2014 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 2 - Friday April 25, 2014
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 6.30pm
Umpires: Rob Neighbour, Mark Rowe and Rob Johnston (RUA)
Griffith ..................... 2.7 .. 3.10 .. 7.13 .. 9.15 (69)
Leeton-Whitton .... 1.4 .. 3.5 .. 3.9 .. 6.10 (46)
GRIFFITH: Tom West, Richard Malone, Che Jenkins; Ryan Bulluss, James Taylor, Tim Matheson; Jonathon Gastin, David Dunbar, James Fallon; Glen Snaidero, James Toscan, Ben McRae; Brandon Mathews, Trevor Richards, Dean Crack; Michael Griffiths, Guy Orton, Michael Duncan; Daniel Peruzzi, Luke Peruzzi, Joel Hourigan, Tom Webb
LEETON-WHITTON: Jacob Young, Tyler Stiller, Tom Morton; Daniel Sullivan, Will Overs, Sean Browning; Siale Howe, Lachlan O'Callaghan, Jake Scarr; Lucas Meline, Kodie O'Malley, Ryan Dunn; Calum Garvey, Tom Meline, Luke Howe; Mason Dryburgh, Ben Curley, Bryce O'Garey; Jayden Lehmann, Ben Elwin, Jamie Broadbent, Tom Handsaker
Griffith: G Snaidero 3, J Toscan 3, G Orton 2, D Dunbar
Leeton-Whitton: B O'Garey 2, S Browning 2, B Elwin, L Meline
Griffith: James Taylor (Soldier's Trophy), T Matheson, J Toscan, G Snaidero, D Dunbar, R Malone
Leeton-Whitton: B O'Garey, T Meline, W Overs, T Morton, R Dunn, J Lehman
A summary of match report, with thanks
It wasn’t pretty but the Griffith Swans notched an important victory on Friday night, overcoming Leeton-Whitton by 23 points to set the tone for the club’s centenary celebrations across the weekend. A third-quarter scoring burst powered the home side to a 9.15 (69) to 6.10 (46) triumph at Exies Oval, their first under coach Brandon Mathews. Inaccurate kicking again looked set to come back to haunt the Swans after dominating the first quarter for a return of just 2.7, only to be outscored by the Crows in the second term and take just a four-point lead at half-time. But a positional re-jig from Mathews brought key forward James Toscan into the game, and he slotted all four of his majors in the second half as Griffith kicked away to an insurmountable 27-point advantage at the final change.
Mathews admitted he was having flashbacks to last year’s “Fev game”, when Griffith had most of the play but failed to convert and paid the ultimate price with Leeton-Whitton claiming a six-point after-the-siren victory. This time, however, the Swans showed some much-needed fight. “Early on we were our own worst enemy – missing shots, and we went back to our old ways of playing on and overusing the handball,” he said. “The first quarter was good, and we should have opened it up a bit. “We were doing a lot of things right in getting numbers to the ball and we can take something out of it in that way, but poor kicking is poor footy.
“There was more talk and direction in the second half and when we take control of the footy, they’ve got to play our game.”
Griffith’s best was backman James Taylor, who was awarded the Soldier’s Trophy, a bronze statue of the modern Australian donated by Lance Corporal Chris May on behalf of the army. Lance Corporal May addressed the Swans before the match to extol the virtues of the Anzacs, and Taylor displayed those characteristics better than anyone else on the day. The Soldier’s Trophy will remain with the club as a perpetual award for the best Swans player in each Anzac round. Taylor’s fellow defenders Tim Matheson and Richard Malone were influential while Toscan and Glen Snaidero, who kicked three goals, also served well. “When Tosco went deep, he was fantastic and probably won us the game,” Mathews said. Midfield gun Michael Duncan played his usually high standard but sat out most of the second half with a torn quadricep, which looks set to keep him out for the next few weeks. The Crows mounted an unlikely comeback in the final term, kicking three of the first four goals to move within striking distance before Snaidero iced the win from a set shot.
The Swans head across to take on Wagga Tigers this Saturday with Mathews confident his side can compete with the top teams in the RFL – providing they weed out the scrappy parts of their game. (By Vince Rugari – The Area News, Monday April 28, 2014).
OTHER MATCHES - FRI: 25/4 Wagga 7.8 (50) def by Collingullie-AK 8.10 (58); SAT 26/4 Ganmain-GGM 19.8 (122) def Turvey Park 13.9 (87), Mangoplah-CUE 8.11 (59) def by Coolamon 9.8 (62); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 20.13 (133) def Leeton-Whitton 4.5 (29)
Goals: D Spratt 3, K Duncan 3, T Shannon 3, D Giorgi 3, S McCanna 2, P Whittard 2, J Mann, K Farrell, C Harrison, J Ryan
Best players: T Shannon, D Catanzariti, A Cappello, J Ryan, F Josling, D Spratt
Under 17: Griffith 16.20 (116) def Leeton-Whitton 4.1 (25)
Goals: C Cunial 5, L Shannon 3, N Richards 2, W Kennedy 2, T Condon, W Dalton, R Holland, S Foley
Best players: C Cunial, K Ruyg, R Holland, L Shannon, D McKenzie, A McRae