Round 8 - Sunday May 30, 2010. (Pink day)
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Rob Johnston, Paul Smith and Duncan Potts (RUA)
Griffith ..................... 3.1 .. 6.4 .. 7.7 .. 7.10 (52)
Leeton-Whitton .... 2.3 .. 4.5 .. 7.7 .. 8.9 (57)
GRIFFITH: Ben Ford, Craig Lugton, Chris Niven; Matthew Kenny, Matthew Noonan, Tim Matheson; Kris Duncan, Brett Owen, Luke Piccolo; Josh Whelan, Michael Duncan, Dean Crack; Andrew Cappello, Shaun Curran, Luke Humphries; Jeff Mickan, James Fallon, Alex Overs; Roland Finch, Ben McRae*, Daniel Best
Griffith: M Duncan 2, S Curran 2, A Overs, J Fallon, B Owen
Leeton-Whitton: J Gale 2, B Dryburgh, N Schubert, J Wessling, R Maguire, N Doolin, D Harrison
Griffith: B Owen, J Mickan, A Overs, M Noonan, L Piccolo, T Matheson
Leeton-Whitton: J Gale, D Elwin, B Boots, D Sullivan, K Stockton, J Wessling
SENIOR DEBUT: Ben McRae
A summary of match report, with thanks
Inaccuracy in front of goal in the last quarter has cost the Griffith Swans a chance to distance itself from the bottom of the ladder, after losing by less than a kick to arch-rivals Leeton-Whitton at Exies Oval yesterday. The 8.9 (57) to 7.10 (52) loss is a crushing blow for the Swans who have fancied their chances of knocking off the Crows, but instead had to swallow their fifth straight loss.
Senior player Mick Duncan said the team cannot throw away simple opportunities in front of goal against any side if they want to break their losing streak and climb back into finals contention this Riverina Football League season. “We had about four or five chances from about 30 metres right out in front in the last quarter and we just missed them. We have to make the most of our chances,”
Duncan said. “We’ played pretty well in the first half. The conditions didn’t really suit either side, but we played a lot better than them, and we probably should have been further in front at half-time. Then in the second half we didn’t take of our opportunities we got.”
Griffith adapted to the slippery conditions better in the first two quarters to open up an 11-point lead at half-time, but two goals from Justin Gale along with six other Crows getting their name on the score sheet led to a crushing loss, despite the best efforts of Brett Owen, Alex Overs, Jeff Mickan, Kris Duncan Matt Noonan, and the returning Shaun Curran.
Now facing the possibility of being out of the final's contention a staggering 10 weeks before the regular season ends, Duncan said now was the time for some players in the side to have a go and not just sit back and expect the wins to pile up. “It starts at training.
You can’t just cruise through the week and think you’re going to come out on the weekend and dominate,” he said. “There’s just too many guys not pulling their weight I reckon.” (By Scott Hazlewood, The Area News, Monday May 31, 2010).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Ganmain-GGM 17.17 (119) def Wagga 6.4 (40), Narrandera 10.8 (68) def Mangoplah-CUE 8.9 (57); SUN: Coolamon 3.3 (21) def by Turvey Park 6.6 (42).
Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 6.4 (40) def Griffith 4.10 (34)
Goals: C Arnold 2, J Harris, C Patterson
Best players: C Arnold, R Johns, S Foscarini, C Burge, P Crawford, C Patterson
Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 8.14 (62) def Griffith 6.6 (42)
Goals: T Valeri 2, C Moore 2, H Pascoe, J Tyndall
Best players: P Whittard, P Rose, C Moore, T Blissett, D Cassidy, M Griffin