B grade season has ended
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.