A lesson taught to the new Rovers on Sunday with a 28 point defeat at the hands of the Knox Lions.
Leading 5 goals to 3 at quarter time the Rovers never looked better with clean transfers of play up forward and plenty of fresh legs willing to run.
The second and third quarters however were not good football by the Rovers as the Lions ran hard, ran in numbers and moved the ball forward with plenty of loose men around the park.
The Rovers showed some pluck in the last quarter by kicking 3 unanswered goals to get within 5 points. This effort was short lived however as the Lions took control and kicked the last 4 goals to win 12.8.80 to 8.4.52.
The coach was not happy.
Goodridge however was quietly smug. He had run the boundary all day and his personal disposal count was healthy (a number of throw-ins and 3 out of bounds on the full decisions – all going Eastern’s way now that you mention it). At least until the next game, Goodridge knows that he was not a part of the losing side and can be part of the solution for the next game ! Now for the hard part : he has to deliver.