Huddersfield Rams go hunting their first Aussie Rules Premiership on Saturday since their inaugural season of 2009.

Head coach Jason Battye takes his men to tackle table-toppers Manchester Mosquitoes in the AFL Central & Northern England League Grand Final at Sheffield Tigers RUFC in Dore.

It’s a 2pm kick-off for the eager Rams in what is sure to be a highly-competitive fixture – both teams field arguably the strongest sides in England at the moment.

In the semi-finals, the Rams travelled to Burnage to face Nottingham Scorpions and came through 112-76.

Huddersfield finished the regular season in third position and it meant it was a straight knockout against the league runners-up.

Having previously lost 105-87 to the Scorpions, Battye and his side had revenge on their minds and were delighted to book a first Grand Final appearance since 2011.

The Rams team was a mixture of youth and experience and featured six Under 17 players as well as seven internationals.

Experience from club founder Karl Haigh and captain Matt Whiteley proved vital as the Rams supplied full-forward Danny Armitage with clean and calculated ball.

Armitage and his partner Luke Booth were thorns in the Scorpions side throughout, and their goalkicking gave the Rams an 18-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Scorpions, fielding a number of very experienced members of their last Championship win, when they beat the Rams in 2011, hit back strongly, although the Huddersfield midfield of Graham Bickerdike, James Clayton and Alex Overton putting immense pressure on at every opportunity to smother kicks.

As a result, the Rams went into the break 59-22 up, with Booth, Armitage and Whiteley keeping the score ticking over for the Rams.

It was the third quarter which proved costly for the Rams the last time they played Nottingham, so Battye new the 20-minute segment would be pivotal.

Huddersfield Rams v Nottingham Scorpions
Huddersfield Rams v Nottingham Scorpions
 

Nottingham played strongly, but the Rams showed determination to dig in with Sam Gill prominent in the rucking contest and grabbing himself an excellent goal from distance.

He was ably assisted by Overton, who put his body on the line for the team on numerous occasions. The 17-year-old engineered a number of goals for the Rams simply by his desire to be the first to the ball.

Booth and Armitage were both the beneficiaries, and the Scorpions could reduced the deficit by the end of the quarter by just one point.

Nottingham knew they needed a productive final quarter to stand any chance, but again the Rams prevented them gaining momentum.

Armitage and Booth created and scored some of the best team goals seen for a number of seasons – and as time ran out Booth picked out Armitage under the posts for Armitage to put the icing on the cake and send Huddersfield through with an extraordinary banana kick from a tight angle.

The Rams extended their lead, Armitage top scoring with eight goals followed by Booth with seven. The Rams’ stand-out player was Brandon Fletcher for the way he shackled the Scorpions’ main threat Martin Kearney.

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