The Hampton Rovers returned from the bye taking on St Kevins at Boss James Reserve on Saturday and despite getting within 8 points early in the final term, went down to the visitors by 41 points who kicked with the strong wind in the last.
Once again it was windy conditions which had a negative impact on the game. The Rovers won the toss and kicked with the strong breeze in the opening stanza. Unfortunately it took a while for the Rovers to fire and they could only manage two goals while St Kevins finished with three to give them a huge advantage.
A seven goal to three second term from the visitors gave them a commanding 34 point lead at the main break and it was all for the Rovers to do. The Rovers, who were already without several key players going into the game, were further hampered when Jason Zampaglione didn?t return after half time after sustaining an injury. The home side needed a strong third term with the wind to have any chance. Five goals to two brought them back into the contest however it was always going to be difficult kicking against the wind in the last.
An early goal to first gamer Ed Turner reduced the margin to eight points however St Kevins soon found their rhythm and went on to kick five goals to take the game by 41 points – a margin that didn?t really reflect the difference between the two sides.
With other results going their way, the Rovers remain out of the bottom two and now look forward to next week against Old Haileybury at McKinnon Reserve.
Guy Martyn was the only multiple goal kicker for the Rovers with four goals to bring his tally to 16 in three games. Best for the Rovers were Ryan Semmell, Jay Ting, Leigh Fletcher and Jackson Ward.
HAMPTON ROVERS 2.2 5.4 10.7 11.8 (74)
ST KEVINS 3.3 10.8 12.9 17.13 (115)
Goals: G. Martyn 4, M. Devereaux, R. Semmel, R. White, T. Curry, L. Dallas, E. Turner, C. Gleeson
Best: R. Semmel, J. Ting, L. Fletcher, J. Ward, A. Duddy, E. Turner
The Reserves put in a good performance but went down by 16 points with Ben Kezilas best for the Rovers. The Thirds had the bye.
The Under 19s defeated Beaumaris on the last kick of the day getting up by a goal. Russell Howe was best for Hampton. Click Here for the U19 match report.