The Hampton Rovers suffered another second half fade-out on Saturday going down to ladder-leaders Old Carey by 39 points after holding a 7 point advantage at the main break.
The Rovers again had a number of changes going into the game and while taking on the top team, could go in with some confidence after defeating Carey earlier in the year and returning to Boss James Reserve for the first time in a month.
A three goal to two first term followed by four goals each in the second had the Rovers up by seven points at half time. To this point the home side were playing some great footy and were looking the goods.
However a nine-goal third term blitz by the premiership favourites blew the Rovers out of the water and had the visitors leading by 31 points at three-quarter time.
Old Carey finished off in the final term kicking three goals to the Rovers two to win the game 18.11.119 to 11.14.80.
The Rovers have dropped three or four winnable matches in 2010 where theyve dropped off in the second half of games. At times theyve been inconsistent and injuries have dealt the Rovers cause a major blow. Now with B Seciton all but consolidated for 2011, the Rovers look to finish the year strong and build momentum for next year.
The next two games are on the road against Old Haileybury and Melbourne High before returning to Boss James Reserve to round off the home and away season taking on St Kevins.
HAMPTON ROVERS 3.3 7.6 6.9 11.14 (80)
OLD CAREY 2.3 6.5 15.5 18.11 (119)
Goals: E. Turner 4, R. Semmel 2, M. Terech , L. Fletcher , R. Alexander , C. Gleeson , M. Devereaux
Best: G. Carr, L. Fletcher, R. Semmel, J. Lovig, C. Gleeson, E. Turner
It was better news for the Reserves and Under 19s who both recorded victories.
In the early game at the Boss, David Anderson led the team out playing his 200th VAFA game for the Hampton Rovers. It was a great performance by the Reserves who ran out seven-point winners. Ashley Fisher kicked five goals with Jason Giasoumi kicking three and Stephen Anderson two. Best for the Rovers were Nick Lyall, Ben Kezilas and Liam Woodland.
David Andersons 200 VAFA game milestone will be recognised at the Past and Present Players Night this Saturday evening (7th August) at the club. Click Here for details.
The Under 19s travelled to De La Salle and came away with an unexpected victory, getting up by 31 points. Jack Baxter and Tom Youl each kicked three goals. Baxter, Russel Howe and Michael Levy were amongst the best for the Rovers.
Unfortunately due to injuries and unavailability, the Thirds had to forfeit their final game of the season against Mazenod. The Rovers Thirds will be back bigger and stronger in 2011 when they progress from the Club XVIII competition to the VAFA Premier B Thirds competition.