2003 RFL SEASON RESULTS
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IN: Dennis Dunstan (Lake Cargelligo), Anthony Greely (Cora Lynn), Ajay Kearney, Brett Lanyon, Matthew McDonald (Ardlethan), Jason Vant (Urana).
OUT: Danny Beriman (Robinvale), Chris Blanchard (work), Luke Condon, Shayne Driscoll (Werrimull), Josh Fisher (Barellan), Graham Foley (Hillston Swans), David Kidman, Shane Ruyg (Werrimull), Jeremy Way (Barellan).
WADE TAKES ON FOURTH TERM AS SWANS PRESIDENT
The Griffith Swans held their annual general meeting on last week and popular president for the past three years, Ian Wade was returned unopposed. The executive remains basically the same with George Duncan, former junior liaison director, now vice president. The other members of the executive were also returned unopposed, Ffiona Beverley moving into her fourth year as secretary and Damien Scott taking on his second year as treasurer. The directors are Don Harrison (fundraising), Bob and Brenda Spears (catering), Simon Spiers (social), Shane Best (football), Grant Lamont (sponsorship), Steve Best (junior liaison) and Louise Hornery (netball liaison).
In his president report Wade said what a great year it was despite not having won the big one. He said the support around the club this year, both on and off the field had been fantastic and whilst the devastation that was felt after the grand final will take a long way to go away, the club should not dwell on the past, but look forward to next season. Treasurer Damien Scott presented the accounts which showed an excellent result with a good operating profit at the end of the day and the club in a sound position financially.
The Griffith Swans confirmed in September that Cian Ebert would once again lead the Swans for the 2003 season and would assisted by Jon O'Dwyer and Phillip Rowston. With a 100 per cent coaching record against his name, Greg Collins has again been appointed reserve grade coach and would be assisted by Greg Dreyer. The position of under-18's coach remains vacant at the moment, but the committee is speaking to a player at the moment and hopes to be able to announce that position in the near future. And due to public demand the next reverse draw on Sunday 17th November has moved from the Exies-on-Burrell back to the Sporties. (The Area News - Wednesday, November 6, 2002).
SWANS TOO STRONG FOR HAY LIONS
The Griffith Swans Football Club travelled to Hay on Sunday for their first trial game of the 2003 season. The team consisted of under-18's, reserves and first grade players who played six-20 minute quarters. The Swans were far too strong for the Hay Lions, winning every quarter to run out winners 23.16 (154) to 5.2 (32). Newcomers Jason Vant and Matt McDonald settled in and played well. Shawn Conlan, Jon O'Dwyer and Jeff Mickan all enjoyed the move up forward and kicked six goals between them. Matt Olney was again flying high in the ruck and around the ground, taking marks and setting up play. Rod Duncan and Craig Conlan were both consistent and picked up many kicks. Dom Giorgi fitted back into the team after a couple of years away and kicked two goals. Greg Dreyer also kicked two goals. Under-18's player Jason Hampel did well in his first senior game, while Mick Duncan continued on from last year to finish with seven goals. Damien Scott, Andrew Hill and Simon Spiers kept the backline together all day. The next hit out for the Swans will be the inter-club game tonight at 6pm at the Exies number two oval. As there is less than four weeks before the Swans' first game, the coaches urge intending players to come along to training. The under-18's will hold their first training session on Friday at 6pm. A barbecue for family and supporters will follow training and inter-club game.
The Swans Football Club would like to announce that due to health reasons, Greg Collins has resigned as reserve coach. Last season in his first season as coach, Collins took the reserves grade side to a premiership and the club wishes him all the best for a speedy recovery and thank him for his efforts. Greg Dreyer, who is a Life Member of the Griffith Swans and has played over 200 first grade games, will take over as reserve grade coach. The Swans will be holding a special thank you night for their sponsors at Exies-on-Burrell on Saturday night, March 29 at 6.30pm. The senior players will be presented with their jumpers for the 2003 season. The Swans reverse draw will be on Sunday, April 27 at 1pm at Exies-on-Burrell. Tickets are now on sale through Don Harrison (Wade Transport), Bob Spears (Griffith Newsagency) and Damien Scott (TLE). Griffith Swans first game in 2003 RFL competition will be a day-night game on Saturday, April 5 against MCUE. (The Area News - Friday March 14, 2003).
Round 1 - Saturday April 5, 2003 at Griffith Exies Oval 5.00pm
Griffith .................... 6.6 .. 11.10 .. 19.14 .. 21.20 (146)
Mangoplah-CUE ... 1.2 .. 3.4 .. 5.7 .. 9.10 (64)
Goals: Griffith: A Hill 9, P Rowston 3, J Bennett 3, J Hampel 2, M McDonald, J Vant, Craig Conlan, B Wade
MCUE: J Rowe 3, C Websdale 2, B Roberson 2, X Higgins, D Pike
Best: Griffith: M McDonald, J Malone, A Hill, M Duncan, B Ford, Matt Bunn
MCUE: C Higgins, J Rowe, M Riley, C Godde
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, Matt Bunn; D Scott, J Vant, J Malone; J Mickan, M McDonald*, B Ford; P Rowston, J O'Dwyer, Craig Conlan; J Hampel*, A Hill, J Bennett; M Olney, R Duncan, M Duncan; Ryan Hill*, S Spiers, B Giason
Mangoplah-CUE: G Bruce, G Spriggs, G Pike; B Sanbrook, C Higgins, M Balding; C Godde, J Rowe, M Riley; X Higgins, S Wheeler, T Balding; C Websdale, K Grace, A Short; S Wardrop, A Lieschke, Brad Roberson; D Howard, D Pike, J Millar
Umpires: R Wilson, B McDonald (RUA)
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 15.8 (98) d Griffith 12.14 (86)
Goals: B Harrison 3, K Malone 2, T Bradley 2, C Cassidy 2, S Hannaford, N Creevy, B Hicken
Under 18: Mangoplah-CUE 14.10 (94) d Griffith 6.5 (41)
Goals: M Mickan 3, T Condon, T Finn, B Corbett
Round 2 - Sunday April 13, 2003 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Ganmain-GGM ... 8.3 .. 9.5 .. 13.8 .. 15.9 (99)
Griffith ................. 3.4 .. 7.10 .. 14.14 .. 21.24 (150)
Goals: GGGM: C Renner 5, J Anderson 2, H Milne 2, N Irvine 2, S Lenon 2, M Mazzochi 2
Griffith: M Duncan 5, R Duncan 3, J Bennett 3, P Rowston 2, C Conlan 2, M McDonald 2, A Hill 2, M Olney, D Scott
Best: GGGM: N Irvine, T Lenon, D Cox, H Milne, S Lenon, C Renner
Griffith: R Duncan, M Duncan, Matt Bunn, M Olney, C Conlan, B Wade
Ganmain-GGM: D Cox, A Symons, W Smith; S Hamblin, John Lawton, T Lenon; P Hamblin, S Lenon (c-c), D Symons; J Noble, M Mazzochi, C Pedler; J Longford, C Renner, J Anderson; D Logan, N Irvine, C Lenon; Chad Hamblin, H Milne, D Wood
Griffith: Matt Bunn, B Wade, D Scott; J Mckan, J Vant, J Malone; J Hampel, M McDonald, B Ford; Craig Conlan, P Rowston, J O'Dwyer; Ryan Hill; A Hill, M Duncan; M Olney, R Duncan (capt), J Bennett; Myles Bunn, S Spiers, D Giorgi. Umpires: n/a
Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 14.13 (97) d Griffith 7.4 (46)
Goals: K Malone 2, B Hicken 2, D Coromandel, D Hill, A Trotter
Under 18: Ganmain-GGM 7.13 (55) d Griffith 6.5 (41)
Goals: M Wade 2, T Condon, E Gilbert, B Hicken, L Corbett
Match report: Griffith's Duncan brothers, Rodney and Michael, were in strong competition yesterday as they vied for the best players in the Swans' 51 points win over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong With nearly 80 possessions between them, the Duncan's provided the drive for Griffith to win 21.14 (150) to 15.9 (99) at Ganmain Sportsground. After three quarters of fluctuating fortunes, Griffith dominated in the last session kicking 7.10 to 2.1 to prove the best side on the day. Eldest of the Duncan's, Rodney 23, collected 45 possessions (30 kicks, seven marks, eight handballs) while Mick, 20, had 34 (21, three, 10). In addition to disposing of their possessions wisely, they kicked eight between them with five majors to Mick and three to Rod. The two on-ballers took control of the game and the Griffith's forward zone benefited in what was a thrilling and high standard game, reminiscent of last year's grand final but not as close. To their credit the Lions turned in three quarters of their best and with footballers to return, they can only improve. Watching from the sidelines due to a groin injury, Griffith coach Cian Ebert said the Duncan's worked hard all game. He said not only did they turn good individual performances but were fine team members. "Mick and Rod were just part of a good team effort for us in what was a good hit out for us," Ebert said. "We expected a hard contest at Ganmain and we got it. Ganmain just kept coming at you and never gave up. "They have picked up a few experienced players and made us work throughout. "Our fitness was not us to scratch but the players were prepared to help each other and carry us through." Lions captain-coach and centre Shane Lenon said his side was competitive for three terms and the score blew out in the last. He said the final margin was not a true indication of the difference between the sides but admitted Griffith had proven the best on the day. (By Peter Baker - The Area News, Monday April 14, 2003).
JASON MALONE TO PLAY 50th GAME FOR SWANS
Jason Malone plays his 50th senior game for the Griffith Swans on Anzac Day, in the day-night game against Narrandera tonight. He is one of the Barellan connection, having joined the Swans for the 2000 season via Leeton-Whitton where he played 48 senior games. Jason commenced his junior football as a rugby leaguer playing for the Barellan under-10's team, then switched to Australian Rules. In 1991 and 1992 he won the Most Improved Award. In 1995 he played under-15's for Ardlethan as well as under-17's for Barellan, winning Barellan's Coach's Award in 1995. He played his first senior game for Barellan in 1996. From 1997 to 1999 Jason played with the Leeton-Whitton Crows, earning Best First Year Player Award in 1997. In 1998 he was selected in the MVAFA under-18's side which played against Sydney. In 2000 Jason came to Griffith with his brother Kaine also signing with the Swans, they planned on playing their 50th games together. Jason was one of only a handful of players to play all 18 games in 2000, following it with 17 in 2001 and winning the award for Best Utility Player. Unfortunately injury in 2002 saw Jason only play 12 senior games and the Malone's missed their double celebration. Jason has become an integral part of the Swans senior side and if the first couple of games are anything to go by, is playing his best football and is looking forward to leading his side onto the Exies Oval on Anzac Day against Narrandera. (The Area News - Friday April 25, 2003).
SWANS HONOURED TO PLAY ON ANZAC DAY - By Rebecca Kroek
The Griffith Swans take on Narrandera in a day-night game at the Exies Oval tonight, with coach Cian Ebert describing it as a "real honour" to be playing on Anzac Day. While Ebert is hoping the Swans make it three from three with a win tonight, he is also keen for the Anzac Day clash to become an annual tradition. "It's sentimental in the fact that it's a real honour to be playing on Anzac Day and none of us have ever played before (on Anzac Day)," Ebert said. "It's a really respectful day and it's great that we have the opportunity to do it, hopefully we can make it a tradition." The Swans kicked off the season with wins over Mangoplah-CUE and Ganmain-GGM. the victory over the Lions, a comeback one after trailing at half-time. Griffith kicked seven goals in the third term to launch the comeback and then run away with the game in the final quarter, another seven-goal effort for a 51-point win. "You always want to get off to a good start and to be two and zero, you can't do much better than that," Ebert said. "The support and the commitment the boys showed in the last quarter at Ganmain is something we should be striving to achieve every week ... it was a really good feeling and a really good come-from-behind win."
Meanwhile, Narrandera is winless after two rounds, suffering losses to Leeton-Whitton and East Wagga-Kooringal, but Ebert in not expecting an easy clash tonight. "Playing Narrandera is always a good contest, they back themselves pretty well and really make it a physical contest," he said. "We had last week off so everyone's pretty fresh and keen to keep the ball rolling." The Swans lineup is almost back to full-strength after sustaining some injuries in the first game against MCUE. While Dave Curran will be unavailable for several more weeks and there is a question mark over Michael Duncan's fitness, the rest of the players are available for selection for tonight. Ebert will play his first for the Riverina Football League season, while Trevor Clarke has also returned and Ebert said it will be "great to have him back". Looking to make it three wins from three games, Ebert is also hoping for plenty of home crowd support tonight against Narrandera. "Hopefully people can get down and have a bit of a watch, it should be a good game and a good day," he said. With Farrer League club Marrar forced to move its home game for this weekend due to hardness of its home ground, because of water restrictions, Ebert said the Exies oval is in great condition.
"I think we're really lucky and probably sometimes don't appreciate how lucky we are to have a ground in the condition it is in, we'd like to thank the Exies and their ground staff, it's just magnificent," he said. (The Area News - Friday April 25, 2003).
