Round 3 - Saturday April 30, 2011
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 5.00pm
Umpires: Paul McCormack, Paul Smith and Brian Robinson (RUA)
Griffith .................,.. 2.2 .. 3.2 .. 8.3 .. 12.6 (78)
Collingullie A-K .... 3.5 .. 6.12 .. 10.15 .. 11.17 (83)
GRIFFITH: Jonathon Gastin, James Smith, Dean Catanzariti; Glen Snaidero, Matthew Noonan, Che Jenkins; Dean Crack, Michael Johns, Toby Blissett; Michael Duncan, James Toscan, Cameron Harrison; Beau Runnalls, Tom Buckley, Kris Duncan; Michael Harris, Guy Orton, Mathew Crack; Henry Delves, Casey Boye, Jack Tyrell
Griffith: B Runnalls 8, T Buckley, K Duncan, G Orton, T Blissett
Collingullie-AK: M Withers 3, M Geppert 3, J Maksymow 2, B Aiken, J Wild, M Coady
Griffith: B Runnalls, T Blissett, K Duncan, G Snaidero, J Toscan, M Crack, M Noonan, C Jenkins
Collingullie-AK: C Gow, T Edgar, M Withers, M Coady, J Morris, J Maksymow
A summary of match report, with thanks
Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka have set up a dream meeting with Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong next week by keeping its undefeated stretch alive with a thrilling win over Griffith at Exies Oval on Saturday night. The Demons were saved by the final siren as they held on for a five-point win over Griffith, 11.17 (83) to 12.6 (78).
The Swans lost no admirers in defeat, charging home from a 24-point deficit early in the last quarter to narrowly miss a memorable victory. Griffith livewire forward Beau Runnalls almost single-handily kicked the Swans to victory with four final-term goals, but the siren sounded too soon for the Swans. The ball was entrenched in Griffith’s forward line when the final siren sounded.
CAK coach Shane Lenon was not in attendance and left the coaching duties to assistants Chris Gow and Brad Aiken. Gow conceded the final siren came at exactly the right moment. “We’re happy to get the win because it could have gone either way,” Gow said. “The last couple of minutes we just hung on and hung on and Griffith had the run of play then the siren went a bit earlier than expected.” But it was good.”
The game could have gone in another direction had the Demons converted their opportunities in the first half. The Demons led by 28 points at the main break but kicked a whopping 6.12 to Griffith 3.2.
Tom Edgar was named best for the Demons as he moved into the unusual roll of full-back in the second half. Gow described the efforts of Matt Withers as ‘inspirational’ at times while Jarrah Maksymow was again a standout. Gow said despite Griffith’s finish to the game there were still plenty to be pleased with from the CAK perspective.
“Talking to a lot of other RFL players, they say this is the hardest road trip in the RFL,” Gow said. “A lot have been said to me, if you can come over and get the four points, you’ve done well. “So, to come out and get the win is good, especially when we’ve still got a lot of improvement in us for next week. “Ganmain have shown early on what they can do to teams and if we can play like we did tonight again next week then they’ll do the same thing to us as well.”
While Runnalls was amazing with eight goals, assistant coach Guy Orton was prominent through the midfield with countless possessions. (By Matt Malone – Wagga Daily Advertiser, Monday May 2, 2011).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Ganmain-GGM 17.7 (109) def Wagga 12.11 (83), Narrandera 22.11 (143) def Turvey Park 7.5 (47); SUN: Leeton-Whitton 14.8 (92) def Mangoplah-CUE 10.12 (72); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Collingullie-AK 13.19 (97) def Griffith 2.4 (16)
Goals: M Hogan, T Webb
Best players: N King, L Piccolo, A Cappello, T Webb, C McGann, R Johns
Under 17: Griffith 16.19 (115) def Collingullie-AK 10.3 (63)
Goals: T West 4, S Nascimben 3, Tom Valeri 2, D Peato 2, J Crowe, B Watts, P Whittard, C Hutchison, B Fitzgerald
Best players: T West, Tom Valeri, B Tarr, D Peato, J Crowe, J Keenan