Rovers in stunning display over C Grade leaders

The Rovers made the long trek out to Old Camberwell on Saturday and returned to Hampton with 4 points following a brilliant display over the C Section leaders.


Minus any of their Sandringham players, the Rovers knew they had to be at their very best to knock off the Wellers, and they didn?t disappoint.


The match kicked off in perfect football conditions at Gordon Barnard Reserve and it was an even first quarter with both sides kicking five goals and the Rovers holding a one point lead at the first break.


Heath Tregear again showed off his class controlling the ball around the ground. Daniel Andersen and Anthony Browne also put in top performances carving up Old Camberwell.


The Rovers kicked six goals in the second term to the Wellers two and lead at the main break by 25 points.


Despite the great first half, Rovers coach Brett McIlwraith didn?t let up in the rooms and made sure his side continued on in the second half of the game.


It was another close quarter in the third as both sides kicked five goals with the Rovers holding a 27 point lead going into the last.


The Rovers were much harder at the ball and this proved the difference on the scoreboard with six goals pilled on while restricting Old Camberwell to just the one.


Matt Lawrence was great up forward for the Rovers kicking five goals while Nick Greenwood was superior in the air with many marks inside the 50 and also booting three goals.


Down back, Adam Power put in a top performance playing on former AFL player David Loates. While he kicked the majority of Old Camberwell’s score, he could have finished the game with so much more if it wasn?t for Adam’s persistent play and staying in front.


As the final siren blew, the Rovers had secured a 55 point win over the top-of-the-ladder Old Camberwell and in the meantime proved the boys from Hampton are a C Section force.


The win gives the Rovers a 3-2 record and due to the evenness of the competition sit 5th on the ladder on 12 points, one game behind the leaders. Old Camberwell have dropped from 1st to 4th. Three sides sit on 16 points.


The Rovers face Therry Penola at Boss James Reserve next Saturday. With the VFL having a week off, the Rovers will face the prospect of six returning players from the Zebras, however it will be hard to drop anyone from Saturday’s side.


Hampton Rovers: 5.1, 11.5, 16.7, 22.9 (141)

Old Camberwell: 5.0, 7.4, 12.4, 13.8 (86)


Best: Tregear, Lawrence, Andersen, Browne, Carr, Power.

Goals: Lawrence 5, Fletcher 3, Greenwood 3, Tregear 3, Devereaux 2, Anderson, Barker, McCarthy, Parkinson, Pinto, Prantzos.

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