Rams a chance in tough away clash

June 16, 2017

Todd Gallagher (Deniliquin) breaks clear of the pack in the MFL game between Barooga and Deniliquin

The Deni Rams have a shot at claiming their third win of the year when they come up against Tongala in round 10 of the Murray Football League tomorrow.

Both sides have had similar seasons to date, often starting well against top sides but not being able to match them in the second half.

The Blues and Rams sit eighth and ninth on the ladder respectively, with the former having the edge with one more win than Deni.

Rams coach Gary Parsons says there are ‘‘no easy games’’ in the Murray League and that this away trip will be no different.

‘‘They’re tough on their home deck so it will be a difficult game to win,’’ Parsons said.

‘‘Tongala have a fair few bigger bodied players so that could be a factor with our side mostly being full of younger blokes.

‘‘They’ve been quite competitive against the majority of sides this year and have been playing at a similar standard to us.

‘‘Hopefully we’re at our best on Saturday because if we don’t turn up to play they will take full advantage.’’

The Rams could have some handy inclusions for tomorrow’s game with defenders Anthony Bull, Brady Trotman and Dylan East all expected to be available for selection.

However Deni will be without veteran key defender Rob Resuggan who is unavailable, which may mean Jayden Pitts swaps to defence and key onballer Todd Gallagher plays a more permanent forward role.

‘‘Jayden’s played a fantastic role up forward by giving us a target at centre half forward, but without Rob, and Tongala having plenty of big bodies, we’ll need the help in defence,’’ Parsons said.

‘‘Tongala’s skipper Jordan Souter is quite talented so we’ll need to try and make sure he doesn’t have too much of an influence on the game.’’

Deni ruckman Chris O’Connor will be up against Jack Monigatti, who is in tremendous form.

An interesting battle will be between the young onballers from each side with Deni’s Ben Irwin and Matt MacDonald taking on Bailey Cox and Bailey Waasdorp.

Selection: Tongala at home by three goals.

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