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   Jul 28

Rams prevail in tough match

NATIMUK United withstood a spirited second-half challenge from Rupanyup to run out with a 12.16 (88) to 11.6 (72) win at Natimuk Showgrounds on Saturday.
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Both teams are out of finals contention this yearbut plenty of pride was at stake, with the loser destined to finish the round at the bottom of the ladder.

The Rams got the better start and could have built a comfortable lead if not for some inaccuracy early.

Rupanyup full-back Jordan May competed well in the air but when the ball hit the ground, the Rams’ small forwards looked dangerous.

Kyal Murray swooped on a loose ball to kick the Rams’ first goal, and was always a threat.

Murray finished with four majorswhile fellow small forwards Jonathon Hornsby, Greg Hamilton and John Cozens were dangerous.

Ash Pekin worked his way into the game to be one of the Rams’ best, and Woody Conboy and Alex Ridsdale provided run.

Rupanyup looked dangerous going forward, but could not get its forwards enough supply in the first half.

That changed after half-time, when a lift in intensity from the visitors got them back in the match.

May was switched into the ruck to combat the dominance of Ram Cameron Sudholz at stoppages, and the likes of Noel Jorgensen and Matthew Weidemann started driving them forward.

Panthers Mark and Ross Tickner were elusive in the forward line and Anthony Trotter was good on the lead with three goals.

A brilliant David Lang goal from the pocket cut the margin to 10 points in the third quarter and gave the visitors hope ofwinning, but Murray quickly responded for the Rams before the siren.

Rupanyup defender Paul Trotter was excellent in a fast-paced final term, but the Rams did enough to see off the challenge.

Coach Simon Brearley said his team was determined to avoid the wooden spoon and played accordingly.

“We let them get back into it in the second half, but to the boys’ credit they didn’t lie down,” he said.

Rupanyup’s Scott Finnigan said his side had left its charge too late.

“The boys put up a fight and showed a bit of character, but when you’re behind at half-time andshouldn’t be, it costs you,” he said.

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