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Round 4 - Saturday April 27, 2002
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 5.00pm
Umpires: Pat O'Donoghue and Rob Wilson (RUA)
Griffith ............... 7.4 .. 11.7 .. 15.8 .. 23.12 (150)
Narrandera ...... 0.1 .. 1.1 .. 3.2 .. 3.5 (23)
GRIFFITH: Shawn Conlan, Jonathan O'Dwyer, Damien Scott; Jason Malone, Chris Blanchard, David Kidman; Kaine Malone, Phillip Rowston, Michael Duncan; Jeff Mickan, Shane Ruyg, Luke Condon; Jamie Bennett, Danny Beriman, Chris Conlan; Matthew Olney, Cian Ebert (c-c), Trevor Clarke; Matthew Kenny, Nathan Creevy, Michael Johns
NARRANDERA IMPERIAL: Dwayne Matthews, Damon Burden, Stephen Irons; Jake McKenzie, Stuart Hutchins, Hayden Hutchins; David Stockdale, Chris Smith (capt), Jason Coleman; Matthew McLelland, Ashley Thomson (coach), Wes Kiley; Mark English, Tim Durnan, John Vearing; Brett Powell, Lachlan Hutchins, Matthew Harrison; Brad Smith, Lee Baumgartner
Griffith: D Beriman 7, M Duncan 3, C Ebert 2, J Bennett 2, L Condon 2, C Blanchard 2, M Johns 2, M Olney, K Malone, D Scott
Narrandera: T Durnan, L Hutchins, J Vearing
Griffith: P Rowston, J O'Dwyer, T Clarke, C Blanchard, C Ebert
Narrandera: A Thomson, C Smith, L Hutchins, S Irons, M Harrison
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith's impressive start to the Riverina Football League season continued on Saturday night, the Swans posting a massive 23.12 (150) to 3,5 (23) over Narrandera under lights at the Exies Oval. Although never giving up, Narrandera found the going tough against the undefeated Swans, who kept the visitors to just eight scoring shots for the match.
Griffith full forward Danny Beriman continued his run of big hauls, bagging seven goals against Narrandera to add to his 25 he kicked in the first three rounds. Jon O'Dwyer was again solid at the back to be one of the best for Griffith, while Phillip Rowston, Trevor Clarke, Chris Blanchard and captain-coach Cian Ebert all stood out. Beriman finished with seven goals to lead the Swans' scoring and Michael Duncan played well to finish with three majors. Ebert, Jamie Bennett, Luke Condon, Blanchard and Michael Johns kicked two goals each while Matt Olney, Kaine Malone and Damien Scott added one each. Neither side was able to score early in the opening term, with the Swans slipping easily into the fast-flowing football they have been successful with this season, but Narrandera keeping pace well.
Almost six minutes passed before Ebert got the Swans on the board with a long-left foot kick from 70 metres out which bounced through for a goal. The Swans added two more goals and a behind before Narrandera got on the board with a point, but then the home side dominated for the remainder of the quarter to lead 26-1 at the break. Goals were harder to come by in the second quarter as the Swans' intensity dropped, the home side kicking one major and two behinds in the first 15 minutes.
Narrandera's first goal came with 17 minutes gone, to the delight of the visiting supporters, but the Swans put on three late goals to lead 73-7 at the long break. The Swans opened the third quarter with two majors before the Eagles got another goal on board. Griffith lost ruckman Matt Olney to injury halfway through the quarter, but Beriman moved from full forward to fill the gap. Although the Narrandera players were determined not to give up and continued to push the Swans, the home side added four majors for the term.
The Eagles picked up their third goal to make it 98-20 at the end of the term. However, that was the last major Narrandera kicked as the Swans lifted in the final quarter. The intensive pre-season fitness training is paying off for the Swans, who put on eight goals in the final quarter in a similar effort to previous weeks. Narrandera refused to give up and played it out right to the final siren, but the Swans maintained their effort right through for a 127-point win. Best for Narrandera were Ashley Thomson, Lachlan Hutchins, Stephen Irons and Matthew Harrison. Goals went to Tim Durnan, Hutchins and John Vearing. (By Rebecca Kroek - The Area News, Monday April 29, 2002).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: East Wagga-K 84 def by Leeton-Whitton 91, Mangoplah-CUE 72 def by Turvey Park 107; SUN: Coolamon 73 def by Ganmain-GGM 88.
Reserves: Griffith 23.24 (162) def Narrandera 0.0 (0)
Goals: W Armstrong 3, S Driscoll 3, Myles Bunn 3, T Bradley 2, Matt Bunn 2, B Ford 2, B Giason 2, Craig Conlan 2, J Fisher, L Testoni, J Way, A Noad
Best players: Myles Bunn, S Spiers, L Testoni, Matt Bunn, Craig Conlan
Under 18: Narrandera 11.14 (80) def Griffith 5.7 (37)
Goals: K Duncan 2, B Hicken, T Condon, A Gardner
Best players: R Brill, B Wade, D Cunial, B Owen, L Catanzariti