All square after Blues battle
Wayne Visser in action for the Bears.
Brad O'Brien throws to home plate.
IN Round 9 of the 2015 Geelong Baseball Association winter season, Wallington’s A Grade Bellarine Bears A Grade side had to settle for a 3-3 draw against the Deakin Blues. A double to Brad McKentish in the top of the fifth produced two runs with scores remaining locked up from here for the remainder of the game. Two hits to McKentish (2 RBIs) along with one hit each to Chis Bramwell, Wayne Visser, Simon Murry (1 RBI) and Jack Auld were the hitting highlights for the Bears. On the mound starting pitcher Murry (3 strike outs) went the complete game on the back of an errorless team defence. In the A Reserves game,
the Bellarine Bears also had to settle for a draw against the Deakin Blues 1-1. In what turned out to be a pitchers’ duel, Josh Crotty (5 strike outs) went the complete game. A double to Lachlan Stott (1 RBI) and two hits to Brad O’Brien led the offence for the Bears, with hits also to Trace Bourke, Geoff Rome and Alex Hockey. Other games from the weekend saw the Bellarine Bears C Grade side and Bellarine Bears Under 13 side in action, with the combined Bellarine/Deakin Under 15 side having a bye. It was a hard hitting Bellarine Bears C Grade that defeated Bacchus March Tigers 12-0. Starting pitcher Zac Buhrmann (9 strike outs) dominated
throwing a complete game shutout. With the bat Brad O’Brien (1 RBI) led the way with 3 hits. Two hits each to Buhrmann, Clay Metcalfe (1 RBI), Lachlan Hockey (2 RBIs) and Matt Connell (2 RBIs) were the other multiple hit highlights for the game. The Under 13 Bellarine Bears were too strong for the East Belmont Saints Black coming away with a 13-3 win. A home run to Zac Brady in the first innings was a standout for the Bears, with Sam Lazarus chiming in with a hit as well. Pitcher Bradyn Barker starred keeping the opposition hitters well under control. Interested in finding out more? See www. bellarinebears.org.au.
Young runner qualifies again
The six Our Lady Star of the Sea competitors.
OUR Lady Star of the Sea Primary runner Xavier Eales has qualified for the School Sport Victoria State Cross Country Finals for a second year running. Xavier, 11, progressed through to next month’s State event in Bundoora in Melbourne on Thursday July 16 after his eighth-place finish at the State Western Region
qualifying event on June 11. Xavier was one of five Our Lady Star of the Sea students, who competed at the State Western Region qualifying event this month. Fellow students who competed at this month’s School Sport Victoria Western Metropolitan Region Cross Country at Brimbank Park included
Max McLachlan, 15th, Lana McLachlan, 22nd, Isabella Maier, 28th, and Rhys Devlin who finished in 34th position. Our Lady Star of the Sea pupil Ellie Harrison who was one of six students who qualified for State Western Region qualifying event did not compete.
Halfway mark in winter season THE winter tennis season is almost halfway through with the school holiday break fast approaching. In the first seven rounds of this season Ocean Grove have had some mixed results. Top of the ladder currently are12 Boys, with a few teams second on their respective ladders - 3 Mixed, 4 Boys and 9 Boys Red. Following up in third place are 9 Boys White and 11 Boys. Some of the other teams have come across some very strong competition resulting in sixth place, 14 Mixed Red; and seventh 7 Mixed and 14 Mixed White; 16 Girls are currently eighth on the ladder. The clubrooms at Ocean Grove Tennis Club have been extremely busy this past few weeks with some special activities. Last Friday evening, guest trainer Adam Renkauskas from Warrior Academy, led the Advanced Squad juniors in a martial arts warm up. Adam, who owns and runs a martial arts academy in Ocean Grove, had the juniors using kick boxing and Muay Thai activities to increase their heart rates on this very cold evening. All of the juniors learned another way to increase their fitness, and enjoyed it immensely. After a busy coaching term all of the Junior
Development and the Advanced Squad members joined some parents and committee members for a fish and chip evening. Straight off the court from training and into the club rooms for a delicious meal, which encouraged lots of camaraderie with fellow team mates. The last two weeks have also seen some committee members baking scones and serving Devonshire teas to raise money for a mid year excursion to the Melbourne Tennis Centre. A trip that was highly successful last year and was a highlight for all 48 juniors in attendance. In the tradition of Ocean Grove TC offering the best tennis training in the district, during the coming school holidays there will be a Tennis Coaching Clinic run by Tennisfanatics. For more information please go to David Franks Tennis Coaching Facebook site or see the updated information in the clubroom windows. Results for June 6 3 Mixed played at Grovedale and won 3,24 - 3,30. Emily Kehagias and Sebastian Bouma won all of their sets on the day. Joel McMahon and Jade Murphy were just pipped in the doubles 6-5. 4 Boys hosted Geelong Lawn at Home and won
