Round 15 - Sunday August 5, 2012
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: W Smith and Mark Rowe (RUA)
Ganmain-GGM ... 4.2 .. 6.5 .. 9.8 .. 15.12 (102)
Griffith ................. 0.2 .. 3.6 .. 5.8 .. 9.10 (64)
GANMAIN-GRONG GRONG-MATONG: Andrew Roberts, David Karlberg, Brad Hare; Damian Walsh, Luke Walsh, Christen McPherson; Curtis Steele, Daniel Rankin, Daniel Hitchens; Sam Noble, Clint Taylor, Sam Hatty; Matt Rava, Jethro Peck, Mitch Carroll (c-c); Jacob Olsson, Lachlan Steward, Luke Kohlhagen; Kirk Hamblin, Nathan Kember, Brad McKinnon
GRIFFITH: Che Jenkins, Matthew Noonan, Royce Johns; Glen Snaidero, Tom Buckley, Jonathon Gastin; Rick Daniher, Michael Duncan, John Evans; Toby Blissett, Jethro Calma-Holt, Tom Miller; Kris Duncan, James Toscan, Dean Crack; Dylan Cudmore, Guy Orton (c-c), Mathew Crack; Tim Matheson, Alex Blissett, Joshua Tyndall*
Ganmain-GGM: C Taylor 3, M Carroll 3, D Hitchens 2, C Steele 2, M Rava 2, D Rankin, L Kohlhagen, S Hatty
Griffith: D Crack 2, T Blissett 2, M Crack, D Cudmore, J Tyndall, J Calma-Holt, A Blissett
Ganmain-GGM: D Rankin, D Walsh, C Taylor, C Steele, A Roberts, M Carroll
Griffith: C Jenkins, T Blissett, G Orton, M Crack, D Cudmore, M Duncan
SENIOR DEBUT: Joshu Tyndall
A summary of match report, with thanks
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong moved within two points of an unlikely finals berth with an important Riverina Football League victory over Griffith yesterday. The Lions breathed life back into their season with a comfortable 38-point victory over the Swans, a result that had dramatic consequences on both team’s season. GGGM will take on the final three weeks of the competition with renewed enthusiasm as a top-five spot looms large, while the inconsistent Swans need an urgent turnaround to save its spiraling season.
The Lions got off to a strong start with for unanswered goals in the opening term and were able to hold the front all day as it ran out victors, 15.12 (102 to 9.10 (64). Griffith closed within one goal late in the second quarter, and drew within 19 points early in the final term but never seriously tested the Lions.
GGGM captain-coach Mitch Carroll declared the Lions season still alive last week and yesterday’s victory over Griffith kept the dream alive. “Slightly,” Carroll said. “We do what we can and try and win as many as we can. “We’re not going to look down the track and we’ll just look at it week by week.” The Lions had no standout performers in the win over Griffith as several players chimed in and played their part.
Curtis Steele had the biggest influence on the result as he used his pace to break open the game and chimed in with two impressive goals. Damien Walsh was rock across half-back, Jacob Olsson dominated the ruck, while Clint Taylor came into the game strongly in the second half at centre-half-forward.
Carroll, who kicked three telling goals in the second half, said the Lions appreciated the fortnight off with consecutive byes.
GGGM now sits just two points off Narrandera, who hold fifth spot with the Lions facing Wagga Tigers, Collingullie-AK and Narrandera to finish the season. Griffith has now dropped to sixth after yesterday’s effort.
The Swans appear to reply on too few and again Mick Duncan and Guy Orton gave everything for Griffith while Glen Snaidero, Toby Blissett and Che Jenkins could also hold their heads up. Griffith has the bye this weekend then finishes with tricky games against CAK and Wagga Tigers. (By Matt Malone – The Area News, Monday August 6, 2012).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Leeton-Whitton 13.11 (89) def Narrandera 9.14 (68), Mangoplah-CUE 4.7 (31) def by Wagga 12.13 (85), Turvey Park 5.5 (35) def by Collingullie-AK 31.17 (203); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 10.9 (69) def Ganmain-GGM 6.10 (46)
Goals: C Moore 3, P Whittard 2, M Griffin, T Webb, C Harrison, C Lugton, M Tucker
Best players: M Tucker, M Hogan, C Harrison, T Webb, G Taylor, M Griffin
Under 17: Griffith 17.11 (113) def Ganmain-GGM 2.6 (18)
Goals: N Witherspoon 6, A Blissett 3, D Peruzzi 2, T Shannon 2, D Cassidy, J Burley, F Josling
Best players: A Blissett, N Witherspoon, T Polkinghorne, P McMahon, T West, B Tarr