2007 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 10 - Saturday June 23, 2007
Riverina Football League
Venue: Gumly Oval 2.10pm
Eastern Hawks ..... 5.2 .. 9.4 .. 13.6 .. 21.10 (136)
Griffith .................... 5.2 .. 9.6 .. 13.8 .. 17.9 (111)
EASTERN HAWKS: Glenn Cole, Andrew White, Ben Perkins, Eddie Whyman, Craig DePiazza, Mitch Reberger, Stephen Thompson, Andrew Craig, Barry O'Brien (c-c), Levi Pollett, Luke Adams, Danny Bromham, Jay Peace, Shannon Moore, Dale Cameron, Brett Limbrick, Brenton Roberts, Chris Pedler, Nathan Scott, Joel Grieve, Ryan Campbell
GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Roger Heenan, Simon Spiers; Jason Malone, Matthew Kenny, Jason Hampel; Ben Ford, Luke McLean, Joel Brown; Mathew Crack, James Toscan, Dean Crack; Daniel Meade, Phillip Rowston, Craig Conlan; Jeff Mickan, Matthew McDonald, Michael Duncan; Peter Hunt, Andrew Cappello, Shaun Curran*
Eastern Hawks: B Perkins 4, B Roberts 4, L Adams 3, S Thompson 2, N Scott 2, J Grieve, B O'Brien, C DePiazza,
D Bromham, G Cole, B Limbrick
Griffith: D Meade 4, C Conlan 3, J Mickan 2, S Curran 2, M McDonald, D Crack, P Rowston, L McLean, J Toscan, M Duncan
Eastern Hawks: N Scott, J Grieve, B Perkins, D Bromham, E Whyman, A Craig
Griffith: M McDonald, J Mickan, C Conlan, M Duncan, L McLean, M Bunn
SENIOR DEBUT: Shaun Curran
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith Swans season now dangles by a thread after Eastern Hawks piled on eight final-term goals to runaway 25-point victory at Gumly Oval on Saturday. In a game with more swings than a pendulum, the Hawks managed to bounce back from both half-time and three-quarter time deficits to record a morale-boosting win that their coach Barry O'Brien labelled as possible the turning of his club's season.
"If we didn't win today our season was pretty much over - I couldn't be happier right now," a jubilant O'Brien said after the win. "Just the team spirit we showed today was something that I haven't seen from this club - everyone was helping one another and really celebrating every goal that was kicked - it made me think 'this is why I play football'," he said.
Swans' coach Luke McLean warned his players at the first change that Hawks star Ben Perkins was the man to watch, and he was not lying. After dominating the backline for much of the first half, the versatile Perkins went forward and booted four match-winning goals, including trademark high-flying marks and goal from 50 metres to all but bury the Swans' hopes in the final quarter.
"I was going to start him down back last week, but everything went to plan today, and he stepped up for us today again." Three final term goals from Craig Conlan and a near-best on ground performance from Matt McDonald looked like getting the Swans home.
However, some sloppy fumbles and wayward kicking in front of goals from teammates, including last week's seven-goal hero Daniel Meade, ensured the Hawks got the points in front of their crowd and it meant plenty judging by the grand final-like celebrations that followed the final siren. "This was a grand final for us today and we delivered," O'Brien said. "We still have plenty to work on as a team, but our next immediate goal is to win two games on a trot against Leeton-Whitton next week and possible sneak into fifth spot." he said.
(The Area News - Monday June 25, 2007).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Coolamon 16.15 (111) def Mangoplah-CUE 15.15 (105); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 19.15 (129) def Narrandera 11.10 (76), Wagga Tigers 18.19 (127) def Turvey Park 9.10 (64); Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 20.11 (131) def Eastern Hawks 11.9 (79)
Goals: C Forwood 7, J Gastin 3, B Woolner 2, W Tyndall 2, J Harris 2, K Duncan 2, G Dreyer, C Lugton
Best players: C Forwood, D Scott, J Gastin, D Jamieson, T Harrington