Round 3 - Friday April 25, 2003 at Griffith Exies Oval 5.00pm
Griffith ........... 6.3 .. 7.9 .. 14.13 .. 24.20 (164)
Narrandera ... 2.1 .. 3.1 .. 6.1 .. 9.3 (57)
Goals: Griffith: A Hill 7, M Olney 3, J O'Dwyer 3, M McDonald 2, J Bennett 2, R Duncan 2, J Vant, D Giorgi, C Conlan, C Ebert, P Rowston
Narrandera: D Hopwood 2, C Hugo 2, L Hutchins 2, S Irons, Brett Powell, C Smith
Best: Griffith: J Vant, B Giason, B Wade, P Rowston, M McDonald, C Ebert
Narrandera: D Hopwood, J Vearing, B Richens, Ben Powell, D Burden
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, D Scott; J Malone, J O'Dwyer, J Mickan; D Giorgi, M McDonald, B Ford; C Ebert, J Vant, Craig Conlan; J Hampel; A Hill, J Bennett; Ryan Hill, P Rowston, Matt Bunn; R Duncan, M Olney, B Giason
Narrandera: Ben Powell, A Thomson (c-c), Vearing; D Lumsden, B Richens, T Durnan; S Irons, C Smith, D Stockdale; D Hopwood, S Hutchins, L Hutchins; M Harrison, C Hugo, M English; Brett Powell, D Burden, P Bloomfield; S Jones, J Orme, B Seymour
Reserves: Griffith 10.14 (74) d Narrandera 3.13 (31)
Goals: B Harrison 2, C Cassidy 2, R Freyer, B Hicken, M Blackburn, D Hill, K Malone, T Bradley
Under 18: Narrandera 11.10 (76) d Griffith 7.7 (49)
Goals: B Hicken 3, K Duncan 2, T Matheson, R Hill
Match report: Griffith full forward Andrew Hill appears to have cemented his place at the spearhead for the Swans in the Riverina Football League. Hill kicked 7.1 as the Swans defeated Narrandera by 107 points at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval, last night. A focal point throughout, Hill brought his tally of goals to 18 in three rounds as Griffith won 24.20 (164) to 9.3 (57). Griffith coach Cian Ebert said Hill's performance was one of the highlights in a scrappy spectacle. "We won comfortably but the game showed we still have a long way to go to attain a certain standard. "However, we did work well some times and there was god even spread on the play. "To their credit, Narrandera made a game of it during the first two quarters, particularly in the second when we only scored 1.6. "We did get on top in the last two quarters and took full advantage of our opportunities."
Hill mainly played full forward but alternated with centre half forward in the last two quarters. Griffith sent centre halfback Jon O'Dwyer to full forward in the final 10 minutes and he booted three goals. Other Swans Jason Vant, Brendan Giason and Ben Wade were reliable over the four quarters and Phil Rowston and Matt McDonald gave a lot of drive. Narrandera's experienced backman Jack Vearing returned in yet another good performance with Dean Hopwood and Brent Richens backing him up. Ben Powell and Damon Burden performed many good feats but the Eagles did not have the overall superiority to match Griffith in many areas. (By Peter Baker - Weekend Advertiser, Saturday April 26, 2003).
Round 4 - Sunday May 4, 2003 at Kindra Park 2.10pm
Coolamon ..... 6.2 .. 12.6 .. 15.7 .. 17.10 (112)
Griffith ......... 1.2 .. 4.4 .. 9.7 .. 11.11 (77)
Goals: Coolamon: B McKelvie 4, R Bartholomew 4, J McKenzie 3, M Hard 2, A Manley, A Talbot, L Maloney, S Martin
Griffith: J Bennett 3, M Duncan 2, A Hill 2, J Vant 2, M Olney, C Ebert
Best: Coolamon: M Hard, B McKelvie, J McKenzie, A Manley, S Bradley, L Maloney, L Drum
Griffith: J Mickan, T Clarke, M Olney, M Duncan, C Ebert
Coolamon: Shaun Bradley, L Drum, J Maddox; M Cameron, J Collins, B McPherson; B Garrett, M Hard (c-c), M Moodie; M Suidgeest, J McKenzie, A Manley; J Carroll, B McKelvie, R Bartholomew; W Serong, L Maloney, A Breust; P Thorneycroft, A Talbot, S Martin
Griffith: S Spiers, B Wade, D Scott; J Micken, J O'Dwyer, J Malone; B Ford, M McDonald, J Hampel; P Rowston, J Vant, T Clarke; M Olney, A Hill, J Bennett; Ryan Hill, R Duncan (capt), Cian Ebert (coach); Matt Bunn; M Duncan, D Giorgi
Reserves: Coolamon 13.19 (97) d Griffith 6.11 (47)
Goals: K Malone, A Gardner, R Simpkin, D Coromandel, G Dreyer, D Hill
Under 18: Coolamon 26.21 (177) d Griffith 0.3 (3)
Round 5 - Sunday May 11, 2003 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ............. 3.3 .. 5.8 .. 9.11 .. 10.15 (75)
Turvey Park .... 1.4 .. 4.5 .. 6.8 .. 12.11 (83)
Goals: Griffith: J Vant 2, J Bennett 2, M McDonald 2, A Hill, B Ford, M Olney, B Wade
Turvey Park: A Loughman 4, C Cerato 4, M Daniher 2, W Sykes, M Bailey
Best: Griffith: J Malone, B Ford, T Clarke, Myles Bunn, M Olney, D Scott
Turvey Park: C Baker, A Craig, J Masterson, Matt Carroll, M Bailey, C Cerato
Griffith: Matt Bunn, B Wade, S Spiers; D Scott, B Giason, J Malone; K Malone, M McDonald, B Ford; J Mickan, J O'Dwyer, T Clarke; J Vant, A Hill, J Bennett; M Olney, R Duncan (capt), Cian Ebert (coach); Myles Bunn, D Giorgi, J Hampel
Turvey Park: B Rodham, C Barker, Nathan Clarke; A Craig, B Daniher, M Wheatley; Blair Campbell (capt), J Masterson (coach), D Campbell; W Sykes, A Dowdle, C Cerato; M Daniher, A Loughman, S Nimmo; M Wilson, M Bailey, Matt Carroll; J Kennedy, B Foley, C Shea
Umpires: P O'Donoghue, B Webb (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 20.18 (138) d Turvey Park 6.2 (38)
Goals: W Armstrong 5, R Simpkin 3, R Frkovic 3, L Testoni 3, A Gardner 2, T Bradley, A Greely, O Brown, D Catanzariti
Under 18: Turvey Park 24.20 (164) d Griffith 2.2 (14)
Goals: L Kidd, K Hicken
Match report: The Griffith Swans have once more tasted bitter defeat at the hands of Riverina Football League opponents Turvey Park, they booted six goals in the final term to post a 12.11 (83) to 10.15 (75) win at Exies Oval on Saturday night. Missing a number of its regular first graders due to injury, Griffith did perform well for the majority of the match with the likes of under-18's regular Jason Hampel helping to fill the gaps. The Swans got Saturday's match off to a good start, booting three majors in the opening term compared to Turvey's single six-pointer. The Bulldogs came back in the second quarter to take the lead as it kicked two goals, but the Swans continued to respond as Ben Ford and Kaine Malone worked hard for the ball across the forward flank. Griffith's first scoring shot for the quarter came after 17 minutes and when Matt McDonald burst through the centre corridor and put the ball on the chest of Andrew Hill, who gave the home side a seven-point advantage.
The Swans backed up with another major minutes later, but Turvey's Andrew Loughman goaled on the siren to keep his side in touch with a 38-29 scoreline. While play had been close in the first half, the third period saw the momentum with Griffith as it set about increasing its lead. Under pressure from two Bulldogs defenders, Ford managed to mark a Matt Olney free kick then convert and while Loughman responded, Griffith's desire to win the ball and strong support play saw it get on top. Olney's fine form continued as he intercepted a hand pass at centre half back and streaked down field and when McDonald booted his second major of the match Griffith held a 22-point lead. Ben Wade joined the list of scorers before the siren, momentum with the Swans heading into the final quarter with a 65-44 lead. Just 30 seconds into the final term Jamie Bennett booted Griffith's 10th goal and with Myles Bunn working the ball well out of defence it seemed as if the home side would topple the defending premiers. However, the Bulldogs lifted and took control of the match as they booted three straight goals in a four-minute period. Two more goals saw Turvey Park take the lead with nine minutes of the game remaining and while the Swans had their chances to hit back, accuracy was missing from their shots. When Warren Sykes kicked a 12th goal for the visitors, it was once more Turvey Park who finished on top, 83-75. (By Anya Whitelaw - The Area News, Monday May 12, 2003).
Round 6 - Sunday May 18, 2003 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm
Leeton-Whitton ... 2.1 .. 2.2 .. 7.4 .. 9.7 (61)
Griffith ................. 4.5 .. 11.9 .. 14.10 .. 17.13 (115)
Goals: Leeton-Whitton: T Doyle 3, B Greatz 2, T Lang 2, B Waters, L Whelan
Griffith: A Hill 4, J Bennett 3, C Conlan 3, C Ebert 2, R Simpkin 2, Myles Bunn, R Duncan, T Clarke
Best: Leeton-Whitton: D Elwin, A Cameron, M Robertson, Kurt Bullock, T Lang
Griffith: R Duncan, C Conlan, T Clarke, J Vant, A Greely
Leeton-Whitton: T Henman, G Looby, J Davidson; G Dale, A Cameron, D Elwin; D Harrison, D Kidman, D Clayton; L Whelan, B Greatz, M Robertson; B Waters, T Lang, T Doyle; Kurt Bullock, Kane Bullock, M Flagg; D Dunscombe, A Wakeman, B Arnold
Griffith: Matt Bunn, D Scott, S Spiers; J Malone, B Wade, J Mickan; B Ford, R Duncan, K Malone; A Greely*, J O'Dwyer, J Hampel; Craig Conlan, A Hill, C Ebert; J Vant, T Clarke, J Bennett; Myles Bunn, D Giorgi, R Simpkin
Umpires: S Crowley, T Beard (RUA)
Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 14.19 (103) d Griffith 11.4 (80)
Goals: C Cassidy 2, Chris Conlan 2, A Gardner 2, P Thornton 2, W Armstrong, O Brown, A Romagnolo
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 15.14 (104) d Griffith 0.5 (5)
AFTER SURPRISE SELECTION WADE PRIMED FOR DEBUT - By Peter Baker
Griffith fullback Ben Wade is going beyond his expectations in football as the representative fixtures get under way tomorrow. Primed for his senior debut representing Riverina Football League against the mysterious Black Diamond League at Maher Oval tomorrow, Wade, 17, was taken by surprise when named in the side on Wednesday night. Wade - 187 centimetres and 86 kilograms - had set his goal this season to become a permanent fixture in the Swans side as they strive for their first premiership since 1968. "I was just glad to be named in the RFL squad to prepare for tomorrow's game and did not think I had a big chance of making the run-on-side," Wade said. "When my name was read out I was totally rapt. "The side is young and enthusiastic - average age around 21 years - and has plenty of runners. "Bevan Rowe, the coach wants us to use the open spaces and run the ball as much as possible." Tomorrow's game is important to Wade and any other footballers with aspirations for representative duty this season. Not only is tomorrow's game a first between RFL and Black Diamond but it is also important trial for New South Wales selectors who must name a side to play Australian Capitol Territory at Manuka Oval, Canberra on July 26.
A member of the NSW/ACT Rams before the cut this season, Wade has quickly developed into one of the best back men in RFL. Wade who made his senior debut as a forward pocket and kicked six goals in the first two quarters against Coolamon on June 2, 2002, a feat which caught the eye on many good judges. A fringe senior player with the Swans in 2002, Wade senior football has been a learning experience and he had gathered more knowledge in his short stint in first grade than his years at junior level. (The Daily Advertiser - Friday May 23, 2003).
Rep Match - Saturday May 24, 2003 at Maher Oval, Wagga
Riverina Football League 185 defeated Black Diamond Football League 41.
