Friars win by 5 in final term

In their last home game for the season (albeit at VAFA HQ’s – Elsternwick Park) the Rovers gave flag favourites Whitefriars a run for their money to go down by 5 goals in the final minutes of a fiery last quarter.

 

For three quarters, the Rovers had held the Friars with their hard tackling and superior pace as they showed renewed life with newcomer Guy Martyn and old stalwart Garry Carr grabbing everything in sight and constantly driving the ball deep into attack. The Rovers forwards also showed desperation and vigour as they constantly refused to give up the ball and were well rewarded to be only several points down at the last change.

 

Over the last several games, the Rovers have tired badly in the last quarter to go down by an average of 10 goals but their performance on Saturday deserved a better result, the Friars were only just more able to capitalise on a couple of bad umpiring decisions and run the Rovers to ground to make their finals appearance safe.

 

For the Rovers, captain Michael Fletcher was superb at centre half back as he turned over the Friars attacks with seemingly ease and again must have received the Umpires votes for a fine performance. All present were impressed by the running performance and ball handling skills of Benny Martyn’s younger brother Guy as he racked up over 20 possessions in his first game, he truely will be an asset for next year.

 

Next weeks final game is against De La Salle old boys (away) so be there to support the boys as they have showed definite improvement and will be desperate to make it 2 nil against De La this season and finish on a good note.

 

FINAL SCORE: Whitefriars 14.17.101 defeated Rovers 9.14.68

GOALS: Carr 3, Duddy 2, Browne, Lawrence, Power, Rayson.

BEST: Fletcher, Carr, D.Artz, G.Martyn, Power, Browne.

 

The Rovers Reserves went down by the slim margin of 12 points to give coach Tony ?Freddy? Naumoff the near shock of his life. The Under 19’s continued their disastrous second half of the year as they were given a severe beating of 12 Goals by top of the table Werribee.

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