2010 RFNL SEASON RESULTS

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PLAYER TRANSFERS

IN: Cameron Arnold (Hillston), Jarrad Cox, Frank Coyne, Luke Humphries, Brett Pickett and Gregory Pickett (West Aust.), Roland Finch, Matthew Hogan, Theo Valeri (Canberra), Josh Whelan (Deniliquin Rams),

OUT: Blair Alban, Jason Bertacco (Hanwood S.C.), Myles Bunn, Rodney Duncan, David Pasin, Rodney Simpkin, Simon Spiers, Chris Toohey; Jarrad Cox, Frank Coyne, Brett Pickett and Gregory Pickett (West Aust.).

 A SWANSONG FOR BOB, BRENDA AND FFIONA 

The Griffith Swans has paid homage to three of its most passionate long-term volunteers. Ffiona Beverley, and Bob and Brenda Spears will wind back their roles with the Swans from 2010 after spending half their lives filling various positions at the club. Bob Spears, a former top flight player with both Griffith (South West League) and Barellan-Binya, in the now-defunct Barellan League. Over the past 46 years he has filled a multitude of positions - from players rep and selector to selling raffle tickets and manning the gate on game days. Spears will remain involved with his beloved Swans but said it was time to let some of the younger brigade take over. He paid tribute to his wife Brenda, saying she was much of the reason behind his dedication to the club. "A lot of credit should go to Brenda because she loves footy and loves the red and white as much as I do," Spears said. "The club has been a big part of our lives for a long time."

Perhaps Spears' most important role - and admittedly his toughest - has been to help lure key out-of-town players and coaches to a city still perceived as an Aussie Rules backwater. "It is very hard to attract coaches and players," he said. "We offer good money but the first question they ask is 'where is Griffith'?  "The mentality of the players and their commitment has changed a lot over the years too. These days they'll go on holidays and get bloody married in the middle of the season. "That was unheard of in my day." Spears emphasised he was leaving the club on good terms and said while he would retire from recruitment and working the gate, he would still sell raffle tickets on a Friday night.  He nominated Sid Robins as the best player he had seen come through the club. And he said the game itself had changed dramatically over the years. "I think the standard has actually dropped locally but the game is certainly quicker now," he said. "It was a lot tougher in our day and you didn't end up in the judiciary every week because someone threw a punch in the match." At the recent Swans presentation night, Spears was given the AFL Volunteer of the Year award for this region.
Meanwhile, Ffiona Beverley was honoured with a 25 years service to the club award. She said after a quarter of a century it was time to ease back her official duties with the club. Unless us older ones start stepping down the younger one's won't do it," Beverley said. "I still have a passion for the club though." Beverley has filled every committee position except president in her 25 years, most recently acting as treasurer. She said while she had confidence in the club's future, the current committee had a storm to weather. "We could find ourselves in an invidious position if we can't get off the bottom of the ladder," she said. "Unless we recruit more players we would easily be relegated to the Farrer League. "You have no idea how hard we work in the off-season to find those players ... it's just very difficult. "And sometimes the commitment isn't there from this generation of player." (The Area News - Monday October 26, 2009)

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 HART PROVIDES NEW BLOOD FOR SWANS - By Scott Hazlewood 

In a bid to take the club back to its glory days the Griffith Swans board have brought in some new coaching blood for the 2010 Riverina Foootball League season, with Western Australian product Sam Hart signing a one-year deal with the club. The news comes as a massive boost for the club that is looking to turn its talent on paper into finals appearances and a premier flag in the premier league in the state.

Hart was in Griffith late last week to inspect his new club and meet the senior players, with Swans president Robert Harrington very excited about the 26-year-old will be able to bring to the club. "He's signed on for one year, but we'll look at how things go as the season progresses but we're very happy with him, so Matt Noonan will be the player coach and Sam will be assistant," Harrington said. Harrington said Hart's experience at his relatively young age will allow him to pass on his knowledge in a way that will be able to inspire the new breed of talented young players the Swans currently enjoy. "At this stage I think he might bring a fair bit of enthusiasm as well," Harrington said.  Having enjoyed a long and successful competitive career in his native life, Hart was on the brink of making the big time, having played five games with Coburg in Victoria, and in with a show for a place in the Richmond Tigers squad. Hart's injection into the club could be the catalyst it needs, as the Swans face 12 of the most important months in its existence, as it fights to avoid relegation our of the premier RFL competition.

The club is also getting its off-season business sorted out in the lower grades, with Daniel Best unveiled as the club's second grade coach for season 2010 ahead of its pre-season training on December 1. Harrington also confirmed the club is still in talks with new players for 2010 and said more news should develop before the end of the year. (The Area News - Monday November 23, 2009).

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 SWANS GIVE HART 'GOOD VIBE' - By Scott Hazlewood 

New Griffith assistant coach Sam Hart said he is desperate to take the Swans back to the finals and to add a premiership flag to his already long list of achievements in his native Western Australia. The dynamite full-forward who kicked 87 goals this season, said he was impressed by the set-up the Swans have in place but said he hoped to add an extra level of desire in the playing group for 2010, and hopefully beyond. "The club's pretty professional as it is at the moment, but the clubs I have played for over here are very, very professionally run, and hopefully I can improve that a little bit and I'm looking to improve that a little bit and I'll be looking to improve some of the young players," Hart said. "But I was very impressed, I got a very good vibe as soon as I got off the plane." 
During the first half of the 2009 season, Hart played for the Rockingham Rams in the Peel League before switching to the Harvey Bulls in the South West Football League. The change in club didn't effect Hart's form, as he went on to win the goal-kicking awards for both clubs and was selected for representative honours. Swans officials had asked Hart to take over the head coaching job next season, but the newest recruit said he would prefer to let Matt Noonan takeover the role until he can run his eye over the level of talent in the club.

"The first year will be for me to get to know the players and the year after I want to take the reigns, they wanted me to do that first off but its a bit too hard to do that when I don't know the players, so after I can see what they can do I'll be able to work with them," he said. "I did a bit of my own research on the RFL speaking to a few people that have been over there, it's a very competitive league, but we've just got to work hard and the results will come. "Myself and Matt Noonan spoke over the weekend and I think he and I will work really well together, because we have the same kind of football brain. "Hart returned to WA after agreeing to terms with the Swans, and will return to take part in pre-season training on February 16. (The Area News - Wednesday November 25, 2009).

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 SWAN RETURNS TO NEST - By Scott Hazlewood 

The Griffith Swans have received a massive off-season boost with the news star midfielder Michael Duncan has agreed to return to the club despite fielding offers from clubs across the country for his services this season. More than 10 other sides expressed their interest in the two-time NSW representative, but the lure of winning a premiership with the only club he has ever played for proved too much for the long-time Swan. In what is shaping up as one of the most important Riverina Football League seasons ever for Griffith, Duncan's return is just the news the club needed after they missed out on the signature of exciting Western Australian youngster Cameron Kickett this week.

The 27-year-old admits he was tempted by some of the offers fronted to him, but said he wanted to help good friend Matt Noonan and incoming assistant coach Sam Hart get the Swans to the grand final. "I added it all up, and if these guys that are coming from WA are as good as they say then it's going to be a good season on the footy side of things, and with Matt being a good friend I wanted to help him as much as I could," Duncan said. "I know the basketball (Griffith Demons) side of things is going to be good as well so I'm hoping that around September that I could be a chance of winning two premierships. "But they pick the NSW (AFL) side this year as well. If my form is any good hopefully I can get in that team again. That's just a personal goal, but I wouldn't mind having a crack at getting my third NSW spot.

Adding to his desire to see the red and white succeed has been an annoying injury toll for Duncan last season, which saw him miss several games for the Swans and the Demons in the State League basketball due to foot and hip complaints. But the point guard and rover said he is feeling better prepared to tackle the rigours of two sports that frequently see him travel late into the night after Demons games so he can run onto the Exies Oval for his other team the next day. "The last two years I have had a few injuries and now I'm probably as fit as I ever have been, physically, and mentally," he said. "So I just want to have a fair crack at both competitions before I go, just to reward the footy and the basketball teams for the last two years of going through injured." Duncan's commitment to the cause could not come at a better time for the Swans as they look to climb up the RFL rankings in order to stay away from the dreaded relegation zone.

As part of the shake-up of the game in the Riverina, the bottom two sides in the RFL this season will be dropped to the Farrer League, a fate Duncan says cannot be allowed to happen to the club. "If we did go back to that league then it's not good for the town and trying to attract players to the club would get even harder," he said. "But if everybody gets behind the team and the coaches then there's no reason why we can't go places." (The Area News - Friday February 19, 2010).

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 2010 SEASON PREVIEW 

Griffith captain-coach Matt Noonan has downplayed the loss of assistant Sam Hart ahead of Sunday’s season-opening local derby against Leeton-Whitton. The Swans lured Hart all the way from Perth where the entertaining full-forward was set to take on the assistant coach role under Noonan. But Hart lasted one training session in Griffith before fleeing back to Western Australia, where he is now seeking a clearance back to his former club Peel. Griffith is set to allow the clearance, but will seek the sign-on and relocation fees from Peel before allowing the clearance. Noonan said Hart was not up to it. “Sam wasn’t the real deal,” Noonan said. “He talked it up but he couldn’t handle it.”  A tough training session in the gymnasium was enough for Hart to decide that Griffith was not the club for him “I think he thought it would be easy,” Noonan said. “I think he thought given it was country NSW, it wouldn’t be too hard. “He came to a training session and I don’t think he realised how tough it would be.”

The Swans are still likely to welcome three Western Australian recruits, who arrived in Griffith this week. They will come through the reserve grade, after missing the entire pre-season. Noonan is happy with how Griffith is shaping up, but said the round one encounter against a Crows side severely depleted in the off-season was a total unknown. “We’ll be pretty young.” Noonan said. “We’ll be a lot taller than last year, we’ve managed to get a couple of key position players up the field. “Everything should pan out well, we’ll just wait and see. I wouldn’t say I was confident but I would say we’re ready to go.” Noonan said the Swans will be “pretty much” full-strength for Sunday’s round one clash at Leeton. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Friday April 9, 2010). 