Round 7 - Sunday June 1, 2003 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................................ 7.4 .. 13.8 .. 20.10 .. 28.10 (178)
East Wagga-Kooringal ... 0.1 .. 2.5 .. 4.6 .. 7.10 (52)
Goals: Griffith: A Hill 4, J Vant 4, D Scott 3, Matt Bunn 3, R Frkovic 3, C Conlan 2, R Simpkin 2, J Bennett 2, T Condon, R Duncan, B Ford, S Spiers, K Malone
EW-K: C Campbell 2, J Geale 2, J Richards 2, P Evans
Best: Griffith: J Bennett, R Duncan, A Greely, K Malone, J Hampel
EW-K: B Burkinshaw, P Evans, D Bromham, B Shumach, J Geale
Griffith: T Bradley, J O'Dwyer, S Spiers; Matt Bunn, J Mickan, J Malone; Myles Bunn, A Greely, B Ford; K Malone, R Simpkin, Craig Conlan; D Scott, A Hill, J Hampel; J Vant, R Duncan, J Bennett; R Frkovic*, A Kearney*, T Condon*
East Wagga-Kooringal: J Keenan, P Braneley, B Schumach; L McMahon, J Hutchison, C Lugton; D Hocking, B Burkinshaw, C Campbell; S Gallop, P Evans, J Richards; R Campbell, C Smith, J Peace; J Geale, C Roberts, D Bromham; B Neitz, A Kalis, I James
Umpires: P Ross, M Davidson (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 25.14 (164) d East Wagga-Kooringal 4.6 (30)
Goals: A Gardner 6, Chris Conlan 5, B Harrison 5, A Romagnolo 3, G Dreyer 2, A Freyer, W Armstrong, A Gifford, K Duncan
Under 18: East Wagga-Kooringal did not field team for 2003 season
Match report: Griffith recorded one of its most important wins of the Riverina Football League season to date when it downed East Wagga-Kooringal by 126 points yesterday. With 13 footballers of senior experience on the sidelines through injury, the Swans lifted to win 28.10 (178) to 7.10 (52) at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval. Swans coach Cian Ebert - out for eight weeks with a cruciate ligament injury - said footballers elevated to seniors had stood up. He said that was one of the positive factors that came out of the game. "Several footballers were forced to play out of position and they also responded accordingly," Ebert said. "While the scoreboard looks good, we played only well in patches but that is to be expected with so many regulars sidelined. "There was no real stars for us but everyone played their part in what was a pressure situation."
East Wagga coach Mick Fabre was happy with the Hawks' effort and commitment. He said while the scoreboard was a clear win for the Swans, his side had a fair dip after suffering a few setbacks at the last minute. "We had some late withdrawals and three players had to line up twice but importantly we completed our commitments," Fabre said. "The Swans had a number of players out but they still had too much polish and skill." Fabre said most pleasing was the effort by Brad Burkinshaw who was named the Hawks' best. Fabre said Burkinshaw led by example and was well supported by centre half forward Phil Evans, back pocket Brendan Schumack and ruckman James Geale. (By Peter Baker - The Area News, Monday June 2, 2003).
Round 8 - Saturday June 7, 2003 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Mangoplah-CUE .... 1.2 .. 7.6 .. 9.7 .. 12.10 (82)
Griffith .................... 4.1 .. 8.2 .. 12.3 .. 12.7 (79)
Goals: MCUE: B Roberson 3, M Deacon 3, S Allen 2, T Balding 2, X Higgins, A Lieschke
Griffith: A Hill 3, R Duncan 2, J Bennett, D Scott, M McDonald, R Simpkin, A Greely, Myles Bunn, D Curran
Best: MCUE: D Cameron, N Ross, S Wardrop, B Roberson, C Godde, M Balding
Griffith: T Clarke, R Duncan, B Giason, Matt Bunn, M McDonald, D Giorgi
Mangoplah-CUE: G Pike, N Ross, M Balding; D Cameron, C Higgins, G Bruce; A Lieschke, B Sanbrook, C Godde; X Higgins, M Deacon, D Howard; T Balding, S Allen (c-c), M Creasy; S Wardrop, J Millar, Brad Roberson; N Lawson, G Smith, B Pattison
Griffith: S Spiers, J O'Dwyer, J Malone; Matt Bunn, J Mickan, T Clarke; Myles Bunn, A Greely, D Giorgi; R Simpkin, A Hill, J Hampel; D Scott, R Frkovic, K Malone; B Giason, R Duncan, J Bennett; M McDonald, D Curran, A Kearney
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 15.12 (102) d Griffith 10.6 (66)
Goals: A Gardner 4, B Hicken 3, Chris Conlan, S Conlan, K Duncan
Under 18: Mangoplah-CUE 15.18 (150) d Griffith 0.1 (1)
Match report: It's becoming an all too familiar scene for the Griffith Swans, dominating for most of the game only to lose in the dying seconds, and history repeated itself in Saturday's game against Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes at Mangoplah Sportsground. In a heart-breaking close match, the Swans led in every quarter of the game stretching the lead to six goals at one stage in the second quarter, before Mangoplah got on top to take the game 82-79. Swans coach Cian Ebert was obviously disappointed in his team's performance despite beginning the game well. "We started brilliantly and 10 minutes into the second quarter we were six goals up," he said. "The we stopped being creative and working as a team." He said the game played out in a similar fashion in the second half. "We came out in the third quarter and played how we were supposed to. We started playing for each other again," he said. "Then there was a bit of a lapse in the last quarter and they got on top and they're the type of team that just keeps persisting and persisting." "They showed a great fighting spirit and full credit to them." This is the second time this season the Swans have lost the final quarter after they looked like they were going to avenge their grand final defeat against Turvey Park five weeks ago, before losing to the reigning premiers at the last moment. Ebert said he was still not sure why this continued to happen to the Swans, but there were a number of possibilities. "We're obviously not working as hard as we should be or can be," he said. "We need to work harder and get fitter and be more committed as well." "There's a few players on the team that do the individual selfish thing which is an ongoing problem for the team." Ebert said the trip to Mangoplah was always a tough journey as well, being the longest the team has to make for the season and this may have been a factor in the loss as well. He said be could not blame the loss on the number of first grade players missing from the line-up through injury at the moment. "We were six goals up at one stage so that shows we can still get the job done without them," he said. (By Grace Uhr - The Area News, Monday June 9, 2003).
Round 9 - Sunday June 15, 2003 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................. 2.3 .. 7.4 .. 9.8 .. 12.11 (83)
Ganmain-GGM ... 3.4 .. 5.5 .. 8.10 .. 10.13 (73)
Goals: Griffith: J Vant 4, R Duncan 3, D Curan 2, J Bennett, A Geeely, M McDonald
GGGM: C Renner 4, S Lenon, M Carroll, N Irvine, D Logan, M Hamblin, C Lenon
Best: Griffith: B Giason, T Clarke, P Rowston, J Hampel, R Duncan
GGGM: M Carroll, T Lenon, S Lenon, M Hamblin, John Lawton
Griffith: Myles Bunn, J O'Dwyer, D Scott; ; Matt Bunn, A Hill, K Malone; B Ford, A Greely, J Bennett; P Rowston, J Mickan, J Hampel; M McDonald, B Wade, R Simpkin; B Giason, R Duncan, T Clarke; S Spiers, D Curran, J Vant
Ganmain-GGM: D Cox, A Symons, C Lenon; T Lenon, M Mazzochi, John Lawton; M Steele, M Scott, N Irvine; S Lenon (c-c), D Logan, R McGowan; C Renner, S Hamblin, C Steward; C Kelly, M Hamblin, Mitch Carroll; P Hamblin, R Brill, D Underwood
Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 17.14 (116) d Griffith 8.8 (56)
Goals: W Tyndall 3, P Thornton 2, A Romagnolo, D Giorgi, Chris Conlan
Under 18: Ganmain-GGM 12.8 (80) d Griffith 2.10 (22)
Goals: R Best, B Hicken
Match report: The Griffith Swans partly avenged the previous weekend's loss, to remain in front in a close encounter against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong at Exies Oval on Sunday. The Swans led at each break and managed to keep this lead despite strong charges by the Lions in the last two quarters. The game began as a tight contest with both sides struggling to keep possession and play shifting from one end of the field to the other. The Swans booted the first goal in the ninth minute and Ganmain-GGM opened its account 10 minutes later with two quick goals. Both teams got one further goal before the first break in a quarter that included many missed opportunities for the Swans, but good defence came from both sides with hardly any chances inside 50. The second quarter saw the Swans come out fired up and boot five unanswered goals including Rod Duncan kicking two in a row and Jamie Bennett kicking from the left pocket for Dave Curran to take a superb mark three metres out from the post. Ganmain-GGM had a late comeback with two goals, but it was the Swans that dominated possession and they went into the long break leading 46 to 35. It was the Lions that came out stronger in the third quarter, scoring two goals in the first two minutes including a good right foot snap by Nathan Irvine.
They kept the pressure on the Swans, moving ahead on the scoreboard for the first time since early in the first quarter and keeping possessing in their forward line. Griffith fought back to score in the 13th minute of the term and again eight minutes later after a good mark by Jason Vant. Ganmain-GGM hit one more before the break and scores were almost locked at the end of the third term 62 to 58 in favour of the Swans. It was at this stage in the match last weekend where the Swans lost composure and let Mangoplah overtake them, but not this week with Vant scoring a good goal from outside the 50 in the opening minutes of the last quarter. The Lions hit back almost straight away, but Griffith remained resilient and booted two more goals to put the score almost out of touch for the visitors. Ganmain-GGM kicked a late goal as Swans supporters and players begged the full-time siren to sound, but they left their run too late and the Swans came away winners 12.11 (83) to10.13 (73).
Swans coach Cian Ebert said he was happy with the win even if they didn't stick to the game plan. "It's always good to have a win and Ganmain are a good side," he said. "Our skills were fairly poor this game, but we gutsed it out. "We were working on hitting targets and controlling the footy in training, but that didn't happen today. "This came from within, we were committed to each other and we gutsed it out for a win." Ebert said Jason Hampel was a stand out player for the team with strong attacks on the ball all day. (By Grace Uhr - The Area News, Monday June 16, 2003).
Round 10 - Saturday June 21, 2003 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Narrandera ... 4.1 .. 9.4 .. 11.5 .. 12.6 (78)
Griffith ........... 3.4 .. 9.7 .. 15.19 .. 21.12 (138)
Goals: Narrandera: M English 3, D Hopwood 2, S Irons, P Bloomfield, S Hutchins, J Little, Ben Powell, D Piltz, C Smith
Griffith: J Vant 5, J Bennett 5, M Olney 3, J Mickan 3, A Greely 2, R Duncan, Myles Bunn, D Scott
Best: Narrandera: D Lumsden, D Hopwood, Brett Powell, P Bloomfield, C Smith
Griffith: J O'Dwyer, J Mickan, T Clarke, Matt Bunn, J Bennett
Narrandera: S Irons, T Durnan, J Vearing; M Ivanoff, A Thomson (coach), D Lumsden; D Hopwood, C Smith (capt), A Black; J Little, S Hutchins, P Bloomfield; S Donaldson, M English, D Piltz; Brett Powell, L Hutchins, D Burden; D Purtill, Ben Powell, H Hutchins
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, D Scott; Matt Bunn, A Hill, J O'Dwyer; M Olney, A Greely, B Ford; J Mickan, D Curran, T Clarke; P Rowston, J Vant, J Hampel; B Giason, R Duncan, J Bennett; J Malone, S Spiers, R Simpkin
Umpires: R Wilson, S Hatherall, D Potts (RUA)
Reserves: Narrandera 23.14 (152) d Griffith 3.5 (23)
Goals: A Gardner 2, W Tyndall
Under 18: Narrandera d Griffith on forfeit
Match report: The Griffith Swans made up from a woeful first half to come back and convincingly defeat Narrandera 21.12 (138) to 12.6 (78) in their Riverina Football League clash at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday. Seventh-placed Narrandera got away to a stronger start, leading the game at the first short break and outscoring the visitors four goals to three. The game remained close in the next quarter with the Swans gaining a slight upper hand by half-time with the scores tight at 61 to 58 in Griffith's favour. The Swans then kicked away in the last two quarters with six goals in each to score a win. Swans coach Cian Ebert said he was very disappointed in the Swans' first half performance. "There were only about three guys on the paddock who played anywhere near their full potential," he said. "We just ran around with no purpose. "Narrandera was constantly beating us to the footy and getting on top of us all over the park." He said the second half was a better effort by the third-placed Swans. "At half-time we had a good hard look at ourselves and had to wake up to ourselves," he said. "Everyone lifted in the second half and it's personally the best half of footy I've been involved in all season." Ebert said the whole team had a strong game in the second half, with Jason Vant and Jamie Bennett both kicking a game-high five goals, four of which came in the second term for both players. He said Myles Bunn also did a great job and Jon O'Dwyer was strong at the back. The game was marred by a scuffle in the third quarter, but Ebert was not concerned. "It was just a bit of a scuffle, the boys were just sorting themselves out," he said. (By Grace Uhr - The Area News, Monday June 23, 2003).
