Rams fly home with a win over Tasmania
The AFL NSW/ACT Under-16s Rams will leave the Gold Coast with a win under their belt after defeating Tasmania at Yeronga today.
The Rams overcame a 9-point deficit at half-time to be in front by 13 points going into the final quarter.
Under-16s Coach, Lloyd Perris said moving Braeden Campbell into the midfield during the third term provided them the spark required to hit-back.
“He really galvanized the group,” said Perris.
“The combination of his hard attack on the ball, but also his composure and ball use helped us attack.
“Sam Eynaud also provided a strong target up forward and competed in the air.”
Across the game, there were many contributors in this, the second win out of three matches for the Rams during the Championships.
“Hamish Dunstan moved into the midfield today and led the way with his physicality, as did Pierce Roseby, who has done this all carnival. They set the tone and it was really pleasing that all of our boys followed their lead today like wingers, Charlie Byrne and Cooper Wilson.
“Everybody had their moment today and it was a great way to end the carnival.”
Maroubra’s Errol Gulden was again a stand out for the Rams, taking away the teams’ Most Valuable Player Award, as well as the MVP Award for the entire 2018 NAB AFL Under-16s Championships.
“Errol was brilliant all carnival. His numbers from our first game against the Northern Territory in Sydney were pretty incredible, and to his credit, he carried that right though the carnival.
“Errol is a very smart footballer with elite ball use, but he is also a quality young man. He really listens and wants to learn and develop, and was our captain today in the teams’ best performance of the week.”
The Rams finished the game at Yeronga 11 points in front.
AFL NSW/ACT – 12.7.79
TASMANIA – 10.8.68
GOALS – Rossman 3, Campbell 2, Gabila 2, Byrne, Wilson, Gulden, Roseby, Parnell
BEST – Campbell, Dunstan, Roseby, Gulden, Eynaud, Byrne