The Hampton Rovers slumped to their 4th successive defeat on Saturday at the hands of Ormond. Good football conditions greeted both sides at E.E. Gunn Reserve and the Rovers were keen to repeat their performance in the corresponding game back in Round 4 which resulted in a 13-point Rovers victory, however it wasn?t to be as the green ?n golds fell short by just 9 points.
The home side kicked with the wind in the opening term and kicked 5 goals to the Rovers 2 holding a 20 point lead at the first break. The Rovers had more scoring shots in the 2nd term but didn?t fully capitalise on their opportunities. However they did manage 5 majors to Ormonds single to be down by just 3 points at the main break.
The two sides emerged from the sheds and the intensity levels stepped up a gear in the third term. Ormond managed 5 goals with the wind while the Rovers were held goalless. At the final break, it was Ormond in control with a 41 point lead.
The Rovers put in a good performance in the final term and got close, but not close enough. Again, missed opportunities were costly for the
Ormond 5.3 8.3 13.12 15.12 (102)
Best players for the Rovers were Sam Parkinson, Gary Carr, Paul Adams, Daniel Gribbin, Matt Terech and Daniel Anderson.
Anthony Browne, Daniel Gribbin and Heath Tregear kicked 2 goals each, with singles to Andersen, Batt, Cannell, Devereaux,
The defeat leaves the Rovers second bottom on the ladder with a tough task ahead to avoid relegation. VAFA C Section is a close competition in 2006. Hampton along with Old Paradians sit on 16 points, both Fitzroy Reds & North Old Boys sit one game ahead on 20 points, Parkdale Vultures & Old Camberwell are one game ahead of them on 24 points. And 3rd & 4th positions belong to Ormond and Monash who are both on 28 points – just 3 games clear of the Rovers.
Every game is vital for the Rovers and next week they face up against Old Camberwell at Boss James Reserve. The Rovers haven?t seen D Section action since 1995 when they won the premiership – the beginning of a successful era which saw 3 premierships in 6 years and 3 years up in B section for the proud
In Saturdays other results, the Reserves also went down. Best for the Rovers were
It was better news for the Under 19s who recorded a big win at Boss James Reserve, kicking 22 goals to defeat Powerhouse/Sth Mornington by 108 points. Lyall, McCoy, Ross,