It was a surprisingly sunny Sunday morning, that greeted the Hampton Rovers Violet U8 Team, ready for their first game after grading. They were to play Mordi Brae, who were also unbeaten in the competition so far. It was the Rover’s first home game at Boss James Oval and the whole team was energised and excited. Today’s captains were named as Will and Brodie.
The Rovers were playing toward the Buff Road end. Early in the game, Mordi Brae were in attack. Repeated entries were meet by enthusiastic group tackling by the Rovers. It was a tight game that saw Ned take a great mark off a Coby “bomb” during a Rover attack. In defence, Toby dived on a ground ball stopping a Mordi Brae goal and the team transitioned into attack again. At the end of the quarter there were no goals scored only behinds.
With the sun at the Rover’s backs Mordi Brae started off strong, with two quick behinds. Then they scored the first goal for the day. However, the Rover’s continued with spirt and were rewarded with our first goal by Tommy. This was another tight quarter with hard tackling by the Hampton Rovers. Tommy F’s commitment in defence resulted in a blood nose that saw him take a rest on the bench. A goal to Mordi Brae only seconds before the half time siren saw them lead at half time. Time to regather with some water and the oranges.
The third quarter, known as the “Championship quarter”, started with a Rover’s goal by number 4, Jake. A snap goal by Coby saw the Rover’s in front for the first time today. This seemed to elevate the team, with a great mark in the middle by our number 5, Brodie. Another goal, off a drop by Jason, saw the end of a good come back quarter for the Rovers.
During the team talk it was identified that maintaining middle field dominance was our key. Also our Defence was to find a opposition player and stick to them. The quarter was played in a desperate fashion, both teams giving their all. Unfortunately, a head clash between our Finn and a Mordi Brae player saw him take a break on the sideline. A great run down the wing by our number 12, Tommy, had his kick for goal narrowly denied by the desperate outstretch hand of Mordi Brae player. It was another tight quarter. Both teams trying their hardest to remain undefeated.
When the full-time siren sounded, the Rover’s team exploded with excitement. Well done boys. After the game, Will performed a reading to the team acknowledging Australia’s indigenous people.
This week’s Best On Ground was awarded to a well-deserved Brodie.
Special mention to the Goal Post holder for their fine work.