It could have been September! Fine, sunny, a gentle breeze and a big crowd looking forward to the first test the young Rovers had to face this year. While not a grudge match certainly a game where egos were at stake and while hard fought to half time the relentlessness of the Rovers running game gradually overwhelmed the spirit of the Bentleigh boys.
Again Pat Ivory in the ruck was dominant in the opening stanza and while our midfielders didn?t take advantage we still managed to slot 5 for the quarter. With the luxury of last years B&F at
Jacko Naulty, spurred on by the boundary umps (his dad) urgings was having a big day and it was good to see someone step into Chris Brittons as the hard man at the ball. Bentleigh was playing well and it was only the coolness of our back half that repelled attack after attack that saw us ahead at half time. With the zest of Gould, the coolness of
That happened in the third when we ran rampart. With Eddie showing his skills, Ned Fallon gaining space and Mat Innes moving well the tide began to turn. Goals to Culvenor, Fallon, Innes (2), Turner (2) and Youl were unanswered and the Bentleigh boys resorted to the biff – a yellow card just before the break was an indication of their frustration. Even the umpires commented on the strong marking by Richard, the Jesses and Rob Johnston at the break
The directions by the coach at the – time break were clear. The boys understood and we matched the opposition goal for goal in the last term. It was good to see Benny Clarke take a crunch mark in front of the coach and deliver precisely. (Who said umpires couldn?t play footy?) Some of our youngsters came to the fore with Cailin Wrigley and Mick Levy flashing in and out of the play. Our talls continued to dominate with our midfielders taking every advantage we maintained our comfortable lead.
It was great to see so many parents, supporters and friends in the rooms after the game. Put our next home game in your diary and make an effort to get down there to celebrate (hopefully) another fine win.
Next Saturday we?re away playing Mentone at the Keysborough playing fields (where we had the practice matches) at
HR 5.1 8.3 14.7 18.7
Bentleigh 3.0 7.1 8.2 11.6
Best Fallon, Naulty, Ivory, Atkins, Lovig, Turner
Goals Fallon 5, Innes 3, Culvenor 2, Turner 2, Youl 2, Johnston 1