Rams pass Centrals test

DEAN STACEYSound Telegraph

Rockingham stretched their unbeaten start to the Peel Football League season to nine matches following a hard-fought win over Centrals at the weekend.

The Rams led at every change, but could not shake a dogged Centrals, who eventually lowered their colours by two goals, 15.12 (102) to 13.12 (90).

Rockingham emerged with six multiple goal-kickers, led by Sean Fleming and Keren Ugle who booted three apiece.

Daniel Dalby was Centrals’ main avenue to goal with three and received valuable support from Brent Atwell, Troy Davis and John Murphy, who were among the side’s best.

For Rockingham, Theo Adams claimed best-on-ground honours from Stephen Snowdon and Tyler Strange.

The results also maintained the Rams’ undefeated run at Anniversary Park

In search of a first league premiership since 1997, the Rams have been the competition’s benchmark so far this season, but have been tested recently by South Mandurah and again at the weekend by Centrals.

The result maintains Rockingham’s one-game lead over second-placed Waroona, who issued a warning to their rivals via a 129-point thumping of South Mandurah.

The reigning premiers blew the game open with seven second-quarter goals to lead by 62 points at the main break.

They rammed home the advantage with a further 16 goals after half-time to complete a percentage-boosting win, 28.23 (191) to 9.8 (62).

The Demons’ Aaron Payrits was the chief destroyer with eight majors, while Adam Clancy (five), Justin Giumelli (four) and Matthew Thomas (three) also got in on the act.

Falcons spearhead Rod Tregenza had a relatively quiet day by his standards, but still managed three goals.

In other results, Baldivis snapped a three-game losing streak with victory over Pinjarra.

The Brumbies led at every change, but laid the foundation for victory with six goals to one in the third term.

They emerged comfortable 24-point winners, 13.8 (86) to 9.8 (62).

Michael McCann booted five goals for Baldivis, while Luke Guthrie did likewise in a losing cause for the Tigers.

The league’s only other match was an epic contest which saw Halls Head and Mandurah share the points on Sunday night.

Mandurah had led by as many as six goals at the first change, but saw their lead whittled away by a determined Lightning side, who had registered the first win of the season just a week earlier.

Despite having three more scoring shots in the final term, the Mustangs were left to rue their own inaccuracy as the sides played out a thrilling draw, 15.11 (101) to 14.17 (101).

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