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                                        Rovers 2 - 2 Easts                           







 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.

We were clearly superior in the opening period a period by the way where we lost Carl Tabulo to a hamstring injury and Cody Lovell broke a bone in his arm,but Easts also clearly held the upper hand in the second half.
The reason I mentioned being relieved was that if someone had promised us a point in the middle of the week we probably would have accepted it gratefully.At that stage we were struggling to work out our line up and our list of unavailable players was growing hourly,but we always know we can field a good team in any circumstances and I think that was proved on Friday night.
We possibly ran out of gas in the second half but that was probably to be expected with a number of the guys coming into this one without sufficient game time miles in their legs and some others still suffering effects from the bruising 120 minute encounter in the Silver Boot final (look what happened to Lions)just the Sunday before.
It was a decent season debut for Jake McLean who had an impressive first half before a quieter second period(his first proper hit out for a few weeks)and a very valiant and honest effort from former captain Steven Carter who risked his reputation by answering the call by Brownie to plug the gap at Left back.You would never have guest that it is almost 18 months since he used to call that role his own.He didn't let the team or himself down.
Very special mention must also be made of the extraordinary courage shown by Cody Lovell who played 89 minutes with a broken bone in his arm.
It is probably clear when you read this that we had a lot of good players unavailable but it also true that we have a lot of good players to take over and we offer no excuses nor do we need to because we turned in a good performance as did our opponents and finishing up with a point is not a disaster


Rovers in Silver Boot Grand Final

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.

Broadbeach United vs Rochedale Rovers FC

Sunday 5th February                                         Kenny Armstrong's Game Wrap                                                                                                 

Yesterday was another very worthwhile exercise for all of our teams yesterday in very hot conditions.
Our u/19 team played some very entertaining and well structured football particularly in the opening half and with more composure in front of goal would have had an impressive number on the scoreboard.
The boys understandably couldn't maintain the standard in the heat but deservedly did enough for a 2-1 victory.More importantly Coach Mark Cruse saw enough good football to be pleased and optimistic.
The reserve game was played in only slightly better football conditions but was a very scrappy affair indeed.
In the first half good passing moves were scarce and the players had to do a lot more chasing than was preferable on a day like this.
There was a slight improvement in the second half and everyone should be commended for the effort put in on a horrendous day to be playing football.
The 3-1 scoreline probably masked over a few of the problems on the day but the boys are high quality players and will be right for the start of the season.
The first team game was obviously played in the best conditions but to be honest the football played in the first half did not really reflect this.
The play was all a bit helter skelter and finding space was difficult.
As a result our passing was rushed with a lot of balls failing to find their mark.The Broadbeach team were very honest and busy and used the small pitch to their advantage.
A couple of positional and personnel changes were made at half time and they really payed dividends in terms of improving the flow of our game.
I think we showed a lot more patience and even though we feel we still have big improvements to make in terms of our general fitness we actually finished this game a lot stronger than our hosts.
This coming week is a busy week for the players with the u/19 team kicking off their defence of the Craig Barnes memorial trophy at Brisbane Force on Tuesday night,and the semi final of the silver boot on Wednesday night.
On Sunday the senior squad will be playing either the consolation final of the Silver boot or the main event,and on the same day the u/19's will play their second game at Force.




Rovers defeat Easts in The Silver Boot

 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




 Kenny Armstrong on Silver Boot Rovers Vs Easts

Last night it was a case of mission accomplished.
The aim at the start of the night was to gain safe passage through to the semi finals and after last night we now are faced with a semi final against Brisbane City next Wednesday.
The 3-2 victory over Easts was probably not one for the football purists and we really had to dig deep against an opposition who never know when to give up and really mak...
e oppositions earn whatever they get.
We were good in patches and did carve out quite a few openings but it also must be said we were wasteful with possession quite often and some of our defensive work was below par,but on reflection
I felt we deserved the win.
Last nights pitch was wet and sticky,with the grass considerably longer than it would be normally(all understandable)which probably hindered attempts to pass the ball around,and quite a few players were cramping in the latter stages.
The general feeling in the camp is that we could probably do with a few more miles in the legs but it has been hard to do any quality conditioning work with the wet weather causing massive disruptions to training plans and schedules.
This is something hopefully that can be rectified in the coming weeks.

All in all we are happy with how we are progressing,obviously the injury to Unsy is a setback,but we are reasonably with most other areas.
A big bonus for us has been the return of long term injury sufferers Ryan Lovey,Tabs and Ballsy with Carl already finding the net with regularity in the few hit outs we have had so far.
The form of Cody Lovell is great to see also.He looks to be set to carry on where he left off at the end of last season.

In addition to the injury suffered by Unsy we have had Rueben Way missing from the pitch for a few weeks with a knee injury.We will find out more on the severity of his problem this week and we are very hopeful of receiving good news and Ruben returning to action very soon.

