Deniliquin broke a four-game losing streak with a 34-point victory against Congupna on Saturday.SHAUN CONNOR May 20, 2014 4:10am
Tom Druitt wraps up Congupna’s Jack Fuller while first-gamer Tom Edwards waits for the ball to spill. Photo: Shepp News.
After a tough month of football Deniliquin finally worked its way back onto the winners’ list on Saturday with a 34-point away win against Congupna.
The win, which was built on the back of dominant second and third quarters, was the Rams’ first since the opening round of the Murray Football League and was important in more ways than one, according to playing-coach Troy Bartlett.
‘‘It was a very important win for the group; not only from a season perspective but also from a confidence perspective,’’ Bartlett said.
‘‘There were a number of changes, most of which were forced, and the boys that came into the side played their role. The group followed instructions to a tee.’’
With Rob Resuggan (four goals) firing up forward, the Rams were also too strong around the stoppages with ruckman Chris O’Connor and onballers Rick Gittens, Ollie Draffin, Todd Gallagher and Clay Howe far too good for the home team.
Seventeen year-old Howe was a clear best-on-ground and played what Bartlett said was his ‘‘best game for the club’’.
Final score: Deniliquin Rams 11.12 (78) def. Congupna 6.8 (44).
The Rams made five changes from their loss against Barooga last week, with reserves skipper Tom Edwards and substitute Jonty Tubb making their debuts.
After a low-scoring start the Rams led by five points at quarter-time, but held the home side to one goal and two behinds between then and three-quarter time.
They only managed 2.8 in the second term, but kicked 4.2 to one point in the third and finished the game off with three goals in the last.
Bartlett was pleased with the Rams’ forward who moved well all day and continually provided options, while Tom Druitt, Jayden Pitts and Brayden Hall were solid in defence.
‘‘The pleasing thing was the forward pressure provided by the group which was rewarded with a number of shots on goal,’’ Bartlett said.
‘‘The back six were solid all day and continually repelled Congupna’s forward entries.’’
Bartlett also praised Jake Cavallaro and Darcy Biggs for their defensive roles on Congupna play-makers Sam Ferguson and Daniel Bowles.
Cavallaro, playing his first senior game since last year’s elimination final, had his pre-season cut short by injury but showed no signs of being behind on Saturday.
The Rams have a bye this week while the Murray league takes on Sunraysia in the AFL Victoria Country Championships.
In the reserves, the Rams came out on top after a see-sawing last quarter to win by three goals.
The Road kicked the first goal of the last quarter to hit the lead before Deni’s David Chalmers and then Josh Perizzolo goalled to give the Rams some breathing space.
One more major to veteran Rob Barnes after the siren was the icing on the cake for the Rams, who were best served by hard runners Hugh Landale and Perizzolo and big ruckman Kyle Galloway.
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