Monash down Rovers

Hampton Rovers were defeated by Monash Blues in a disappointing effort at Boss James Reserve on Saturday. Rovers were boosted by the return of several key players including Browne, Woods and Power. Michael Fletcher won the toss and kicked with the gale wind in the first quarter.


The wind didn?t prove to be any advantage on the scoreboard with both teams kicking 2 goals in the first term, however Hampton rued its inaccurate kicking spraying 5 shots on goal resulting in behinds. Rovers by 4 points at the break.


The wind proved no benefit for the away team kicking with the assistance of it in the second quarter, like the Rovers in the first, managing only 2 goals. Rovers scored one against it and were down by a goal at the main break.


Although the sun continued to shine, the conditions in the second half became a little cooler as both sides battled hard to keep their seasons alive.


Monash kicked truly on two occasions in the third quarter with the Rovers getting one back to trail by 13 points at the final break.


Both teams managed a single goal each in the final quarter resulting in the final margin of 16 points to the Monash Blues. Best for the Rovers were Daniel Andersen, Hanlon, Henry, Greenwood, Lawrence and Kezilas. Goals were to Carr, Devereaux, Fletcher, Hanlon and Power who all kicked one each.


With Parkdale Vultures loosing their game on the weekend, the finals are still in sight for the Rovers who currently sit two games out of the top four with five games remaining.


The Rovers would like to congratulate Michael ?Chief? Fletcher who played his 200th club game and also Stephen Anderson who reached his 250th VAFA game milestone. Former club captain Matthew McKeller, playing in the Reserves this week, played his 400th club game against Monash, a fantastic effort!


The ’super two’s’ continued their winning ways with a 9 goal win over Monash. Spratt, Marshall and Johnstone all played well while Marshall kicked 4 goals and Spratt 3. With Ajax losing their game, the Reserves now sit on top of the ladder.


The Under 19’s took on Bentleigh at Sportscover Arena (Elsternwick Park) on Friday night. Bentleigh, who?re fancied to easily take out the Under 19 Blue premiership, comfortably defeated the Rovers. Best for the ?home? side were Suleyman, Smith and O?Brien while Clarke kicked 2 goals with singles to Cannell and Rootsey.


The Rovers take on fellow B Section relegation partners Melbourne High School Old Boys next Saturday at Melbourne High (School Oval). Yarra Street, South Yarra. Melway: 2L J3. The Under 19’s are at Boss James Reserve against St Johns.

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