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Round 3 - Sunday April 21, 2002
Riverina Football League
Venue: Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: Jason Fisher and Andrew Crook (RUA)
Ganmain-GGM .... 4.1 .. 7.2 .. 8.7 .. 9.10 (64)
Griffith .................. 5.4 .. 10.6 .. 16.8 .. 23.14 (152)
GANMAIN-GRONG GRONG-MATONG: Adam Symons, Warwick Smith, Matthew Hatty; Drew Symons, Scott Hamblin, Brett Lenon; Mitchell Carroll, Jamie Crozier, Mitchell Steele; Nathan Irvine, Chris Kelly, Brad Smith; Rohan Brill, Stephen Kelly, Joe Obudzinski; David Logan, Nathan McPherson, Scott Crozier; Chad Hamblin, Paul Hamblin, Jed Lawton
GRIFFITH: Shawn Conlan, Jonathan O'Dwyer, Damien Scott; Jason Malone, Chris Blanchard, David Kidman; Kaine Malone, Phillip Rowston, Michael Duncan; Craig Conlan, Jeff Mickan, Luke Condon; Jamie Bennett, Danny Beriman, Shane Ruyg; Matthew Olney, Cian Ebert (c-c), Trevor Clarke; Chris Conlan, Matthew Kenny, Nathan Creevy
Ganmain-GGM: Jed Lawton 2, J Crozier, S Hamblin, J Obudzinski, R Brill, S Crozier, N Irvine, N McPherson
Griffith: D Beriman 11, M Duncan 5, J Bennett 3, S Ruyg 2, J O'Dwyer, P Rowston
Ganmain-GGM: S Hamblin, S Crozier, B Lenon, N McPherson, J Crozier
Griffith: C Blanchard, J O'Dwyer, D Beriman, J Malone, P Rowston
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith full-forward Danny Beriman was a man on a mission against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in the Riverina Football League yesterday. He was successful and kicked 11.4 at Logan Oval (Ganmain Sportsground), to just eclipse his effort of 11.1 the previous round against Turvey Park. As the game progressed Beriman became the focal point of the Swans' attack, which swept home to win 23.14 (152) to 9.10 (64). The Swans' powerful display makes them clear-cut RFL leaders and the only undefeated side after three rounds.
In successive weeks Griffith have brushed aside its two major opponents in Turvey Park (April 4) and Ganmain-GGM. Now in near full flight, the Swans take on Narrandera at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval, Griffith, on Saturday evening (6.15pm).
Despite Beriman's scintillating performance, which could have yielded more goals had he been accurate with his kicking, he was not the only Swans to stand out. Whatever Beriman did not get, half-forward flankers, Michael Duncan (five goals) and Jamie Bennet (three), were ready to use. And down the other end of the ground fullback Jon O'Dwyer, centre half-back Chris Blanchard and half-back flanker Jason Malone hardly put a foot wrong in containing the Lions' attack.
Griffith centre Phil Rowston, captain-coach Cian Ebert, on-baller Luke Condon and Shane Ruyg also made valuable contributions.
The Lions tried hard with centre-half back Scott Hamblin and rover Scott Crozier living up to expectations.
Playing his 199th senior game for the club, other on-baller Jamie Crozier and teammate Nathan McPherson were strong around the packs while Brett Lenon was a good support for Hamblin, both of whom were under a lot of pressure.
Ebert said he was happy after half-time as it took his side a little time to get into the game. He said the Lions dropped a man back and cluttered up Griffith 's forward line in the first two quarters."The boys kept working hard and to our plan and everything came together for us in the last two quarters," Ebert said. "We lifted our work rate, the boys were committed, and the result was fantastic.
"The last two weeks have been tough games and brought out the best in us. "Having not won down here for some time, we knew today's game, always a traditionally tough fixture, would be hard."Credit to the Lions as they never gave up and made a real contest of it and we have plenty of sore boys in the dressing rooms. "The forward line has been working well and that is due to the fact the boys are training hard.
"Our policy is the harder the players work, the more rewards they get and that came to fruition today. "The backline has been awesome as it gets a lot of rebounds and sets the forward zone up for us." By Peter Baker - The Area News, Monday April 22, 2002).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Leeton-Whitton 58 def Mangoplah-CUE 53, Narrandera 78 def by East Wagga-K 94, Turvey Park 143 def Coolamon 70
Reserves: Griffith 13.16 (94) def Ganmain-GGM 8.9 (57)
Goals: T Bradley 3, S Driscoll 3, A Trotter 2, M Harris, A Noad, S Gash, Thornton, M Johns
Best players: M Johns, T Bradley, S Gash, S Spiers, G Foley
Under 18: Ganmain-GGM 10.7 (67) def Griffith 8.10 (58)
Goals: A Gardner 2, B Hicken 2, B Wade 2, J Hampel, M Fyfe
Best players: B Wade, K Duncan, G Bonetti, N Malone, D Creevy