2005 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 9 - Sunday June 5, 2005
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm. Gate: $2050
Umpires: Scott Crowley and Greg Walsh (RUA)
Griffith ............... 5.3 .. 13.5 .. 16.8 .. 20.15 (135)
Narrandera ..... 3.2 .. 6.3 .. 10.6 .. 14.10 (94)
GRIFFITH: T Bradley, S Spiers, J Ward; Myles Bunn, R Simpkin, J Hampel; B Ford, M Duncan, G Foley; M McDonald, J Mickan, T Birks; D Curran, A Gardner, A Burns (c-c); Ryan Hill, Craig Conlan, Matt Bunn; M Kenny, M Crack, N Hetherington
NARRANDERA IMPERIAL: Ashley Thomson, Brett Powell, Stuart Hutchins; Peter Bloomfield, Shaun Brooker (coach), James Sullivan; Adam Black, Dean Hopwood, Chris Smith; Liam Richmond, Jason McMartin, Jason Coleman; Kane Blunt, Hayden Hutchins, Chris Walsh; Ben Cios, Damon Burden, Nathan Reynoldson; John Vearing, Tim Durnan, Stephen Irons
Griffith: M Duncan 5, A Gardner 4, D Curran 2, M McDonald 2, A Burns 2, J Hampel, Craig Conlan, T Birks, M Crack, G Foley
Narrandera: N Reynoldson 5, L Richmond 2, D Burden 2, C Smith, H Hutchins, D Hopwood, C Walsh, K Brunt
Griffith: M Duncan, S Spiers, M Kenny, Matt Bunn, R Hill, B Ford
Narrandera: B Cios, S Hutchins, N Reynoldson, J Sullivan, C Smith, J Vearing
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith Swans hit back in style yesterday with a resounding 41-point win over third placed Narrandera Eagles at Exies Oval.
The pressure was on the Swans after a humiliating loss to Turvey Park last Sunday, but they responded in style and at the same time kept their unbeaten record at home intact. A seven goal second quarter broke the back of the Narrandera team as the Swans raced to a 44-point half-time lead. Swans' onballer Mick Duncan continued his impressive start to the year booting five goals and gathering numerous possessions through the midfield in a best-on-ground performance.
The Eagles were hurt by the loss of key defender Ashley Thomson, who left the field concussed late in the first quarter and never returned, Swans captain-coach Adrian Burns was happy with the Swans turnaround. "We played much better," Burns said. "The commitment to each other was good. "We played as a team, made sacrifices for each other, we did it."
The Swans potentially only needed to lose this round to fall from the top five and Burns was relieved after the win. "It was on the back of my mind," Burns said. "It was a must win, but now we don't need to worry. "We had a lot of people play today with injuries - it was gutsy."
Both teams entered the round nine clash undermanned with Narrandera full-forward Mark English missing and Swans centre half-forward Adam Brander also a late withdrawal. But Griffith was boosted by the return of ruckman Dave Curran for his first game this season and Curran made an immediate impact kicking two goals from a forward pocket. Burns was delighted to have Curran back on the field.
"To have Dave back in the team gave us a lift,' Burns said. "When he's out there he seems to be inspirational to the other blokes."
(By Matt Malone - The Area News Monday June 6, 2005).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Ganmain-GGM 21.14 (140) def Eastern Hawks 12.14 (86), Mangoplah-CUE 11.9 (75) def by Turvey Park 21.3 (129); SUN: Leeton-Whitton 15.11 (101) def by Coolamon 18.11 (119)
Reserves: Narrandera 20.17 (137) def Griffith 8.10 (58)
Goals: G Argus 4, W Tyndall, B Alban, G Collins, G Dreyer
Best players: J Bennett, K Duncan, G Dreyer, D Best, W Tyndall, G Argus
Under 18: Narrandera 17.13 (115) def Griffith 3.3 (21)
Goals: A Delves, P Dickens, D McGreal
Best players: J Gastin, D Crack, K Hicken, B Webster, T Harrington, C Munro