GRIFFITH NOTES: "The Sou'wester" August 13, 1978 - No. 15
By Swan: From looking a winner at half-time in our big match with Leeton last Sunday, we fell into disarray in the final two terms to be badly beaten on the day.
The loss did nothing for our ego and it clearly shows we have to do more around the ground if we are to be a premiership threat. Yet examination tells us we failed because we could not contain one man in the main, Redlegs centre Barry Lang.
Our own half forward line in the second half lacked penetration and why we returned the ball to Leeton after winning possession defies explanation.
On the day where we had many fine contributors, none stood out more beacon-like than our two defenders, Ian Wade and Sid Robins. John "Ducky" O'Donnell gave us a big effort and Graham Manning has seldom given us better service than he showed from his centre wing position. Shane Best won the Shell Petrol award.
The Redlegs also dented our ego in the Reserve grade where their superior marking power proved more productive than our mobility and pace. We came from well down to just fail by two points but in a top class competition there is no second prize. But what a delight to watch our young Under 19's - their form was their best for the season. It would be unfair to nominate one player at the expense of others and if our boys can hold this form, a premiership in this grade is well within our scope. Today we face Ganmain. It is years since the Maroons have been limping so badly at the end of the competition but we read where they have been showing more spirit and we dare not take them too lightly.