1980 SWDFL SEASON RESULTS
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IN: Stephen Crack (Mathoura), Paul Greenwood, Jeff Mitchell (Waratah, NT), Stephen Mulqueen (Wangaratta Rovers), Steve Thompson (Waratah, NT), Randall Strongman (Deniliquin), Jim Tolsher
OUT: Norm Alexander, Dom Ammendolia, Peter Arnell, Peter Carey (Coleambally), Pat Dwyer, Peter Dwyer, Ashley Faulkner, Bob Greenwood (Coleambally), Glen Harrison (Coleambally), Graham Manning, Peter Matuska, Alan McGann, Mick O'Brien, Chris O'Dwyer (Coleambally), Dennis Schmetzer (Whitton), Ian Wade (Coleambally).
SWANS OPENING GAME AT HOME - By Jack Luhrs
SOUTH West football season begins on Sunday and on account of Coolamon having facility problems, Griffith will play Coolamon at home on the Ex-Servicemen's Oval. This should give Griffith supporters an early start to the season as the following Sunday have a bye. They then play Leeton the following Saturday honouring an agreement between Leeton and Griffith over the past few years to play Saturday instead of Sunday.
Though badly beaten in the first 18 by Ardlethan last Sunday the Swans are confident of fielding a stronger side against Coolamon. Senior players who went away for Easter will be back in the side.
The Swans hope to get a lot of drive from Steve Mulqueen at centre half forward. Steve played for Wangaratta Rovers in the Ovens and Murray League. Jeff Mitchell who played for Griffith two years ago, will start in the centre.
Griffith will reply on Mitchell to get the ball to the forward line and new full forward Martie O'Donnell.
Griffith have experimented with Drew Luhrs at centre halfback. He will have the job of holding Coolamon's assistant coach Peter Stephens who played with Geelong. Around the packs, Griffith should get plenty of drive from rovers Kel Turner and Robbie Owen who have been playing well in practice matches.
Griffith will have a number of young local players in the first 18 this year. One "senior" player who will be lining up with the firsts will be Sid Robins. Robins is non-paying coach of the second 18. Robins' team had a win against Ardlethan last week and hope to continue this winning streak, though mostly young they are performing well, and supporters can look forward to good performances from players such as Tony Dillon, Rob Gamble, David Taylor, Mike Jones and "old stager" Terry Bennett who "happily" is lining up again. (The Area News - Friday, April 11, 1980).
Round 1 - Sunday April 13, 1980 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ........... 4.4 .. 5.7 .. 8.9 .. 9.10 (64)
Coolamon .... 3.4 .. 6.8 .. 8.15 .. 12.21 (93)
Goals - Griffith: R Owen 2, S Mulqueen 2, J Mitchell, D Luhrs, M O'Donnell, S Crump, N Brand
Coolamon: G Manglesdolf 4, P Maloney 2, A Pattison, S Bredin, N Pleming, P Stephens, B Nation, M Buchanan
Best players - Griffith: J Mitchell, R Owen, Stephen Best, K Turner, S Robins
Coolamon: G Buchanan, G Manglesdolf, S Bredin, W Roberts
Griffith: Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Sid Robins, Peter McGrath, Stephen Mulqueen*, Shane Best, Stephen Best, John Toscan*, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Stephen Crump*, Steve Thompson*, John Seidel, Drew Luhrs, Garry Owen, Martin O'Donnell, Kelvin Turner, Robbie Owen, Robin Parisotto*, Wayne Bottcher*
Other matches - SUN: Ardlethan 17.14 (116) def Ariah Park-Mirrool 15.8 (98), Grong Grong-Matong 16.22 (118) def Leeton 13.6 (84), Narrandera 19.10 (124) def Ganmain 15.17 (107; Turvey Park, bye
Reserves: Griffith 15.10 (100) d Coolamon 7.16 (58)
Under 19: Coolamon 17.15 (117) d Griffith 10.7 (67)
Match report: The Griffith Swans were not afraid to mix-it with Coolamon and kept in the game until the final period of the game until the Grasshoppers sealed their deserved win with a run of three goals as the game was dying.
It was a good opening for the Grasshoppers - themselves relying mainly upon their local talents boosted by playing-coach Ray O'Connor and his highly rated assistant ex-Geelong player Peter Stephens. Yet the Swans were just as elated - rated clear underdogs and clearly undermanned. With many of their players with only a mere handful of senior games as their qualification, the eager Swans tore into the match as though their lives depended on the result.
Their performance had the stamp of class as they had running linkmen all around the ground but with special efforts coming from rovers Robbie Owen and Jeff Mitchell, Gerard Toscan, John Seidel, Drew Luhrs and Nifty Brand.
None better showed the way than Siddy Robins who held a short tight chain on Stephens to frustrate him into a lesser role. For years Robins has propped up the Swans defence and Sunday appeared to sweep the years away as he gave a performance all but equal to the very best from a top player.
The Griffith fans loved every minute of their great first period, and although against the wind in the quarter, the Swans kicked four goals to three and the club's policy of sticking to local youngsters had soared to a jackpot.
But younger players can be inconsistent, and such was the case after the first break when the Swans threw away their major advantage by failing to run and the steadiness of the Coolamon talent began to get on top.
Steve Bredin and John Chamberlain led the Grasshoppers to a fine fighting comeback only again to see the Swans regroup and one more challenge for the match honours. Griffith fought to a gutsy four-point lead into the third quarter when most of the inspiration came from the new recruits wearing a Swans guernsey this season.
Foremost was running ruck-rover Jeff Mitchell. Mitchell played like he had a double, he was everywhere and literally running himself into the ground with a best player afield effort.
The Swans got solid and satisfactory service from their either two new men, in defender Steve Thompson and centre half forward Steve Mulqueen. Mulqueen played last season for the Oven and Murray League and threw off a slow start to figure more prominent as the game progressed. Likewise, Thompson, who showed great dash under pressure at home when the game thickened and tightened to its tough conclusion.
Defenders, Steve and Shane Best continually swept the Swans out of danger with some fine defensive play and showed they are destined to be key players once again.
Non-playing coach Kevin Kirkpatrick had his reasons to be happy about the result and did not hesitate to tell the players. "You fought out the game and could have won, however, you need to concentrate for longer periods in the games ahead." (By Jack Luhrs - The Area News - Tuesday April 15, 1980).
Round 2 - Sunday April 20, 1980
Other matches: Ariah Park-Mirrool 10.14 (74) def by Grong Grong-Matong 12.11 (83), Ganmain 15.16 (106) def Ardlethan 14.15 (99), Leeton 12.14 (86) def by Coolamon 11.22 (88), Turvey Park 18.20 (128) def Narrandera 10.14 (74).
THE Griffith Australian Football committee has apologised to supporters for a lack of footie write-ups in the local paper, due to the fact that the club has been unable to secure a publicity officer.
Jack Luhrs as a special favour wrote the Coolaman game and the committee appreciates this but Mr. Luhrs was unable to continue due to business pressures.
Bob Little was approached but is very involved with Mod Rules and Junior Football of which he is president.
For approximately two months the committee have endeavoured to get a scribe but with no luck.
"It's a true saying a busy person always finds time to help out, so rather than let the club down Bob Little has agreed to be the club's scribe for 1980. "The Swans committee says a very grateful thanks, Bob for helping out again, a committee spokesman said. (The Area News - Tuesday, April 22, 1980).
