Round 9 - Saturday June 18, 2011
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Rob Johnston, John Mohr and Paul McCormack (RUA)
Griffith ............ 2.2 .. 4.3 .. 5.3 .. 8.6 (54)
Coolamon ...... 4.6 .. 6.10 .. 11.14 .. 14.15 (99)
GRIFFITH: Dean Catanzariti, James Smith, Glen Snaidero; Che Jenkins, Matthew Noonan, James Toscan; Toby Blissett, Michael Johns, Theo Valeri: Mathew Crack, Tom Buckley, Luke Piccolo; James Fallon, Jeff Mickan, Beau Runnalls; Henry Delves, Guy Orton, Michael Duncan; Michael Harris, Dean Crack, Jonathon Gastin
Griffith: T Buckley 2, B Runnalls 2, T Blissett, G Snaidero, G Orton, D Crack
Coolamon: M Macauley 6, S Robinson 2, J Maddox 2, Z Gibbons, Mitch Stephenson, L Maloney, B Cadzow
Griffith: G Orton, G Snaidero, T Buckley, M Noonan, D Catanzariti, M Duncan
Coolamon: M Macauley, M Robinson, B Edyvean, J McPherson, J Maddox, Z Gibbons
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans have failed to emerge from their mid-season slump after a comprehensive 45-point loss to the Coolamon Hoppers at Exies Oval on Saturday. Despite a stellar start to the year, they have struggled on the paddock over the past few weeks and coach Damien Scott was hoping this would be the weekend his squad would turn things around. But from the opening whistle the difference between the sides was obvious with Coolamon rocketing out to a 16-point lead in the first quarter. In recent games it has been the second quarter that let the side down, but the Swans fought hard to maintain even footing in their usually lax term, kicking 2.1 to Coolamon’s 2.4.
But the Swans were having deja vu of the worst kind in the third term, with only one goal to the Hoppers’ five taking the local side back to their horror 2010 season. With the visitors leading 11,14 (80) to 5.3 (33), Scott issued a final challenge to his men going the final quarter to leave the ground with their heads held high. While the Hoppers kept the pressure on, the Swans managed to rise to their coach’s challenge and outscore Coolamon 21-19 in the final term but still lost by 45 points.
Scott said while he was disappointed with the loss he and his men would learn from their mistakes and use the experience to their advantage. “We fumbled the ball below our knees to move, it was good above our heads but just let us down below the knees,” he said.
“We’ve also got to run for one another. The opposition determines what you can do with the football and how you break that defence, you can only play as good as they allow yo and Coolamon didn’t allow us to play very well at all. “We’ve got Turvey Park next weekend and we’ll be going back to working on basic things ahead of that.” (By Emily Tinker – The Area News, Monday June 20, 2011).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Ganmain-GGM 14.12 (96) def Narrandera 10.5 (65), Mangoplah-CUE 9.6 (60) def by Wagga 10.10 (70), Turvey Park 10.6 (66) def by Leeton-Whitton 13.9 (87); Collingullie-AK, bye.
Reserves: Coolamon 9.7 (61) def Griffith 9.6 (60)
Goals: C Harrison 2, M Hogan 2, T Webb, J Evans, C McGann, M Tucker, C Boye
Best players: T Webb, J Ryan, T Wesley, C Harrison, R Johns, J Evans
Under 17: Griffith 11.13 (79) def Coolamon 6.10 (46)
Goals: P Whittard 5, B Prendergast 2, S Tupuola, T West, B Tarr, A Blissett
Best players: J Tyndall, T West, T Shannon, M Griffin, J Evans, P Whittard