A young Deni Rams outfit suffered a heavy 117 point loss to Mulwala on Saturday in the Murray Football League.
The Rams remain winless this year and were simply outclassed by a stronger Lions side at the Hardinge St Oval.
Ash Froud (four goals) and Sean Johns (three) led the way in attack for the visitors, with Jackson Gash, Dylan Robinson and Sean Robinson also impressive through the corridor and rebounding off half back.
For the Rams, defender Brady Trotman, onballer Ash Morris and forward George Trewhitt tried hard all day, with Ben Nisbet slotting the side’s solitary goal.
Playing coach Todd Gallagher, Rick Gittens once again stood out for the Rams and speedster Sam Willoughby continued his good form, while thirds player Will Shaw was another to impress on debut.
Final score, Mulwala 20.13 (133) to Deni Rams 1.10 (16)
Rams assistant coach Dean Irwin said it was a case of a top side being far too strong.
‘‘With a young squad you’re going to get a few games like this,’’ he said.
‘‘We were competitive in the first quarter and even had the first two shots of the game.
‘‘If we managed to put those through it may have been a different story, but we didn’t make the most of our opportunities.’’
It was a tough day for the Rams, with key forward Adrian Pappin going down with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter.
‘‘Hopefully we’ll only be missing Adrian for a couple of games,’’ Irwin said.
‘‘Despite the heavy loss and Adrian going down with injury there were still plenty of positives to take out of the game.
‘‘Brady Trotman was outstanding in his role on Ash Froud. While Froud ended up with four goals, Brady definitely shut him down.
‘‘Brady pushed him out wide and made sure that if he was having a shot at goal that it would be a difficult one.
‘‘We put Ash Morris on a back flank after half time and he gave us plenty of run.
‘‘George Trewhitt also battled well in the ruck to give Sid Pearn and Jayden Pitts a chop out. George took a few contested marks and competed really well.’’
It was a one-sided affair in the reserves also, with the Lions cruising to a 96 point win.
After a scoreless first term the Rams showed some fight, hitting the scoreboard in each of the remaining three quarters.
Final score, Mulwala 18.10 (118) to Deni Rams 3.4 (22).
Darren Smith was the Rams’ best, with Shane Werner and Tom Whytcross also valiant in defeat. Deni’s three goal kickers — Luke Freer, Jayden Caniglia and Reece Hussey — also played well for the home side.