Round 3 - Sunday April 27, 1980 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ..... 2.5 .. 6.8 .. 8.8 .. 11.13 (79)
Leeton ..... 3.6 .. 9.11 .. 10.12 .. 12.16 (88)
Goals: Griffith: R Owen 5, D Collins 2, S Mulqueen, S Brand, J Mitchell, N Brand
Leeton: R Imrie 3, D Campbell 3, C Ward 2, B Lang 2, J McDonnell, W Aliendi
Best players: Griffith: P McGrath, J Seidel, D Luhrs, N Brand, J Mitchell
Leeton: J Lyons, L Harrison, J McDonnell, S McMahon, G Robson, T Foley
Griffith: Steve Thompson, Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Sid Robins, Darrell Collins, Peter McGrath, Stephen Mulqueen, Shane Best, Stephen Best, John Toscan, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Kelvin Turner, John Seidel, Wayne Bottcher, Robbie Owen, Martin O'Donnell, Garry Owen
Umpire: M McGregor (AUL)
Other matches - SUN: Ardlethan 21.6 (132) def Turvey Park 14.13 (97), Coolamon 11.14 (80) def by Ariah Park-Mirrool 16.19 (115), Grong Grong-Matong 15.21 (111) def Ganmain 10.18 (78); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Leeton 12.8 (80) d Griffith 5.14 (44)
Under 19: Leeton 17.18 (120) d Griffith 3.6 (24)
SOUTH-WEST COMP WIDE OPEN - By Bob Little
THE football season in the South West is well underway, and yet there is not a team which can claim they should be favourites for the 1980 flag. So far, however, the one thing that is good for the code is the fact that teams that have been "whipping-boys" for so long, have now come back very strongly.
Such teams are Ganmain, Grong Grong-Matong and even Ardlethan. There is still a bye, and many people are not happy about that situation. But at least the league is not lop sided as before. Ganmain have brought up this year, but they are doing the right thing by producing an under 19 side.
The talk last year revolved around a lot of nonsense, of how the bigger towns have the call over smaller towns. Just look how the pendulum has swung. Griffith and Leeton are playing in a low key this season, and this will certainly help the people who knock paid players each year.
But the Griffith club are in trouble. Just look at the seasons ticket. How many people who support local players have come back to the club as they promised? None have because most of the committee other than the president, treasurer and secretary, are made up of players.
One fellow who has come back to coach under 19's this year is not getting the support from the youth of the town, The man is Len Sexton Ex-Geelong, Gammage Medal winner 1964, leading goal scorer, top umpire and a thorough professional when it comes to knowing and delivering the basic fundamentals of football.
Tonight, is a very important occasion for the future of the club.
How about the weekend draws, in the South West League. All the games hold major importance as to how teams will fare for the coming season. Turvey Park and Grong Grong--Matong's game will tell whether either side can hold down their present position. Ganmain are struggling even though they have brought particularly well. The home ground advantage in all games a pointer to all winners. (The Area News -Friday, May 2, 1980).
Round 4 - Sunday May 4, 1980 at Ariah Park Recreation Ground
Ariah Park-Mirrool .... 7.2 .. 11.4 .. 15.8 .. 21.12 (138)
Griffith .......................... 2.2 .. 6.5 .. 9.7 .. 11.7 (73)
Goals: AP-M: T Haddrill 4, C Fisher 4, P Breust 3, R Daniher 2, A Wood 2, W Pleming 2, G O'Brien 2, J Rafferty, S Maguire
Griffith: D Collins 5, P McGrath 3, S Brand, N Brand, J Mitchell
Best players: AP-M: C Fisher, T Haddrill, J Rafferty, P Daniher, W Pleming, P Breust
Griffith: N Brand, D Collins, J Seidel, Shane Best, R Owen, J Toscan
Griffith: Steve Thompson, Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Darrell Collins, Peter McGrath, Stephen Mulqueen, Shane Best, Stephen Best, John Toscan, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Allan Hicken, Kelvin Turner, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, Garry Owen, Marti O'Donnell, *G Hall
Umpire: R Beer (AUL)
Other matches: Ganmain 16.12 (108) def Coolamon 15.14 (104), Narrandera 20.15 (135) def Ardlethan 15.15 (105), Turvey Park 13.19 (97) def GG-M 14.7 (91); Leeton. bye
Reserves: Ariah Park-Mirrool 16.17 (113) d Griffith 6.9 (45)
Under 19: Ariah Park-Mirrool 12.12 (84) d Griffith 7.8 (50)
Match report: Ariah Park-Mirrool made it a hat-trick on Sunday when they swept the floor with the Griffith Swans in all grades. Park supporters cannot remember a previous occasion when their teams have swept the scoreboard against Griffith. In the first grade, the Swans won in the ruck but never utilised possession.
When shifted to centre half forward, Darrell Collins made Buster Fairman look second rate.
But unfortunately, the fundamentals were lacking. It is hard to keep things going when players in trouble are not receiving the support of their teammates. This does not detract from the Park's win, however.
How many times did the Griffith side go into attack in the first quarter only to be repelled by a solid defence?
About 22 minutes into the first quarter, the selectors decided on moving Collins to centre half forward and suddenly things seem to fire.
But while Griffith tried valiantly to kick goals, Ariah Park-Mirrool seemed to kick goals with ease. The difference was Col Fisher's outstanding performance backed up by Terry Haddrill and captain-coach John Rafferty.
Griffith seemed to be lacking understanding in their forward line, and at times many of the players were caught out of position. Another important issue was, even though the Griffith rucks called the tune, they could not find a jumper.
Billy Pleming, Rafferty, Fisher and Haddrill showed how well they could rob the ball from the centre bounce and then to really rub salt into the wound, kick a bag of goals.
At times the umpire from Albury was hard to follow as it's reported he complained about the speed of the game, but even so, he did not make the difference.
The difference was simple this. Griffith's small men, though doing well around the ground on occasions, could not capitalise on golden opportunities up forward. How many times did Griffith players run into the target area and the undo their good work with foolish handball or poor kicks?
Nevertheless, it happens in all parts of the ground as the disposal was awful on many occasions, and by both sides.
People are saying the Park are a final four prospect; so, supporters of the red and white, do not give up on Kevin Kirkpatrick's young charges yet.
On these days, the young brigade of players such as Gerard Toscan, Robbie Owen, Darrell Collins, Kelvin Turner and John Toscan will blend in with Shane Best, Jeff Mitchell, John Seidel and "Nifty" Brand's top performances.
Another fine player this year has been Peter McGrath, though small in stature, his big-hearted efforts must be encouraging to his teammates twice his size. Park is a young side too, but the blooding over the years has now produced the goods. Even so, they are in trouble in the rucking division because Tom Murdock certainly lacks support. (By Bob Little -The Area News - Tuesday, May 6, 1980).
