Hampton Rovers Football Club
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|Full name||Hampton Rovers Amateur Football Club|
|Sport||Australian Rules Football|
|Home ground||Boss James Reserve|
|Colours||Green and Gold|
|Anthem||"Beside the Seaside"|
|Head coach||Daniel Hughes|
The Hampton Rovers Amateur Football Club was established in 1918 and is located in Melbourne, Australia. The club competes in the Victorian Amateur Football Association and the South Metro Junior Football League and has both men's and women's teams.
Hampton Rovers has won a total of over 60 premierships in its existence, which includes nine senior VAFA premierships counting an A Section flag in 1951. The club had a total of 17 teams in 2015 including three senior teams, 14 junior teams and an Auskick program, with over 460 players. The Rovers won consecutive Premierships in 2013 and 2014, gaining promotion to Premier B Section for the 2015 VAFA season, however it was relegated in 2016 and will compete in Premier C in 2017.
Senior Premierships - 1939 (D), 1946 (C), 1947 (B), 1951 (A), 1995 (D), 1998 (C), 2001 (C), 2013 (D1), 2014 (C).
Hampton Rovers began as an organised activity for the 1st Hampton Scout group in 1918. The Scout Group's main aim was to promote football as a team game and encourage self-confidence, self-control and the desire of a player to improve his ability.
Initially, games were played socially against other Scout Groups, but as the incentive to play in a higher standard became apparent, another competition was sought.
In 1931, Hampton Rovers was admitted to the Metropolitan Football League and played Richmond United at Burnley in its first game.
In 1933 the club joined the Victorian Amateur Football Association and changed the colours to the current Green & Gold.
The club has won a total of 9 senior premierships including an A Section flag in 1951. Added to this are 9 reserve and 9 under 19 premierships.
1963 saw the club move from Ludstone Street to their present home, Cnr David Street and Bluff Road. From humble beginnings the players, committee and loyal supporters have nurtured Hampton Rovers over many years and assisted in creating the facilities the club enjoys today. In 2002 this ground was formally named Boss James Reserve in memory of its founder.
In 1979 the club started its youth policy by introducing Junior Grades. The aims were to provide an extensive link with the local community and a development scheme and feeder base for our senior sides. Since then 25 Junior premierships (plus 10 lightning premierships) have resulted and the club's future is assured.
Hampton Rovers has maintained an honest and hard-working approach to its administration and has a deeply etched tradition, not only with the Victorian Amateur Football Association and the South Metro Junior Football League, but with the community at large. The club also maintains a high profile with the local media.
There are six players currently playing in the AFL who played their junior football at Hampton Rovers:
- Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne),
- Christian Salem (Melbourne),
- Brayden Maynard (Collingwood),
- Karl Amon (Port Adelaide),
- Jayden Hunt (Melbourne)
- Ty Vickery (Hawthorn).
Former AFL players include Brownlow Medallist Ross Smith (St Kilda), Allan Davis (St Kilda/Melbourne/Essendon/Collingwood), Graham Cooper (Hawthorn), Barry Cameron (Richmond), Peter Lucas (Collingwood), Dave Bland (St Kilda) and more recently, Chris Dawes (Collingwood/Melbourne), Ted Richards (Essendon/Sydney) and Danny Hughes (Melbourne).