Gallagher: Keep up the effort

June 08, 2018

Deni Rams playing-coach Todd Gallagher.

‘‘Keep fronting up and giving effort and a win will come.’’

That’s the message Deni Rams coach Todd Gallagher delivered to his players this week ahead of their road trip to the Echuca United ground tomorrow.

The Rams are winless after eight matches in the Murray League season, and their next challenge won’t be easy. The seventh-placed Eagles are 4-4 and have had injury troubles but will start as clear favourites.

Gallagher said he will continue to promote young talent, saying thirds players John Bowie and Will Shaw are a chance of playing against the Eagles.

‘‘Our thirds are undefeated so there’s obviously some talent there. John and Will have both played seniors this year, but we’re conscious of keeping them fresh for the thirds who are obviously going to play finals.

‘‘Will came in last week and did an excellent job against strong opposition.’’

The Rams are hoping key forward Adrian Pappin (hamstring) will be right to play, while the Eagles have had their injury concerns with key players Zach Mihocek (leg), Nathan Bottomley (hamstring) and Sam Toulmin (quad) all missing last week’s win over Shepparton East.

‘‘We’ve generally played well against the Eagles, but the main thing is effort,’’ Gallagher said.

‘‘I thought some of our efforts were a little lacking against Mulwala last week, so we’ve addressed that at training.

‘‘We’re staying positive and asking the players to take the game on. We have a very young side and it’s going to take time.’’

The Rams will need to contain United star Farran Priest, who has kicked 25 goals this year as a roving and lead-up forward.

Brady Trotman will most likely take Priest after doing a good job keeping Mulwala sharp shooter Ash Froud to four goals last week.

The Rams will also look for plenty of rebound off half back from Ash Morris and key defender John Anstee.

Selection: Echuca United by eight goals.

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