Rams to face Ton­gala

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

The Deni Rams A grade have booked a place in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal with a stun­ning two goal vic­tory over reign­ing premier, Echuca United.

In an out­stand­ing team ef­fort, the Rams were switched on from the open­ing whis­tle and ex­e­cuted their game plan to per­fec­tion.

Rams de­fend­ers El­iza East­man and Emily Mil­dren dou­ble-teamed goal shooter So­phie Atkin­son with tremen­dous suc­cess.

The Rams mid-court cer­tainly played their role with Amelia Seignior and Laura Biggs work­ing over­time to limit their op­po­nents’ im­pact on the game.

Natalie Thorpe was again bril­liant at WA set­ting up play with her ex­cep­tional use of the ball while shoot­ers Am­ber Far­ley and Bec White dom­i­nated the goal ring.

The Rams are now just one game away from the grand fi­nal, tak­ing on Ton­gala in a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal in Co­bram on Satur­day.

Fi­nal score, Deni Rams 45 to Echuca Utd 42.

Deni’s de­fen­sive pres­sure down the court caused the most dam­age in forc­ing mis­takes from United, who de­spite look­ing to get a run-on at dif­fer­ent stages were never able to draw back the mar­gin, the Rams lead­ing 14 to 6 at quar­ter-time.

De­niliquin pushed the mar­gin out to 11 goals dur­ing the se­cond quar­ter be­fore United came back to be within six goals at half-time, 18-24.

The Rams in­creased the mar­gin back to eight by three-quar­ter time, 28-36, be­fore the Ea­gles made a late charge back.

Deni coach Jodie Sefton said Echuca took some risks late that be­gan to pay off.

‘‘All you need is a cou­ple of turnovers and you’re back in the game,’’ she said.

‘‘They took some risks and made some changes but our girls were able to do enough to get the job done.

‘‘The at­ti­tude of the girls was right from the start and it was a mas­sive team ef­fort.

‘‘Echuca cer­tainly got their game go­ing at the lat­ter part of the sea­son so we knew we had a big bat­tle on our hands.

‘‘We were switched on early and it was our first three quar­ters that set up the win.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing to be in the pre­lim again this year (af­ter mak­ing it last year), so hope­fully we can go at least one bet­ter this time.’’

Rams shooter Am­ber Far­ley un­der heavy pres­sure from Echuca de­fender Klarindah Hud­son on Sun­day. Photo cour­tesy Luke He­mer.

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