By Mark Heenan
The Grubbers have been dealt a severe blow with senior playing coach Jordan Jones facing an extended stint on the sidelines with an injured right knee.
The injury to Jones, first-year playing coach, was compounded by Ocean Grove’s horror 0-4 start to 2019 following a 64-point drubbing at the hands of Modewarre.
Jones, 28, did not play in the round four clash against Modewarre at Modewarre on Sunday 28 April and was forced to coach the game from the sidelines.
He injured his right knee during Ocean Grove’s four-point loss to Queenscliff in Round 3 April at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval on 20 April.
Jones said he may require surgery on his right knee and will miss more than month of football.
“My injury – I’ll potentially be out for four to six weeks and may need surgery on my right knee,” Jones told the Voice.
“I hurt this in the first quarter last weekend.”
Jones said the 10-goal plus defeat at the hands of Modewarre, last year’s BFL premier, was not ideal.
“The loss wasn’t great but the score probably didn’t reflect the game,” he said.
“They kicked nine goals with the wind in the third quarter and we were down by 70 points odd points, but then the boys had a crack in the last quarter and tried take the game on and pegged the margin back a little bit.”
Grubber assistant coach David King confirmed the Grubbers were outplayed.
“Our boys were beaten all round (the) park,” King said.
IN better news an in-form Ocean Grove A Grade Netball team knocked off last year’s Bellarine Football Netball League A Grade premiers Modewarre at Modewarre.
The Grubbers sit at the top of the ladder with 4-0 start to season, their best start to a season in many years.
Ocean Grove won 45 to Modewarre 38.
The home side kept the Grubbers goalless in the final term.
It was the Grubbers’ biggest win of 2019 after victories over Newcomb, Drysdale and Queenscliff in the first three rounds.