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Round 1 - Sunday April 11, 2010 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm

Leeton-Whitton .... 1.1 .. 2.4 .. 3.5 .. 6.8 (44)

Griffith ................... 2.4 .. 2.5 .. 6.7 .. 6.8 (44)

Goals: Leeton-Whitton: S Iannelli 2, N Doolin, G Lee, B Dryburgh, M Irvin

Grifith: M Duncan 2, J Fallon, J Whelan, L Humphries, T Matheson

Best: Leeton-Whitton: K Stockton, M Irvin, B Boots, N Doolin, T Stiller

Griffith: M Duncan, M Crack, J Fallon, B Owen, J Mickan, M Noonan

Griffith: L Piccolo, M Noonan, J Tyrell; M Duncan, R Finch*, T Matheson; B Ford, B Owen, J Gastin; L Humphries*, J Mickan, A Overs; D Crack, J Whelan*, K Duncan; S Curran, M Crack, J Fallon; M Harris, M Kenny, J Cox*

Umpires: R Dedini, P Smith, R Johnston (RUA)

Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 6.9 (45) d Griffith 6.8 (44)

Griffith: Brett Pickett 2, R Johns, J Ryan, M Hogan, L Catanzariti

Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 14.19 (103) d Griffith 6.9 (45)

Griffith: B Watts 3, P Whittard 2, C Hutchinson

Match report: A final quarter capitulation has seen the Griffith Swans squander a 20-point lead to draw with the Leeton-Whitton Crows at Leeton yesterday. In a match where both sides’ fortunes swung on the breeze, Griffith was forced to to kick into the howling wind in the fourth quarter as the Crows put up the spinnaker. In the last frenzied seconds of the match, the Swans were charging towards the goal posts for a least a point before the siren cruelly denied them. Swans player Mick Duncan, who scored two goals in the match, was philosophical about the result. “I suppose two points is better than none,” Duncan said. “We were in front for most of the game but the breeze was so powerful in the final quarter and in a way we did well to hold on. “We were pretty confident going into the match that if we had played four consistent quarters we’d be OK but the wind played a huge part in the game. “There was probably 10 new players in our side and we’ll be better for the run … there’s certainly a lot of positives for us to take out of the game.” Griffith was a point up at half time but accelerated to a 20-point lead at the final break before the weather gods had there say. Duncan and Tim Matheson were among Griffith’s best, Brett Owen was damaging through the middle, while Matt Crack also had a strong game. Kabe Stockton was the best for the Crows, playing tight in defence and giving the Crows plenty of drive, Brad Boots was prolific across the ground while captain Dave Elwin was strong in the backline. (The Area News – Monday April 11, 2010).

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Round 2 - Saturday April 17, 2010 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ................1.0 .. 7.1 .. 8.5 .. 11.8 (74)

Wagga Tigers .... 2.2 .. 6.4 .. 9.5 .. 12.7 (79)

Goals: Griffith: L Humphries 3, J Whelan 3, M Harris 2, C Arnold, D Crack, S Curran

Wagga: S Terlich 6, D Papworth 2, D Davey, J Larwood, A Dikkenburg, J Hodges

Best: Griffith: L Humphries, S Curran, J Fallon, T Matheson, L Piccolo, M Crack

Wagga: P Noonan, S Terlich, D Davey, J Oehm, J Osbeiston, D Papworth

Griffith: L Piccolo, M Noonan, J Tyrell; M Duncan, R Finch, T Matheson; B Ford, B Owen, J Gastin; J Cox, J Mickan, J Whelan; L Humphries, M Harris, C Arnold*; S Curran, M Crack, J Fallon; D Crack, M Kenny, K Duncan

Umpires: P Smith, P McCormack, M Rowe (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 17.11 (113) d Griffith 10.8 (68)

Goals: B Pickett 6, D Keenan, M Tyndall, C Lugton, M Hogan

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 14.12 (96) d Griffith 13.11 (89)

Goals: T Blissett 2, K Hillier 2, A Tarr 2, C Hutchinson, C Moore, J Parr, J Tyndall, Theo Valeri, B Watts, P Whittard

Match report: The Griffith Swans are still searching for there first win after an excruciating five point loss to Wagga Tigers at Exies Oval last Saturday. Luck deserted the Swannies at critical times in the match, with errant goal-kicking and basic skill errors allowing the Tigers to cling onto the points. But despite the defeat, which come on the back of a draw at Leeton in the side’s opening match, captain-coach Matt Noonan remains optimistic about the 2010 season. “The boys put in a mammoth four-quarter effort and I could never doubt their intensity or endeavor,” Noonan said. We let ourselves down though a couple of skill errors and we missed three or four get-able goals but we just need to keep forging ahead, we can’t dwell on it. “You need a real confidence and belief to win these close games and I think that something we’re still working on.” In a see-sawing match, the Tigers ability to get cleaner ball into the forward line and their kicking efficiency proved the difference, with the Swans having to work hard to get the ball inside 50. Teenage full-forward Josh Whelan kicked three goals for the Swans, matched by Luke Humphries with three and Michael Harris with two. Best players for Griffith were Humphries, Shaun Curran, James Fallon, Tim Matheson, Luke Piccolo and Matt Crack. Shannon Terlich was brilliant for the Tigers, kicking six goals. (The Area News – Monday April 19, 2010).

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Round 3 - Saturday April 24, 2010 at Griffith Exies Oval 5.00pm

Griffith ........... 3.2 .. 3.3 .. 6.5 .. 9.6 (60)

Narrandera ... 1.4 .. 1.6 .. 2.6 .. 5.8 (38)

Goals: Griffith: A Overs 2, B Pickett 2, S Curran, B Owen, M Duncan, J Whelan, K Duncan

Narrandera: D Dai 2, J Grintell, Z Litchfield, T Mathieson

Best: Griffith: S Curran, A Overs, J Mickan, M Crack, M Duncan, B Owen

Narrandera: Z Beaumont, J Doyle, S Hutchins, D Burden, L Hunter, Z Litchfield

Griffith: J Gastin, M Noonan, R Finch; M Duncan, M Kenny, T Matheson; B Ford, J Mickan, A Overs; G Pickett*, J Whelan, B Owen; L Humphries, S Curran, K Duncan; M Harris, M Crack, J Fallon; C Arnold, D Crack, T Blissett*

Umpires: M Rowe, R Wilson, N Butland (RUA)

Reserves: Narrandera 6.6 (42) d Griffith 4.7 (31)

Goals: J Cox 2, K Russell 2

Under 17: Griffith 15.14 (104) d Narrandera 6.6 (42)

Goals: L Vico 4, C Moore 3, K Hillier 2, P Rose 2, J Tyndall 2, A Tarr, J Crowe

Match report: Griffith Swans are off the mark in the Riverina Football League after recording a gutsy 22-point win over the Narrandera Eagles at a soggy Exies Oval on Saturday night. A torrential downpour earlier in the day robbed the game of any spectacle, but the Swans showed they wanted the game more as they recorded their first for the 2010 season. Griffith coach Matt Noonan knew his side would be in for an arm-wrestle against the Eagles even before they were presented with a heavy track, but praised his players for the “intensity” shown from start to finish. “Probably our best attribute for the day was the level of fight we showed with our tackling, our attack and intensity around the ball. “Noonan said.  “And secondly our direction was great, we just played simple footy, we kicked it long and direct and it got down there enough and we ended up with the scores.  “The conditions were as they were being wet weather footy and we just had to play to it, and for a lot of the game we did.” An indication of a low-scoring nature of the game came in the first quarter with the sides only kicking four goals between them, with the Swans leading by less than two kicks. The game became even tighter just before the long break, with only three behinds added to both teams scores as the tense battle remained up for grabs, a fact that was not lost on Noonan as he addressed his troops at half-time. “It was still in the balance all the way through, we just needed to maintain our form and not allow them (Narrandera) to get any run-ons, like the (Wagga) Tigers did the week before,” Noonan said. The Swans found their range in front of goals in the third term as they put a handy buffer on the Eagles, who despite kicking three majors of their own, were unable to run down the Swans as inaccuracy in front of goal cost the visitors. “It was a full team effort really, a few blokes needed to stand up did so and played their little part which is really pleasing to see,” Noonan said. “It wasn’t a day when a lot of pressure was loaded on two or three guys, it was spread across the whole team and they stood up and made a statement that we’re going to win this as a team.”  (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday April 26, 2010)

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Round 4 - Sunday May 2, 2010 at Maher Oval 2.10pm

Turvey Park .... 6.3 .. 11.5 .. 17.9 .. 18.9 (117)

Griffith ............ 2.0 .. 2.1 .. 8.3 .. 17.7 (109)

Goals: Turvey Park: J Brooks 5, K Hannigan 2, J Elliott 2, D Campbell 2, C Beckmans 2, J Hoey, R Blundell, G Ward, D Ward, D Brown

Griffith: L Humphries 5, F Coyne 4, M Duncan 2, M Hogan, G Pickett, M Crack, J Mickan, D Crack, C Lugton

Best: Turvey Park: R Blundell, C Beckmans, J Brooks, K Hannigan, C Cerato, S Roberts

Griffith: S Curran, L Humphries, B Owen, J Gastin, M Duncan, G Pickett

Griffith: D Catanzariti, M Noonan, C Lugton; B Ford, R Finch, M Duncan; B Pickett*, J Gastin, T Blissett; L Humphries, M Harris, G Pickett; K Duncan, M Hogan*, D Crack, S Curran, M Crack, B Owen; J Cox, F Coyne*, J Mickan

Umpires: C Moore, R Dedini, B Robinson (RUA)

Reserves: Turvey Park 14.9 (93) d Griffith 7.10 (52)

Goals: Theo Valeri 4, J Harris, K Russell, M Tyndall

Under 17: Turvey Park 25.25 (175) d Griffith 7.1 (45)

Goals: C Moore 4, K Hillier, M Griffin, J Tyndall

Match report: Turvey Park held off a huge last quarter comeback from Griffith to post a thrilling eight-point win at Maher Oval yesterday. A brilliant first half performance from the Bulldogs proved to be enough in the end, despite Griffith booting the last seven goals of the game. Turvey Park led by 60 points at three-quarter-time but went to sleep as Griffith piled on nine goals to one in the final term to give the Bulldogs an all-mighty fright.  It meant back-to-back victories for the Bulldogs, winning 18.9 (117) to 17.7 (109).  Turvey Park did have some reason for the last quarter fade-out, with the Bulldogs suffering four injuries and having no bench in the final term. Five players were also yellow carded and sent off during the final term, three from Turvey Park and two from Griffith, all resulting from one scuffle. Turvey Park captain-coach Brad Burkinshaw let his disappointment known to his players but was still happy to walk away with a win. “We were really good in the first half then we just got a bit far ahead of ourselves,” Burkinshaw said afterwards. Turvey Park were brilliant early as teenage forward Jack Brooks sparked the Bulldogs with three first quarter goals as they raced to 27-point lead at the first break. The second quarter was all one-way traffic as Turvey Park kicked five unanswered goals to stretch the lead to what appeared to be a match-winning break of 58-points. A big win looked on the cards for Turvey Park but Griffith dug their toes in and were a lot more competitive during an even third quarter. Then all of a sudden, the Swans sprouted wings in the final term to charge home to just miss out. Burkinshaw gave the Bulldogs a spray at three-quarter-time and was even less impressed after the final quarter. Burkinshaw said too many Turvey Park players were “front-runners”. It was exactly the same against Ganmain, blokes got lazy and didn’t work for each other,” Burkinshaw said. Brooks finished with five goals for Tuvey Park and youngsters Ryan Blundell, Chris Beckmans and Pat Cattell were good for Turvey Park as was Seth Roberts and Chris Cerato. Brett Owen produced a big second half for Griffith and sparked the comeback, while Shaun Curran produced an impressive four-quarter display in the ruck. Indigenous recruits Luke Humphries (five goals) and Frank Coyne (four) were very lively up forward for Griffith. (By Matt Malone - The Area News – Monday May 3, 2010)   

