Footy’s back, but not quite as we know it

Senior football will return this Saturday, with the Rovers to host Mazenod at Boss James Reserve, however the government has advised no spectators are permitted to attend.

As a result, this week’s Home Game Luncheon cannot proceed, as match day function guests are considered spectators, and the planned 1995 Premiership Reunion has been postponed and will now be held at a later date.

There will be an after match function for the people required to participate in and facilitate matches (i.e. players, coaches, umpires and volunteers) – the bar will be open from the final siren, with capacity inside restricted to 63 people, in accordance with Covid protocols. Please ensure you check in with the QR code.

The Rovers canteen will be open on Saturday, however the social rooms will be closed, with internal access for the toilets only. Only players and officials are permitted inside the change rooms and around the huddles at the breaks.

It’s an immediate rematch for the Seniors against Mazenod, with the teams last meeting in round 7 and no footy played since then. The Nodders started the stronger team and despite a Rovers comeback, held on for the win in front of their home crowd. The boys will be keen to turn that result around, keep their spot in the top four and get their season back on track. Elsewhere, the Thirds take on Old Brighton in a twilight game at Brighton Beach Oval, the Senior Women play South Melbourne at Alert Park, and the Under 19s are up against Parkdale Vultures at Gerry Green Reserve. View all fixtures here >

As always, the club will post game-day updates on our social media accounts (@hamptonrovers on Twitter and Instagram) and Facebook. Live scores of the senior game is available online here >

You can download and view the round 10 VAFA Record here, including a preview of all the Premier C action.

As previously communicated, rounds 8 and 9 have been cancelled, in line with the VAFA Covid Policy, and will not be rescheduled to a later date, with round 10 matches to be played this weekend. This means the club will lose at least two senior home games (including this Saturday) and vital revenue from home game related activities such as the luncheon, bar, canteen and other fundraising. This is obviously a disappointing outcome for everyone involved.

Thursday’s senior training proceeded at Boss James Reserve as scheduled, however the club was closed and selection night took place at the Hampton RSL with around 50 in attendance to hear the round 10 team and enjoy dinner and drinks.

The high-level changes from 11:59pm Thursday June 17 included:

  • 25km travel restrictions have been lifted
  • No spectators can attend matches
  • Metro community sport competition for seniors and juniors can resume with the minimum number of people required to participate and facilitate the activity
  • No more than 75 people indoors at one time, or density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • People necessary for events and participation, including instructors, trainers, coaches and umpires, can attend matches and training

For more information about the restrictions, refer to the VAFA website here.

You can show your support for the club by purchasing a ticket to our upcoming $2K Day and have a chance of winning $2,000. View event details and buy a ticket online here >

Please note – for information relating to junior teams and matches this Sunday, please visit our juniors website here.

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