The Rovers suffered a disappointing 7-point defeat at the hands of Parkdale away at Gerry Green Reserve on Saturday in a great exhibition of C section football by the players.
There was never more than two or three goals the difference on the scoreboard throughout the day, but it was the home side who kicked a couple of late goals to snatch the match.
Parkdale kicked 4 goals to the Rovers 3 in the opening term to lead by 8 points. The scenario was reversed in the second quarter and at the main break it was 7 goals apiece with the home side leading by 1 solitary point.
Both sides put 2 goals each on the scoreboard in the third and at the final break, it was Parkdale leading
The large crowd was treated to more exciting footy in the final term with fast paced action, good skills and plenty of scoring opportunities. However some poor umpiring decisions put a bit of a dampener on the game.
The Rovers managed 5 goals in the last quarter however it was the home side who kicked 6 majors, including 3 from free kicks in front of goal, to take the game by a slight margin.
Parkdale Vultures 4.4 7.6 9.10 15.12 (102)
Goals: M.Fletcher 3, N.Greenwood 3, A.Browne 2, D.Corp 2, J.Yelland 2, M.Devereaux, L.Fletcher.
Best: D.Corp, M.Fletcher, G.Carr, N.Greenwood, G.Cannell, G.Martyn.
It was better news for the Reserves winning their second game of the year, defeating Parkdale 11.8.74 to 6.11.47. Andrew Mudge kicked 3 goals, Tom Rootsey 2, with singles to David Anderson, Blick, Quon, Terech, Gray, Pucella. Matt Terech was best on ground and was well supported by Mudge, Rootsey, Pearson, Foster and Drew Anderson.
The Under 19s were defeated by Old Mentonians at Boss James Reserve 39 points. Gleeson lead the goalkicking with 3, with singles to Lang, Lyall, Theodore and Ward. Best for the Rovers were Lyall, Theodore, McCarthy, Pinto, Morecroft and Batt.