GRIFFITH NOTES: "Riverina Football Record" September 15, 1990 - No. 22
Well, three loses last weekend against the Wagga Tigers is not exactly the best way to go into the finals. This, plus the added burden of having to play Saturday again as well as our injuries to senior players has made the selection of this weekend's sides a headache to say the least. It is hoped that the Seniors can shake off the lethargy and make the big turn around. We take on the Tigers again, but it is a different venue and finals football is a different game altogether. There was little doubt to who the major remuneration of the S.L.P.I. Award would go last week, Jason Wadley, he was in everything and showed the way. Others to receive were Ian Geddes, Gerry Toscan and Wayne Bottcher.
Halfway through the season we were a big chance of the flag, these odds have slipped but if all those who take the field today put in 100% plus effort then we can be there again next week and go on with it. This is the first time since the inception of the RFL that Griffith Firsts have been in the finals - let's make it count.
The best & fairest vote count last Sunday was one of the best attended for years (sorry to those who had to settle for sausages) and congratulations to the winners, Gerry Toscan (firsts), Peter McDiarmid (seconds) and Dean Owen and Christian Files who shared the Under 18's award.
With all the injuries to the Seniors, Kevin Kirkpatrick will have his work cut out getting a team on the paddock but if they all put in they can win today and go into the Preliminary Final as they did last year. Coolamon have the wood on us, having defeated us easily both times this year but remember at least we're here and whilst here, we're in with a chance.
Earlier in the season I suggested that the only thing that would beat our Under 18's would be complacency and now they maybe able to see that themselves. As Tom Hafey said last week, there are times you make sacrifices you can't go out at night before a football game and expect to play at your top next day, particularly when you have to travel 120 miles as well. It's to be hoped that some of the boys learnt their lesson ... they only lost by 2 points but it cost them the minor premiership. The committee and supporters have no doubt that the boys have the maturity and determination to come back from last week's defeat and will defeat Turvey Park easily to go straight into the grand final. Don't let us, yourselves and T.B. down.
To all teams competing good luck, wear the red and white with pride and remember, win, lose or draw (pray god not the latter) as long as you know that you have done your best, that all we ask of you. Up The Swannies!