2006 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 4 - Saturday April 29, 2006
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 4.00pm
Umpires: Gene Hodgins, Greg Walsh and Rob Wilson (RUA)
Griffith ..................... 7.5 .. 12.10 .. 13.13 .. 18.17 (125)
Mangoplah-CUE .... 0.0 .. 2.4 .. 5.6 .. 5.6 (36)
GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Simon Spiers, Roger Heenan; Luke McLean (c-c), Josh Ward, James Toscan; Matthew Kenny, Matt Bunn, Ben Ford; Matthew McDonald, Jeff Mickan, Daniel Meade; Ashley Gardner, Sam Hickleton, Kris Duncan; Joel Brown, Nathan Petersen-Gray, Michael Duncan; Tim Matheson, Michael Wilson, Graham Foley.
MANGOPLAH-COOKARDINIA UNITED-EASTLAKES: Jason Kendall, Nathan Johnson, Shaun Bennett; Jack Killalea, Brett Howard, Stace Creasy; Kurt Thompson, Mitch Reberger, Luke Kendall; Xavier Higgins, Geoff Spriggs, Ryan Walsh; Mitch Heydon, Jai Warden, Mitch Balding; Sam Balding, Grant Bruce, Barry O'Brien (c-c); Craig Websdale, Guy McAlister, Brad Pattison
Griffith: A Gardner 4, S Hickleton 4, M Duncan 3, D Meade 2, J Mickan, M McDonald, K Duncan, N Petersen-Gray, G Foley
Mangoplah-CUE: S Creasy 2, S Balding, M Reberger, J Warden
Griffith: N Petersen-Gray, M Duncan, L McLean, M McDonald, Matt Bunn, R Heenan, Myles Bunn, J Toscan
Mangoplah-CUE: S Creasy, S Balding, J Kendall, M Reberger, J Killalea, G Spriggs
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans produced one of the most dominating opening halves of football ever seen at Exies Oval to set up an 89-point thumping of Mangoplah-CUE on Saturday night. The Swans came out with all guns firing as the two-pronged attack of Ash Gardner and Sam Hickleton alone in the forward 50, blasted the Goannas away. In an embarrassing performance, MCUE was unable to get on the board in the first quarter and didn't post a score until the 25th minute in the second term.
Only inaccurate kicking from the Swans saved the Goannas from further humiliation, as the Swans led by 69 points at half-time.
The Swans' dynamic midfield was back to its best, with Luke McLean, Mick Duncan, Matt Bunn and Matt McDonald all getting plenty of the ball and feeding the forward line with quality delivery. Swans captain-coach Luke McLean said he was happy with the win and could see the team getting better with every week.
The Swans piled on the pressure in the opening half, which saw the Goannas panic with the ball, dropping regulation marks and looking sideways when under the ball. The third quarter was a scrappy affair as the skills dropped and physicality levels increased, which was highlighted by an all-in brawl in the opening minutes.
The Goannas won the third quarter before the Swans bounced back in the final term, running in five unanswered goals. McLean admitted he was a little surprised at the Goannas' performance. "I think the long trip brought them undone, especially after the start we got,' McLean said.
"After that, I think their mind was on other places." Nathan Petersen-Gray was again the standout for the Swans, while their star midfield all played good games. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday May 1, 2006).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Eastern Hawks 16.22 (118) def Coolamon 12.13 (85), Narrandera 13.6 (84) def by Ganmain-GGM 24.15 (159); SUN: Leeton-Whitton 13.19 (97) def Turvey Park 8.15 (63)
Reserves: Griffith 16.5 (101) def Mangoplah-CUE 11.8 (74)
Goals: G Argus 8, L Cavallo 2, R Newman 2, R Frkovic, R Agresta, W Tyndall
Best players: W Tyndall, C Lugton, R Newman, N Kite, R Hill, L Cavallo
Under 18: Mangoplah-CUE 15.4 (94) def Griffith 12.14 (86)
Goals: D Crack 7, S Curran 2, M Vardanega, L Piccolo, J Gastin
Best players: D Crack, J Gastin, A Baker, C McGann, D McGreal, J Iemma