Round 11 - Sunday June 29, 2003 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ......... 3.4 .. 7.6 .. 13.8 .. 15.12 (102)
Coolamon .... 3.0 .. 5.2 .. 8.4 .. 9.8 (62)
Goals: Griffith: J Vant 6, S Spiers 3, R Duncan 2, R Simpkin 2, J Bennett, A Gardner
Coolamon: M Hard 3, K Drum 2, B McKelvie, F Furner, J Maddox, M Suidgeest
Best: Griffith: R Duncan, J O'Dwyer, S Spiers, D Scott, J Vant, P Rowston
Coolamon: M Hard, J McKenzie, J O'Neill, K Drum, F Furner, B Mattingly
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, D Scott; Matt Bunn, J O'Dwyer, K Malone; S Spiers, P Rowston, B Ford; T Clarke, J Mickan, Craig Conlan; R Simpkin, J Vant, J Hampel; B Giason, R Duncan, J Bennett; G Dreyer, A Gardner*, Ryan Hill
Coolamon: B Mattingly, L Drum, J Carroll; F Furner, J Collins, K Spencer; A McKenzie, M Hard (c-c), B Garrett; J Maddox, J McKenzie, P Thorneycroft; K Drum, B McKelvie, S Martin; A McCaig, A Manley, M Moodie; M Dennis, J O'Neill, M Suidgeest
Umpires: T Beard, W Tilyard, P Smith (RUA)
Reserves: Coolamon 12.15 (87) d Griffith 7.7 (49)
Goals: A Gardner, Chris Conlan, B Hicken, B Harrison, D Clarke, D Ashcroft, A Hill
Under 18: Coolamon 13.14 (92) d Griffith 3.0 (18)
Goals: Dan Condon 2, L Kidd
Round 12 - Sunday July 6, 2003 at Maher Oval 2.10pm
Turvey Park ..... 2.3 .. 7.5 .. 12.8 .. 17.13 (115)
Griffith ............. 2.0 .. 9.4 .. 11.11 .. 15.14 (104)
Goals: Turvey Park: W Sykes 6, S Nimmo 3, C Cerato 3, A Loughman 2, A Dowdle, D Campbell, B Campbell
Griffith: J Vant 4, R Duncan 3, J Bennett 2, R Simpkin, J Mickan, D Curran, A Greely, B Ford, S Spiers
Best: Turvey Park: J Masterson, B Daniher, D Campbell, C Cerato, A Loughman, S Nimmo
Griffith: J O'Dwyer, B Wade, Myles Bunn, Matt Bunn, K Malone, A Greely
Turvey Park: C Barker, J Fletcher, B Rodham; M Wheatley, B Brown, A Craig; D Campbell, J Masterson (coach), Blair Campbell (capt); B Daniher, A Dowdle, C Cerato; T Carroll, W Sykes, M Daniher; A Loughman, M Bailey, S Nimmo; M Wilson, J Kennedy, Nathan Clarke
Griffith: Myles Bunn, D Scott, B Wade; Matt Bunn, K Malone, J O'Dwyer; A Greely, T Clarke, S Spiers; Craig Conlan, D Curran, J Mickan; R Simpkin, J Vant, J Hampel; Ryan Hill, R Duncan (capt), J Bennett; D Best, B Ford, G Dreyer
Umpires: P Hughes, P O'Donoghue (RUA)
Reserves: Turvey Park 10.14 (74) d Griffith 10.3 (63)
Goals: B Hicken 3, D Pasin 2, D Dunstan 2, G Dreyer 2, K Duncan
Under 18: Turvey Park 13.14 (92) d Griffith 1.6 (12)
Goals: Dan Condon
Match report: A gallant Griffith stretched Riverina Football League premier and competition leader Turvey Park to the fullest before going down by 11-points at Maher Oval, Wagga, yesterday. The Bulldogs were supreme by 17.13 (115) to 15.14 (104) with the game in the balance until the last three minutes after a struggle from start to finish. A goal by centre half forward Jason Vant five minutes from the finish left the Swans only three-points in arrears but a reply from Turvey Park on-baller Simon Nimo about three minutes from the end made the advantage too great. Playing to the best of their ability, the Swans had plenty of chances to win and coach Cian Ebert was clear about it after the defeat. Unable to participate through injury, Ebert said the Swans went into the game expecting to win with the 21-players he had available. Making no excuses, Ebert said the side got itself into a position to win on enough occasions. "Our turnovers were costly and that cannot occur if any side hopes to defeat Turvey Park," Ebert said. "The opportunities were there but we didn't take full advantage of them when they presented themselves. "The Bulldogs have the ability to take the ball from end-to-end and goal and they did it at crucial times in a matter of seconds today. "When the game got close our process fell down and we started running around all over the place instead of sticking to the game plan. "They might be inexperienced but there comes a time when we have to take control of the side's destiny. "The game was close and a tense contest over the four quarter but Turvey Park proved to be a bit too good at the moment." Ebert did not accept the excuse that the Swans were under-manned through injury, saying that situation had been with the club all season. He said the way things are going, Swans' selectors may have to count on players they have and not wait to see who returns. "I believe the footballers we have are good enough and they need to realise in themselves they are good enough," Ebert said. It was a struggle which pleased Turvey Park coach Jeremy Masterson, who said the pressure was good for his side at this stage of the season. He sad the Bulldogs struggled but it was expected against a quality side like Griffith. "We cannot expect to win by 100-points every week and besides that, I would not want to,"' Masterson said. "It is no good coming to the finals and winning by big margins all the time as we need hit-outs like today as a test. "Griffith had a lot of players out but still managed to lead by four goals at one stage in the second quarter and our payers responded well to tat sort of situation." (By Peter Baker - The Area News, Monday July 7, 2003).
Round 13 - Sunday July 13, 2003 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .................. 2.4 .. 7.7 .. 9.13 .. 13.16 (94)
Leeton-Whitton ... 3.1 .. 6.2 .. 7.7 .. 8.9 (57)
Goals: Griffith: J Vant 3, J Bennett 2, R Simpkin 2, T Clarke, C Ebert, R Duncan, K Malone, J Mickan, S Spiers
Leeton-Whitton: T Lang 2, J Broadbent 2, M Robertson, B Waters, S Stockton, D Kidman
Best: Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, R Simpkin, Matt Bunn, D Curran
Leeton-Whitton: J Broadbent, A Cameron, Kane Bullock
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, D Scott; Matt Bunn, B Giason, J O'Dwyer; K Malone, A Greely, S Spiers; T Clarke, R Simpkin, J Mickan; Craig Conlan, J Vant, J Hampel; D Curran, R Duncan, J Bennett; Ryan Hill, B Ford, C Ebert
Leeton-Whitton: T Henman, A Cameron, M Lashbrook; M Flagg, G Looby, D Kidman; D Elwin, B Waters, L Whelan; D Clayton, T Lang, M Robertson; S Stockton, B Greatz, N Durkin; Kurt Bullock, Kane Bullock, J Broadbent; D Harrison, D Symes, C Curry
Umpires: S Crowley, G Walsh (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 22.16 (148) d Leeton-Whitton 5.3 (33)
Goals: A Hill 7, A Gardner 4, B Owen 2, Chris Conlan 2, A Trotter 2, W Armstrong, D Giorgi, G Dreyer, W Tyndall
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 24.15 (159) d Griffith 3.2 (20)
Goals: Reece Hill, K Duncan, D Catanzariti, T Condon
Match report: The Griffith Swans came away with an untidy win in their RFL game against Leeton-Whitton at the Ex-Servicemen's Oval on Sunday, beating the visitors 13.16 (94) to 8.9 (57). Despite coach Cian Ebert returning to the field this week for his first game in over a month due to a knee injury, the Swans never looked in control of the game, getting in front only to have a lapse in play, then allow the Crows to come back and challenge for the lead. Leeton-Whitton began the game the better of the two sides with early goals in the first quarter, before the Swans made a minor comeback before the first break. While Leeton-Whitton held the lead at that break 19 to 16, it was the Swans that held the momentum and they kept this going into the second half to hit the front. The scoreline at half-time had the Swans in front 49 to 38, with five goals coming for the home side. The third quarter saw both sides struggling to hit targets, scoring several minors, but failing to get many between the big posts, the Swans staying in front and holding the lead 67 to 49. The trend continued in the final term until the Swans found some late form, kicking three goals in the last five minutes to put the result beyond doubt. Just when it looked like it could not get any worse, the Swans injury woes continued, getting Ebert back this game, only to look like losing Brendan Giason with a hamstring injury. Ebert said it was pretty ordinary performance by his team. "We didn't use the footy well enough,' he said. "There was some good delivery into the forward line, but our discipline let us down. "We made made hard work out of it. "At the end of the day four points are better than a loss though." Ebert kicked a goal in his return to the paddock and made a good contribution to the side, along with Rod Simpkin, who got two goals. Myles and Matthew Bunn also had strong games, as well as Ben Wade and Dave Curran. Prolific Swans goalscorer Jason Vant was kept under wraps today by the Crows' Adam Cameron at the back and was restricted to three goals. Crows' coach Kerry Vaughan-Niven said along with Cameron, Jamie Broadbent played well in the midfield and on-baller Kane Bulock was also strong. He said he was relatively happy with the way his side performed and the score did not reflect the game itself. "The endeavour was good," he said. "They're a small side, so coping with the talls was tough. "We went pretty much to our match plan and we're a young side with only two or three senior players." (By Grace Uhr - The Area News, Monday July 14, 2003).
Round 14 - Saturday July 19, 2003 at Gumly Oval 2.10pm
East Wagga-Kooringal ... 3.1 .. 5.2 .. 10.5 .. 13.6 (84)
Griffith .............................. 4.7 .. 10.16 .. 12.22 .. 15.27 (117)
Goals: EWK: J Richards 3, J Geale 3, J Keenan 2, C Campbell 2, B Burkinshaw, D Bromham, S Fenico
Griffith: J Vant 4, D Scott 3, M Olney 2, S Spiers, Craig Conlan, D Curran, A Greely, J Bennett, C Ebert
Best: EWK: B Burkinshaw, C Campbell, C Smith, J Geale, B Shumach
Griffith: B Wade, J O'Dwyer, C Ebert, R Simpkin, J Bennett
East Wagga-Kooringal: P Braneley, D Bromham, S Bromham, B Burkinshaw, C Campbell, R Campbell, S Fenico, J Geale, D Hocking, J Keenan, L McMahon, B Miller, B Neitzvelt, D Ousey, J Peace, B Perkins, W Price, J Richards, B Shumach, C Smith, G Wilkosz
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, D Best; K Malone, J O'Dwyer, Matt Bunn; J Mickan, A Greely, S Spiers; C Ebert, R Simpkin, J Hampel; D Scott, J Vant, A Hill; D Curran, Craig Conlan, J Bennett; M Olney, Ryan Hill, B Ford
Umpires: P O'Donoghue, P Ross (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 14.18 (102) d East Wagga-Kooringal 5.6 (36)
Goals: Chris Conlan 4, A Gardner 3, R Frkovic 2, M Olney 2, G Dreyer, S Best, D Catanzariti
Under 18: EWK do not field team that season
Round 15 - Sunday August 3, 2003 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .................... 4.8 .. 8.11 .. 14.13 .. 19.18 (130)
Mangoplah-CUE .... 0.3 .. 2.5 .. 4.8 .. 7.11 (53)
Goals: Griffith: A Hill 4, Craig Conlan 4, P Rowston 2, J Bennett 2, J Vant 2, A Greely 2, J Hampel, R Duncan, J O'Dwyer
MCUE: S Allen 2, S Rynehart, G Spriggs, A Lieschke, N Lawson, B Sanbrook
Best: Griffith: Craig Conlan, J O'Dwyer, J Bennett, B Wade, M Olney
MCUE: C Higgins, A Lieschke, A Lee, M Balding, S Allen
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, D Scott; K Malone, J O'Dwyer, Matt Bunn; A Greely, R Duncan, S Spiers; Craig Conlan, D Curran, P Rowston; A Hill, J Vant, J Hampel; B Giason, C Ebert, J Bennett; J Mickan, M Olney, B Ford
Mangoplah-CUE: G Bruce, X Higgins, G Spriggs; C Higgins, D Howard, M Balding; A Lieschke, J Millar, B Sanbrook; K Grace, N Ross, A Lee; S Allen (c-c), S Rynehart, C Godde; S Wardrop, G Pike, N Lawson; T Balding, D Pike, L Kendall
Umpires: J Fisher, G Walsh (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 20.13 (133) d Mangoplah-CUE 11.9 (75)
Goals: B Harrison 7, M Duncan 3, A Gardner 3, Chris Conlan 2, W Tyndall 2, D Best, M Molloy, Ryan Hill
Under 18: Mangoplah-CUE 18.11 (119) d Griffith 6.6 (42)
Goals: T Webb 2, B Corbett 2, K Duncan, T Condon
Round 16 - Sunday August 10, 2003 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Ganmain-GGM ... 1.3 .. 4.4 .. 6.8 .. 8.10 (58)
Griffith ................. 6.2 .. 12.6 .. 23.12 .. 24.15 (159)
Goals: GGGM: C Kelly 2, M Carroll 2, S Hamblin, M Scott, N Irvine, C Renner
Griffith: J Vant 7, M Olney 5, Craig Conlan 2, C Ebert 2, J Bennett 2, J O'Dwyer, A Hill, R Duncan, P Rowston, D Scott, B Ford
Best: GGGM: C Kelly, John Lawton, N Irvine, T Lenon
Griffith: T Clarke, D Scott, D Curran, B Ford, J Vant
Ganmain-GGM: T Lenon, D Cox, M Mazzocchi; J Hamblin, A Symons, John Lawton; L Walsh, B Lenon, M Steele; N Irvine, C Kelly, D Underwood; S Hamblin, M Scott, C Lenon; D Logan, S Lenon (c-c), Mitch Carroll; C Renner, C Pedler, P Lucas
Griffith: Myles Bunn, D Scott, J O'Dwyer; B Wade, J Mickan, Matt Bunn; T Clarke, R Duncan, B Ford; P Rowston, M Olney, A Greely; A Hill, J Vant, Craig Conlan; D Curran, C Ebert, J Bennett; B Giason, K Malone, J Hampel
Umpires: B McDonald, D Potts, T Beard (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 12.17 (89) d Ganmain-GGM 9.8 (62)
Goals: B Harrison 3, M McDonald 2, A Gardner 2, W Tyndall, M Duncan, Chris Conlan, Ryan Hill, D Best
Under 18: Ganmain-GGM 15.16 (106) d Griffith 6.2 (38)
Goals: M Crack 2, K Duncan, T Webb, B Hicken, J Hampel
Match report: With the Riverina Football League finals just three weeks away, Griffith sounded a warning yesterday for the other sides in the premiership race. In one of its most impressive performances of the season, Griffith blasted away its old adversary, Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, to the tune of 101 points. Slowly returning to full strength, the Swans were new troubled in winning 24.15 (159) to 8.10 (58) at Ganmain Sportsground. The Swans made their presence felt from the outset, firing off six goals in the first quarter and restricting Ganmain-GGM to just one. Another six goals in the second quarter, saw thew Swans extend their lead to 89 to 28 at half-time, only allowing the Lions three majors in the quarter. However, it was the Swans third quarter that put the result beyond doubt, 11 goals coming in impressive fashion to put them ahead by 106 at the last break. The final quarter saw scoring slow down as both sides looked to tire somewhat, the Swans only able to add one more goal to their already impressive total and the Lions kicking two more to bring the scoreline to just outside the 100-point mark. The win had statisticians running for the record books to find out the last time - if at all - the Swans had defeated Ganmain-GGM by such a big margin. A crippling injury toll has prevented Griffith from playing to its full potential all season but yesterday's success was evidence the best is still to come from the Swans, who should gather momentum from here on. There were many signs for Griffith with the forward zone in full flight and spearhead Jason Vant made the most of his opportunities presented. In his best haul of the season Vant kicked seven goals to move to third position (45) on the leading goal-kicking list, behind Warren Sykes, of Turvey Park (67) and Clinton Renner, (53), of Ganmain-GGM. Also in fine touch around the goals was ruckman Matt Olney, who notched up five. Griffith other 12 goals were shared between nine other players, Craig Conlan, Jamie Bennett and coach Cian Ebert providing good support with two goals each. Jon O'Dwyer, Andrew Hill, Rodney Duncan, Phil Rowston, Damien Scott and Ben Ford all chipped in with one goal each. However, it was on-baller Trevor Clarke who provided many opportunities and Olney and big Dave Curran were ready to take full advantage. Ganmain-GGM are the only team in the competition who are able to match the Swans in the terms of height, especially in their forwards, but they were kept very quite today with a good performance by the Swans defenders. The Swans would have also been impressed by their much-improved accuracy this week and in last weekends game against Mangoplah, their majors far out-weighing their minors, unlike many of their games in the middle part of the season. By Peter Baker - The Area News, Monday August 11, 2003).
