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Round 6 - Saturday May 19, 2007
Riverina Football League
Venue: Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: -----
Mangoplah-CUE .... 2.4 .. 8.5 .. 11.7 .. 14.11 (95)
Griffith ..................... 3.2 .. 8.4 .. 10.6 .. 13.10 (88)

MANGOPLAH-COOKARDINIA UNITED-EASTLAKES: Brett Howard, Geoff Spriggs, Dean Howard, Dylan De Britt, Xavier Higgins, Neil Lawson, Mitch Balding, Matthew Finemore, Kurt Thompson, Stace Creasy, Jordan Foster, Adam Howard, Craig Websdale, Sam Balding, Nat Davis, Trent Cohalan, Brad Turner, Mitch Heydon, Matt Thomas, Pat Howlett, Graeme Reid 
GRIFFITH: David Pasin, Peter Hunt, Jason Hampel; Jason Malone, Matthew Kenny, Mathew Crack; Ben Ford, Luke McLean, Joel Brown; Craig Conlan, Jeff Mickan, Craig Lugton; Brock Harrison, James Toscan, Daniel Meade; Ryan Bull, Matthew McDonald, Zach Lewis; Dean Crack, Jonathon Gastin, Jace Iemma
Mangoplah-CUE: J Foster 4, G Reid 2, C Websdale 2, B Turner, M Finemore, M Heydon, S Balding, G Spriggs, A Howard
Griffith: J Toscan 3, L McLean 2, D Meade 2, M McDonald 2, Brock Harrison, Z Lewis, D Crack, C Lugton
Mangoplah-CUE: S Balding, G Spriggs, D De Britt, M Balding, N Davis, K Thompson
Griffith: Z Lewis, J Mickan, L McLean, J Hampel, M McDonald

A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith's decision to drop NSW representative Mick Duncan has come back to cost the Swans the ultimate price after Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes ground out a gutsy seven-point win at Mangoplah Sportsground on Saturday. Duncan was axed to reserve grade for disciplinary reasons during the week and his absence was sorely missed as the Goannas got over the line 14.11 (95) to 13.10 (88).

Duncan sent a strong message to the Swans selectors prior to the main game, booting seven goals in reserve grade and is expected to be rushed straight back into the Griffith team, which has lost four games from six this year. It was a strong win for the Goannas, who took the four points without co-captain Chris Higgins and key midfielders Brad Roberson and Jack Killalea.

The lead see-sawed for the first three quarters before the Goannas booted the opening two goals of the final term to seal victory.

MCUE skipper Dean Howard was proud of the character the Goannas showed in grinding out the victory. "We did it the hard way," Howard said.

"It was an arm-wrestle all day and no-one was really able to kick a couple of goals in a row to get away in front.

"To have three of our top 10 players out, it was good to get a win without having to rely on those guys. "We spoke about the need to have more goal-kickers during the week, and I think we had nine or 10 on the day.

Griffith probably had the better of it in the middle and our backline held their own, but it was our forwards line that was the difference.

"It was a really big game for both of us and that keeps us in touch with the top five now."  (The Area News - Monday May 21, 2007).

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Turvey Park 13.8 (87) def by Eastern Hawks 18.20 (128); SUN: Coolamon 9.13 (67) def by Ganmain-GGM 25.16 (166), Wagga Tigers 27.10 (172) def Leeton-Whitton 19.20 (134); Narrandera, bye.

Reserves: Griffith 16.15.117 def Mangoplah-CUE 7.8 (50)
Goals: M Duncan 7, Brent Harrison 6, B Bridgen 2, R Heenan, K Duncan
Best players: M Harris, N Kite, A Cappello, D Jamieson, M Duncan
Under 18: Mangoplah-CUE 12.17 (89) def Griffith 4.9 (33)
Goals: D Keenan 2, M Tyndall, G Snaidero
Best players: C McGann, J Fallon, N Tapprell, D Bruce, L Piccolo, J McRae

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