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Round 11 - Sunday June 27, 2010
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Paul Smith and Mark Rowe (RUA)
Griffith ............... 2.2 .. 5.4 .. 8.5 .. 9.6 (60)
Turvey Park ..... 7.2 .. 10.4 .. 16.9 .. 22.13 (145)

GRIFFITH: Dean Catanzariti, Craig Lugton, Matthew Patterson*; Matthew Kenny, Matthew Noonan, Ben McRae; Ben Ford, Tim Matheson, Luke Piccolo; Matthew Hogan, Josh Whelan, Dean Crack; Michael Duncan, Jeff Mickan, Luke Humphries; Andrew Cappello, Mathew Crack, James Fallon; Roland Finch, Theo Valeri, Pat Rose*
Griffith: J Mickan 3, L Humphries 2, L Piccolo, D Crack, M Hogan, J Whelan 
Turvey Park: D Ward 4, J Brooks 4, J Hoey 4, J Elliott 3, K Hannigan 3, S Roberts 2, R McPherson, T Cunningham
Griffith: M Duncan, L Humphries, M Crack, M Noonan, J Whelan, R Finch 
Turvey Park: M Ness, J Richards, J Hoey, R McPherson, S Roberts, D Ward
SENIOR DEBUT: Matthew Patterson, Pat Rose

MILESTONE: Ben Ford 150th senior game.
A summary of match report, with thanks
It’s the same story nearly every week for the Griffith Swans currently in the Riverina Football League – the effort is there but the player depth in key areas isn’t. The locals were again smashed this time by the Turvey Park Bulldogs 22.13 (145) to 9.6 (60) at Exies Oval yesterday.

Despite the return of key midfielder Mick Duncan and an outstanding performance by young forward Josh Whelan, the Bulldogs simply had too many avenues to goal with three players bagging four goal each. Griffith coach Matt Noonan conceded the difference in skill level between his top players and the bottom is, at this stage, simple too much to compete against the best sides in the competition.

“The side put their best effort up, we just don’t have the cattle compared to the other teams, we don’t take the opportunities and the luck that other sides have, every time other sides go forward, they kick a goal and when we do we come away with a point,” he said.

“Positives to take out of it; Josh Whelan had a good game up forward and Mick Duncan was back and performed well, there were some good signs, but we just don’t have the blokes on the field to get it done.” Noonan was left frustrated by the good service from the Bulldogs’ midfield with Dean Ward, Jack Brooks, John Hoey all kicking four goals, while James Elliott bagged three majors.

“They got a lot of run and they’re good that way, but they seem not to miss, I don’t know whether they practice goal-kicking religiously,” he said. “James Elliott’s a key forward for them and Craig Lugton had a good day on him and made a contest all day long, he took his three grabs and kicked three goals, and sometimes you’ll only got to touch the ball three times if you’re that good a kick at goal.

“The effort’s there and I’m not going to take that away from the boys but at this stage the teams are just that much better than us.”

(Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday June 28, 2010). 

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Mangoplah-CUE 13.14 (92) def Wagga 14.6 (90), Narrandera 9.9 (63) def by Coolamon 18.12 (120); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 28.13 (181) def Leeton-Whitton 3.6 (24). 

Reserves: Turvey Park 15.14 (104) def Griffith 5.4 (34)
Goals: R Johns 2, L Catanzariti, J Geddes, P Crawford 
Best players:  C Harrison, M Tyndall, J Tyrrell, R Johns, C Burge, R Best
Under 17: Turvey Park 19.12 (126) def Griffith 5.4 (34)
Goals: Griffith: C Moore 
Best players: K Hillier, T Valeri, J Tyndall, S Brennan, J Evans, P Rose .

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