Disappointing A grade season for Grove IT was a mixed season for Ocean Grove Cricket Club in 2014/15, writes MARK HEENAN. The highlight was the club’s two premierships in B and C grades, which demonstrates the Grubbers' huge depth in the middle grades. The lowlight was the A grade’s unsatisfactory end to the season after bottom-placed Wallington walloped the Grubbers by 128 runs in round 11. The Wallabies bowled out the Grubbers for a paltry 37. Ocean Grove A grade f inished in eighth position with three wins and seven losses. The D grade f inished in fourth position and lost in the semi-f inals. WHAT WORKED
WELL The middle grades. The Grubbers went on to win two of the four premierships in 2014/15. The B grade defended 110 in the grand f inal by bowling out Drysdale for 58, while the C grade won by eight wickets against Jan Juc. Ocean Grove’s bowling depth is remarkable, even the A grade bowlers challenged the top teams including Drysdale and Collendina. The exciting one-run win over cross town rivals Collendina in round eight (thanks to a six-wicket haul from Dan Roddis) was further proof of their dominance with the ball. The Ocean Grove
PRE-SEASON training is well underway for Wallington’s Bellarine Bears as the club prepares for the Geelong Baseball Association 2015 winter season. For the A grade side this means putting being the 2014 grand final runnersup behind them as they strive to go one better in 2015. The theme for head coach Wayne Visser this year is “unfinished business”. Star pitcher Simon Murry returns to head up the Bears defence in 2015. 2013 young gun Tyson O’Keefe returns to the Bears in 2015 after a year off and will provide greater pitching depth. In the off season the Bears have recruited 3rd baseman Troy Snarey to add to the strong Bears hitting lineup from 2014. The dangerous bats of Murry, Visser, Chris Bramwell, Jonathan Lowe and Chris Barker are ready to fire in season 2015. Bellarine Bears Reserves
side has been revamped in the off season as coaches Daniel Harvey and David Morrisey make their returns to Wallington Reserve. In 2015, as the Geelong Baseball Association seeks to establish more even competitions across the board, the Bellarine Bears will field a side in C grade. This side will give some promising juniors coming through the club experience with senior baseball, along with giving adults new to baseball a chance to learn the game. An increase in numbers at junior level sees the Bellarine Bears running a Sunday morning Tee Ball competition for fourto nine-year-old boys and girls. The Bears will also be fielding under 13 and under 15 sides in the Geelong Baseball Association Saturday morning competition. With the junior season starting late April there is still time to join up.
Thomas Kent was a shining 21 wickets. A grade bowlers continued their consistent efforts with the ball in 2014/15.
light for Ocean Grove with Dan Roddis was the leading wicket-taker with 23 wickets, while spinner Thomas Kent
picked up 21 wickets. Gun bowler Lucas Cameron, when available, was a key with his 16 wickets at 17.19 from seven matches. Former Barwon Heads player Chris McSween took 40 wickets for the Grubbers in A, B, and D grades combined including f inals. McSween had a brilliant end to the season and claimed a f ive-wicket haul in the B grade grand f inal against Drysdale. WHAT DID NOT WORK WELL The A grade batting. The Grubbers failed to post a score of 200 or more in 2014/15. The Grubbers’ top score was 199 against Barrabool in round f ive and they still lost by 32 runs.
The Grubbers lowest total score of 37 against Wallington in the f inal round was indicative of their poor performance with the bat. The Grubbers A grade leaders had diff iculties. The transition of Lucas Cameron from a coach in 2013/14 to a stand alone player. Former coach Cameron stood down as captain and was replaced by Dan Roddis mid-season. The Grubbers had a lot of mixed voices during the season particularly at A grade level – a nonplaying coach and two captains. The club has made no secret it wants to attract a quality leader and an established batsman to captain Ocean Grove Cricket Club A grade.
OCEAN GROVE C R I C K E T P R E S I D E N T COLIN BATE ON CAPTAINCY AND RECRUITING NEXT SEASON “It did not happen the way we wanted it to happen with Lucas Cameron standing down as captain. Cameron’s body can’t get keep up with the rigors of A grade and he had an operation during the season. We have already had interviews with players next season. Yes we need to attract some players in the off-season. We are trying to develop within, but you need to reach out and get other people.”
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Pitcher Simon Murray returns to the Bears' line-up this season.
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