Rovers 14-17-101 def St Peters 0-1-1
Goal Kickers: X. Grigg 3, C. Ballarin 2, P. Paleologos 2, L. Civitarese 2, J. Macnab, P. Troy, J. Eddey, J. Cahill, J.McGregor
Best Players: B. Jeffery, J, Cahill, C.Wittington, C. Ballarin, L.Civitarese
After a big pre-season, the Rovers were ready and willing to showcase their talent and hard work. After conceding the first point of the game, the full ground defence lead by Ben Davis didn’t surrender and held off all scoring attempts for the remainder of the game. The game was won in the midfield, with over 14 players rolling through at any point in the game and comfortably winning possession time and time again. Brodie Jeffery’s light frame did not stop him at the source relentlessly attacking the footy. In such a high scoring game, you’d expect players taking shots from anywhere in the 40-meter arc, but to the credit of the midfielders and forwards, team football was always on their mind, giving the first
handball and finding the right option to kick for goal. Special mention to Christian Ballarin and Lucas Civitarese who showed composer in this area and should have had a couple more next to their names.
Our aim as a team was to tick 5 boxes; Voice, Face-Up, Clean-Up, Full Ground Defence, and Team Football and Celebrating, and to their credit, the Rovers ticked all boxes with flying colours. From quarter-to-quarter the boys continually impressed the coaching staff in how they had the ability to build and maintain a high level of football for such an extended period of time, and this is now a standard set for the rest of the season. Looking onwards to next week taking on Waverly Park Hawks after they won by a similar margin, it will be a great test to see if these young men can stand up once again, tick these boxes and build on an already successful year.
- Great defence wins games, and ours was a shining light
- An unselfish forward line will always kick goals.
- James, Jackson and Patty with plenty of run on the wings to create fast moving football.
- Charlie is unstoppable in the ruck.
- Engine room maestros of Jack Cahill and Brodie Jeffery
- All players have the ability to play anywhere, and this flexibility creates a winning formula.
Room for Improvement (RFIs)
Unfortunately, due to our performance there were not many of these, but;
- Setting up at the stoppage (think a 5 on a dice).
- Kicking to the fat side of the ground.
- Always celebrating with team mates after a courageous act or goal.