2009 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 16 - Sunday August 9, 2009
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Rob Johnston, Mark Rowe and Luke Henderson (RUA)
Griffith .............. 2.0 .. 6.1 .. 6.3 .. 6.5 (41)
Turvey Park .... 6.2 .. 9.5 .. 12.7 .. 17.10 (112)
GRIFFITH: Brad Woolner, James Smith, Simon Spiers; Myles Bunn, Matthew Noonan, Matthew Kenny; Ben Ford, Mathew Crack, Chris Niven*; James Nancarrow, Jeff Mickan, Michael Tyndall; Dean Crack, Jeff Harris, Kris Duncan; Michael Harris, Brett Owen, James Fallon; Chris Toohey, Cameron Harrison, Craig Lugton
TURVEY PARK: Brad Burkinshaw, Jeff Fletcher, Cameron Barker; Michael Wheatley, Doug McLean, Doug Feary; Daniel Toose, Levi Pollett, Matthew Ness; Scott Pople, John Hoey, Chris Beckmans; David Johnson, James Elliott, Keenan Hanigan; Andrew Craig, Andrew Donaldson, Dane Campbell; Ryan Blundell, Blair Campbell, Anthony Roddy
Griffith: B Owen 2, J Harris, J Nancarrow, K Duncan, C Harrison
Turvey Park: J Elliott 8, C Cerato 2, J Hoey 2, A Roddy 2, A Craig, D Campbell, D Toose
Griffith: M Crack, B Owen, M Noonan, B Ford, B Woolner, M Bunn
Turvey Park: C Beckmans, M Wheatley, L Pollett, D Toose, J Elliott, A Craig
SENIOR DEBUT: Chris Niven
A summary of match report, with thanks
Eight goals from commanding Turvey Park forward James Elliott and the lack of interchange players in the final quarter has seen the Griffith Swans find out why the Wagga-based side is in the top four; with the home side handed a 71-point hiding at Exies Oval yesterday.
A physical Bulldogs side looked to impose itself on the smaller Swans for much of the game, but the home side made a late surge late in the second quarter to give themselves hope of an upset win, trailing at the long break by only three majors.
But a calf strain to key midfielder Brett Owen and a dislocated knee to Michael Tyndall further hampered Griffith's chances of knocking off the competition heavyweights in the Riverina Football League. Swans coach Matt Noonan paid tribute to his side's tenacity but lamented their ability to stay with the Bulldogs when they decided to push the tempo. "Their intensity was at a good level right from the word go so they tested us, so they forced us to stand up and at some points we did and some points we didn't," Noonan said.
"They were pretty physical most of the day, at the moment with a few guys out we're a pretty small team we're not the biggest team going around, and we need to get out in the open and use that as our advantage, but we just didn't do that today."
Noonan conceded James Elliott had a fair hand in his side's victory but said all of the players that were given tough assignments yesterday did not take one backward step. "Yeah he (Elliott) took some good grabs, but James Smith was on him all day and he still battled, and he (Elliott) just had a day out and took a few clutch marks, but Smithy was right behind him all game," he said.
"The endeavour all day long was there, I don't doubt that at all. I had to put a few blokes in that are used to playing reserves and playing 17s in the mix and it's a lot faster football." (By Scott Hazlewood - Monday August 10, 2009).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Ganmain-GGM 23.20 (158) def Eastern Hawks 10.6 (66), Narrandera 9.11 (65) def by Mangoplah-CUE 17.12 (114), North Wagga 7.10 (52) def by Leeton-Whitton 21.22 (148); SUN: Coolamon 16.7 (103) def Wagga 9.10 (64).
Reserves: Turvey Park 12.13 (85) def Griffith 7.7 (49)
Goals: G Argus 5, D Pasin, P Crawford
Best players: D Owen, Josh Ryan, B Alban, G Argus, P Crawford, D Best
Under 17: Turvey Park 28.13 (181) def Griffith 6.6 (42)
Goals: J Parr 3, C Moore, B McRae, D Bartter
Best players: A DeMeyer, D Barrter, J Parr, C Burge, C Moore, B McRae