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Round 12 - Sunday July 5, 2009
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Paul Smith, Mark Rowe and Rob Johnston (RUA)
Griffith ...................... 1.1 .. 7.4 .. 10.8 .. 16.15 (111) 
Eastern Hawks ...... 2.5 .. 7.5 .. 10.7 .. 12.7 (79)

GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, James Smith, Simon Spiers; Matthew Kenny, Matthew Noonan, Mathew Crack; Dean Crack, Michael Johns, Jason Bertacco; Cameron Harrison, Aaron Cocks, Ben Ford; Royce Johns, Shaun Curran, Kris Duncan; Michael Harris, Jeff Mickan, Brett Owen; Michael Tyndall, Chris Toohey, Jack Tyrell 
EASTERN HAWKS: Chris Pedler, Chris Parr, Anthony Raufers; Nick Reid, Steven Crowhurst, Matthew Cairns; Joe Scott, Mark Adams, Kassidy Argus; Craig DePizza, Brenton Roberts, Nathan Scott; Mark Parr, Ben Perkins (c-c), Ryan Campbell; Josh Newson, Rhys Grieve, Brad Mannion; Justin Coughlan, Brett Limbrick, Dean Spencer 
Griffith: B Owen 3, K Duncan 3, J Bertacco 2, J Mickan, A Cocks, M Harris, S Curran, D Crack, M Bunn, M Crack, M Tyndall 
Eastern Hawks: B Roberts 4, B Perkins 2, M Parr 2, N Scott, M Adams, M Cairns, R Campbell 
Griffith: B Owen, M Johns, J Bertacco, J Mickan, S Curran, B Ford 
Eastern Hawks: S Crowhurst, K Argus, M Adams, M Cairns, B Roberts, J Newson 

A summary of match report, with thanks
A stunning six-goal final term proved the difference for the Griffith Swans, as they clipped the wings of the Eastern Hawks by 32 points to claim only its fourth win of the Riverina Football League season. Despite already enjoying a win over the Hawks this year, Griffith had to battle for every possession early, as the sides struggled to be separated for much of three quarters of the game.

But thanks to a superior midfield and small forwards, the Swans were able to put a gap on the Hawks, with coach Matt Noonan putting the win down to the team's aggression at the ball when the balance of power was on the line. "Especially in the last half, every single player stepped up and there was more first to the footy and there was harder at the footy, the midfield kicked in in the last half as well," Noonan said.

"Brett Owen was getting the ball out of the middle and getting it out wide to Jason Bertacco and he's got the pace and the penetrating kick to do damage. "But the last term was probably the difference between the two sides in the end, but I thought it was going to be a battle all day because they had a few players back from the time we last played them, but so did we as well."

Noonan had to reshuffle his side when star midfielder Mick Duncan picked up an ankle injury playing for the Griffith Demons basketball side the night before. But, despite the interruption, the Swans were able to stick with the Hawks who were well served by Brenton Roberts (four goals) and Ben Perkins (two goals). (By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Monday July 6, 2009).

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Mangoplah-CUE 9.5 (59) def by Leeton-Whitton 11.10 (76), Narrandera 9.3 (57) def by Ganmain-GGM 17.13 (115), Wagga 8.12 (60) def Turvey Park 6.7 (43); SUN: Coolamon 30.15 (195) def North Wagga 8.5 (53).  

Reserves: Griffith 17.15 (117) def Eastern Hawks 5.8 (38)
Goals: J Harris 6, J Nancarrow 3, J Toscan 2, A Huskin 2, J Wade 2, D Ashcroft, A Cappello
Best players: J Nancarrow, D Best, J Harris, J Fallon, J Wade, B Woolner
Under 17: Griffith 14.15 (99) def Eastern Hawks 2.6 (18)
Goals: C Moore 5, B Ciscato 4, C Niven 2, J Parr, A Gras, P Whittard
Best players: C Niven, C Moore, B McRae, C Burge, P Whittard, T Valeri

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