Round 4 - Saturday May 7, 2011
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: Ron Wilson and Cameron Warner (RUA)
Mangoplah CUE .... 1.2 .. 2.3 .. 5.7 .. 5.11 (41)
Griffith .................... 1.0 .. 8.2 .. 11.3 .. 17.6 (108)
GRIFFITH: James Smith, Glen Snaidero, Jonathon Gastin; Dean Catanzariti, Matthew Noonan, Che Jenkins; Theo Valeri, Michael Duncan, Cameron Harrison; Dean Crack, Tom Buckley, Toby Blissett; Beau Runnalls, Jeff Mickan, Kris Duncan; Henry Delves, Guy Orton, Mathew Crack; John Evans, Tim McMahon*, Jack Tyrell
Mangoplah-CUE: A Lieschke 2, J Collins, J Phillips, M Byrne
Griffith: T Blissett 4, T Buckley 3, G Orton 3, M Duncan 3, H Delves 2, C Jenkins, K Duncan
Mangoplah-CUE: G Spriggs, J Killalea, K Peeters, N Baggio, A Vanzanten
Griffith: G Orton, M Duncan, H Delves, M Noonan, T Blissett, M Crack, T Buckley, J Smith
SENIOR DEBUT: Tom McMahon
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans have continued their impressive start to the Riverina Football League season with a dominant 17.6 (108) to 5.11 (41) victory over Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes on Saturday. After an arm-wrestle in the opening quarter, the Swans blew the game open with a seven-goal term in the second to hold a comfortable lead they would not relinquish.
“The scoreboard probably flattered us a bit,” Swans coach Damien Scott said. “We didn’t play well in the first quarter, but then the guys started controlling possession and the guys really ran the game out.” Scott paid tribute to his men at the back, particularly Matt Noonan and Glen Snaidero who handled their tough assignments well to ensure the Goannas were held to just 2.3 in the first half.
“We had a lot of pressure on them, and it was pretty relentless but in saying that they (MCUE) didn’t have have a lot of easy shots, but there as about four shots at goal they normally would have converted,” Scott said.
With Michael Harris a late withdrawal, young ruckman Henry Delves was required to step up and play a more senior role alongside the returning Jeff Mickan, and Scott said Delves learned many an important lesson. “That (Harris withdrawing) gave Henry more time to get more involved with the game and he was up against a pretty good ruckman, so it gave him a good chance to more than hold his own.” Scott added.
Toby Blissett provided a target up forward for the Swans kicking four goals, but he was not alone, with Mick Duncan continuing to impress on his way to recording three majors with Tom Buckley and Guy Orton providing an attacking spark.
While it was an unhappy day for the Goannas in front of goal, Andrew Lieschke (2), Jack Collins, Jake Phillips and Matthew Byrne attempted to lift their side. In a further sign for the Swans’ never-ending pursuit of improvement this year, Scott said there was still things the side could work on despite nearly eclipsing their total wins in 2010. (By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Monday May 9, 2011)
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Collingullie-AK 14.9 (93) def by Ganmain-GGM 19.17 (131), Wagga 23.9 (147) def Narrandera 13.8 (86); SUN: Turvey Park 5.3 (33) def by Coolamon 17.10 (112); Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 15.13 (103) def Griffith 5.4 (34)
Best players: N King, S Brennan, J Fallon, C McGann
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 12.6 (78) d Griffith 9.12 (66)
Best players: S Nascimben, D Cudmore, D Bartter, B Watts