Football: Rockingham Rams get better of conditions and Mandurah in 63-point win

Football: Rockingham Rams get better of conditions and Mandurah in 63-point win

ROCKINGHAM Rams notched its third win of the season after defeating Mandurah by 63 points 20.9 (129) to 10.6 (66) last Sunday.

The Rams started with a strong breeze but had trouble kicking straight, scoring 2.5 from 18 inside 50s.

Mandurah made better use of the breeze in the second quarter, sending the ball 24 times inside its forward 50.

Coach Scott Franklin said in the third quarter the Rams played some of the footy they were known for earlier in the season.

“Our pressure was up, we had some run from behind and our forwards finished off on the scoreboard,” he said.

Rockingham led by five goals at the last change.

“We knew the breeze would give Mandurah a bit of an edge,” he said.

“But to the players credit they ran the game out extremely well and kicked away to an 11 goal win.”

Luke Dowling was the leading scorer with four goals, taking his season tally to 20 and second on the goalkicking list, followed by Tyler Sutton with three majors, who is also on 20.

Franklin said he was extremely happy with debutants Tim Dowe, Declan Power, Jack Allum and Kyle Donaldson.

“It was a great team and effort with Rock Collins again leading from the front, while Mitch Anderson, Luke Dowling and Kyle Donaldson all played very good games,” he said.

This weekend the Rams take on in-form Baldivis who are fifth on the ladder, one spot above Rockingham, after the Brumbies had a comfortable win against the previously undefeated Centrals, 13.12 (90) to 5.6 (36).

In other league results, Waroona defeated Pinjarra 8.11 (59) to 2.11 (23) and South Mandurah defeated Halls Head 11.9 (75) to 7.6 (48).

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