Seven make squad SEVEN Ocean Grove footballers were named in an initial 53-man squad for Bellarine Football League’s Interleague clash against Wimmera later this month. Grubber players chosen in an extended squad include new Ocean Grove ruck Andrew Jarvis and ex Geelong West GFL defender Jahd Anderson. Jarvis and Anderson join Aaron O’Callaghan, Rowan O’Callaghan, Tom Roberts, star midfielder Andrew Higgins and high flyer Daniel Maloney as the Ocean Grove representatives. BFL Interleague assistant coach, Matt Payne, said last year’s BFL runners-up Ocean Grove were worthy of several inclusions despite the club’s failure to win a match in the first four rounds of 2015. Payne, a former Ocean Grove Football Club senior co-coach in 2009, is a multiple premiership winning senior player at the
Grubbers. “You have got to remember Ocean Grove played in a BFL grand final last year,” Payne said. “They (Ocean Grove) have got talent and ability and they are just having a wretched run with injuries at the moment.” Payne said the BFL Interleague squad was since reduced to less than 40 players due to injuries and player unavailability. IN other news, the last of two BFL Interleague training sessions will take place at Barwon Heads on Tuesday May 19 and Thursday May 21 at 6pm. A jumper presentation will follow after training on Thursday night May 21. The BFL will play against the Wimmera Football League at City Oval in Horsham on Saturday May 23. LAST year the BFL lost its interleague clash against Casey Cardinia by 45 points at Simonds Stadium in Geelong.
Bears maul Lions
Elica back among GOR starters OCEAN Grove Remedial Massage owner and keen runner Elicia Crook would have laughed if you told her she had taken up halfmarathon running five years ago. On Sunday May 17, the inspirational local Ocean Grove business owner will compete in her second Great Ocean Road half-marathon. Crook’s first halfmarathon was at the 2014 Great Ocean Road Marathon. Crook will celebrate her 34th birthday on May 16,
the day before she races in the 23 kilometre run. It has been a remarkable rise for Crook, at age 30 she had only started running. “Four years ago I did not run at all,” Crook told the Voice. Crook is aiming to beat her time of 2 hours and 28 minutes in last year’s Great Ocean Road halfmarathon event. “The average Great Ocean Road halfmarathon time is 2 hours and 14 minutes and I would like to do in 2:10 this year,” Crook said.
A TOP of the table clash in Round 5 of the 2015 Geelong Baseball Association winter season saw Wallington’s Bellarine Bears A Grade side get the better of Guild Lions 4-2. Three runs in the top of the first was enough to give the Bears the edge in what turned out to be a low scoring tussle. Two hits to Murray, Chris Bramwell and Wayne Visser led the way for the Bears with an RBI each to Chris Barker and Brad McKentish. Starting pitcher Simon Murry (8 strikeouts) starred to hold out a number of late innings surges from the opposition in deteriorating conditions to go the complete game for the Bears. The Bellarine Bears A Reserve side went down to Guild Lions 1-2. Starting pitcher Tyson O’Keefe (6 strikeouts) went deep into the game only giving up 2 hits. With the bat Steve Osborn had 2 hits, with one hit a piece to Alex Hockey (1 double), Jack Auld, Dane Wise-Graham and Geoff Rome. In C Grade the Bellarine Bears blasted away the Mounties 20-2. Triples to Andrew Riddett (3 hits), Brad O’Brien (2 hits), Lachlan Hockey (3 hits) and Jac Eaton (3 hits) typified the power hitting on display from the Bears. Lachlan Stott (8 strikeouts) was superb on the mound holding the opposition to one run before handing over to Matt Price to close out the game. In the Under 15 competition, the Bellarine/Deakin side defeated Guild Lions 6-2. With the bat Harry Lazarus (1 double) led the way with 2 hits, with Paul Hassan also chiming in with a hit. Starting pitcher Lachlan Hockey (6 strikeouts) was backed up by some miserly team defence. The Bellarine Bears Under 13 side came
Bellarine Bears A Reserve player Alex Hockey watches the play on second base in the Round 3 clash against Deakin.
out on top of Werribee 10-9 in a closely fought contest. For the Bears offence Zac Brady (1 double), Tyler King, Darcy McKentish, Sam Lazarus and Alex Archdall each came away with hits. Starting pitcher Brady set the game up for relief pitcher Bradyn Barker to star in closing out the game. Interested in finding out more pay the Bears a visit online at www.bellarinebears. org.au.
Cobras keep the faith
COLLENDINA Cricket Club has re-appointed senior coaches Ben Ricardo and Corey Walter for the 2015/16 season. Both Ricardo and Walter took the reins as first year dual senior co-coaches at the Cobras last season. Collendina made the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A grade finals in 2014/15, but were eliminated by runners-up Anglesea in the semi-finals.
Grubbers cricket AGM OCEAN Grove Cricket Club conducted their annual general meeting on Sunday May 10. The Grubbers have kept the same committee with club's elected positions below from last season. Positions are as follows for the 2015/16 season: President – Colin Bate; Vice President – Richard Bate; Secretary – Paul Madden; and Treasurer – Craig D’Arcy.