2003 SEASON RESULTS
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Second Semi Final - Sunday September 7, 2003
Riverina Football League
Venue: Maher Oval 2.30pm
Umpires: Pat O'Donoghue, Paul Guthrie and Wayne Tilyard (RUA)
Turvey Park .... 4.2 .. 8.3 .. 8.9 .. 14.11 (95)
Griffith ............ 5.3 .. 11.6 .. 14.14 .. 19.19 (133)
TURVEY PARK: Ben Rodham, Jeff Fletcher, Cameron Barker; Michael Wheatley, Ben Brown, Anthony Craig; Blair Campbell, Jeremy Masterson (c-c), Dane Campbell; Chris Cerato, Andrew Loughman, Brett Daniher; Adrian Dowdle, Warren Sykes, Mitch Daniher; Michael Wilson, Matt Bailey, Matthew Carroll; Nathan Clarke, Jake Whitty, Simon Nimmo, Truman Carroll
GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Jonathon O'Dwyer, Damien Scott; Kaine Malone, Ben Wade, Jeff Mickan; Trevor Clarke, Phillip Rowston, Matt Bunn, Cian Ebert, Matthew Olney, Craig Conlan; Jamie Bennett, Jason Vant, Matthew McDonald; David Curran, Rodney Duncan, Michael Duncan; Anthony Greely, Rodney Simpkin, Brendan Giason, Ben Ford
Turvey Park: W Sykes 5, B Daniher 2, A Dowdle, M Wilson, M Wheatley, S Nimmo, C Cerato, M Daniher, M Bailey
Griffith: M Duncan 5, J Bennett 3, C Ebert 3, A Greely 2, J Mickan 2, J Vant, P Rowston, Craig Conlan, R Simpkin
Turvey Park: M Bailey, M Wilson, D Campbell, J Masterson, B Campbell
Griffith: M McDonald, M Duncan, R Duncan, D Curran, K Malone, B Wade
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith has the opportunity to make amends for finishing runners up in last season's RFL grand final after booking its place in this year's decider with a 38-point win over old rivals Turvey Park at Maher Oval yesterday. Not even inaccurate kicking in front of goal was going to stop the Swans from getting to the grand final finishing 19.19 (133) to 14.11 (95) victors. Despite mounting a mini comeback late in the game, the full-time siren beat the Bulldogs and they will play Coolamon next week in the preliminary final at Narrandera Sportsground.
According to Swans coach Cian Ebert the team's lapses in concentration have been costly this season, but they were lucky to get away with it on Sunday. "Missing so many set shots was pretty frustrating, because they are goals we would get on any other day," Ebert said.
Ebert said the majority of the team drove to Wagga on Saturday to avoid the two-hour trip on game day. "Although we do a fair bit of travelling during the year it made it easier for the players both mentally and physically," he said.
After a sluggish start to the game, Griffith finished the first quarter with a rush, kicking five goals to Turvey Park's four to lead by seven points at the first break. According to Bulldogs captain Blair Campbell, the team had to contend with the flu hitting the club during the week.
"It took the guys a bit longer than usual to get going," Campbell said.
"But at least we came back strongly in the end because we still had a bit left in the tank." Turvey Park got on the scoreboard a number of times during the second quarter but whenever it kicked a goal Griffith came back with an instant reply and at the main break the Swans were out to a handy 21-point lead but straight shooting in the second quarter would have helped.
The Bulldogs were doing well to hang on to possession at the start of the third quarter but could not convert their opportunities kicking six behinds while Griffith was also having trouble in front of goal. Warren Sykes was a target for the Bulldogs in their forward line along with Mitch Daniher, but their combined efforts were not enough. Turvey Park were on the roll at the start of the final quarter, kicking six goals, but Griffith's radar on goal improved too and, with three goals from Michael Duncan, the Swans sealed the game.
(By Luke Goonan - The Area News, Monday September 8, 2003).
Coolamon ............... 2.2 .. 2.7 .. 4.9 .. 5.10 (40)
Mangoplah-CUE .... 4.4 .. 5.7 .. 7.8 .. 8.10 (58)
Goals - Coolamon: R Moodie 2, O Breust, A Talbot, A McKenzie
Mangoplah-CUE: D Galvin 2, W Smith 2, W Lloyd, M Deacon, M Sanbrook, S Rynehart
Best players - Coolamon: W Mutton, M McKinley, Scott Bradley, J Moncrief, B Edyvean
Mangoplah-CUE: D Galvin, W Lloyd, W Smith, G Smith, D Roberts
Umpires: Greg Walsh, G O'Brien and Darren Smythe (RUA)
Turvey Park .......... 4.0 .. 9.4 .. 10.4 .. 11.7 (73)
Leeton-Whitton .... 5.5 .. 7.10 .. 7.14 .. 11.15 (81)
Goals - Turvey Park: J Elliott 4, M McIntosh 2, C Richards 2, L Toose, J Hoey, M Malone
Leeton-Whitton: D Dunscombe 3, A Howe 2, F Iannelli 2, M Heaslip 2, C Curry 2
Best - Turvey Park: C Richards, M McIntosh, J Hoey, T Mattingly, B Walker, B Killalea
Leeton-Whitton: A Howe, B Sullivan, M Heaslip, P Davies, B Hamilton, D Dunscombe
Umpires: Tom McDonald, Steve Hatherall and Rob Dalgleish (RUA)