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.
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