Ocean Grove shapes up for season ahead

The Grubbers' Jake Carmody.

By Mark Heenan

Ocean Grove Football Club’s preparations for the 2018 Bellarine Football League season will take shape over the next month.
The Grubbers will play three practice matches in March before their BFL season opener against Portarlington at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval at Shell Road on 31 March.
All pre-season matches will be played in Ocean Grove though a venue has not been decided due to Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association finals.
The Grubbers will host Essendon and District Football League club Keilor in their first practice match on 10 March.
Keilor is coached by former Collingwood and Carlton AFL player Mick McGuane.
Ocean Grove will play further practice matches at home against Diamond Creek on 17 March and GFL based Geelong West on 24 March to round out their pre-season.
In other developments, Ocean Grove Netball Club play its first pre-season match against Geelong West on Thursday 15 March at 6:30pm and then will back up two days later with another home practice match against Diamond Creek on Saturday 17 March at 1pm.
The Grubber netballers wrap up their netball pre-season with its final practice match against Lara on Thursday 22 March with a 6:30pm start.
All netball practice matches will be played at Shell Road in Ocean Grove.