The Hampton Rovers turned around their bad form of late to return to the winners list against Old Paradians in an entertaining game at Boss James Reserve on Saturday. Parade showed the way in the first half but the Rovers turned it around in the second to run out 24-point winners.
It was a welcome return of confidence and form for the Rovers after a disappointing month or so where it seemed the
The game kicked off in perfect football conditions at
It was a much improved performance by the Rovers in the second quarter kicking 4 goals while Parade put on a further 3. At the main break, it was the away side by 13 points.
The game stepped up a gear in the third quarter with some big hits and plenty of pride shown by both teams, knowing a win could be the difference between C and D1 action in 2007.
The Rovers replicated their second quarter effort, managing a further 5 goals as they took the lead for the first time for the day, Old Paradians kicked 2 majors and after a tense quarter, the Rovers held a slim 5 point lead at the final break.
There was nothing in it in the opening moments of the final quarter, however Old Paradians soon dropped off as the Rovers sealed the game kicking 4 goals to 1. The final margin at Boss James Reserve was 24 points to the Rovers.
The club song rocked the Boss James clubrooms following the much needed win – a win which will hopefully set up a strong finish to the season for the green ?n golds. The Rovers face
It wasn?t all good news for the Rovers with a couple of injuries sustained including another knee injury to Nick Greenwood.
Best for the Rovers were Ben Kezilas, Gary Carr, Mark Devereaux,
Old Paradians: 4.5 7.8 9.11 10.15 (75)