Round 17 - Sunday August 17, 2003 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ............ 8.2 .. 18.4 .. 23.11 .. 38.18 (246)
Narrandera ... 3.2 .. 5.4 .. 5.4 .. 5.4 (34)
Goals: Griffith: Craig Conlan 8, M Olney 6, A Hill 4, J Bennett 4, J Vant 3, P Rowston 2, M Duncan 2, A Greely 2, D Curran, M McDonald, R Simpkin, Matt Bunn, C Ebert, B Wade, R Duncan
Narandera: P Bloomfield 2, S Irons, D Purtill, D Hopwood
Best: Griffith: Craig Conlan, M Olney, B Wade, R Duncan, J Mickan
Narrandera: T Durnan, C Smith, D Hopwood, D Burden, D Purtill
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, D Scott; K Malone, J O'Dwyer, J Mickan; Matt Bunn, R Duncan, B Ford; P Rowston, M Olney, A Greely; A Hill, J Vant, Craig Conlan; D Curran, C Ebert, J Bennett; M McDonald, M Duncan, R Simpkin
Narrandera: D Purtill, T Durnan, Brett Powell; D Lumsden, A Thomson, M Ivanoff; S Iron, C Smith, A Black; M English, S Hutchins, H Hutchins; J Vearing, D Piltz, P Bloomfield; Ben Powell, D Burden, D Hopwood; T Mathieson, J Mills, J Little
Umpires: R Wilson, T McDonald, P Hughes (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 14.10 (94) d Narrandera 1.13 (19)
Goals: B Harrison 4, A Gardner 3, S Spiers 2, W Armstrong, A Romagnolo, Daniel Hill, G Dreyer, Ryan Hill
Under 18: Narrandera 10.18 (78) d Grifith 4.4 (28)
Goals: R Best, K Duncan, Reece Hill, M Crack
Match report: The Griffith Swans gave its home crowd one last taste of what could be to come when the Riverina Football League finals begin, walloping Narrandera by a record 212-point margin, 38.18 (246) to 5.4 (34) in their last home game of the season. The Swans kicked 23 consecutive goals with Narrandera unable to add any to its half-time score, the Swans dominating the attack and keeping the ball in their attacking half for most of the game. Craig Conlan was dynamic with the boot, kicking eight goals and was well supported by Matt Olney, who kicked six of his own, as well as being a force to be reckoned with in the goal square, towering above his less-skilled opposition and taking some sensational marks. Andrew Hill also put in a big effort with four goals, all but one of these coming in the first half, and Jamie Bennett also got four. Swans coach Cian Ebert, obviously excited by the result, said he hoped the team's goal scoring spree would encourage supporters to get behind the Swans in the lead up to the finals. "All year we've had a tendency to not put away sides that were well below us on the table, but we did it today," he said. Narrandera currently hold down seventh spot on the ladder, while the Swans are third. "Full credit to those who played, it was a disciplined effort and we followed the process and when you have 18 blokes out there trying to do the same thing, it makes it a lot easier to achieve," he said. Ebert said the forwards presented well and were the standouts in the game, especially Conlan, and the midfield performed well, taking the pressure off the backs. The Swans victory sees them remain in third spot, two points behind Coolamon, who thrashed East Wagga-Kooringal. Griffith and Coolamon will play-off for second spot next weekend at Coolamon, although the result will have no impact with second and third playing in the first round of finals the following week. (By Grace Uhr - The Area News, Monday August 18, 2003).
Round 18 - Sunday August 24, 2003 at Kindra Park 2.10pm
Coolamon ..... 1.3 .. 1.6 .. 1.6 .. 2.8 (20)
Griffith ......... 2.1 .. 8.4 .. 8.6 .. 12.13 (85)
Goals: Coolamon: K Spencer, R Bartholomew
Griffith: Craig Conlan 3, J Bennett 2, A Greely, M Duncan, M Olney, M McDonald, C Ebert, D Curran, B Ford
Best: Coolamon: A Manley, B Garrett, W Podmore, K Drum, R Chamberlain
Griffith: D Curran, B Wade, Myles Bunn, Matt Bunn, C Ebert
Coolamon: R Chamberlain, L Drum, B McPherson; B Mattingly, J Collins, J O'Neill; A McKenzie, A Breust, M Suidgeest; S Martin, J McKenzie, A Manley; K Spencer, K Drum, J Maddox; A McCaig, B Garrett, M Moodie; R Bartholomew, J Carroll, W Podmore
Griffith: Myles Bunn, B Wade, D Scott; K Malone, J O'Dwyer, J Mickan; T Clarke, P Rowston, Matt Bunn; Craig Conlan, M Olney, A Greely; A Hill, J Vant, C Ebert; D Curran, R Duncan, J Bennett; M McDonald, B Ford, M Duncan
Umpires: B McDonald, T McDonald, P Guthrie (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 7.6 (48) d Coolamon 3.6 (24)
Goals: A Gardner 3, B Giason 2, B Harrison, D Giorgi
Under 18: Coolamon 8.11 (59) d Griffith 1.10 (16)
Goals: M Crack
2003 RFL NETBALL Ladders
A grade: Turvey Park 72, Leeton-Whiiton 52, Coolamon 48, Griffith 44, Narrandera 26, Ganmain-GGM 26, Mangoplah-CUE 20, East Wagga-Kooringal 0.
B grade: Turvey Park 72, Coolamon 54, Leeton-Whitton 54, Griffith 40, Narrandera 32, Ganmain-GGM 22, Mangoplah-CUE 14, East Wagga-Kooringal 0.
C grade: Griffith 58, Coolamon 54, Narrandera 36, Leeton-Whitton 28, Turvey Park 20, Mangoplah-CUE 12, Ganmain-GGM 8.
Juniors U15's: Narrandera 44, Griffith 32, Leeton-Whitton 28, Coolamon 22, Turvey Park 18, Ganmain-GGM 8.
SWANS TO TEST OUT DOMINANT FORM - By Grace Uhr
Four weeks is a longtime for a football team. Just a month ago, the Griffith Swans looked down and out, struggling to field a team after injuries ravaged the side and they were struggling on the scoreboard with some tough games and inaccurate play. But with finals starting on Saturday, the team is looking stronger than it has all season. The last few weeks have seen an incredible form turn-around, the Swans winning six consecutive games and gradually rebuilding their roster to the extent where players have been fighting to remain in the first 18. Saturday's game about the culmination of a positive end to the regular season. The Swans will find out whether this new-found form stretches into the finals arena when they take on Coolamon for the second week in a row in the qualifying semi-final at Narrandera. The two sides played one another in the last round of the regular season last weekend in abysmal conditions, the Swans able to handle this better to register a 65-point win, 85 to 20. However, Swans coach Cian Ebert believes this Saturday's game is going to be played in very different style. "It should be different weather conditions at Narrandera and a different style game," he said. "I think they had about four of five out too." The Swans field a full strength side for the Coolamon game, with players wanting to continue the Swans' good form and also cement a spot in the side.
Ebert believed this was the kind of attitude that had helped them return to form this season. "The last four weeks the boys' attitude has been outstanding," he said. "Finals are totally different in terms of mental attitude, but we're really wanting to win. "We've just got to keep the passion for the game. "We feel positive we can win the game and we've got the side that can come away with it." Ebert expected the game to be played at a much faster pace than last weekend's, the Grasshoppers expected to use the space well and bring the ball down the field quickly. He said Coolamon had some midfielders who could be very damaging, but as long as the Swans could concentrate on their own game plan and style, they would do well. In terms of height advantage, Ebert said Coolamon was able to match up well against the tall Griffith sides and there would be some good one-on-one contests on the day. Andrew Hill is the only Swans player who remains under an injury cloud for the semi after being taken to hospital last Sunday with a chest injury. Ebert said the extent of the injury was still unconfirmed and could be just bruised bruised ribs, or possibly a fracture. (The Area News - Friday August 29, 2003).
