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Round 10 - Sunday June 19, 2005
Riverina Football League
Venue: Kindra Park 2.10pm
Umpires: Pat O'Donoghue, Tom McDonald and Sam Roberts (RUA)
Coolamon ...... 4.1 .. 7.5 .. 14.8 .. 18.9 (117)
Griffith ............ 2.0 .. 6.1 .. 7.2 .. 12.3 (75)

COOLAMON ROVERS: Matt Cameron, Brendan McPherson, Bryan Munro; Sam Roberts, Leigh Drum, Brett Garrett; Jamie Parr, Nigel Scott, Ryan Bartholomew; Luke Maloney, Nathan Edyvean, Edward Edis; Pat Edmunds, Greg Rudd, Rowan Mortimer; Ben Edyvean, Ryan Chamberlain, Jamie Maddox; Brenton Cooke, Matt Chamberlain, Stuart McGowan
GRIFFITH: Graham Foley, Matthew Kenny, Simon Spiers; Rodney Simpkin, Adam Brander, Jason Hampel; Josh Ward, Matthew McDonald, Ben Ford; Nic Hetherington, Jeff Mickan, Adrian Burns (c-c); David Curran, Ashley Gardner, Craig Conlan; Ryan Hill, Tim Birks, Michael Duncan; Mathew Crack, Tim Matheson, Clinton Munro
Coolamon: G Rudd 3, B Cooke 3, L Maloney 2, P Edmunds 2, J Maddox 2, B Edyvean 2, E Edis, B Munro, R Chamberlain,

S Roberts
Griffith: T Birks 5, D Curran 3, A Burns, J Mickan, A Brander, Craig Conlan
Coolamon: B Edyvean, J Parr, R Chamberlain, N Scott, L Maloney, L Drum
Griffith: S Spiers, T Birks, J Mickan, D Curran, A Burns, M McDonald
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith Swans remains winless away from home after falling to the Coolamon Grasshoppers by 42 points at Kindra Park yesterday.

Despite bog-like conditions at Coolamon, the Grasshoppers moved into second place on the RFL ladder with a highly skilled, hard-hitting displayed of wet weather football. The Swans did well to stay close to Coolamon throughout the game, especially as they lacked the all-important Bunn brothers in their backline, but the Hoppers simply outplayed them. controlling possession for too much of the game to win 18.9 (117) to 13.3 (75). And apart from some small lapses in play towards the end of quarters, Coolamon looked resurgent even without the guidance and surging play of injured captain-coach Matt Hard.

From the opening bounce it looked as though the Swans would not cope with the running game of Coolamon, as the Hoppers shot out to a four-goal lead before Griffith clawed back two just before quarter time, The second quarter was tight, with teams trading goals, but the Swans finished better, kicking the last three, including one from Dave Curran on the buzzer.

In the third quarter Hoppers' Ben Edyvean put on an exceptional display of rucking and the team lifted and tore the game away from Griffith with five unanswered goals leading into the break, including two strong kicks from Brenton Cooke. Griffith never laid down - they worked hard all day, coach Adrian Burns throwing his frame around the park all day with power.

One solid contest involving Burns saw Coolamon's Luke Maloney leave the field with a suspected broken rib, but this only managed to spur the Hoppers on, and they lifted their work rate again. Griffith's Tim Birks played hard all day and deserved five goals, while the defensive work of Simon Spiers and Matt Kenny spoiled several more of Coolamon's scoring opportunities.

But in the end, they did not have the game to match Coolamon, who were just that little bit harder at the ball.

(The Area News - Monday June 20, 2005)

OTHER MATCHES: - SAT: Eastern Hawks 28.17 (185) def Leeton-Whitton 14.6 (90), Mangoplah-CUE 9.10 (64) def by Ganmain-GGM 22.14 (146); SUN: Narrandera 18.9 (117) def Turvey Park 14.9 (93)

Reserves: Coolamon 12.16 (88) def Griffith 2.0 (12)
Goals: J Gastin, G Argus
Best players: D Best, T Bradley, D Catanzariti, T Wilson, G Dreyer, M Burke
Under 18: Coolamon 10.17 (77) def Griffith 2.3 (15)
Goals: C Goff, D McGreal
Best players: T Wade, B Webster, D McGreal, D Crack, M Hewitson, T Harrington

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