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Round 9 - Sunday June 16, 2002
Riverina Football League
Venue: Maher Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Brett Webb and Craig Hooper (RUA)
Turvey Park .... 4.6 .. 11.7 .. 16.11 .. 24.12 (156)
Griffith ............. 2.2 .. 8.2 .. 9.2 .. 13.4 (82)
TURVEY PARK: Cameron Grentell, Cameron Barker, Mark Donaldson; Chris Cerato, Jeremy Masterson (c-c), Michael Wheatley; Blair Campbell, Dane Campbell, Nigel Clarke; Warren Sykes, Adrian Dowdle, Stuart Anderson; Owen Gooden, Andrew Loughman, Simon Nimmo; Leith Mills, Matthew Carroll, Troy Maiden; Travis Richards, Julian Nimmo, Lance Warr
GRIFFITH: Shawn Conlan, Jonathan O'Dwyer, Damien Scott; Luke Condon, Brendan Giason, David Kidman; Kaine Malone, Phillip Rowston, Michael Duncan; Craig Conlan, Jeff Mickan, Chris Conlan; Jamie Bennett, Danny Beriman, Shane Ruyg; Matthew Olney, Cian Ebert (c-c), Trevor Clarke; Matt Bunn, Simon Spiers, Matthew Kenny
Turvey Park: A Loughman 8, S Nimmo 4, Nigel Clarke 3, A Dowdle 3, W Sykes 2, O Gooden 2, L Mills, C Cerato
Griffith: D Beriman 4, Chris Conlan 2, M Duncan 2, S Ruyg, P Rowston, C Ebert, J Mickan, J O'Dwyer
Turvey Park: M Donaldson, A Loughman, J Masterson, M Wheatley, W Sykes, M Carroll
Griffith: P Rowston, Chris Conlan, M Olney, Craig Conlan, S Conlan
A summary of match report, with thanks
Riverina Football League took a new shape when Turvey Park dismantled previously undefeated Griffith by 74 points at Maher Oval yesterday.
In its best performance for the nine rounds, Turvey Park raced away to win 24.12 (156) to 13.4 (82). Turvey Park's success, coupled with Narrandera's first win of the season at the expense of top five side Leeton-Whitton, puts a whole new aspect on the RFL at the halfway mark.
Bulldogs' captain-coach Jeremy Masterson put the highest accolade on the Turvey Park's effort, saying it was the best win since he started coaching the side in 2001. "Our defeat at Griffith in round two this season was the worst one we have suffered since I started the club and this was our best win, so it was a fantastic result today," Masterson said. "It was good to get on top and pay them back.
"There were no lapses at all, and it was the first time all year we played four consistent quarters."
Griffith captain-coach and on-baller Cian Ebert said he hoped the defeat would do the Swans better than harm in the final analysis.
He said the boys had a lot of character and he expected them to show it in coming rounds leading up to the next showdown with Turvey Park.
"I think we are a lot better side that we showed today and should improve,' Ebert said. "We have to get back to the hard work and basics which worked at the start of the season. "Today's defeat was a reality check for the boys as the side has been coasting along, working hard and doing a lot of things right. "However, in the last game and a half we started developing a few bad habits, like not looking after each other and just going through the motions. "Turvey Park proved to be a good side and the better side today.
"We were a bit behind the eight ball against a side which was really keen and played well - full credit to them." Masterson had a big influence on the game as he starved the Griffith forward line with good support from Mark Donaldson and Michael Wheatley.
Only at one stage did Griffith appear to be in the game when they hit the front momentarily 10 minutes in the second quarter as centre Phillip Rowston, full forward Danny Beriman and Ebert kicked successive goals to give the Swans a two-point lead. Turvey Park replied almost immediately with majors by centre half forward Adrian Dowdle, Nigel Clarke, on-baller Owen Gooden and forward pocket Simon Nimmo to take the lead and open up a match-winning lead of 23 points. Turvey Park full forward Andrew Loughman put the icing on the cake for the Bulldogs when he kicked five goals in the last quarter giving him 8.2 for the game.
Bulldogs' on-ballers, Warren Sykes and Matt Carroll, cut Griffith to shreds around the ground with clever handball and good judgment while Gooden, wingman Blair Campbell (until injured in the third quarter), Simon Nimmo, Chris Cerato and Dowdle stood out at various times.
Ebert and centre Phil Rowston gave their best and ruckman Matt Olney was prominent until injured while the three Conlans - Chris, Craig and Shawn - tried hard for the Swans. (By Peter Baker - The Area News, Monday June 17, 2002).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Leeton-Whitton 61 def by Narrandera 68, Mangoplah-CUE 73 def Coolamon 9; SUN: Ganmain-GGM 120 def East Wagga-K 77.
Reserves: Griffith 16.8 (104) def Turvey Park 15.9 (99)
Goals: Myles Bunn 4, S Driscoll 3, M Johns 2, W Armstrong 2, T Bradley, G Dreyer, G Foley, A Trotter, B Ford
Best players: M Johns, G Foley, A Hill, N Creevy, Myles Bunn
Under 18: Turvey Park 15.15 (105) def Griffith 5.4 (34)
Goals: S Stubbs, B Hicken, N Malone, A Gardner, M Fyfe
Best players: N Malone, E Gilbert, B Wade, S Stubbs, W Archibald