Rams fourths down Cats
The Deni Rams fourths hosted Finley rivals in great conditions last Saturday in the battle for third position on the Murray League ladder.
In a tight first quarter the visitors came out of the blocks to kick a couple of early goals, but the Rams settled and kicked two into the breeze to wrestle back the margin in the round 16 clash.
The Rams took control of the game from that point with a great effort from the onballers Tom Bradley (two goals) and Charlie Hillier (three), who roved well to Darcy McManus who was a tower in the ruck.
Lochie Marshall rebounded the ball from the half backline, showing great attack on the ball with Zac Mills, Luke Learmonth and Logan Leiper helping out.
In his post-match address coach Tim Hillier said he was proud of the effort and he reminded his charges in the run into the finals of the need to build on the great work from this game and increase the intensity at training and in coming games.
Final score, Deni Rams 7.7 (49) to Finley 3.2 (20).
Deni’s thirds have dropped out of the top four following a 20 point loss to the Cats.
After a tight battle for the first three quarters, with scores level at the final break, Finley proved too strong for the Rams, keeping the home side scoreless while adding 3.2 to their tally.
Will Shaw kicked two goals in his best on ground performance, with Ryan MacDonald and Jake McManus also solid performers.
Deni’s best were closed out by Darcy Morris, Cable Fitzpatrick and Cody Learmonth.
Final score, Finley 8.5 (53) to Deni Rams 5.3 (33).
The Deni Rovers fourths celebrated Bailey Caruso’s 50th club game in style with a 180 point away win over Katamatite in the Picola & District League on Saturday.
The Roos played solid team footy, with top agers and bottom agers combining well to secure the big round 18 win.
Raymond Murphy again starred for the Roos, kicking seven goals from the midfield as well as setting up five others, with Jai Ezard (four goals) having a great game on the wing.
Onballer Izayah Gazzara made the most of silver service from ruckman Tom Blake to dominate around the ground.
Haydn Mowat (four goals), Jackson Muldoon-Leetham and Brock Redden all controlled play in the forward half to help the Roos to victory.
A big highlight was 10 year-old Jerah Caruso kicking two goals in her first game of the year.
Final score, Deni Rovers 28.12 (180) to Katamatite no score.
The Rovers thirds had a thrilling three point win over Katamatite.
The Roos were challenged prior to the match with a number of key players being unavailable to play, calling on some of the club’s fourths.
Ben East and Bailey Townsend were sensational all day with run, carry and fantastic skill execution, which allowed their forwards plenty of opportunity.
Katamatite made the most of their opportunities in the first quarter but the visitors were able to stick with them, trailing by only a small margin at half time.
Brock Thomson (two goals) and Tim McDonnell (one) again proved to be a dynamic combination up forward and led really well at the ball.
The last quarter was a heart stopper with multiple lead changes before Raymond Murphy (two goals) took charge to kick the sealer after a brilliant second half of footy.
Thomas Chandler, Brandon Armstrong and Ben Leetham continued their great improvement this season, with Michael Williams and Hayden Kelvy also starring to cap off a fine team performance.
Final score, Deni Rovers 8.6 Katamatite 8.3 (51). (54) to
Blighty’s fourths suffered a disappointing 46 point loss to Picola United on Saturday.
The young Redeyes couldn’t get their style of football flowing after a good start in the windy conditions.
Better players for Blighty were Harry McIlwain, Jack Charlton, Seth Morris, Charlie Waters and Jack Murray.
Final score, Picola Utd 10.7 (67) to Blighty 3.3 (21).
Short on numbers, Blighty’s thirds never gave up even breaking even in the first quarter.
After that the class of Picola took over, with the Blues cruising to a 92 point win.
Better players for the Redeyes were Ronan Waters, Jacob Boyd, Billy Michael, Josh Ventrella and Sam Dudley.
Final score, Picola Utd 12.22 (100) to Blighty 1.2 (8).
Mathoura’s fourths were unable to overcome a slow start, going down to Jerilderie by five points on Saturday.
A scoreless first quarter saw the Timbercutters trailing by 19 points by the first break.
Mathoura went on to win two of the remaining three quarters, with inaccurate kicking in the last term proving costly.
Best players for Mathoura were Kobi Baxter, Leroy Edwards, Adam Lothian, Tomas Banks and Alvin Cooper.
Final score, Jerilderie 4.3 (27) to Mathoura 3.4 (22).
In a historic moment for the Deniliquin Netball Association three of their talented netballers have been selected to play in the Netball Victoria State Titles.
Ella Harvey, Georgina Mildren and Eloise Ritchie have all gained selection in the North Central regional side that will contest the 15 and under state titles in October.
The trio were among 80 who tried out for the North Central teams in the initial training three weeks ago, making it through to the squad of 16 players.
From this group a final squad of 10 players was selected on Sunday, with the side set to compete at the state titles on October 6 and 7.
The North Central team consists of talented players from Kyneton, Bendigo, Heathcote, Rochester, Echuca and those playing in the local DNA competition.
DNA Under 15s rep side coach Simone Conn, who coaches both Ella and Georgina, was extremely proud of this achievement.
‘‘They’re beautiful players who are naturally talented but work extremely hard,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s been a good year for the Under 15s having won the first tournament of the year in Wangaratta.
‘‘This is a brilliant achievement and it’s well deserved for them.’’
The DNA will also be represented at the state titles in its umpiring ranks with local umpires Amy Rodda and Kate Westcott both selected to represent the region after successful trials at the North Central Region rep squad selection trials.
Amy will umpire the Under 17s games while Kate will umpire the Under 15s.
DNA president Janet Manzin said this was a massive achievement for the local association.
‘‘To have 30 per cent of the team and two umpires come from the DNA just shows the talent of the girls coming out of our little association,’’ she said.
‘‘If it wasn’t for all the hard work of all the coaches and parents this wouldn’t be possible.
‘‘We’d like to thank everyone who has helped these girls reach this level.’’