GRIFFITH NOTES: "Riverina Football Record" July 3, 1988 - No. 12
Well conditions at Kindra Park last week were a great improvement on the previous year when we played that memorable draw in what was close to being a soccer game. The conditions, however, did not do us much good as Coolamon proved too strong in all grades - the only victors being the netballers who won in convincing fashion. Again we were struggling for numbers in the Under 18's and although they struggled hard and fought it out to the end they were well beaten.
The 2nds enjoyed a good start and they were also down on numbers and had to rely on four of the U18's to step up and play full games again in some cases. Special mention must go to Ricky Sellers who played a full game in the 18's, at least three quarters of the 2nds and then backed up to run the boundary for the club!! The Hoppers proved just too good and we were soon overpowered. Gino Favero won the pewter, while 'Moose' Irvin, Roy Agresta, Frankie Morgan and Brian Bellincanta were sound performers.
Welcome back to the fold after some years to Gary Howe. The W.A. 'connection' are heading off. It's too cold here apparently. They have proved their worth both on and off the field and we will miss them, although their stay was brief.
After the game against Tigers it was easy to see that the Seniors had a point to prove and they came out determined to do just that. They teamed together and highlighted the deficiencies in the 'Green Machine' and were leading by 3 points at the half time break. Johnno (Dave Johnson) dominated the rucks and won well around the ground while 'Pancho' Prest and Drew Hicks were on top. 'Siggy' Signor, 'Duck' O'Donnell, Darrell Collins and Ian Geddes had the advantage over their opponents. The half time break was our downfall as we failed to maintain the pressure we applied in the first half. Dave Johnson won the pewter (again) while Darrell, Pancho, Besty, Ian and Hicksy were good contributors.
The netballers returned to the winning list with an 20-10 victory. Rosemary was outstanding while Louy, Miss Fifty and Rachel supported her well.
This week it's the Bulldogs at home (first time for five weeks - what a draw!!) and a continuation in form will be needed to test the scraggers in all grades. Non-availability for this week will hit us hard but remember what we did to Turvey this time last year - let's give them a run for their money and hopefully make it a long trip home for them.