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Round 11 - Saturday July 1, 2006
Riverina Football League
Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: Rob Dalgleish, Gene Hodgins and Greg Smith (RUA)
Mangoplah-CUE ..... 6.3 .. 9.9 .. 13.13 .. 17.16 (118) 
Griffith ...................... 2.3 .. 3.4 .. 6.7 .. 11.9 (75)

MANGOPLAH-COOKARDINIA UNITED-EASTLAKES: Neil Lawson, Brett Howard, Kurt Thompson; Stace Creesy, Nathan Johnson, Grant Bruce; Barry O'Brien (c-c), Chris Higgins, Jack Killalea; Matthew Finemore, Geoff Spriggs, Xavier Higgins; Dean Howard, Jordan Foster, Mitch Heyden; Sam Balding, Mitch Balding, Mitch Reberger; Brad Carroll, Luke Kendall, Trent Cohalan 
GRIFFITH: Rodney Duncan, Josh Ward, Joel Brown; David Pasin, Nathan Petersen-Gray, James Toscan, Tim Matheson, Luke McLean (c-c), Ben Ford; Mathew Crack, Jeff Mickan, Craig Conlan; Daniel Meade, Michael Duncan, Graham Foley; Rhys Newman, Matthew McDonald, Matt Bunn; Ashley Gardner, Tim Wilson*, Norm Campbell    
Mangoplah-CUE: D Howard 6, J Foster 5, M Heydon 2, J Killalea 2, N Lawson 2, M Finemore 
Griffith: D Crack 2, M McDonald 2, A Gardner 2, D Meade, C Conlan, M Duncan, N Petersen-Gray, L McLean 
Mangoplah-CUE: J Foster, J Killalea, D Howard, N Johnson, M Heyden, M Finemore
Griffith: L McLean, N Petersen-Gray, G Foley, M Duncan, M McDonald, D Crack
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans couldn't recover from a poor opening half allowing Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes a 43-point win at Mangoplah Sportsground on Saturday. The damage was done in the first period as MCUE skipped out to a four-goal lead. Dean Howard and Jordan Foster were the chief destroyers for MCUE, bagging five goals each for the game.

"It was a disappointing first half but they just played better than us across the board," Griffith captain-coach Luke McLean said.

"Our forward line didn't go too well but we just could have played better."  The Swans did show some fight in the latter stage of the match with a strong five goal final quarter. "It was too little too late," McLean said. MCUE's win was spearheaded by a number of the club's junior players and coach Barry O'Brien was ecstatic with their contribution against the determined Swans side.

"Our kids were tremendous, I reckon they're the best young players going around," O'Brien said. "I believe once you play about five to nine games you're considered a senior player and these young guys are coming up against blokes a lot older than them and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. "These guys have stepped up and played senior footy for a while now and they're going to be very good players."

Despite the result, McLean praised Nathan Petersen-Gray and Mick Duncan for their consistent efforts in a losing side.

McLean also remains confident his side is still in contention for a finals birth. "The game did hurt a bit but we're still in touch," he said.

"We now have to look ahead to Turvey Park which is going to be a big game on Sunday."

 (By Will Gilroy - The Area News, Monday July 3, 2006).

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Coolamon 15.9 (99) def Eastern Hawks 19.13 (127), Ganmain-GGM 21.22 (148) def Narrandera 11.5 (71) at Matong; SUN: Turvey Park 16.5(101) def by Leeton-Whitton 23.14 (152) 

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 15.14 (104) def Griffith 10.5 (65)
Goals: G Argus 4, J Gastin 2, G Dreyer, D Scott, A Cappello, T Wilson
Best players: T Wilson, D Best, G Dreyer, J Gastin, L Cavallo, D Milani
Under 18: Mangoplah-CUE 10.11 (71) def Griffith 5.2 (32)
Goals: K Hicken 2, J Iemma, R Johns, J Cimador
Best players: G Snaidero, J Gastin, N McGrath, R Best, J Cimador, J Smith  

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