Sharks attack Rovers

Local rivals Beaumaris defeated the Hampton Rovers by 36 points at Banksia Reserve on Saturday. After dominating the first three quarters, Rovers came back with a 36-point final term to add respect to the score line. The Reserves also went down while at Boss James, the Under 19’s piled on 32 goals to defeat Peninsula by 185 points.


In perfect football conditions at Oak Street, the Rovers controlled the opening minutes of the game and things were looking good. However it didn?t take long for the home side to dominate play and at half time they led by 59 points.


The Rovers just didn?t click in the first half and following a half-time spray, they came out looking better in the second half. It was all square in the third with both sides kicking two goals one.


The final quarter was a much better effort from Hampton with some great passages of play and adding five goals to the scoreboard, while restricting Beaumaris to just one.


Gerrard Woods was a shining light in the final term after being moved to the centre resulting in a number quality clearances to the forward line. Best on the ground for the Rovers was Sam Parkinson who was great in the air and kicked three goals. Captain Anthony Browne was the other multiple goal kicker also booting three.


While still being a disappointing result, the Rovers did well to bring the margin back to 36 points after it could have easily been a 60+ point drubbing. The final margin could have been even less after Rovers missed a set shot 20 metres out and Beaumaris were gifted with a goal after an incorrect decision by the umpire in the final minutes.


The performance in the final term will give the Rovers confidence for next week’s game against top of the ladder Old Camberwell. Despite being on the road for the second week running, a win is a real possibility after the Rovers defeated Camberwell both at home and away last year.


The Reserves also suffered their second successive defeat going down by 11 goals. After being in the game up until three quarter time, Beaumaris kicked away in the last. Cave was best for the Rovers and also kicked two goals.


The Under 19’s kicked a massive 32 goals at Boss James Reserve to down Peninsula Old Boys 185 points. Gleeson lead the scoring with 5 goals while White and Zampaglione both kicked 4. Best on ground was Semmel and Hendy. Refer to the Under 19’s match report for full details.

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