Hampton Rovers returned to the winners list on Saturday with a big 70 point victory over Caulfield Grammarians at Glenhuntly Oval on Saturday, while the U19s also won big over Old Xaverians.
The Rovers had 13 individual goal kickers as they banged on 25 goals in a high-scoring affair to record their sixth win of the season and all but secure a spot in Premier B section in 2016.
There were several changes to the side and back in were the premiership-winning APS boys, of which Jandre Olivier and Zach Donald made their senior debut for the club.
It was all Hampton from the outset, kicking the first three goals of the game before the home side got their first score on the board. From late in the first term, Hampton kicked six goals unanswered to blow the margin out to over 50 points.
— Hampton Rovers FC (@HRAFC) August 1, 2015
A half time 49-point lead extended to 74 points at the final change, with the Rovers dominating all over the ground. The home side continued to add to their score, and they managed to win the last quarter with both sides kicking five goals each.
Leigh Fletcher, Harry Hill and Mark Devereaux were best on ground for the Rovers with first-gamer Jandre also in there with a good performance in the ruck and also kicking two goals in his senior debut.
Daniel Corp and Ed Turner each kicked four goals with three to Matty Robbins while a host of players kicked twos and ones.
There were some great pieces of play including a few great goals – we’ll bring those to you shortly in the match highlights. Stay tuned to Rovers Video.
The Rovers sit in seventh position on the ladder, equal on points with Fitzroy who we face next week at Brunswick Street Oval.
HAMPTON ROVERS 7.5 14.9 20.13 25.14 (164)
CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS 3.1 7.2 9.5 14.10 (94)
Goal Kickers: D. Corp 4, E. Turner 4, M. Robbins 3, P. Olivier 2, S. Bradford 2, J. Toouli 2, N. Fallon 2, L. Fletcher, J. McPherson, H. Hill, R. Atkins, M. Devereaux, A. McNeil
Best Players: L. Fletcher, H. Hill, M. Devereaux, P. Olivier, R. Atkins, A. McNeil
The Under 19s had an impressive 80-point victory over Old Xaverians at Boss James Reserve. The Rovers managed to keep the Xavs goalless until the third quarter. A 52-point margin at the main break extended to 58 at the final change.
With the leading goal scorer Tom Nicholls missing, Cam Jones stepped up with four while Mackie Robertson and Darcy Merlo each kicked three. Merlo, Matt Oswald and Jack Daley were amongst the best. The win leaves the Rovers in fourth position on the ladder.
The Reserves had a disappointing loss to Caulfield while the Thirds were outclassed by St Mary’s Salesian at the Boss.