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Round 7 - Sunday May 28, 2006
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Simon Harrison, Duncan Potts and Tim Beard (RUA)
Griffith ............... 1.4 .. 7.7 .. 11.8 .. 16.15 (111)
Narrandera ...... 7.4 .. 9.4 .. 13.8 .. 15.8 (98)

GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Simon Spiers, Roger Heenan; James Toscan, Nathan Petersen-Gray, Graham Foley; Ben Ford, Matt Bunn, Jonathon Gastin; Daniel Meade, Ashley Gardner, Jeff Mickan; Joel Brown, Craig Conlan, Dean Crack; Rhys Newman, Matthew McDonald, Michael Duncan; Tim Matheson, Tom Morgan*, Kris Duncan.
NARRANDERA IMPERIAL: Peter Bloomfield, Wes Kiley, Ian Donaldson; Peter Heath, Stuart Hutchins, Chris Downes; Steven Irons, Tim Sullivan, Jamie Grintell (c-c); Hayden Hutchins, Jonathon Dawson, Chris Smith; Danny Campbell, Pat Robinson, Liam Richmond; Ben Grant, Tim Mathieson, Mark Ivanoff; Nick Hetherington, James Walsh, Jeremy Orme.
Griffith: C Conlan 3, D Meade 3, M Duncan 3, D Crack 2, J Mickan, R Newman, J Gastin, N Petersen-Gray, A Gardner
Narrandera: J Grintell 5, J Dawson 3, P Heath 2, T Sullivan, L Richmond, P Robinson, M Ivanoff, S Irons
Griffith: J Toscan, J Mickan, Matt Bunn, N Petersen-Gray, S Spiers, J Brown 
Narrandera: D Campbell, P Heath, T Sullivan, J Dawson, J Grintell, T Mathieson
A summary of match report, with thanks
A flurry of late goals from the Griffith Swans posted a stunning 13-point come-from-behind win over Narrandera at Exies Oval yesterday.

A blistering seven-goal-to-one opening term was enough for Narrandera to hold the lead for all but the last five minutes of the match as the Swans finally hit the front to snatch victory. After opening in poor style, the Swans came out from the quarter-time break a new-look team and always looked like hitting the front, it was just a matter of when.

Narrandera didn't give an inch in the third term and when Eagles centre-half-back Peter Heath ran down the ground for his second goal within the opening minutes of the last term, Griffith looked gone. The Swans didn't help their chances, booting five behinds to start the last quarter, but four unanswered goals within the last 15 minutes saw the Swans run right over the top of a gallant Narrandera team.

Swans coach Luke McLean believed his team got out of jail with a narrow win in the dying stages. "Very much so, I thought we dug a hole there but at the same time we had done well to get ourselves out of it," McLean said.

"I thought it was a good show of our character to come back and win but full credit to Narrandera. "They're a lot better side than a lot of people give them credit for, and they've got a good game plan and a good coach, and they stick to it very well."

Griffith went into the clash undermanned without coach Luke McLean, Sam Hickleton, Josh Ward and Rod Duncan.

With Ash Gardner playing up the ground in a a half-forward-flank role, the Swans rotated midfielders Mick Duncan ad Craig Conlan at full-forward which was effective for the final three quarters.  Sixteen-year-old James Toscan played his best match for the club on a half-back-flank, proving plenty of drive while Conlan, Jeff Mickan, Simon Spiers and Nathan Petersen-Gray all played good games.

Narrandera coach Jamie Grintell was a standout, booting five goals and Peter Heath and Danny Campbell both contributed well.

(By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday May 29, 2006). 

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Eastern Hawks 12.9 (81) def by Turvey Park 13.14 (92), Mangoplah-CUE 13.17 (95) def by Leeton-Whitton 14.16 (100), SUN: Coolamon 17.9 (111) def by Ganmain-GGM 22.19 (151).

Reserves: Narrandera 26.6 (162) def Griffith 7.12 (54)
Goals: G Argus 5, R Simpkin 2, J Harris
Best players: D Pasin, Ryan Hill, R Frkovic, N Campbell, Chris Conlan, N Kite
Under 18: Narrandera 12.17 (89) def Griffith 8.8 (56)
Goals: J Geddes 4, S Curran 3, L Piccolo
Best players: D McGreal, A Chalmers, T Harrington, M Vardanega, J Iemma, J Geddes 

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