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Rams thrive in tough battle

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April 09, 2018

Deniliquin has started the Murray Netball League season in fine fashion, securing its second win in as many matches on Saturday.

Deniliquin has started the Murray Netball League season in fine fashion, securing its second win in as many matches on Saturday.

The victory against Rumbalara did not come easy for Jodie Sefton’s troops though, having to battle hard for the 39-36 triumph.

‘‘They (Rumbalara) have recruited some handy players, so they’ll be one of the main threats this year, that’s for sure,’’ Sefton said.

‘‘I think Rumba will certainly be a danger team, and they’ll only get better as the season progresses.

‘‘The match ebbed and flowed, but our girls maintained their composure towards the end of the game when it got tight.’’

Sefton was impressed with some of her younger charges in Ella Park and Leah Blake in the successful outing.

‘‘Ella is a new young player, she’s in Year 12, but I’m not sure she’s even 18 yet, and she’s played really well so far this year,’’ Sefton said.

‘‘She’s come up from the under-17 team last year and has slotted into goal keeper beautifully, I’m really excited about her prospects.

‘‘Leah is only 16 and after a promising start last year (went down with an ankle injury), so it’s good to see her back and doing well.’’

Hayley Hall and Eleisha Bartlett were also outstanding, while Amelia Seignior and Bec White continue to lead the way for the Rams with their presence on court.

‚óŹMoama and Tongala are the only other sides in the competition with two victories after two rounds.

The Magpies unfurled last year’s A-grade flag on Saturday before belting Nathalia 71-15 in a dominant display.

Meanwhile, the Blues had a tough clash against a much-improved Mulwala, but eventually prevailed 44-39.

Tungamah drew first blood in the initial contest between ex-Picola District Football Netball League teams, defeating Shepparton East by one goal, 38-37.

At Numurkah Showgrounds, the Blues bounced back from a shock round one defeat to get the better of Barooga 34-24, while Echuca United also showed massive improvement to snare victory against Cobram, 41-36.

In the other match, Congupna and Finley duked it out.

The Cats were in front when the final whistle sounded, earning a 52-42 triumph.

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