Round 8 - Saturday June 4, 2011
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: Paul Smith, N Butland, Bob Neighbour (RUA)
Narrandera ..... 2.2 .. 7.6 .. 13.12 .. 16.14 (110)
Griffith .............. 3.5 .. 5.6 .. 8.8 .. 13.9 (87)
GRIFFITH: Dean Catanzariti, Glen Snaidero, James Smith; Che Jenkins, Matthew Noonan, Jonathon Gastin; John Evans, Michael Duncan, Theo Valeri: James Toscan, Tom Buckley, Luke Piccolo; Kris Duncan, Jeff Mickan, Beau Runnalls; Michael Harris, Guy Orton, Mathew Crack; Brendan Giason, Dean Crack, Tim McMahon
Narrandera: Z Litchfield 3, J Grintell 3, L Hunter 2, P Aumann 2, N Hetherington, J Orme, P Horsburgh, T Mathieson,
T Sullivan, D Kenna
Griffith: B Runnalls 8, K Duncan, M Crack, G Orton, Theo Valeri, T Buckley
Narrandera: P Horsburgh, T Mathieson, J Rice, L Hunter, Z Litchfield, P Aumann
Griffith: M Noonan, B Runnalls, G Snaidero, G Orton, C Jenkins, J Gastin
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith Swans coach Damien Scott admitted to feeling frustrated after his side succumbed again to a bout of second-quarter blues on Saturday, in there 23-point Riverina Football League loss to the Narrandera Eagles. After recording back-to-back losses, the Swans have failed to capitalise on solid starts, and they let the Eagles come over the top of them to win 16.10 (110) to 13.9 (87) at Narrandera Sportsground. The Swans earned themselves a narrow nine-point buffer at the end of the first term, but the Eagles hit back and put on five goals to give them the lead which they would not relinquish, despite Griffith hitting back late in the game.
“We had a good start again but then we seem to go by going into a conservative style of play and the other side started ramping it up.” Scott said. “We’ve got to encourage the guys to start off well and then find another gear in the second term, because when we move the ball quickly, we gain confidence in the guys around us slowing down it works the other way around.
After succumbing to the Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong Lions two weeks ago, Scott said his side did not learn all the lessons available to them. “They (Griffith players) were disappointed in themselves, and I was disappointed in them.”
Narrandera applied good pressure in midfield which led to less-than-penetrative kicks across half-forward for the Swans, but their delivery into full forward improved from last week, with small forward Beau Runnalls capitalising in kicking eight of the Swans 13 goals.
Griffith worked hard in defence, but the numbers of options available to the Eagles in the second and third quarters meant they got through more often than not with Zane Litchfield, Jamie Grintell, Lachlan Hunter and Phillip Aumann being the side’s multiple goal-scorers.
Scott rated the players’ contributions to his side from late call-ups along with Matthew Noonan, Guy Orton, Glen Snaidero, Mick Duncan and Dean Catanzariti. With the side having the general bye due to the long weekend, Scott predicted there would not be wholesale changes ahead of their game against Coolamon in two weeks’ time. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday June 6, 2011).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Collingullie-AK 15.15 (105) def Wagga 7.6 (48), Mangoplah-CUE 13.18 (96) def Turvey Park 4.6 (30); SUN: Leeton-Whitton 9.4 (58) def by Coolamon 9.8 (62); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Narrandera 17.17 (119) def Griffith 4.3 (27)
Goals: R Johns, M Hogan, Mark Duncan, J Tyrell
Best players: M Johns, C Harrison, T Wesley, S Simpson, C Burge, R Johns
Under 17: Griffith 16.11 (107) def Narrandera 5.6 (36)
Goals: C O'Reilly 7, P Whittard 2, B Prendergast 2, B Watts 2, C Hutchison, T West, Tom Valeri
Best players: C O'Reilly, B Fitzgerald, D Peato, T West, J Tyndall, T Shannon.