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SOCCER, PAGE 35
Nervous wait MARK HEENAN
OCEAN Grove will sweat on the availability of key personnel at the selection table this week in preparation for Saturday’s BFL preliminary final at Queens Park, Geelong. The Grubbers lost star players Max Rooke (back), Travis Gavin (foot) and Kelly Williams
(ankle) and Sean Britt (injury soreness) on the eve of the club’s worst loss of the season 2014 against Geelong Amateur. Star on-baller Andrew Higgins (broken arm) won’t play again in 2014. Ocean Grove coach Shane Jack confirmed changes will be made after his side’s demoralising 111-point loss on Saturday with its injured
star quartet all vying to return. “I would say most of them will get back this weekend, as long as they are right they will play,” Jack said on Saturday. “But if not we will just have to pick who we can. “We will to have a look at Kelly (Williams), Travis (Gavin), Max (Rooke) and we will have a look at Sean Britt.”
The loss of Gavin was a major blow for the Grubbers. He had kicked nine goals from his last two outings following a shoulder injury. Gavin, who has booted 46 goals from 11 games in 2014, did not play after a nail went through his foot last week and remains in serious doubt this Saturday. He and Rooke
combined for eight goals in Ocean Grove’s qualifying final victory over Torquay on Saturday August 23. “It is a weird injury – when I first heard about it I thought it was a joke,” Jack said. “We are pretty lucky it missed all the bones and it has missed all the nerves. “If it had hit (the bones
and nerves) he would have been done for the year, he had to go in and get surgery and get it scraped out and he wasn’t allowed to put any pressure on it until this week.” Meanwhile Grubber defender Marcus Kellett is in doubt for the preliminary final against Torquay after he was offered a one-game
Brave Bears beaten
ban for striking Riley Ferguson of Geelong Amateur on Saturday. At the time of going to print, Kellett was challenging the onematch ban at the AFL Barwon Tribunal on Monday night. The Grubbers’ preliminary final against Torquay starts at 2.10pm at Queens Park, Geelong this Saturday.
Grand final defeat WA L L I N GTO N ' S Bellarine Bears A grade baseball side were beaten in the Geelong Baseball Association's winter season grand f inal on Saturday. In a gallant display, the Bears went down in a high-quality game to Guild Lions two runs to six. Despite the loss, coach Wayne Visser was proud of his side. The star for the Bears was pitcher Simon Murry, who stayed on the mound for the entire nine innings in an extraordinary display of toughness and endurance. For the full report, see page 29.
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