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Round 9 - Sunday June 15, 2003
Riverina Footbll League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: ----
Griffith ..................... 2.3 .. 7.4 .. 9.8 .. 12.11 (83)
Ganmain-GGM ...... 3.4 .. 5.5 .. 8.10 .. 10.13 (73)

GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Jonathon O'Dwyer, Damien Scott; Matt Bunn, Andrew Hill, Kaine Malone; Ben Ford, Anthony Greely, Jamie Bennett; Phillip Rowston, Jeff Mickan, Jason Hampel; Matthew McDonald, Ben Wade, Rodney Simpkin; Brendan Giason, Rodney Duncan, Trevor Clarke; Simon Spiers, David Curran, Jason Vant
GANMAIN-GRONG GRONG-MATONG: David Cox, Adam Symons, Craig Lenon; Troy Lenon, Michael Mazzocchi, John Lawton; Mitchell Steele, Matt Scott, Nathan Irvine; Shane Lenon (c-c), David Logan, Raphael McGowan; Clinton Renner, Scott Hamblin, Cameron Steward; Chris Kelly, Murray Hamblin, Mitchell Carroll; Paul Hamblin, Rohan Brill, Daniel Underwood
Griffith: J Vant 4, R Duncan 3, D Curan 2, J Bennett, A Geeely, M McDonald
Ganmain-GGM: C Renner 4, S Lenon, M Carroll, N Irvine, D Logan, M Hamblin, C Lenon
Griffith: B Giason, T Clarke, P Rowston, J Hampel, R Duncan
Ganmain-GGM: M Carroll, T Lenon, S Lenon, M Hamblin, John Lawton
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans partly avenged the previous weekend's loss, to remain in front in a close encounter against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong at Exies Oval on Sunday. The Swans led at each break and managed to keep this lead despite strong charges by the Lions in the last two quarters. The game began as a tight contest with both sides struggling to keep possession and play shifting from one end of the field to the other. The Swans booted the first goal in the ninth minute and Ganmain-GGM opened its account 10 minutes later with two quick goals.

Both teams got one further goal before the first break in a quarter that included many missed opportunities for the Swans, but good defence came from both sides with hardly any chances inside 50. The second quarter saw the Swans come out fired up and boot five unanswered goals including Rod Duncan kicking two in a row and Jamie Bennett kicking from the left pocket for Dave Curran to take a superb mark three metres out from the post. Ganmain-GGM had a late comeback with two goals, but it was the Swans that dominated possession and they went into the long break leading 46 to 35.

It was the Lions that came out stronger in the third quarter, scoring two goals in the first two minutes including a good right foot snap by Nathan Irvine. They kept the pressure on the Swans, moving ahead on the scoreboard for the first time since early in the first quarter and keeping possessing in their forward line. Griffith fought back to score in the 13th minute of the term and again eight minutes later after a good mark by Jason Vant. Ganmain-GGM hit one more before the break and scores were almost locked at the end of the third term 62 to 58 in favour of the Swans. It was at this stage in the match last weekend where the Swans lost composure and let Mangoplah overtake them, but not this week with Vant scoring a good goal from outside the 50 in the opening minutes of the last quarter.

The Lions hit back almost straight away, but Griffith remained resilient and booted two more goals to put the score almost out of touch for the visitors. Ganmain-GGM kicked a late goal as Swans supporters and players begged the full-time siren to sound, but they left their run too late, and the Swans came away winners 12.11 (83) to10.13 (73). Swans coach Cian Ebert said he was happy with the win even if they didn't stick to the game plan. "It's always good to have a win and Ganmain are a good side," he said. "Our skills were fairly poor this game, but we gutsed it out. "We were working on hitting targets and controlling the footy in training, but that didn't happen today.

"This came from within, we were committed to each other and us gutsed it out for a win." Ebert said Jason Hampel was a standout player for the team with strong attacks on the ball all day.  (By Grace Uhr - The Area News, Monday June 16, 2003).

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: East Wagga-K 9.5 (53) def by Narrandera 12.8 (80); SUN: Leeton-Whitton 12.11 (83) def by Coolamon 19.10 (124), Turvey Park 29.10 (154) def Mangoplah-CUE 13.6 (84).

Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 17.14 (116) def Griffith 8.8 (56)
Goals: W Tyndall 3, P Thornton 2, A Romagnolo, D Giorgi, Chris Conlan
Best players: A Trotter, D Giorgi, Chris Conlan, W Tyndall, W Armstrong
Under 18: Ganmain-GGM 12.8 (80) def Griffith 2.10 (22)
Goals: R Best, B Hicken
Best players: M Smith, R Newman, K Duncan, B Corbett, R Brill

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