2007 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 12 - Sunday July 8, 2007
Riverina Football League
Venue: Kindra Park 2.10pm
Umpires: Greg Walsh and Simon Ross (RUA)
Coolamon ...... 5.2 .. 11.7 .. 11.13 .. 15.19 (109)
Griffith ........... 2.1 .. 4.4 .. 6.8 .. 7.11 (53)
COOLAMON ROVERS: Stephen Bartholomew, Ryan Lilly, Brett Garrett; Mitch Robinson, Nathan Edyvean, Tim Byrnes; Connor Neyland, Adam McKenzie; Luke Maloney, Jamie Parr, Edward Edis; Hamish Dyce, Sam Keenan (c-c), Kerrod Roberts; Ben Edyvean, Bryan Munro, Leigh Drum; Tim Garrett, David Billingham, Brenton Cooke
GRIFFITH: Jason Hampel, Peter Hunt, Craig Lugton; Roger Heenan, James Smith, Myles Bunn; Joel Brown, Luke McLean, Matthew Kenny; Dean Crack, James Toscan, Craig Conlan; Mathew Crack, Shaun Curran, Daniel Meade; Jeff Mickan, Matthew McDonald, Michael Duncan; Jonathon Gastin, Michael Harris, James Fallon*
Coolamon: J Parr 4, S Keenan 3, L Maloney 3, E Edis 2, H Dyce 2, T Garrett
Griffith: S Curran, D Crack, M Duncan, D Meade, J Fallon, J Brown, M Harris
Coolamon: L Maloney, C Neyland, M Robinson, B Munro, N Edyvean, J Parr
SENIOR DEBUT: James Fallon
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith' Riverina Football League finals hopes all but evaporated with a 56-point thumping to Coolamon at Kindra Park. With star full-forward Brendan McKelvie a late withdrawal from the Coolamon team, the Hoppers proved they were no one-man show as they cruised to a comfortable victory, 15.10 (109) to 7.11 (53). With six games now remaining, Griffith sits two games outside the top five in seventh position, while the Hoppers are locked in fourth spot.
On a mud-covered Kindra Park surface, the Hoppers adapted to the conditions much better than the Swans with their attack on the ball and delivery into the forward line far superior to Griffith's. With the two teams trying to play completely different styles of football, Coolamon captain-coach Sam Keenan did not hide the fact his team was happy to win the dogfight.
"They wanted to try and chip the ball around, but we were more than happy to make it a dogfight and win it like that," Keenan said.
"The conditions suited us much better, and we were just harder at the ball, simple as that. "We played a good brand of footy, and I was happy to come away with a really good win."
The win was the biggest for the Hoppers this season and the fact they were able to do it without McKelvie pleased Keenan.
"Luke McLean (Griffith coach) came out during the week and said all they had to do was stop Brendan McKelvie to win, so it was good to show we can still produce goals without him being there," Keenan said. "We're really starting to work hard now, and I think we're gone from being a team full of young blokes at the start of the season so a team that is starting to get better with each game." Luke Maloney and Connor Neyland were brilliant through the midfield for the Hoppers while Nathan Edyvean, Brett Garrett and Bryan Munro all put in supper efforts.
No Griffith player was able to put together four quarters of a consistent football but the usual suspects in Matt McDonald, Mick Duncan and Craig Conlan were very good in patches. (The Area News - Monday July 9, 2007).
OTHER MATCHES SAT: Turvey Park 10.4 (64) def by Narrandera 12.17 (89), Wagga Tigers 16.22 (118) def Mangoplah-CUE 1.7 (13); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 15.14 (104) def Leeton-Whitton 8.14 (62); Eastern Hawks, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 16.11 (107) def Coolamon 6.7 (43)
Goals: R Duncan 4, J Harris 2, L Cavallo 2, M Hogan, W Tyndall, D McGreal, G Sibbick, D Jamieson
Best players: L Cavallo, M Hogan, R Bridgen, D McGreal, D Jamieson, G Foley
Under 18: Griffith 22.27 (159) def Coolamon 2.1 (13)
Goals: D Keenan 5, J Iemma 4, M Tyndall 3, C Harrison 2, M Patterson 2, B Snaidero 2, H Shaw, C McGann, L Piccolo, S Gilbert
Best players: L Piccolo, M Tyndall, C Harrison, B Snaidero, S Gilbert, J Iemma