Sharks bite at the death to defeat Rovers

The Rovers lead all day until mid-way during the final quarter as Beaumaris came home strong to defeat the home side by 8 points in the big local derby at Boss James Reserve on Saturday.


With both sides taking depleted sides into the clash, and after disappointing defeats the previous week, both teams were eager to grind out a victory in the soggy conditions.


As if on queue, rain started falling just minutes before the opening bounce. With the Rovers kicking with the strong wind, a strong opening term was vital in the outcome of the match.


Hampton managed four majors however it could have been as many as 11 with 7 behinds also posted on the scoreboard. At quarter time, the home side lead by 29 points.


The rain became stronger by the time the second quarter had commenced, and it was all about defence for the Rovers as they held the Sharks to just the two goals.


Both sides went to the sheds to escape the weather at half time with the Rovers holding a 13 point lead.


If it wasn?t already the case, the second half provided the large crowd with true wet weather footy. The green and gold’s posted their 5th six-pointer to hold a 3 goal advantage going into the final term.


The Sharks came out all guns blazing kicking towards the David Street end in the last quarter. The Rovers managed to hold on for a while, however Beaumaris took the lead for the first time in the game about mid way through the term. Another goal sealed a fiercely contested game for the boys from Beauy.


It was a disappointing result for the Rovers in which was a winnable game. They now slump to a record of 5-8 and remain in 7th position on the table. Although finals seem all but gone for season 05, get behind the Rovers as three of the remaining five home games are at home, and the intensity levels are sure to remain high.


Hampton Rovers:  4.7,  4.7,  5.8,  5.10 (40)
Beaumaris Sharks: 0.2,  2.6,  2.8,  6.12 (48)

Best: Blanchard, Anderson, Browne, Parkinson, Burggraaff, Corcoran.
Goals: Browne, Corcoran, Semmell, Tregear, Zampaglione.


The Reserves also went down with Ng and Mosbey best for the Rovers while Fisher kicked three goals. The Under 19’s provided the only win of the day with a solid 35 point win over De La Salle. Gleeson managed six majors while Zampaglione and Ross did well for the Rovers.


The Seniors are at home again next Saturday so book now for the Luncheon. Be at Boss James for all the action as the Rovers take on Old Camberwell with the Reserves kicking off at 11:40am and the Seniors at 2pm.

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