2008 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 8 - Sunday June 1, 2008
Riverina Football League
Venue: Leeton Showground 2.10pm
Leeton-Whitton ... 3.4 .. 6.4 .. 9.7 .. 9.7 (61)
Griffith ................... 1.5 .. 6.6 .. 9.9 .. 13.14 (92)
LEETON-WHITTON: Ryan Dunn, Craig Townsend, Matthew Flagg; Nick Doolin, Paul Iannelli, David Elwin; David Harrison, Eddie Sullivan, Brady Dunn; Josh Hall, Brad Boots, Kabe Stockton; Justin Davidson, Matthew Smith (c-c), Brett Guest; Lindsay Fysh, Daniel Sullivan, Bruce Gilmour; Greg Looby, Giles Lee, Anthony Celi
GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Simon Spiers, James Smith; Jonathon Gastin, Brendon Giason, Dean Catanzariti; Luke Piccolo, Michael Johns, Jason Bertacco; Brett Davis, Jeff Mickan, Shaun Curran; Ben Ford, Craig Conlan, Kris Duncan; Jack Geddes, Michael Duncan, Brett Owen; Matthew Kenny, Jeremy Way, Andrew Cappello
Leeton-Whitton: J Hall 3, M Smith 2, G Lee, B Gilmore, B Dunn, B Boots
Griffith: C Conlan 4, B Davis 2, J Mickan 2, B Owen 2, J Bertacco, J Geddes, J Gastin
Leeton-Whitton: C Townsend, P Iannelli, K Stockton, B Boots, M Smith, A Celi
Griffith: B Owen, L Piccolo, B Ford, S Curran, M Duncan, S Spiers
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans have continued its string of strong wins this week with a comfortable victory against Leeton-Whitton on Sunday.
After a dominant yet unproductive first quarter, the Swans outpaced the home side to build up a massive buffer in the final quarter. The Swans, who were stuck with a five-game losing streak at the start of the season, have hit their strides and coach Gerard Toscan said his strategy is falling in place. Toscan believed his young side could out-run the opposition to take control of the game in the final quarters, something that proved itself very effective yesterday. "There was a sign at half-time when nearly half of Leeton-Whitton's side had their jumpers off, so I could tell they were pretty much spent," he said. "In the end, they ran out of legs, and we ran over them."
Played at Irrigation Specialists Oval (Showground) in Leeton, the Swans had an uneasy start, dominating play in the first quarter, but filing to get ahead of the home side. "It was really frustrating because we missed goals and also missed targets," Toscan said. "We were kicking into a slight breeze, but we should have done better." The Swans got ahead in the second quarter and maintained a slim margin for the third.
But in the final quarter where the Swans had a devastating impact, scoring an unanswered 29-points to return home victorious.
Toscan named a number of players as stand-out performers in the game. "Brett Owen had a ripper game," he said.
"He worked really hard all day and just set the standard." "Benny Ford in the middle did very well." Toscan mentioned Jack Geddes, Jeff Mickan, Brett Davis and Craiug Conlan as strong performers.
A bye next week will give the Swans some much-deserved rest in anticipation of a challenging match-up against Ganmain-GGM. "Ganmain are a really top side, so we need to beat them to keep the momentum going," Toscan said. "I'm quietly positive about it though."
(By Nick Pearson - The Area News, Monday June 2, 2008).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Narrandera 12.18 (90) def by Mangoplah-CUE 14.10 (94), Wagga 28.10 (178) def North Wagga 5.5 (35); SUN: Coolamon 17.11 (113) def Turvey Park 12.18 (90), Ganmain-GGM 24.10 (154) def Eastern Hawks 12.9 (81).
Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 13.13 (91) def Griffith 6.7 (43)
Goals: R Johns 2, N Kite 2, D Pasin, M Keenan
Best players: C McGann, N Kite, R Best, M Darby, R Bridgen, C Lugton
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 19.19 (133) def Griffith 4.2 (26)
Goals: H Heath 2, W McLean, J Tyrell
Best players: H Shaw, J Tyrell, H Heath, O Delves, T Bottcher, B Tyrell