Rams pass pre­miers

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

The Rock­ing­ham Rams stunned reign­ing Peel Foot­ball League pre­miers Pin­jarra at Sir Ross McLarty Oval on Saturday to record an im­pres­sive 35-point vic­tory, 15.10 (100) to 9.11 (65).

In a tough en­counter, Rock­ing­ham found them­selves up against it early on with in­juries and a knock­out to Tim Tay­lor leav­ing them with only one player on the bench at half-time.

How­ever, in a fight­ing dis­play the Rams blew the game wide open in a blis­ter­ing third term which saw them boot seven goals to the Tigers’ three be­hinds.

With stand-out per­for­mances from the likes of Travis Naughton, Mitch Curnow and Dy­lan Hill, the Rams se­cured a vi­tal away win and in the process pro­pelled them­selves to sec­ond on the lad­der.

Rams coach Scott Franklin said the keys to vic­tory were main­tain­ing their in­ten­sity, tack­ling pres­sure and win­ning con­tested footy for the full four quar­ters.

“It’s great to get the win and it gives the boys that lit­tle bit of con­fi­dence now,” Franklin said.

“It tells them that what we are do­ing is right and we are on the right track.

“We know that we have to do a lot of things right to com­pete with these good sides but if we can do it and main­tain it for four quar­ters we give our­selves a real good op­por­tu­nity against any­one.”

In a tes­ta­ment to what was a com­plete per­for­mance across the board, the Rams had nine goal kick­ers against Pin­jarra.

Tyler Sut­ton booted three ma­jors, while Jakob Janzekovic, Chris Oliver, Fraser Mil­lar and Luke Dowl­ing all kicked two each.

Rock­ing­ham now turn their at­ten­tions to a top-of-the-ta­ble derby clash against Bal­divis on Saturday.

“We’re not re­ally wor­ried about lad­der po­si­tions or any­thing like that,” Franklin said. “We just think if we can get our game style right it will take care of it­self.”

The clash at Bal­divis Oval bounces down at 2.30pm.

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