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Round 13 - Sunday July 16, 2006
Riverina Football League
Venue: Gumly Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Scott Crowley and Greg Walsh (RUA) 
Eastern Hawks ..... 1.4 .. 8.14 .. 15.16 .. 18.18 (126)
Griffith .................... 7.5 .. 11.7 .. 13.12 .. 15.22 (112)

EASTERN HAWKS: Jay Peace, Stephen Thompson, Joel Grieve; Darren Cuthbert, Eric Bowman, Kaine Malone, Sam Jackson-Ryan, Glenn Cole, James McAuslan; Luke Adams, Phillip Evans, Brett Limbrick, Brenton Roberts, Ben Perkins, David Vanderfeen; Ken Vanderfeen, Daniel Purtill, Danny Bromham; Craig DePiazza, Levi Pollett, Nathan Scott 
GRIFFITH: Matt Bunn, Nathan Petersen-Gray, Joel Brown; Tim Wilson, Josh Ward, James Toscan; Ben Ford, Luke McLean, Graham Foley; Daniel Meade, Ashley Gardner, Jeff Mickan; Sam Hickleton, Craig Conlan, Dean Crack; Ryan Hill, Matthew McDonald, Michael Duncan; Jeff Harris, Jonathon Gastin, Greg Dreyer
Eastern Hawks: D Vanderfeen 5, L Adams 4, B Limbrick 3, B Perkins 2, D Purtill, K Vanderfeen, D Bromham, N Scott
Griffith: C Conlan 5, S Hickleton 2, L McLean 2, A Gardner, J Mickan, D Crack, M Duncan, M McDonald, Matt Bunn
Eastern Hawks: D Cuthbert, D Bromham, D Vanderfeen, P Evans, L Adams, B Limbrick
Griffith: N Petersen-Gray, J Mickan, M McDonald, C Conlan, L McLean, M Duncan
A summary of match report, with thanks
Eastern Hawks produced an astonishing mid-game comeback to tough out a 14-point win over the Griffith Swans at Gumly Oval in Wagga yesterday. The Hawks fought back from a 50-point deficit midway through the second quarter before holding out a late Griffith charge.

With the Hawks leading by 16 points entering the final quarter Griffith dominated the final quarter but kicked two goals 10, including five behinds to Craig Conlan. Griffith continued on from their 130-point thrashing of Turvey Park at the start of the game and looked like tearing the Hawks apart midway through the second term.

Swans captain-coach Luke McLean had over 20 possessions in the opening half and the Swans looked set to break their away game hoodoo. But suddenly the Hawks clicked and started attacking the football ferociously and remarkably hit the lead in time-on in the third quarter.

While Nathan Petersen-Gray won the battle with Hawks full-forward Ben Perkins, David Vanderfeen, Brett Limbrick and Luke Adams all stood tall for the home team and provided other avenues to goal.

Sidelined Hawks coach Pat Gribble said although it wasn't a pretty win, he was proud of the character his team displayed.

"The discipline we showed to get the win today was super," Gribble said. "Griffith had a lot of momentum carrying on with them into the fifth-quarter this week and we just had to try and stop it. "We've got a lot of physical presence and we started attacking the football and the man with the football and we turned it around."  (The Area News - Monday July 17, 2006).

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Mangoplah-CUE 9.10 (64) def by Narrandera 10.11 (71); SUN: Coolamon 14.12 (96) def Leeton-Whitton 14.10 (94), Turvey Park 4.7 (31) def by Ganmain-GGM 20.19 (139).

Reserves: Eastern Hawks 13.12 (90) def Griffith 9.6 (60)
Goals: D Scott 3, K Duncan 2, W Tyndall, N Campbell, A Cappello, K Hicken 
Best players: A Cappello, D Best, W Tyndall, G Vaccari, D Milani, M Harris
Under 18: Griffith 11.13 (79) def Eastern Hawks 3.3 (21)
Goals: K Hicken 4, L Piccolo 3, T Harrington, J Iemma, M Tyndall, J Cimador
Best players: L Piccolo, J Tyrell, J Iemma, A Baker, C Harrison, M Tyndall 

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