Brumbies the best on wet track
The Baldivis Brumbies 13.9 (87) have taken local bragging rights after defeating the Rockingham Rams 11.7 (73) by 14 points at Baldivis Oval on Sunday.
On a wet and windy afternoon, the Brumbies had the jump on the Rams early to lead by 20 points at quarter-time.
In a contest in which the Rams fielded 10 colts players because of injury, illness and work commitments, Scott Franklin’s young side worked themselves back into the game by reducing the deficit to 13 points at the main break.
With one end of Baldivis Oval in particular proving fruitful, the Brumbies seized control of the third quarter to kick five goals and extend their lead to 26 points.
A late surge from the Rams reduced the margin to 14 points but it was not enough as Craig Hamersley’s side exacted revenge on their local rivals after their first-round loss earlier this season.
Hamersley said while his side gave the Rams a sniff in the last term, he was pleased to take the points and make it four wins from the past five matches.
“Brendan Tingey was very good in the middle, as was Hayden Lynn,” Hamersley said.
“Tate Ralph also did really well in the back line; he was only in his third game of league football and we gave him the job on Luke Dowling after playing well on Ash McGrath last week.”
Franklin, meanwhile, praised the efforts of his young team, highlighting the contributions of Fraser Millar, Riley Allison and Rocky Collins in particular.
“Obviously we wanted to get the win but we weren’t too disappointed with how we played,” he said.
“There were just a couple of moments at crucial times that cost us.”
This week the Brumbies will prepare for a tough clash with South Mandurah at Baldivis Oval, while the Rams travel to Mundijong Oval to face top-of-the-table Centrals.
Bouncedown for both games is at 2.30pm on Sunday.
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