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Round 7 - Sunday May 24, 2009
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Maher Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Scott Crowley, Duncan Potts and Greg Walsh (RUA) 
Turvey Park ... 3.3 .. 5.4 .. 8.7 .. 11.10 (76) 
Griffith ............ 3.2 .. 6.3 .. 7.5 .. 8.8 (56)

TURVEY PARK: Doug Feary, Cameron Barker, Will Martin; Levi Pollett, Doug McLean, Brad Burkinshaw; Harry Cunningham, Corey Munson, Daniel Toose; Riley McPherson, James Elliott, Keenan Hannigan; Blair Campbell, John Hoey, Chris Beckmans; Andrew Craig, Dane Campbell, Brent Rose; Scott Pople, Jack Brooks, Ryan Blundell 
GRIFFITH: Royce Johns, James Smith, Andrew Cappello; Simon Spiers, Aaron Cocks, Myles Bunn; Sam Huxtable, Jonathon Gastin, Jason Bertacco; James Nancarrow, Matthew Noonan, Dean Crack; Michael Tyndall, Rodney Simpkin, Kris Duncan; Michael Harris, Jeff Mickan, James Fallon; Craig Lugton, Glenn Taylor*, Hayden Shaw 
Turvey Park: J Elliott 2, K Hanigan 2, S Pople 2, D Campbell 2, R McPherson, B Rose, L Pollett 
Griffith: J Bertacco 3, D Crack 2, R Simpkin, K Duncan, A Cocks 
Turvey Park: B Burkinshaw, D Campbell, L Pollett, B Campbell, W Martin, C Munson 
Griffith: J Mickan, J Bertacco, M Bunn, M Harris, J Nancarrow, M Noonan
SENIOR DEBUT: Glenn Taylor

A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans Riverina Football League season will hinge on the result of its next game, after being run down in the final quarter by the Turvey Park Bulldogs yesterday at Maher Oval. With the game up for grabs leading into the last term, the Swans only had to find two goals to poke their noses in front and record what would have been a massive upset. But the lack of fresh legs in crucial positions came back to haunt the visitors, as the Bulldogs ran out 20-point winners and confirm their status as one of the teams to beat this season.

"In part we did run out of legs pretty bad, not because of a lack of fitness but because we couldn't rotate through the midfield, Swans coach Gerard Toscan said. "Brett Owen and Shaun Curran pulled out between Friday and this morning which was pretty tough, with either Brett or Shaun the points were ours." Jeff Mickan at ruck rover ran hard all game for Griffith to help them build a slender lead at the long break.

While Myles Bunn continued his rich vein of form and performed strongly along-side Jono Gastin. And James Smith at full-back put his body on the line several times to take contested marks or kill Bulldogs' attacking raids. Toscan said he was proud of the determination shown by his side, saying it was a close moral victory given in the past record of the Swans at Maher Oval.

However, the Swans leader refused to say his side was out of the final race, saying the clubs next game away against Narrandera  was the point of no return. "If we turn 4-5, then it's exactly how we turned last year, the Narrandera away game is crucial now, it's our focus right now, but the season is not done and dusted," he said.  If the Swans are able to beat Narrandera next start, they will regain the services of injured trio Michael Johns, Michael Duncan and Shaun Curran, which will be a massive boost to the team's unlikely finals run.

(By Scott Hazlewood  - The Area News, Monday May 25, 2009).

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Eastern Hawks 8.6 (54) def by Ganmain-GGM 10.11 (71), Leeton-Whitton 19.15 (129) def North Wagga 4.10 (34), Mangoplah-CUE 13.16 (94) def Narrandera 8.5 (53), Wagga 11.2 (68) def Coolamon 7.10 (52).

Reserves: Turvey Park 15.5 (95) def Griffith 9.4 (58)
Goals: G Argus 2, T Pilon 2, D Ashcroft, B Woolner, J Tyrell, C Toohey, C Harrison
Best players: C Toohey, C Harrison, R Best, B Woolner, J Harris, C Conlan
Under 17: Turvey Park 20.27 (147) def Grifith 3.1 (19)
Goals: C Moore, B Pilon, C Patterson
Best players: C Moore, B Ciscato, S Brennan, F Bruton, B Pilon, C Patterson

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