Geelong overpower Rovers

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Hampton’s nine-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Old Geelong at Boss James Reserve on Saturday. The visitors overpowered the Rovers to record a 33-point victory.

In front of a big crowd at the Boss, OGS were the more determine team and led at every change.

The Rovers were forced to restructure their backline early in the game after an injury. Geelong managed 6 goals to 2 in the opening term and at the first break the visitors held a 9 point lead.

OGS increased their buffer by a goal kicking 4 to 3. At the main break, they led by 17 points.

The Rovers weren?t performing at their best with a number of players off their game. They weren?t helped by a number of questionable decisions, however they battled on kicking 4 goals. Again the visitors outscored the home side kicking 6 of their own. At the final break, they were up by 33.

Both teams managed 3 goals each in the final term and at the final siren, it was Old Geelong running out 33-point winners. It’s the second time they?ve defeated the Rovers in 2007, and the only team Hampton haven?t beaten this year.

The Rovers remain in 3rd position on the ladder, just a game off 2nd spot with two games remaining before the Finals. Next week, the Rovers travel to Toorak Park to take on 4th-placed Prahran.

The club congratulates Anton Duddy who played his 200th club game for the Rovers.

Best for the Rovers were Leigh Cave, Leigh Fletcher, Michael Fletcher & Jay Ting. Rob Alexander led the goal kicking with 4, Leigh De Boer was the other multiple with 3.

The Reserves recorded a good victory over Geelong, getting up by 32 points. The Rovers were up by 51 points at three quarter time and let the visitors kick 5 in the last to reduce the margin. Multiple goal kickers were Matt Gray with 3 and 2 each to Jeremy Yelland, Brad Trembath and Brenton Holt. Justin Ng was best on ground in his 150th club game, he was well supported by Lee Smith, Chad Cooper, Josh Verlin, Tony Pucella and Brenton Holt.

The Under 19’s had a Bye and sit in 3rd position on the ladder with two games remaining. They take on Ajax next Saturday at Boss James Reserve.

HAMPTON ROVERS  4.4  7.8  11.9  14.12 (96)
OLD GEELONG  6.1  10.7  16.12  19.15 (129)
Goals: Alexander 4, De Boer 3, Malthouse, Andersen, Zampaglione, Lawrence, Duddy, Browne, Dallas.
Best: Cave, L.Fletcher, M.Fletcher, Ting, Malthouse, Terech.

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