Kenny Armstrongs wrap of the Easts Game
The opening game of the season has left me with mixed feelings.
Relieved that we have come out of the other end of tough week not having lost but bitterly disappointed that we were unable to hold on to a well deserved 2 goal half time advantage.As I said in our match day magazine Easts will never surrender and 90+ minutes of tough competition and concentration is minimum requirement when they are the opposition.
Rochedale Rovers book a place in the grand final of the silver boot competition with a 2-0 win over Brisbane City in the semi final played at Lions last night.Rovers will meet Queensland Lions on Sunday who have a few ex Rovers players in their squad.Rovers continue their unbeaten run and look to be in good shape for the start of the season propper.Winning the silver boot will be a nice way of capping off a great pre season run and give Rovers the taste of silverware.Hopefully everyone turns up on Sunday to support the lads.
Sunday 5th February Kenny Armstrong's Game Wrap
Wednesday 1st Feb
Luxury Paints Stadium Silver Boot Rovers 3 Easts 2
Rochedale Rovers managed to book a place into the semi final round of the Silver boot comp last night in a hard fought game vs Eastern Suburbs.Rovers went behind before stepping into second gear and taking a 2-1 lead at the break.Both teams struggled on a heavy pitch making the running hard for both sets of players.Second half Rovers extended their lead to make it 3-1 however Easts had far from given up with the possession all at the Rovers end until their efforts were rewarded with a goal to make it 3-2 the final score.Rovers had a few more chances late in the second half but couldnt capitalise.A few players were feeling the effects of the game suffering from cramp but Rovers roll on undefeated so far in the pre season and now will meet Brisbane City in the semi final at Luxury Paints Stadium next Wednesday night.Scorers on the night for Rochedale Tim Smits,Terry Hughes and Carl Tabulo
Rochedale Coaches Tim Brown and Kenny Armstrong will be happy to get this game out of the way and hopefully there were no serious injuries within the squad after a quite pysical game at times
Sunday 22nd of January the pre season moves up a gear with eight games being played throughout the day at Underwood Park
Rochedale Rovers senior Teams are playing Palm Beach while Rovers JPL Teams are Playing Brisbane City. Please come along to the games and show your support for all our teams
First Team vs Palm Beach at 5pm
Reserves vs Palm Beach at 3pm
Youth vs Palm Beach at 1pm
JPL Under vs Brisbane City 16 at 11:30am
JPL Under vs Brisbane City 15 at 10:15am
JPL Under vs Brisbane City 14 at 9:00am
Field 2 A
JPL Under vs Brisbane City 12 at 10:30am
JPL Under vs Brisbane City 13 at 11:30am
Rochedale Rovers FC continued the goalscoring tonight as they hammered QSL heavy weights Brisbane Strikers 7-1 in the Silver Boot Comp at Luxury Paint Stadium .
Rovers have now scored 19 goals with 1 against in two games
First team assistant coach Kenny Armstrong had this to say about game.....
Rochedale Rovers FC meet Brisbane Strikers tonight Wednesday 17th January 6:30pm Kick off at Luxury Paint Stadium in the Silver Boot competition in a game that both teams will want to win however it is still a pre season game and Im sure both camps will use it to trail new players
This is what Rovers assistant coach Kenny Armstrong had to say regarding tonights clash with Strikers.
Tonight's Silver Boot game against Brisbane Strikers has been built up by some as Rangers V Celtic,City V United,Liverpool V Everton all rolled into one but in reality it's a pre season game.
Don't get me wrong we will be fielding a strong team and our aim is to win,and if we don't I won't be trotting out the usual excuses about fielding a young team and telling you who is unavailable,
Or that we were experimenting and we don't really care about the result.
Our team will be made up of regular first team players,some at different stages of fitness but some of the best players in our league all the same.
The same can be said about the Strikers who also have an outstanding squad and whilst a lot of the hype that has been put out there about the game is understandable it would also be over the top to expect the standard to be the same as that on display if this clash were to take place mid season.
Both sets of Coaching staff will I'm sure have the avoidance of injury to their players high on their wish list
We had a very worthwhile outing on Sunday against Grange thistle and there were many benefits on our part.
We are still obviously in heavy pre season training mode and a hit out like this one was ideal at this stage.
We are happy with the way our squad is taking shape and are really looking forward to the season ahead and whilst the game may only prove who is the more advanced in their preperations,we are very happy to be involved in a game that a lot of people are talking about and want to see.
I hope the teams can provide some entertainment I know will be the aim of both camps.
