Round 4 - Saturday May 5, 2012
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 4.10pm
Umpires: Tim Beard and Mark Rowe (RUA)
Griffith ................ 4.6 .. 7.15 .. 13.19 .. 15. 26 (116)
Turvey Park ...... 2.1 .. 3.2 .. 6.4 .. 6.6 (42)
GRIFFITH: Jesse Ryan, Matthew Noonan, Royce Johns; Che Jenkins, Toby Blissett, Jonathon Gastin; John Evans, Michael Duncan, Tim Matheson; Kris Duncan, Jethro Calma-Holt, Tom Webb; Mathew Crack, James Toscan, Dean Crack; Andrew Hawkins, James Fallon, Guy Orton (c-c); Brett Owen, Fletcher Josling, Daniel Peruzzi*
TURVEY PARK: Lachie Macrae, Jeff Fletcher, Sebastian Graf; Brendan Bryce, Matthew Ness, Hayden Dore; Todd Jackson, Tim Beckmans, Jesse Cunningham; John Buchanan, John Hoey (co-coach), Michael Mattingly; Tyler Cunningham, Andrew Emery, Mayah McIntosh; Evan Smith, Josh Donaldson, Daniel Toose; Marty Ballinger, Myles Carroll, Doug Feary
Griffith: Calma-Holt 5, M Duncan 3, J Fallon 3, J Toscan, A Hawkins, T Webb, M Crack
Turvey Park: M Mattingly 2, J Buchanan 2, T Cunningham, A Emery
Griffith: C Jenkins, J Calma-Holt, J Toscan, G Orton, M Duncan, J Fallon
Turvey Park: H Dore, J Buchanan, T Beckmans, M McIntosh, E Smith, J Donaldson
SENIOR DEBUT: Daniel Peruzzi
A summary of match report, with thanks
As if was written by Hollywood scriptwriters themselves, the Griffith Swans have delivered a comprehensive 74-point victory over Turvey Park on Saturday night to give star, Mick Duncan, a win in his 200th first grade game. In front of a bumper crowd at Exies Oval, the home side took control of the game and shut down the Bulldogs’ attack as they cruised to their second win of the Riverina Football League season.
Before the game the emotional build-up surrounding Duncan’s milestone match was kept at a simmer, with coach Guy Orton not wanting his men to lose sight of the competition points up for grabs. But by the sounding of the final siren the club was able to celebrate, with Orton saying it was fitting for Duncan to come out a winner given his commitment to the club for 14 years.
“We didn’t talk much about it before we started to get ready and he’s one of those guys that’s puts the team first before himself,” Orton said.
“He said, don’t make a big fuss about it, and that if he got a win, he got a win. He said he’d prefer everybody focusing on the game plan and what we’d have to do. “After the game we said congratulations to him and that is was a great achievement and the win was for him.”
Griffith jumped out of the blocks and cruised to the long break thanks to a 37-point lead, with an incredible 17 scoring shots than the Bulldogs. “I was happy with what I saw from the guys, it was a bit scrappy at times, but to have more than double the number of scoring chances than them, is very pleasing,” Orton said. “We were rushing at times, but our zone was working really well yesterday and that led to a lot more chances on goal because they (Turvey Park) could not get the ball out of their own 50.
“So, the ball would come back quickly, and we’d just rush, hit the target and then bomb away.”
One of the Swans’ biggest Achilles heels over the past two seasons has been their performances in the third quarter, but any chance of opening the door to a Bulldog comeback was slammed shut on Saturday. Jethro Calma-Holt and Andrew Hawkins grabbed important early goals as Griffith imposed themselves physically around the ground in contested possessions.
“That’s what I said to them at half-time, I told them the game had a chance go one way or another, so we knew we had to shut them out of the game and not let them back into it,” Orton said. “It’s something we have to start doing because we didn’t do it last year and it showed when we missed out on the finals on percentage.”
Griffith decision making and skill to get out of the centre saw them pour men into the forward 50m, and when Calma-Holt cleverly snapped over his shoulder, the game was Griffith’s to lose. Tempers began to fray at the start of the fourth quarter, with James Fallon and Myles Carroll getting in each other’s faces, as the home side continued to pull away with the game in a dominant performance.
(By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Monday May 7, 2012)
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Collingullie-AK 21.13 (139) def Coolamon 3.6 (24), Mangoplah-CUE 14.16 (100) def Ganmain-GGM 9.13 (67), Wagga 10.9 (69) def Leeton-Whitton 8.10 (58); Narrandera, bye
Reserves: Griffith 12.10 (82) def Turvey Park 8.7 (55)
Goals: C Boye 3, B Giason 3, C Harrison 2, M Tucker, M Hogan, O Delves, M Keenan
Best players: J Tyrell, J Tyndall, C Harrison, J Crowe, A Cappello, M Hogan
Under 17: Turvey Park 16.8 (104) def Griffith 4.7 (31)
Goals: B Moore 2, T Shannon, J Gordon
Best players: J Burley, L Evans, A Blissett, B Tarr, B Moore, D Cassidy