Rams fourths down Cats

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

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.’’

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