GRIFFITH NOTES: "Riverina Football Record" April 22, 1990 - No. 2
Scribe - Ffiona Beverley: It was great football weather for the start to the Riverina Atco Homes Football League 1990 Competition when we travelled to Ariah Park and the ground was in the best condition we'd seen it for many years. Unfortunately although they tried hard, Ariah Park were no able to come up with an Under 18's side this year perhaps it was just as well for us. It is to be hoped that the lack of numbers to the Reserve Grade was due mainly to the fact it was the Easter weekend and not that some will not travel.
The 2nds eventually came away with a good win and as the side consisted of two old aged pensioners (their wives' words not mine) and at least seven Under 18's it was a good effort. Without doubt the best player was U18 player Jason Wadley. He was ably assisted by Peter Casey, Roger Biron, David 'Snow' Taylor and the two soccer converts Michael 'Blackie' Catanzariti and Roy Rinaldo. Of the 13 goals kicked, there were 10 different scorers with 'Snow' Taylor, Jason Vaccari and Terry Bennett having 2 each and the others 1 a piece. One of T.B.'s goals come from a pass from son Jamie who also filled in while home on holidays.
The Firsts did not have an easy game, nor was one expected. Ariah Park threw everything at them but they hung on. The first quarter was fairly even with only 3 points separating the teams. They gradually increased the lead at each break but at no stage could it be called an easy win and Ariah Park will certainly trouble more sides this year than they did last year. Griffith went into the game without Darren Prest and 'Hoot' McGrath (both with broken bones) and several other players unavailable. New recruits Mick Murphy, Ron Roe, Peter King and Brian Rava showed signs that they will be great acquisitions this year. To all these players, plus Russell Frew and Peter Sheehan we say welcome and we hope you enjoy your stay with the Swans and to those locals who have returned to the fold, namely 'Splash' Collins, Tony Hicks and Brendan Browne - welcome back! Best players for the Seniors was undoubtedly Brendan Browne. Naturally Les Parish headed the list of best players together with Mick Murphy, Darrell Collins, Damien Scott, Mark O'Connor and the ever reliable Ian Geddes, and 'Ducky' O'Donnell and Wayne Bottcher putting in solid performances.
This year their is a special "Supporters' Local Player Incentive Award". This award is donated by 20 different people to go to 4 of the non-contract players. This money is divided into varying amounts for the four players the donor, or his representative, think were the best players. To all these donors we say a grateful thanks. This week's award donated by Brian Hammond went to: Brendan Browne, Damien Scott, Mark O'Connor and Ian Geddes.
The Netballers should be given all the support we can. It is always difficult for us to raise a competitive team but as we are obligated to put in a team we do our best and the girls are to be congratulated for sticking to the task as there is nothing more demoralising than to be beaten week after week. This was the case last year, but the nucleus of the team came back and although soundly beaten 33-11 they were pleased that they at last reached double figures and are aiming to improve on last year's performance. The team last week consisted of Peta and Kelly Bennett, Karen Donetto, Leanne Owen, Margaret Graham, Julie Roberts and Julie Henderson. More players are needed as these are just the bare 7 - particularly for reserves or unavailabilities. So if you want to play please see one of the girls - your offer will be gratefully accepted. Best players were Leanne Owen, Margaret Graham and Julie Henderson.
The club's agricultural venture into pumpkins growing has just about reach fruition. Much work has been done by a willing few over the past few months and last Monday saw almost full compliment of committee plus Les and Snow assisting with picking. Snow was so excited about the game on Sunday, his being given the captaincy of the Seconds, winning the toss and the anticipation of picking the pumpkins that he was awake at 3.30 am on Monday and didn't get back to sleep until 5.30 am!
The club has several fund raising activities planned for the coming year. We hope to have our "Cent a Number" ready today.
On Thursday 31st May we will be having a Movie Premiere at the Boulevarde showing "Hunt for Red October". Start getting a party together and see any of the committee for tickets - $12.00 each - at next week's game. Posters and information regarding the movie should also be here for perusal.
Welcome to the East Wagga Hawks. There will certainly be plenty of feathers flying today but with the Swans soaring away with a win.