2006 RFL SEASON
Apr 2 LW (a) Apr 8 GGGM (h) Apr 23 CR (a) Apr 29 (MCUE (h) May 7 TP (a) May 13 EH (h) May 20 Rep May 28 NI (h) June 4 LW (a) Jun 18 GGGM (h) Jun 25 CR (a) Jul 1 MCUE (a) Jul 9 TP (h) Jul 16 EH (a) Jul 22 NI (a) Aug 6 LW (h) Aug 13 GGGM (a) Aug 20 CR (h) Aug 26 MCUE (h)
Finals - Sep 2 QF Sep 3 EF Sep 9 SF1 Sep 10 SF2 Sep 17 PF Sep 24 GF
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IN: Joel Brown (Leeton-Whitton), Larry Cavallo (Merbein), Sam Hickleton (Bannockburn), Luke McLean (Newcomb Power), Daniel Meade (Deakin Uni), Tom Morgan (Bridgewater, SA), Dan O'Connor (Thomson), Nathan Petersen-Gray (Mt Lofty, SA).
OUT: Tim Birks (UK), Trent Bradley, Adam Brander (MDU), Adrian Burns (MDU), Mathew Crack (work), David Curran (Barellan), Jason Hampel, Nic Hetherington (Narrandera); Tom Morgan (South Aust.), Dan O'Connor (Thomson).
SWANS SIGN COACH - By Matt Malone
THE Griffith Swans have signed their new coach for the 2006 season - 2005 Victorian Country Football League medallist Luke McLean. McLean, 25, will have his first crack at senior coaching with the Swans, but will arrive in Griffith from Victoria with outstanding credentials as a prolific onballer. McLean spent 2005 with Newcomb Power in the Bellarine Football League, where he claimed the premiership, club best and fairest and best on ground in the grand final. With always having ambitions to coach, McLean can't wait to get started with the Swans.
"It's very exciting, I'm looking forward to getting here and meeting the boys," McLean. "I'm happy to get my chance at coaching, I've been an assistant coach since about 22 or 23, so it's good to get the opportunity."
Having seen the Swans in action through videos, McLean is happy with what he sees, but will still aim to bring players with him. "I've had a look at a couple of tapes and they look to be very young and enthusiastic,: McLean said. "We'll use a pretty simple game plan, work on the one percenters and play as a team. "I've been chatting to a few young fellas down here and some blokes are on footy trips, but I hope to bring a few players with me." McLean met with some of the Swans officials two weekends ago and was quite impressed.
"They were very professional," McLean said. "It seems like a good country footy club. And the competition seems like it's a pretty good standard, I'm hoping we'll be able to get back into the grand final." In something the current Swans can look forward to, McLean is big on fitness which he hopes to stamp into his new team. "I'm doing a fitness course at the moment and I want us to be fit, hard-running side," he said. After head-hunting McLean, Swans president George Duncan was thrilled to have signed the new coach.
"We're very happy, we've chased him for a while and we knew that he was talking to a few other clubs, so we're happy to get him," Duncan said. "Judging from his football resume, we're looking forward to some good stuff. "Now, hopefully, the locals can get behind and support him."
(The Area News - Wednesday November 2, 2005).
SINGH APOLOGISES TO SWANS - By Matt Malone
EIGHT months after star recruit walked out on the Griffith Swans, Balraj Singh admits he's sorry, regrets his actions and hasn't ruled out a return. The imposing centre-half-forward remarkably left the club after the Swans' first game and has since had time to think about the situation and wants to make things right. Singh arrived in Griffith just days out from the Swans' opening clash earlier this year amid plenty of hype and anticipation and the former Adelaide Crows didn't disappoint in his first showing.
But only days later, Singh left the Swans without notice and moved back to Melbourne where he spent the season with Mooroopna in the Goulburn Valley Football League, booting 63 goals in 15 games. Currently in Sydney, Singh said he was sorry for what he did to the Swans.
"I would sincerely like to apologise to the Griffith Football Club and especially George Duncan for what he had done to get me to Griffith," Singh said. "I dearly regret leaving there, especially when there was friendship involved with a few of the boys."
While in Melbourne, Singh admitted to following the Swans' results throughout the year and even blamed himself for Griffith not finishing as high as they would have liked. Singh has since learned from his mistake and hopes for forgiveness from the Griffith club.
"This incident will give me valuable experience for the future and keeps me in good stead for not repeating my actions to another club, unfortunately it was Griffith that it happened to," Singh said. "I wish the club all the best in future years and wish their new coach all the best in his first year of his coaching career ... I hope they get into the grand final, where where they should be with their outstanding local footballers and juniors coming through." As for the chances of Singh lining up with the Swans in years to come, only slight.
"Never say never but I don't think they would want me back anyway," Singh said. (The Area News - Wednesday November 9, 2005).
CHARITY TICKLED PINK OVER SWANS' FUNDRAISER SUCCESS - By Matt Malone
WHEN the Griffith Swans donned the pink guernsey for their home game against Coolamon late in the season, it had a lot of people laughing. But the Swans and the Griffith Breast Cancer Support Group had the last laugh this week when the football and netball club handed over $3500 from the fundraiser. Over one busy weekend, the Swans were able to raise the funds through an auction of the Swans netballers' bums on a Friday night, walking the streets with buckets on the Saturday and a raffle at the footy on Sunday. Griffith Breast Cancer Support Group's Jan Newman said she was thrilled with the donation. "I'm ecstatic, it was such a wonderful day," Newman said. "It just shows again and again the generosity of the Griffith people." Ms Newman said the money would go towards those dealing with all kinds of cancer. "We supply people with wigs ... and provide support for people affected by cancer," she said. "And it's not only breast cancer it's all type of cancer." Griffith Swans treasu