Hall stands tall in 200th game

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A hard fought match by Deni Rams' A grade saw them progress to the Murray League preliminary finals with a seven goal win over Cobram at Cobram on Saturday.

In what were cold and windy conditions, a consistent defensive match was displayed by the Rams with Eliza Eastman and Ella Park pulling in multiple turnovers. 

A best on court performance by Hayley Hall in her 200th A grade match saw a steady transition into attack with an impressive conversion rate by Leah Blake in the goal circle in windy shooting conditions.

The Rams will now continue preparations towards the big game with a prelim final against Moama on Sunday.

When the teams last met, Rams went down convincingly but were able to keep with Moama until the third quarter mark with a noticeable absence of Bec Biggs at their last meeting.

Rams are confident they have what it takes to push Moama to hopefully book themselves an opportunity in this years grand final.

Final score, Deni Rams 44 to Cobram 37.

Awards: Hayley Hall, Leah Blake and Eliza Eastman.

The C grade Rams are out of finals following a three goal loss in an absolute thriller against Nathalia at Nathalia on Sunday.

The Rams came out firing taking the lead early and held it for majority of the game.

Some beautiful passages of play from all Deni players was a highlight.

The Rams defenders worked tirelessly against a strong Nathalia goaling end, while Deni's attackers were patient with their passing ensuring the balls safe delivery into their accurate goalers.

Nathalia came out hard in the third quarter and Deni able to hold them back, but by the fourth quarter the Purples came out too strong to sneak away victory.

Final score, Nathalia 48 to Deni Rams 45.

Awards: Brontes - Steph Maher; Total Bliss - Nat Maher; Motiv8 - Maddy Callanan.

The C Res Rams had an unexpected loss against Nathalia.

Deni started with five players out due to injuries and other commitments but adapted to position changes with Jemma Smith and Sam Hughes stepping up from the Under 15s.

Sam made the most of every opportunity in goal shooter, while Jemma Smith and Krissy Nieuwenhuizen partnered well in defence and fought hard all game against a strong and accurate attacking end.

The Ramss should be extremely proud of their efforts as they played high quality consistent netball all season, with injuries proving costly in the end.

Final score, Nathalia 45 to Deni Rams 32. 

The season has ended for the Rams Under 17s team, going down to Rumbalara by six goals.

Rumba took an early lead and despite their best efforts, the Rams girls just could not quite get back.

To Deni's credit they kept fighting until the final whistle, winning the final quarter by four goals.

With four girls injured, the Rams were not at full strength, requiring Chloe Brown and Chloe Way from the Under 15s to take the court and both played their part.

Keely Mitsch was a strength in attack, feeding the ring nicely and shooting accurately.

Molly Shaw was once again a steady hand through the centre and Felicity Jefferies had the hardest job of the day against a tall and accurately shooting opponent, yet played out of her skin in her first game back after an injury plagued season.

Final score, Rumbalara 47 to Deni Rams 41.

The Under 13s Rams overcame a tough and physical Rumba team to secure their place in the preliminary final.

The girls had a nervous start allowing Rumba the first two scores on the board before they kicked the nerves and started playing their game.

The physicality started from Rumba early and to all the Rams' credit they stayed focused and responded with goals on the board.

The Deni players supported one another at every chance and the team play and spirit is to be commended.

Final score, Deni Rams 38 to Rumbalara 23.

Awards: Pheobe Jefferies, Bonnie Everett, Emma Parks and Stella White.

The Rams now take on Tongala in the preliminary final at Katandra on Saturday.