4,32 -2,20. Ethan Franks and Zane Beazley won their singles and were unbeatable in their doubles. Michael Maertzdorf and Rhiley James won their doubles. 7 Mixed played at home against Highton and lost 3,18 - 3,29. Alexandra Caldow and Emma Riley won all of their sets. 9 Boys White hosted Waurn Ponds at home and won 4,31 -2,14. Harry Mullen and Tomas Grindell and a successful day winning their doubles and their singles. 9 Boys Red travelled to Grovedale and won 2,16 4,33. Harry Copperwaite and Sunny Levinson won their singles and then doubles. 11 Girls played against a very strong Geelong Lawn team, in Geelong and lost 0,8 - 6,36. This team keep chipping away and won 8 hard fought games this week. 12 Boys travelled to Leopold and won by 6 games 3,22 -3,28. Sam Hines won all of his sets, teaming with Lochie Dwyer in the doubles. 14 Mixed White hosted Moolap at home and lost 1,9 - 5,24. Both Ocean Grove and Moolap had a missing player. 14 Mixed Red played at home against Hamyln Park and won 6,36 -0,12. Emily Henry, Zac Dwyer,
Melanie-Rose McClusky and Thomas Pukepuke all won their sets. 16 Girls played against Geelong Lawn White at their home courts and lost 5,31 -1, 23. Amelia Bibby won her singles and Alyssa Dickeson just missed out losing her singles 6-5. Results for June 13 3 Mixed hosted Leopold at home and won 5,32 - 1, 12. Brooke Vigilante and Sebastian Bouma were unbeatable winning their singles and then doubles. Joel McMahon won his singles and then paired with Jade Murphy to win the doubles. 4 Boys travelled to Centre Court and won 2,22 - 4, 31. Zane Beazley won all of his sets, with Michael Maertzdorf, Rhiley James and Ethan Franks winning one set each. 7 Mixed played at Grovedale and lost 4,31 -2,23. Josh Arumets and Alexandra Caldow won their singles. 9 Boys White played fellow team mates Ocean Grove Red at their home courts. Ocean Grove Red won 4,25 - 2, 24. For the Whites Josh Miller and Jack James won their singles. For the Reds, Harry Copperwaite and Sunny Levinson won their singles and doubles to secure the win. 9 Boys Red as above.
11 Girls hosted centre Court at home and lost 3,22 - 3,29. Aimee Howarth had a great day winning her singles and doubles. Ruby D’Arcy won her singles. 12 Boys had a BYE this week. 14 Mixed White travelled to Hamlyn Park to play their White team and lost 6,36 -0,12. This was a struggle for this beginners team, but some sets were close with Easton Pennycook losing only 6-3 and Dominic Lukin losing 6-4. 14 Mixed Red played at Moolap and lost by just 6 games 3,32 - 3, 26. Emily Henry won all of her sets and Indigo Crawley won her singles. 16 Girls hosted Wandana Heights and lost 0,8 -6,36. Amelia Bibby lost her set 5-6 but this team came across some tough competition. In the Seniors there are four teams this Winter, here are their ladder placements: Section 4 second on the ladder Section 6 second on the ladder Section 7 Red first on the ladder Section 7 White fourth on the ladder Results compiled by Jen Franks. Go to ‘David Franks Tennis Coaching’ facebook page for results, tips and more information.
SOUL lap up incoming tide
Open men's winner Matty BROWN SOUL Longboard club held its June competition at Ocean Grove Main beach on what started out to be a cold winter’s morning. The forecast was for a building swell and an incoming tide, ideal for the Grove. The wind swung around early but eventually settled into a gentle offshore for the rest of the day. Surfers had to contend with a big sweep and the good old sand bar. Competition director for the day was Matty Wright due to President Glen and some of the committee getting warm waves in Bali. With the music pumping the first heat was in the water by 8.30 and Wally had the barbie fired up for the first round of bacon and eggs. The sun eventually shone through and it turned into a classic winter's surfing day. Lots of crew, Chris
Wright. Picture: ANDREW McSween, Mel Renton, Brian Tucker, Nev Forster and more all chipped in to make a good fun days surfing. Results for the June competition. Open Men 1st Matty Wright, 2nd Chris McSween, 3rd Jamie Wall Open Women 1st Morgan Griggs Kennelly, 2nd Mel Renton Jnr Girls 1st Morgan Griggs Kennelly, 2nd Shannon Firns Over 40s 1st Simon Johnston, 2nd Dunnie, 3rd Dale Croft, 4th Tama Over 50s 1st Brian Tucker, 2nd Rick Porteous, 3rd Larry Hays, 4th Andy Brown, 5th Corky Logger 1st Lachie Fletcher, 2nd Nev Forster, 3rd Mitch. By Brownie.