Qualifying Final - Saturday August 30 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.30pm
Griffith .......... 2.3 .. 5.5 .. 11.5 .. 14.6 (90)
Coolamon ..... 4.1 .. 5.5 .. 6.11 .. 9.11 (65)
Goals: Griffith: J Vant 4, M Olney 4, J Bennett 2, C Ebert, P Rowston, M McDonald, D Curran
Coolamon: K Drum 4, S Bradley 2, B Garrett, R Bartholomew, M Moodie
Best: Griffith: B Wade, C Ebert, J O'Dwyer, D Scott, T Clarke, M McDonald
Coolamon: R Chamberlain, A Manley, J O'Neill, P Thorneycroft, L Drum, B Garrett
Griffith: Myles Bunn, Ben Wade, Damien Scott; Kaine Malone, Jonathon O'Dwyer, Jeff Mickan; Trevor Clarke, Matt Bunn, Michael Duncan; Anthony Greely, Matt Olney, Cian Ebert (coach); Phillip Rowston, Jason Vant, Craig Conlan; David Curran, Rodney Duncan (capt), Jamie Bennett; Matthew McDonald, Brendan Giason, Jason Malone, Ben Ford
Coolamon: Ryan Chamberlain, Jacob O'Neill, Leigh Drum; Wayne Podmore, Joel Collins, Paul Thorneycroft; Michael Moodie, Matt Hard (c-c), Michael Suidgeest; Alex Manley, James McKenzie, Luke Maloney; Shaun Bradley, Keiran Drum, Jamie Maddox; Andrew McCaig, Anthony Breust, Brett Garrett; Ryan Bartholomew, Adam McKenzie, John Carroll, Brendan McPherson
Umpires: T Beard, S Crowley, P Ross (RUA)
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 12.15 (87) d Ganmain-GGM 4.10 (34)
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 12.15 (87) d Mangoplah-CUE 10.5 (65)
Elimination Final - Sunday August 31, 2003 at Kindra Park
Ganmain-GGM ...... 1.2 .. 2.4 .. 5.7 .. 7.8 (50)
Mangoplah-CUE ... 3.5 .. 4.7 .. 7.9 .. 11.12 (78)
Goals: GGGM: S Hamblin, B Smith, S Lenon, C Renner, D Symons, L Walsh, C Steward
MCUE: J Rowe 4, A Lieschke 3, N Ross 2, S Allen, X Higgins
Best: GGGM: L Walsh, C Kelly, John Lawton, D Symons, S Lenon, D Cox
MCUE: C Higgins, A Lieschke, B Sanbrook, J Rowe, X Higgins, M Creasy
Ganmain-GGM: Drew Symons, David Cox, Craig Lenon; Troy Lenon, Adam Symons, Michael Mazzocchi; Mitchell Steele, Brett Lenon, Luke Walsh; Raphael McGowan, John Lawton, Nathan Irvine; Cameron Steward, Scott Hamblin, Clinton Renner; Chris Kelly, Shane Lenon (c-c), Mitch Carroll; Paul Lucas, David Logan, Jason Hamblin, Bradley Smith
Mangoplah-CUE: Grant Bruce, Geoff Spriggs, Nathan Ross; Chris Higgins, Dale Cameron, Mitch Balding; Andrew Lieschke, Jeff Millar, Trent Balding; Matt Creasy, Scott Allen (c-c), Andrew Lee; Brad Roberson, Jeremy Rowe, Xavier Higgins; Shane Wardrop, Brad Sanbrook, Neil Lawson; Casey Godde, Graham Pike, Mick Riley, Adam Shepard
Umpires: D Potts, M Davidson, P O'Donoghue. Gate: $5544
Reserves: Griffith 23.12 (150) d Turvey Park 5.4 (34)
Goals: Griffith: A Gardner 7, R Simpkin 4, Kris Duncan 3, J Hampel 2, A Romagnolo 2, G Dreyer, Chris Conlan, W Armstrong, D Giorgi, G Lamont
Best: Griffith: S Spiers, J Hampel, Kane Duncan, A Gardner, R Simpkin, Chris Conlan
Griffith: Kane Duncan, Rick Frkovic, Andrew Trotter; Trent Bradley, Brett Lanyon, Daniel Best; Simon Spiers; Wayne Tyndall, Rod Simpkin, Dom Giorgi; Andrew Romagnolo, Ashley Gardner, Greg Dreyer; Matt Molloy, Chris Conlan, Jason Hampel; Grant Lamont, Warwick Armstrong, Ajay Kearney, Kris Duncan
Under 18: Narrandera 14.12 (96) d Coolamon 9.5 (59)
First Semi Final - Saturday September 6, 2003 at Narrandera Sportsground
Coolamon .............. 5.2 .. 12.2 .. 16.5 .. 19.6 (120)
Mangoplah-CUE ... 2.4 .. 4.6 .. 9.10 .. 14.12 (96)
Goals: Coolamon: A McCaig 5, K Spencer 4, B McKelvie 3, M Hard 2, K Drum, P Thorneycroft, J Maddox, J Carroll, M Moodie
MCUE: S Allen 3, K Grace 3, J Rowe 2, A Lieschke 2, B Sambrook 2, N Ross, X Higgins
Best: Coolamon: M Moodie, A McCaig, J McKenzie, R Chamberlain, P Thorneycroft, M Hard
MCUE: B Sanbrook, A Lieschke, C Higgins, D Cameron, S Allen, J Rowe
Coolamon: Brad Mattingly, Jacob O'Neill, Leigh Drum; Ryan Chamberlain, Joel Collins, Brendan McPherson; Paul Thorneycroft, Brett Garrett, Luke Maloney; Michael Moodie, Keiren Drum, James McKenzie; John Carroll, Brendan McKelvie, Jamie Maddox; Andrew McCaig, Anthony Breust, Matt Hard (c-c); Michael Suidgeest, Scott Martin, Ryan Bartholomew, Keiran Spencer
Mangoplah-CUE: Graham Pike, Geoff Spriggs, Dale Cameron; Mitch Balding, Stace Creasy, Chris Higgins; Andrew Lieschke, Jeff Millar, Brad Roberson; Nathan Ross, Scott Allen (c-c), Andrew Lee; Trent Balding, Jeremy Rowe, Xavier Higgins; Shane Wardrop, Brad Sanbrook, Neil Lawson; Grant Bruce, Casey Godde, Graham Pike, Kaine Grace, Mick Riley
Umpires: S Crowley, B Webb, M Davidson. Gate: $6000
Reserves: Griffith 10.9 (69) d Ganmain-GGM 9.6 (60)
Goals: Griffith: A Hill 3, A Gardner 2, Chris Conlan, B Harrison, J Hampel, A Romagnolo, D Giorgi
Best: Griffith: D Best, M Molloy, R Frkovic, A Trotter, Kane Duncan, W Tyndall
Griffith: Kane Duncan, Rick Frkovic, Andrew Trotter; Daniel Best, Jason Malone, Brett Lanyon; Chris Conlan; Trent Bradley, Andrew Hill, Dom Giorgi; Ashley Gardner, Brent Harrison, Wayne Tyndall; Matt Molloy, Simon Spiers, Jason Hampel; Andrew Romagnolo, Warwick Armstrong, Ajay Kearney, Kris Duncan
Under 18: Mangoplah-CUE 7.8 (50) d Narrandera 5.8 (38) A.E.T.
Second Semi Final - Sunday September 7, 2003 at Maher Oval 2.30pm
Turvey Park ... 4.2 .. 8.3 .. 8.9 .. 14.11 (95)
Griffith ............ 5.3 .. 11.6 .. 14.14 .. 19.19 (133)
Goals: Turvey Park: W Sykes 5, B Daniher 2, A Dowdle, M Wilson, M Wheatley, S Nimmo, C Cerato, M Daniher, M Bailey
Griffith: M Duncan 5, J Bennett 3, C Ebert 3, A Greely 2, J Mickan 2, J Vant, P Rowston, Craig Conlan, R Simpkin
Best: Turvey Park: M Bailey, M Wilson, D Campbell, J Masterson, B Campbell
Griffith: M McDonald, M Duncan, R Duncan, D Curran, K Malone, B Wade
Turvey Park: Ben Rodham, Jeff Fletcher, Cameron Barker; Michael Wheatley, Ben Brown, Anthony Craig; Blair Campbell (capt), Jeremy Masterson (coach), Dane Campbell; Chris Cerato, Andrew Loughman, Brett Daniher; Adrian Dowdle, Warren Sykes, Mitch Daniher; Michael Wilson, Matt Bailey, Matt Carroll; Nathan Clarke, Jake Whitty, Simon Nimmo, Truman Carroll
Griffith: Myles Bunn, Jonathon O'Dwyer, Damien Scott; Kaine Malone, Ben Wade, Jeff Mickan; Trevor Clarke, Phillip Rowston, Matt Bunn, Cian Ebert (coach), Matt Olney, Craig Conlan; Jamie Bennett, Jason Vant, Matthew McDonald; David Curran, Rodney Duncan (capt), Michael Duncan; Anthony Greely, Rodney Simpkin, Brendan Giason, Ben Ford
Umpires: P O'Donoghue, P Guthrie, W Tilyard (RUA)
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 8.10 (58) d Coolamon 5.10 (40)
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 11.15 (81) d Turvey Park 11.7 (73)
Match report: Griffith has the opportunity to make amends for finishing runners up in last season's RFL grand final after booking its place in this year's decider with a 38-point win over old rivals Turvey Park at Maher Oval yesterday. Not even inaccurate kicking in front of goal was going to stop the Swans from getting to the grand final finishing 19.19 (133) to 14.11 (95) victors. Despite mounting a mini comeback late in the game, the full-time siren beat the Bulldogs and they will play Coolamon next week in the preliminary final at Narrandera Sportsground. According to Swans coach Cian Ebert the team's lapses in concentration have been costly this season, but they were lucky to get away with it on Sunday. "Missing so many set shots was pretty frustrating, because they are goals we would get on any other day," Ebert said. Ebert said the majority of the team drove to Wagga on Saturday to avoid the two-hour trip on game day. "Although we do a fair bit of travelling during the year it made it easier for the players both mentally and physically," he said. After a sluggish start to the game, Griffith finished the first quarter with a rush, kicking five goals to Turvey Park's four to lead by seven points at the first break. According to Bulldogs captain Blair Campbell, the team had to contend with the flu hitting the club during the week. "It took the guys a bit longer than usual to get going," Campbell said. "But at least we came back strongly in the end because we still had a bit left in the tank." Turvey Park got on the scoreboard a number of times during the second quarter but whenever it kicked a goal Griffith came back with an instant reply and at the main break the Swans were out to a handy 21-point lead but straight shooting in the second quarter would have helped. The Bulldogs were doing well to hang on to possession at the start of the third quarter but could not convert their opportunities kicking six behinds while Griffith was also having trouble in front of goal. Warren Sykes was a target for the Bulldogs in their forward line along with Mitch Daniher, but their combined efforts were not enough. Turvey Park were on the roll at the start of the final quarter, kicking six goals, but Griffith's radar on goal improved too and, with three goals from Michael Duncan, the Swans sealed the game. (By Luke Goonan - The Area News, Monday September 8, 2003).
Preliminary Final - Sunday September 14, 2003 at Narrandera Sportsground
Turvey Park ... 0.1 .. 2.5 .. 4.10 .. 7.14 (56)
Coolamon ...... 1.4 .. 1.6 .. 1.6 .. 4.7 (31)
Goals: Turvey Park: W Sykes 4, M Daniher, C Barker, D Isaac
Coolamon: M Hard 3, M Moodie
Best: Turvey Park: J Masterson, M Bailey, M Wilson, J Fletcher, B Brown, B Rodham
Coolamon: M Moodie, J Collins, R Chamberlain, A McCaig, M Hard
Turvey Park: Ben Rodham, Jeff Fletcher, Nathan Clarke; Michael Wheatley, Ben Brown, Blair Campbell; Dane Campbell (capt), Jeremy Masterson (coach), Jake Whitty; Mitch Daniher, Andrew Loughman, Adrian Dowdle; Simon Nimmo, Warren Sykes, Chris Cerato; Michael Wilson, Matt Bailey, Brett Daniher; Truman Carroll, Cameron Barker, Anthony Craig, Dale Isaac
Coolamon: Ryan Chamberlain, Wayne Podmore, Joel Collins; Brendan McPherson, Leigh Drum, Jacob O'Neill; Paul Thorneycroft, Michael Moodie, Luke Maloney; James McKenzie, Keiren Drum, Alex Manley; Shaun Bradley, Brendan McKelvie, Keiran Spencer; Andrew McCaig, Brett Garrett, Matt Hard (c-c); John Carroll, Ryan Bartholomew, Jamie Maddox, Brad Mattingly
Umpires: B McDonald, S Crowley, W Tilyard. Gate: $7063
Reserves: Coolamon 5.9 (39) d Griffith 2.5 (17)
Goals: Griffith: A Romagnolo, B Harrison
Best: Griffith: T Bradley, W Armstrong, A Trotter, M Molloy, Kris Duncan, Kane Duncan
Griffith: Ajay Kearney, Rick Frkovic, Andrew Trotter; Kane Duncan, Brett Lanyon, Daniel Best; Chris Conlan; Ashley Gardner, Warwick Armstrong, Trent Bradley; Andrew Romagnolo, Brenton Harrison, Kris Duncan; Matt Molloy, Greg Dreyer, Wayne Tyndall; Dean Catanzariti, Daniel Hill, Brendan Hicken, Grant Lamont
Under 18: Turvey Park 11.11 (77) d Mangoplah-CUE 6.10 (46)
GHOSTS OF FINALS PAST HAUNT SWANS - By Graeme White
Griffith stalwarts Damien Scott and Jamie Bennett are the last remnants of the years the Swans wish to forget in the Riverina Football League. Bennett and Scott have only bad memories of the premiership quests of 1991 and last year where the team stumbled at the final obstacle. This year the Swans are striving to win Griffith first premiership since Ron O'Neill led the team to victory in 1968. The chance to set the record straight is only part of the desire Griffith has built up to defeat Turvey Park in the grand final at Narrandera on Sunday. "It makes you pretty hungry as a club when you haven't won a premiership in 35 years," Bennett said. "It's history what has happened to us in past years - we can only determine what happens on Sunday." A Griffith boy at heart, Bennett is the elder statesman of the team at 34 followed by Scott, two years his junior. They have seen the bad, good and the almost perfect years with the Swans in their lengthy careers. Scott and Bennett had a few years at Coleambally coaching and later returned to Griffith to try and complete one of the longest premiership droughts in the Riverina. The Swans have played in 11 grand finals since 1947, winning two, and between between 1964 and 1972 the team had seven grand final appearances but only one premiership. It's not a record that sits favourably with the Griffith faithful. Last year's narrow loss to Turvey Park instilled a greater desire to go one better, according to Scott. "We are more focused about the job we have to do on Sunday than what happened last year," he said. "The process we have tried and tested to beat Turvey Park we will be sticking to." It's been a different path to the grand final this year with a late surge establishing Griffith as a contender after they dominated from the outset last year. With coach Cian Ebert taking over again this season, Griffith are the team to beat according to most rival coaches after displaying the brand of football needed to win the big games. "We have had everyone come back from injuries at the right end of the season. Hopefully our timing is right on Sunday," Scott said. Scott played with Coleambally when the Blues won the premiership in 1993 and later coached them to a grand final. It's a similar story with Bennett who made his first grade debut way back in 1987 and is desperate for a premiership. "It would be nice to get a premiership. In the end it's another game of football we need to play as well as we can win," Bennett suggested. "You put all the personal part of the game aside for a premiership. "I know there are some hungry boys out here doing everything they can to win one." The Daily Advertiser - Wednesday September 17, 2003).
