Rams stun Brumbies

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Aiden Boy­ham

The Rock­ing­ham Rams have started the new sea­son in the best way pos­si­ble, up­set­ting reign­ing pre­miers and lo­cal ri­vals Bal­divis Brumbies by six points at An­niver­sary Park last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The Rams 11.8 (74) edged the Brumbies 9.14 (68) in a topsy-turvy clash that saw both sides swap the lead at each break.

Bal­divis had the edge over the home side in the open­ing term to lead by three points at quar­ter­time but in a big sec­ond quar­ter, the Rams booted five goals to take a 13-point lead into the main break.

The Brumbies re­sponded again in the third, re­strict­ing the Rams to just two be­hinds as they kicked two goals of their own to take a slen­der one-point lead into the fi­nal term.

Rock­ing­ham kicked a vi­tal goal with just two min­utes to go in the fi­nal quar­ter and dug deep to hold on for a thrilling win.

Rams league coach Scott Franklin said the vic­tory would give his side be­lief for the sea­son ahead.

“It gives the play­ers be­lief that what we are try­ing to im­ple­ment will work in big games against good sides,” Franklin said.

“Our at­tack on the footy — our will­ing­ness to com­pete, tack­ling pres­sure and our ball move­ment with our hands was good, so when we did that we looked re­ally sharp.”

Brumbies coach Craig Hamer- sley was dis­ap­pointed with his side’s per­for­mance, at­tribut­ing the loss to a lack of ef­fort.

“We had a long chat af­ter the game,” Hamer­s­ley said.

“I think it was a bit of a work rate prob­lem, we didn’t rock up to play.

“We re­ally strug­gled to repli­cate the in­ten­sity and the at­tack on the footy that Rock­ing­ham were put-

ting in — they re­ally jumped us from the get-go. We fought back but it was prob­a­bly too lit­tle too late. It re­ally wasn’t our best game of footy.”

Kyle Hinch­cliffe and Luke Dowl­ing kicked three goals apiece for the Rams, while Fraser Mil­lar, Nick Good­er­son, Luke Dowl­ing, Zayne Selkirk, Daniel Rowe and Dale Smith all chipped in with im­pres­sive per­for­mances.

Sam Barn­don, Samuel Ec­cles and James Stur­rock stood out for Bal­divis.

Ed­ward Dann and Daniel Grif­fin kicked two goals each.

Next week the Rams travel to Fal­con Oval to take on South Man­durah while Bal­divis are back at home against Wa­roona.

Pic­ture: Richard Polden

Brumbies player Ja­cob Brown­ley jumps over the Rams' Boedy Mills as Michael Ochoa and Rocky Collins watch on.

Pic­ture: Richard Polden

Brumbies’ Rhys Dob­son bumps Rams’ Dale Smith.

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