The Rovers put in a much improved performance in their third practice game on Saturday against St Pauls at Boss James Reserve as the 2011 VAFA season fast approaches.
Footy returned to Boss James Reserve earlier than normal. The goal posts went up during the week with the Rovers given the ok to play a scratch match at home, which hasnt been the case in previous years due to the drought impacting on the ground.
While the Rovers had a narrow loss to the SFL Division 1 side, albeit by only 2 points, the scoreline is never a factor in practice matches, and many positives were taken from the game with a much improved effort from last weeks clash against Ocean Grove. Its a vastly different looking Rovers side in 2011 with a number of departures over the off-season, most of them hopefully just for a short period. Having said that, 23 players have so far been signed to the club, with at least five or six of those expected to play senior football this year.
The Reserves had a great performance defeating St Pauls by a goal while the Under 19s put up a good effort but were defeated by a stronger side.
Next week the Rovers play their final practice game of 2011 before the 2011 VAFA Premier B season kicks-off. The boys take on Old Camberwell away at Gordon Barnard Reserve on Saturday. All three sides will again be in action (U19s @ 10am, Reserves/Thirds @ 12pm, Seniors @ 2pm).