2003 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 17 - Sunday August 17, 2003
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Rob Wilson, Tom McDonald and Peter Hughes (RUA)
Griffith ................ 8.2 .. 18.4 .. 23.11 .. 38.18 (246)
Narrandera ...... 3.2 .. 5.4 .. 5.4 .. 5.4 (34)
GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Ben Wade, Damien Scott; Kaine Malone, Jonathon O'Dwyer, Jeff Mickan; Matt Bunn, Rodney Duncan, Ben Ford; Phillip Rowston, Matthew Olney, Anthony Greely; Andrew Hill, Jason Vant, Craig Conlan; David Curran, Cian Ebert (coach), Jamie Bennett; Matthew McDonald, Michael Duncan, Rodney Simpkin
NARRANDERA IMPERIAL: Daniel Purtill, Tim Durnan, Brett Powell; Daniel Lumsden, Ashley Thomson, Mark Ivanoff; Stephen Iron, Chris Smith, Adam Black; Mark English, Stuart Hutchins, Hayden Hutchins; John Vearing, Dennis Piltz, Peter Bloomfield; Ben Powell, Damon Burden, Dean Hopwood; Tim Mathieson, Jody Mills, Jeremy Little
Griffith: Craig Conlan 8, M Olney 6, A Hill 4, J Bennett 4, J Vant 3, P Rowston 2, M Duncan 2, A Greely 2,
D Curran, M McDonald, R Simpkin, Matt Bunn, C Ebert, B Wade, R Duncan
Narandera: P Bloomfield 2, S Irons, D Purtill, D Hopwood
Griffith: Craig Conlan, M Olney, B Wade, R Duncan, J Mickan
Narrandera: T Durnan, C Smith, D Hopwood, D Burden, D Purtill
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans gave its home crowd one last taste of what could be to come when the Riverina Football League finals begin, walloping Narrandera by a record 212-point margin, 38.18 (246) to 5.4 (34) in their last home game of the season.
The Swans kicked 23 consecutive goals with Narrandera unable to add any to its half-time score, the Swans dominating the attack and keeping the ball in their attacking half for most of the game. Craig Conlan was dynamic with the boot, kicking eight goals and was well supported by Matt Olney, who kicked six of his own, as well as being a force to be reckoned with in the goal square, towering above his less-skilled opposition and taking some sensational marks.
Andrew Hill also put in a big effort with four goals, all but one of these coming in the first half, and Jamie Bennett also got four.
Swans coach Cian Ebert, obviously excited by the result, said he hoped the team's goal scoring spree would encourage supporters to get behind the Swans in the lead up to the finals. "All year we've had a tendency to not put away sides that were well below us on the table, but we did it today," he said. Narrandera currently hold down seventh spot on the ladder, while the Swans are third.
"Full credit to those who played, it was a disciplined effort, and we followed the process and when you have 18 blokes out there trying to do the same thing, it makes it a lot easier to achieve," he said. Ebert said the forwards presented well and were the standouts in the game, especially Conlan, and the midfield performed well, taking the pressure off the backs.
The Swans victory sees them remain in third spot, two points behind Coolamon, who thrashed East Wagga-Kooringal. Griffith and Coolamon will play-off for second spot next weekend at Coolamon, although the result will have no impact with second and third playing in the first round of finals the following week. (By Grace Uhr - The Area News, Monday August 18, 2003).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: East Wagga-K 12.7 (79) def by Coolamon 37.17 (239); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 17.12 (114) def Mangoplah-CUE 13.22 (100), Leeton-Whitton 4.1 (25) def by Turvey Park 18.19 (127).
Reserves: Griffith 14.10 (94) def Narrandera 1.13 (19)
Goals: B Harrison 4, A Gardner 3, S Spiers 2, W Armstrong, A Romagnolo, Daniel Hill, G Dreyer, Ryan Hill
Best players: D Best, R Frkovic, Chris Conlan, S Spiers, A Romagnolo
Under 18: Narrandera 10.18 (78) def Grifith 4.4 (28)
Goals: R Best, K Duncan, Reece Hill, M Crack
Best players: L Habel, T Condon, K Duncan, D Catanzariti, B Corbett