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Ammos back in the five

Geelong Amateur coach Dan Holroyd. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG Amateur has returned to the BFL top five with a crucial 19-point win over Ocean Grove.

After a disappointing performance against Queenscliff in Round 6 and a narrow loss to Barwon Heads last week, Ammos was able to see off a determined Grubbers outfit, 10.15 (75) to 8.8 (56).

Leading by just five points at three-quarter time, Amateur kicked 3.3 to 1.1 in the last term at KFC Oval to claim victory.

“You could look at Ocean Grove’s record and think, ‘that should be an easy four points’,” Holroyd said.

“But, their percentage is better than most other teams (outside the top five). They’re not getting flogged; they’ve just been unlucky.

“That was a tough game; they’re a good team.

“They threw everything at us in the third quarter, and I was really happy with how we responded in the last quarter.”

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Holroyd has been happy with how Geelong Amateur has responded since the loss to the Coutas.

“We just weren’t ourselves at Queenscliff,” he said. “We’ve been reiterating backing our system in and sticking with it.

“The guys are definitely executing it, and our second halves have been better the last couple of weeks than they probably were for the whole start of the season – we were fading out of games.

“We’re finishing games off better now.”

After a fortnight on the sidelines, the return of co-coach Sam Darley (suspension) and David McNeel proved crucial for Ammos.

“We lost Chris Kangars on the morning of the game, and we were struggling with James Paterson,” Holroyd said.

“Sam went to him in the last quarter, and it was probably the difference for us.

“Dave’s really important for us, the way he goes about it.

“He’s a good clearance player and a good ball user, and he’s relentless in there, tackling all day as well.”

Ammos now turn their attention to a challenging trip down the Surf Coast Highway and a meeting with Torquay.

Jack Scarlett (suspension) will return to take on the Tigers, while Max Hungerford (collarbone) is a chance to play his first game since being injured in Round 1.

Kangars should be right, but Dan Lovick will again be unavailable.

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