By Mark Heenan
Geelong Amateur nudged out a spirited late challenge from Ocean Grove to win its Bellarine Football Netball League A Grade qualifying final clash on Saturday 24 August.
The Ammos held off a fast finishing Ocean Grove to win 41 to 38.
The Grubbers will now meet Modewarre, last season’s BFNL A Grade premiers, in a knockout semi-final on Sunday 1 September.
Fourth-placed Modewarre beat Barwon Heads in their elimination final on Sunday 25 August.
It was a brave effort from the Grubbers which trailed Ammos by 10 goals during the second and third terms.
Ocean Grove senior netball coach Elyse Howard said she was proud how the A Grade Grubbers fought the game out.
Howard conceded the Grubbers made some costly errors which put them on the back foot early.
“I was proud of our girls for the fight they showed and their willingness not to give up,” Howard told the Voice.
“We had passages of play that were really positive however we let silly errors into our game which cost us greatly as you can’t afford unforced errors against teams like that.”
Tall Grubber goal shooter Rebecca Scott scored 29 goals from 38 attempts, team-mate Julia Allan shot four goals from eight attempts, while Ally Swift provided some late spark with five goals from seven attempts.
“Ally Swift made a good impact when she came onto the court,” Howard said.
“She doesn’t play goal attack like most others, so she confuses the defenders and brings some something different to our attack end.
“She has also been quite accurate lately which is extremely positive.”
Best players for Ocean Grove were Lucy Vercher, Emily Moroney and Candice Parker.
Ocean Grove’s A Grade semi-final clash against Modewarre starts at 2:30pm at Portarlington this Sunday.
Fifth-placed Ocean Grove will meet Torquay in a B Grade knockout semi-final this Sunday.
The Grubbers defeated higher ranked fourth-placed Modewarre in their B Grade elimination final on Sunday 25 August.
Final scores were Ocean Grove 42 to Modewarre.
Ocean Grove led at every quarter interval.
Young Grubber goaler Emma Badrock top scored with 18 goals, while sister Abbey Badrock shot 15 goals.
Kimberley Hart scored nine goals for Ocean Grove.
The Grubbers’ B Grade semi-final game starts at 1pm on Sunday 1 September.
Ocean Grove won their E Grade qualifying final defeating Geelong Amateur 27 to 23 at Portarlington on Saturday 24 August.
The Grubbers now face Barwon Heads in the second semi-final this Saturday 31 August and play off for a grand final berth.
Ocean Grove outscored Ammos in the second half with 15 goals to 9 goals.
Grubber goal shooter Constance Smith top scored for her side with 14 goals from 25 attempts.
19 AND UNDER
Third-placed Ocean Grove went down to Geelong Amateur, which finished in second spot in their 19 and Under qualifying final at Potarlington on Saturday.
Final scores Geelong Amateur 32 to Ocean Grove 23.
Grubber goaler Zoe Murrells top scored with 14 goals from 24 attempts.
The Grubbers will now play Torquay in a knockout final on Sunday 1 September at Portarlington.
15 AND UNDER SECTION 1
The Grubbers lost their qualifying final to Portarlington at Portarlington on Saturday.
Final scores Portarlington 22 to Ocean Grove 19.
Ocean Grove 15 and Under Section 1 side will now face Barwon Heads in a knockout final on Sunday 1 September at Portarlington.
13 AND UNDER SECTION 1
Ocean Grove lost to higher ranked Barwon Heads by two goals in their qualifying final at Portarlington on Saturday.
Final scores Barwon Heads 16 to Ocean Grove 14.
Ocean Grove 13 and Under Section 1 team will now face Geelong Amateur in a knockout semi-final at Portarlington on Sunday 1 September.