Melbourne High defeat depleted Rovers

Top of the ladder Melbourne High School Old Boys had a comfortable six goal win over Hampton Rovers on Saturday at Boss James Reserve. 

 

The Rovers were without the services of four of their most experienced players, including Denver Artz and Adam Power. MHSOB won the toss and kicked with the aid of a five-goal wind.  The visitors marked strongly and moved the ball quickly clearly enjoying the openness of Boss James Reserve.  The Rovers defended well and despite not scoring in the quarter were five goals down at the first change, a margin that did not overly concern coach Brett McIlwraith.

 

The Rovers second quarter was better due especially to the efforts of mid fielder Gary Carr, youngster Mark Devereaux and tall Michael Davey.  By half time the margin had been reduced to 17 points. 

 

The third quarter was a desolate one for the Rovers, as they remained scoreless just like the first.  MHSOB extended their lead to 42 points by three quarter time and clearly the Rovers had a lot of work to do in the final stanza.

 

The final quarter was easily the best the Rovers had for the match as the home side slammed on four goals, but it was too late and MHSOB ran out comfortable winners 11.18.84 to the Rovers 7.6.48.

 

Best for the Rovers were Garry Carr with 37 possessions including 31 kicks, Michael Davey, Daniel Andersen, Gerard Woods, Paul Adams and James McCarthy.

 

The Rovers Reserves stung by last week’s loss against the Blues bounced back and easily accounted for MHSOB.    Best were Brudar, Hanlon and Morley.  The win puts them back in the four.

 

The under 19s were beaten by St Johns while best players for Rovers were Troy Malthouse and Mitch Westhead.

 

Hampton Rovers have another home game next Saturday as they take on Old Camberwell. Book early for the presidents luncheon, click here.

 


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