Round 3 - Sunday April 25, 2004
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Rob Wilson, Greg Walsh and Brett McDonald (RUA)
Griffith .................... 5.4 .. 9.7 .. 16.10 .. 19.12 (126)
Leeton-Whitton .... 1.1 .. 6.4 .. 9.6 .. 14.10 (94)
GRIFFITH: Matt Bunn, Damien Scott, Myles Bunn; Adrian Burns (c-c), Ben Wade, Simon McClure; Ben Ford, Rodney Duncan, Jason Hampel; Matthew McDonald, Jeff Mickan, Trent Bradley; Jamie Bennett, David Curran, Brett Owen; Rick Frkovic, Simon Pound, Michael Duncan; Rodney Simpkin, Simon Spiers, Daniel Best
LEETON-WHITTON: Matthew Flagg, Adam Cameron, Justin Davidson; Daniel Sullivan, Jamie Broadbent, Simon Piltz; Luke Condon, Travis Irvin, Daniel Lumsden; Brad Waters, Kurt Bullock, Peter Clayton; David Kidman, Michael Fraser, Brett Guest; Matthew Robertson, Dallas Scott, Kane Bullock; Drew Dunscombe, Adrian Howe, Dale Symes
Griffith: D Curran 4, M Duncan 4, S Pound 3, R Simpkin 2, R Duncan 2, B Ford, M McDonald, B Owen, J Hampel
Leeton-Whitton: M Fraser 6,
Griffith: M Duncan, D Curran, B Wade, S McClure, A Burns, S Pound
Leeton-Whitton: J Broadbent, D Lumsden, M Flagg, M Fraser, D Kidman, Kurt Bullock
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans seem to be improving with every game and on Sunday they led from the opening minute all the way to the final whistle against Leeton-Whitton and remain undefeated at the top of the Riverina Football League ladder. The grudge match is always a tough battle and the Swans got off to a better start hitting the ground running. "It was a good win and a very physical game," said Swans captain-coach Adrian Burns. "We started the game well, our kicking for goal was better than it has been in recent weeks."
The Swans shot out to a four-goal lead at the first break, 34-7 but Burns believes they could have had a further four majors if they were truly accurate. Leeton-Whitton made strident efforts to come back against the Swans in the next quarter and the closed the gap to only 20 points."
(Leeton-Whitton) were always fighting back but credit to our team, whenever they looked like coming back, we put the pressure back on them and they eventually folded under it," Burns said. It was the third quarter where the Swans really displayed what they will be capably of in all aspects of their game click together during the season. They booted seven goals and three behinds in a dominant term that tore the game away from the Crows. "The third quarter was the best quarter we have played so far this season," Burns said.
The Swans kept the momentum up in the final term and ran out eventual winners, 125 to 94. Dave Curran is recovering from injury and the four goals he kicked will be a sign to opposition teams of what he can produce once he is 100 percent fit. Michael Duncan and Shane Pound, who continues to shine since moving from Coleambally, also bagged four goals each. With Rod Duncan returning from injury the side is beginning to gel into a potent force, "I think we are a quarter away from playing a really good game," Burns said. "We have been playing three good quarters of football but have been letting in one bad quarter as well, but everyone is improving with each game.
(By Cameron Storey - The Area News, Wednesday April 28, 2004).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Coolamon 27.14 (176) def Turvey Park 6.7 (43), Ganmain-GGM 24.18 (162) def Eastern Hawks 11.9 (75), Mangoplah-CUE 20.12 (132) def Narrandera 13.7 (85)
Reserves: Griffith 18.11 (119) def Leeton-Whitton 14.10 (94)
Goals: A Gardner 8, B Hicken 3, W Tyndall, M Crack, W Armstrong, Chris Conlan, A Romagnolo, G Tyack, L Robertson
Best players: A Gardner, R Male, G Ceccato, A Trotter, M Crack
Under 18: Griffith 10.14 (74) def Leeton-Whitton 5.11 (41)
Goals: S Stubbs 6, P Bugno, D Crack, J Gastin, L Habel
Best players: D Catanzariti, W Overs, R Newman, K Duncan, S Stubbs, R Hill