent. (Mark Heenan Media).

Ocean Grove senior women’s team has set up an elimination final against neighbouring rivals Barwon Heads after strolling to a 52-point win over Bell Post Hill on Sunday.

In windy conditions at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve, the Grubbers won 8.10 (58) to Bell Post Hill 1.0 (6).

Ocean Grove finished the regular season in third spot with a 9-6 record ahead of fourth-placed Barwon Heads (9-6) on a superior percentage.

Inaugural Ocean Grove senior women’s coach Jase Lydom, said he was proud of his team to make finals despite a host of injuries.

“I am super proud of the girls – we have had a few ups and downs obviously with injuries, and losing girls for various reasons,” Lydom said.

“We have lost a lot of players to injury.

“For the team to stick together and perform they way the have it has been great.

“They have been really coachable and they take on board what feedback we give them.

“Anything we do here it is only a bonus for them.”

Lydom said its Round 11 win over the Panthers was pleasing conceding its high injury toll.

“I think it was our most depleted line up – we had a few players going in with injuries and we had a couple of players who would normally sit out, because the game was pretty important, they stepped up and played.”

The Grubber got off to a rollicking start with a three-goal opening term.

It was physical game, A Bell Post Hill female player was reported and left the field after an altercation with an Ocean Grove opponent in the final term.

Grubber pair Jessie Teague and Che-Louise Cockatoo-Hewitt each kicked three goals apiece.

Ocean Grove defender Alex Trezise continued her strong form and was named in the best.

The visitors were scoreless until the final term when they broke their goal drought.

It was the second time Grubbers had beaten Bell Post Hill at home this season after its 80-point win in

Round 4.

SCOREBOARD

OCEAN GROVE 8.10 (58) d BELL POST HILL 1.0 (6)

OCEAN GROVE

Goals: J. Teague 3, C. Cockatoo-Hewitt 3, R. Griffiths, G. Hutchins.

Best: A. Trezise, K. Harrison-Roberts, L. Dent, L. Mair, A. Lefevre, J. Montgomery.  

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