The Rovers Selection committee faced with a staggering 17 injured players were forced to field a patched up side for the game against Old Paradians on Saturday. The Reserves side saw the return of several retired players to make up depleted numbers and were no match to the Old Boys.
Expecting a similar result for the Seniors the Rovers faithful were pleasantly surprised when the side turned on a great 1st quarter display to lead the opposition by 5 to 3 goals, however in the heavy conditions of the small Bundoora ground, the Old Boys certainly knew how to play their own ground and gradually over the next 2 Quarters gained a handy lead of 14 Points.
The last Quarter saw the Rovers take a 2 Point lead at the 17 minute mark but could not withstand the pressure applied by Parade as they ruthlessly kicked 4 goals in the dying minutes of the game to sink any Rover chances.
Next week the Rovers are matched against old foes Essendon Grammarians at Boss James Reserve,
SCORE: Old Paradians 13.18.96 d Rovers 10.11.71
GOALS: Power 6, Lawrence2, M.McKellar, Rayson.
Rovers Under 19s beat Old Trinity to strengthen their top 4 position.
SCORE 15.6.90 to 11.9.75.