Round 5 - Sunday May 11, 1980 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ......... 5.6 .. 10.10 .. 12.10 .. 16.12 (108)
Ganmain ..... 1.0 .. 3.10 .. 7.11 .. 12.18 (90)
Goals: Griffith: J Mitchell 3, M O'Donnell 3, D Collins 2, P McGrath 2, N Brand 2, R Owen 2, J Toscan, S Thompson
Ganmain: A Daniher 3, G Corbett 3, S Gaynor 2, F Khan, P Clowry, B Carroll, G Silvani
Best players: Griffith: G Toscan, J Seidel, G Owen, N Brand, S Brand
Ganmain: G Corbett, P Anderson, G Woolnough, B Carroll, A Daniher
Griffith: Steve Thompson, Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Sid Robins, Darrell Collins, Peter McGrath, Shane Best, Stephen Best, John Toscan, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Allan Hicken, Kelvin Turner, John Seidel, Garry Owen, Robbie Owen, Maurice Wood*, Glen Hall
Other matches: Coolamon 11.13 (79) def by Turvey Park 18.8 (116), GG-M 16.11 (107) def Narrandera 12.14 (86), Leeton 12.15 (87) def AP-M 5.15 (45), Ardlethan bye
Reserves: Ganmain 8.10 (58) d Griffith 7.9 (51)
Under 19: Griffith 10.10 (70) d Ganmain 8.5 (53)
Match report: Things changed for the better for the Griffith Swans on Sunday. Needing a win just as much as the farmers need rain, Kevin Kirkpatrick's boys at last found the secret of success. Combining magnificently their team effort saw them galloping away on the Ex-Servicemen's Oval and at half time, Griffith 70 were leading Ganmain 28. However, Ganmain fought back in the third quarter with a four-goal burst and really made a match of it.
The incredible defence by the Griffith players which included the ever-reliable John Seidel and Gary Owen kept shutting out the Ganmain attack. Unlike last week when they squandered too many opportunities, the Swans players used the ball with a lot more intelligence. Ganmain's coach Tom Carroll would not use the fact that rover Joey Daby was unavailable as an excuse. He said Griffith's small men ran rings around his boys. Unfortunately for the Swans, Steve Mulqueen did not turn up and half back flanker Steve Thompson may have a broken collar bone.
Finally, the good news is that at least the club is gaining momentum because the thirds fielded a side and for the first time they won. In addition, the second 18 nearly won their match. (By Bob Little - The Area News, May 13, 1980).
Winfield VCFL Championship - Sunday May 18, 1980 at Narrandera Sportsground
S.W.D.F.L. .........11.8 .. 17.15 (117)
Bendigo FL .... 10.10 .. 22.20 (152)
Goals - SWDFL: Victor Hugo 6, Peter Cerato 3, Garry Buchanan 2, Greg Nichols 2, Peter Stephens, Terry Ireland, Barry Lang, John Chamberlain
Bendigo: Ron Best 10, Mick Leneghan 3, Stan Camou, Neil Munro, Gary Mountjoy, Jim Flynn, Gary Cowling, John Watts, Tony Southcombe
Best players -: SWDFL: Alan Hayes, Neil Pleming, John Chamberlain, Greg Nichols, Victor Hugo, Peter Cerato, Peter Stephens, Jeff Mitchell
Bendigo: Tony Southcombe, Ron Best, Ray Byrne, Neil Munro, Stan Camou, Gary Mountjoy, Reg Gleeson, Mick Leneghan
South Western DFL: John Chamberlain (capt), Allan Hayes (v-c), Neil Pleming, Neville Lyons, Laurie Gibson, Hugh Crawford, Anthony Daniher, Jeff Mitchell, Barry Lang, Terry Ireland, Greg Nichols, Graham Buchanan, Shaun Quade, Victor Hugo, Wayne Evans, Peter Stephens, Rex Imrie, Peter Cerato, Stephen Nolan, Warren Purcell, Peter Andersen, Terry Haddrill, Ray Mack, Les Pugh
Bendigo FL: Ron Best (c-c), Wayne Crosby, Gary Cowling, Peter Davey, Phil Byrne, Robert O'Connell, Peter Moroni, Gary Mountjoy, Tony Southcombe, Denis Higgins, Stan Camou, Rod Fehrinh, Brendan Hartney, Graeme Wright, Mick Leneghan, Philllip Nicholson, Reg Gleeson, Neil Monro, Trevor Younghusband, Glen Lawry, Jim Flynn, Peter Fyffe, John Watts, Gary Evans, David Wharton.
Umpire: Peter Howe (VFL)
Match report: What a game of champagne football was played at Narrandera Sportsgrond on Sunday. Not until the final 10 minutes was it that Bendigo's followers could lay claim to going forth to future games in the V.C.F.L. Winfield Championships. Bendigo started more solidly than the South West, moving the ball out wide and fast. Their accurate handball and foot passing was absolutely beautiful to watch.
Unfortunately, a lot of South West players seem to be nonplussed or even outclassed early. This was not the case with Allan Hayes, possibly the oldest player on the ground. His determined play at centre half back kept cutting out promising attacks made by Bendigo.
The selection of Neil Pleming in the back pocket was another good move. How many times this young fellow repelled promising moves from the last line of defence. John Chamberlain and Greg Nichols along with Peter Stephens, were also playing well but even so at quarter time Bendigo led by 19 points.
Thorns in the side as far as the South West were concerned, had to be Bendigo captain-coach Ron Best and his brother-in-law Tony Southcombe. If these two had gone missing, the South West would have won the game.
But what a comeback we saw in the second quarter by the South West side. Garry Buchanan, Terry Ireland, Wayne Evans and Peter Cerato, all started to find their feet, so to speak, and came into the game.
Jeff Mitchell was uncanny on his own on numerous occasions and he mounted many a promising move up forward. Victor Hugo started to look good at full forward and Greg Nichols had the better of his opponent.
Taking a leaf out of Bendigo's book, often one or two players from the South West supported their teammate with the ball, whether he was in trouble or not. Nevertheless, Bendigo was still damaging but kicked poorly in this quarter.
At half time saw South West lead 74 to Bendigo 70.
A noticeable sign as players came off the ground was Bendigo with a few heads hanging low. Their rooms were terribly quiet during the break, and they must have realised they had a game on their hands.
With a couple of wise moves by Bendigo, they started on their way to victory. Placing John Watts back onto Greg Nichols was one fine move, allowing the ruckman to roam around this position also helped.
But the dominance of Tony Southcombe and Ron Best in these two last quarters certainly was the major factor. Neil Munro, Gary Mountjoy and Stam Camou had too much pace for their opposition, and with so much pressure being applied, the South West started to look a little ragged. One can take heart though because at no stage did the local fellows give in. However, Bendigo did have plenty of possession and finally the siren sounded giving Bendigo a healthy win by 35 points.
One sad feature of this fixture was the lack of people in attendance, Gate receipts only reached $2,100. Blame was put mainly on the fact that a lot of farmers are sowing. (By Bob Little - The Area News - Tuesday, May 20, 1980)
SWANS BIG CHANCE TO BREAK THROUGH - By Bob Little
HOW many moons ago is it since the Griffith Swans won in Wagga? It's been a fair while ago. Even back in the old days, in the era of Peter Morris, when it was thought that the side was invincible, they still lost to Turvey Park.
Only in 1966 the side broke the sequence of 10 straight losses. As you can see, the number once again is climbing since they won in that vicinity. Never mind, if ever the Swans had a chance of "breaking the drought", Sunday's game at Maher Oval is it.
