Deni Rams’ A grade started their 2018 Murray Netball League season in fine style with a convincing win against Finley on Good Friday.
The Rams were dominant all over the court for the first three quarters, setting up some outstanding passages of play with some slick ball movement.
Hayley Hall was in superb touch at WA setting up the Rams attack with some impeccable timing and quality use of the ball.
The Rams’ young guns were sensational, with Leah Blake providing a strong target in the goal ring and Ella Park at the opposite end playing like a seasoned defender.
Finley fought on late, winning the last quarter but it was all too late.
Final score, Deni Rams 52 to Finley 38.
Awards: Club Incentive - Hayley Hall; Reflections - Leah Blake; Coach’s Award - Ella Park.
Deni’s B grade had a tremendous start to the season coming home with a seven goal win over 2017 runner-up Finley.
With new combinations right across the court it took the first half for the Rams to settle.
A seven-goal turnaround in the third quarter set up the win, with Deni holding on to victory in the last quarter.
Final score, Deni Rams 43 to Finley 36.
Rams awards: Frieda O’Sullivan, Georgia Richards.
It was an absolute thriller in C reserve with the Rams holding on to a one-goal win over reigning premier Finley.
Deni held their composure throughout the game and applied plenty of pressure on the ball.
In the warm conditions it was the Rams’ fitness that saw them over the line, in a game that came down to the final centre pass.
Final score, Deni Rams 35 to Finley 34.
Grace Jefferies had a flawless game in defence, complemented by a strong offensive game by Lan Raper and Maggie Sutton.
The Rams’ Under 17s team showed a strong work rate throughout the four quarters to work their way to a dominant 34-goal win.
The attacking end was strongly supported by the accuracy of Amy Rodda’s shooting.
Chelsea Free performed well in both attack and defence throughout the wing positions, feeding well into the ring and getting her hands to many passes.
Final score, Deni Rams 44 to Finley 10
Awards: Deni Drivers - Amy Rodda; Total Bliss - Chelsea Free.
It was a strong start to the season for the U-15s coming home with a massive 38-goal win over the Cats.
Georgina Mildren, Ella Harvey and Ellie Parks all positioned and shot beautifully in the goal ring.
Molly Shaw, Gracie Willis and Eloise Ritchie moved the ball skilfully through the midcourt while Steph Maher, Hannah Ford and Felicity Jefferies worked tirelessly in defence resulting in multiple intercepts.
Final score, Deni Rams 55 to Finley 17.
Awards: Eloise Ritchie, Georgina Mildren.
A fantastic first game for the Rams U13s saw them record a 17-goal win over Finley.
After a steady first quarter Deni powered into the game for a convincing win.
Holly Amor worked well in defence with some exceptional intercepts and rebounds and Chloe Brown was strong in attack, leading and shooting superbly.
Congratulations to Annie Harvey and Chloe Brown on being voted as co-captains for 2018.
Final score, Deni Rams 38 to Finley 21.
Awards: Holly Amor, Chloe Brown
The U11s had a brilliant first match against Finley with their enthusiasm on the court leading to a 22 goal win.
With an emphasis on footwork and space in training, the Rams displayed these developing skills during their time on court.
Both Emma Park and Molly Bradley used these new skills to get the netball and shoot some amazing goals.
Final score, Deni Rams 22 to Finley 0.
Awards: Emma Park, Molly Bradley.
Rams Blue (U13s) were unable to come away with a win against the Cats, going down by three goals in a tremendous match.
A few nerves were obvious in the first quarter, but the Rams girls settled as they progressed through the game.
There was plenty of positives from the contest with loads of defensive pressure all over the court.
Final score, Finley 18 to Deni Rams 15.
Rams awards: Coach’s Incentive - Marisa Hovenden; Evolve - Grace McMahon; Sarisa Studs - Jarrah Fitzpatrick.