Daniel Hughes takes over as new senior coach of the Hampton Rovers in 2017. Hughes’ philosophy is fitness, fun and football. His focus for the Rovers is both on and off the field. With a young and extremely talented senior playing list, he looks forward to continuing the development of players, leading to on-field success. He also looks forward to further enhancing an already strong off-field culture at the club. Hughes last tasted Premiership success in 2015, leading Old Haileybury to the Premier C flag. Prior to that, he coached at Old Melburnians. Anton Duddy has been announced as new Reserves coach while John Cesario will again coach the Under 19s.
The Rovers play at Boss James Reserve - one of the premier sporting venues in Bayside, boasting some of the best facilities in the VAFA for both players and supporters. The playing arena, which was resurfaced in 2012, is 162 x 138 metres making it one of the largest in the competition. Facilities include a large social room & bar, recently-upgraded changerooms and gym. Impressive new ground lighting was installed in 2016 dramatically improving conditions for training and opening the possibility of night matches. The club has further major improvements planned for the near future including a new LED scoreboard which will be installed for 2017.
Hampton Rovers return to Premier C section of the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) in 2017. The VAFA is the largest football competition in Australia, boasting over 75 clubs across Melbourne, and is widely regarded as the premier local footy competition. The VAFA is a well controlled and clean competition featuring highly-skilled and competitive, yet well-spirited matches. The competition prides itself on being 'leaders' with many initiatives being adopted for the benefit of players and spectators. The Rovers will field four men's teams in 2017: Seniors, Reserves, two Under 19s teams, plus a team in the inaugural VAFA Women's competition.
The Rovers have a young and extremely talented senior playing list, mixed with plenty of experience and players that display great leadership. In 2016, the club had 120 registered players and that will grow in 2017 with the re-introduction of the Thirds. The club's affiliation with the Sandringham Football Club has resulted in a number of Zebras players being listed with the Rovers and Hampton players gaining VFL experience. The club has had multiple players wear the 'Big V' in VAFA representatives matches in recent years including Christian Carnovale as U19 captain in 2016. The club has won a total of 27 Premierships, including nine Senior flags since joining the league in 1933.
The club draws strong support from the local community and past players with big crowds at both home and away matches. The Hampton Rovers Football Club is a network of over 600 families and we'll take further advantage of this with the introduction of the Hampton Professional Community. The Rovers have strong management with a senior committee, junior committee and board of management overseeing the two sections of the club. The Roverians were introduced in 2012 to offer support especially to players of the club.
While success on the field is a priority at the Rovers, we're pleased to have a great social environment with a number of big functions held throughout the year. The club hosts numerous functions both at our great facilities at Boss James Reserve as well as at external venues. Luncheon's are held prior to all Senior home games, regularly attracting over 100 people while big crowds stay back for a drink following matches. The club puts on meals at no cost for players at Thursday selection night with the fully-licensed bar open until late.