Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Deni Rams victorious
The Deniliquin Rams travelled to Echuca for their first away game of the year.
Echuca brought strong pressure early, but the Rams flipped the script to run the game on their terms and moving the ball with premeditated intention.
It had the Rams leading the first term, which closed 0.2 (2) to Echuca, and 5.4 (34) to Deniliquin.
Midfielders Reid Crowe and Ricky Gittens were “outstanding” according to coach Ash Morris, finishing with four goals apiece.
Angus Durnan was terrific up forward, while young midfield Charlie Hillier showed great class and ball use.
Their combinations brought the Rams to a 55 point lead by the half time break.
Echuca’s defences turned desperate in the third stanza, and they battled back a number of advances from the Rams, reducing their gain to just 3.6 (21).
But they couldn’t convert against the likes of Rams defender Tom Dowling, and the Eagles finished the quarter 78 points down.
The final blow saw Deniliquin’s accuracy force another seven majors through the sticks.
The Eagles managed to boot another two before the final siren.
Final score: Echuca 4.7 (31) lt Rams 20.17 (137).
Round three will see the Rams rile up the Finley Cats.
“We look forward to our first home Good Friday game in three years as we tackle Finley in what is sure to be a hot contest,” Morris said.
The Reserves also reported a successful day on the field, coming away with 11.10 (76) over Echuca 2.2 (14), being undermanned with two concussions in the first 10 minutes.
Jayden Caniglia and Ben Nisbet were strong target forwards with four goals each.
Ben East supported with two of his own. Logan Ives had a dominant performance in the centre, while Jack Sides and Brett Rose were solid in the backline.
Tom Bradley was strong in both wing and forward roles for his first game of the year.
Final score: Echuca 2.2 (14) lt Rams 11.10 (76).
The Rams’ thirds were relieved to have a full selection salute for round two.
Echuca got away to a good start while kicking with the wind to take a 13 point lead at quarter time.
Deni took advantage of the wind in the second, kicking 3.4 (22) to take a seven point lead at the main break. Unfortunately, Echuca dominated the third stanza with the wind and Deni wasn’t able to peg it back in the last, kicking with the wind and going down by 13.
Final score: Echuca 8.6 (54) def Rams 6.5 (41).
Best players: Will Bull, Logan Leiper, Noah Bradley, Miller Fitzpatrick, Will McCartney and Brodie Park.
It was a slippery start to the match between Echuca and Deniliquin’s fourths sides, with both outfits struggling to gain any momentum.
The first half was a real arm wrestle with our boys missing a few chances but our backline held firm giving us a 5 point lead at half time.
The second half saw the young Rams begin to dominate around stoppages and they started hitting their targets.
While still developing in accuracy, the Rams teamwork, run and ball use helped them take control to come away with a solid win.
The fourths welcomed Charlie Bull, Luke Moorse, Charlie Connor-Hetherington and Nick Rosbiffi for their first game of the year.
Final score: Echuca 3.3 (21) lt Rams 9.13 (67).
Best Players: Charlie Bull, Sam Crossley, Jai Park, Oscar Marshall and Chase Bartlett.