Round 5 - Sunday May 9, 2010
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Paul Smith, Paul McCormack and Ryan Dedini (RUA)
Griffith ....................... 2.2 .. 4.4 .. 6.7 .. 7.9 (51)
Mangoplah-CUE ..... 3.3 .. 10.4 .. 17.6 .. 24.9 (153)
GRIFFITH: Luke Piccolo, Craiig Lugton, Dean Catanzariti; Jonathon Gastin, Matthew Noonan, Tim Matheson; Ben Ford, Jeff Mickan, Roland Finch; Casey Moore, Michael Harris, Dean Crack; James Fallon, Josh Whelan, Luke Humphries; Shaun Curran, Mathewrett Crack, B Owen; Toby Blissett, Theo Valeri*, Royce Johns
Griffith: C Moore 2, L Humphries 2, J Mickan, D Crack, R Finch
Mangoph-CUE: T Cohalan 5, C Willis 4, J Warden 4, T Balding 2, G Reid 2, B Turner, S Creasy, G Noye, J Killalea,
M Thompson, M Molkentin, B Foster
Griffith: S Curran, B Owen, M Crack, L Humphries, M Noonan, C Moore
Mangoplah-CUE: G Reid, S Balding, T Cohalan, G Spriggs, M Thompson, A Creasy
SENIOR DEBUT: Theo Valeri
A summary of match report, with thanks
The round six horror of last season has come back to haunt the Griffith Swans as they were left humbled at the hands of Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes at Exies Oval yesterday. Last season the Goannas put on an exhibition to outclass the Swans by 89 points, with Griffith once again having their wings clipped by the competition heavyweights in its latest battle to be thoroughly outplayed 24.9 (153 to 7.9 (51). While the Swans were able to string together continuous possession for a small part of the second quarter, the Goannas height, skill and solid marking proved too strong for the home side.
Griffith coach Matt Noonan simply said his side was outclassed for much of the game and said a rethink will be needed before facing the tough double-header of Coolamon and Ganmain. “The first half we still had our chances to be in there, we just couldn’t buy a goal on the day no matter what quarter it was,” Noonan said. “We were too fumbly, our skills weren’t as good as theirs and we turned the ball over too often and it hurt us. “There’s definitely a fair few blokes that do that (ball following) and that’s for me to address, but there’s are fair few blokes that are willing to watch and go along with the flow.”
Fielding a side that was down seven players from last weekend's loss to Turvey Park, Griffith’s ruckman stocks could take a further hit after Michael Harris was helped from the field after injuring his knee. “We don’t know how bad it is, he’s icing it up and doing all the right things at the moment, he’s going to look after it and fingers cross it’s not too serious. “We still win our share of clearances and get our hands on the ball a fair bit, but we just can’t seem to clear it away.”
A three-goal opening term from Mangoplah captain-coach Chris Willis gave his side a narrow lead at the first change which blew out to a six-goal buffer which allow Trent Cohalan to kick the first of his five goals for the day to see the Goannas take a 37-point lead at the long break.
Griffith continued to crowd the ball and lose the flight in the air as the steam of goals become a torrent in the third term, with only Luke Humphries able to offer some spark with two goals of his own. As if to sum up the Swans’ fortunes for the day, an ambitious overhead handball by Humphries was perfectly weighted for Dean Crack only for him to hit the upright.
(By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday May 10, 2010).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Wagga 8.13 (61) def by Narrandera 20.9 (129); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 17.19 (121) def Coolamon 12.9 (81), Turvey Park 15.11 (101) def Leeton-Whitton 11.9 (75).
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 12.13 (85) def Griffith 5.4 (34)
Goals: D Keenan 3, K Russell, B Woolner
Best players: D Keenan, R Simpkin, P Crawford, G Taylor, B Woolner, R Best
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 14.10 (94) def Griffith 9.12 (66)
Goals: P Whittard 3, B Prendergast 2, M Oates 2, A Tarr, B Watts
Best players: M Oates, D Rossiter, Tom Valeri, B Watts, P Whittard