2005 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 15 - Sunday July 31, 2005
Riverina Football League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Rob Wilson, Paul Smith and Simon Harrison (RUA)
Griffith .............. 5.9 .. 16.11 .. 25.15 .. 31.20 (206)
Turvey Park .... 3.2 .. 8.2 .. 11.2 .. 18.7 (115)
GRIFFITH: Myles Bunn, Simon Spiers, Josh Ward; Trent Bradley, Rodney Duncan, Jason Hampel; Ben Ford, Matthew McDonald, Graham Foley; Adrian Burns (c-c), Jeff Mickan, Tim Birks; Rodney Simpkin, Ashley Gardner, Craig Conlan; Ryan Hill, Matt Bunn, Michael Duncan; Matthew Kenny, Nic Hetherington, Daniel Best
TURVEY PARK: Warren Sykes, Jeff Fletcher, Cameron Barker; Brad Cooper, Grant Bourne, Chris Whelan; Ben Regan, Dane Campbell, Luke Spokes; Michael Ness, Mitchell Sykes, Luke Webb; Travis Richards, Dusty Brown, Rob Meyers; Doug McLean, Chris Cerato, Michael Dombroski; Tulsa Harrison, Chris Reechman, Andrew Regan
Griffith: Craig Conlan 10, T Birks 4, A Burns 4, N Hetherington 4, M Duncan 3, M McDonald 2, Matt Bunn, R Duncan,
A Gardner, R Hill
Turvey Park: M Ness 3, T Richards 2, L Webb 2, W Sykes 2, C Cerato 2, L Spokes 2, D Campbell, D Brown, M Sykes,
R Meyers, M Dombroski
Griffith: Craig Conlan, M Duncan, Matt Bunn, M McDonald, T Birks, R Simpkin, N Hetherington
Turvey Park: D Campbell, C Barker, D McLean, M Sykes, J Fletcher, M Dombroski
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans celebrated the milestones of Mick Duncan, Craig Conlan and Jason Hampel in the best possible fashion steamrolling an undermanned Turvey Park side at home by 101 points. The win was particularly satisfying for on-baller Duncan who vied for best-on-ground honours with fellow on-baller Matt McDonald, damaging forward Tim Birks and Craig Conlan who also kicked 10 goals.
Swans' coach Adrian Burns said both Duncan and McDonald threatened to get "leather poisoning" as they racked up getting possessions, while Birks and Conlan enjoyed the spoils in front of goal. In the first quarter, the Swans struggled to gain ascendancy with the visitors winning the ball out of the centre and the Swans failing to make the most of their opportunities.
But the class of Birks shone through booting two goals, while Burns, Matt Bunn and Duncan were dangerous in front of goal. Burns was less than happy at quarter time, saying the Swans should have been six goals up, accusing his players of not running, chasing and
tackling to their usual standard. In the second quarter, the Bulldogs flew out of the blocks kicking the first three goals of the quarter.
Poor defence allowed two marks to be converted from the square, bridging the gap between the teams to only one point.
But the three unanswered goals were the spur the Swans needed, with Burns, Conlan and Duncan all kicking majors.
Horrible defence led Turvey Park's Warren Sykes to run into an open goal, but the Swans continued their assault with a major to Burns after a terrific bit of play that brought the ball from the last line of defence to goal. Further goals to Birks and Burns saw the margin out to 33 points. As Turvey Park started to tire, goals to Conlan (3) and Nick Hetherington saw the Swans take an almost unassailable 57-point lead at half-time. In the third quarter, the Swans came out running with Birks, Hetherington and McDonald capitalising on opportunities.
The star of the quarter was Conlan, who became the main spearhead with Burns resting kicking the next three goals, helping the Swans to a nine-goal quarter. In the final term, Burns pleaded with his players to make it a special day for the three players enjoying milestones.
They responded by kicking six goals and bringing up 200 points but allowed the plucky Bulldogs to add seven goals and score over 100 points of their own. Burns said he was particularly pleased for Duncan who played an "incredible game" and Nick Hetherington who gets better each week. (Stuart Chisholm - The Area News, Monday August 1, 2005).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Leeton-Whitton 12.8 (80) def by Narrandera 19.14 (128), Mangoplah-CUE 16.12 (108) def by Eastern Hawks 20.12 (132); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 20.12 (132) def Coolamon 9.9 (63)
Reserves: Griffith 34.13 (217) def Turvey Park 3.2 (20)
Goals: G Argus 16, K Duncan 7, J Bennett 5, B Alban 2, A Brander 2, M Crack, M Burke
Best players: G Argus, J Bennett, M Crack, G Dreyer, B Alban, K Duncan
Under 18: Turvey Park 16.11 (107) def Griffith 8.5 (53)
Goals: R Newman 4, K Hicken, T Matheson, R Best, C Munro
Best players: C Munro, R Newman, J Toscan, T Matheson, J Smith