Rose finds striker spot suits him well



BERSERKER coach Brad Smith has thrown Garth Rose into an unfamiliar striker position and now could have trouble getting him to return to the defensive line.

Rose successfully made the transition in Berserker's 3-1 win over Frenchville at Elizabeth Park on Saturday night in their Len Laver Rose Bowl round four clash.

The scoreline could have been higher if not for quality saves from goalkeepers Wayne Porter (Berserker) and Richie Buckle (Frenchville).

It was the first time Rose, 29, had played up front since he was a 10year-old.

"I thought he (Smith) was teasing me when he asked me to play up front,'' Rose said.

"All the boys started calling me Josh Rose (Garth's brother who played for New Zealand in the ALeague last season).''

Rose admitted playing the position was a lot harder than it looked sitting at the back.

"I won't be calling them (strikers) lazy any more.''

Rose had a scare in Saturday night's game when Ben McMaster received a kick in the knee ? fearing he would have to return to the backline.

He will play up front again in Berserker's round five clash against Southside at Jardine Park tomorrow night.

"I'll have to score a few goals to stay there,'' Rose said. "I had a few touches leading up to both the first-half goals and created the penalty.''

Rose will also have to stay in the good books with his fellow striker, dual scorer Simon Hogarth, the brother of Rose's fiance Sarah Hogarth.



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