Rams fall short of grand fi­nal tri­fecta

Southern Telegraph - - Sport -

Rock­ing­ham Rams fell a lit­tle more than two kicks away from mak­ing it a full set of grand fi­nal­ists af­ter the league side went down to Pin­jarra by 14 points in their pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Wa­roona on Satur­day.

With the colts hav­ing booked their grand fi­nal ticket last week­end and the re­serves mov­ing into the show­piece match ear­lier in the day, the Rams wres­tled with the Tigers in the league game to be the only club with all three of its teams rep­re­sented on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

A hor­ror first quar­ter for the Rams vir­tu­ally snuffed out any chance of a win, reg­is­ter­ing just a point to Pin­jarra’s 3.2 (20).

Things im­proved on the score­board in the sec­ond term for the Rams, kick­ing three goals and a be­hind but the Tigers added a fur­ther four goals and three be­hinds to go into half-time with a 27-point lead.

Any chance of a sec­ond-half fight­back was snuffed out in the third quar­ter as in­ac­cu­rate kick­ing cost the Rams, who reg­is­tered just one goal and four be­hinds and Pin­jarra added three goals and a be­hind to take a six-goal lead into the fi­nal quar­ter.

Way­ward kick­ing again cost the Rams de­spite Pin­jarra be­ing re­stricted to just a point. Three goals re­duced the mar­gin but five be­hinds killed off any chance of a come­back win.

Luke Dowl­ing led the way for the Rams with three goals, Mitchell An­der­son added two and Zayne Selkirk and Timothy Tay­lor nabbed a goal each, while for­mer Essendon for­ward Leroy Jetta kicked four for the Tigers.

Rock­ing­ham’s re­serves sur­vived a score­less fi­nal quar­ter to hold on for a five-point win over Pin­jarra to book a show­down with South Man­durah in Satur­day’s grand fi­nal. The Rams held a 35-point half-time lead but only added three be­hinds in the sec­ond half as the Tigers added five goals. Timothy Dowe was the only mul­ti­ple goal scorer for the Rams, with Ri­ley Al­li­son, Bran­don Smith, Lu­cas Humphries and Jake Vit­tor­angeli all reg­is­ter­ing ma­jors. Clif­ford Brough and Ryan Budd each kicked two for the Tigers.

The Rams colts face Pin­jarra at 9.05am on Satur­day at Rush­ton Park, with the re­serves to face the Fal­cons at 11.45am. Pin­jarra and Cen­trals face off in the league grand fi­nal at 4.15pm.

Pic­ture: Peel Foot­ball League/Face­book/Shazza J Pho­tog­ra­phy

Pin­jarra’s Rory O’Brien bat­tles with Rock­ing­ham's Mitchel Curnow.

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