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GRIFFITH NOTES: "The Aussie Ruler" May 10, 1970 - No. 5
By Swan: None published in Aussie Ruler
Match report: ARDLETHAN vs GRIFFITH
Ardlethan, in a good display, sprang a surprise of the South West round by thrashing Griffith 16.21 (117) to 10.8 (68).
Main architects of Griffith's defeat were Ardlethan's ruck-roving combination Brian Delaney and Mick Bradley.
Delaney and Bradley had a great understanding and their drive, especially through Len Lawson at centre half-forward, had the Griffith defence floundering all day.
Griffith took the field without coach Doug Prior, injured at work on Thursday, Bob Prenzel, Bruce Forbes and Bill Tyndall (both injured).
Ardlethan wasted little time getting into the game when they outscored Griffith 23 points to two in the first quarter.
Griffith's answering rally in the second quarter, which took them to a seven-point lead at half-time was quickly nullified by a tremendous Ardlethan burst in the third quarter.
Ardlethan completely swamped Griffith to kick 8.9 to 1.3.
Just to put the game beyond doubt Ardlethan against the wind in the last quarter kicked 4.4 to 1.3.
Ardlethan's forward line, for the first time this year, really clicked, and Griffith could not find any counter.
Ardlethan's best tactic was in moving captain Len Lawson alternately from centre half-back when playing against the wind to centre half-forward when playing with it.