Rovers held by St Bernards

The Rovers had another tough outing on Saturday, going to a resurgent St Bernards by 42 points at Boss James Reserve.

With several players missing due to injury and suspension, the Rovers found it tough to keep up with the visitors – who had won their last two games after a slow start to the season.

It was pleasant conditions at the Boss, however there was a three-four goal win favouring the David Street end, to which St Bernards kicked to in the opening term, kicking three goals while keeping the Rovers scoreless.

The Rovers weren’t convincingly outplayed though – they did win both quarters when kicking with the wind, kicking four goals in the second term and six majors in the last.

The killer for the home side was their inability to kick any goals against the wind while the visitors kicked five. Josh Verlin was pivotal up-front for the Rovers, taking some strong grabs and kicking three goals while Adam McNeil was the other multiple goal-scorer with two.

Jay Ting, Adam McNeil and the ever-reliable Gary Carr were best for the Rovers.

This Saturday the Hampton Rovers face nearby neighbours Old Brighton in a very winnable game at Brighton Beach Oval. We need a big group of travelling fans to support the boys and help them get up in this big local derby.

HAMPTON ROVERS  0.0  4.1  4.3  10.4 (64)
ST BERNARDS  3.8  6.9  11.11  15.16 (106)
Goal Kickers: J. Verlin 3, A. McNeil 2, M. Devereaux , J. Goss , J. Ting , J. Donald , G. Carr
Best Players: J. Ting, A. McNeil, G. Carr, J. Verlin, T. McCarthy, A. Duddy

In the early game, the Reserves kicked more goals than St Bernards but still went down by five points after the visitors kicked a late goal to snatch the victory. Liam Woodland kicked three goals while Lee Smith and Jack Baxter kicked two each. Smith, Woodland and Daniel Andersen were best for the Rovers.

The Under 19’s had a dip, but were overpowered by the undefeated Caulfield Grammarians. Matt Care, Victor Cinco and Josh Pavlou were best for the Rovers. It was a similar story for the Thirds who battled hard but went down to Mazenod away.

Don’t forget the major club function for 2011, the Gala Ball, is on this Saturday evening at the Brighton Savoy. Support the club and make sure you get along for what promises to be a great night. Click here for more info & to book online. Also pay cash/EFTPOS at training this week Tuesday/Thursday – see Cameron Voss at the club.

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