In a dismal day at Boss James Reserve, the Rovers played second placed side North Old Boys and as the pundits predicted were no where up to the Flag contenders standards. The Rovers quoted at 5/1 for last Saturdays contest were again solidly beaten by 10 goals.
Up to the half time break the Rovers were trailing by 4 goals but were still confident they could outrun the favourites however, the strength and size of the visitors enabled them to extend the lead by the final siren. With great marking skills and numbers at the ball the NOB’s were able to counteract the exceptional efforts of the Rovers centre line players Campbell McKeller and Drew Anderson who constantly drove the ball forward with 40 and 30 possessions respectively.
Other Rovers to stand up to the pressure were Gino Zampaglione, Benny Martyn and Travis Barker with Garry Carr showing little loss of his exceptional form since been sidelined through injury several weeks ago. Little opposition was offered by the balance, and as pointed out by coach Norm Goss after the game “to win future contests requires commitment from all players not just the same 30 percent week after week”. He preferred not to nominate players who again let the side down.
In each of the last 6 games the Rovers have matched the opposition in skills and endeavour but always tire in the last half of each game to lose by significantly large margins. The balance of the season will be a great test of everyone’s character throughout the club as we strive to maintain “B” Grade status.
Next week is a must win situation against arch foes Ormond at Boss James Reserve. After defeating Ormond at their home ground for the first time in 50 years back in round 3, the Rovers will be looking to get their season back on track with another win. Again, please book early for the pre-match luncheon through firstname.lastname@example.org.
BESTPLAYERS: Campbell McKeller, Drew Anderson, Jason Zampaglione, Ben Martyn, Travis Barker.
GOALKICKERS: Steve Anderson 3, Leigh Cave 2, Leigh Fletcher, Justin Ng, Simon Rodder, Adam Power, Anthony Browne 1.
FINAL SCORE: North Old Boys 19.15 d Hampton Rovers 10.10.
It was a poor day all round for the senior sides with the Reserves also losing their match, the Under 19’s falling to top-placed side Old Trinity, and the Club XVIII losing to Collegians away.