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Round 9 - Saturday June 5, 2010
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Robertson Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Brian Robinson, Greg Walsh and Gene Hodgins (RUA)
Wagga Tigers ...... 4.2 .. 8.3 .. 15.6 .. 17.15 (117) 
Griffith ................... 4.1 .. 7.2 .. 9.6 .. 10.7 (67)

GRIFFITH: Ben Ford, Craig Lugton, Ben McRae; Matthew Kenny, Matthew Noonan, Tim Matheson; Theo Valeri, Brett Owen, Luke Piccolo; Kris Duncan, Josh Whelan, Dean Crack; Michael Duncan, Matthew Hogan, Luke Humphries; Jeff Mickan, Mathew Crack, James Fallon; Jonathon Gastin, Chris Niven, Dean Catanzariti
Wagga: J Hodges 6, M Colvin 3, A Priest 3, S Terlich 3, S Flanigan, S Hodges 
Griffith: K Duncan 4, L Humphries 2, T Valeri 2, L Piccolo, D Crack
Wagga: J Hodges, M Pryde, S Flanigan, S Ryan, L Denton, J Gaynor 
Griffith: K Duncan, B Owen, T Matheson, J Mickan, J Fallon, M Crack
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans have plummeted to the bottom of the Riverina Football League ladder after recording their sixth straight loss, this time against the former cellar-dwellers Wagga Tigers. Griffith’s 17.15 (117) to 10.7 (67) loss is a crushing blow for the Swans’ chances of making the finals this season as the traveling side fancied its chances against the young Tigers outfit.

Only 13 points separated the two teams at half-time, but it was the Tigers who grabbed the game with the first five goals after the main break. Six goals to two for the term and all of a sudden Tigers had the game in its keeping with a six-goal advantage.

Griffith worked hard at trying to cut back the margin, but Tigers finished off strongly to record their second win of the season.

The song was sung with gusto in the sheds after the game, then Tigers co-coach Damien Papworth told his young team the win was a perfect award for effort. “The best thing was everyone put their hand up, took a bit of responsibility and played well.” Papworth said.

The Tigers second-half display did not resemble a team at the bottom of the ladder, with their defence creating plenty of run and drive, the midfield was on top, and the forwards were firing.

Talented young Tigers forward James Hodges finished with six, while Mitch Colvin, Andrew Priest and Shannon Terlich all chimed with three apiece. Jacob Osbeiston was strong in defence, while Jamie Carroll and Tom Halse both impressed on their debut.

For Griffith, Jeff Mickan provided an option all day and battled hard, while Dean Crack and Brett Owen were good.

(The Area News, Monday June7, 2010)

OTHER PLAYERS - SAT: Mangoplah-CUE 13.1 (79) def Coolamon 8.10 (58); SUN: Leeton-Whitton 11.11 (77) def Narrandera 11.8 (74), Turvey Park 6.7 (43) def by Ganmain-GGM 10.13 (73).

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 11.13 (79) def Griffith 6.11 (47)
Goals: M Patterson 2, C Patterson 2, J Harris, D Best 
Best players: J Tyrell, M Patterson, R Johns, B Woolner, C Harrison, C Patterson 
Under 17: Wagga Tigers 15.12 (102) d Griffith 5.8 (38)
Goals: C Moore 3  
Best players: C Moore, P Whittard, J Evans, K Hillier, H Delves

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