Camden Rams victory was a close shave

Camden have made their own slice of history with a heart-stopping 14-12 win over the Picton Magpies in the Group 6 grand final.

The Rams made history by winning all four matches they contested on Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium, with the League Tag, under 18’s and reserve grade also claiming victory.

The first grade match was a dour affair, with only two tries apiece being scored in the 80 minutes, but the Rams’ defence was the highlight, with the Camden side holding firm despite Picton threatening to score on many occasions.

Camden winger Mahn Darley opened the scoring at 17 minutes and another try minutes later giving the Rams a 10-0 lead.

The Magpies however, weren’t done with and continued to apply pressure to the Camden line.

Picton’s lone first half try came through five eighth Don Thompson, who scored a morale boosting try on the stroke of halftime, and saw Camden lead 12-6 at the break.

Camden captain Chris Browne added a penalty goal early in the second half, giving the Rams some breathing room at 14-6, but the crowd knew the game was far from over and they were right.

A try to the Magpies 17 minutes before the final siren gave the travelling Magpie army hope at 14-2, and many believed it would simply be a matter of time before Picton scored again.

Camden’s defence in the last 10 minutes was quite impressive with several efforts from the Magpies to secure the win but it was to no avail.

Camden sealed the win thanks to a penalty given to them in the final minute ensuring a historic win over their arch rivals and preventing the Magpies from claiming a record fourth straight premiership.

Picton’s best included Jack Twist, Don Thompson (who terrorised the Camden defence all night) Kenny Ahovelo and Jason Thompson.

Camden’s five eighth, Zac Greene, was named best on ground and few would have argued with the decision.

Greene along with halfback Jackson Willis steered the Rams around all night with great class.

Greene and Willis were among the best for the Rams, along with second rowers Toby Huxley and Matt Applebee, while Dean Collis’ experience in the centres was invaluable along with lock Dean Rysko, who made several damaging runs throughout the night.

The other results from grand final day saw Camden scrape past Picton 10-8 in reserve grade, Appin defeated Moss Vale 28-10 in second division, while the Rams thumped Thirlmere 40-6 in under 18’s and a 12-10 win over Campbelltown City in the League Tag match.

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