Thirds win in thriller clash
It was a disappointing result for the Deniliquin Rams senior side at the weekend against Moama.
The Rams weren’t quite able sustain a brand of football to get over the line against a well oiled side.
Although winning clearances and inside 50s for the day, their ball movement forward of centre let them down and Moama were able to rebound effectively to hurt us on the scoreboard.
Defenders Jack Tyndall and John Anstee held up strongly all day, while Matt MacDonald was at his consistent best through the midfield.
Liam Pitts once again played an important role for the side and Lachie MacDonald was the most damaging forward for the day.
Final score: Rams 5.7 (37) to Moama 9.5 (59).
The Rams look forward to the bye before taking on the challenge of powerhouse Tongala post break.
The reserves came up against a top two side on Saturday in Moama and finished with a 55-point loss in a tough game.
Pleasingly, Deniliquin battled it out until the end, kicking three goals to one in the last quarter.
Midfielder Tom McCallum was a stand out for the home side, with his two way running a standout.
Wingers Bailey Townsend and James Bradford continued their good form, providing plenty of attacking options.
Defenders Tom Nevinson and Riley Draxl tried hard all day, stopping the visitors from scoring on numerous occasions.
Darcy McManus played a strong game up forward slotting two goals, with Charlie Dudley kicking one goal.
Final score: Rams 3.3 (21) to Moama 11.10 (76).
With the top six positions being hotly contested in the under-17s, the Rams are needing to play their best football week in and out.
With a solid centre clearance, run and bounce from wingman Marcus Moorse, Rams hit the score board with the first major of the game, but Moama responded quickly which continued goal for goal for the entire game.
Hayden Doncon played his best game for the year, playing man on man football.
Harry Dudley was instrumental across centre half back while Bobby Hall (2) and Will McCartney (3) contributed majors to the scoreboard.
Miller Fitzpatrick was reliable taking backline marks when needed, while Brodie Park ran hard all day keeping the ball going forward.
Rams took a seven point lead going into the last, but knew Moama would keep coming.
Moama kicked the first two majors of the last taking the lead.
With just over two minutes to go, a solid mark from Leiper on the 50 delivered to usual backman player King playing forward, had everyone holding their breathe.
King marked perfectly and on a slight angle slotted a much needed goal with one minute 30 seconds left on the clock.
Tight football was needed to hold onto the win and everyone stood strong under pressure coming away with a narrow three point win.
Final score: Rams 9.4 (58) to Moama 8.7 (55).
Best players: Harry Dudley, Bobby Hall, William McCartney, Miller Fitzpatrick, Marcus Moorse and Cooper King.
The Deni Rams fourths came up against third on the ladder Moama, which is a much bigger side.
Moama kicked three straight goals in the first quarter, while Rams struggled to hit the scoreboard.
Moama’s backline kept them to only one scoring goal in the second and Deni added just one behind.
The Rams’ first goal came in the third, but they just couldn’t peg it back.
Final score: Rams 2.2 (14) to Moama 7.4 (46).
Best players: Sam Crossley, Jack Sander, Ted Wren, Harry Raper, Charlie Connor-Hetherington and Luke Moorse.