2006 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 15 - Sunday August 6, 2006
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Rob Wilson, Sam Graham and Greg Walsh (RUA)
Griffith ...................... 3.2 .. 6.4 .. 15.6 .. 19.10 (124)
Leeton-Whitton ...... 5.5 .. 12.9 .. 15.10 .. 20.11 (131)
GRIFFITH: Daniel Meade, Josh Ward, Brendan Giason; James Toscan, Joel Brown, David Pasin; Nathan Petersen-Gray, Michael Duncan, Ben Ford; Matthew McDonald, Jeff Mickan, Graham Foley; Sam Hickleton, Craig Conlan, Myles Bunn; Ryan Hill, Luke McLean (c-c), Matt Bunn; Dean Crack, Jonathon Gastin, Daniel Best
LEETON-WHITTON: Matthew Flagg, Brenton Browne, Greg Looby; Daniel Sullivan, Ben Dryburgh, Simon Piltz; David Elwin, Matthew Sharman, Brad Boots; Justin Davidson, Danny Baxter, Daryl Clayton; Matthew Lang, Damian Lang, Graeme Dale; Kurt Bullock, Jamie Broadbent, Drew Dunscombe; Matthew Melidonis, Travis Irvin, Travis Doyle
Griffith: C Conlan 4, M McDonald 4, M Duncan 2, L McLean 2, S Hickleton 2, J Mickan, J Gastin, J Brown, B Giason, G Foley
Leeton-Whitton: D Lang 9, D Clayton 4, G Dale 3, M Sharman 2, M Lang, K Bullock
Griffith: J Mickan, C Conlan, Matt Bunn, L McLean, D Meade, G Foley
Leeton-Whitton: D Baxter, T Irvin, D Lang, G Looby, M Sharman, K Bullock
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans final chances suffered a severe dent yesterday when they lost a seesawing game against Leeton-Whitton by seven points at Exies Oval. The Swans' deficiency to piece four quarters together again led to their downfall at two crucial indiscretions in the final minutes dashed any chance of an unlikely victory. The Crows started strongly and jumped to a 41-point lead at half-time.
A nine-goal third quarter from the home side saw the Crows' lead cut to just four points and a stirring win looked inevitable.
The Swans hit the lead in the final term but in the 22nd minute the Crows were awarded the first of two controversial 50-metre penalties which saw them edge ahead by seven points. Just a minute later the Swans' Matthew McDonald was penalised for an over zealous challenge and from the ensuring play Leeton-Whitton's Damien Lang opened up a two-goal lead when he kicked truly.
The Swans were offered a glimmer of hope with less than two minutes remaining when Ben Ford grubbered a goal to reduce the Crows' lead to just six points but that was as close as the Swans got. "We got back into the game, but our discipline let us down with those 50-metre penalties," Duncan said. "There were a few positives we can take from that, but it was disappointing to let it go and especially now with the finals on the line." Of particular frustration to Duncan was the Swans' patchy play.
This season the Swans have produced some irresistible quarters of football but have often followed them up with mistake-ridden efforts."The fact is we can string two or three quarters together, but we can't afford to give teams an eight-goal lead at half-time and expect to win," he said. "We'll have to be at our best next week (against GGGM) or if not our season with be over in two weeks.
"It's going to be a big game against the number one side because if we drop that we'll have to win the next two and that's no guarantee.
It was a big loss." (By Will Gilroy - The Area News - Monday August 7, 2006).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Mangoplah-CUE 4.5 (29) def by Ganmain-GGM 29.21 (165), Narrandera 28.18 (166) def Eastern Hawks 13.7 (85); SUN: Coolamon 16.11 (107) def Turvey Park 11.12 (78)
Reserves: Griffith 16.15 (121) def Leeton-Whitton 8.8 (56)
Goals: G Argus 10, R Agresta 2, C Lugton 2, K Duncan, W Tyndall, L Cavallo, M Harris
Best players: R Agresta, M Harris, G Argus, C Conlan, R Frkovic, C Lugton
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 22.9 (141) def Griffith 5.2 (32)
Goals: K Hicken 2, M Patterson, S Curran, R Johns
Best players: A Chalmers, S Curran, T Harrington, N McGrath, H Shaw, C McGann