A RED AND WHITE FAMILY TRADITION OVER THREE GENERATION - By Graeme White
It's a tradition passed down through three generations that has teenager Ben Wade preparing for the biggest game of his life in the Riverina Football League grand final on Sunday. Wade, who doesn't turn 18 until December, is a star of the future with unlimited potential and a match-winner for Griffith this season. There is plenty of family support as his father Ian is the president of the Griffith Australian Football Club, while his grandfather Tom played in the Swans' 1952 premiership winning team. Premierships have been hard to come by for Griffith who have made plenty of grand finals, but have an unbalanced ledger. "If we can win it's another way of getting the monkey off our back," Ian Wade said. "I think you need to win a premiership to keep the interest in the club. "That's even more important when you are situated at the western end of the league. "The league was dominated by Wagga clubs for many years so it's important we do well on Sunday for this end of the league. Ian played in two losing grand finals in 1971 and 1972 under Ron Russell. It was the end of the golden period for Griffith which played in seven grand grand finals in nine years, but for only one title. The youngest of three children, Ben was a stand-out against Coolamon, earning the praise of coach Cian Ebert when switching into the ruck and changing in the forward line. He stepped up to first grade this season after capturing the RFL under-18's best and fairest last year. Ian Wade believes the outcome is an even money bet and when the questioned if the Swans can end the lengthy drought he had a simply reply. "Collingwood were in the same boat once and took 30 odd years to win a grand final," he said. "Personally, I believe we can win. The players will have to answer that question themselves." (The Area News - Friday, September 19, 2003).
TIME TO BREAK THE PREMIERSHIP DROUGHT?
It has been 35 years since the Griffith Swans won a first grade grand final - will 2003 be their year again? While the 1968 grand final players are now well and truly retired from the game and many have discovered their team blazers have shrunk in the dark in their cupboards, the 2003 Swans are rearing to go against Turvey Park on Sunday. The 2003 Swans team combines youth and experience and most players have played finals football before. In 2002 the Swans were minor premiers of the Riverina Football League having lost just one match on their way to the decider, but on the day Turvey proved to be the stronger. However, that was 12 months ago and, having been there before and tasted defeat, the Griffith players have emerged stronger for the experience. Now it is time to show that strength, as they look to defeat Turvey, as they did two weeks ago in the major semi-final, and bring the first grade flag back to Griffith. It has been a long tough road the club has travelled in recent years on their way to their second consecutive grand final. After making the grand final in 1991 and suffering defeat, the Swans finished no higher than third until 2002, including missing the entire final series four times. With a new coach last season in Cian Ebert, who has found strong support from the experience of previous coaches Phillip Rowston and Jon O'Dwyer, the Swans swept all before them for the first half of the season. A loss to Turvey mid-season did not halt the juggernaut as they went on to win the rest of their matches and progress to the grand final with a convincing win in the major semi-final over the Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong Lions. Grand final day 2002 did not leave happy memories with any of the players, but that loss will only provide them with greater determination come Sunday. This year has been a different one for Griffith, with injuries threatening the side's chances midway through the season before the majority of players returned fit in time to help them finish second and then move into the grand final with a win over Turvey. Now the 2003 season comes down to one game - four quarters of football in the wide open spaces of Narrandera this Sunday, where Griffith has the chance to break a 35-year premiership drought. (The Area News - Friday, September 19, 2003).
EBERT AIMING TO LEAD SWANS TO VICTORY ON SUNDAY
Cian Ebert learned his trade south of the border in the heart of Australian Football territory. A talented player, he began his first grade career in 1989 with Pakenham Football Club, and played seasons with Dandenong Football Club and Warragul Football Club. It was in his final year at Warragul in 1997 where he was captain, that he began his career on the other side of the whistle, as the team's skills and fitness coach. He made his move into New South Wales in 1998 at the Queanbeyan Football Club as a player and their fitness adviser and skills coach, before shifting back to Victoria as assistant coach of the Cora Lynn Football Club. After two seasons at Cora Lynn, Ebert made his move to Griffith as captain-coach in 2002 and leading them into the grand final. "My coaching style is pretty basic I think. I remember the first night I said we're going to work on the basics and try and improve them and make sure we got them right and once we got our basics right we could try and expand into other areas," Ebert said. "Even our game plan and style of game, it's pretty basic, there's not much that's complicated about it and I think that's probably one of the reasons we've done as well as we have over the last couple of years. "This is my second year at the club, two grand finals so hopefully after the weekend we'll be able to add a premiership to that." Ebert paid tribute to the Swans side for the team's success in the last two years. "We've been lucky with the group of blokes we've had over the last two seasons, so I've been very lucky enough that they listen a little bit to me and try and do some of the things that I get them to do," he said. "This year it has been even more satisfying than last year because we've had so many injuries and many blokes that weren't considered good enough to play senior footy. "We won plenty of games and those blokes just got so much experience out of it and I got so much more satisfaction out of it being the coach. Ebert's coaching style is defined by the way he buys into the team ethos. "It just makes it so much easier when you've got 22 blokes all helping out, rather than just one person trying to do their own thing. "If you're all doing the same thing and you know what the other bloke's going to do, it just makes everything so much easier and you get more individual accolades from everyone being successful than you do from having one or two blokes that go good in a bad side." (The Area News - Friday, September 19, 2003).
SWANS IN GOOD FORM AS THEY CHASE GRAND FINAL GLORY
The venue is the same, the opponents are identical, but the Griffith Swans will be hoping there will be one important difference when they travel to Narrandera on Sunday to take on Turvey Park in the RFL grand final, the result. After coming through the 2002 season with only one loss, the Swans fell at the last hurdle, going down to Turvey Park in a last-gasp loss. This year they have the chance to rewrite the record books, coming through a tough season filled with injuries and inconsistency to have another chance at grand final glory. The side has hit its peak coming into the finals, winning eight consecutive games, including the major semi-final against the Bulldogs two weeks ago. Swans coach Cian Ebert said his side was feeling good coming into the game, despite the history that plagues the team. "I think we've been training fairly well and there's a real sense of 'nothing been done yet, we haven't achieved what we set out to do'," Ebert said. "From the coaching point of view it's fantastic that you can just see in them that they know they've got more to do, they've got more to give. "I think (last year's loss) is something that no matter whether you get the opportunity again, the fact that you lose a grand final is always going to eat away at you, but I think last year, it would have been a fairy tale, it would have been too good to be true if it have worked for us. "This year it's been a totally different situation and having lost last year, the boys will probably appreciate what you have to do a little more." Ebert said having the week off last weekend has assisted the side, given the number of injuries this season as it had allowed for one more week of recovery for those players. He said Turvey Park is a skilful and fast side, with talented players across the park, but the Swans were able to counter this with good versatility. "That's the good thing about us, we've got the versatility, if someone's not playing well in a position, we've probably got three or four options that could go to that position and get us back in a winning situation." (The Area News - Friday, September 19, 2003).
Grand Final - Sunday September 21, 2003 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.30pm
Griffith ............. 4.3 .. 10.6 .. 14.14 .. 20.20 (140)
Turvey Park ... 4.6 .. 7.8 .. 7.11 .. 9.13 (67)
Goals: M Duncan 4, M McDonald 3, J Vant 3, A Greely 3, C Ebert 3, C Conlan, J Bennett, D Curran, P Rowston
Turvey Park: C Cerato 2, W Sykes 2, M Daniher 2, T Carroll, S Nimmo, B Daniher
Best: Griffith: A Greely, Matt Bunn, M McDonald, J O'Dwyer, Myles Bunn, D Curran, P Rowston
Turvey Park: J Fletcher, M Bailey, D Campbell, M Carroll, M Wheatley
Griffith: Myles Bunn, Jonathon O'Dwyer (v-c), Ben Wade; Kaine Malone, Brendan Giason, Matt Bunn; Trevor Clarke, Phillip Rowston, Anthony Greely; Matthew McDonald, Matt Olney, Cian Ebert (coach); Michael Duncan, Jason Vant, Craig Conlan; David Curran, Rodney Duncan (capt), Jamie Bennett; Jeff Mickan, Damien Scott, Ben Ford, Rodney Simpkin
Turvey Park: Ben Rodham, Jeff Fletcher, Nathan Clarke; Michael Wheatley, Ben Brown, Anthony Craig; Dane Campbell, Jeremy Masterson (coach), Blair Campbell (capt); Mitch Daniher, Chris Cerato, Adrian Dowdle; Andrew Loughman, Warren Sykes, Brett Daniher; Michael Wilson, Matt Bailey, Matt Carroll; Truman Carroll, Cameron Barker, Simon Nimmo, Jake Whitty
Umpires: B McDonald, T Beard, D Potts (RUA). Gate: $19,860
Reserves: Coolamon 10.10 (70) d Mangoplah-CUE 6.8 (44)
Umpires: S Crowley, P Hughes, P Guthrie (RUA)
Under 18: Leeton-Whitton 13.14 (92) d Turvey Park 8.13 (61)
Umpires: T McDonald, W Tilyard, G Walsh (RUA)
Netball: - A grade: Turvey Park 55 d Griffith 40; B grade: Turvey Park d Coolamon; C grade: Coolamon 27 d Griffith 26; Juniors U15's: Griffith 23 d Coolamon 6
Match report: Griffith ended 35 years of anguish with a stunning 73 points demolition of nemesis Turvey Park in the Riverina Football League decided at Narrandera Sportsground yesterday. Putting a series of embarrassing grand final disappointments behind them, the Swans blew their opponent’s away in the third quarter to deliver the club’s faithful what they have been chasing since 1968. Half-forward Anthony Greely was outstanding in taking out the Ron Hutchins medal. He proved a constant threat with three goals and formed a lethal attack along side Jason Vant, Cian Ebert and Matt McDonald. Defender Jon O’Dwyer, originally from Barooga, was solid-rock in defence, linking up superbly with Matt & Myles Bunn and Phil Rowston. O’Dwyer said the victory ended years of heartbreak for the Swans. “We put a process into place and the rest looked after itself,” O’Dwyer said. “It’s a sensational feeling. I was a bit stressed earlier in the week when I saw we were playing Turvey Park, but we had a fantastic training run on Wednesday night and things really came on together well. The win is fantastic for all the people who have been waiting so long for this day. It’s a great day.” Turvey Park kicked with the breeze in the opening term, but struggled to apply scoreboard pressure and only led by three points at the first change. Dane Campbell, Matt Carroll and Matt Bailey won there share of the ball and Michael Wheatley cut an imposing figure, repelling many attacks from defence. Griffith started to take control in the second term with it’s height advantage and went into half time with a 17-point buffer thanks to Greely, Myles and Matt Bunn. The real damage was done in the third quarter. The Swans kicked four goals to none and continued Turvey Park’s anguish in the final term with another six goals to two.
Turvey Park’s two major attacking weapons of Warren Sykes and Chris Cerato could only manage four goals between them. “The third quarter was unbelievable,” O’Dwyer said. “We kept driving the ball forward and got the rewards. The players have had confidence in each other all season and it showed out today. Cian (Ebert) has done a terrific job as coach and it’s a great credit to him.” O’Dwyer will be returning to the Murray League next season and could not have departed Griffith on better terms. (Border Mail – Monday September 22, 2003).
GRIFFITH'S GLORY CAUSES MONDAY MADNESS - By Grace Uhr
Anyone looking for a quite drink in Griffith on Monday would have been out of luck, as the Griffith area's winning football codes filled the town's watering outlets with festivities, fun and - frocks?, all in the name of Mad Monday. With the Swans, Blacks and Blueheelers all bringing grand final glory back to Griffith, the streets were abuzz as all three teams enjoyed extended celebrations of their victories. "It's like Christmas Day for footballers," Griffith Blacks captain-coach Guy Ledwidge said. "We're looking forward to catching up with the other coaches and players, so that will be good." The Blacks, who had an extra day to celebrate after winning their grand final on Saturday, based their revelry at Hotel Victoria, with the excitement set to continue further into the week with the team winning its second consecutive premiership over Grenfell. A quick trip down Banna Avenue and into the Area Hotel, would see you greeted with a sea of red as Griffith Swans players proceeded to make up for 35 years without premiership glory. With most players not having been to bed since Sunday's victory over Turvey Park and clearly in need of a laundromat, the red army was out in force, joined in their antics by their netball sides, who played in three of the four division's grand final on Sunday, winning the junior age group. "It's unbelievable," Swans captain Rod Duncan said. "Ten weeks ago we had a team meeting and we said we knew what we wanted and it paid off. "It's been a long time coming, history has been made, the monkey is off our back and hopefully the floodgates will open." Amid the celebration, many of the team had donned hats stating "Griffith Swans 2003: Holy Grail" and many of the side this is what it was, especially Duncan and his younger brother Mick, who had played all their junior football for the club and have seen the club fall at the last hurdle several times in the last few years. Duncan also mentioned Ben Wade, Matt Olney, Jon O'Dwyer and Phil Rowston as club stalwarts, who had been there for many years and whose experience had shone through this season. However, possibly the highlight of Mad Monday's insanity was the Yenda Blueheelers, who that decided an appropriate way to commemorate their victory, would be to don dresses and wigs and take the Yenda Hotel by storm. Yenda defeated West Wyalong on Sunday after coming into the game as underdogs and this was clearly the sweetest of three consecutive wins by the team. "I think the other games we went into as favourites, this year everyone was writing us off, so it was good to get the win up," Yenda five-eight Chris Richards said about the game. "It was definitely the toughest, it was never over until the siren went." (The Area News - Wednesday September 24, 2003).
