2005 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 14 - Sunday July 17, 2005
Riverina Football League
Venue: Leeton Showground 2.10pm
Umpires: Tom McDonald, Greg Walsh and Rob Wilson (RUA)
Leeton-Whitton ..... 1.1 .. 6.7 .. 6.8 .. 9.12 (66)
Griffith ..................... 7.1 .. 11.9 .. 13.14 .. 19.9 (123)
LEETON-WHITTON: Michael Lashbrook, Greg Looby, Daniel Sullivan; Ben Dryburgh, Adam Cameron, David Harrison; Brad Boots, Travis Doyle, Adrian Howe; Matthew Lang, Brendan Greatz, Matthew Sharman; Daryl Clayton, Rhys Thomason, Steve Iannelli; Kurt Bullock, Jamie Broadbent, Brett Guest; Matthew Meladonis, Bruce Gilmour, Giles Lee
GRIFFITH: Matt Bunn (capt.), Simon Spiers, Jason Hampel; Josh Ward, Adam Brander, Trent Bradley; Ben Ford, Matthew McDonald, Graham Foley; Mathew Crack, Rodney Duncan, Jeff Mickan; Rodney Simpkin, Ashley Gardner, Craig Conlan; Ryan Hill, Myles Bunn, Michael Duncan; Matthew Kenny, Nic Hetherington, Daniel Best
Leeton-Whitton: T Doyle 4, R Thomason 2, M Lang 2, J Broadbent
Griffith: A Gardner 4, Craig Conlan 3, N Hetherington 3, Myles Bunn 2, M McDonald 2, J Mickan,
B Ford, R Simpkin, Matt Bunn, M Kenny
Leeton-Whitton: J Broadbent, M Lashbrook, T Doyle, D Sullivan, B Greatz
Griffith: S Spiers, Matt Bunn, M McDonald, M Duncan, J Mickan, J Hampel
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith made it three wins on the trot with a comfortable 57-point win over fierce rivals' Leeton-Whitton at Leeton Showground on Sunday.
The Swans are now two points behind Narrandera on the ladder and pushing for a top-three spot with a crunch game against the Eagles looming in three weeks' time. The Swans played clever football using a stiff breeze and an all-in team performance to come away with a very easy 19.9 (123) to 9.12 (66) victory.
The game was broken right up in the first term after the Swans won the toss and had no hesitation in putting the wind at their backs in the first term. It worked a charm as they marched out to a six-goal lead by the first break, a gap the Crows were never able to bridge.
"We really took advantage of the wind for a change, which is something we have not been able to do this year," Swans' captain-coach Adrian Burns said. "Whenever there is a strong breeze, we stuff it up but our preparation for this game was really good, we talked about starting well and using the wind if we won the toss and that's exactly what we did."
The Crows did make a slight resurgence in the second quarter when they had the breeze pushing them up the field, but the Swans managed to charge into the wind with much more force and effectiveness than Leeton had and kicked three goals. The third term was similar to the first for the Swans with another seven goals unleashed on the injured and quickly fading Leeton team that must be getting low on confidence after a horror month on the field. Griffith's defence was just as potent as its attack with the Crows managing to sneak just one point in behind the Swans' backline with the return of Simon Spiers this week down back a real bonus for last year's finalists.
"Spiers was our best player out there today, we really missed him down back last week, so to have him back was a real boost for the team and the backline gelled with him in it out there today," Burns said. "But everyone stood up today and the whole team can go home with their heads up high after the performance. "We really needed to win and now we are only two points behind Narrandera." For the Swans, Ashley Gardner kicked four goals and Craig Conlan three, while for the Crows captain-coach Jamie Broadbent was again a standout.
(The Area News - Monday July 18, 2005).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Eastern Hawks 13.14 (92) def Turvey Park 13.10 (88), Ganmain-GGM 11.21 (87) def Narrandera 8.4 (52), Mangoplah-CUE 7.14 (56) def by Coolamon 21.20 (146)
Reserves: Griffith 17.19 (121) def Leeton-Whitton 8.10 (58)
Goals: M Burke 5, D Graham 3, J Bennett 3, J Moat 2, R Frkovic 2, W Tyndall, T Wilson
Best players: B Alban, T Wilson, Chris Conlan, R Frkovic, D Graham, C Lugton
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 19.14 (128) def Griffith 4.2 (26)
Goals: R Newman 2, J Toscan, A Delves
Best players: C Munro, J Toscan, T Harrington, J Smith, J Iemma