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Rams move to fourth on the ladder

A sixth consecutive win on Saturday saw the Deniliquin Rams move to fourth on the Murray Football League ladder.

July 1, 2014 3:50am

The Rams’ Hayden Barker and Jake Cavallaro try to get around a pack of Blues.


Deniliquin has hit its highest point on the Murray Football League ladder this season following a 27-point win over Numurkah on Saturday.

The Rams were always in control of the match, which was dominated by hard-working midfielder Todd Gallagher, while Hayden Barker and Brett Macdonald shared in five goals in what was a relatively low-scoring day.

Although he admitted it wasn’t the prettiest game to watch, Rams coach Troy Bartlett said it was important the hosts were able to ‘‘win ugly’’.

‘‘Our effort and attitude was great from the start in what were very difficult conditions,’’ Bartlett said.

‘‘It probably took us a little longer then we would have liked to adapt to the conditions but overall I was pleased with how we played.’’

Final score: Deniliquin Rams 10.11 (71) def. Numurkah 5.14 (44).

Torrential rain started to fall just in time for the match and, chasing their sixth win a row, the Rams got an early jump on the visitors, albeit by just one goal.

After taking on a style of play more suited to wet weather footy, the Rams were able to increase their lead to 20 points by half-time, courtesy of three second-quarter goals.

‘‘We were guilty of too many handballs early and weren’t just getting the footy and kicking it long and direct,’’ Bartlett said.

Deniliquin kicked three more goals in the third quarter while holding the Blues to just three behinds, all but spelling the end for the visitors, who actually won the last quarter to go down by 27 points.

‘‘Everyone did their role and played well,’’ Bartlett said.

‘‘All the boys worked hard, sometimes for not much result personally, however it is beneficial for the team and it was good to get a win in what could have been a danger game if weren’t switched on.’’

Sam Callanan, Jack Tyndall, Jayden Pitts and ruckman Chris O’Connor were the Rams best alongside Gallagher.

For the Blues, Brayden Sutton and Lucas White were the best and Tyler Larkin kicked two goals.

In further good new for the Rams, skipper Anthony Bull played his first game for the year, in the reserves, with the side narrowly losing to Numurkah, 6.7 (43) to 4.10 (34).

Bull was one of Deniliquin’s best players alongside consistent midfielders Brenton Hussey and Hugh Landale.

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