The Rovers were excited to host their 2019 semi-final matches but the weather sure wasn't kind.
The 7am set-up crew were faced with harsh westerly winds and a wind chill factor we'd prefer not to recall.
The U12s kicked off the day with an extra early 8am start, the only benefit of which meant they were out of the wind early.
The Bowral Opals v Moss Vale match was all tied up at full time with one goal each. Extra time didn't budge the score so it came down to penalties - a taste of the full menu in their first big field finals series.
Moss Vale ultimately prevailed 2-0 in penalties and progress straight to the grand final.
The U12s minor semi-final saw a good number of goals with Yerrinbool over-coming Bowral Bandicoots 5 to 3. Yerrinbool move on to meet the Bowral Opals for a chance to join Moss Vale in the grand final.
Our Youth Grade side had the pleasure of a home minor semi-final against Bundanoon and the reassurance of having beaten them in the final round match.
The windy conditions made play difficult but both teams dug in and by full time they were two apiece. With 10 minutes extra time each way our side were with the wind for the first period but could not take advantage of the conditions and turned into the wind still tied up.
Clarry Christopherson managed a break into the wind and followed the ball hard to finally watch it roll into the goal in what seemed from the sideline to be extreme slow motion. Well done lads! Finally up 3-2 at the end of extra time and progressing to the finals.
Clarry's match winner was his second and Nick Neilsen also bagged one.
The ladies Gold team were a little too successful this season and placed fourth in the competition, pushing what is a second grade side into the first grand finals series.
Although there was a degree of disappointment at not getting a crack at the second grade title the ladies were amazingly proud to have had such a great season.
They met Hill Top in the minor semi-final when the wind had really become draining and was providing an experience akin to running in a nightmare - 100% effort for 5% progress.
The ball was crazy making defence unpredictable and Hill Top remained consistent in their attack, finding a couple of goals in each half to take the match 4-0.
The gold ladies worked hard and left the field prouder than ever having put in a fine effort against a stronger team. Hill Top progress to the final and the Gold ladies hang up the boots for the time being.
Our mens Highlands League teams had the strange experience of facing each other in their major semi-final. Even stranger was that the minor semi-final was an all Yerrinbool affair!
From the positive perspective it meant we were guaranteed a team in the grand final, but it's often difficult to face a team from your own club, let alone in the finals.
Yerrinbool took the field first with their Green team overcoming their Black team 1 - 0 and progressing through to the final.
The Robertson men worked hard against one another, heading to the benches at half time tied up at one all. The Maroon men faced the wind in the second half but put in the effort to overcome it and reinforce their position as minor premiers with a couple of unanswered goals to take the match 3 - 1 and progress straight to the grand final.
Josh Zemljacenko got a double and Dan Freere one. Luiz Goncalves of the Gold team bagged theirs. The Gold men get another shot in the final.
The Maroon ladies met minor premiers Moss Vale White in the major semi-final in a match that kicked off in the late time slot of 4.30pm and finished with the benefit of the lights.
The spectators by that stage had been out in the wind for most of the day, and the lack of sunshine added at extra level of discomfort with the wind chill reducing the temperature to a nasty -3 degrees.
The ladies worked equally hard in defence and attack in a close fought match against the minor premiers, and despite all efforts went down 2-1. Taylor Bopping was in the right place to get one into the net.
They move into the final with some home work to do and hope to get another crack in the grand final.
As a club we couldn't be prouder. Five senior teams into the semi-finals - only one knocked out and one already in the grand final.
With our under 13s joining the finals matches this weekend we're looking forward to our day out at the finals hosted by Hill Top and hope to add a few more to the grand final match list.