U11 West unable to break Rd 1 Hoodoo
Published: Thursday 29th April 2010 10:39 PM by HRAFC
Rovers U11 West began their 2010 campaign on the green, green grass of home oval, Castlefield Reserve.
The team had rang the off-field changes over Summer but the playing line-up remained familiar but for the inclusion of Angus McMillan, back from his 2009 sabbatical. Will Alexander made his inaugural appearance as Captain of the West for the match.
With the sun shining and a gentle breeze prevailing, glorious conditions greeted us at Castlefield Reserve. However, it was the Sharks who struck first with a centre clearance and precise foot passing to put our defenders instantly under pressure. Our defensive work and tackling was good, however, we struggled to get the ball into our forward half. Jack Smart and Finn Campigli were prominent early (in particular some inspirational, run down tackles) and Will Alexander did his best to emulate his AFL team captain, Jobe Watson, with some tough inside work. The Sharks scored two goals in the first quarter to have the West on the backfoot.
The second quarter was a tight affair with the Rovers working their way into the contest. Hamish Dick was strong in the air and Anthony Folino opened his and the Rovers 2010 goal tally to reward his team with a deserved major.
Halftime score – Hampton Rovers U11 West 1.0:6 to Beaumaris Sharks 3.6:24
The Rovers lifted in the 3rd quarter. Andy Brayshaw gave us some drive from mid-field and Declan Adams covered a lot ground to be involved in some good link play. Josh Adams got our scoreboard ticking over bobbing up with 2 fine goals for the quarter. Our teamwork was on the improve and handball started to be used more creatively. We went to the 3 quarter time huddle 11 points in arrears.
Our boys kept pushing in the final quarter. Will Smith and Seb Williams were good contributors in the second half. Oliver Barden demonstrated that he is on the improve with his ruck tap work and we started to win the clearances. Despite the play being mainly in our attacking half, the Sharks kicked the only goal of the term to run out victors over a gallant West.
Final Score: Hampton Rovers U11 West 3.6:24 to Beaumaris Sharks 5.8:38