GRIFFITH NOTES: "Riverina Football Record" July 22, 1984 - No. 16
Another cliff hanger and once again we were on the losing end and by the barest of margins. The closeness of the game indicated that we have the 'right stuff' to mix it with the best teams and hopefully with a few more wins we will be there during the finals in September.
After starting off on the wrong foot it was a credit to the boys to come back and be in front at halftime, although bad kicking by Ariah Park did give us a chance to stay in touch during the day. Best players were Darrell Collins, Glen MacLeod, Scott Barber and Steve Buchanan.
The Seconds game was another dull display, as many of the players seemed to play for only three of the four quarters to allow Ariah Park to take a match winning lead during the quarter when most players were taking a breather . Wally Foy won the Pewter in sterling 'Bruce Doull' display at centre half back, although only an apprentice compared to his opposition. Phil 'Harmies' Purtill, Ian 'Sheeds' Wade and Roy 'Boy' Agresta also contributed in a disappointing game with the only highlight worth mentioning being a brilliant goal kicked by a virtually unknown star wearing No. thirty one.
The Under 19's steamrolled a depleted and undermanned opposition and this enabled many players like Anthony Blackshaw to display some of their abundance of skills normally reserved for the elite few from Glenferrie Rd., Hawthorn. The win put the boys back on their winning way, but like the rest of the club this week against Narrandera will show if we are real contenders - just the thought of a thrashing received in the first round must stir some players up?!
During the last month the club farewelled a quiet achiever in Mark Buchanan who has moved to live in a small town which his brother 'Tich' could not pronounce, also we welcome Maxie Turner back.
Over due congratulations must go to Gerard Toscan on being selected in the Rep games and to Barry Ough and the Rep team on its victory last weekend. Up the Swans!