Rovers unlucky in 1-point thriller

In front of a big crowd at Boss James Reserve on Saturday, the Rovers went down by 1 point to Old Brighton Grammarians. The fast finishing Rovers again were out of luck after last weeks draw against St.Bedes Mentone. After the game Rovers coach Norm Goss said that the club and players are desperate for wins and after losing several close games this season he believes the motivation is still there to play out the season and surprise the highly fancied top sides vying for Premiership honours.

 

After the game Rovers coach Norm Goss was quite respondent saying that the club and players are desperate for wins and after losing several close games this season he believes the motivation is still there to play out the season and surprise the highly fancied top sides vying for Premiership honours.

 

The game itself was a close encounter for 4 quarters with the Rovers leading by only 2 points at the long break and then trailing by 9 points at three quarter time. The Rovers small brigade in the last quarter gave their all but could not stem the Old Boys taller brigade in the backline. Young gun Damien Rayson was in fine form as he continuously rattled the Old Boys with his superior pace and scored 4 goals to outclass his opponents, he has been one of the fine pick ups for the Rovers this year.

 

Other Rovers to stand up to the pressure all day were Nick Greenwood who clearly won the ruck and marking duels and Anthony Browne returning after injury showing his class by capturing 3 goals. Michael Fletcher and Paul Adams tried relentlessly to stop the Old Boys superior height and marking power.

 

Next week the Rovers are away to Mazenod at the Waverly ground in Springvale Rd.

 

SCORE: Old Brighton 11.13.79 defeated Hampton Rovers 12.6.78

GOALS: Rayson 4, Browne 3, Greenwood 2, Andersen, Carr, C.McKellar.

BEST: Greenwood, Rayson, Fletcher, Adams, Andersen, Martyn.

 

The Rovers Reserves showing no improvement were easily dismantled by the Old Boys to go down by 14 goals. The U 19’s were surprisingly beaten by the lower placed Old Ivanhoe to continue their poor form in the last few weeks and must now regroup if they plan to contest the Finals.

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