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.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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