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Round 13 - Sunday July 10, 2005
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Simon Harrison, Duncan Potts and Paul Smith (RUA)
Griffith ................... 2.3 .. 3.5 .. 4.9 .. 5.10 (40)
Ganmain-GGM .... 2.4 .. 4.6 .. 8.7 .. 12.13 (85)

GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Adam Brander, Matthew Kenny; Trent Bradley, Josh Ward, Rodney Duncan; Ben Ford, Matthew McDonald, Graham Foley; Tim Birks, Jeff Mickan, Rodney Simpkin; Adrian Burns (c-c), Tim Birks, Craig Conlan; Ryan Hill, Matt Bunn, Michael Duncan; Ashley Gardner, Mathew Crack, Daniel Best
GANMAIN-GRONG GRONG-MATONG: Troy Lenon, Adam Symons, Drew Symons; Chad Hamblin, Christen McPherson, Luke Walsh; Mitchell Steele, Shane Lenon, Mitchell Carroll; Nathan McPherson, Daniel Underwood, Anthony Carroll; Brandon Ryan, Marc Geppert, Scott Hamblin; Marc Braybon, David Johnston, David Rava; Paul Hamblin, Ben Sullivan, Andrew Roberts
Griffith: Craig Conlan 2, D Curran, A Gardner, Matt Bunn
Ganmain-GGM: A Carroll 4, M Geppert 3, S Hamblin, A Johnston, D Rava, D Underwood, B Ryan
Griffith: Matt Bunn, B Ford, T Birks, M McDonald, M Duncan, J Ward
Ganmain-GGM: T Lenon, S Lenon, B Ryan, D Symons, D Rava, C McPherson
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans' unbeaten run at Exies Oval came to an abrupt end yesterday after ladder leaders' Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong ran away with a comfortable 45-point win. With only a goal separating the two sides at half-time, the Lions proved why they sit on top of the ladder with a dominating eight goals to two in the second half. The Swans held their own through the midfield but paid the ultimate price for lacking tall targets around the ground and could not convert their chances up forward.

Griffith was dealt a blow early in the second quarter when big man Dave Curran left the field with a hamstring injury. In contrast, it was the Lions' tall forward line that done the damage in the second half with Anthony Carroll, Marc Geppert and Scott Hamblin all proving too big and strong.  Swans' captain-coach Adrian Burns remained upbeat despite the defeat. "We just couldn't convert all our hard work," Burns said.

"We fell down across centre half-forward. I don't want to sound cocky, but with a full team we'd give them a run for their money.

"But today they (Ganmain-GGM) were too good." Lions' captain-coach Shane Lenon was very pleased with knocking over the Swans on their home soil. "It was a really all-round team performance," Lenon said. "To come over here and be the first team to beat them at home when their top three hopes were on the line was a good effort." 
The Lions raced out of the gate with the first two goals, but the Swans replied in red time with goals to Curran and Craig Conlan.

The second quarter was a scrappy affair, but the Lions with the wind outscored the Swans two goals to one.

The Swans had all the ball at the start of the third term, but couldn't put the score on the board, with the Lions replying with two quick goals through Anthony Carroll and David Rava. The Swans posted the first goal of the last quarter to draw within three goals, but the Lions ran away with the game to post a 45-point win. Mick Duncan was again serviceable, along with Tim Birks who found plenty of ball.

For the Lions it was Brandon Ryan, Shane Lenon and Brett Lenon who led the way. (By Matt Malone - The Area News Monday July 11, 2005).

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Eastern Hawks 9.6 (60) def Coolamon 10.9 (69), Narrandera 14.10 (94) def Mangoplah-CUE 5.16 (46); SUN: Turvey Park 17.12 (114) def Leeton-Whitton 8.5 (53)
Reserves: Griffith 16.9 (105) def Ganmain-GGM 12.5 (77)
Goals: M Burke 6, G Argus 5, J Hampel 2, G Dreyer 2, N Hetherington
Best players: J Hampel, G Dreyer, M Burke, D Catanzariti, J Bennett, G Argus
Under 18: Ganmain-GGM 11.13 (79) def Griffith 4.7 (31)
Hicken 2, A Delves, R Newman
Best players: T Matheson, R Newman, J Smith, A Potroz, D McGreal, M Mogliotti

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