A much improved performance wasn’t enough for the Deni Rams, eventually going down by 14 points to Tongala in round six of the Murray League on Saturday.
Apart from the second quarter the Rams were extremely competitive in front of their home crowd, with a goalless term proving costly in the end.
Matthew Roberson was superb for Tongala kicking five majors, while Riley Bacon and Alex Williams were also among the better players.
Ben Nisbet kicked four for the Rams, while Ricky Gittens and Darcy Morris were also good.
John Anstee was solid in defence, with reserves call-up Sam Callanan, onballer Ash Morris and playing coach Todd Gallagher impressive.
Final score, Tongala 11.9 (75) to Deni Rams 9.7 (61).
Gallagher said while the performance was much better, it was still tough to have another loss.
‘‘It hurt a little bit in the end,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a pleasing result compared to last week but everyone was disappointed to not come away with the win.
‘‘We had our opportunities throughout the game but we butchered the ball a bit when going forward.
‘‘Whenever we’d kick a goal they would come back with one straight away.
‘‘I believe that if there were 10 more minutes in the game we could’ve won, but that’s just how footy goes.’’
Gallagher noted it was a much better team performance, highlighting the role Liam Pitts had on containing Tongala playing-coach Jordan Souter.
‘‘Liam kept Souter to one goal and stemmed his influence a bit which was pretty impressive,’’ he said.
‘‘But it was a case of the side performing across the board.
‘‘Sam Callanan gave us a bit of strength in our back half, Jayden Pitts led up hard all day and Reece Hussey played well.
‘‘George Trewhitt came across to us from the Rovers and gave us a target in the forward half. He managed to bob up for a goal which was a good reward for effort.
‘‘The biggest positives were the fact that the younger blokes were getting plenty of touches and that our tackling pressure was up.
‘‘We’ve got a tough trip to Nathalia this week, so I’ll be hoping we can bring that kind of effort against them.’’
The Rams reserves had a rough day, unable to hit the scoreboard in a 120 point loss to Tongala.
Trent Bachelor battled manfully in his club debut, while Troy Bartlett and Mark Panton never gave up.
Deni’s better players list was closed out by Darren Smith, Hugh Landale and Dion Winter.