PASSION TEAMWORK FUN RESPECT
GAME ON. 596 girls and boys, many venues all wearing the Green and Gold, some for the first time. Like the U8 at 8.45am at Castlefield, Rovers and Zebs all in a bundle, will be great to see these guys merge together in U15.
Tom H and Lewis B were stars for the mighty U8 in the season opener. Tom getting the first centre clearance.
U8s at Oak Street, Beaumaris. Damian Gill was rapt with his team and attitude of the boys that helped in Sharks jumpers.
I had a chat with the U14 squad Wednesday night at Jumper Pres, I told them it’s time to be organised, don’t have mum running around on game day looking for your shorts or mouth guards. Toby Clarkson from U11 must have heard me load and clear.
I watched the first three games at the fortress on Ludstone Street as I needed to mark the ground in between quarters, should have gone down the day before and done it, rookie mistake. It did give me a chance to see some great footy and listen to coaches that had a positive message and plenty of encouragement. Well done to Steve, Rohan and Kabel for their efforts.
I ventured down to see the U14 D4 team play Ormond. Coach, Zach Donald had the lads going hard, great to see this group of boys that have been loyal to Rovers for many years get a big score on the board.
WE NOT ME, this is the Rovers way, the message was loud and clear at half time to the U14 team in D2, too many individual players not playing as a team, they came out after half time and showed Ajax how to play Boss James.
We witnessed a few injuries on Sunday, a big shout out to all boys and girls that had a rough day. I am reliably informed Sandy Emergency was like the Monash car park, get well kids another day on the park awaits.
I saw the Under 15 D3 lads have a win, Foggs (their coach) was best afield on Saturday playing for the Rovers seniors, his lads played committed footy and sung both songs loud and proud.
Leedsy tells me the well-oiled Ferrari that is the U12 had a big win and they carried out instructions to the letter, our U11 squad found it tough with Yellow and Red both going down.
The U14 Girls teams didn’t salute although plenty of play like a girl action was had.
The 16s had the bye, 17s struggled with plenty of lads playing APS or AGS footy the day before.
U18 girls had their chances against Beaumaris but came up short in an arm wrestle.
There you go, round 1 done and dusted.
What a day it was. I’ve said this before and I said it again after the U14s game, we live in the best suburb in the best city of the best country and we play the best sport in the world, how lucky are our children.
Thanks to all volunteers that did allow us to do it and we get to do it all again in 6 days from now.
Footy, it’s great to have you back.