Reserves bounce back

The Rovers reserves put their disappointing effort last week behind them to claim a commanding 70-point win over Whitefriars.

The majority of the team met early at Boss James reserve to be treated to breakfast by the club and make a joint journey to Donvale for the weekends match.

The Rovers got off to a great start to the game despite the unorthodox preparation and kicked three goals for the quarter while keeping the Friar’s goalless.

The Rovers dominance continued in the second quarter, due largely to the relentless running from Tom Youl, Rick Jones and Shem Curry who were amassing a large amount of the pill.

The dominance of the midfield was not fully capitalised on with the Rovers kicking two goals five for the quarter to go into the half time break 32-points up.

After a stern chat regarding discipline and self-umpiring from Michael ‘Supercoach (self-proclaimed)’ Falhive, the Rovers dominated the third term, with Charlie Miles, Chris Long and swingman Matty Innes providing strong forward targets.

The Friar’s finally managed to kick their first goal of the game half-way through the third quarter, which was a testament to the backline, led by Michael ‘Chief’ Fletcher, along with the full-ground pressure being applied by the whole side.

The Rovers put five goals on the board in the third term to lead by 56-points.

The last quarter was once again dominated by the Rovers superior fitness and ball skills, with the Friar’s unable to combat the run of Youl, Jones and Curry, along with Captain Baxter and Liam Woodland.

The Rover’s ending up 70-point victors, whilst managing to only concede two-goals for the entire game.

Innes (five goals), Long (three goals), Baxter and Woodland (two goals) were the multiple goal kickers.

Youl, Miles, and Curry were best for the Rovers.

The Rovers clubbies also enjoyed their second win of the year with a convincing 47-point win over Bulleen-Templestowe at the Boss. The win makes sure that pressure for places in all sides at the club maintains red-hot.

Best players for the clubbies were Steve Helligier, Steve Anderson and Ben Patterson.

Next week the Rovers face Melbourne High at the Boss, while the clubbies face an early morning trip to Williamstown.

By Ryan Warren

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