Rams ready to charge into sea­son

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

There’s a real buzz in the air at An­niver­sary Park — an­other sum­mer has come to a close and a tough but pro­duc­tive pre-sea­son will soon wrap up and open the door to a new sea­son of foot­ball.

As the Rock­ing­ham Rams put the fi­nal touches on their prepa­ra­tions for the sea­son ahead, the

Tele­graph caught up with the club’s league coach Scott Franklin ahead of what prom­ises to be an­other ex­cit­ing year in the Peel Foot­ball League.

In 2017, the Rams im­proved dras­ti­cally on a dis­ap­point­ing 2016, fin­ish­ing just a cou­ple of games out­side a fi­nals berth.

Con­sis­tency was a stick­ing point for the young out­fit, how­ever, with strong per­for­mances of­ten fol­lowed by dis­ap­point­ing re­sults.

This time around, Franklin said the goal for the club was to bridge that gap.

“Ob­vi­ously the aim is to play fi­nals — but for me it’s not all about that,” he said.

“That some­times doesn’t tell you where your club is at. Last year we’d have a re­ally good win and then we would have a re­ally bad loss — or we would have three real- ly good quar­ters and a poor fourth quar­ter.

“We know if we get that con­sis­tency it will put us right up there.”

When pressed on re­cruits for the new sea­son, Franklin was tightlipped, but in­di­cated there could be some­thing in the pipe­line. “We are on a dif­fer­ent re­cruit­ing plan than others,” he said.

“We’re re­cruit­ing for the fu­ture, hop­ing to get 22 to 23-year-olds to re­cruit and then get them to stay here for the next five or six years.

“We look like we’ve got two of those, which is re­ally good.”

Off the field, the club has con­tin­ued to make steady ground.

Car Gi­ant WA has come on­board as a plat­inum jumper spon­sor, with three new sets pur­chased for the league, re­serves and colts teams.

This year, Rod­ney Glands will over­see the colts, while Damien Mol­li­son will coach the re­serves — with the club also seek­ing Year 5 and Year 7 boys’ play­ers and Year 11 and Year 12 girls.

Be­fore the Rams tackle crosstown ri­vals Bal­divis in round 1 on April 7, the club will face the Warn­bro Swans in the Todd Tay­lor Cup on Saturday.

In ad­di­tion, the club will also host its 2018 sea­son launch this Friday at An­niver­sary Park.

A whole-club train­ing ses­sion will start at 5.45pm, with food and drink avail­able.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au Rams league player Tim Tay­lor, league coach Scott Franklin, vice-pres­i­dent Ge­off Shaw and colts coach Rod­ney Glands are ex­cited for the sea­son ahead.

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