GRIFFITH NOTES: "Riverina Football Record" September 6, 1998 - No. 21
ON a sad note the committee, players, members and supporters of the Griffith Australian Football Club would like to offer their sincere condolences to Margot, Christian, Danny and Jeanne on the passing away after a long illness last Saturday of Brian Files. A popular man and a real character. Brian served the football club extremely well having been a past President and Treasurer, as well as being a member of the committee for many years. His presence around the place will no doubt be missed by those people lucky enough to have been involved with Brian through either business or pleasure. A true character who will be sorely missed.
A big crowd saw the Senior comfortably defeated by a very strong Wagga Tigers opposition. They were never in the hunt after quarter time and although they had a minor fightback early in the third quarter they were all outclassed in the last. We must bounce back as it is now or die.
The awards were sponsored by Martin & Webb / Wickham Hill Packaging and were as follows: The Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club award was won by Tony "Golly" Mahar, the Billabong Bottle Shop award was won by Aaron "The Glenormiston Terror" O'Keefe, the Prendy's BP award was won by Matthew "the unwashed" Cox, and the Lowes award was won by Paul "rookie" Kite.
The Reserves were well beaton by a more committed opposition. The awards were the Palayers' Player Mug was won by Jason "100 lashers" Vaccari, $30 to Paul "Blocker" Brasier, $20 to Tony "Master Blaster" Butcher and $10 to Jason "Follow me" Catanzariti.
The Under 18's performed very well and showed they deserve to be in third spot and with a chance to improve over the next few weeks. The awards were $15 to Shane Russell, $10 to Michael Duncan and $5 to Nick Maloni, The McDonalds / Griffith Coaches award was won by Jake Maguire.
Our best and fairest vote count was last Sunday and congratulations goes to the winners in each grade being Tony Mahar in the Seniors in a very close finish with 2 votes separating 5 players going into the last game. Tony Butcher winning the Reserves and Jake Maguire winning the Under 18's.
This weeks player profile is on Francis Alexander Matthews - Nicknames: The Freak, Beeper, the Whisper, Pretty Boy, Captain Snooze, Pixie. Fav Pastimes: Playing backyard football in the nude, sucking on a PJ Super Mild, waking everyone up at odd hours, football trips, being with Little People, being barred from Hotels, falling through front windows, leaving cars broken down at various places around town. Dislikes: Work, neighbours, real estate agents and landlords, getting up in the morning, home cooked meals and vegetables, being put off tap, swearing. Fav Drink: Anything not able to be sold to people under the age of 18. Fav Position: On the lounge, especially at 17 Middleton Ave. Fav Food: Take away of any type except health food stores. Biggest wish: To be able to get back into the back of Rooster's car with a box of matches. Biggest influence on career: Bernie Harris and Steven Duffield. Most Admired Person: The Fox. Ambition in Life: To be a representative for the Quit campaign. To find a bride, settle down and join the police force.