Like Griffith, Turvey Park have many players still learning the fundamentals of football. Both sides are fairly well balanced, except Turvey Park have a very strong centre lines, both across and up and down the ground.
Full forward is a real problem for the Bulldogs. Mark Meek is only a "fill in" full-forward, and anyone who has watched this player over the years, would agree he is inconsistent. Never mind though, because if you recall, that has been a problem with most of Greg Nichols charges this season.
How often has he stated that they never put a concerted effort in for the full 100 minutes. They reply heavily on Terry Posselt at full back, Allan Hayes at centre half back. Steve Nolan in the centre, Peter Dowdle and Ian McKenzie's rucking.
Maher Oval is the key to Griffith's success. The wide-open spaces are subject to nature's elements, in particular the wind, and that's where Kelvin Turner, Robbie Owen and Jeff Mitchell could play havoc. Let's hope the Swans use the ball properly this week, and also kick more goals than they have at late. Their scores have only been moderate so far this season, and it has been a major worry to selectors at Griffith.
However, up forward Darrell Collins should worry Allan Hayes, simply because of age difference. Okay, so Hayes played a great game last week against Bendigo League. But anyone who saw the earlier game West versus East, would have seen a skinny kid doing extremely well too. The only problem will be if the players up forward cannot be delivered the ball a lot better than has been happening, then otherwise, Allan Hayes will have a picnic.
Another player who has had "big wraps" placed on him, is Steve Mulqueen. Coming from the Oven and Murray League, it was thought the full forward line would call the tune this season because of his presence.
But unfortunately, Steve hasn't "hit his straps" so far, and he has been a little disappointing. However, the fans have short memories, and a good game from Steve will see him join the "back slapping" brigade.
Nifty Brand and the "boiler room" hold the key to this game. If he can get on top of Ian McKenzie and believe me, he can then Greg Nichols will have to leave centre half forward to do some rucking. Brand has been in top form, and this has helped Gerard Toscan to mature as a ruckman, meaning both have combined into a very solid following division.
One person you must admire this season is Stephen Best. In most cases his opponents are taller, stronger and heavier and yet he has managed to contain them. The only flaw has been his kicking but maybe the selectors and Kevin Kirkpatrick have solved this minor problem.
Both sides are evenly matched, however travel could be Griffith's undoing. 2RG will broadcast the game between Narrandera and Coolamon this week. (The Area News - Friday, May 23, 1980).
Round 6 - Sunday May 25, 1980 at Maher Oval
Turvey Park .... 7.2 .. 13.6 .. 21.10 .. 29.16 (190)
Griffith ............. 6.1 .. 7.2 .. 10.6 .. 14.7 (91)
Goals: Turvey Park: G Nichols 12, G Clark 8, P Rowley 3, T Ness 2, P Dowdle, S Nolan, G Toose, M Meek
Griffith: S Mulqueen 3, R Owen 3, D Collins 3, S Brand 2, M O'Donnell, P McGrath, J Mitchell
Best players: Turvey Park: G Nichols, G Clark, T Posselt, T Ness, P O'Donnell
Griffith: R Owen, N Brand, J Seidel, S Mulqueen, P McGrath
Griffith: Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Sid Robins, Darrell Collins, S Mulqueen, Peter McGrath, Shane Best, Stephen Best, John Toscan, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Allan Hicken, John Seidel, Garry Owen, Robbie Owen, David Taylor*, Glen Hall
Other matches: Ardlethan 21.17 (143) def GG-M 17.14 (116), Ganmain 17.13 (115) def Leeton 12.14 (86), Narrandera 23.16 (154) def Coolamon 19.13 (127); AP-M, bye
Reserves: Griffith 10.9 (69) d Turvey Park 10.8 (68)
Under 19: Turvey Park 15.17 (107) d Griffith 3.6 (24)
Match report: Turvey Park, "miles too strong" for Griffith, completely dominated the game in the Wagga region on Sunday. Remember the article last Friday, about the danger of the strong centre lines.
Also, that Griffith could win in the rucking, bringing Greg Nichols onto the ball. Well, it happened, Turvey Park won in the ruck, allowing Greg Nichols to stay damaging on their forward line, whether at centre half forward of full forward and his fine qualities enabled him to kick 12 goals, and become the leading goalkicker in the league.
Their running style for four quarters, has completely satisfied their coach for the first time this season. Griffith coach, Kevin Kirkpatrick was disappointed. He said the Swans never chased the ball hard enough and failed to use the ball to advantage when they did get possession. As it was stated, Turvey Park depended on Terry Posselt at fullback, and as it is commonly anticipated, he never let them down on Sunday. Every time the ball looked promising for Griffith it was either Terry Posselt or back pocket player, Peter Buchan who saved for Turvey Park.
One goods feature for Griffith was the good showing of half forward flanker, Steve Mulqueen. His inspiring play will give the forward line a boost over the future games. Once again Nifty Brand showed out with a fine rucking display. Robbie Owen and Peter McGrath can also hold their heads high after their performances too.
But how about the "old fellow", Bomber Clark? Most had thought his days were numbered in Turvey Park's first grade side; however, he managed eight goals in a great display of forward work.
A smiling Sid Robins saw his second 18's come from behind to win by one point. The under 19's went down to a much stronger Turvey Park. (By Bob Little - The Area News - Tuesday, May 27, 1980).
Round 7 - Sunday June 1, 1980 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ............. 1.0 .. 2.2 .. 5.6 .. 7.12 (54)
Narrandera .... 6.2 .. 10.8 .. 12.12 .. 15.15 (105)
Goals: Narrandera: G Hoskin 4, R Donaldson 4, R McCallum 3, G Powell 2, G Martin 2
Griffith: R Owen 2, G Toscan 2, P McGrath 2, D Collins
Best players: Narrandera: R Donaldson, G Powell, T Trickett, T Pledger, B O'Keefe
Griffith: J Mitchell, N Brand, G Toscan, R Owen, D Collis
Griffith: Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Darrell Collins, Stephen Mulqueen, Peter McGrath, Shane Best, Stephen Best, John Toscan, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Allan Hicken, Kelvin Turner, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, Glen Hall, Randall Strongman*
Other matches: AP-M 15.21 (111) def Ganmain 10.9 (69), Coolamon 16.21 (117) def Ardlethan 14.9 (93), Leeton 7.8 (50) def by Turvey Park 18.14 (122); GG-M, bye
Reserves: Narrandera 10.25 (85) d Griffith 8.7 (55)
Under 19: Narrandera 9.10 (64) d Griffith 7.5 (47)
SOMETHINK TO CELEBRATE - By Bob Little
The knockers would have said, what's the use of going to football when you see scores similar to these.
Narrandera 15.15 (105) to Griffith 7.12 (54).
But has not the side you followed been to exactly the same position in the past?
The Swans playing effort on Sunday left a lot to be desired believe you me, and the pen was poised to tell the truth about some of the campaigners, in fact most of the boys playing for both sides on Sunday.
But football goes further than that on the playing surface.
And the staunch supporters would have seen this at the social on Sunday night.
An incredible secret unfolded where Jack Luhrs, Arch Borland, Bob Carroll and Keith Thompson received their life memberships. This took the sadness of Griffith's loss on the football field completely away.
After listening to these gentlemen and summing up their attitudes, it's no wonder the bondage is so solid in the club.
