The Rovers capitulated to bottom side Therry Penola on Saturday after a dismal last quarter performance when they allowed the opposition to pile on 10 goals.
After battling blustery conditions at Oak Park for 3 quarters the Rovers held onto a slim 10 point lead and seemed set for their first victory in several weeks however the Therry boys were up to the challenge and were eager to score their first win of the season.
Better players for the Rovers were Barker, Martyn and Michael Fletcher with Power again getting the major share of goals with a hard-earned 5. Newly promoted players Rodda, Wilkinson and Cave tried hard all day and will be an asset for the balance of the season.
The Rovers now languish in second last position and unless they regain lost players through injuries and early retirements then they face the possibility of being relegated to C grade. The injury to Tim Wilmott last round against Old Melburnians leaves a big gap in the side as he has easily been the standout player of the 2002 season.
Coach Norm Goss and President Bill Jowett whilst severely disappointed with this latest poor performance have begged for player unity and commitment to see out the year with renewed attitude and vigour.
Next week the Rovers take on second top side North Old Boys at the Boss James Reserve. All supporters are encouraged to attend the pre-match luncheon, please make reservations ASAP through firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESULTS: Therry Penola 18.13 defeated Hampton Rovers 14.6.
BEST PLAYERS: Barker, Martyn, Fletcher, Power, Zampaglione, Browne.
GOALKICKERS: Power 5, Browne 4, Davey 2, Duddy, Rodda, Wilkinson.
In other matches on Saturday, the Reserves were also defeated by Therry Penola. However the other two senior sides provided the club with positive results. The Under 19’s held off a late fight back to defeat Old Haileybury by 2 points at Boss James Reserve, while at Ludstone Street, the Club XVIII side defeated local rivals Old Brighton by 15 points.