This Sunday we are travelling down to the seaside to fulfil the fixture that was washed out last weekend against Broadbeach.We are glad to have this opportunity and we may take the chance to experiment a little as we
get close to working out our starting outfit for the season kick off.

under 19 will kick off at 2 with Reserves at 4 followed by the first team at 6.


            Kenny Armstrong

Rochedale vs Palm Beach

Sunday 22nd January Underwood Park 
Everything yesterday was completely overshadowed by the horrific injury suffered by Steve Unsworth.
Just before half time Unsy turned as a ball was played out of defence by the visitors,Unsy turned and as he did so his studs dug into the turf and the big man's ankle didn’t turn at the same way as the rest of him.
I have spoken to the big guy this morning and he is in good spirits.
Certain procedures have been done to make sure he is comfortable and his pain can be managed and I believe there will be more done later in the week.
The Football that took place in the 40 mins before the accident was actually pretty scrappy in tricky conditions but it was clear that some guys were still playing towards match fitness and the positional and personnel changes made were also perhaps a contributing factor.(Ironicaly Unsy was looking like he was settling in nicely to his new more withdrawn role)
Sato was making a welcome return to the game after an extended break and to be fair he looked like he has some catching up to do.
Young Nick has been doing well at the heart of the back four but is unavailable for the season opener so we experimented a little yesterday without him and with Sato's rustiness we left some gaps at the back.
There was enough time for two extraordinary goals to be scored however.
The first saw Palm Beach when one of their players saw Mario not concentrating 100% and embarrassed him with a pop at goal from at least 10 yards inside his own half that cleared Mario and nestled in the back of our net.
The second was when we took the lead from a wonderful dipping swerving free kick by who else but Carl Tabulo.
We had earlier equalised when Terry followed up his penalty effort that was save to put the ball over the line and save his blushes.
The reserve game was like the main game a very scrappy affair with our boys eventually running out 3-0 victors.
Possibly the most impressive of our hit outs was the performance put on by our under 19 team who won 4-1.
The boys a lot of whom who haven't even trained together much less played together turned in a fine structured and disciplined show on the day and we were all very pleased for them.
   Kenny Armstrong

                    Big Day of Football


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

Field 1
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.....

Last nights game was obviously a very pleasing hit out for us.
It offered us something different from Sunday's game against Grange Thistle in that the quality of players we were up against was obviously a step up and that is said with no disrespect meant to Grange.
Obviously when good players play against each other,pride plays a big part with guys keen to get over the top of their opponent and for us things really came off.
It was really great to see Carl Tabulo hasn't lost his touch with free kicks and that is indeed a deadly weapon for us and obviously must put some doubt into the minds of opposing defences about over committing in tackles.
This is a competition that we are keen to win so the result was important to us,but more pleasing was the standard of play.
We are still in relatively heavy training and only really have a handful of sessions under our belt,but at times the standard of our football was exceptional and the understanding between the players was fantastic,
All in all it was a pleasing night but in reality it is still pre- season for everyone and without knowing how the rest are approaching "friendlies"we will not be getting carried away,but it was nice to provide some entertainment.
This Sunday will see the next step in our preparations with the visit of Palm Beach.
There will be games involving First grade,Reserves and under 19 players so there should be something for everyone.

   Kenny Armstrong

Rochedale vs Brisbane Strikers

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.










Rampaging Rovers turn on the style

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


Pre Season Games 

Rochedale Rovers Fanz

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!!!!!!


Latest News

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.








         Tim Brown                                                                                                                                                                                                  

JPL Pre Season Training

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


 Senior News          Seniors and Youth Pre Season training

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.                                                                                                                                                                                     





      Tim Brown


                                                                                   KennyArmstrong Nigel McClure and Tim Brown    


Mark Cruse and Youth Players in training           


                                                                                             Seniors Pre Season training session




Senior News    

Punishment tradition

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.


                                                                                                                                                  Ruben Way  

Matt Byrne

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.






        Tim Brown

Senior News

Pre season training starts with three sessions prior to xmas. !3th-15th and 20th of December
starting at 6.30 sharp. This is for all senior players including
first team, reserves and youth.


Steven Carter has committed to return to Rovers and will add some considerable
experience to the squad having been involved in our success over the last seven
or so years. Also keen to come back and play is Ryan Love who took a break last
year after a number of hamstring injuries. Lovey is now fit and will be a integral
part of our squad this year. Matt Byrne has been in Serbia on a trial and I wish
him every success in his pursuit to be a professional footballer.We also hope to
have back from injury for the start of the season the mecurial Carl Tabulo and
holding midfielder Chris Burley.
Jordan Seeto has decided to try his luck at another club and we hope it goes well
for him . He never let me down but he was promised a first team spot at another

      Tim Brown




Mark Cruse named as Rovers youth coach ...Cruser a long time Rovers first team and recently reserve team player will bring a wealth of experience and become a valuable assett to the Rovers coaching ranks



Jordan Harrison signs for Man City

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.