Deniliquin hosts Numurkah tomorrow in what is another important game for the club.June 27, 2014 4:00am
The Deniliquin Rams have won their last five games in a row but it will all mean nothing if they lose tomorrow, according to coach Troy Bartlett.
The Rams host lowly Numurkah on a day that is expected to be cold and wet and are aiming to keep in touch with the Murray Football League’s top five sides.
A win could see the Rams move up to fourth on the ladder with Finley and Rumbalara (eight wins each), and Echuca United and Mulwala (sevens win each) playing each other.
‘‘Our previous five weeks will mean nothing if we drop a game or two now,’’ Bartlett said.
‘‘We are focused on getting two more wins before the bye (on July 12).’’
Bartlett said there could be three to five changes to the team that tossed Cobram aside last week, with wingman Lachie MacDonald and backman Tom Dowling available for selection.
Another exciting teenager, Tyler Amor-Beale, who played thirds last week, could be back in the side, while veteran sharp-shooter Aaron Thorpe is pushing for selection following two star performances in the reserves.
Skipper Anthony Bull, recovered from a pre-season injury, is likely to play reserves in what will be his first game for the year.
Last time the Blues came to Hardinge St Oval (in round 12 last year) they caused and an upset and their running troupe of Chris Oliver, Nick Fothergill, Beau McKeown and Lucas White will give them every chance at doing it again tomorrow.
However, they will have to bring their A-game to beat in-form Deniliquin combination Chris O’Connor in the ruck and Ricky Gittens, Todd Gallagher and Ollie Draffin on the ground.
Mark Brown and Tom Kelly provide the Blues with options up forward but will come under a tonne of pressure from a sturdy Rams defence, led by Jayden Pitts and Brayden Hall.
The other end will see Rams’ forward Brett Macdonald and Hayden Barker as the main targets, with smooth-moovers Clay Howe and Ash Morris causing havoc around goal.
Selection: Deni by six goals.
A single-storey weatherboard house in Doyles Rd, Shepparton was gutted by fire on Saturday.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
Success at the regional schools soccer competition has earned the Echuca Primary School (208) girls side a spot at state games on Wednesday.
Julie Sands and Sheridan Clark have been kept busy, visiting Rochester recently yo dispense free coats to residents.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
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Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram school students take their books to the streets, dressing up for Community Reading Day.
Public interest to determine Deniliquin Town Hall refurbishment.
Milk co-operative, Murray Goulburn has posted a record financial result, recording an after tax profit of $29 million.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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