Rams overpower Falcons in 88-point win
The Rockingham Rams made it two big wins from two starts in the Peel Football League, holding South Mandurah goalless in the first half to set up an 88-point win at Falcon Oval on Saturday.
Luke Dowling and Tyler Sutton again led the way for the Rams, kicking five goals apiece in Rockingham’s 23.9 (147) to 8.11 (59) win.
Sutton kicked the first and last goals of the game, as the Rams opened up a 19-point quarter-time lead, restricting the Falcons to just two behinds.
He added two more in the second quarter, with David Foleta, Brody Dalgetty and Dowling also finding the scoreboard, unlike South Mandurah who went into the main break having registered just four behinds to trail by 47.
The Falcons finally put the ball through the big sticks at the start of the third, with goals to Jamie Humble and Riley Steinbock cutting the margin to 35 points, but a four-goal blitz in the next five minutes to the Rams drove a dagger through any thoughts of a Falcons comeback.
Sutton, Dowling, Dalgetty and Jakob Janzekovic all goaled inside the opening 10 minutes of the final quarter, and despite the Falcons replying with three unanswered goals of their own, the Rams powered home to kick a further six to finish the game strongly.
Janzekovic finished with four goals, while Dalgetty, Noah Hura and Fraser Millar kicked two each. Andrew Walsh was named best on ground for the Rams, with Tim Taylor, Bradley Walsh, Millar, Josh McMahon and Steven Kenny among the other top performers.
Inaccurate kicking in the first quarter cost Baldivis in its 34-point loss to reigning premiers Pinjarra.
Despite three goals from Blaine Johnson, the Brumbies had twice as many chances at goal as the Tigers in the opening term but only managed 1.7 (13) to trail by a kick.
The Tigers put the pressure on in the second quarter to limit the Brumbies to one goal and extend the margin to 26. Wayward kicking again cost Baldivis in the third, and despite kicking multiple goals, five behinds saw any chance of a comeback halted as the Tigers kicked away in the final term to win 13.9 (87) to 6.17 (53).