GRIFFITH NOTES: "The Sou'Wester" September 2, 1979 - No. 19
By Swan: None issued in The Sou'Wester No. 19
SWANS TURN IT ON IN LAST GAME
By Bob Little
Griffith Swans turned on a game of powerhouse football in their final game of the season on Sunday, beating Coolamon 129 to 95. In perfect football weather, the Swans decided it was time to produce the goods and Coolamon could not get the ball.
If ever Coolamon's Steve Bredin received a bath it was on Sunday.
With Peter Matuska big frame in the way and then Neville "Nifty" Brand jumping over the top of him, Bredin must have thought all his birthdays had come all at once.
But this was not the only trouble Coolamon had to face.
Drew Luhrs played a vital roll and Phil McGarry's effort after switching to centre half forward was important.
Glen Harrison showed his class and let Tony Rudd see the back of him all day.
Wingers Dom Ammendolia and Darryl Collis were superb, running the legs off their opponents.
Talented player, Ian Wade was too good for Daryl Breust.
Another success story was Darrell Collins. His marking was an absolute delight and for a change he kicked the ball through the goals instead of steering them through. Robert Hay has been one of the success stories in the Coolamon side this season, but he certainly struck a top players in Collins.
However, with the score at three-quarter time reading: Griffith 10.12 (72); Coolamon 13.8 (86); it seemed that Griffith had once again kicked themselves out of it.
But Peter Matuska produced a top 15 minutes of controlled ruckwork, giving Kelvin Turner and Robbie Owen an armchair ride. Later, Brand took over from Matuska and kept up the onslaught.
With pressure and forward trust the Swans produced a tally of nine goals and three behinds in the final term.
Griffith all too late must now realise that a team effort was all that was needed to beat top sides.
Final scores: Griffith 19.15 (129); Coolamon 14.11 (95)
Griffith's seconds can thank their backline for winning the match against Coolamon on Sunday.
Only Allan Hicken, Ashley Faulkner and Stephen Brand gave their best on the forward line.
Dennis Schmetzer, Ralph Robins, Norm Alexander and Mick O'Brien on the other hand certainly turned on a fine exhibition of defensive play. Griffith would want to forget their second quarter of football where they really struggled.
Final scores were: Griffith 17.15 (117); Coolamon 10.7 (67).
Griffith's third 18's must have had good memories of their previous encounter with Coolamon when they lost 209 to 9 in the first round, because they stayed in the game for a long while.
However, conditions took its toll eventually and the final scores read: Coolamon 11.8 (74); Griffith 8.6 (54).
(The Area News - Tuesday September 4, 1979)