Rochedale Rovers first team played lower league Grange Thistle at Underwood park in a pre season friendly game that finished with Rovers scoring 12 goals and keeping a clean sheet.Grange put up a valliant effort throughout however they were out classed by a team that is packed with tallent. Rochedale 12 - Grange 0 was the final score with Tabulo netting 3 Cheshire 3 Henny ,Lovell, Smits,Sterling and Hughes all among the scorers. Great to see Tabulo,Love,Carter and Burley back
Coach Tim Brown and Assistant coach Kenny Armstrong would be happy with the performance of the team and the quality of the finishing on the day.Carl Tabulo who was out for a good part of last season was in great form showing his skills speed and finishing.Terry Hughes as usual led from the front in a hard working effort also getting on the score sheet.Ryan Love, Steve Carter both back into the squad had a good run out and the perfomance of the entire squad for the first hit out was fantastic to watch.Second half Tim Brown gave some of Rovers youngsters a taste of first team football including young Robbie Armstrong who played well and looked comfortable.A good start that should lift the team to play well on Wednesday night when Rovers take on Brisbane Strikers in the Silver Boot at Luxury Paint Stadium
Grange Thistle visit Underwood Park on Sunday 15th January for a big day of pre season football starting at 1:00pm vs Rovers Premier Youth then at 3:00pm to take on Rovers Premier Reserves with the final game of the day kicking off at 5:00pm vs Rovers first team.
Support our club and our teams and come down to Underwood Park for the first run out of the season
Come on you Rovers!!!!!!
Great news for Rochedale Rovers with some of our best young talent confirmed for 2012. Young central defender Nick Efstathis, talented central striker Sam Henny and the pacy Greg Cheshire all look forward to building on their reputation in the BPL in 2012. These three players hopeully will form the backbone of Rochedale in the years ahead. If you add in Reuben Way,Johno Sterling and the passing skills of Keenan Duimpies we believe Rochedale can continue to be competitive in the Brisbane Premier League in the future.
The holiday season is now over as Rochedale Junior Premier League Teams will commence Pre Season training from Tuesday 10th Jan at Underwood Park . Rochedale Rovers FC will Field Teams from U12s to U16s in the JPL rep program so if you get a chance come down to watch a few games and show your support to our younger players.
Training will start at 5:15pm however be at the fields by 5:00pm all players check with your coaches and managers for times incase of changes
Good luck to all our teams players and coaches this season
Training has started and we will have a more accurate assessment of our squads in the New Year. We have two players trialling from Coffs Harbour both 18yr old and a player from regional Victoria who had a trial at the VIS . Former Capalaba and QAS player Tim Dunn has been training and looking to have recovered from a serious knee injury in 2010. Also the promising Lukas Doumanlis has been training and has looked the goods. We are still looking for 17-18 yr olds to play in our Yth team coached by Mark Cruse a coach who I believe will go on to coach at senior level.
KennyArmstrong Nigel McClure and Tim Brown
Mark Cruse and Youth Players in training
Seniors Pre Season training session
You would be forgiven if when asked who wears the No 22 kit at Rochedale if your answer was Terry Hughes however there is another No 22 kit at Rovers that is kept in the seniors dressing room and only gets to be worn at training sessions.
This kit has become the fear of seniors and juniors alike as they are all aware that if you are the one chosen to wear it then you must have done something bad.
This kit has been around the club for many many years and never ever gets washed.
It is smelly,dirty and brings tears to your eyes being anywhere near it.
This kit over the years has been worn by most players for one reason or another and is always a hit with the juniors when they finish training and look to see who from the seniors got to wear it,
Players like Luke Brattan ,Mark Cruse ,Terry Hughes Have all had to wear it and I am told even our club President Mick MacArthur has worn it once.
The kit will be given to a player to wear for missing a penalty in a game or turning up late or just mucking up but one player seems to wear it more oftern than anyone else at Rovers thats Ruben Way. I went to watch the seniors train last week in the first session back and out it came good old No 22 and yes you guessed it Ruben Way was wearing it again.
Former Capalaba,Brisbane Force, Brisbane Roar Yth and Rochedale Rovers player Matt Byrne has
taken up a fulltime professional contract in Serbia for Division Two club FK Novi Sad.
Matt tells me they are currently third and pushing for promotion to the top flight in Serbia.
Matt has worked hard at his game and both myself and Rochedale Rovers wish him every
success in what must be every young players dream of playing football fulltime.
Pre season training starts with three sessions prior to xmas. !3th-15th and 20th of December
November 11th, 2011
Nine-year-old Rochedale Rovers player Jordan Harrison is set to sign up with EPL heavyweights Manchester City.
HE is at an age where lollies are worth more than gold and girls have cooties but nine-year-old football dynamo Jordan Harrison is already looking like Australia's next Harry Kewell.
A Gold Coast football academy is set to deliver Harrison to the world scene with the youngster in the sights of English heavyweights Manchester City.
Harrison, who has been training with the Ultimate Development Group academy at the Gold Coast Knights, has attracted the attention of some of world football's biggest clubs.
The Brisbane-based striker attended UDG's Stoke City development camp on the Gold Coast recently and was invited to trial with the club in England.
While playing for Stoke, he caught the eye of Manchester City and is expected to sign with the English Premier League giants.
Jordan is still in the United Kingdom with mother Diane and his family will relocate there early next year as he pursues his football dream.
The two-year football academy scholarship will see the club pay for his schooling and coaching while he plays for Manchester City in the junior league.