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Grovey barreling along

Tom Gillett finished with another seven-goal haul for Grovedale. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GROVEDALE has strung together three consecutive wins for the first time since its audacious run to the 2016 preliminary final after seeing off North Shore by 69 points at Burdoo Reserve.

The Tigers trailed by five points at quarter time but dominated from that point on to grab their fourth win of the season ahead of a mouth-watering match-up with St Joseph’s next Saturday.

Coach Daniel Fraser admits he was wary of a letdown similar to their Round 2 loss to Geelong West.

That performance came off the back of an upset win over Bell Park, while last week, the Tigers knocked over Leopold for the first time since 2016

“I was really happy with the way we ground it out, and as the day went on, we started to play some better footy,” coach Daniel Fraser said.

“It was certainly in the back of my mind after the win earlier in the year when we didn’t play great footy against West.

“I certainly reminded the whole group.

“I was quite happy with the way we backed it up from the Leopold game.”


For the second straight week, teenage sensation Tom Gillett kicked seven goals.

However, Fraser was equally impressed with his work as backup ruckman to Ryan Abbott with Mitch Fisher sidelined.

“That’s just part of Tom’s development,” he said. “We just thought it was a really good chance to get him a little bit of ruck time and add another dimension to his game.

“We thought he handled it really well.

“And the really pleasing thing for me is that he walked up straight after the game and said, “how can I work on my ruck craft?”

“You hear that from a young kid who’s 17, that tells you he is really switched on.”

Sitting in a rare position on the ladder a game clear in third spot, the Tigers now face a timely challenge with St Joseph’s to visit Burdoo Reserve in Round 6.

‘They’ve been a benchmark of the competition for a long time, and they’re a club we’d like to be seen in the same sort of light as,” Fraser said.

“We’ve taken some good steps this year, and as a club, we’re excited about the challenge of St Joseph’s and seeing how much we’ve improved.

“It’s going to be a wonderful game next week.”

Defender Patrick Knott is the only injury concern for the Tigers, with Fraser labelling him “50/50” to take on Joeys.

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