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Round 5 - Sunday May 9, 2010 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith .................... 2.2 .. 4.4 .. 6.7 .. 7.9 (51)

Mangoplah-CUE ... 3.3 .. 10.4 .. 17.6 .. 24.9 (153)

Goals: Griffith: C Moore 2, L Humphries 2, J Mickan, D Crack, R Finch

MCUE: T Cohalan 5, C Willis 4, J Warden 4, T Balding 2, G Reid 2, B Turner, S Creasy, G Noye, J Killalea, M Thompson, M Molkentin, B Foster

Best: Griffith: S Curran, B Owen, M Crack, L Humphries, M Noonan, C Moore

MCUE: G Reid, S Balding, T Cohalan, G Spriggs, M Thompson, A Creasy

Griffith: L Piccolo, C Lugton, D Catanzariti; J Gastin, M Noonan, T Matheson; B Ford, J Mickan, R Finch; C Moore, M Harris, D Crack; J Fallon, J Whelan, L Humphries; S Curran, M Crack, B Owen; T Blissett, Theo Valeri*, R Johns

Umpires: Paul Smith, P McCormack, R Dedini (RUA)

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 12.13 (85) d Griffith 5.4 (34)

Goals: D Keenan 3, K Russell, B Woolner

Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 14.10 (94) d Griffith 9.12 (66)

Goals: P Whittard 3, B Prendergast 2, M Oates 2, A Tarr, B Watts

Match report: The round six horror of last season has come back to haunt the Griffith Swans as they were left humbled at the hands of Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes at Exies Oval yesterday. Last season the Goannas put on an exhibition to outclass the Swans by 89 points, with Griffith once again having their wings clipped by the competition heavyweights in its latest battle to be thoroughly outplayed 24.9 (153 to 7.9 (51). While the Swans were able to string together continuous possession for a small part of the second quarter, the Goannas height, skill and solid marking proved too strong for the home side. Griffith coach Matt Noonan simply said his side was outclassed for much of the game and said a rethink will be needed before facing the tough double -header of Coolamon and Ganmain. “The first half we still had our chances to be in there, we just couldn’t buy a goal on the day no matter what quarter it was,” Noonan said. “We had too many fumbles, our skills weren’t as good as theirs and we turned the ball over too often and it hurt us. “There’s definitely a fair few blokes that do that (ball following) and that’s for me to address, but there’s are fair few blokes that are willing to watch and go along with the flow.” 
Fielding a side that was down seven players from last weekends loss to Turvey Park, Griffith’s ruckman stocks could take a further hit after Michael Harris was helped from the field after injuring his knee. “We don’t know how bad it is, he’s icing it up and doing all the right things at the moment, he’s going to look after it and fingers cross it’s not too serious. “We still win our share of clearances and get our hands on the ball a fair bit but we just can’t seem to clear it away.”

A three-goal opening term from Mangoplah captain-coach Chris Willis gave his side a narrow lead at the first change which blew out to a six goal buffer which allow Trent Cohalan to kick the first of his five goals for the day to see the Goannas take a 37-point lead at the long break. Griffith continued to crowd the ball and lose the flight in the air as the steam of goals become a torrent in the third term, with only Luke Humphries able to offer some spark with two goals of his own. As if to some up the Swans’ fortunes for the day, an ambitious overhead handball by Humphries was perfectly weighted for Dean Crack only for him to hit the upright. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday May 10, 2010)

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Round 6 - Saturday May 15, 2010 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ........... 5.0 .. 8.2 .. 10.3 13.6 (84)

Coolamon ..... 4.6 .. 7.11 .. 15.14 .. 19.19 (133)

Goals: Griffith: L Humphries 5, J Whelan 4, M Crack 2, M Duncan, D Crack

Coolamon: G Rudd 4, A McKenzie 3, B Garrett 2, E Edis 2, B Nolte 2, M Robinson 2, B Edyvean, R Chamberlain, S Easdown, J Kew

Best: Griffith: G Owen, L Humphries, T Matheson, M Duncan, M Kenny, J Whelan

Coolamon: N Edyvean, R Chamberlain, G Rudd, S Easdown, J Kew, B Nolte

Griffith: L Piccolo, C Lugton, D Catanzariti; J Gastin, M Noonan, T Matheson; Theo Valeri, B Owen, R Finch; C Moore, J Mickan, J Fallon; J Whelan, M Hogan, L Humphries; S Curran, M Duncan, M Crack; C Arnold, D Crack, M Kenny

Umpires: G Walsh, M Rowe, W Smith (RUA)

Reserves: Coolamon 9.11 (65) d Griffith 5.6 (36)

Goals: D Keenan 2, B Woolner 2, D Best

Under 17: Coolamon 13.12 (90) d Griffith 10.11 (71)

Goals: B Watts 3, P Whittard 2, K Hillier 2, T Valeri 2, M Oates

Match report: Despite putting together one of their best halves of football all year, the Griffith Swans have not been able to withstand Coolamon as the Hoppers came over the top of the home side to score comfortable 49-point victory at Exies Oval on Saturday. Injuries to key areas and a mismatch in size across the park allowed the Hoppers to climb back into the game, with their eight-goal third term leading them to the win. Griffith coach Matt Noonan again couldn’t fault the effort from most of his players but said the lack of depth allowed the Hoppers to get off the canvas and resigning Griffith to its third loss in a row. “In the first half we were hitting our forwards with good leads and it was all working well because we were getting our fair share of the footy around the ground,” Noonan said. “But in the second half we weren’t holding our tackles, we were getting brushed aside from their bigger bodies. We’re strapped for a bit of depth at the moment, our backline needs to be about three steps faster in closing speed but we haven’t got the players there with that speed.”  Not helping the Swans’ defensive woes in the second half was a hamstring injury to ruckman Shaun Curran, which forced him from the field, meaning Noonan had to move into midfield with his experience missed sorely as the game slipped from the home team’s grasp. Despite the loss, Western Australian import Luke Humphries, who stayed with the club despite others from his former state leaving recently, continued to show excellent form in front of goals to bag five majors. “He got best on ground for us and he seems to find himself in the right place at the right time in regards to getting to get to the front of the contests. “We kicked a few goals yesterday but we got a few from set shots which was pleasing as well,” Noonan added. Josh Whelan also kicked four goals for the home side but it proved no match for Coolamon’s Gregory Rudd, Adam McKenzie, Brett Garrett, Edward Edis, Brett Notte and Mitch Robinson, who bagged multiple goals for the visitors. (Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday May 17, 2010).

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Round 7 - Sunday May 23, 2010 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ................. 1.0 .. 4.0 .. 4.0 .. 6.1 (37)

Ganmain-GGM ... 5.6 .. 9.11 .. 11.14 .. 17.16 (118)

Goals: Griffith: L Humphries, M Hogan, J Fallon, M Duncan, A Cappello, R Finch

GGGM: D Rankin 3, A Clayden 3, G Higgins 3, M Steele 2, D Walsh 2, N McPherson, B Walsh, K Hamblin, L Kohlhagen

Best: Griffith: B Owen, M Crack, L Piccolo, J Fallon, M Noonan, J Gastin

GGGM: D Rankin, W Kiley, C McPherson, A Roberts, N McPherson

Griffith: L Piccolo, C Lugton, D Catanzariti; M Kenny, M Noonan, T Matheson; Theo Valeri, B Owen, R Finch; J Fallon, J Whelan, D Crack; K Duncan, M Hogan, L Humphries; J Mickan, M Duncan, M Crack; J Gastin, B Ford, A Cappello

Umpires: R Wilson, J Hilton (RUA)

Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 15.11 (101) d Griffith 3.5 (23)

Goals: T Blissett 2, D Best

Under 17: Griffith 18.25 (133) d Ganmain-GGM 1.1 (7)

Goals:  C Moore 8, P Whittard 2, K Hillier 2, H Delves 2, J Winkler, J Tyndall, M Oates, T Blissett

Match report: The Griffith Swans’ backs are to the wall after a disappointing 81-point loss to Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong Lions which put them out of the Riverina Football League top six by just half a game. Coach Matt Noonan said the next four weeks were crucial to the struggling Swans after failing to put some decent points on the board in a tough match against the undefeated Lions. “We’re lucky to still be where we are,” Noonan said, “We’ve had a couple of blow-outs against the top three teams in the comp but the next three of four weeks are very crucial to the season ahead. A slow start to the game saw the Swans record just one goal against the firing Lions side who took the lead 5.6 (36) to 1.0 (6) going into the first break.

The Swans picked up momentum out of the break putting together three through the big sticks but couldn’t hold back a strong Lion attack who picked up an extra four goals to retain a dominant position at half-time. “We just couldn’t use plays to our advantage in the second quarter,” Noonan said. “We couldn’t get it past their key backs, they can read the plays really well. We’re finding it hard to get the goals because we don’t have a gun forward and that’s where we’re really letting ourselves down. 

A hard fought third term saw the Swans on the defensive and working hard to keep the raging Lions side out of their forward 50. “We made them work for their goals,” Noonan said. “It wasn’t smooth run for them, we didn’t let them flow their plays end to end.” But the effort cost the Swans in the end with Matt Crack carried off the field after a massive clash with a Ganmain player. The last quarter saw the Swans kick another two goals but their defence couldn’t keep up the momentum as the Lions put another five through the big sticks to take the away team to a dominating win. Noonan said said his team played well against a strong side, pushing hard all the way to the end. “We didn’t play the best but the effort and the endeavour was there,” Noonan said. “It was a good game to see where we’re up to against the benchmark in the comp.” (By Emily Tinker – The Area News, Monday May 24, 2010).

