Rovers break 10-year hoodoo and return to winners list

The Hampton Rovers walked off John Pascoe Reserve victorious for the first time in 10 years and in the process, recorded their first win in 4 games. The 43-point win keeps the Rovers well clear of the dreaded drop-zone.

 

The injury situation didn?t improve going into the game, however the return of the Chief Michael Fletcher certainly added some stability to the side.

 

It was a high scoring opening term with the Rovers kicking 6 goals to Therry’s 5 to hold an 8 point lead at quarter time.

 

Playing in his 250th club game, Anthony Browne put in a dominant display taking strong marks around the ground.

 

Rovers managed a further 3 goals in the second quarter to walk in the sheds at the main break with a 16 point advantage.

 

The third term was a close one with both sides managing 4 goals each. At the final break, Rovers were up by 18 points. Although holding a handy lead, the Rovers knew they had to work hard in the final quarter to avoid a reoccurrence of previous weeks.

 

Rovers finished the game how they begun piling on another 6 goals while restricting Therry Penola to just the 2. The game blew out with the final margin being 43 points.

 

Adam Power had another good game booting 5 goals for the green and gold’s while Anthony Browne chipped in with 3.

 

The win keeps the Rovers clear of the bottom 2 with Therry and Banyule likely to drop to D1 section in 2006. The Rovers are now looking to finish the season on a good note with a further three wins.

 

Hampton are at home next Saturday for the second last home match of the season when they face Monash Blues. The 1995 10-Year Premiership Anniversary Dinner will take place later that night at Boss James Reserve. The Under 19’s who are currently sitting 4th on the ladder are playing Friday night at Elsternwick Park from 6:00pm so get along and show your support.

 

Hampton Rovers:  6.4,  9.8,  13.12,  19.14 (123)
Therry Penola:
  5.2,  7.4,  11.6,  13.7 (85)

 

Best: Browne, Parkinson, Burggraaff, Zampaglione, Power, Fletcher.

Goals: Power 5, Browne 3, Fletcher 2, Lambert 2, Parkinson 2, Pinto 2, Burggraaff, Holt, Woolrich.

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