Jack Luhrs has done an incredible job for both the club and also the media since 1956.
And wasn't it great to see him receive his award?
Hopefully it doesn't cease there because one does believe the league owns him too.
Thomo and Jack played in the first ever premiership (South West) for Griffith and both have been club presidents.
Bob Carroll has always looked at football and running an administration at top level and it's believed no one was more surprised than he, when asked to come forward.
Arch Borland said he would like to thank friend Bill Tyndall for getting him interested in the football club, as his playing career lasted a whole ten minutes one day in the second 18's.
Another interesting topic from Narrandera's camp was that they have placed a protest with the district councillor Mr. Chris Blackshaw, over recent decision made by the South West League judiciary.
Mr. Don Durnan has verified this to me also. It to do with a clause laid down by the V.F.L.
So once again Steve Margosis' name will hit the headlines.
Getting back to the football game. Wasn't it nice to see the younger brigade doing so well against one another?
For Griffith, Drew Luhrs caught the eye all day at centre halfback and was their best player.
He had a compliment paid to him when Narrandera's selectors moved Murray Nielsen away to a half forward flank.
Robbie Owen also played very well though he did over use the ball on occasions.
And Glen Hall is another who is improving with each game.
Narrandera host a number of fine young players, especially Tim Pledger on a half back flank, Mark Lee on the centre wing and Greg Martin, who starred at full forward.
Unfortunately the standard of the game was poor and the two umpires from the Albury League were not required, one would have been sufficient.
Robert Donaldson won the man of the match award for Narrandera. David Scott played a superb game for them at fullback and Mark Thornton also from a back pocket. (The Area News - Monday, June 2, 1980).
N.S.W State Championships Qlf Rds - Saturday June 7, 1980 at Deniliquin
Sydney FL ... 4.1 .. 13.3 .. 14.4 .. 18.9 (117)
S.W.D.F.L. ... 3.3 .. 4.5 .. 7.7 .. 11.9 (75)
Goals: Sydney: Jock Spencer 8, B Richards 2, Harvey McRae 2, Pat Wellington, S Gleeson, I Harry, R Dockerty, K De Loose, G Powell
SWDFL: Greg Nichols 3, Pat Clowry 2, Peter Cerato 2, Neville Lyons, Ray O'Connor, Victor Hugo, Terry Haddrill
Best players: Sydney: Pat Wellington, Ian Harry, Jock Spencer, I Greenwood, Michael Brown, K Coburn
SWDFL: Neville Lyons, Neil Pleming, Jeff Mitchell, Peter Anderson, Joe Daby
Umpire: Ross Castle (Riverina)
Farrer FL 13.23 (101) d Murray FL 12.14 (86)
N.S.W State Championships Final - Sunday June 8, 1980 at Deniliquin
Farrer FL ...... 1.0 .. 4.2 .. 10.6 .. 15.9 (99)
Sydney FL ... 5.5 .. 6.9 .. 10.10 .. 13.11 (89)
Goals: Farrer: Daryl Breust 5, Warren Sykes 4, Anthony Breust 4, Gerald Pieper, Frank Kennedy
Sydney: J Tuckwell 3, R Dockerty 2, S Gleeson 2, B Richards 2, I Harry 2, Pat Wellington, Jock Spencer
Best players: Farrer: Frank Kennedy, John Gannon, Grahame Doswell, Phil Osbeiston, Warren Sykes, Glen Pirie
Sydney: J Tuckwell, I Harry, P Wellington, G Barwell, L Queay
Umpire: L McGee (Goulburn Valley)
Third Place Play-Off
Murray FL ..... 7.5 .. 12.10 .. 14.15 .. 16.15 (111)
S.W.D.F.L. ... 0.2 .. 4.4 .. 5.6 .. 12.8 (80)
Goals: Murray: Adrian Koschel 4, W Cornehls 3, Terry Wells 3, Jim Jewell 3, B Stranger, T Joyce, Graham Ward
SWDFL: Michael Walsh 4, Kevin Grose 3, Neville Lyons 2, John Chamberlain, Neil Pleming, Barry Lang
Best players: Murray: Terry Wells, Geoff Quick, Jim Jewell, T Joyce, Garry Ralph
SWDFL: Nevillle Lyons, Neil Pleming, Anthony Daniher, Peter Cerato, Michael Walsh, Kevin Grose
Umpire: Terry Clear (Albury)
Round 8 - Sunday June 15, 1980 at Ardlethan Recreation Ground
Ardlethan .... 2.8 .. 9.12 .. 16.17 .. 24.22 (166)
Griffith ......... 5.2 .. 10.5 .. 14.7 .. 19.7 (121)
Goals: Ardlethan: K Grose 5, K Williams 5, G Carroll 3, D Clark 2, T Richens 2, G Heath 2, S Quade, R Lawry, A Sheahan, W Smith, T Burdett
Griffith: D Collins 4, R Owen 4, J Mitchell 3, S Brand 3, G Toscan 3, Steve Best, T Bennett
Best players: Ardlethan: R Little, D Clark, K Grose, R Lawry, S Quade, T Richens
Griffith: D Collins, S Brand, R Owen, G Toscan, J Seidel
Griffith: Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Darryl Collins, Peter McGrath, Shane Best, Stephen Best, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Kelvin Turner, John Seidel, Tony Dillon*, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, Terry Bennett, Glen Hall, Randall Strongman, Bob Barber*
Other matches: GG-M 22.15 (147) def by Coolamon 28.10 (178), Narrandera 14.10 (94) def Leeton 8.13 (61), Turvey Park 17.21 (123) def AP-M 15.12 (102); Ganmain, bye
Reserves: Ardlethan 15.10 (100) d Griffith 11.16 (82)
Under 19: Ardlethan 10.11 (71) d Griffith 5.8 (38)
Round 9 - Sunday June 22, 1980 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ............................... 3.5 .. 5.8 .. 7.11 .. 12.17 (89)
Grong Grong-Matong .... 5.3 .. 10.7 .. 14.9 .. 18.11 (119)
Goals: Griffith: D Collins 4, J Mitchell 2, G Toscan 2, K Turner 2, N Brand, T Dillon
GG-M: S Margosis 4, M Walsh 4, P Cerato 2, T Doherty 2, W Purcell 2, O Sullivan, L Kerr, I Mattingly, W Norton
Best players: Griffith: P McGrath, J Seidel, D Collins, N Brand, D Luhrs
GG-M: S Margosis, T Doherty, L Kerr, L Gibson, W Purcell
Griffith: Steve Thompson, Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Sid Robins, Darrell Collins, Peter McGrath, Stephen Best, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Andrew Carver*, Kelvin Turner, John Seidel, Tony Dillon, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, Randall Strongman, Glen Hall
