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Grubbers honour Jim in style

Connor Pickett celebrates a crucial goal in Ocean Grove’s upset 11-point win over Barwon Heads. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

OCEAN Grove has honoured the memory of former games record-holder Jim Saarinen in the most emphatic fashion as it snapped an 11-game losing streak against arch-rival Barwon Heads.

The Grubbers were given little chance against the reigning premier of regaining the Battle of the Bridge trophy but were able to overrun the Seagulls in the final term for an 11-point win.

As a tribute to Saarinen, who made 170 senior appearances for the club, Ocean Grove again wore its Anzac Day jumper against Barwon Heads, based on the old South Melbourne white jumper with red vee the club wore until the late 1980s.

“I know that meant a lot to the older guys,” coach Pete Davey said.

“We’re obviously the next generation, and a lot of us never met Jim. But just to see what it meant to the older guys.

“And the family is obviously doing it tough, and if that put a smile on their face just for a brief period of time, that’s unreal.

“We love that jumper. We obviously love the red one as well, but there’s a fair bit of history from the white strip that we really like as well.

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