Sam Van Der Venne
5pm to 6.30pm at Castlefield
Please note, these are subject to change and will be confirmed by your Team Manager.
Fixture can also be viewed here.
|13 May||Dingley||Boss James||8.30am|
|20 May||Cheltenham||Le Page Park||9am|
|27 May||East Sandringham||Boss James||8.30am|
|3 June||Highett||Highett Reserve||8.45am|
|17 June||East Brighton Vampires||Hurlingham Park||8.30am|
|24 June||Dingley||Corrigan Oval||9am|
|15 July||Cheltenham||Boss James||8.30am|
|22 July||East Sandringham||Peterson Reserve||8.45am|
|29 July||Highett||Boss James||8.30am|
Under 8 Pink vs Dingley (R10) - Another fairly chilly start for the under 8 Rovers, this time facing Dingley at Corrigan Park. After a big week on the track, expectations were high, but with only 14 available on the day no one was getting too carried away. Fortunately, the Dingley team was also restricted to 14, so the match was evenly poised for a great contest. A number of players were given a job this week under the guidance of coach Sam, with Ernie taking primary ruck responsibilities, Hudson V given free rein across the forward line, Tommy E playing the central sweeper role, with Hannah playing the back stop within the square. From the first bounce the Rovers seemed switched on, with Ernie palming one Continue Reading...
Under 8 Pink vs Highett (R8) - The alarm sounded at 7am and the first instinct was to roll over and go back to bed, we checked the weather app and it was a brisk 4 degrees outside.. Arriving at Highett’s home ground, it was like a scene out the rolling hills in Wales with mist rolling across the field. At least Rich Bartley felt at home.. The kids didn’t seem to care as much as the parents, as a protest was raised given the canteen was closed and not a coffee van was in site… The Rovers ran onto the ground with vigour as the parents huddled in the morning to sun to defrost. 1st Qtr The first bounce and Highett got the jump on us Continue Reading...
Under 8 Pink vs East Sandringham (R7) - What an amazing morning, nothing but blue skies and surprisingly warm, a great day for round 7 of the Hampton Rovers Under 8’s Pink team v East Sandringham held at Boss James Ground. We were told that no one could stand on the ground during play which seemed to raise obstacles that meant it was pretty much ignored. This would have meant that the writer would have been stationed next to the coffee van, not much of a report would have been produced from there. Snakes were served in the club rooms before the match to try and get the upper hand, as it was an early start. Hopefully the upper hand attempts just stay with snakes? East Sandringham got Continue Reading...
Under 8 Pink vs Dingley (R5) - A cold Melbourne morning greeted us all at the Boss James Reserve on Mother’s Day. All the kids were excited to play on the big ground, which had been divided into two for the day. The kids gathered in the player rooms and got ready for the game, with Coach Sam handing out wrist bands, allocating positions and reminding the players what it’s all about with lots of F-words like Fun, Fair and Fast! A player down, the Rovers took the field determined to make up for their lack of players with their grit and determination. Things started well with Ernie getting the first tap out of ruck. The Rovers defence was great, with some good clearing balls kicked by Continue Reading...
Under 8 Pink vs Mordi Brae (R4) - It was an early morning start down in Mordy as the Rovers entourage travelled down the Bay in good spirits. The kids were showing no signs of cobwebs, but the parents looked in need of a coffee or 2. Especially our warm up coach Matt DS whose job it was to channel their energy. The volunteer support for the Rovers U8s is second to none as Konrad filled in his Goal Umpire Scorecard and collected his science jacket, Danny filled in the DOB/signatures list which is not an easy task at U8s level and Melissa DS was busy on the phone making sure things ran like clockwork! Our empire Marty gave his thoughts prior to the match "Big game, I'm Continue Reading...
Under 8 Pink vs Highett (R3) - It was a tremendous morning with partly cloudy skies at the Rovers home ground. All the kids had arrived on time and ready to play. It was safe to say the mood was excited, the boots were almost stomping through the floor in the team room! Coach Sam handed out the wristbands and explained the things to remember for the game. Feet, Fun, Fast, Fair and Friendly was the message. Super-excited, the kids ran out to the oval for warmup with some cartwheels appearing! Q1 – Straight away Highett showed us they were here to play! They cleared the ball quickly and moved it through to their forwards. Harvey was strong in defence with a solid mark – remembering his Continue Reading...