Rovers show Power

On Saturday at Boss James Reserve, Hampton Rovers full forward Adam Power celebrated his 150th game by bagging an impressive 9 Goals straight to give his team a comfortable 6 goals victory over De La Salle and giving some hope of a revitalised start to the last round of games.


As was the case at most VAFA games, a minutes silence was held prior to the match as a mark of respect for De La Salle player, Anthony Molan. The 1st half was played by both teams at a frenetic pace as they scored 8 goals a piece, the highlights were the ruckwork of Nick Greenwood and newly promoted Paul Adams to easily control the centre and boundary knock-outs, as well as Garry Carr’s incredible overhead marking skills to keep the Rovers in touch for the last half battle.


For the first time this year the Rovers 2nd half performance showed they could maintain their earlier pace and hard tackling to outlast the Old Boys and kick a match winning tally of 10 to 4 Goals. Both Travis Barker and Campbell McKellar were dominant and earned the combined handy 60 possessions to constantly force the ball down to the in form Power and other damaging forwards in Matty Lawrence and Ben Artz.


This winning performance by the Rovers was well earnt and shows that they not only can overcome relegation but also be a threat to higher placed sides with a slight chance of making the final four. The side is now near full strength and with the expected quick recovery by top ruckman Anthony Browne and Coach Norm Goss‘s hunger for survival the team is sure to turn around a somewhat disastrous 3 wins, 6 losses ratio.


Hampton Rovers 18.6.114 defeated De La Salle 12.8.80.
GOALS: Power 9, Lawrence 2, B.Artz, Adams, Carr, Duddy, C. McKellar, M.McKellar, Rayson.

BEST: Power, Carr, Barker, Greenwood, B.Artz, D.Artz. 


The Reserves, again lacking in numbers went down by a convincing 15 Goals, whilst the U19’s went on their merry way with an easy 51 point win over Mazenod to virtually seal their place in the top four. 

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