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No time to get the Blues

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.

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