U19s: Rovers Win Last Game Before Finals

In a solid performance Rovers won their last game of the season against Old Peninsula by 48 points. A big win by Peninsula would have seen them replace Rovers in the finals.


The first quarter was an exhibition of workman-like footy, with Rovers showing determination and grit to win possession at any cost. In the second quarter Rovers kicked seven goals to nil, the pay-off for fearless pursuit of the football. White, in a clever piece of play, skirted the pack in the forward pocket to kick a great roving goal, and would finish the game with five. While there were other classy sequences, the majority of possession was won at ground level and players had no option other than commit to the physical contest.


The third quarter started well with White kicking two quick goals, before Rovers indulged in some scrappy play and allowed Peninsula to work their way back into the game but failed to convert on the scoreboard. It was frustrating to watch as Rovers conceded what seemed like easy turn-overs, although Peninsula should get some credit for the pressure they were able to apply.


The challenge for Rovers going into the final quarter was to maintain the run and momentum and not become complacent with the easy win. Peninsula played the game out well, kicking six goals to Rovers four – making sure Rovers earned their victory.


In one of the more memorable snippets of play for the year, Skewes, the big half-back almost ran the length of the ground, dashing out of defence through the middle, provided the running option and delivered into the forward-line. Two minutes later he would take a great climbing mark on the wing to set-up another attacking play.


Rovers go into the finals confident they can finally beat Salesian – a team Rovers have not yet beaten in any matches they have played this year.


Goals: Gleeson (6), White (5), Fallon (3), Semmel (2), O?Brien, Zampaglione, Rootsey.


Best: Semmel, White, O?Brien, Cannell, McDonald, Suleyman, Skewes.


Scores: Hampton Rovers     def.    Old Peninsula


           4. 6. (30)                         3. 3. (21)

           11. 8. (74)                       3. 10. (28)

           17. 12. (114)                    6. 16. (52)

           21. 18. (144)                    12. 22. (96)

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