B grade sea­son has ended

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

Deni Rams’ B grade has been knocked out of the fi­nals race, fol­low­ing a seven goal loss to Echuca United in Nu­murkah on Sun­day.

It was phys­i­cal, fast paced and in­tense, with the Ea­gles get­ting re­venge on the Rams, who beat them in last year’s grand fi­nal.

Deni’s in­stilled never say die at­ti­tude was present but it just wasn't enough.

Fi­nal score, Echuca Utd 45 to Deni Rams 38. Awards: Elle Par­sons and Lindy Har­vey. Deni took on Fin­ley in a do or die fi­nal in C re­serve and with both teams hav­ing one win each dur­ing the sea­son, the Rams knew they had to play at their best.

Rams had a ner­vous start let­ting the Cats get four quick goals with their ac­cu­rate shoot­ing and some ner­vous er­rors from the Rams.

Deni got their first goal on the score­board and seemed to set­tle, how­ever the tall de­fence from Fin­ley made it dif­fi­cult for Rams to pull in any re­bounds from missed at­tempts.

Rams went into the se­cond quar­ter five goals down and again had a ner­vous start, let­ting Fin­ley get the first score.

How­ever Kayla Hussey and Leetisha Hil­lier had their eye in this quar­ter with Fin­ley miss­ing a few at­tempts at goal.

Bek Mills and Bec Fitz­patrick were able to re­bound and Deni were able to fight back.

The third quar­ter saw Tay­lor Wilkin­son step on for ad­di­tional height in the ring and with Hay­ley Free and Skye Parkes driv­ing hard and re­leas­ing well, Rams were still in with a chance.

The last quar­ter see-sawed with Rams get­ting to within two goals, how­ever they were just never able to take the next step and Fin­ley fi­nally won the match by three. Fi­nal score, Fin­ley 38 to Deni Rams 35. Awards: Hay­ley Free and Kylie Barker. The Un­der 17s Rams had an ab­so­lute thriller but un­for­tu­nately the dice didn't roll in their favour, with their sea­son com­ing to an end on Sun­day.

The score­line chopped and changed for the en­tire match, the Deni girls work­ing tire­lessly for each other for the full 50 min­utes.

When the fi­nal siren sounded the Rams found them­selves in a drawn game.

With noth­ing left in the tank the girls had to find another gear and af­ter ex­tra time the game was still tied.

The ball went back and forth nu­mer­ous times, with nei­ther team giv­ing an inch.

Af­ter another eight min­utes Moama were up by two, tak­ing the hon­ours. Fi­nal score, Moama 40 to Deni Rams 38. Awards: Kate McCal­man, Ella Park and Bri­die Howe.

The Un­der 15s Rams were un­suc­cess­ful in their at­tempt at earn­ing a spot in the grand fi­nal, go­ing down to Echuca United by six goals in Ba­rooga on Satur­day.

Go­ing into the fi­nal, the Rams knew it was go­ing to be a tough game.

The first quar­ter was strong and con­tested. Makhaya Mitsch and Ella Har­vey showed ex­pe­ri­ence in the mid­court cre­at­ing plenty of drive to the at­tack­ing and de­fen­sive ends.

Steph Ma­her, Emma McCal­lum, Felic­ity Jef­feries and Eloise Ritchie worked tire­lessly in de­fence get­ting mul­ti­ple in­ter­cepts and ap­ply­ing re­lent­less pres­sure.

Tessa Bul­mer, Keely Mitsch and Ge­orgina Mil­dren worked hard to open the at­tack­ing end to al­low the op­por­tu­nity to score.

Fi­nal score, Echuca Utd 32 de­feated Deni Rams 26.

The un­der 13s Rams have the dou­ble chance in fi­nals, mean­ing they will take on Ton­gala in a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal in Co­bram on Satur­day.

Deni won their right to vie for a spot in this year’s grand fi­nal, when they de­feated Moama by a soli­tary goal in the first semi­fi­nal on Sun­day.

The Rams suf­fered an 18 goal loss to the Ea­gles in round five, but show­ing great de­ter­mi­na­tion and ma­tu­rity they over­turned the re­sult when it mat­tered the most on the week­end.

Lead­ing the way for the Rams was cen­tre player Ma­cie Free who ran out four strong quar­ters in warm con­di­tions.

Ma­cie was the link be­tween the of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive parts of the court and never fal­tered in her at­tack­ing en­deav­ours.

Bri­die Blake was re­warded for her out­stand­ing ef­forts at both ends of the court, play­ing in four dif­fer­ent po­si­tions and boost­ing the team wher­ever she was placed.

Over­com­ing ill­ness, Sam Hughes shot with great ac­cu­racy on Sun­day and was sup­ported through the strong hands of El­lie Parks.

Shut­ting down Moama's arc were Hannah Ford and So­phie Dud­ley who dis­played great vi­sion, dis­ci­pline and an­tic­i­pa­tion.

Bol­ster­ing the Rams mid-court were Kate­lyn Mar­shall, Holly Amor and Storm Barlow who bal­anced the court and cre­ated many op­tions when bring­ing the ball out of de­fence.

The whole team played as a close knit unit and de­served to be re­warded with a win over a qual­ity op­po­si­tion. Fi­nal score, Deni Rams 35 to Moama 34 Awards: Ma­cie Free, Bri­die Blake and Sam Hughes.

An ex­tra­or­di­nary start from Deni’s Un­der 12s saw them charge to a 10 goal lead, 12-2, at the quar­ter time break.

Af­ter a chal­lenge in the se­cond quar­ter, the Rams re­grouped and never looked in trou­ble over Nathalia.

An­nie Har­vey dom­i­nated in de­fence be­fore mov­ing into cen­tre, prov­ing to be the key link mov­ing the ball from de­fence to at­tack.

Ge­or­gia Danck­ert was un­stop­pable in de­fence. Her first quar­ter was a stand­out, re­bound­ing strongly, ex­cep­tional hands over de­fence, which cre­ated many turnovers from de­flec­tions.

Dakota Mitsch was strong in wing at­tack, both as an op­tion for the cen­tre pass and po­si­tion­ing clev­erly around the cir­cle to be an op­tion for the goalers. Fi­nal score, Deni Rams 38 to Nathalia 25. Awards: An­nie Har­vey, Ge­or­gia Danck­ert and Dakota Mitsch.

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