GRIFFITH NOTES: "The Sou'wester" July 1, 1979 - No. 11
By Swan: Although we had the Grasshoppers playing less than their best, our own game at Coolamon lacked the class to turn this to our advantage.
Our glorious five minutes at the start of the last quarter when we kicked five goals in that time to bring us within reach of the lead could not be maintained and the home team regained the initiative to finish with 65 points to spare.
Our two midgets in Kelvin Turner and Peter Dwyer showed us how to succeed but we must face the facts - we lack enough of the kind of players that can win the hard ball and turn our side into a winner.
We know our younger brigade are gaining in confidence and while we are down for the moment, we can improve our strength when we have all our numbers and although the four looks beyond us, we are far from a spent force.
Our Reserve Grade continues to be bled and as such their strength is being eroded but with Rod Collier, Glen Luhrs and Noel Heath playing their first game for the season, we look to better days in all grades.
Our Under 19's are causing our greatest concern for this season and we had to make up numbers last Sunday with some borrowed players from Coolamon.
We hope soon to have Glen Harrison back to the Seniors after his visit this week to the medics to consider the removal of the plaster cast from his fractured wrist suffered in the second game of the season.
McGARRY'S SERVICES IN DEMAND
By Jack Luhrs
The Griffith Swans have named Phil McGarry as centre half back to play against Turvey Park on Sunday at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval after he trials with South Melbourne reserves grade on Saturday.
South officials have had a couple of looks at McGarry and have invited him to try his skills in V.F.L. football.
McGarry will travel back to Griffith after the match and line-up for the Swans in their bid to defeat South West finals team Turvey Park.
Griffith also advised the inclusion of Bob Greenwood in his first game for the Swans after being assistant coach last season.
Greenwood has been in regular training for some weeks but work commitments at weekends have prevented his re-appearance prior to Sunday.
Greenwood has been named in the reserve grade and will open on the half forward flank.
Griffith have returned Darryl Collis to the seniors for the match against the Bulldogs.
Collis has played in the reserves for the past two games but has been chosen on the wing for Sunday.
In another move, the Swans named assistant coach Glen Harrison as an interchange player.
Harrison suffered a fractured wrist in the first round match against Turvey Park and has not played since that match.
However, he has been able to maintain his fitness by joining in the track work with the team and it is simply a question of whether he is able to regain his match play form.
Harrison will join John Seidel on the bench while Allan McGann has been returned to the reserves.
Top performances from midfield where he has continued with the form that had highlighted his season in the back pocket has cemented Kel Turner into the centre position.
Turner joins Allan Hicken and Darryl Collis to provide the fastest line in the Swans side.
(The Area News - Friday July 6, 1979)