2003 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 5 - Sunday May 11, 2003
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Pat O'Donoghue and Brett Webb (RUA)
Griffith ............. 3.3 .. 5.8 .. 9.11 .. 10.15 (75)
Turvey Park .... 1.4 .. 4.5 .. 6.8 .. 12.11 (83)
GRIFFITH: Matt Bunn, Ben Wade, Simon Spiers; Damien Scott, Brendan Giason, Jason Malone; Kaine Malone, Matthew McDonald, Ben Ford; Jeff Mickan, Jonathon O'Dwyer, Trevor Clarke; Jason Vant, Andrew Hill, Jamie Bennett; Matthew Olney, Rodney Duncan (capt), Cian Ebert (coach); Myles Bunn, Dominic Giorgi, Jason Hampel
TURVEY PARK: Ben Rodham, Cameron Barker, Nathan Clarke; Anthony Craig, Brett Daniher, Michael Wheatley; Blair Campbell, Jeremy Masterson (c-c), Dane Campbell; Warren Sykes, Adrian Dowdle, Chris Cerato; Mitch Daniher, Andrew Loughman, Simon Nimmo; Michael Wilson, Matt Bailey, Matthew Carroll; Josh Kennedy, Ben Foley, Chris Shea
Griffith: J Vant 2, J Bennett 2, M McDonald 2, A Hill, B Ford, M Olney, B Wade
Turvey Park: A Loughman 4, C Cerato 4, M Daniher 2, W Sykes, M Bailey
Griffith: J Malone, B Ford, T Clarke, Myles Bunn, M Olney, D Scott
Turvey Park: C Baker, A Craig, J Masterson, Matt Carroll, M Bailey, C Cerato
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans have once more tasted bitter defeat at the hands of Riverina Football League opponents Turvey Park, the booted six goals in the final term to post a 12.11 (83) to 10.15 (75) win at Exies Oval on Saturday night. Missing a number of its regular first graders due to injury, Griffith did perform well for the majority of the match with the likes of under-18's regular Jason Hampel helping to fill the gaps.
The Swans got Saturday's match off to a good start, booting three majors in the opening term compared to Turvey's single six-pointer.
The Bulldogs came back in the second quarter to take the lead as it kicked two goals, but the Swans continued to respond as Ben Ford and Kaine Malone worked hard for the ball across the forward flank.
Griffith's first scoring shot for the quarter came after 17 minutes and when Matt McDonald burst through the centre corridor and put the ball on the chest of Andrew Hill, who gave the home side a seven-point advantage.
The Swans backed up with another major minutes later, but Turvey's Andrew Loughman goaled on the siren to keep his side in touch with a 38-29 scoreline. While play had been close in the first half, the third period saw the momentum with Griffith as it set about increasing its lead.
Under pressure from two Bulldogs defenders Ford managed to mark a Matt Olney free kick then convert and while Loughman responded, Griffith's desire to win the ball and strong support play saw it get on top. Olney's fine form continued as he intercepted a hand pass at centre half back and streaked down field and when McDonald booted his second major of the match Griffith held a 22-point lead.
Ben Wade joined the list of scorers before the siren, momentum with the Swans heading into the final quarter with a 65-44 lead.
Just 30 seconds into the final term Jamie Bennett booted Griffith's 10th goal and with Myles Bunn working the ball well out of defence it seemed as if the home side would topple the defending premiers.
However, the Bulldogs lifted and took control of the match as they booted three straight goals in a four-minute period. Two more goals saw Turvey take the lead with nine minutes of the game remaining and while the Swans had their chances to hit back, accuracy was missing from their shots. When Warren Sykes kicked a 12th goal for the visitors, it was once more Turvey Park who finished on top, 83-75.
(By Anya Whitelaw - The Area News, Monday May 12, 2003).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: East Wagga-K 15.6 (96) def by Leeton-Whitton 21.19 (145), Narrandera 14.12 (96) def Mangoplah-CUE 11.11 (77); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 11.13 (79) def by Coolamon 15.11 (101).
Reserves: Griffith 20.18 (138) def Turvey Park 6.2 (38)
Goals: W Armstrong 5, R Simpkin 3, R Frkovic 3, L Testoni 3, A Gardner 2, T Bradley, A Greely, O Brown, D Catanzariti
Best players: T Bradley, A Greely, R Simpkin, W Armstrong, M Molloy
Under 18: Turvey Park 24.20 (164) def Griffith 2.2 (14)
Goals: L Kidd, K Hicken
Best players: D Catanzariti, C Munro, T Condon, K Duncan, R Pastro