GRIFFITH NOTES: "Riverina Football Record" July 2, 1994 - No. 12
On a day that only an Icelandic Olympic Official vying for the Winter Olympics would be proud of the Swannies came away with the sweetest of all victories - first win at Maher Oval since 1991.
In conditions that could honestly be described as 'spanner' weather, the Under 18's battled well to defeat their opponent. Glen Collis, Norm Campbell and Mal Burke were ably assisted by the incentive award winners Simon Taylor, Nathan Clausen and Simon 'Lassy' Lasscock.
An undermanned Seconds also battled gamely but were outclassed. You have to feel for the coach, with many players non-show letting him down. The team requires a couple of ''Lazaruses to make the numbers - even the El Presidente donned the gear and performed credibly. Best players were Mark 'Pup' O'Bryan, Richie Telfer (Bertoldo's Bakery Incentive award winner), Dom Norman, Scotty Collis, Steve Cunial and Brett 'General' McAlister.
The netballers did themself proud, going down 33-22, with a player short and 15-all at half time. Carmen Olney shot well, and was ably assisted by Cathy Bourchier and Kylie Simpson.
What can you say about the Firsts? With many players out, all the team pout in the hard ones, scrabbling in the mud, fighting all the way. Brendan 'Bomber' Browne, 'Jim Bob' Bennett and Greg 'Splash' Collins are the only players from the 1991 team still going around. Brett 'Swampy' Davis (B.O.G.), Shane Fitzsimmons (who even managed a smile), Phil Rowston and the Adrian Beard Incentive award winners 'Jim Bob' Bennett, David Eichler, Greg Dreyer and Timmy 'I kicked a goal' Fraser were the best players. Special mention to Mark 'Darkie' Henderson who put in a big one against 'Wally' Sykes, and newcomer Danny Litchfield.
Congratulations to Greg 'Fifty' Dreyer on his 100th game today. Hope there are plenty of clear heads after the 'Cocktail Party'. C'mon the Swannies, down on the Eagles!