2003 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 13 - Sunday July 13, 2003
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Scott Crowley and Greg Walsh (RUA)
Griffith ..................... 2.4 .. 7.7 .. 9.13 .. 13.16 (94)
Leeton-Whitton .... 3.1 .. 6.2 .. 7.7 .. 8.9 (57)
GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Ben Wade, Damien Scott; Matt Bunn, Brendan Giason, Jonathon O'Dwyer; Kaine Malone, Anthony Greely, Simon Spiers; Trevor Clarke, Rodney Simpkin, Jeff Mickan; Craig Conlan, Jason Vant, Jason Hampel; David Curran, Rodney Duncan, Jamie Bennett; Ryan Hill, Ben Ford, Cian Ebert (coach)
LEETON-WHITTON: Todd Henman, Adam Cameron, Michael Lashbrook; Matthew Flagg, Greg Looby, David Kidman; David Elwin, Brad Waters, Lee Whelan; Daryl Clayton, Trent Lang, Matthew Robertson; Steven Stockton, Brendan Greatz, Nigel Durkin; Kurt Bullock, Kane Bullock, Jamie Broadbent; David Harrison, Dale Symes, Craig Curry
Griffith: J Vant 3, J Bennett 2, R Simpkin 2, T Clarke, C Ebert, R Duncan, K Malone, J Mickan, S Spiers
Leeton-Whitton: T Lang 2, J Broadbent 2, M Robertson, B Waters, S Stockton, D Kidman
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, R Simpkin, Matt Bunn, D Curran
Leeton-Whitton: J Broadbent, A Cameron, Kane Bullock
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans came away with an untidy win in their RFL game against Leeton-Whitton at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval on Sunday, beating the visitors 13.16 (94) to 8.9 (57). Despite coach Cian Ebert returning to the field this week for his first game in over a month due to a knee injury, the Swans never looked in control of the game, getting in front only to have a lapse in play, then allow the Crows to come back and challenge for the lead. Leeton-Whitton began the game the better of the two sides with early goals in the first quarter, before the Swans made a minor comeback before the first break.
While Leeton-Whitton held the lead at that break 19 to 16, it was the Swans that held the momentum, and they kept this going into the second half to hit the front. The score line at half-time had the Swans in front 49 to 38, with five goals coming for the home side.
The third quarter saw both sides struggling to hit targets, scoring several minors, but failing to get many between the big posts, the Swans staying in front and holding the lead 67 to 49. The trend continued in the final term until the Swans found some late form, kicking three goals in the last five minutes to put the result beyond doubt. Just when it looked like it could not get any worse, the Swans injury woes continued, getting Ebert back this game, only to look like losing Brendan Giason with a hamstring injury.
Ebert said it was pretty ordinary performance by his team. "We didn't use the footy well enough,' he said. "There was some good delivery into the forward line, but our discipline let us down. "We made hard work out of it. "At the end of the day four points are better than a loss though." Ebert kicked a goal in his return to the paddock and made a good contribution to the side, along with Rod Simpkin, who got two goals.
Myles and Matthew Bunn also had strong games, as well as Ben Wade and Dave Curran. Prolific Swans goal scorer Jason Vant was kept under wraps today by the Crows' Adam Cameron at the back and was restricted to three goals.
Crows' coach Kerry Vaughan-Niven said along with Cameron, Jamie Broadbent played well in the midfield and on-baller Kane Bulock was also strong. He said he was relatively happy with the way his side performed and the score did not reflect the game itself.
"The endeavour was good," he said. "They're a small side, so coping with the talls was tough. "We went pretty much to our match plan and we're a young side with only two or three senior players." (By Grace Uhr - The Area News, Monday July 14, 2003).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Mangoplah-CUE 22.25 (157) def East Wagga-K 10.9 (69), Narrandera 6.11 (47) def by Coolamon 13.19 (97); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 16.13 (109) def Turvey Park 14.8 (92).
Reserves: Griffith 22.16 (148) def Leeton-Whitton 5.3 (33)
Goals: A Hill 7, A Gardner 4, B Owen 2, Chris Conlan 2, A Trotter 2, W Armstrong, D Giorgi, G Dreyer, W Tyndall, 1 short
Best players: R Frkovic, A Hill, A Trotter, Chris Conlan, D Giorgi
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 24.15 (159) def Griffith 3.2 (20)
Goals: Reece Hill, K Duncan, D Catanzariti, T Condon, 1 over
Best players: P Moore, Reece Hill, K Duncan, D Catanzariti, T Condon