?I?m more pleased with the way you played, than I am disappointed with the loss, sums-up the game for U/19s perfectly. To kick 17 goals and loose by 41 points, Rovers were basically beaten by a quality team, with a considerable home ground advantage. On an oval surrounded by rooftops and powerlines, a hump at its centre and the far side boundary line fading down to a freeway, you could say the ground provided a distinct advantage to those who would play and train on it regularly.
Rovers started with a few new additions to the team. Gleeson was full forward, and Nicholls was back (after suffering a severe injury last season) in his favoured full-back position. This allowed O?Brien to play as a bullocking centre-half forward to feed players running directly at goal. Tommy Mitchell played a significant role early in the match, as did Hille and Rovers were looking lively with quick early goals. It wouldn?t be unreasonable to suggest, however, that the turning point in the game happened half-way through the first quarter. Both Smith and Nicholls were, it seemed simultaneously, immobilised with back injuries. It was from this point on that
In the second quarter, Suleyman was moved to play a loose man across the back-line, providing reliable hands and taking marks at vital times to stall
Sharpe and Suleyman stood-up in the third quarter, with Semmell kicking a goal which was the direct result of Suleymans contested mark down field. There were plenty of highlights for Rovers, in a game that seemed to ebb and flow, with Rovers kicking successive goals before
There were no excuses for the loss – Rovers fought out the match till the very end, with great skill and determination. The coach was positive after the game – he owns the quote at the beginning of the report.
Goal kickers: White (8), Glesson (4), Ross (2), Semmell (2), Kettle.
Best: White, Semmell, McDonald, Suleyman, Sharpe, Hille, Hendry, O?Brien.
5. 5. (35) 3. 5. (22)
12. 8. (80) 9. 5. (59)
16. 9. (105) 12. 5. (77)
23. 14. (152) 17. 9. (111)
By Natalie O’Brien