Round 2 - Saturday April 17, 2004
Riverina Football League
Venue: Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: Pat O'Donoghue and Paul Guthrie (RUA)
Narrandera ...... 4.3 .. 5.6 .. 12.8 .. 14.9 (93)
Griffith .............. 4.5 .. 10.9 .. 13.13 .. 18.18 (126)
NARRANDERA IMPERIAL: John Vearing, Stuart Hutchins, Mark English; Ben Powell, Ashley Thomson (coach), Dean Hopwood; Kaine Malone, Chris Smith (capt), Adam Black; Tim Durnan, Chris Walsh, Tim Mathieson; Shaun Brooker, Pat Robinson, Jason Malone; Brett Powell, Damon Burden, Peter Bloomfield; Daniel Purtill, Brent Richens, Stephen Irons
GRIFFITH: Daniel Best, Ben Wade, Simon McClure; Adrian Burns (c-c), Damien Scott, Matt Bunn; Ben Ford, Matthew McDonald, Jason Hampel; Myles Bunn, Jeff Mickan, Michael Duncan; Brett Owen, David Curran, Nick Broad; Rick Frkovic, Jamie Bennett, Shane Pound; Trent Bradley, Brett Lanyon, Reece Hill
Narrandera: P Robinson 6, S Hutchins 3, T Durnan, S Brooker, Ben Powell, T Mathieson, D Hopwood
Griffith: J Bennett 5, S Pound 2, M Duncan 2, D Curran 2, B Ford 2, N Broad 2, J Mickan, M McDonald, A Burns
Narrandera: S Hutchins, A Thomson, K Malone, D Burden, D Hopwood
Griffith: B Wade, J Bennett, S McClure, T Bradley, S Pound, B Ford
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans wrestled a 33-point win over Narrandera on Saturday in a tough physical contest at Narrandera Sportsground. Narrandera were expected to provide a strong challenge this season with several new recruits, including former Swans premiership players Jason and Kaine Malone, but Griffith were able to fend off the Eagles ad come away with the win 18.18 (126) to 14.9 (93).
New Swans coach Adrian Burns said he continued to be impressed with his team, crediting their ability to hold off a third quarter fight back from the Eagles. "They came back in that third quarter," Burns said. "We took our foot off the pedal, but full credit to the team, they came back in the last quarter. "Narrandera are no slouches, but to our guy's credit they fought hard and I'm really happy about that."
It was level-pegging in the first quarter, with neither team able to consolidate an early break and the Swans ended the quarter with a narrow two-point lead. Griffith then took hold of the game, booting six majors in the second term to Narrandera's one in the second term to go into the long break up by 33 points. The Eagles than fought back strongly in the third term to be only 11 points behind going into the final quarter.
However, the Swans were too strong in the final term, charging to victory by 33 points.
Jamie Bennett booted five goals for the Swans, with Shane Pound, Dave Curran, Mick Duncan, Ben Ford and Nick Broad getting two goals each. Ben Wade was the star for Griffith as he relished the physical nature of the game. "Because it was physical, Ben Wade really stood up and put his body on the line for the team all game," Burns said.
The Swans remained relatively injury free on Saturday and are almost back to full strength with Rod Duncan and Rod Simpkin looking to make returns next weekend against Leeton-Whitton as the Swans grow in strength each week. "We're still learning as a team as half the team is new, it will take six or seven weeks to hit our straps, but when we do it'll be good,' Burns said.
(The Area News - Monday April 19, 2004).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Eastern Hawks 4.4 (28) def by Leeton-Whitton 15.20 (120); SUN: Coolamon 27.20 (182) def Mangoplah-CUE 11.8 (74), Turvey Park 10.4 (64) def by Ganmain-GGM 18.16 (124)
Reserves: Narrandera 24.15 (159) def Griffith 6.7 (43)
Goals: K Duncan 2, B Hicken 2, A Gardner
Best players: S Spiers, K Duncan, A Trotter, G Dreyer, M Smith
Under 18: Narrandera 34.24 (228) def Griffith 0.1 (1)
Best players: K Duncan, C Munro, D Catanzariti, R Newman, P Bugno