Rd 2 saw us make a trip to the heart of the bay in sunny Port Melb. In what has become a feisty rivalry, we came to the ground with a positive attitude after our first round performance. Captains for the day were Hudson and Ben W and the boys were told of the importance in playing well against the teams who may try and play in the wrong spirit.
The first quarter saw us showcase some brilliant passages of play. Sth Melb struggled to get past our half backs with Hudson stamping his authority on the contest with Kian and James H working well together. Isaac was brilliant in the ruck showing his continued improvement and desire to learn and be better. Max continued to get his hands on the ball and creating scoring opportunities. Ryan hit the scoreboard with a great little goal and we were away. Nearing quarter time, Mitch took a free kick tight against the fence. The one where he has to ask the photographer to move. The degree of difficulty for a left footer in that pocket is a 10. He just put a drop punt straight through the ay diddle diddle – amazing end to the quarter!
The second term saw the Rovers boys take control of the contest all over the ground. Michael Koutafides (one hand pick up) was great down back. Oliver was halving the contest and creating a ball up at every opportunity. Sth Melbourne were limited to 1 goal 2 behinds (their only scoring quarter). Ben W had a great quarter and provided Wes with the assists to get 2 quick goals. Giddy was having a great term but couldn’t quite get it through the big sticks. Jack owned the middle and nearing half time Will gave us a 5 goal buffer.
The 3rd term was a wrestle. Neither side did any damage on the scoreboard. Harry was great in defence showcasing his marking abilities and between him and Giddy, we were holding up well. We lost Jake to a crook knee, hopefully he’ll come up for this week.
The final term saw Ben W seal the game with a great goal. Ben H gave some great run late propelling us forward. Charlie was running full steam into contests which is very pleasing to see. Matty C sewed up the coaches award with 6 or 7 touches keeping the ball in our half. You know you’ve been tackled when Kaden gets ferocious on the ball carrier. The siren sounded to cap off a great team effort once again.
We left the field proud and satisfied in the way we conduct ourselves and play to the rules and spirit of U10 junior football.
Round 3 will see us face St Kilda City.
Go Hampton Rovers – best mates!
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