Other matches: AP-M 22.16 (148) def Narrandera 15.17 (107), Ganmain 13.6 (84) def by Turvey Park 19.15 (129), Leeton 16.17 (113) def Ardlethan 11.9 (75); Coolamon, bye
Reserves: Grong Grong-Matong 17.11 (113) d Griffith 9.9 (63)
Round 10 - Sunday June 29, 1980 at Kindra Park
Coolamon .... 5.5 .. 6.10 .. 7.16 .. 8.19 (67)
Griffith ......... 0.0 .. 2.0 .. 4.0 .. 5.0 (30)
Goals: Coolamon: G Manglesdolf 3, J Chamberlain, C Moses, T Rudd, G Buchanan, R Hay
Griffith: R Owen 2, D Collins, S Brand, J Mitchell
Best players: Coolamon: P Stephens, P Lewis, P Maloney, B Allen, W Roberts
Griffith: S Brand, N Brand, J Seidel, R Strongman, R Owen, K Turner
Griffith: Steve Thompson, Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Sid Robins, Darrell Collins, Peter McGrath, John Toscan, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Tony Dillon, Kelvin Turner, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, John Bordignon*, Randall Strongman, Chris Scobie
Other matches: AP-M 13.10 (94) def Ardlethan 5.11 (41), Ganmain 7.6 (48) def by Narrandera 13.13 (91), Leeton 9.13 (67) def by GG-M 11.16 (82); Turvey Park, bye
Reserves: Griffith 9.12 (66) d Coolamon 2.4 (16)
Under 19: Coolamon 12.16 (88) v Griffith 2.4 (16)
Round 11 Sunday July 6 & 13, 1980
Other matches: 6/7 GG-M 24.12 (156) def AP-M 13.8 (86), Narrandera 16.20(116) def Turvey Park 14.5 (89;
13/7 Ardlethan 23.11 (149) def Ganmain 13.14 (92), Coolamon 25.16 (166) def Leeton 11.15 (81)
Round 12 - Saturday July 19, 1980 at Leeton Showground
Leeton ...... 5.1 .. 7.5 .. 15.9 .. 20.16 (136)
Griffith ..... 4.2 .. 9.2 .. 9.5 .. 10.8 (68)
Goals: Leeton: B Harrison 4, J Powell 3, A Harris 3, B Lang 3, D Campbell 2, C Ward, G Thornton, W Aliendi, R Imrie, J McDonnell, G Robson
Griffith: N Sexton 2, J Mitchell 2, D Collins, C Scobie, G Toscan, N Brand, P McGrath, T Dillon
Best players: Leeton: S McMahon, J Powell, D Campbell, G Robson, C Ward, B Lang, T Dale
Griffith: N Brand, R Strongman, J Mitchell, D Collins, W Bottcher, K Turner
Griffith: Steve Thompson, Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Darryl Collins, Peter McGrath, Shane Best, John Toscan, Neville Brand, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Tony Dillon, Kelvin Turner, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, Andrew Carver, Randall Strongman, Neil Sexton*, Chris Scobie
Other matches: AP-M 23.17 (155) def Coolamon 15.16 (106), Ganmain 8.6 (54) def by GG-M 12.16 (88), Turvey Park 16.11 (107) def by Ardlethan 16.12 (108); Narrandera, bye
Reserves: Leeton 14.10 (94) d Griffith 7.15 (57)
Under 19: Leeton 25.22 (172) d Griffith 0.4 (4)
Round 13 - Sunday July 27, 1980 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ......................... 4.2 .. 8.6 .. 10.8 .. 15.16 (106)
Ariah Park-Mirrool ... 1.3 .. 6.6 .. 12.15 .. 16.17 (113)
Goals: Griffith: J Mitchell 4, N Brand 3, T Dillon 3, P McGrath 2, R Owen, G Toscan, G Hall
AP-M: N Fairman 4, L Walker 3, T Haddrill 3, N Lyons 2, J Rafferty, W Pleming, P Manning, C Fisher
Best players: Griffith: N Brand, J Mitchell, D Collins, S Brand
AP-M: N Fairman, N Lyons, M Fisher, C Fisher, R Daniher, G O'Brien
Griffith: Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Darrell Collins, Glen Hall, Peter McGrath, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Tony Dillon, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, Andrew Carver, Randall Strongman, Robin Parisotto, Joe Catanzariti, Neil Sexton, Chris Scobie
Other matches: Ardlethan 24.21 (165) def Narrandera 21.4 (130), Coolamon 23.25 (163) def Ganmain 12.9 (81), GG-M 23.16 (154) def Turvey Park 13.9 (87); Leeton, bye
Reserves: Ariah Park-Mirrool 11.10 (76) d Griffith 8.11 (59)
Under 19: Ariah Park-Mirrool 15.22 (112) d Griffith 2.0 (12)
Round 14 - Sunday August 3, 1980 at Ganmain Sportsground
Ganmain .... 3.1 .. 9.5 .. 11.6 .. 21.8 (134)
Griffith ....... 2.2 .. 4.9 .. 6.14 .. 8.16 (64)
Goals: Ganmain: T McPherson 6, G Corbett 4, D Bull 3, P Turner 3, E Redfern 2, A Daniher 2, M Piper
Griffith: G Toscan 2, D Collins 2, R Strongman,R Owen, P McGrath, N Sexton
Best players: Ganmain: J Daby, David Carroll, G Woolnough, P Turner, E Redfern
Griffith: D Collins, T Reed, M O'Donnell, J Seidel, N Brand
Griffith: Stephen Brand, Darrell Collins, Glen Hall, Peter McGrath, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Tony Dillon, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, Andrew Carver, Frank Morgan*, Randall Strongman, Neil Sexton, T Reed, R Barber, C Scobie
Other matches: APM 17.10 (112) def by Leeton 17.11 (113), Narrandera 13.13 (91) def by GG-M 16.13 (109), Turvey Park 5.12 (42) def by Coolamon 16.14 (110); Ardlethan, bye
Reserves: Ganmain 10.11 (71) d Griffith 9.10 (64)
Under 19: Ganmain 25.11 (161) d Griffith 1.3 (9)
Round 15 - Sunday August 10, 1980 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ............. 6.0 .. 13.1 .. 14.4 .. 18.7 (115)
Turvey Park .... 5.6 .. 10.7 .. 17.12 .. 24.17 (161)
Goals: Griffith: G Toscan 6, A Carver 5, N Brand 2, D Collins, R Owen, P McGrath, J Seidel, G Hall
Turvey Park: G Nichols 6, S Nolan 5, P Dowdle 4, L Henley 2, M Meek 2, I McKenzie 2, G Toose 2, D Butler
Best players: Griffith: D Collins, N Brand, R Owen, F Morgan, J Seidel
Turvey Park: M Meek, S Nolan, L Henley, A Hayes, G Nichols
Griffith: Stephen Brand, Darrell Collins, Glen Hall, Peter McGrath, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Tony Dillon, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, David Taylor, Wayne Bottcher, Andrew Carver, Frank Morgan, Roy Agresta, Neil Sexton, Trevor Reed, Chris Scobie
Other matches: Coolamon 20.16 (136) def Narrandera 17.20 (122), GG-M 22.22 (154) def Ardlethan 20.7 (127), Leeton 19.10 (124) def Ganmain 11.8 (74); AP-M, bye
