Round 10 - Saturday June 19, 2010
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: Luke Olsen, Wayne Smith and Hugh Vickers (RUA)
Narrandera ..... 3.5 .. 5.8 .. 7.13 .. 9.15 (69)
Griffith ............. 3.2 .. 6.4 .. 8.6 .. 8.8 (56)
GRIFFITH: Dean Catanzariti, Craig Lugton, Chris Niven; Matthew Kenny, Matthew Noonan, Ben McRae; Ben Ford, Tim Matheson, Luke Piccolo; Jonathon Gastin, Josh Whelan, Dean Crack; Matthew Hogan, Cameron Arnold, Luke Humphries; Jeff Mickan, Mathew Crack, James Fallon; Jack Tyrell, Peter Crawford, Toby Blissett
Narrandera: D Dai 2, T Mathieson 2, H Hutchins, S Hutchins, P Bloomfield, T Grintell, L Hunter
Griffith: C Arnold 3, L Humphries 2, J Whelan, J Mickan, J Gastin
Narrandera: L Hunter, D Dai, Z Litchfield, S Hutchins, D Kenna, T Mathieson
Griffith: T Matheson, M Noonan, D Crack, J Mickan, M Kenny, C Lugton
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans’ Riverina Football League season has gone from bad to worse with the club slumping to its seventh loss in a row after they were knocked off by a desperate Narrandera outfit by 13 points on Saturday. Griffith battled hard for much of the game in the greasy conditions at Narrandera Sportsground but the lack of depth in the midfield meant the Swans eventually ran out of legs late in the game, allowing the Eagles to sneak home for a crucial win.
Swans coach Matt Noonan said the side’s lack of numbers in his midfield was probably the difference between the two sides. “The effort and endeavour were there; we just simply ran out of gas. The boys were fighting and playing as well as they could in the first half,” Noonan said.
“We were running through the middle of the ground, linking up handballs and getting it to our forwards, but I think we put ourselves under the pump a bit in the second half with a lot of footy coming down into our backline.
“But we fell away at the end despite the boys fighting away until the final siren”. Despite missing Mick Duncan, Brett Owen and Shaun Curran, the Swans kept pace with the Eagles to hold a narrow two-point lead at the long break. But as the speed from the middle of the park began to wane, Narrandera got inside Griffith’s defensive 50 on a regular basic, with only errant goalkicking stopping the lead from blowing out.
Noonan said it was obvious from his teammates’ faces the loss hurt them, but he said he wanted his team to use that pain move constructively so they improve as players to make.
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Ganmain-GGM 16.9 (105) def Mangoplah-CUE 5.10 (40), Leeton-Whitton 4.8 32) def by Coolamon 14.14 (98), Wagga 12.8 (80) def Turvey Park 10.7 (67).
Reserves: Narrandera 12.13 (85) def Griffith 11.7 (73)
Goals: M Tyndall 3, M Keenan 2, R Johns, T Valeri, B Woolner, R Best, J Harris, G Taylor
Best players: M Patterson, J Ryan, C Harrison, B Woolner, L Catanzariti, R Best
Under 17: Griffith 19.21 (135) def Narrandera 5.7 (37)
Goals: T Blissett 4, C Moore 4, B Watts 2, C Hutchinson 2, T Valeri 2, J Parr 2, P Whittard 2, K Hillier
Best players: T Blissett, K Hillier, S Nascimben, P Whittard, P Rose, C Hutchinson.