Disappointing day out for Rovers

Hampton Rovers suffered a 53-point defeat at the hands of Marcellin at Boss James Reserve on Saturday while the Reserves lost their first game of the season.

The seniors are still searching for their first win of the season after falling to a 0-3 record after the opening few rounds of the season. Forced changes didn’t help the cause with both co-captains amongst those missing from the line-up.

The visitors had a strong start, kicking five goals to one to soar to a 24-point lead at the first break, before the Rovers put in a solid second stanza, kicking four of their own, to reduce the deficit to just 14 points at the main break.

From there however, it was all Marcellin and they kicked seven straight in the third and another five in the last to Hampton’s five second-half goals to run out comfortable winners.

Ryan Fogarty was best for the Rovers, Matt Rieniets kicked three goals and Danny Corp and Ant Folino each chipped in with two majors.

Old Camberwell away awaits this Saturday, as the Rovers look to turn their form around and get the first win on the board.

HAMPTON ROVERS  1.3  5.4  6.8  10.11 (71)
MARCELLIN  5.5  7.7  14.7  19.10 (124)
Goal Kickers: M. Rieniets 3, D. Corp 2, A. Folino 2, J. Melnjak, R. Fogarty, J. Broadley
Best Players: R. Fogarty, S. Ebbott, H. Crisp, C. Hetherington, J. Prosser, R. Atkins

The Reserves were also light on and they fell to their first defeat of the season. The score line blew out in the final term, with the visitors posting a 99-40 win. Lachie Gallagher starred for the Rovers, best on and four goals.

The Thirds struggled out at Royal Park against VHS-VU, but it was great the boys didn’t have to forfeit after struggling for numbers on Thursday. Jonas Eggles, Cam Cullis and Jack Campion were best for the Rovers.

It was brighter news for the Senior Women and Under 19s, both recording strong victories, ensuring it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the club on Saturday.

The girls made it consecutive wins, after not winning game all last season, defeating Bulleen Templestowe by 37 points at Castlefield Reserve. Mandy Naylor and Kate Holden kicked three goals each while Taylan Merrick and Max Behnke were best on.

The U19s continued their undefeated start to the season, running over Old Mentonians comfortably by 46 points. Ben Marron kicked three goals while Tanner Ellis and Harry de Wolf were best for the Rovers. Good to see Old Mentonians schedule this game on their actual home ground rather than the small oval as they did for the Seniors in round one! Great start to the season by the boys and Sam Care as coach.

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