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VRU: Moorabbin rams home 15th title

SEVEN years can hardly be considered a “premiership drought”. But if you’re as accustomed to success as they are at Moorabbin Rams Rugby Club, it’s a long time to wait.
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Earlier this month the Rams broke through for their 15th Victorian Rugby Union Dewar Shield, defeating Melbourne 30-24.

It was a remarkable feat, given Melbourne hadn’t lost a game all season, and were going for their fourth consecutive title.

Melbourne lead 9-0 early in the game before Moorabbin tied the scores at 12-all by half-time.

The Rams took the lead early in the second half and never squandered it. However, president Paul Gascoigne says there were a few nervous moments.

“At 30-17 we thought it must be pretty close to time. The Melbourne president came over and congratulated me… and then the game kept going,” Gascoigne laughs. “But I think from 30-17 we were fairly unbeatable.

‘‘Our defence was just non-stop and withstood everything Melbourne threw at us.”

The win was redemption for Moorabbin, who Gascoigne says were “embarrassed” in a semi-final against Melbourne last year.

“We lost some respect because of that performanc and we wanted that respect back… the only way to get it was to win the grand final.”

Melbourne may have gone through the season undefeated but they beat Moorabbin by only three points in a mid-season clash, giving the Rams confidence going into the grand final.

“When we looked back at the video we saw that we really could have won it,” Gascoigne says. “That set the goal that we wanted another crack at them and we did it.”

“It was a fantastic game. We showed great courage in a hard-fought pressure contest.’’

Rams president Paul Gascoigne and coach Dai Edwards with the Dewar Shield