Deniliquin has engineered one of the upsets of the Murray Football league season by defeating Mulwala on Saturday.
The win for the Rams came just a week after the Lions had ended Nathalia’s undefeated start to the year and thrusts Gary Parsons’ side back into contention as a dangerous team to face in the run home to finals.
Oliver Draffin was the hero for Deniliquin up forward, kicking four goals to be the most productive attacking force on the field.
The breakthrough triumph for the young Rams was concocted in defence, with backmen John Anstee and Anthony Bull the best players on the field.
It was a game Mulwala will certainly see as ‘one that got away’ after the Lions secured 20 scoring shots to just 12, but inaccuracy and poor decision-making cost Michael Tout’s charges a consolidating win.
‘‘We were just very ordinary and they were just better on the day,’’ he said.
‘‘A lot of the shots on goal were quite easy, especially in the first term, and if we had have slotted them I think the result would have been very different.
‘‘We just played horrible football, but we’re a young group and hopefully they’ll learn from it.’’
Mulwala booted 0.7 in the first quarter and ended the match with 0.5 in the last term, while the Rams took almost every opportunity presented.
Ash Froud kicked two of the Lions’ goals, Angus Shand and Nathan McNair fought hard all day.
Deniliquin has now won consecutive games after defeating Tongala last week and moves above the Blues into eighth spot on the ladder.
Another tough task awaits the Rams, with Nathalia travelling to Hardinge St Oval next week, while Mulwala must try to regroup before it hosts Barooga.