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Round 8 - Sunday May 30, 2010 (Pink day) at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ................... 3.1 .. 6.4 .. 7.7 .. 7.10 (52)

Leeton-Whitton ... 2.3 .. 4.5 .. 7.7 .. 8.9 (57)

Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 2, S Curran 2, A Overs, J Fallon, B Owen

Leeton-Whitton: J Gale 2, B Dryburgh , N Schubert, J Wessling, R Maguire, N Doolin, D Harrison

Best: Griffith: B Owen, J Mickan, A Overs, M Noonan, L Piccolo, T Matheson

Leeton-Whitton: J Gale, D Elwin, B Boots, D Sullivan, K Stockton, J Wessling

Griffith: B Ford, C Lugton, C Niven; M Kenny, M Noonan, T Matheson; K Duncan, B Owen, L Piccolo; J Whelan, M Duncan, D Crack; A Cappello, S Curran, L Humphries; J Mickan, J Fallon, A Overs; R Finch, B McRae*, D Best

Umpires: R Johnston, P Smith, D Potts (RUA)

Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 6.4 (40) d Griffith 4.10 (34)

Goals: C Arnold 2, J Harris, C Patterson

Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 8.14 (62) d Griffith 6.6 (42)

Goals: T Valeri 2, C Moore 2, H Pascoe, J Tyndall

Match report: Inaccuracy in front of goal in the last quarter has cost the Griffith Swans a chance to distance itself from the bottom of the ladder, after losing by less than a kick to arch-rivals Leeton-Whitton at Exies Oval yesterday. The 8.9 (57) to 7.10 (52) loss is a crushing blow for the Swans who have fancied their chances of knocking off the Crows, but instead had to swallow their fifth straight loss. Senior player Mick Duncan said the team cannot throw away simple opportunities in front of goal against any side if they want to break their losing streak and climb back into finals contention this Riverina Football League season. “We had about four or five chances from about 30 metres right out in front in the last quarter and we just missed them. We have to make the most of our chances,” Duncan said. “We’ played pretty well in the first half. The conditions didn’t really suit either side, but we played a lot better than them and we probably should have been further in front at half-time. Then in the second half we didn’t take of our opportunities we got.”
Griffith adapted to the slippery conditions better in the first two quarters to open up an 11-point lead at half-time, but two goals from Justin Gale along with six other Crows getting their name on the score sheet led to a crushing loss, despite the best efforts of Brett Owen, Alex Overs, Jeff Mickan, Kris Duncan Matt Noonan, and the returning Shaun Curran. Now facing the possibility of being out of the finals contention a staggering 10 weeks before the regular season ends, Duncan said now was the time for some players in the side to have a go and not just sit back and expect the wins to pile up. “It starts at training. You can’t just cruise through the week and think you’re going to come out on the weekend and dominate,” he said. “There’s just too many guys not pulling their weight I reckon.” (By Scott Hazlewood, The Area News, Monday May 31, 2010). 

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 NOONAN LAYS DOWN CHALLENGE TO TEAM - By Scott Hazlewood 

FORGET September 18 at Narrandera - this weekend is our grand final. That is the message Griffith Swans coach Matt Noonan will be handing out to his players this weekend as they look to snap a five game losing streak when they play bottom-of-the-table Wagga Tigers at Robertson Oval. It has been an unhappy time at Exies Oval for the Swans with several heavy losses seeing Griffith plummet towards the bottom of the ladder after a promising start to the season. But injuries in key positions and simply not having the skill set to match the competition heavyweights has seen Noonan lay down the challenge for his side to show some pride in their jersey and stay away from the bottom of the ladder. "We need to win to get ourselves up there and Narrandera beating Mango didn't help so now we're bit further away from fifth spot," Noonan said. "They're a very young team (Wagga) and I suppose they have a fair few smaller bodies and in a few games they haven't been able to complete for longer periods of time because of their size and they've got a very young group that's trying to work their way back. "If we can throw our weight around so to speak we might be able to bluff them and get over them as well. "But we definitely need a start, and that's been the case in a lot of our games, but if we can not let the team get away then we don't have to chase them and we can be out in front and set the pace." Not helping the Swans chances is the likely loss of star midfielder Mick Duncan, who is set to miss the game with a calf injury, and ruckman Shaun Curran is also in doubt with his hamstring strain again limiting his training, however, Noonan said if Duncan plays at all it will only limited minutes in the forward line. Curran's potential unavailability creates a selection headache for the Swans, with the big man potentially giving Griffith the edge it needs over the smaller Tigers. "For me this week, well I suppose for the last eight weeks, it has been about the wins, the endeavour is there but sometimes that isn't enough. We need the boys to work on their skill level and nail all the basics so we're not putting ourselves under pressure," Noonan said. While experienced players such as Brett Owen will again step up to the mark required, Noonan said it was important for the side's younger players to not ball watch and take ownership of their role in the side. (The Area News - Friday June 4, 2010).

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Round 9 - Saturday June 5, 2010 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm

Wagga Tigers ....... 4.2 .. 8.3 .. 15.6 .. 17.15 (117)

Griffith ................... 4.1 .. 7.2 .. 9.6 .. 10.7 (67)

Goals: Wagga: J Hodges 6, M Colvin 3, A Priest 3, S Terlich 3, S Flanigan, S Hodges

Griffith: K Duncan 4, L Humphries 2, T Valeri 2, L Piccolo, D Crack

Best: Wagga: J Hodges, M Pryde, S Flanigan, S Ryan, L Denton, J Gaynor

Griffith: K Duncan, B Owen, T Matheson, J Mickan, J Fallon, M Crack

Griffith: B Ford, C Lugton, B McRae; M Kenny, M Noonan, T Matheson; Theo Valeri, B Owen, L Piccolo; K Duncan, J Whelan, D Crack; M Duncan, M Hogan, L Humphries; J Mickan, M Crack, J Fallon; J Gastin, C Niven, D Catanzariti

Umpires: B Robinson, G Walsh, G Hodgins (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 11.13 (79) d Griffith 6.11 (47)

Goals: M Patterson 2, C Patterson 2, J Harris, D Best

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 15.12 (102) d Griffith 5.8 (38)

Goals: C Moore 3,

Match report: The Griffith Swans have plummeted to the bottom of the Riverina Football League ladder after recording their sixth straight loss, this time against the former cellar-dwellers Wagga Tigers. Griffith’s 17.15 (117) to 10.7 (67) loss is a crushing blow for the Swans’ chances of making the finals this season as the travelling side fancied its chances against the young Tigers outfit. Only 13 points separated the two teams at half-time but it was the Tigers who grabbed the game with the first five goals after the main break. Six goals to two for the term and all of a sudden Tigers had the game in its keeping with a six-goal advantage. Griffith worked hard at trying to cut back the margin but Tigers finished off strongly to record their second win of the season. The song was sung with gusto in the sheds after the game, then Tigers co-coach Damien Papworth told his young team the win was a perfect award for effort. “The best thing was everyone put their hand up, took a bit of responsibility and played well.” Papworth said. The Tigers second-half display did not resemble a team at the bottom of the ladder, with their defence creating plenty of run and drive, the midfield was on top and the forwards were firing. Talented young Tigers forward James Hodges finished with six, while Mitch Colvin, Andrew Priest and Shannon Terlich all chimed with three apiece. Jacob Osbeiston was strong in defence, while Jamie Carroll and Tom Halse both impressed on their debut. For Griffith, Jeff Mickan provided an option all day and battled hard, while Dean Crack and Brett Owen were good. (The Area News, Monday June7, 2010)

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Round 10 - Saturday June 19, 2010 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm

Narrandera ... 3.5 .. 5.8 .. 7.13 .. 9.15 (69)

Griffith ........... 3.2 .. 6.4 .. 8.6 .. 8.8 (56)

Goals: Narrandera: D Dai 2, T Mathieson 2, H Hutchins, S Hutchins, P Bloomfield, T Grintell, L Hunter

Griffith: C Arnold 3, L Humphries 2, J Whelan, J Mickan, J Gastin

Best: Narrandera: L Hunter, D Dai, Z Litchfield, S Hutchins, D Kenna, T Mathieson

Griffith: T Matheson, M Noonan, D Crack, J Mickan, M Kenny, C Lugton

Griffith: D Catanzariti, C Lugton, C Niven; M Kenny, M Noonan, B McRae; B Ford, T Matheson, L Piccolo; J Gastin, J Whelan, D Crack; M Hogan, C Arnold, L Humphries; J Mickan, M Crack, J Fallon; J Tyrell, P Crawford, T Blissett

Umpires: L Olsen, W Smith, H Vickers (RUA)

Reserves: Narrandera 12.13 (85) d Griffith 11.7 (73)

Goals: M Tyndall 3, M Keenan 2, R Johns, T Valeri, B Woolner, R Best, J Harris, G Taylor

Under 17: Griffith 19.21 (135) d Narrandera 5.7 (37)

Goals: T Blissett 4, C Moore 4, B Watts 2, C Hutchinson 2, T Valeri 2, J Parr 2, P Whittard 2, K Hillier

Match report: The Griffith Swans’ Riverina Football League season has gone from bad to worse with the club slumping to its seventh loss in a row after they were knocked off by a desperate Narrandera outfit by 13 points on Saturday. Griffith battled hard for much of the game in the greasy conditions at Narrandera Sportsground but the lack of depth in the midfield meant the Swans eventually ran out of legs late in the game, allowing the Eagles to sneak home for a crucial win. Swans coach Matt Noonan said the side’s lack of numbers in his midfield was probably the difference between the two sides. “The effort and endeavour were there, we just simply ran out of gas. The boys were fighting and playing as well as they could in the first half,” Noonan said. “We were running through the middle of the ground, linking up handballs and getting it to our forwards, but I think we put ourselves under the pump a bit in the second-half with a lot of footy coming down into our backline. “But we fell away at the end despite the boys fighting away until the final siren”. Despite missing Mick Duncan, Brett Owen and Shaun Curran, the Swans kept pace with the Eagles to hold a narrow two-point lead at the long break. But as the speed from the middle of the park began to wane, Narrandera got inside Griffith’s defensive 50 on a regular basic, with only errant goalkicking stopping the lead from blowing out. Noonan said it was obvious from his teammates’ faces the loss hurt them, but he said he wanted his team to use that pain move constructively so they improve as players to make sure form slumps like this current one are a thing of the past. “My main focus now is to keep the boys focused and not let them fall away in that aspect,” he said. “We’ve still got eight games left and if we can win a few of those then you don’t know what can happen. But the guys need to focus on improving themselves because the majority of the list we’ll have next year as well. “Some of these blokes that are 19, 20, 21 years old will be another year older then, but some of them really need to look at themselves and improve. Daniel Dai and Timothy Mathieson both bagged multiple goals for the winners with Cameron Arnold being a handy target up forward for Griffith with three goals to go with Luke Humphries’ two. Tim Matheson, Dean Crack, Matthew Kenny, Craig Lugton and Noonan were other Griffith players to shine in what was again a disappointing result. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News,  Monday June 21, 2010).   

