Monash outsmart Rovers

The Monash Blues inflicted the Rovers third loss of the season as they ran out 12 point winners in wet conditions at Monash University on Saturday. A win would have seen the Rovers jump to second on the ladder however due to the fact both Parkdale & Beaumaris were defeated, the Rovers remain in the top 4.


Due to the conditions, the game was a scrappy one, however the Rovers seemed to dominate play in the first term and led at the first break by 10 points.


Rovers scored two goals in the second but let Monash kick 4 as the home side took a 1 point lead into the main break.


Further rain slowed down the game and skills were lacking from both sides. Both teams kicked 2 goals each in the third. Monash lead by 4 points at the final break.


The lead changed several times in the final quarter and the game was up for the taking for whoever wanted it most. Rovers had their chances but couldn?t capitalise late in the game as Monash lead by 6 points. Another goal sealed the win for the students.


Hampton Rovers:  3.2  5.6  7.6  10.7 (67)
Monash Blues:  1.4  5.7  7.10  11.13 (79)


Best: Andersen, Carr, Zampaglione, Woods, Greenwood, Kezilas.
Goals: Greenwood 3, Duddy 2, Pinto 2, Blanchard, Fletcher, Lawrence.


It was a better result for both the Reserves and Under 19’s. The Ressies recorded a 64 point win over Monash. Best for the Rovers were Lake, Cave & Terech, while Marshall lead the goal kickers with 3.


At Boss James, the Under 19’s defeated Oakleigh Clays by 57 points. Ross, O?Brien & Rootsey all played well, as did White with 3 goals. All three Rovers senior sides are now 4th on their respective ladders.


Next week the Hampton Rovers face up to University Blacks in the game of the round at Boss James Reserve. It’s 4th v 1st and sure to be a monster of a game, so make sure you?re there for all the action. Luncheon bookings are now being taken – click here.

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