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Round 5 - Sunday May 13, 2012
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Ryan Dedini and Rob Neighbour (RUA) 
Griffith ...................... 0.1 .. 3.5 .. 7.9 .. 15.14 (104) 
Mangoplah CUE ..... 5.4 .. 5.6 .. 8.8 .. 8.12 (60)
MANGOPLAH-COOKARDINIA UNITED-EASTLAKES: Nat Davis, Matthew Finemore, Jeff Miller; Mark Roberson, Geoff Spriggs, Guy Ward; Jack Collins, Trent Cohalan, Blake Aichinger; Tom Keogh, Reece Cohalan, Harry Collins; Will Ryan, Andrew Wild, Isaac Damme; Andrew Dickens, Peter Treloar, Jack Killalea; Ben Coombe, Dean Jones, Joe Scott
GRIFFITH: Royce Johns, Matthew Noonan, Jesse Ryan; Tom West, Che Jenkins, Jonathon Gastin; Kris Duncan, Michael Duncan, John Evans; Tim Matheson, Jethro Calma-Holt, Daniel Peruzzi; Mathew Crack, James Toscan, Dean Crack; Andrew Hawkins, James Fallon, Guy Orton (c-c); Brett Owen, Fletcher Josling, Andrew Cappello
Griffith: M Duncan 3, D Crack 2, G Orton 2, B Owen 2, M Crack 2, J Toscan 2, A Cappello, J Calma-Holt 
Mangoplah-CUE: A Wild 5, G Ward, I Damme, G Spriggs
Griffith: M Duncan, G Orton, B Owen, C Jenkins, T West, M Noonan
Mangoplah-CUE: I Damme, B Aichinger, J Killalea, A Dickens, A Wild, M Finemore
A summary of match report, with thanks

Griffith Swans staged a fight-back of epic proportions at Exies Oval yesterday, crushing a stunned Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes into submission in the final quarter. Despite smashing Turvey Park by 72 points last week, the Swans started slowly before turning the game on its head in the final quarter, delivering a 44-point victory over the Goannas. In what was to become their third win in a row, Griffith’s first quarter was almost scoreless, the only relief a point scored off a little bit of Mick Duncan magic in the 18th minute.

Mangoplah showed the high-flying, hard-running skills that saw them defeat ladder-leaders Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong last week and made most of the wind to take a 33-point lead at quarter time. But the momentum changed in the second term as the Swans’ fightback began. While the Goannas still led at the next two changes, Griffith looked faster, stronger and more controlled as the game progressed.

By two minutes into the final quarter, they had taken the lead. It was a lead they would never relinquish.

Two enormous 60-metre goals from Swans coach Guy Orton and Jethro Calma-Holt told the story in the final term as Griffith peppered the goals with six majors and three minors before Mangoplah had even put boot to ball. 
The Swans victory over the highly regarded Goannas has sent a message of strength and determination to the rest of the league, and a beaming Guy Orton could barely contain his delight as his boys marched from the field. “The boys went out there with fire in their bellies – this is one we really didn’t want to lose,” Orton said. “We needed to get more numbers around the ball, and we couldn’t let our intensity drop.

The boys did everything I asked of them and more.” The proud coach said a strong wind blowing towards the scoreboard end of the ground had been a huge factor in the Swans’ first quarter flop. 
There was plenty of outstanding moments for Griffith throughout the game, with strong contested marks from the likes of John Evans James Toscan and Jethro Calma-Holt and an incredible running goal off Orton’s boot that came straight from the centre bounce.

(By Melody Montague – The Area News, Monday May 14, 2012) 

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Turvey Park 6.1 (37) def by Wagga 17.17 (119); Coolamon 9.4 (58) def by Narrandera 14.14 (98), Leeton-Whitton 14.10 (94) def Collingullie-AK 6.8 (44); Ganmain-GGM, bye.

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 14. 23 (107) def Griffith 1.13 (19) 
Goal: C Harrison
Best players: T Valeri, M Griffin, J Tyrell, C Niven, K Hume, C Boye
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 9.7 (61) def Griffith 7.9 (51)
Goals: T Shannon 2, S Butler, B Moore, J Catanzariti, D Evans, A Blissett
Best players: B Tarr, D Evans, T Polkinghorne, J Burley, A Blissett, J Gordon

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