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Round 11 - Sunday June 27, 2010 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ............. 2.2 .. 5.4 .. 8.5 .. 9.6 (60)

Turvey Park ... 7.2 .. 10.4 .. 16.9 .. 22.13 (145)

Griffith: J Mickan 3, L Humphries 2, L Piccolo, D Crack, M Hogan, J Whelan

Turvey Park: D Ward 4, J Brooks 4, J Hoey 4, J Elliott 3, K Hannigan 3, S Roberts 2, R McPherson, T Cunningham

Best: Griffith: M Duncan, L Humphries, M Crack, M Noonan, J Whelan, R Finch

Turvey Park: M Ness, J Richards, J Hoey, R McPherson, S Roberts, D Ward

Griffith: D Catanzariti, C Lugton, M Patterson*; M Kenny, M Noonan, B McRae; B Ford, T Matheson, L Piccolo; M Hogan, J Whelan, D Crack; M Duncan, J Mickan, L Humphries; A Cappello, M Crack, J Fallon; R Finch, Theo Valeri, P Rose*

Umpires: P Smith, M Rowe (RUA)

Reserves: Turvey Park 15.14 (104) d Griffith 5.4 (34)

Goals: R Johns 2, L Catanzariti, J Geddes, P Crawford

Under 17: Turvey Park 19.12 (126) d Griffith 5.4 (34)

Goals: C Moore

Match report: It’s the same story nearly every week for the Griffith Swans currently in the Riverina Football League – the effort is there but the player depth in key area’s isn’t. The locals were again smashed this time by the Turvey Park Bulldogs 22.13 (145) to 9.6 (60) at Exies Oval yesterday. Despite the return of key midfielder Mick Duncan and an outstanding performance by young forward Josh Whelan, the Bulldogs simply had too many avenues to goal with three players bagging four goal each. Griffith coach Matt Noonan conceded the difference in skill level between his top players and the bottom is, at this stage, simple too much to compete against the best sides in the competition. “The side put there best effort up, we just don’t have the cattle compared to the other teams, we don’t take the opportunities and the luck that other sides have, every time other sides go forward they kick a goal and when we do we come away with a point,” he said. “Positives to take out of it Josh Whelan had a good game up forward and Mick Duncan was back and performed well, there were some good signs, but we just don’t have the blokes on the field to get it done.” Noonan was left frustrated by the good service from the Bulldogs’ midfield with Dean Ward, Jack Brooks, John Hoey all kicking four goals, while James Elliott bagged three majors. “They got a lot of run and they’re good that way, but they seem not to miss, I don’t know whether they practice goal-kicking religiously,” he said. “James Elliott’s a key forward for them and Craig Lugton had a good day on him and made a contest all day long, he took his three grabs and kicked three goals, and sometimes you’ll only got to touch the ball three times if you’re that good a kick at goal. “The effort’s there and I’m not going to take that away from the boys but at this stage the teams are just that much better than us.” (Scott Hazlewood – The Area News,  Monday June 28, 2010). 

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Round 12 - Saturday July 3, 2010 at Kindra Park 2.10pm

Coolamon ...... 5.3 .. 9.9 .. 16.13 .. 25.18 (168)

Griffith ........... 1.1 .. 3.2 .. 4.5 .. 6.6 (42)

Goals: Coolamon: B Garrett 4, J Maddox 3, W Archibald 3, A McKenzie 3, B Fixter 2, B Nolte 2, B Edyvean 2, M Robinson, B Gibson, M Macauley, B Munro, J McPherson, J Kew

Griffith: J Fallon 3, L Humphries 2, M Duncan

Best: Coolamon: W Archibald, N Edyvean, A McKenzie, J Maddox, B Nolte, B Garrett

Griffith: M Duncan, D Crack, A Overs, J Mickan, L Humphries, M Noonan

Griffith: B McRae, D Catanzariti, A Cappello; M Kenny, M Noonan, T Matheson; R Finch, M Crack, L Piccolo; D Crack, J Whelan, J Gastin; J Fallon, M Hogan, L Humphries; J Mickan, M Duncan, A Overs; K Duncan, M Patterson, C Niven

Umpires: D Potts, C Moore, N Butland (RUA)

Reserves: Coolamon 19.11 (125) d Griffith 1.1 (7)

Goals: L Catanzariti

Under 17: Coolamon 12.10 (82) d Griffith 11.5 (71)

Goals: P Whittard 4, C Moore 3, J Evans, J Soraggi, T Valeri, K Hillier

Match report: The Griffith Swans have suffered one of their heaviest defeats this season after being thoroughly outclassed across the park by the Coolamon Hoppers who won easily by 126 points on Saturday at Kindra Park. The latest drubbing continues the Swans’ season of woe that has seen them continue to be a fixture at the bottom of the Riverina Football League ladder after what is their ninth loss in a row. With only one win to Griffith’s name this year – Narrandera in the first round – it has been a long season for the club with officials simply left to hope to string together wins at the back end of the season against sides closer to them on the ladder. But the Hoppers ran roughshod over the Swans from the outset on the weekend with a five-goal opening term giving an indication of what was yet to come. While the Swans were able to hold back the tide somewhat in the second quarter, with only four goals going to the Coolamon for the term, Griffith was not able to accumulate enough time in the forward 50 to create scoreboard pressure, going in the long break down by 43 points.
For much of this season the Swans’ biggest Achilles heel has been their third quarter performances. Unfortunately for the local side the same can be said of their performance on Saturday as the Hoppers went on with the job and kicked seven goals for the term to snuff out any chance of a Griffith comeback. Not content on coasting through to the final siren, Coolamon rubbed further salt into the Swans’ wounds with another nine goals in the final term taking the tally up to amazing 25 to complete the rout. Brett Garrett was best for the home side in bagging four majors for the game with Jamie Maddox, Wade Archibald and Adam McKenzie collecting a hat-trick as part of 13 individual goal scorers. For Griffith, only James Fallon (three goals), Luke Humphries and Mick Duncan were able to make any impression on the scoreboard, with NSW/ACT Rams player Alex Overs continuing his excellent form from the rep scene. Despite battling a hamstring strain for the past month, Jeff Mickan was gutsy in his effort all day to also be named one of the Swans’ best. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday July 5, 2010).  

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 SWANS TOP UP WAR CHEST - By Scott Hazlewood 

THE Griffith Swans will enter the free-agent player market this season with one of the biggest war chests in years, as they look to fill critical gaps in the senior sides. For much of this season a lack of depth in key areas has been the Achilles heel of the Swans, who find themselves at the bottom of the Riverina Football League first grade ladder. However, club secretary Janet Harrington said an unexpected $25,000, which was donated in thanks to a partnership program with the Commonwealth Bank, will mean not only clubs in the Riverina, but those further afield. "We'll use it to recruit and buy players, we've tried hard in the past few years to get players to the club, but this will allow us to offer money if it's needed we'll be in position bargain a bit harder now. "No disrespect to Matt Noonan, but we are trying to lure a coach to the club and I don't know if there has been an issue if we're not able to offer them money or if just simple in trying to get people to move to Griffith. "But now we've got this money it's enabled the recruiting officers to offer money if it comes down to that." Harrington confirmed the club was already speaking to several players in the hopes they can slot into the side around the local talent already at the club. The news is a boost to the club ahead of a must-win game this weekend against Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes who will be desperate for points after there thrilling draw last round against Turvey Park. Griffith will have it sights squarely fixed on MCUE captain-coach Chris Willis who all but got his side over the line in the last quarter with a superb individual performance. Willis kicked three goals in a space of four minutes to give the Goannas the lead, with his scoring spurt taking his tally for the game to eight. The Swans will be without midfielder Mick Duncan who will travel to Queanbeyan as part of the Griffith Demons basketball side. (The Area News - Friday July 9, 2010).

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Round 13 - Saturday July 10, 2010 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm

Mangoplah-CUE ... 4.3 .. 6.4 .. 11.7 .. 15.12 (102)

Griffith ................... 2.3 .. 6.7 .. 7.7 .. 10.9 (69)

Goals: MCUE: L Thompson 4, G Reid 3, J Phillips 2, C Willis 2, S Burge, Michael Byrne, G Noye, S Balding

Griffith: J Fallon 3, J Whelan 2, J Gastin 2, M Crack, J Mickan, K Duncan

Best: MCUE: G Reid, J Killalea, S Creasy, N Baggio, G Spriggs, Michael Byrne

Griffith: M Crack, J Mickan, T Matheson, C Lugton, A Overs, J Fallon

Griffith: B McRae, C Lugton, D Catanzariti; M Kenny, M Noonan, T Matheson; L Humphries, M Crack, L Piccolo; D Crack, J Whelan, J Gastin; C Harrison, M Hogan, K Duncan; J Mickan, J Fallon, A Overs; P Crawford, B Woolner, J Tyrell

Umpires: C Moore, W Smith (RUA)

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 8.11 (59) d Griffith 6.3 (39)

Goals: D Best 2, D Catanzariti, N Campbell, S Foscarini, J Ryan

Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 12.11 (83) d Griffith 6.6 (42)

Goals: J Parr 2, P Whittard 2, P Rose, C Moore

Match report: “The effort was there,” veteran Swans player Jeff Mickan said of his team’s 102-69 loss to Mangoplah- Cookardinia United-Eastlakes on Saturday. Despite the game still not breaking the Swans’ woeful 10-game losing steak, Mickan said the match was one of their best games for the year. “We played a good brand of footy,” Mickan said. “We played a good running game and it worked well for us. The forwards were taking marks and the midfield and defence also played well.” Despite having three of their top players out due to injury, the team held their own against MCUE, even leading the classy side 43-36 at half-time. “As bad as a loss is, this is the best we’ve had,” Mickan said. “It was definitely a confidence booster, especially with three or more better players out and it put us in good stead for the last five games of the season.” The last time the two teams met, Mango sent the Swans’ packing with an embarrassing 102-point thrashing and while Mickan admitted MCUE weren’t at their best, the performance put forward by the Swans was a huge step forward. “It’s definitely an improvement in effort,” the veteran player said. “I wouldn’t pick out a player that didn’t give everything and we should take a lot from that.”
While the local side got off to a slow start, kicking only two goals to the Goannas’ four, they went on the attack in the second quarter and jumped ahead to the lead the home side 43-36. But the Swans couldn’t shake their third quarter curse and lost both their momentum and possession, giving the deadly Mangoplah forwards opportunity to put five more through the big sticks. While Griffith started to get back on track in the last quarter, it wasn’t enough to catch MCUE and they went to the bell five goals down. Going into the game, the Swans knew MCUE’s captain-coach Chris Willis would be dangerous after kicking eight goals last round. But Mickan said coach Matt Noonan took the threat out of the game and didn’t let the star forward any opportunity for a repeat performance. (By Emily Tinker – The Area News, Monday July 12, 2010).

