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Round 4 - Sunday May 4, 2008
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: ----
Griffith ............. 3.2 .. 6.4 .. 8.5 .. 9.7 (61) 
Turvey Park .... 6.4 .. 8.8 .. 11.15 .. 15.19 (109)

GRIFFITH: Dean Catanzariti, James Smith, Dan McGreal; Myles Bunn, Shaun Curran, Michael Duncan; Ben Ford, Michael Johns; Jonathon Gastin, Brett Davis, Jeff Mickan, Jeremy Way; Kris Duncan, Jack Geddes, Craig Conlan, Kris Duncan; Ryan Bull, Jason Bertacco, Brett Owen; Michael Tyndall, Luke Piccolo, Matthew Kenny
TURVEY PARK: Brad Walker, Will Martin, Chris Reechman; Cameron Barker, Doug McLean, Todd Jackson; David Johnson, Blair Campbell, Nathan Flanigan; David Thorpe, Chris Cerato, Dane Campbell; Dylan Clarke, James Elliott, Rick Daniher; Nathan Byrne, Matt Hooker, Andrew Donaldson, Michael Ness; Doug Feary, Daniel Toose, Shamus Armstrong
Griffith: C Conlan 5, B Davis, K Duncan, M Tyndall, J Gastin 
Turvey Park: J Elliott 5, D Campbell 3, C Cerato 2, D Thorpe, B Campbell, M Hooker, D Johnson, N Byrne 
Griffith: J Mickan, M Duncan, C Conlan, K Duncan, S Curran, M Kenny 
Turvey Park: N Byrne, A Donaldson, M Hooker, D McLean, B Campbell, J Elliott 

A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith Swans coach Gerard Toscan is optimistic his side remaining winless so far in the 2008 Riverina Football League season, with a heavy loss at the hands of the Turvey Park Bulldogs at Exies Oval. The Wagga side remains undefeated after showing its class across the ground to blow out the final margin to 48 points. Not for the first time this season, the Swans were again no match for their opposition in the air, with Turvey Park possessing strong hands from most players. Also undoing the Swans' chances of getting the game off on the right note, was a horror opening five-minutes when the ball barely crossed the Griffith centre half-back line, which led to the Bulldogs racking up 21 points.

Despite the large margin at the end of the game, Toscan said his side matched the heavily fancied Bulldogs for much of the second and third quarters, with some bad decisions coming back to hurt them. "We had a fair few cheap turnovers on our half-back line and we just made some bad decisions," Toscan said. "But look to their credit they played well and across the park there was a clear difference in the hands."

The ruck area continues to be a concern for the Swans, and while the young ruck combination started the year off with a bang, Toscan admitted that with some more experienced tall timber soon to be available to play, they may be pushed back to second grade to find their form again. "Nathan Byrne gave them a heap of use of the ball out of the ruck and that really put the acid test on our mid-field," Toscan said.

Griffith's Craig Conlan was a solid target up front kicking five majors for the game and Kris Duncan also proved to be a handful for the Bulldogs' defence. New Swan, Jason Bertacco had the unenviable task of marking Mat Hooker with Toscan, rating his job as better than average, saying for most of the game the two were pretty evenly matched.

After trailing by three goals at the first break, the Swans entered the second term with a renewed enthusiasm and pulled within 14 points with a number of good passes enabling the ball to stay in red-and-white hands. But the Bulldogs bared their teeth to have significantly more goal-scoring chances, and if their radar was in working order the 28-point margin could have been much more.

(By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Monday May 5, 2008).

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Eastern Hawks 8.13 (61) def by  Mangoplah-CUE 11.15 (81), Leeton-Whitton 9.6 (60) def by Wagga 10.12 (72), Narrandera 24.18 (162) def North Wagga 5.7 (37); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 11.13 (79) def by Coolamon 13.12 (90). 

Reserves: Griffith 9.12 (66) def Turvey Park 9.3 (57) 
Goals: D Keenan 3, R Johns 2, M Butcher 2, C Harrison, R Bridgen
Best players: A Cappello, D Keenan, C Lugton, N Kite, L Catanzariti, R Best
Under 18: Turvey Park 16.13 (109) def Griffith 5.4 (34)
Goals: C Moore 2, H Heath, T Bottcher, Jayma Green
Best players: D Bruce, J Tyrell, H Shaw, M Vitucci, C Moore, S Wood

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