The Deni Rams had an impressive showing in A grade downing rival Finley 62 to 50 in Finley on Saturday.
Despite a comfortable 12 goal victory, the Rams certainly didn’t have everything their own way against a highly talented Cats side.
In a fast and tightly contested match, the shootout by some of the league’s leading shooters was certainly a highlight of the game.
Spectators were treated to some superb shooting from both teams with Deni’s Amber Farley and Bec White in great touch, while at the other end Finley’s Chelsea McDonald and Jess Casanova put on a great display of long range shots.
Both teams used various set plays to gain the upper hand, however it was the Rams’ more experienced players who proved the difference with Nat Thorpe leading the way as the Rams’ main avenue to the goal circle and earning best on court honours.
Awards went to Thorpe (Club Incentive), Farley (Metro Fuel) and White (Brontes).
The B grade game saw an in-form Finley defeat the Rams 34 to 30.
Finley took the lead early with the Rams fighting hard and pegging it back to an even playing field.
But the Cats broke back to take the lead again and with scores see-sawing in this sequence, Finley ended up on top.
An early injury to Amy Rodda forced Deni to change their goaling circle around every quarter.
Nat Free was solid and her experience was vital in supporting those changes.
The Rams took advantage of being able to inject young guns Ella Park and Bridie Howe into the line-up.
Ella combined beautifully with stalwart Elle Parsons, providing many opportunities for the team to get back in the game during the last quarter.
Awards went to Nat Free (Total Bliss), Elle Parsons (Bennett’s Intersport) and Ella Park (Club Incentive).
In C grade it was a hard fought battle with the Rams and the Cats sharing the premiership points following a 49-all draw.
The Rams applied pressure right across the court.
Accurate shooting by Richenda Everett and Tessa Bulmer kept Deni in the game right to the end.
Awards went to Richenda Everett (Bennett’s) and Meg Erickson (Club Incentive).
Finley were dominant in C reserve, posting a 43 to 25 victory over the Rams.
Awards for the Rams went to Bec Fitzpatrick (Motiv8), Bella White (Sushi Bite) and Kylie Barker (Club Incentive).
It was another good win for the Rams in Under 15s, downing the Cats 43 to 25.
Steph Maher worked tirelessly in defence, with Eloise Ritchie applying relentless pressure through the mid court.
Georgina Mildren was outstanding down both ends of the court in what was a fantastic team effort.
Awards went to Georgina Mildren (Wired), Steph Maher (Bennett’s) and Eloise Ritchie (Canteen).
Despite suffering an eight goal defeat, the Deni Rams Under 13 team played four strong quarters against Finley.
In their first encounter, the Cats were victorious by over 20 goals, but Saturday’s match was a valuable yardstick to measure Deni’s improvement.
Best on court was Sophie Willis-Dudley who worked hard and placed herself in front of her opponent all game.
Katelyn Marshall demonstrated improved disposal which resulted in goals while Bridie Blake played a strong defensive game and used her speed to win many possessions.
Final score, Finley 34 to Deni Rams 26.
Awards went to Sophie Willis-Dudley (Wired), Bridie Blake (Bennett’s) and Katelyn Marshall (Canteen).
The Under 12s Rams secured their spot in finals with a 27 to 14 win over Finley.
Mia Parkes moved well, creating plenty of offensive opportunities before moving into goals and shooting accurately.
Annie Harvey played at 100 per cent all game in defence, moving beautifully to create turnovers and supportive drives through the mid court.
Dakota Mitsch played amazing in all four quarters, never backing away from the challenge, with accurate passing into goals.
Awards went to Annie Harvey (Wired), Dakota Mitsch (Canteen) and Mia Parkes (Bennett’s).
The U11 Rams played against a tall side but kept Finley’s goals low with tight defence.
Phoebe Jefferies’ tight defence led her to best on court.
Aysha Mitsch’s positioning around the arc provided movement for Ava Richards to come into play with some goals.
Awards went to Phoebe Jefferies (Bennett’s), Ava Richards (Bennett’s) and Aysha Mitsch (Wired).