Grubbers play for finals spot

Ocean Grove coach Pete Davey said his players were raring to go. (Justin Flynn)

By Justin Flynn

Ocean Grove’s destiny is in its own hands with a coveted finals spot up for grabs when Bellarine Football League resumes tomorrow.

The equation is simple. Beat Drysdale tomorrow and the young Grubbers will play finals. Lose and it all comes down to a dramatic final round where Ocean Grove meets current fifth-placed side Anglesea and Drysdale tackles third-placed Modewarre.

After two weeks off due to COVID-19 lockdown, Ocean Grove coach Pete Davey said his side is raring to go.

“The players have been really diligent in their fitness training over the last few weeks but there’s only so many road runs and short ball drills in pairs that you can do before you go mad,” he said.

“We trained as a group tonight (Wednesday) and they are really looking forward to Saturday.”

While the game is an early elimination final for the Hawks, Ocean Grove can still afford to lose and make finals, although Davey does not want it to come to that.

“That’s the best part of where we’re at, it’s in our hands,” he said.

“We’ve done a lot of hard work and deserve to be in this situation which gives us plenty of confidence.

“To be in the finals equation is one thing but to be there with such a young group and not relying on other results, is something pretty special and the entire senior squad is feeding off it.”

Davey said Tom Waters is over his hamstring injury and Josh Gummer has recovered from a hip flexor complaint.

Jake Ward’s knee is back to full strength, although Connor Pickett is still a week away, Davey said.

Drysdale could lose and still make the top five, providing Geelong Amateur can upset Anglesea tomorrow. Ammos gave Ocean Grove a fright in the last game before lockdown with the Grubbers holding on for a one-point win.

Even then, the Hawks would need to upset Modda in the final game and hope Ocean Grove do the job on the Seas.

Barwon Heads can sew up the double chance by beating Newcomb tomorrow.

A win would ensure a qualifying match-up against Modewarre, which has beaten the reigning premiers twice this season, albeit in close games.

Minor premiers Torquay will thrash Portarlington while Modda should account for Queenscliff.

ROUND 17

Saturday July 31

Modewarra vs Queenscliff at Community Bank Oval, Mount Moriac

Anglesea vs Geelong Amateur at Ellimatta Reserve, Anglesea

Barwon Heads vs Newcomb at Howard Harmer Oval, Barwon Heads

Torquay vs Portarlington at McCartney Oval, Torquay

Drysdale vs Ocean Grove at Mortimer Oval, Drysdale

ROUND 18

Saturday August 7

Barwon Heads vs Portarlington at Howard Harmer Oval, Barwon Heads

Geelong Amateur vs Newcomb at KFC Oval, Highton

Drysdale vs Modewarre at Mortimer Oval, Drysdale

Queenscliff vs Torquay at Queenscliff Recreation Reserve, Queenscliff

Ocean Grove vs Anglesea at Ray Menzies Oval, Ocean Grove