Rovers Under 19s travelled to Peninsula this week to face a considerably improved
In many respects the muddy, slippery conditions determined the unattractive yet hard, physical style of play. There were a lot of stoppages and possession won at ground level. Smith was one of a few players who put together four good quarters for Rovers. His intentions were made clear in the first quarter when he chased hard and laid three inspired tackles in a row, resulting in a holding the ball decision and an out on the full – both to Rovers advantage. Zampaglione, on the ball all day, was able to use his speed to out-run and out-position opponents. Hendry and Hille were also valuable contributors at various stages. Many Rovers players were good in patches, but seemed to drift in and out of the play, unable to put four consistently good quarters together.
Rovers faded late in the third quarter, and allowed a determined
While the game was an even contest – both teams had 29 shots at goal and both were dogged by inaccuracy – to win by 25 points, when challenged to within four demonstrated an ability to fight-back and run-out the game in difficult and tiring conditions.
3. 4. (22) 2. 8. (20)
7. 8. (52) 3. 11. (29)
8. 13. (61) 5. 15. (45)
12. 17. (89) 7. 22. (64)
Goals: Rootsey (3), Ross (3), White (3), Hendry (2), Cannell.
Best: Smith, Hille, Zampaglione, Hendry, Ross, Sharpe, White, Cannell, O?Brien.