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 RELEGATION WILL BE DEATH OF GAME - By Matt Malone 

Griffith president Rob Harrington believes relegation to the Farrer League could be the death of the game in the city. AFL Riverina chairman Greg Carroll yesterday confirmed promotion-relegation will still go ahead at the season’s end, after weeks of debate at board level. Griffith is currently two and a half games behind on the bottom of the Riverina Football League ladder, and is unlikely to move with only five rounds remaining. The AFL Riverina board has spent countless hours debating the pros and cons of the new system, but will let promotion-relegation take it’s place at the season’s end. Carroll said the board will simply enforce what clubs voted for. “We’ve had a lot of discussion over the last six months and at the last board meeting we came to a fact that promotion relegation as called by the clubs is in play,” Carroll said. “What the clubs wanted last year is what they’re going to get.” The Farrer League premier will still need to meet a criteria standard set by the AFL Riverina board. This looms as Griffith’s only chance of avoiding relegation. Either that or a loss to Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka in this years Farrer League grand final. It is unlikely that the next three placed clubs, The Rock-Yerong Creek, Marrar and Northern Jets would pursue promotion to RFL.
Harrington yesterday said the Swans were not keen on dropping to the Farrer League. “Very much so, it would be the death of it,” Harrington said. “We’ve talked about it and just waiting to hear from the league.” The AFL Riverina board received a letter from the Swans this week, outlining the club’s concerns with possible relegation. Carroll understands Griffith’s concerns but said the board will simply enforce the system the clubs wanted. “We understand totally where Griffith are coming from, we really do,” Carroll said. “We just can’t put ourselves in that position when this is what the clubs wanted. “At the end of the day, if we don’t implement what the clubs wanted, we’re likely to have an appeal go in anyway.” Griffith’s inclusion to the Farrer League would be a big shock to the system, with the Swans’ facilities at Exies Oval arguably the best in Riverina. (Wagga Daily Advertiser, Wednesday July 14, 2010).

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Round 14 - Sunday July 18, 2010 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm

Ganmain-GGM ... 7.2 .. 10.6 .. 16.14 .. 21.20 (146)

Griffith ................ 2.0 .. 6.1 .. 6.3 .. 6.4 (40)

Goals: GGGM: S Milne 5, C Taylor 3, J Olsson 3, D Hitchens 2, J Lander 2, S Walsh, C Steele, L Kohlhagen, M Steele, N McPherson, M Carroll

Griffith: J Whelan, L Humphries, J Fallon, M Duncan, S Curran, C Harrison

Best: GGGM: S Milne, E Sullivan, P Hamblin, M Carroll, C Taylor, C Steele

Griffith: M Crack, L Humphries, M Duncan, J Whelan, T Matheson, S Curran

Griffith: B McRae, C Lugton, D Catanzariti; M Kenny, M Noonan, J Gastin; L Humphries, M Crack, L Piccolo; J Fallon, J Whelan, B Woolner; M Hogan, S Curran, D Crack; J Mickan, M Duncan, T Matheson; C Harrison, J Tyrell, J Ryan*

Umpires: D Potts, R Dedini, C Warner (RUA)

Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 30.15 (195) d Griffith 0.1 (1)

Under 17: Griffith 24.20 (164) d Ganmain-GGM 0.4 (4)

Goals: C Moore 4, T Blissett 3, M Griffin 3, M Oates 3, J Soraggi 2, S Heffer 2, T Valeri 2, K Hillier 2, C Hutchison, S Nascimben, P Whittard

Match report: A practically scoreless second-half by the Griffith Swans cut short their slim chances of pulling off the biggest upset this Riverina Football League season, with Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong cruising to a 106-point win yesterday. The Swans only scored three behinds in the second half compared to the Lions’ 11 goals, with the differential between the two sides this season now a massive minus 187. Griffith coach Matt Noonan believes they have an outside chance of causing the upset given their first-half performance, but said they were not rewarded for their positive play as they might have been against a lesser side. “At the moment our third quarter is our Achilles heel and we really backed off the pace, “Noonan said. “Our first-half was really good and we played some pretty good running footy, and even for a bit of the third-quarter we were still there with them, but once they got a couple of easy goals, they charged ahead. “But to our credit even in other periods we still battled away and worked hard and there was still some very good plays that happened.  “Even in the last quarter we still took the ball end-to-end and we looked really classy, but it’s just at this stage, taking nothing away from my boys, we just don’t have the depth that they’ve got. “But it was one of those games where they worked very hard in the second-half because I think they would have got a blast in the sheds, because we were sticking it to them and we only a little bit behind them.” Despite fielding a slightly depleted side, the Lions still field one of the strongest sides in the competition with Sam Milne having a day out with five goals to go with three to Clint Taylor and Jacob Olsson as part of Ganmain’s 11 different goal scorers. Michael Duncan, Mathew Crack, Tim Matheson and Luke Humphries were all standouts for the Swans, but they could not sustain the same firepower on display as Ganmain, who remain undefeated this Riverina Football League season. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday July 19, 2010).

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 LET'S DO IT FOR CLUBMAN JEFF – By Scott Hazlewood 

The Griffith Swans will have 201 reasons to beat the Leeton-Whitton Crows on Sunday and you're looking at a couple of hundred of them. One of the Swans' desire to win their second game of the Riverina Football League season and the rest belong to club veteran Jeff Mickan, who will join the exclusive 200 game club on Sunday when they travel to take on the Crows in what is traditionally one of the biggest games of the year. The man of the moment said testing himself against the best players in the region and the people at the club were the reasons why he had stayed around long enough to record the double century. 

"It's enjoying the standard of the competition and I get along well with all the players and the people in the club," Mickan said. "If we can use anything (his milestone) we can to get the win this weekend then that's fine because it's pretty important game for us because it's our best chance to get that (win) against a side that's not too far ahead of us on the ladder."  "It's our best chance for probably more than a month so we're quite confident we can get a win." Coach Matt Noonan lauded praise on the workman-like Mickan saying his players will draw strength from his special day. "If the boys can draw from something and go out there and try and win for him then that's going to be a bonus because the amount of service he has given the club over the years is impressive," Noonan said. "To still be there over the last few years and tough times it's a credit to himself and if we can win for him on his special day then I'm sure he'll take it." As the Swans look to try and rebuild after their disastrous 2010 campaign, Noonan said the club's young players could do much worse than to try and emulate Mickan. "Any young bloke growing up through a club, if you wanted to model your game after and follow in their footsteps he's the best bloke on and off the field," he said. (The Area News, Friday, July 30, 2010).    

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Round 15 - Sunday August 1, 2010 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm

Leeton-Whitton ... 1.2 .. 4.6 .. 6.8 .. 9.13 (67)

Griffith ................... 2.1 .. 2.5 .. 6.7 .. 11.8 (74)

Goals: Leeton-Whitton: B Dryburgh 3, J Wessing 2, R Maguire 2, B Boots, D Harrison

Grifith: M Duncan 4, T Matheson 2, J Whelan 2, L Humphries, J Fallon, D Crack

Best players: Leeton-Whitton: R Maguire, C Townsend, B Dryburgh, N Doolin, D Sullivan, D Elwin

Griffith: T Matheson, M Crack, M Duncan, L Humphries, J Mickan, S Curran

Griffith: J Tyrell, C Lugton, D Catanzariti; M Kenny, M Noonan, D Crack; J Gastin, M Crack, L Piccolo; J Fallon, J Whelan, B Woolner; M Hogan, J Mickan, L Humphries; S Curran, M Duncan, T Matheson; C Harrison, R Best, J Ryan

Umpires: R Dedini, P Smith, M Rowe (RUA)

Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 7.14 (56) d Griffith 4.7 (31)

Goals: J Harris 2, T Valeri, A Cappello

Under 17: Griffith 7.11 (53) d Leeton-Whitton 3.8 (26)

Goals: B Prendergast 2, C Moore 2, C O'Reilly, J Parr, T Blissett

Match report: It has taken 98 days and 12 rounds of the Riverina Football League season but finally the Griffith Swans have won their second game for 2010. The breakthrough result came at the expense of their arch-rivals the Leeton-Whitton Crows in a gutsy display that has team officials excited about the last three weeks of their season. Coach Matt Noonan was quietly confident of getting the monkey off the side’s back in the lead up to the important clash, but the win was so close and so far, after the Swans trailed by a point heading into the final quarter. Noonan said it was his side’s desire to show the rest of the competition, and more importantly themselves, that they could tough it out down the stretch as Griffith kicked five goals to win 11.8 (74) to 9.13 (67). “There was just that 10-15 per cent more commitment at the ball by the boys and you could see that because of that the confidence and enthusiasm grew,” Noonan said. “It was mirror-image of the time we last played them, they had the wind in the last quarter but we knew it was going to be a nail-biter until the end. “From my behalf I’m feeling a lot of relief and it was really satisfying to see the boys play the way they did and that they brought it home.”
The Swans leader contemplated putting an extra man back in the half-back line in order to counteract the favourable scoring conditions for the Crows. But realising they had their first win in weeks within their sights they decided to throw caution to the wind rather than regret not being more positive. The Swans had four different goal kickers in the last term, with midfield star Mick Duncan finishing with a tally of five to go with Tim Matheson’s double, with Dean Crack and Josh Whelan bagging goals in the vital last few minutes. “We were able to spot up kicks but they weren’t the big 40 metre kicks into the forward line or a bloke on the lead, it was more us not getting manned up and getting guys in better positions than before,” Noonan said.

