2004 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 17 - Sunday August 15, 2004
Riverina Football League
Venue: Leeton Showground 2.10pm
Umpires: Peter Ross, Paul Smith and Wayne Tilyard (RUA)
Leeton-Whitton ...... 5.4 .. 7.7 .. 9.10 .. 11.12 (78)
Griffith ...................... 3.3 .. 8.5 .. 15.13 .. 21.17 (143)
LEETON-WHITTON: Travis Irvin, Kane Bullock, Matthew Flagg; Greg Looby, Jamie Broadbent, Daniel Sullivan; Simon Piltz, David Harrison, Travis Doyle; Dallas Stott, Daniel Lumsden, Brad Waters; Luke Condon, Graeme Dale, Drew Dunscombe; Kurt Bullock, Daryl Clayton, Brett Guest; Nick Patten, Ben Dryburgh, Brenton Sessions
GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Simon Spiers, Damien Scott; Rodney Simpkin, Ben Wade, Matt Bunn; Ben Ford, Matthew McDonald, Brett Owen; Michael Duncan, Jeff Mickan, Simon McClure; Mathew Crack, Ashley Gardner, Jamie Bennett; David Curran, Rodney Duncan, Shane Pound; Phillip Rowston, Jaso Hampel, Trent Bradley
Leeton-Whitton: T Doyle 3, G Dale 3, D Dunscombe 2, D Clayton, B Guest, J Broadbent
Griffith: A Gardner 7, M Duncan 6, R Duncan 2, P Rowston, S Pound, J Bennett, M Crack, D Scott, T Bradley
Leeton-Whitton: J Broadbent, D Clayton, Kane Bullock, D Harrison, B Waters
Griffith: B Ford, B Wade, R Duncan, S Pound, A Gardner, M Duncan
A summary of match report, with thanks
Unreal is the word that Swans captain-coach Adrian Burns used to describe his side's third-quarter performance against Leeton-Whitton at Leeton yesterday, when the team turned the game around. After a lacklustre first half which saw Leeton-Whitton up by 13 points at the first break, it took some one-on-one half-time talk between Burns and several players for the Swans to lift.
And while the margin at the long break saw the Swans only up by four points, by the end of the third quarter they had booted seven majors to Leeton-Whitton's two and widened the gap to 39 points. "It was a great win today.
It was a good win for the club and the supporters," Burns said. "We really got on top in the third quarter.
We had a good talk at half-time with the team. "I just had a talk to a few of the players individually who I thought were not given what they normally do for the team. It was an unreal third quarter."
The final quarter saw the momentum remain with the Swans, who continued to extend their lead to finish 65 points clear. The result has reaffirmed their position in second spot on the RFL ladder with one game left to play in the regular season.
"We've only lost three games this season," Burns said. "This side, it really hurts them when they lose.
"I don't know whether the opposition feels the same way because they were smiling and laughing after the game today, but this team really cares about where they're going and it's great to coach a team like that."
From Ben Wade in the backline, through Ben Ford and the Duncans - Michael and Rod - in the centre to Jeff Mickan and Ashley Gardner in the forward line, the Swans outclassed their lacklustre opponents across the ground.
Burns named Wade, Shane Pound, Rod Duncan and Matt Bunn as his side's best, but said it took an entire team effort to lift them after a slow start. (By Grace Uhr - The Area News, Monday August 16, 2004).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Narrandera 9.11 (65) drew Mangoplah-CUE 9.11 (65), Ganmain-GGM 37.21 (243) def Eastern Hawks 5.2 (32); SUN: Turvey Park 5.14 (44) def by Coolamon 30.21 (201).
Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 24.20 (164) def Griffith 2.7 (19)
Goals: N Hetherington, J Moat
Best players: N Hetherington, L Catanzariti, R Frkovic, Reece Hill, W Tyndall
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 20.16 (136) d Griffith 3.4 (22)
Goals: J Gastin, K Hicken, A Cappello
Best players: L Habel, K Duncan, A Cappello, J Gastin, D Crack