Rams over­power Fal­cons in 88-point win

Southern Telegraph - - SPORT -

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).

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