Adding to the occasion was Jeff Mickan’s 200th game with the Griffith veteran again one of the sides best across half-forward. “To see the smile on his face was worth it, he himself probably took a dozen marks and he probably didn’t have as the weeks have gone by and with Shaun Curran getting more fitness,” Noonan said. Despite the loss Reece Maguire, Craig Townsend, Ben Dryburgh, Nick Doolin, Daniel Sullivan and David Elwin all were outstanding for the Crows. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday August 2, 2010)

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Round 16 - Saturday August 7, 2010 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ............... 2.1 .. 4.3 .. 6.6 .. 7.6 (48)

Wagga Tigers ... 3.3 .. 8.5 .. 15.8 .. 21.13 (139)

Goals: Griffith: M Hogan 2, J Fallon, J Mickan, L Humphries, D Crack, L Piccolo

Wagga: J Hodges 5, S Terlich 5, A Priest 3, T Fellows 2, A Dickenburg, D Davey, P Delaney, J Osbeiston, P Noonan, A Taylor

Best: Griffith: M Crack, S Curran, J Fallon, L Humphries, T Matheson, M Noonan

Wagga: M Colvin, L Denton, D Papworth, P Delaney, S Terlich, J Gaynor

Griffith: R Best, C Lugton, D Catanzariti; M Kenny, M Noonan, B Woolner; Theo Valeri, M Crack, L Piccolo; D Crack, J Mickan, C Harrison; M Hogan, J Whelan, L Humphries; S Curran, J Fallon, T Matheson; J Ryan, M Griffin*, C Burge*

Umpires: R Wilson, C Warner, L Olsen (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 20.20 (140) d Griffith 3.6 (24)

Goals: D Scott 2, J Iemma

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 21.15 (141) d Griffith 3.10 (28)

Goals: C O'Reilly, J Parr, C Moore

Match report: The loss of key-forward Josh Whelan crippled the Griffith Swans’ chances of causing a massive upset at Exies Oval, with the Wagga Tigers running riot in the second-half to win by 91 points. After a promising start, an aggressive Swans side was within striking distance at the first break, trailing by only eight points. But the loss of Whelan to a recurring knee injury saw the home side without a major threat in the forward line and Wagga’s James Hodges and Shannon Terlich had a day out at the other end to kick five goals each. “That was disappointing, but I suppose he (Whelan) was most upset that he couldn’t go on with playing, but it’s another thing that has gone against us this year,” Griffith coach Matt Noonan said. “Just like when we’ve played well this year we were taking the game on and not taking a backwards step and being really aggressive around the field. “Our backline was a bit undermanned size-wise, we tried to match up the best we could, I moved myself around on a few of their players, but then the other guy you left created chances.”
Despite playing with a depleted side, Griffith was still an outside chance of winning, but a seven-goal third term to the Tigers crushed the Swans’ hopes of only their third win of the Riverina Football League season. A further six goals to the visitors saw them cruise through to win with Mitchell Colvin, Lucas Denton and Damien Papworth all outstanding on their assigned match-ups. Matthew Hogan bagged a double for Griffith with single goals to Luke Piccolo, Dean Crack, James Fallon, Luke Humphries, with Matt Crack, Shaun Curran and Noonan not shirking their duties.  (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday August 9, 2010). 

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Round 17 - Saturday August 14, 2010 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm

Narrandera ... 3.4 .. 10.6 .. 12.9 .. 20.12 (132)

Griffith ............ 5.2 .. 6.3 .. 8.9 .. 9.11 (65)

Goals: Narrandera: P Bloomfield 4, Z Litchfield 3, B Powell 3, L Hunter 3, T Orme 2, J Grintell 2, H Hutchins, H Dobson, T Mathieson

Griffith: L Humphries 2, D Crack 2, J Mickan 2, M Crack, M Duncan, T Valeri

Best: Narrandera: D Dai, T Mathieson, P Bloomfield, I Donaldson, B Powell, T Orme

Griffith: M Noonan, M Crack, T Matheson, A Overs, D Crack, B Woolner

Griffith: R Best, C Lugton, D Catanzariti; Theo Valeri, M Noonan, B Woolner; M Kenny, M Crack, L Piccolo; D Crack, J Mickan, C Harrison; M Duncan, M Hogan, L Humphries; S Curran, T Matheson, A Overs; J Ryan, P Whittard*, J Gastin

Umpires: P McCormack, R Johnston, W Smith (RUA)

Reserves: Narrandera 9.10 (64) d Griffith 6.3 (39)

Goals: J Fallon 2, D Scott 2, N Campbell 2

Under 17: Narrandera 13.10 (88) d Griffith 11.12 (78)

Goals: P Whittard 2, C Moore 2, J Parr 2, K Hillier, C O'Reilly, S Raulini, L Thornton, T Valeri

Match report: Arguably the best start for the Griffith Swans all season quickly went pear-shaped as a lack of depth once again led the local team down, allowing the Narrandera Eagles run away to a 20.12 (132) to 9.11 (65) win on Saturday. In their second-last game of the season, the Swans looked aggressive as they jumped ahead to a 5.2 (32) to 3,4 (22) lead in the first quarter. “It started off really good,” Swans coach Matt Noonan said. “We put ourselves in a position to go on with the game but as the day wore on we had a few injuries and it just didn’t go as well as we planned.” But the Swans couldn’t maintain the momentum in the second term and the Eagles took advantage of the lack of depth in the local side to kick seven goals and gain a 27-point lead over the wounded Swans. 
But despite an injury to their ruckman Shaun Curran in the second-half and some of the other Swans limping around the field, the away side managed to contain Narrandera to only two goals in the third term and managed to kick two of their own. But injuries and lack of fitness slowed the Swans down gain in the last quarter and Narrandera came out of the short break firing to kick eight goals and blow out the score to a final 67-point lead. Noonan said having players like Alex Overs and Mathew and Dean Crack was a huge bonus but added three men can’t carry the game and the Swans need men to support them if they want to put points on the board. With the local side set to play final contenders Turvey Park at home next week, Noonan said they were looking to end the season on a good note with their heads held high in front of the Griffith crowd. (By Emily Tinker – The Area News, Monday August 16, 2010).

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Round 18 - Sunday August 22, 2010 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ............ 3.2 .. 4.3 .. 7.5 .. 8.6 (54)

Turvey Park ... 1.4 .. 7.9 .. 12.12 .. 19.15 (129)

Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 3, C Lugton 2, M Crack, D Crack, M Hogan

Turvey Park: J Brooks 7, J Elliott 5, C Cerato, M Ness, D Johnson, D Toose, D Campbell, J Hoey, D Brown

Best players: Griffith: J Mickan, M Crack, M Duncan, D Crack, M Noonan, D Catanzariti

Turvey Park: J Fletcher, J Brooks, D Campbell, D Toose, L Pollett, T Beckmans

Griffith: B McRae, C Lugton, D Catanzariti; J Gastin, M Noonan, Theo Valeri; M Kenny, M Crack, L Piccolo; L Humphries, J Mickan, C Harrison; J Fallon, M Hogan, M Duncan; S Curran, T Matheson, D Crack; J Ryan, Thomas Valeri*, B Woolner

Umpires: J Hilton, P Ross, R Johnston (RUA)

Reserves: Turvey Park 11.9 (75) d Griffith 6.7 (43)

Goals: P Crawford 3, M Tucker, T Stevenson, A Cappello

Under 17: Griffith 9.9 (63) d Turvey Park 9.5 (59)

Goals: K Hillier 5, C Moore 2, J Parr, P Whittard

Match report: In almost a carbon copy of every game they’re played for the past two months, the Griffith Swans faded after making a promising start, this time losing to Turvey Park 19.15 (129) to 8.6 (54). The thrashing didn’t look on the cards early on as the Swans used their home ground advantage and the knowledge it was their last game for the season to open up a narrow 10-point lead. But as has happened so often this year, the gulf in overall class between Griffith and the top sides in the Riverina Football League became evident the longer the game went on. Swans coach Matt Noonan echoed these sentiments, saying there were promising periods of play from his side but not enough of them to seriously challenge the Bulldogs. “We played alright in patches but just weren’t good enough for four quarters,” he said. “Early on we’d be there with a goal but then they’d get one and they always stayed three or four ahead of us. We gave ourselves chances but we just weren’t able to use them. We fell away again as the game went on.  The writing was on the wall early with ruckman Shaun Curran again succumbing to injury, failing to take part in the rest of the game. Veteran Jeff Mickan picked up the slack in the ruck and held his own to go with solid performances from Craig Lugton, Cameron Harrison and Matt Crack. But Turvey Park’s forward line was on target all day with Jack Brooks starring with seven goals, with James Elliott (five goals), Jeffrey Fletcher, Dane Campbell, Daniel Toose, Levi Pollett and Tim Beckmans also outstanding in the Bulldogs’ win.  Noonan praised the efforts put in by his side for their last game in what has been a long and disappointing season. “I was happy with how the boys played today, they put everything they had in,” he said. “They (Turvey) were missing a few players and they played alright but I wouldn’t say they were at their best.”

With the loss consigning the Swans to last place in 2010, the club’s future is in limbo until the Farrer League grand final on September 11, with Griffith facing the real possibility of being relegated. (By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Monay August 23, 2010). 

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2010 RFNL NETBALL Ladders

A grade: Leeton-Whitton 62, Wagga Tigers 56, Ganmain-GGM 40, Griffith 38, Mangoplah-CUE 36; Turvey Park 24, Coolamon 20, Narrandera 12.

B grade: Turvey Park 66, Leeton-Whitton 58, Wagga Tigers 52, Coolamon 36, Griffith 32; Mangoplah-CUE 26, Ganmain-GGM 18, Narrandera 0.

C grade: Leeton-Whitton 72, Griffith 56, Mangoplah-CUE 52, Wagga Tigers 40, Coolamon 32; Ganmain-GGM 18, Narrandera 14, Turvey Park 4.

C2 grade: Mangoplah-CUE 36, Ganmain-GGM 32, Leeton 18, Wagga Tigers 8, Coolamon 6.

Juniors U15's: Turvey Park 72, Leeton-Whitton 56, Griffith 56, Coolamon 36, Narrandera 32; Wagga Tigers 18, Ganmain-GGM 14.

 SWANS SAFE FROM RELEGATION – By Matt Malone 

The Griffith Swans are able to pull their heads away from the Riverina Football League chopping block after AFL Riverina made the shock announcement that the controversial promotion-relegation scheme will be scraped. With the Swans finishing last this season they looked set to be dropped to the Farrer League, with club officials saying such a move would damage the code in the future. So concerned were the Swans they held a meeting with Riverina board officials saying such a move would damage the code in the future. Griffith president Rob Harrington was shocked by the news but pleased nonetheless. “We’re glad it’s over,” Harrington said. “The main thing was it put out our club, our junior base, our structure and everything else. “That’s why we wanted to stay in the competition.”

AFL Riverina chairman Greg Carroll said clubs could still move between the two competitions if they wanted to, but said for automatic promotion-relegation is dead. “So there no such thing as promotion-relegation. We’ve got rid of it. End of story,” Carroll said. There are still opportunities for Farrer League clubs to come to the RFL if they want to. “On the same token, if an RFL club wanted to come through to the Farrer League they can apply, it’s a two-way street. “We’ll take everything by its merits and bring out the criteria. The criteria is going to be very important tool for us.” (The Area News – Monday August 30, 2010).

