2008 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 7 - Saturday May 24, 2008
Riverina Football League
Venue: McPherson Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Ryan Dedini and Mark Rowe (RUA)
North Wagga .... 1.0 .. 1.1 .. 2.3 .. 4.5 (29)
Griffith ............... 4.6 .. 11.10 .. 18.13 .. 27.19 (181)
NORTH WAGGA: Travis Brown, Shaun Tipping, Shannon Moore; Zach Eldridge, Michael Goodwin, Tim Green; Johannes Nieuwenhuizen, Kyle Cross, Cory Mellon; Brett Hogan, Shaun O'Connor, Matthew Howarth; Mathew Riordan, Daniel Quee, Gordon Woolstencroft; Mitchell Fury, Paul Young, Glenn Noye; Trent Burns, Jackson Argus, J Morris
GRIFFITH: Dean Catanzariti, James Smith, Andrew Cappello; Jonathon Gastin, Simon Spiers, Brendan Giason; Jason Bertacco, Michael Johns, Luke Piccolo; Brett Davis, Jeff Mickan, Shaun Curran; Jeremy Way, Craig Conlan, Kris Duncan; Jack Geddes, Michael Duncan, Brett Owen; Myles Bunn, Ben Ford, Matthew Kenny
North Wagga: K Cross, S O'Connor, J Argus, D Quee
Griffith: M Duncan 6, K Duncan 5, C Conlan 4, J Bertacco 2, S Curran 2, J Geddes 2, B Owen 2, B Davis, M Bunn,
S Spiers, L Piccolo
North Wagga: M Howarth, M Goodwin, T Green, C Mellon, T Brown, K Cross
Griffith: M Duncan, C Conlan, B Owen, M Kenny, B Ford, L Piccolo
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans made it back-to-back wins in the Riverina Football League smashing North Wagga by 152 points at McPherson Oval last weekend and in the process keeping their faint final hopes alive. So far this season, the Swans have at times struggled to play a complete game of football, with various areas of play often failing the Swans when they needed them.
But there were little signs of the mistake-riddled games of the past, with the Swans booting an amazing 26 goals for the game, with Mick Duncan bagging himself six goals in a dominate display. Swans coach Gerard Toscan said he expected the Saints to come at his team hard in the first quarter but congratulated his side on weathering the early storm to streak away with the game.
"They started pretty hard, and when you're struggling you only really have got one chance to get into the game," Toscan said. "But once the guys (Griffith) settle down, they started knuckling down and played the same type of game that we have been all year.
That style of play of hard running and good clearances out of the middle clicked for the red and white men last weekend, and when combined with minimum mistakes from the backline, the Swans ran riot over the hapless Saints outfit.
Toscan praised Jack Geddes and Shaun Curran for their impact at the centre bounce. The Swans went into the first break with a slender 17-point lead, but as the Swans stretched their wings, so did the lead as they piled on eight goals in the second quarter.
The thrashing was capped off with six goals and nine goals in the third and fourth quarters respectively. Having a big hand on the big finish by the away side was Kris Duncan, who recovered from a scrappy start to bag himself five majors.
"Kris started the game a little slow, he was always under the ball and making a few mistakes. We took him off and had a word with him and when he went back on, he couldn't be in the wrong spot," Toscan said. (By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Wednesday May 28, 2008).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Eastern Hawks 8.15 (63) def by Leeton-Whitton 13.9 (87), Mangoplah-CUE 9.10 (64) def by Ganmain-GGM 12.15 (87); SUN: Turvey Park 16.9 (107) def Narrandera 10.10 (70), Wagga 13.13 (91) def Coolamon 9.7 (61).
Reserves: Griffith 13.14 (92) def North Wagga 9.4 (58)
Goals: G Snaidero 4, J Wade 2, B Hutchinson 2, H Heath, S Wood, B Jaffrey
Best players: S Wood, B Hutchinson, G Snaidero, B Jaffrey, D Bruce, M Vittuci
Under 18: North Wagga 11.7 (73) def Griffith 6.10 (46)
Goals: H Heath 3, B Tyrell, S Wood, B Hutchinson
Best players: O Delves, S Wood, J Wade, H Shaw, Brad Minehan, B Tyrell