Round 6 - Sunday May 20, 2012 (Pink Day)
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Ryan Dedini, Mark Rowe and Drew Raynes (RUA)
Griffith ................... 2.2 .. 6.6 .. 14.9 .. 17.12 (114)
Ganmain-GGM .... 4.3 .. 10.4 .. 13.7 .. 16.13 (109)
GRIFFITH: Tom West, Matthew Noonan, Royce Johns; Jonathon Gastin, Toby Blissett, Rick Daniher; Tim Matheson, Michael Duncan, John Evans; Kris Duncan, Jethro Calma-Holt, Dean Crack; Mathew Crack, James Toscan, Glen Snaidero; Andrew Hawkins, James Fallon, Guy Orton; Tom Miller*, Brett Owen, Andrew Cappello
GANMAIN-GRONG GRONG-MATONG: Andrew Roberts, David Karlberg, Rik Longley; Sam Kefford, Luke Walsh, Mitch Carroll (c-c); Brad Hare, Curtis Steele, Lachlan Steward; Scott Crozier, Clint Taylor, Daniel Hitchens; Luke Kohlhagen, Damian Walsh, Sam Hatty; Jacob Olsson, Daniel Rankin, Matt Rava; Sam Noble, Jethro Peck, Jesse Lander
Griffith: J Toscan 3, M Duncan 2, M Crack 2, G Orton 2, K Duncan, A Hawkins, A Cappello, D Crack, T Blissett, T Matheson,
J Calma-Holt, B Owen
Ganmain-GGM: D Walsh 4, D Hitchens 3, C Taylor 2, L Kohlhagen 2, S Crozier, D Karlberg, M Carroll, S Hatty, A Roberts
Griffith: G Orton, M Crack, M Duncan, J Calma-Holt, J Fallon, J Toscan
Ganmain-GGM: D Walsh, C Steele, A Roberts, L Steward, D Rankin, L Kohlhagen
SENIOR DEBUT: Tom Miller
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith Swans took down Ganmain- Grong Grong-Matong for the first time in three years yesterday in a nail-biting victory at Exies Oval.
For the second week in a row, the Swans staged an incredible comeback after half-time, coming home from a six-goal deficit to win the game by five points. It was the local side’s fourth win in a row and the ultimate revenge against a team that thrashed them by 73 points this time last year. Griffith coach Guy Orton believes Swans’ fitness was the key to their ability
to fight back when it counted. “We played hard, and we played well; I think they expected us to drop off in the third quarter but that was never going to happen,” Orton said. “When they came back after half-time, they dropped off their intensity around the ball and we had the fitness to be able to swoop in and take advantage of that. “Credit to the boys, they worked and worked as, when it came down to the last five minutes, they worked even harder. “I was lost for words at the end of the game, and I still am now.”
Wearing pink for their annual breast cancer support fundraiser, the Swans got off to a slow start, with only two goals in the first quarter and four in the second. “But they made the third term theirs, booting eight through the taller posts while the Lions managed three.
The final quarter saw the two teams swap score, but the Swans were able to dominate possession, keeping the ball in their forward 50 and drying up Ganmain’s opportunities as the clock ticked away. “It definitely was tense for those last couple of minutes – we were all keeping an eye on the scoreboard, and you could feel the intensity increase,” Orton said.
But Orton is being careful to make sure the Swans’ winning streak doesn’t go to their heads, reminding them there’s still a long way to go before the end of the season. “We’ve been able to make the most of having four games in a row at home, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We just have to keep playing week by week, reset after every game and prepare ourselves to keep working hard as we have been.
“We’ve got a great group of players, we’ve become a good bunch of mates who can have fun together, as well as put in the serious work and we’re really seeing the results”. (By Melody Montague – The Area News, Monday May 14, 2012)
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Collingullie-AK 26.13 (169) def Turvey Park 10.7 (67), Narrandera 9.7 (61 def by Leeton-Whitton 19.11 (125), Wagga 12.3 (75) def Mangoplah-CUE 10.8 (68), Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 14.13 (97) def Ganmain-GGM 10.5 (65)
Goals: D Dunbar 7, C Moore 2, K Hume, M Griffin, O Delves, C Lugton, J Tyndall
Best players: D Dunbar, T Webb, C Harrison, J Tyrell, M Kenny, J Tyndall
Under 17: Griffith 18.19 (127) def Ganmain-GGM 5.7 (37)
Goals: T Shannon 3, N Witherspoon 3, B Moore 2, A Blissett 2, J Burley, L Evans, D Cassidy, L Peruzzi, D Richens
Best players: A Blissett, N Witherspoon, J Burley, B Fitzgerald, A Twigg, P McMahon