Rumbalara has shaken its Hardinge St Oval hoodoo with a strong win over Deniliquin Rams in Murray Football League.GEORGINA CAHILL August 4, 2014 3:10am
Prior to Saturday’s clash Rumbalara had only been victorious once in five years at Deniliquin Rams’ fortress Hardinge St Oval.
Damian Cupido’s side was desperate to break the drought and it certainly did.
Rumba overturned a one-point deficit at three-quarter time to claim a 23-point victory in the round-16 Murray Football League clash.
The stakes were incredibly high for the Rams, who remain agonisingly close to playing finals footy.
Rumba comfortably sits second on the ladder, while the Rams sit in seventh spot, right behind Nathalia on percentage.
Rumba got an early jump on the Rams and led by 11 points at quarter-time.
The Rams outscored Rumba in the second quarter, but couldn’t wrestle the lead off the visitors, who held a three-point lead at the main break.
Nathan Battle’s injury woes continued on Saturday.
Battle broke his ribs early in the clash, with under-17 player Lindsay Bryant subbed on for Rumba.
Inaccuracy was incredibly costly for the Rams in the third quarter, when they outscored Rumba 4.5 to 4.1 to hold a one-point lead at three-quarter time.
Rumba piled on five fourth quarter goals, including three from youngster Bryant, to the Rams’ two, to claim the 23-point win.
Cupido said it was an incredibly tough, physical battle on the Rams’ huge home ground.
‘‘I’ve never played on a ground so big before,’’ Cupido said with a laugh.
‘‘The length of the ground and the width of the ground was (The Rams) worst enemy in the end.’’
While Cupido said every player put in a gutsy performance, his midfielders were crucial contributors to the win.
‘‘It was a credit to our midfield that stepped up,’’ he said.
‘‘I thought Ash Miller, Rex Taylor and Dylan Kerr were huge for us in the middle of the ground.’’
Former Essendon player Nathan Lovett-Murray was also named in Rumba’s best.
‘‘Nathan’s great to have. He just wins those crucial contests that need to be won,’’ Cupido said.
Anthony Bull, Ricky Gittens, Lachlan Macdonald and Ollie Draffin were best for the Rams.
Josh Perizzolo and Brett Macdonald were the side’s multiple goal-scorers with two each.
Shepparton Swans and Benalla both had altered coaching panels for the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final rematch on Saturday.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
As part of Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May, the Riverine Herald will shed light on the debilitating, yet controversial, illness through the eyes of those fighting it.
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.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.