NETBALL SUCCESS FOR GRIFFITH SWANS IN GRAND FINALS
The Griffith Swans footballers were not the only success story of the club this year with three of its four netball sides making the grand finals this season. The juniors, A grade and C grade teams made the trip to Narrandera on Sunday for the finals, the juniors the only side able to win for the club, but the other two sides putting in superb efforts. The juniors defeated Coolamon in their final 23-6, with Laura Vardanega voted best on court for her performance and good games came from Charlotte Jones and Megan Staines. Coach Louise Hornery said she was proud of the side, who showed great dedication, focus and sportsmanship both in the final and throughout the season. The C grade game saw the Swans lose a riveting encounter against Coolamon 27-26. Coolamon were only able to win the game with a penalty goal after the full-time whistle in a close encounter where the biggest margin was a two point deficit to the Swans at three-quarter time. The side was coached by Cassandra Malone and the Swans best player for the day were Kerrie Staines, Gemma Jones and Kaylene and Nerissa Ward. A grade saw the Swans come up against the stand-out side for the year Turvey Park, Turvey winning the game 55-40. Despite not starting the season in the best form, the Swans rallied late in the year to make the grand final and played a strong game against the minor premiers, the scoreline not reflecting the close nature of the game. The final was a fast-paced game with many turnovers, Robyn and Helen Overs working hard in defence and making many intercepts and Karen Conlan putting in a passionate and inspirational game in her last season with the team. Coach Jodie Landy was also a driving force in the centre court and her never-say-die attitude was obviously a big factor in the Swans success this season. (The Area News - Friday September 26, 2003).
2003 RIVERINA FOOTBALL LEAGUE AWARDS
Seniors: Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal
23 - Shane Lenon (Ganmain-GGM); 21 - Matthew Hard (Coolamon); 18 - Andrew Lieschke (Mangoplah-CUE); 16 - Rodney Duncan (Griffith); 15 - Jamie Bennett (Griffith); 14 - Daryl Clayton (Leeton-Whitton); 12 - Scott Hamblin (Ganmain-GGM); 11 - Nathan Irvine (Ganmain-GGM), Chris Smith (Narrandera), Blair Campbell, Dane Campbell (Turvey Park); 9 - Murray Hamblin (Ganmain-GGM), Scott Allen (Mangoplah-CUE), Matt Bailey, Jeremy Masterson (Turvey Park); 8 - Shaun Bradley (Coolamon), Brad Burkinshaw, James Geale (East Wagga-Kooringal), Matthew Carroll (Turvey Park); 7 - Luke Maloney (Coolamon), Kane Bullock, Matthew Robertson (Leeton-Whitton), Damon Burden (Narrandera), 6 - Michael Moodie, James McKenzie (Coolamon), Jamie Broadbent (Leeton-Whitton), Matt Creasy (Mangoplah-CUE), 5 - Keiran Drum (Coolamon), Cian Ebert, Jeff Mickan (Griffith), Adam Cameron (Leeton-Whitton), Ashley Thomson (Narrandera), Mitch Daniher, Andrew Loughman (Turvey Park); 4 - Adam McKenzie (Coolamon), Clint Campbell (East Wagga-Kooringal), Anthony Greely (Griffith), Kurt Bullock (Leeton-Whitton), Brendan Roberson, Jeremy Rowe (Mangoplah-CUE), Brett Daniher (Turvey Park); 3 - Brett Garrett (Coolamon), Mitchell Carroll (Ganmain-GGM), Michael Duncan, Jason Malone, Matthew McDonald, Jonathan O'Dwyer, Phillip Rowston, Jason Vant (Griffith), Lachlan Hutchins, Jack Vearing (Narrandera), Casey Godde, Neil Lawson, Brad Sanbrook (Mangoplah-CUE), Cameron Barker, Michael Wilson, Warren Sykes (Turvey Park); 2 - Anthony Breust, Andrew McCaig, Brendan McKelvie (Coolamon), Phillip Evans, Ben Perkins (East Wagga-Kooringal), David Curran, Andrew Hill, Matthew Olney, Damien Scott (Griffith), David EIwin (Leeton-Whitton), Dean Hopwood, Brett Powell, Brent Richens (Narrandera), Chris Higgins (Mangoplah-CUE); 1 - Chris Kelly, David Logan, Michael Mazzocchi, Clinton Renner (Ganmain-GGM), Matthew Bunn (Griffith), Brad Waters (Leeton-Whitton), Geoff Spriggs (Mangoplah-CUE), Michael Wheatley (Turvey Park).
Reserves - Frank Gaynor Medal
13 - Scott Bradley (Coolamon) & Greg Dreyer (Griffith); 12 - Terry Lyons (Leeton-Whitton); 11 - Jason Mattingly (Coolamon), Luke Kendall (Mangoplah-CUE), Matthew Harrison (Narrandera); 10 - Cecil Parr (Coolamon), Troy O'Callaghan (Leeton-Whitton). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 7 - Trent Bradley; 4 - Kris Duncan, Andrew Trotter; 3 - Warwick Armstrong, Trevor Clarke, Michael Duncan, Dominic Giorgi, Anthony Greely, Brenton Harrison, Matt Molloy; 2 - Chris Conlan, Grant Lamont, Matthew Olney; 1 - Rodney Simpkin.
Under 18 - Lou Brown Medal
20 - Brett Guest (Leeton-Whitton); 17 - Mayah McIntosh (Turvey Park); 14 - Jeff Talbot (Coolamon); 13 - Ryan Chamberlain (Coolamon); 10 - Chad Hamblin (Ganmain-GGM). Griffith players to receive votes were: 9 - Kris Duncan; 8 - Terry Condon; 3 - Jason Hampel, Reece Hill; 2 - Dean Catanzariti, Tim Finn, Brendan Hicken.
Seniors: Top Goalkickers (h/a) - Stewart Fraser Trophy
83 - Warren Sykes (Turvey Park); 58 - Clinton Renner (Ganmain-GGM); 48 - Vason Vant (Griffith); 45 - Scott Allen (Mangoplah-CUE); 43 - Matthew Hard (Coolamon); 41 - Scott Hamblin (Ganmain-GGM), Jamie Bennett, Andrew Hill (Griffith).
Reserves - Griggs Trophy
77 - Cecil Parr (Coolamon); 55 - Sid Rynehart (Mangoplah-CUE); 39 - Jed Lawton (Ganmain-GGM); 37 - Ashley Gardner (Griffith), Neil McCallum (Leeton-Whitton); 32 - John Anderson (Ganmain-GGM)
Under 18 - Dalco Trophy
83 - James Elliott (Turvey Park); 36 - Craig Websdale (Mangoplah-CUE); 34 - Mitchell Hayden (Mangoplah-CUE); 25 - Jamie Parr (Coolamon), Craig Curry (Leeton-Whitton), Mathew Malone (Turvey Park);
RFL Rep. player of the Year: Matthew Hard (Coolamon)
Tooheys New Rising Star: Andrew Lieschke (Mangoplah-CUE)
Club Championships: Turvey Park
Netball: Best & Fairest
A grade: n/a ; B grade: Narelle Brown (Leeton-Whitton);
C grade: n/a; Juniors U15's: Tenni Howe (Leeton-Whitton).
Miss RFL Girl of the Year
Winner: Linda Fattore (Griffith), Runners-up: Alana Steele (Mangoplah-CUE) & Naomi Symons (Ganmain-GGM)
2003 GOALS - RESERVES & UNDER 18's GRADES
Reserves: Warwick Armstrong 10, Duane Ashcroft 1, Daniel Best 2, Shane Best 1, Michael Blackburn 1, Matthew Bortolin 0, Trent Bradley 5, Owen Brown 2, Mark Cameron 0, Colin Cassidy 6, Dean Catanzariti 2, Glenn Ceccato 0, Damon Clark 1, Chris Conlan 21, Shawn Conlan 1, Dan Coromandel 1, Nathan Creevy 1, Linden Cullen 0, Greg Dreyer 8, Kane Duncan 1, Kris Duncan 5, Michael Duncan 4, Dennis Dunstan 2, Anthony Freyer 2, Rick Frkovic 7, Ashley Gardner 42, Brendan Giason 2, Andrew Gifford 1, Dom Giorgi 5, Anthony Greely 1, Jason Hampel 3, Scott Hanniford 1, Brenton Harrison 28, Brendan Hicken 11, Andrew Hill 11, Daniel Hill 3, Ryan Hill 3, Ajay Kearney 0, Grant Lamont 1, Brett Lanyon 0, Jason Malone 0, Kaine Malone 5, Matthew McDonald 2, Matt Molloy 1, Matthew Olney 2, Brett Owen 2, David Pasin 2, Gregg Payne 0, Andrew Romagnolo 11, Rodney Savage 0, Rodney Simpkin 7, Simon Spiers 2, Luke Testoni 3, Peter Thornton 4, Andrew Trotter 3, Wayne Tyndall 8, Glenn Vaccari 0. Coach: Greg Dreyer.
Under 18: Rhys Best 2, Rheis Brill 0, Tom Campbell 0, Dean Catanzariti 1, Daniel Condon 3, Terry Condon 4, Brady Corbett 3, Luke Corbett 1, Dan Coromandel 0, Mathew Crack 4, Kris Duncan 6, Tim Finn 1, Eddie Gilbert 1, Luke Habel 0, Jason Hampel 1, Brendan Hicken 7, Kris Hicken 1, Reece Hill 3, Lucas Kidd 2, Tim Matheson 1, Alistair McCorkelle 0, Matthew Mickan 3, Peter Moore 0, Clinton Munro 0, Rhys Newman 0, Rudi Pastro 0, Matt Smith 0, Shaun Stubbs 0, Mark Wade 2, Tom Webb 3. Coaches: George Duncan / Joe Catanzariti.
2003 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS
Debuts: April 5 - Jason Hampel, Ryan Hill, Matthew McDonald; May 18 - Anthony Greely; June 1 - Terry Condon, Rick Frkovic, Ajay Kearney.
Final Games / Goals: Trevor Clarke (69 / 19), Terry Condon (1 / 1), Cian Ebert (30 / 26), Anthony Greely (15 / 16), Ajay Kearney (2 / 0), Kaine Malone (70 / 47), Jonathan O'Dwyer (75 / 16), Matthew Olney (64 / 70), Jason Vant (35 / 77)
2003 GRIFFITH AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL CLUB AWARDS
Saturday October, 2003 at Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club
Major Sponsor: Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club
Best & Fairest: Rodney Duncan
Runner-up: Jonathan O'Dwyer
Most Consistent: Jamie Bennett
Most Improved: Myles Bunn
Best Utility (Fergie King Memorial): Matthew Bunn
Best in Finals: Ben Wade
Most Goals Kicked: Jason Vant
Coach’s Award: Simon Spiers
Best & Fairest: Chris Conlan
Runner-up: Rick Frkovic
Most Consistent: Andrew Trotter
Most Improved: Matt Molloy
Best Utility: Wayne Tyndall
Best in Finals: Kane Duncan
Most Goals Kicked: Ashley Gardner
Coach’s Award: Brett Lanyon
Best & Fairest: Terry Condon
Runner-up: Kris Duncan
Most Consistent: Dean Catanzariti
Most Improved: Daniel Coromandel
Best Utility: Brendan Hicken
Most Goals Kicked (Brian Files Memorial): Kris Duncan
Coach’s Award: Dean Catanzariti & Kris Duncan
Most Promising Player (Ronnie Williams Memorial): Reece Hill
Encouragement Award (Fred Owen Memorial Shield): Brady Corbett
Rookie of the Year (Gloria Butcher Memorial): Tim Matheson
Best & Fairest: Karen Conlan
Players’ Player: Karen Conlan
Coach’s Award: Kristen Ireland
Best & Fairest: Samatha Clarke
Players’ Player: Pip Ainsworth
Coach’s Award: Rebecca Wade
Best & Fairest: Kayleen Ward
Players’ Player: Jodie Landy & Leanne Scott
Coach’s Award: Linda Fattore
Best & Fairest: Beth Campbell & Laura Vardanega
Coach’s Award: Tenille Catanzariti
Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson (Joan Hicks Memorial): Damien Scott
Club Person of the Year (Bill Simmons Memorial): Joe Catanzariti
AFL Volunteer Recognition Awards: Ffiona Beverley, George & Donna Duncan, Damien & Leanne Scott, Bob & Brenda Spears and Ian Wade
Travelworld Player of the Year: Terry Condon.