Fired up after a great training on Wednesday and an opportunity to redeem themselves from last week’s loss, the mighty recently re-graded Division 5 Hampton Rovers hosted St Peters to a rematch from our big win the first time we met. Peter P stood up tall before the bounce even occurred and took on the role of Captain. He won the toss and that was the flame that sparked the boys winning a big nine goal victory.
It was hard to keep James Mc away from the footy. We tried taking him off as much as we could, but the determined winger just attracted the ball like a magnet. Surprised his foot wasn’t sore by the end of the game. His forward entries gave us plenty of chances to create goals. A huge focus from the coaches to the boys was our forward pressure, and our first quarter was exceptional. St Peters shivered when Jake M, Lucas C or skipper Peter P chased them down and applied any pressure. The intent from these boys kept the ball in our forward 50 and helped us gain an early lead.
A tactical position change, to see a tall defender turn into a damaging midfielder saw Jackson M surge the ball forward out of the guts and provide the team with more firepower. He looked at home in there. Despite ferocious attack on the ball by Ollie C and Ben D, St Peters snagged a couple goals to keep themselves in the game. Jack C, as per usual, stood up and delivered a heat seeking kick that landed on Malachi B’s chest, which he converted into his first Hampton Rovers goal and sparked the team again.
Our team brand and focus was to win each quarter, and win each quarter we did. We pressed well, the forwards brought the ball to ground and the mids controlled the tempo nicely. Jake T showed no mercy by sending in multiple inside 50’s and also tackling like a beast. Chevi O also snagged a couple great goals on that left foot of his, as did Lucas C with a cheeky dribble kick. The score line blew out as the boys fought until the last second of the game. We out gunned a decent team, and should take our form into Wednesday, especially our attitude, and expect to smash out another four quarter effort this Sunday.
Things we did well:
– Faced up and took the game on when we could
– Pressure on ball carrier
Room For Improvement (RFI):
– Forwards be more relevant for our backline to kick to
– Find a mark when the ball is hot (buy time)
– We didn’t have a heap of pressure, expect some more next week and just cope and compose yourself to dispose the ball as best you can
Coach: Christian Carnovale
Rovers 10-8-68 Def St Peters/Ormond 3-3-21