Each year we experience bittersweet moments at Rovers: the thrill of the first game, the win, the song, the sitting around with old friends and new, the excitement of The Lightning Carnival and the bitter feeling of a loss, injury and a season coming to an end.
Yesterday a bittersweet moment happened at Boss James: a wonderful group of lads that have come together from multi directions and played U17s under Elliott LeGrice as coach finished their junior careers, not just boys from Rovers and Zebs; lads from Chelt, Vamps, Bulldogs all looking for opportunity and playing great footy along the way. They beat the fancied St Bede’s Mentone in the rain at the Boss. I look forward to seeing you all in the U19s next year lads.
Likewise, for our U18 Girls who went down to St Peters, Sal tells me it’s all about the Gownlow now (presentation night, all frocked up). Thanks Ladies, I hope you will all look at playing for the VAFA seniors in years to come?
We have recently had many players within the club that have had milestone games, I salute each and every one of you for your loyalty to your teams and the Rovers Club.
In recent weeks in U14 several lads reached the 100 game mark, it went unnoticed to a few so we had Oli, Kento, Archie and Ted run out with Brody yesterday at Boss James. I have had a soft spot for Brody Jeffrey for many years; he is a heart and soul player, he loves Rovers and the admiration in the room after a good win against the 2018 premiers was evident. Every one of the boys mentioned played their heart out. The U14 squad will press hard for the ultimate glory in weeks ahead.
Our U10 squad lit the park up yesterday at several venues, with 3 from 5 flags coming back to the Boss. Congrats to all players, coaches, TMs and volunteers, another great year experienced. The boys are ready to drop the grids and play big league footy.
The U11 had a great day with D6 going paint balling after a hard fought game. They used this as a time for reflection in the season and awarding the B&F trophies to 5 guys that had worked real hard. U11 D3 won and will head into finals as a warm favourite to land the silverwear.
Both U12 D1 and D6 finished 3rd on the ladder in their respective divisions, exceptional coaching and players that want to listen and learn, great culture.
U12 G team 1 will play finals also whilst team 2 will bounce back next year and be graded in a more competitive division.
U13 D2 beat the Zebs at Chisholm Reserve early yesterday, what a great win for this group of boys that have had a tough season, D6 also missed the finals action, let’s make sure we get plenty of numbers for these lads next year.
U14 Girls Div 1 and D4 enjoyed the social side footy offers, the girls always turned up full of beans and loved the season.
U15 boys pulled up short of playing finals, a huge thanks to Lisa Beavan the squad manager. Talk about frustrating, the three coaches never knew numbers from one game to the next. All the boys enjoyed it nonetheless.
Andy’s D3 lads are playing finals in U16s. Great group of boys that have stuck loyal to each other and battled away.
The U16 Girls are in the finals and looking good for a shot at the flag.
I loved hearing the U17s sing both the East Sandy and Rovers songs for the last time yesterday, a bittersweet moment indeed.
We will be hosting SMJFL finals the next 3 Sundays. If you have time please contact me, Jase or Gavin and offer help. It will be very welcome.
I love our community and our Club.