2007 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 2 - Sunday April 22, 2007
Riverina Football League
Venue: Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: Duncan Potts, Paul Smith and Greg Walsh (RUA)
Ganmain-GGM .... 5.7 .. 7.9 .. 17.13 .. 20.15 (135)
Griffith .................. 1.2 .. 4.6 .. 5.8 .. 8.8 (56)
GANMAIN-GRONG GRONG-MATONG: Justin Evans, Adam Symons, Marc Kelly; Luke Habel, Christen McPherson, Paul Lucas; Paul Hamblin, Matt Rava, Lachlan Steward; Marc Geppart, Christin Macri (c-c), Mitchell Steele; Nathan McPherson, Anthony Carroll, Daniel Rankin; Scott Hamblin, Luke Walsh, Ed Sullivan; David Rava, Joshua Eisenhauer, David Karlberg
GRIFFITH: James Toscan, Roger Heenan, Dean Jamieson; Josh Ward, Matthew Kenny, Simon Spiers; Ben Ford, Michael Duncan, Joel Brown; Chris Forwood*, Jeff Mickan, Jarred Wilson; Zach Lewis, Craig Conlan, Graham Foley; Brock Harrison, Luke McLean (c-c), Matthew McDonald; Peter Hunt, Dean Crack, Mathew Crack
Ganmain-GGM: A Carroll 7, M Geppert 4, C Macri 2, P Hamblin, N McPherson, D Rava, D Rankin, M Steele, L Habel, K Hamblin
Griffith: C Conlan 2, J Wilson 2, D Crack, L McLean, B Harrison, J Toscan
Ganmain-GGGM: C Macri, S Hamblin, N McPherson, C McPherson, E Sullivan, M Geppert
Griffith: B Ford, J Mickan, J Ward, Z Lewis, J Toscan, L McLean
SENIOR DEBUT: Chris Forwood
A summary of match report, with thanks
Defending premiers Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong bounced back from its shock defeat to Narrandera last week by handing out a 79-point thrashing of Griffith at home yesterday. With coach Christin Macri back on the park for his first run in 2007 and in time for the unveiling of the club's 2006 premiership flag prior to the first bounce, the Lions went on to produce some outstanding pressure football at every contest that left their nervous opponents with a severe case of the fumbles.
After losing by 90 points last week, Macri demanded his players reverse the result in an effort to win back some vital percentage, and by full-time he was not disappointed - particularly at his team's incredible 10-goal third quarter. Veteran full-forward Anthony Carroll turned a horror first half into a respectable seven-goal performance by the final siren, while ruckman Scott Hamblin, the high-flying Nathan McPherson, Eddie Sullivan and Luke Walsh found plenty of the ball in a runaway victory.
Swans' towering recruit Brock Harrison was the pick of his team's players up until three-quarter time, when he played no further part in the game after injuring his knee. The big man was doing what every good ruckman should do by winning the centre bounce and taking contested marks in defence, denying Carroll or Marc Geppert several chances at goal.
Unfortunately, his ever-improving work went to waste on many occasions by some costly turnovers in attack by the hesitant Swans.
Young Swans forward James Toscan never stopped presenting all game, while Jeff Mickan, Zach Lewis and coach Luke McLean did their best to keep the Swans in the contest, but in the end the Lions just had superior numbers at every contest and hit their targets more consistently.
"Obviously it would have been nice to have kicked a few more goals given the opportunities we had, but it is tough to maintain a high level of intensity so early in the season," Macri said. "I think today's result along with last week's suggest it is going to be an even competition this season, and every club needs to be on song for each game," he said. (The Area News - Monday April 23, 2007).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Eastern Hawks 21.13 (139) def Leeton-Whitton 8.18 (72); SUN: Coolamon 12.15 (87) def by Narrandera 20.10 (130), Turvey Park 5.6 (36) def by Mangoplah-CUE 18.15 (123); Wagga Tigers, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 18.14 (122) def Ganmain-GGM 9.4 (58)
Goals: Brent Harrison 12, P Rowston 2, B Hicken, J Harris, R Bridgen, J Gastin
Best players: C Lugton, A Cappello, J Malone, L Cavallo, B Harrison, P Rowston
Under 18: Ganmain-GGM 9.12 (66) def Griffith 9.8 (62)
Goals: M Patterson 3, J Fallon, K Ratcliff, J Tyrell, D Keenan, S Curran, J Iemma
Best players: G Snaidero, L Piccolo, D Keenan, J Tyrell, N Tapprell