Grove big winners Under 16: Ocean Grove 23.10.148 def Drysdale 6.4.40 The Grubbers kicked off their 2015 season in style with an impressive 108 point victory over Drysdale. Despite having 11 players donning the red and white for the first time, the Grubbers burst out of the blocks and ran rings around their opponents in the opening term. Newly appointed skipper Michael Smith dominated the midfield and drifted forward to hit the scoreboard, as did new recruit Olly Monteith who relished his return to the Grove after a year playing in Geelong. Goals M. Smith 4, O. Monteith 3, S. Luppino 2, B. Morgan 2, H. Pearce 2, D. Copeland 2, T. Ryan 2, M. Henkel 2, J. Hirt 1, C. Lyons 1, J. Caligiuri 1, J. Bergman 1 Best Oliver Monteith, Harley Pearce, Logan Taylor, Michael Smith, Josh Hirt, Brett Morgan Under 18: Ocean Grove 18.15.123 def Drysdale 0.0.0 After a hard fought loss the week before to Geelong Amateurs, the Grubbers dominated their opponents in the first term, playing the game almost entirely in their half of the ground. The goal at three-
quarter time was to keep Drysdale scoreless, and the back six delivered in spades, repelling any Hawk forward thrusts and running the ball well out of defence. Mitch Lindkvist and Hamish Hoober controlled the midfield, while up forward their good work was finished off with a bearded Ben Potter snagging six and the mosquito fleet of Hamish Drake and Isaac Wilkins hitting the scoreboard with two goals each. Eighteen goals, 10 goal kickers and a scoreless opposition is a good day’s work, however a big test looms this week against the boys across the bridge. After knocking off Grovedale, Barwon Heads will fancy themselves so the Grubbers will need to be at their very best to take the points. Goals Ben Potter 6, Isaac Wilkins 2, Hamish Drake 2, Luke Bastiaan 2, Gerrard Hurley 1, James Teague 1, Corey Pfeiffer 1, Riley Maloney 1, Hamish Hoober 1, Harry Walker 1 Best Ben Potter, Hamish Hoober, Hamish Drake, Kyle Ewart, Isaac Wilkins, Mitch Lindkvist
THE opening round of the 2015 Geelong Baseball Association winter season saw Wallington’s Bellarine Bears A Grade side come away with a dominant 9-0 win over the Bacchus Marsh Tigers. Pitcher Josh Crotty was superb on the mound allowing only three hits and one walk
while striking out seven opposition hitters. Chris Bramwell (two strikeouts) finished off the game with one innings of relief to secure the win for the Bears. Coach Wayne Visser (two RBIs) and new recruit Troy Snarey (two RBIs) led the Bears offense with two hits each. Hits also to Crotty
Ocean Grove had big wins in under 18s (pictured far left and bottom left) and under 16s (left) on Saturday. Pictures: LINDSAY KELLEY
Cobras taste victory The under 14 Collendina 3rd team travelled to Torquay for the first game of the year. After captain Luis Beale won the toss and kicked with a small breeze to the city end of the ground, the Cobras set up a five-goal lead at quarter time. The boys were able to increase on this lead in every quarter thanks to the grunt work in the middle from players like Archie Bowers, Cooper Tully, who kicked four goals also, Will Harrington and Ben Soppitt. The forwards were happy to share the ball to allow many multiple goal scorers with Alexander Warner, Beau Allan and Jasper Robbins all kicking two. The backline was solid all day. Beale was solid at full back when not in the ruck and Jake Charles and Tom Fairbrother showed dash
off the half backline. A solid 16.17.113 to 0.1.1 win. The Cobras U14 2nd team had a home game and with a cracking day weather wise, the boys produced a stellar performance. All boys contributed in what turned out to be a fantastic team effort with the level of commitment to each other highlighted by the way they shared the ball around by hand, utilising the first option at every opportunity. This enabled an attacking running game to keep the scoreboard ticking over with the final scores being 21.15.141 to St Albans 0.3.3. Best Will Monk, Chris Ewart, Lachie Gibb Goals P. Bowers 4, W. Monk 3, Chris Ewart 3, B. Walder 2, L. Gibb 2, M. Clarke 2, T. Walsh 2, T. Hallam 1, J. Simpson 1, W. Lumsden 1
The under 14s 1st side took on a fired up Barwon Heads at the snake pit on Saturday. After a torrid first term, the Cobras were behind and in need of an improved effort. Ross Symonds was injected into the middle with an immediate impact. Noah DeBruijn started to dominate the centre taps giving first use to a rampant midfield lead by Mitch Taylor. The backline became impenetrable and the forward line that lacked system in the first quarter, began to function cohesively. Up forward James Paterson was taking the game apart with brute strength and was assisted by a hard working group of teammates. In the end, the Cobras ran out easy winners.
Bears blast away Tigers (one RBI), Brent Hughes and Lyndon Hockey (one RBI) made the most of the limited opportunities offered up by some wayward opposition pitching. In A Reserve the Bellarine Bears kicked 2015 off with a 7-2 win over Guild Cubs. In C Grade the Bellarine Bears defeated the visiting
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Bacchus Marsh Tigers 6-3. Clay Metcalf starred with the bat with three hits (one double), with hits also to Matt Connell, Luke Sarah (one triple), Lachlan Stott and Lachlan Hockey. Going a complete game, pitcher Matt Price led the Bears defence with six strikeouts.
Know someone interested in playing Tee Ball? The Bellarine Bears Baseball Club are running a Sunday morning Tee Ball Competition for 4-9 year olds at Wallington Reserve starting Sunday April 19. Interested in finding out more pay the Bears a visit online at www. bellarinebears.org.au.
Ocean Grove Voice newspaper