Tough Rams hold off determined Baggies

LINING UP: Natimuk United’s Ricky Wild lines up for one his four goals that he booted against Swifts on Saturday. Picture: MICHELLE DE’LISLE

NATIMUK United had the perfect start to its 2016 season after it defeated Swifts by 26 points on at home on Saturday.

In a see-sawing game the Rams ran over the top of the Baggies to finish victors in the first round of the Horsham District Football Netball League.

Ricky Wild and Jonathon Lovel booted four goals each up forward.

For the Baggies, Andrew Cameron was impressive with six but the greater spread of scoring among Rams’ players delivered them a win.

The new-look Rams started well in the first, kicking four goals to one to take control of the match.

At the other end the Baggies’ forwards were well held as they went into the first break with a three-goal deficit.

If the Rams thought they had the edge however, they were soon proved wrong as the Baggies forced their way back into the game in the second.

A six-goal to three quarter evened the scoreline to have the Baggies in front by a point.

In season’s gone by, such a comeback would have seen the Rams crumble in the face of the Baggiesonslaught.

Instead they rallied, finding avenues to goal as they retook control.

By three quarter time they had a narrow five-point lead.

The spread of goal kickers proved the difference as a host of Rams players got in on the scoring action.

Kyal Murray scored two, while Kurtis Torney, Riley Jervis and Alex Risdale all added one.

In the final term these players dominated play as rams wrested control of the game from the Baggies.

The kicked four goals to one, but had nine scoring shots to Baggies’ three in a dominant finish to the game.

Rams coach Nigel Sibson said his team made a few mistakes to let the Baggies back into the match.

“Our first quarter was fantastic, we probably let ourselves down whenwe let them back into it,” he said.

“The focus was just to move the ball nice and quick and give our forward good opportunity.

“We are pretty dangerous down there.”

Sibson said it was good to see his players maintain their belief when the Swifts were on top.

“We were under pressure but we stuck with it and the game plan,” he said.

“At three quarter time it was just all about the heart and webelieved in our ability together it done.

“I was pleased the guys were able to stand up where the game was on the line.”

The Rams hada near-clean run with injury, with only Sibson himself carrying any concerns.

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