K rock Football

Warriors scrape past Grubbers

Modewarre coach Chris Hickey. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

IT wasn’t pretty, but Modewarre has found a way to slip out of the grasp of a lower-ranked opponent and claim victory.

Having struggled with Queenscliff and Newcomb in the opening six rounds, the Warriors have come from 11 points down at three-quarter time to overcome Ocean Grove, 9.14 (68) to 9.5 (59).

The match-sealing goal came from the boot of star forward Aaron Black, with coach Chris Hickey labelling the 50m snap “pretty high quality”.

“At three-quarter time, the message was that we were winning enough of the ball,” Hickey said.

“We kicked 1.6 in the third quarter, so we had a lot of looks of goal, even into the breeze. But we just couldn’t capitalise.

“So, I said to them, ‘look, we’re getting the ball inside 50, I think we’re winning the territory battle, but we’re just not getting it on the scoreboard … we’ve just got to grind and find a way to open up the ground a little bit’.

“I thought we were a little bit predictable where we were kicking the ball.”

Hickey said Modewarre was able to shift the ball and find some gaps.

“That gives Aaron Black, Tom Hornsey, Connor Joseph, and these other forwards a real chance, and it was much better,” Hickey said.

“Sometimes it doesn’t work for you consistently on the day.

“But we’ve had a couple of glimpses of it. Newcomb was one, Queenscliff was the other, and we did it again on Saturday against Ocean Grove, who I thought was really good.

“They looked a little bit like the Ocean Grove of last year for mine.”

The Warriors now turn their attention to a clash with the unbeaten Drysdale at Mortimer Oval.

Key defender Morgan Fenton is likely to return from a rolled ankle, as is Geelong Falcon Tom Bartlett (illness) and Zac Matthews (concussion).

However, captain Jeremy Ollis (hamstring) and big man Zac May (calf) are no certainties to take on the Hawks.

In other BFL games, Drysdale made it seven consecutive wins with a 46-point result against Anglesea, 14.20 (104) to 8.10 (58), at Mortimer Oval.

Veteran forward Mat Hebbard’s impressive form continued, with his five-goal haul helping the Hawks pull away with a six-goal-to-two finals term.

Barwon Heads ensured its Centenary celebration was marked in the right style with a gritty 14-point win over a plucky Geelong Amateur.

With both teams missing key players, the Seagulls kicked 3.4 to 1.3 in the final term at KFC Oval to claim an 11.9 (75) to 9.7 (61).

Torquay put another tough week – and horrendous inaccuracy – behind it to claim a 71-point win over Newcomb at McCartney Oval.

The Tigers kicked an unbelievable 14.30 (104) to the Power’s 6.7 (43), with Weylin Doyle and Cooper Heard contributing three goals apiece.

Queenscliff climbed into the top five with a percentage-boosting 81-point win over Portarlington at Ron Evans Oval.

In his second game back from injury, the creative Jayden Durran kicked four goals in the 17.19 (121) to 5.10 (40) victory.

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