Reserves: Turvey Park 15.19 (109) d Griffith 6.7 (43)
Under 19: Turvey Park 20.20 (140) d Griffith 3.0 (18)
Round 16 - Sunday August 17, 1980 at Narrandera Sportsground
Narrandera .... 5.7 .. 7.12 .. 10.17 .. 15.21 (111)
Griffith ............ 5.0 .. 5.4 .. 9.6 .. 11.9 (75)
Goals: Narrandera: V Hugo 6, W Evans 2, S Longmore 2, G Powell, R Donaldson, R McCallum, R Stewart, M Thornton
Griffith: T Dillon 2, G Toscan 2, D Collins 2, D Collis, R Owen, G Owen, R Strongman, F Morgan
Best players: Narrandera: R Donaldson, M Nielsen, G Powell, T Pledger N Durnan, R Stewart
Griffith: D Collins, D Collis, S Brand, N Sexton, N Brand, T Dillon
Griffith: Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Darrell Collins, Glen Hall, Peter McGrath, Shane Best, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Tony Dillon, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, Andrew Carver, Frank Morgan, Randall Strongman, Neil Sexton, Trevor Reed
Umpire: Wright (VFL)
Other matches: Ardlethan 20.14 (134) def Coolamon 13.20 (98), Ganmain 10.11 (71) def by AP-M 21.18 (144), Turvey Park 17.23 (125) def Leeton 14.9 (93); GG-M, bye
Reserves: Narrandera 27.18 (174) d Griffith 5.3 (33)
Under 19: Narrandera 20.15 (135) d Griffith 1.0 (6)
Round 17 - Sunday August 24, 1980 at Ex-Servicemen's Oval
Griffith ..,....... 3.2 .. 3.6 .. 5.8 .. 9.13 (67)
Ardlethan .... 7.5 .. 11.12 .. 14.20 .. 18.24 (132)
Goals: Griffith: R Strongman 5, P McGrath 2, D Collins, G Hall
Ardlethan: K Grose 7, L Pugh 4, G Carroll 3, P Little 2, Phil Horan, S Quade
Best players: Griffith: P McGrath, N Brand, R Strongman, J Seidel
Ardlethan: M Sullivan, L Pugh, Phil Horan, R Lawry, K Grose
Griffith: Jeff Mitchell, Stephen Brand, Darrell Collins, Glen Hall, Peter McGrath, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Tony Dillon, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, Andrew Carver, Frank Morgan, Randall Strongman, Robin Parisotto, Neil Sexton, Trevor Reed
Other matches: AP-M 11.10 (76) def by Turvey Park 16.13 (109), Coolamon 6.10 (46) def GG-M 4.9 (33), Leeton 11.14 (80) def by Narrandera 16.10 (106); Ganmain, bye
Reserves: Griffith 6.10 (46) d Ardlethan 4.8 (32)
Under 19: Ardlethan 9.14 (68) d Griffith 4.7 (31)
Round 18 - Sunday August 31, 1980 at Matong Sportsground
Grong Grong-Matong .... 6.7 .. 11.13 .. 15.15 .. 21.19 (145)
Griffith ............................... 3.1 .. 4.7 .. 8.10 .. 8.11 (59)
Goals: GG-M: P Turnbull 7, D Mattingly 3, S Margosis 2, B Sulivan 2, P Cerato 2, R Conway, H Crawford, R Davis, T Doherty, D Walsh
Griffith: Shane Best 2, T Dillon 2, R Owen 2, N Brand, R Strongman
Best players: GG-M: P Turnbull, B Gawne, R Hamblin, I Mattingly, S Margosis, P Cerato
Griffith: G Hall, P McGrath, N Brand, G Toscan, J Seidel, R Owen
Griffith: Stephen Brand, Darrell Collins, Glen Hall, Peter McGrath, Shane Best, Neville Brand, Gerard Toscan, Martin O'Donnell, Drew Luhrs, Darryl Collis, Tony Dillon, Kelvin Turner, John Seidel, Robbie Owen, Wayne Bottcher, Andrew Carver, Frank Morgan, Randall Strongman, Roy Agresta, Neil Sexton
Other matches: Ardlethan 22.23 (155) def Leeton 8.12 (60), Narrandera 17.13 (115) def AP-M 16.8 (104), Turvey Park 10.18 (78) def by Ganmain 12.11 (83); Coolamon, bye
Reserves: Grong Grong-Matong 11.13 (79) d Griffith 7.10 (52)
First Semi Final - Sunday September 7, 1980 at Narrandera Sportsground
Ardlethan ...... 2.2 .. 7.6 .. 9.11 .. 14.16 (100)
Coolamon ..... 3.6 .. 12.7 .. 16.11 .. 23.14 (152)
Goals - Ardlethan: Glenn Carroll 3, Les Pugh 3, David Carroll 2, Kevin Williams 2, David Clark 2, Rod Lawry, Mick Sullivan
Coolamon: Ray Mack 7, Bruce Nation 4, Paul Maloney 3, Peter Stephens 3, Ray O'Connor 2, Robert Hay 2, Stephen Bredin, Greg Manglesdolf
Best players - Ardlethan: Mick Sullivan, David Clark, Shaun Quade, Kevin Williams, Barry Cox, Glenn Carroll
Coolamon: Peter Stephens, John Chamberlain, Ed Clowry, Ray Mack, Stephen Bredin, Bruce Nation
Umpire: P Rees (VFL)
Leeton ............. 2.2 .. 5.8 .. 10.12 .. 19.18 (132)
Ardlethan ........ 6.4 .. 10.6 .. 15.10 .. 20.15 (135)
Goals - Leeton: T Robertson 5, P McCormack 4, G Lashbrook 2, L Melandonis 2, P Kellahan 2, W Stiller 2, R Shuttleworth, P Clayton
Ardlethan: G Tucker 6, P Sculley 5, A Sheahan 2, R Clark 2, G Heath 2, R Tucker, G Lucas, D Smith
Best players - Leeton: G Lashbrook, T Robertson, G Piltz, P Kellahan, D Ednie, W Stiller
Ardlethan: P Allen, G Tucker, A Sheahan, R Clark, E Board, P Sculley
Umpire: L Beer (AUL)
Coolamon ....... 1.2 .. 3.7 .. 5.8 .. 7.10 (52)
Ardlethan ....... 3.7 .. 5.10 .. 8.11 .. 10.12 (72)
Goals - Coolamon: K Macauley 2, A Pleming 2, M Browning, T Buchanan, A Dean
Ardlethan: M Thompson 3, B Lally 2, N Smith 2, S Day, A Popple, G Robinson
Best players - Coolamon: S Buchanan, V Leary, D Gillett, B Collins, T Buchanan, G Bredin
Ardlethan: B Lally, O Rayment, P Passlow, M Davies, S Day, K Shannon
Second Semi Final - Sunday September 14, 1980 at Narrandera Sportsground
Grong-Grong-Matong ... 6.7 .. 10.12 .. 12.16 .. 14.17 (101)
Turvey Park ................... 1.2 .. 4.5 .. 8.15 .. 15.14 (104)
Goals - GG-M: Peter Turnbull 4, Laurie Kerr 3, Stephen Margosis 2, Peter Cerato 2, Dennis Walsh 2, Barry Sullivan
Turvey Park: Greg Nichols 5, Peter Dowdle 3, Greg Toose 3, Terry Ness 2, Geoff Clark 2
Best players - GG-M: Stephen Margosis, Tony Doherty, Barry Sullivan, Brian Gawne, Ron Conway, Peter Cerato
Turvey Park: Terry Posselt, Greg Nichols, Mark Meek, Marty McFadden, Ian McKenzie, Paul O'Donnell
Umpire: W E Wall (VFL)
Reports: Ian McKenzie (Turvey Park) by boundary umpire L Hughes for allegedly striking Ian Mattingly (GGM) with a clenched fist to the right side of the face in the first quarter.
