Despite the return of former premiership shooter Amber Farley (nee Marshall), the Deni Rams were unable to get the points in A grade, going down to Tongala in Tongala by 12 goals.
In a fast and physical match, the Rams began the game well and quickly settled into their new combinations.
However in the second term Tongala stamped their authority on the game using their speed and set plays to tip the match in their favour.
The Rams reshuffled their line-up at half time in a bid to regain some ascendency.
Laura Biggs moved into centre and was a standout using her speed and superior fitness to give the Rams plenty of drive through the middle.
Despite the changes and a spirited rally in the final term, the Rams were unable to make inroads into the scoreboard deficit.
The shooting combination of Farley and Eliza Eastman showed plenty of promise and with the imminent return of Bec White, the Rams are buoyed by their potential scoring power for the back half of the season.
Final score, Tongala 49 to Deni Rams 37
Awards: Laura Biggs (Club Incentive), Eliza Eastman (Glow Beauty) and Amber Farley (Bennett’s).
The Rams also suffered defeat in B grade, going down by 11 goals to the Blues.
A slow start to the game and tough defensive pressure from Tongala saw Deni behind after quarter time.
With some positional changes to try to ignite the spark in the second quarter the visitors still struggled to break through.
Final score, Tongala 43 to Deni Rams 32.
Awards: Nat Maher (Club Incentive), Elle Parsons (Globe Hotel) and Linda Harvey (Sushi Bite).
Tongala 48 defeated Rams 31
It proved to be a tough day for the Rams’ senior sides with C grade also falling to Tongala to the tune of 17 goals.
Deni started off slowly and it took until the third quarter for them get some momentum and play their game.
Despite the loss there were some positives with great defensive work from Rach Maher and tireless mid-court work by Alex McQuarie and Alana Raper.
Final score, Tongala 48 to Deni Rams 31.
Awards: Alex McQuarie (Club Incentive), Alana Raper (Eric Sim Pharmacy) and Rach Maher (Sushi Bite).
Deni secured a fantastic win in C Reserve, downing Tongala by 14 goals.
An excellent game by all players including new team member Taylor Wilkinson.
Leetisha Hilier and Kayla Hussey were accurate in shooting and Hayley Free’s drives in attack were strong and successful.
Final score, Deni Rams 42 to Tongala 28.
Awards: Leetisha Hillier, Hayley Free, Taylor Wilkinson and Kayla Hussey.
Four consistent quarters gave Deni a nine goal win over Tongala in the Under 17s.
Starting the first quarter strong allowed Ella Park to get her hands to some rewarding intercepts and beautiful drives.
In attack Bridie Howe used her smart thinking in the ring to achieve some goals and set up play for other outstanding shooter Kate McCalman.
Georgie McCalman applied pressure all game and gave good support and drive down the court.
Final score, Deni Rams 28 to Tongala 19.
Awards: Ella Park (Metro Fuel), Bridie Howe (Total Bliss) and Georgie McCalman (Bennett’s).
It was another tough game for the U-15 Rams who in the end went down by three.
Emma McCallum was outstanding in defence, working tirelessly putting endless amounts of pressure.
Tessa Bulmer and Keely Mitsch shot well and moved the ball cleanly through the midcourt.
Final score, Tongala 34 to Deni Rams 31.
Awards: Keely Mitsch (Motiv 8), Tessa Bulmer (Canteen) and Emma McCallum (Wired).
The U-13s were soundly defeated by Tongala, with a 30 goal margin on Saturday.
Despite the big loss, the girls never gave up and ran out four solid quarters.
Playing a pivotal role in the offensive end was Ellie Parks who played a smarter brand of netball, consistently clearing out to make space for her teammates.
Making an impact in the mid-court was Katelyn Marshall who won our centre passes and delivered excellent feeds into the arc.
In defence, Georgia Fisher was outstanding. She contested every ball and displayed very good anticipation skills.
Final score, Tongala 38 to Deni Rams 8.
Awards: Georgia Fisher (McDonald’s), Katelyn Marshall (Wired) and Ellie Parks (Subway).
A tough game against the ladder leader led to a 14 goal loss for Deni’s U-12s.
Everyone gave 100 per cent in rotations this week.
Georgia Danckert followed positional direction and her hands over defence at WD created multiple turnovers.
Chloe Brown was determined in defence and made many intercepts while Mia Parks started the game in centre before moving into her rotation of GS, where she positioned and reoffered into space all game.
Final score, Tongala 38 to Deni Rams 24.
Awards: Mia Parks (McDonalds), Chloe Brown (Wired) and Georgia Danckert (Bennett’s)
It was tough game in the U-11s, but the Rams managed to keep Tongala’s goals down with tight defence. Deni’s talls and hand over was awesome on Saturday.
Awards: Phoebe Sander (McDonald’s), Aysha Mitsch (Subway) and Phoebe Jefferies (Wired).
In the Deniliquin Netball Association last week, Rams Gold unfortunately went down to RSL Gen Z by 24 goals.
Although the Rams didn’t come away with the win they showed great signs of improvement.
They had some great passages of play around the court and moved the ball well from defence into attack.
Bella White gave plenty of options in goals and also around the court, while Molly Shaw was important, giving the team direction and drive through the mid-court.
Deni’s defenders had a tough day with some taller opposition, however Lauren King followed instructions beautifully and battled hard in the ring.
Final score, RSL Gen Z 35 to Rams Gold 11
Awards: Bella White (Wired), Molly Shaw (Canteen) and Lauren King (Subway).