2014 SEASON RESULTS
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Interleague - Saturday May 24, 2014
Venue: Tocumwal Recreation Reserve
Umpires: Phil Lewis, Wayne Lovett, Scott Draper
Picola South/East .. 2.1 .. 3.2 .. 5.5 .. 5.5 (35)
Riverina FNL .......... 4.3 .. 8.9 .. 12.13 .. 21.17 (143)
PICOLA SOUTH/EAST: Cody Olsen, Ethan Hodgkin, Nick Warner; Jarryd Fountain, Kris Willett, Nathan Watson; Cameron Sandral, Campbell Marz, Drew Haebich; Tom Irvine, Matt Clark, Kade Rowe; Luke Minogue, Cobey Aynsley, Duane Hueston; Jake Jones, Brandon Corish, Paul Massingham; Billy Cooper, James Irvine, Damien Payne, Leighton Corish. Coach: Damien Payne
RIVERINA FNL: Luke Walsh, Hunter Lloyd, Daniel Kennedy; Mitchell Stephenson, John Anstee, Marshal Macauley; Matthew Kennedy, Connor Neyland, Tim Sullivan; Matt Rava, James Toscan, Jack Brooks; Andrew Dickens, Brent Arho, Matt Clarke; Ben Edyvean, Guy Orton (capt.), Jamie Maddox; Stephen Irons, Sean Browning, Dustin Rogers, Jayden Klemke. Coach: Matt Hard
Picola S/E: C Aynsley 2, K Rowe, D Hueston
Riverina: B Arho 9, M Rava 3, M Clarke 2, G Orton 2, S Browning 2, J Klemke, J Maddox, C Neyland
Picola S/E: L Minogue, D Hueston, C Sandral, P Massingham, K Rowe, J Jones
Riverina: M Kennedy, J Anstee, B Arho, J Maddox, G Orton, B Edyvean, M Rava
Awards: Picola SE, Duane Hueston; Riverina: Matthew Kennedy
A summary of match report, with thanks
Riverina Football League coach Matt Hard believes Saturday’s big representative win should be the message to AFL Victoria that NSW can match it with the best. The RFL marked its return to Victorian representative scene with a convincing 108-point trashing of Picola & District South at Tocumwal. Hard hopes the win sets alarm bells ringing among the RFL’s southern rivals. “We spoke about that before the game, we wanted to put in a good performance and make them take notice,” Hard said. “When we were up at three-quarter-time the boys could have just played the game out, but to their credit they finished really strongly and blew (Picola South) away.”
It was an arm wrestle early on as both teams started red hot, but RFL held a comfortable 13-point buffer at the first break. The NSW visitors had extended their lead to six goals by half-time and were 50 points clear at the first change. The fourth term was ruthless from RFL, who kept Picola & District scoreless while piling on 9.4 to run away with the game and win 21.17 (143) to 5.5 (35). Collingullie-AK full forward Brent Arho booted nine goals in a dominant performance. “Early on they really took it to us, they played a good style of footy,” Hard said.
“Towards the end of the second quarter we got some ascendancy, and our second half was really good. “We brought each other into the game, we ran hard and carried the ball well. Our backline gave us good run and carry, the mids worked well both ways and the forwards gave us plenty of options. “It was a really good team performance.”
While Hard struggled to single out individual performances it was 17-year-old CAK talent Matt Kennedy who was voted best on ground. He won it narrowly from veteran midfielder Jamie Maddox. Arho, key defender John Anstee, captain Guy Orton and midfielder-forward Matt Rava who were all among the RFL’s best. Hard also praised the work of big ruckman Ben Edyvean who gave his onballers plenty of use.
(The Daily Advertiser, Monday May 26, 2014).