Deniliquin is on the board for this year.
The Murray Football League cellar dweller rose to the challenge of facing a resurgent Echuca United at Echuca South Recreation Reserve on Saturday in impressive fashion.
The young Rams led at every change to eventually stun the Eagles in a 13.6 (84) to 10.8 (68) triumph.
Adrian Pappin made a miraculous recovery from a hamstring strain last week to prove the matchwinner with five goals for the visitors, while Rams playing coach Todd Gallagher was close behind his teammate with four majors.
John Bowie, Ben Irwin, Sid Pearn, Sam Willoughby and Liam Pitts also stood tall for the Rams, who snapped an 11-game losing streak stretching back to August 5 last year with Saturday’s win.
For the Eagles, Peter Quanchi led the way in attack with six goals, while Nic Denahy, Rhys Morgan and Paul Kirby were among the best in a defeat that brings the side back to the pack forming around eighth spot on the ladder.
●Moama returned to the winners list in fine fashion, seeing off an inaccurate Tongala outfit 15.11 (101) to 9.14 (68).
The Blues won the third term of the Tongala Recreation Reserve encounter, but 2.9 for the quarter to Moama’s 3.1 allowed the away side to remain in control of proceedings.
Moama’s stars stood tall in attack on the day, with Tyler Jones (six goals), Rhys Archard (four) and Angus Grigg (three) stretching Tongala’s defensive unit.
Bailey Waasdorp, Ryley Cowley and Bryce Denham were crucial for the Blues during the defeat.
●Barooga faithful will have to wait at least another fortnight to cheer on recent signing Cameron Cloke, but the Hawks had no trouble scoring without him in a 14.14 (98) to 7.7 (49) victory against Tungamah.
The Bears, without spearhead Ash Saunders, struggled to keep up with Barooga after quarter-time.
Bodhi Butts was again Tungamah’s best player and chimed in with two goals, but the entire list will need to lift in order to keep its slim finals hopes alive.
Tyrone Downie and Matt Demaio snared three goals apiece for the Hawks in the win, with Riley Brooks, Will Gorman and Brent Downie also standing out.
The triumph allows Barooga to put its collective feet up next week during the bye and bask in the sunlight of a nine-match winning streak.
●Congupna’s newly-discovered winning ways continued.
The Road kept Katandra at arm’s length for much of Saturday’s Memorial Park clash, eventually running out 14.9 (93) to 10.6 (66) victors.
Daniel Schaper (five goals) was dangerous all day in attack, while Lachie Baldwin, BJ Squire and Sam Ferguson proved influential in the win.
For the Kats, Corey Hickford was the only multiple goal-kicker with two majors, while Will Jeffery, Aaron Muntz and Luke Minogue held their own.
●The Nathalia juggernaut rolled on with ease, steamrolling Finley in an 18.9 (117) to 6.12 (48) win.
The Cats could not find a goal before the main break, but lifted their output after half-time to put some respect back into the scoreboard.
Brodie Ross (four goals) and Brett Vallender (three) again led the way for the Purples up forward, while Bowen Smith, Ricky Barnes and Ryan Butler did as they pleased for most of the day.
Paul Massingham’s return to Finley continues to bear fruit with another two goals and an impressive performance, while Levi Middleton, Tom McCarney and Cam Robertson held their heads high in defeat.
●Numurkah again showcased its ability to flick a switch when needed in a 12.14 (86) to 5.3 (33) victory against Shepparton East.
The Blues booted five goals to one in the opening stanza and four to none in the third term to give themselves full control of the contest and despite not snaring a major in the final quarter, still secured a dominant win.
Ben Gunning’s five goals stood out from the crowd, as did the performances of Nick Fothergill, Josh O’Dwyer and Brad Crowther.
For the Eagles, Duane Hueston, Brendan Scott and Shannon Campbell worked hard in defeat.