Grubbers primed for season opener

Dave Farrell

Ocean Grove begins its 2024 Bellarine Football Netball League season on Good Friday with home clashes against Queenscliff.

A bumper crowd is expected at Ray Menzies Oval for a full round of football and netball games.

Ocean Grove senior football coach Dave Farrell said the club was looking forward to the start of the season.

“Easter is a great time to be in Ocean Grove and I’m sure the excitement will continue to build up to a great day on the field and courts,” he said.

Farrell said the senior side had enjoyed a solid preseason.

“As far as our list goes, the last 18 months have been about consolidating the position of our list and making sure year on year we could develop within rather than continue to search for a new starting point,” he said.

“Player retention has been great and growth of individual players over preseason gives us some confidence internally we can sustain or exceed the level of our performances on the back end of last season that saw us competitive against all sides in the competition.”

Former Geelong listed player Nick Bourke will assist Farrell as a playing assistant coach this season.

“We have built our coaching team and off field support to make sure we can support the players’ growth and get everything we can out of the season,” Farrell said.

“We’re super proud of the representation at Falcons Under 16 and 18 level with a record number of players making these lists and expected to work closely with our senior group this season and beyond.”

Ocean Grove takes on Queenscliff on Good Friday from 2.10pm while the Grubbers A Grade netball side starts off its premiership defence at 1.45pm.