A percentage-boosting win against Cobram has hoisted the Rams back into the Murray league's top six for the first time since round two.June 24, 2014 3:55am
Deniliquin blasted Cobram by 160 points to score one of its biggest wins in recent years and barge back into the Murray Football League’s top six on Saturday.
The Rams had 10 individual goalkickers but it was Brett Macdonald who stole the show with eight goals in a terrific aerial display up forward, while Hayden Barker booted six.
The percentage-boosting win saw Deniliquin move a game clear of Moama and Nathalia, which both lost on Saturday, and within two games of top seed Finley.
Final score: Deniliquin Rams 28.14 (182) def. Cobram 3.4 (22).
Knowing full well percentage would have a big say in the final outcome of the home-and-away season, the Rams blew the home side away in the first quarter.
In-form Ram Ricky Gittens was on fire, kicking two goals in the opening term and another early in the second, while tenacious midfielder Darcy Bell was as hard as any player at the ball.
The Rams kicked six goals in the second quarter to hold a lead of 72 points at half-time, but slowed up with just 4.4 in the third stanza.
In stark contrast to their first quarter against Tongala last week, when they kicked 2.8, the Rams finished Cobram off with 10.1 in the final term on Saturday.
Goals came from all angles, including a close-range one from substitute Jonty Tubb who came on for injured forward Kevin Gittens (ankle).
Running machine Tom Druitt played his second great game in a row, but Oliver Draffin was the Rams’ best, raking in possessions all over the ground and picking out targets with pin-point accuracy.
Teenager Clay Howe was also impressive, while Darcy McCormack, Brent Downie and Paul Diretto were Cobram’s best.
In the reserves, Deniliquin kept its finals hopes alive with a 13.14 (92) to 4.3 (27) win over Cobram.
Rob Barnes was the focal point up forward with five majors, while senior premiership player Aaron Thorpe (two goals) continued his return with a best-on-ground effort.
The Rams’ other top players were forward Mitch O’Brien and midfielders Cal Salter and Hugh Landale.
Neighbourhood Watch Week will start with a sizzle — a sausage sizzle to be precise — at Sevens Creek Dve in Kialla.
Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) and other emergency services are preparing for the next round of wild weather in the north-east.
It was clear blue skies last Tuesday for the official launch of the Gargarro (pronounced Ga-gar-ro) Botanic Gardens in Girgarre.
SNAKES will be coming out of hiding as the weather warms up.
KATH Bubb has been recognised for 50 years of service with the Ballendella Red Cross.
IT EXPERTISE in Kyabram has received recognition after Advance Computing won a Microsoft Australia Partner Award in the excellence in regional area customer category.
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Extensive rainfall in the Southern Riverina is having a negative impact on farming.
McIvor Creek – in and around Heathcote – has gone over its banks with all our recent rain, flooding streets and causing closures and detours.
Yarroweyah's Katie Anderson will be heading to Wisconsin in the United States after winning the Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship.
After a 30-year career as an accountant in Deniliquin, Peter Skipworth officially retires today.
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