GRIFFITH NOTES: "Riverina Football Record" July 24, 1983 - No. 14
In a game which saw the "A" Grade put together one of their best performances all year ended in a *x~#!! draw, and only a loss would have been more heart-breaking. Everyone can hold their heads for a great effort, but as the legendary Ronald Dale Barassi once said "the only disgrace in failing is if you only half tried or three quarters tried or 99% tried".
Hopefully they have turned the corner and will go on to win many more games from here on. Robbie Owen and Mark Buchanan won the awards with Paulie "Spaceman" Sparks, Darrell Collins, Gerard Toscan, Marty O'Donnell and Neil Thompson also putting in sterling efforts.
Moving right along to the dismal Second grade. 'Poor old' Ian Wade has had more setbacks than a space shuttle project with the side going down for the second week in a row. Although the score was close, coming second in football doesn't count. Glen Hall won the award with Ian Wade and Phil Purtill playing good games.
The Under 19's, the Club's once glamour side, were demolished by a far better side in Narrandera. Maybe the boys will learn a lesson from the defeat as it's the tough matches in which playing as a team with a 100% effort from everyone involved count and help us into the finals.
This week we clash with Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong and let's hope we come home with three wins.
Congratulations must go to a talented, dedicated young footballer Simon Hicks, who apart from captaining the Under 19's, has been selected to represent N.S.W. in both Under 15's and Under 16's, and on Monday celebrated his 15th Birthday!