Narrandera .................. 4.3 .. 15.9 .. 19.11 .. 23.15 (153)
Ariah Park-Mirrool .... 4.5 .. 5.6 .. 6.8 .. 8.8 (56)
Goals - Narrandera: G Hoskin 5, J Batchelor 4, G Turner 4, G Mattingly 4, D Knagge 2, D Mumford, P Rava, T Walsh, B O'Keefe,
AP-M: G Tidd 2, I Gordon, Roy Walker, J McLean, L Maguire, N Walker, B Colwill
Best players - Narrandera: G Mattingly, S Donaldson, C Ingram, G Turner, P Anthony, J Batchelor, G Hoskin, P Sheather
AP-M: I Gordon, L Maguire, R Fisher, J McLean, N Minchin, N Walker
Umpire: Arne Merilaid (AUL):
Turvey Park ........ 3.2 .. 4.4 .. 9.8 .. 12.9 (81)
Narrandera ......... 3.2 .. 6.9 .. 10.10 ..16.17 (113)
Goals -Turvey Park: P Andersen 6, D Desailly, S Mohr, A Hunter, M Purcell, D McFadden, S Dobson
Narrandera: R Flack 4, R Knagge 3, I Matthews 2, I Ingram 2, C Ingram 2, P Matthews
Best players - Turvey Park: A Hunter, M Purcell, S Mohr, M Daniher, D Grewer, M Cox
Narrandera: I Ingram, B Christian, I Male, I Matthews, T Whitby, S Gehringer
Umpire: L Billman (AUL)
Preliminary Final - Sunday September 21, 1980 at Narrandera Sportsground
Grong Grong-Matong .... 5.2 .. 9.7 .. 12.9 .. 16.15 (111)
Coolamon ......................... 8.2 .. 11.5 .. 19.11 .. 25.13 (163)
Goals - GG-M: Wayne Norton 4, Michael Walsh 4, Peter Cerato 3, Hugh Crawford 2, Ron Conway, Warren Purcell, Laurie Kerr
Coolamon: Bruce Nation 5, John Chamberlain 3, Robert Hay 3, Paul Maloney 2, Craig Patterson 2, Garry Buchanan 2, Greg Manglesdolf 2, Ray Mack, Stephen Bredin, Ray O'Connor, Neil Pleming, Tony Rudd, Peter Stephens
Best players - GG-M: Laurie Gibson, John Smith, Barry Sullivan, Ron Conway, Roger Hamblin, Peter Cerato
Coolamon: John Chamberlain, Brett Allen, Shaun Chandler, John Gaynor, Ray O'Connor, Bruce Nation
Ariah Park-Mirrool .... 3.3 .. 7.7 .. 13.11 .. 14.13 (97)
Ardlethan ..................... 0.1 .. 2.6 .. 2.8 .. 4.12 (36)
Goals - AP-M: N Walker 4, L Maguire 2, L Walker 2, I Gordon 2, P Short, Roy Walker, T Walker, R Harper, I Bennett
Ardlethan: P Allen 2, D Smith, K Thomson
Best players - AP-M: I Gordon, N Walker, K Wallace, R Harper, P Short, G Fairman
Ardlethan: C Litchfield, D Kelhear, P Allen, E Board, R Clark, A Day
Turvey Park ..... 8.4 .. 12.7 .. 14.9 .. 16.13 (109)
Ardlethan ......... 0.0 .. 1.1 .. 2.2 .. 4.4 (28)
Goals - Turvey Park: M Daniher 4, P Andersen 4, S Mohr 2, G Hoffman, M Cox, M Purcell, G Richardson, R Hetherington, P Lynch
Ardlethan: S Day 2, A Popple, T Owens
Best players - Turvey Park: G Richardson, M Daniher, M Purcell, A Hunter, S Mohr, G Harris
Ardlethan: M Davies, C Creighton, S Day, B Lally, W Maher, K Shannon
Grand Final - Sunday September 28, 1980 at Narrandera Sportsground
Turvey Park .... 4.4 .. 6.7 .. 9.9 .. 14.15 (99)
Coolamon ....... 6.5 .. 8.6 .. 9.10 .. 12.13 (85)
Goals - Turvey Park: Peter Dowdle 5, Greg Toose 2, Greg Nichols 2, Geoff Clark, Phillip Rowley, Stephen Nolan, Bruce Finemore, Lindsay Henley
Coolamon: Ray Mack 4, Paul Maloney 3, Garry Buchanan 2, Stephen Bredin 2, Craig Patterson
Best players - Turvey Park: Stephen Nolan, Bruce Finemore, Greg Nichols, Peter Dowdle, Mark Meek, Alan Hayes, Terry Posselt, Greg Toose
Coolamon: Paul Maloney, Garry Buchanan, Brett Allen, John Chamberlain, Neil Pleming, Ray O'Connor
Turvey Park:- Peter Buchan, Terry Posselt, Jody Porter; Paul O'Donnell, Alan Hayes, Anthony Baker; David Butler, Terry Ness, Marty McFadden; Stephen Nolan, Greg Nichols (c-c), Phillip Rowley; Geoff Clark, Peter Dowdle, Lindsay Henley; Bruce Finemore, Mark Meek, Greg Toose; Peter Toose, Brian Munro
Coolamon:- John Gaynor, Ed Glowry, Bill Thompson; Ricky Whybro, Brett Allen, Bill Roberts; Tony Rudd, John Chamberlain, Shaun Chandler; Paul Maloney, Garry Buchanan, Robert Hay; Stephen Bredin, Ray Mack, Bruce Nation; Peter Stephens, Neil Pleming, Ray O'Connor (c-c); Craig Patterson, Greg Mangelsdolf
Umpire: Jim Chapman (VFL). Gate: $10,133
Narrandera .................. 2.3 .. 8.5 .. 16.8 .. 22.11 (143)
Ariah Park-Mirrool .... 3.4 .. 7.4 .. 10.5 ..15.6 (96)
Goals - Narrandera: G Hoskin 11, T Walsh 3, P Rava 2, J Batchelor 2, G Turner 2, W Hunt, P Anthony
APM: R Harper 3, I Gordon 2, L Maguire 2, P Short 2, L Walker 2, R Fisher 2, G Tidd, N Walker
Best players - Narrandera: S Donaldson, G Hoskin, T Walsh, P Sheather, P Anthony, J Batchelor, C Durnan
APM: B Vearing, I Gordon, K Wallace, R Fisher, B Johnstone, J Walker
Narrandera ....... 4.3 .. 8.7 .. 11.11 .. 13.12 (90)
Turvey Park ...... 5.3 .. 6.9 .. 1.10 .. 16.15 (111)
Goals - Narrandera: S Orme 3, R Flack 2, R Knagge 2, I Ingram, I Rava, I Matthews, T Williams C Ingram, T Whitby
Turvey Park: P Andersen 9, R Baker 3, M Cox 2, R Hetherington, G Hoffman
Best players - Narrandera: I Male, I Ingram, R Knagge, I Matthews, C Ingram, S Orme
Turvey Park: P Andersen, A Hunter, M Purcell, R Baker, R Hetherington, G Harris