 SWANS KEEP LID ON NETBALL FINALS TALK - By Scott Hazlewood 

GRIFFITH Swans A grade netball coach Karen Conlan said her side is not getting ahead of themselves despite building well towards the finals over the closing stages of the regular season. Conlan said despite playing Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes at the neutral venue of Narrandera, her side could not take anything for granted with the form guide going out the window. "We can never get too confident in the finals as it always seems to be a new ball game, especially in the stadium where I expect it will be a fast and furious game," Conlan said. "The whole competition this year has been so tight, making the final five a hard task in itself. We certainly can beat all the finals teams as we have done it before, but it still remains to be done when it counts." The season has been a disjointed one for the top side, with some of the side's exciting younger players regularly called away on representative duty. However, Conlan said the senior players in the side had taken many of the young Swans under their wing, adding they were forming a potent side for years to come. "Ideally we would have usually had more seniors to assist blooding a few juniors, however, we have been in the position of having half the team consisting of players under 17 years old. "Fortunately our senior players, such as Robyn Overs and Clare Irvin, are dominant players amongst the league standard, which is fantastic support, and our juniors are very capable and eager to learn." The side is full of confidence heading into the finals after disposing of the dangerous Turvey Park side by 15 goals last weekend. Griffith's final place on the ladder, and their course through the early finals rounds, were still to be decided by results last weekend, but when Leeton-Whitton lost to Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, the Swans were handed a sudden-death game first up. "This is probably not actually any different to the pressure we've been under just to make the finals, as we have been playing for fifth since June," Conlan said. "Our girls have certainly risen to this challenge week in week out, knocking off all the top teams." Turvey held a one-goal lead at the first break with Belinda Battistel stepping up in goal attack to score seven goals for the Swans, with Conlan helping Griffith to a five-goal lead in the second term thanks to her 13 goals. Ellen John's precision passing was fed from the dependable Clare Irvin and Peta Larkin who did a great job keeping Turvey to just nine goals as Griffith stretched the lead to eight by three-quarter time. A massive Swans' final quarter saw Maddy Tyson step up with some great intercepts to see Griffith run out easy winners 58-43. (The Area News - August 27, 2010).

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Qualifying Final - Saturday August 28, 2010 at Ganmain Sportsground

Coolamon .............. 1.3 .. 2.6 .. 4.7 .. 7.9 (51)

Mangoplah-CUE ... 4.2 .. 5.5 .. 6.5 .. 8.6 (54)

Goals: Coolamon: B Garrett 4, R Chamberlain, T Garrett, B Edyvean

MCUE: G Reid 2, J Phillips 2, S Balding, S Creasy, B Coombe, H Collins

Best: Coolamon: R Chamberlain, B Fixter, J Maddox, B Edyvean, S Chatfield, J Nolan

MCUE: B Turner, G Spriggs, G Reid, S Creasy, N Baggio, C Higgins

Umpires: D Potts, C Warner, P O'Donoghue (RUA). Gate: $7756

Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 11.12 ( 78) d Mangoplah-CUE 9.11 (65)

Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 14.13 (97) d Wagga Tigers 14.6 (90)

Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 47 d Ganmain-GGM 37; B grade: Wagga Tigers 49 d Leeton-Whitton 38; C grade: Griffith 47 d Mangoplah-CUE 46; C2 grade: Ganmain-GGM 29 d Leeton-Whitton 13; Juniors: Leeton-Whitton 31 d Griffith 20.

Elimination Final - Sunday August 29, 2010 at Narrandera Sportsground

Turvey Park ...... 7.3 .. 8.4 .. 10.6 .. 11.10 (76)

Wagga Tigers ... 0.0 .. 1.7 .. 1.9 .. 5.10 (40)

Goals: Turvey Park: D Brown 4, J Hoey 2, J Elliott 2, R McPherson, T Carroll, C Beckmans

Wagga Tigers: J Buchanan, R Miller, S Terlich, S Chalker, M Colvin

Best: Turvey Park: H Cunningham, A Craig, C Cerato, J Fletcher, C Beckmans, D Campbell

Wagga Tigers: P Delaney, J Osbeiston, D Papworth, J Gaynor, T Halse, T Power

Umpires: S Crowley, J Hilton, G Hodgins (RUA).   Gate: $6035

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 9.9 (63) d Turvey Park 5.13 (43)

Under 17: Coolamon 16.8 (104) d Mangoplah-CUE 8.8 (56)

Netball - A grade: Griffith 49 d Mangoplah-CUE 40; B grade: Griffith 52 d Coolamon 40; C grade: Coolamon 32 d Wagga Tigers 30; C2 grade: Wagga Tigers 24 d Coolamon 23; Juniors: Narrandera 46 d Coolamon 32.

First Semi Final - Saturday September 4, 2010 at Narrandera Sportsground

Coolamon ....... 0.0 .. 1.2 .. 2.3 .. 3.5 (23)

Turvey Park ... 4.5 .. 6.6 .. 7.11 .. 8.12 (60)

Goals: Coolamon: A McKenzie, Z Gibbons, B Garrett

Turvey Park: C Beckmans 2, D Brown, R Blundell, J Hoey, J Brooks, D Johnson, J Elliott

Best: Coolamon: B Edyvean, N Pleming, J Maddox, R Chamberlain, M Robinson, M Macauley

Turvey Park: D Toose, A Craig, C Cearato, J Hoey, L Pollett, T Carroll

Umpires: Cam Moore, P McCormack, H Vickers (RUA).  Gate: $5205 

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 7.5 (47) d Wagga Tigers 6.9 (45)

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 7.22 (64) d Coolamon 5.8 (38)

Netball - A grade: Griffith 63 d Ganmain-GGM 35; B grade: Leeton-Whitton 62 d Griffith 28; C grade: Mangoplah-CUE 37 d Coolamon 25; C2 grade: Wagga Tigers 20 d Leeton-Whitton 19; Juniors: Griffith 38 d Narrandera 31.

Second Semi Final - Sunday September 5, 2010 at Ganmain Sportsground

Ganmain-GGM ...... 2.3 .. 5.5 .. 9.7 .. 12.9 (81)

Mangoplah-CUE ... 2.2 .. 4.6 .. 6.6 .. 7.7 (49)

Goals: GGGM: C McPherson 3, D Rankin 2, J Olsson, N McPherson, L Steward, L Kohlhagen, C Steele, B Walsh, M Rava

MCUE: B Coombe, J Warden, M Thompson, J Phillips, H Collins, S Balding, C Willis

Best: GGGM: S Milne, C McPherson, L Walsh, J Olsson, Marc Kelly

MCUE: H Collins, J Millar, S Creasy, C Higgins, B Turner, C Willis

Umpires: G Hodgins, R Dedini, B Robinson (RUA). Gate: $8074

Reserves: Coolamon 11.13 (89) d Ganmain-GGM 7.12 (54)

Under 17: Turvey Park 13.3 (81) d Leeton-Whitton 6.6 (42)

Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 38 d Leeton-Whitton 35; B grade: Wagga Tigers 55 d Turvey Park 50; C grade: Leeton-Whitton 50 d Griffith 37; C2 grade: Mangoplah-CUE 27 d Ganmain-GGM 18; Juniors: Leeton-Whitton 25 d Turvey Park 24.

 OVERS PROVES SHE IS GRIFFITH'S LIFEBLOOD - By Scott Hazlewood 

IF YOU were to look up the meaning of commitment in the dictionary you would find Robyn Overs' picture. The Griffith Swans netball veteran personifies the amount of dedication and desire in the A grade side at the moment. For much of the season, Overs has travelled from Canberra to train with the side on Friday before turning out on Sunday, with her presence at goal defence, wing defence and centre pivotal to Griffith's charge into the preliminary final on Sunday against Leeton-Whitton. "She's a great influence on the team and around the young players," Karen Conlan said. "The wing attack last weekend (against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong) was quite a pivotal player for them and i'd given the job to Maddy Tyson to step up on her, and Robyn worked really well with Maddy and they were able to contain her together so it was great leadership. "She was unsure what she was going to do at the start of the year and played one game out of seven and then basically she's been here every week. "The rest of the squad goes out to Barellan to train and try and cut 40 minutes off her trip to help her out, which says a bit of the rest of the team's commitment as well." Despite being one of the side's most consistent players this year, Overs has been doing it all while carrying around an injured shoulder and knee. It's that kind of determination that we need to be on show again on Sunday against the Crows, who will be looking to make amends for their shock loss to the Wagga Tigers last weekend. "I guess you never know they're going to throw at us, but we're just focused on what we do and the changes we're making to our game plan are starting to affect the way we're playing," Conlan said. But the Swans are red-hot heading into this weekend after thrashing the Lions by 28 goals, with the highlight being a near-perfect third quarter that broke Ganmain's backs. Griffith was on fire after the long break and scored an incredible 23 goals for the term, to all but end the game as a contest. "Ganmain came out and threw everything at us, but we really held our own and we retaliated all the time and everything they tried we had an answer for it," Conlan said. "In their confusion they tried to double (team in the third quarter), and then they tried to come off to pick me up and were able to set screens, she (Belinda Battistel) was a very strong target and we were able to play big." Conlan moved herself into attack to compliment Battistel, with the double-prong attack confusing the Lions' defenders with Battistel scoring 14 goals for the term and nine goals going next to Conlan's name for the term. Conlan said while the team has gained confidence from their resounding win, they will be looking to use that momentum when they play for a grand final place when they tackle Crows on Sunday at Narrandera. (The Area News - Friday September 10, 2010).

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Preliminary Final - Sunday September 12, 2010 at Narrandera Sportsground

Mangoplah-CUE ... 2.1 .. 3.3 .. 7.5 .. 10.6 (66)

Turvey Park ......... 7.1 .. 14.4 .. 14.6 .. 17.7 (109)

Goals: MCUE: B Turner 2, B Coombe 2, J Killalea, G Reid, J Warden, S Burge, T Balding, C Willis

Turvey Park: J Elliott 3, C Beckmans 3, D Johnson 2, J Brooks 2, J Hoey, D Campbell, T Beckmans, R McPherson, Matt Ness, D Ward, D Brown

Best: MCUE: G Spriggs, B Coombe, J Millar, B Turner, S Creasy, G Reid

Turvey Park: A Craig, D Johnson, D Campbell, C Beckmans, C Cerato, H Cunningham

Umpires: J Hilton, H Vickers, P McCormack (RUA).   Gate: $9380

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 11.20 ( 86) d Ganmain-GGM 7.10 (52)

Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 7.16 ( 58) d Wagga Tigers 8.9 ( 57)

Netball - A grade: Griffith 55 d Leeton-Whitton 33; B grade: Turvey Park 56 d Leeton-Whitton 42; C grade: Griffith 43 d Mangoplah-CUE 32; C2 grade: Wagga Tigers 21 d Ganmain-GGM 18; Juniors: Turvey Park 35 d Griffith 29.

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 LINNEGAR SAYS SIDE RELISHES UNDERDOG TAG 

GRIFFITH Swans C grade netball coach Regina Linnegar admits her side are the underdogs heading into Sunday's grand final against Leeton-Whitton - but in the same breath says she doesn't care. Linnegar and the rest of her side will be out to dethrone a Crows side many have had penciled in for the title for months, with the dominant Leeton-Whitton outfit steamrolling their way to the decider. Three times the Swans have played the Crows this year for three losses, but Linnegar said if her side plays to their potential they can cause the upset of the season when it matters most. "We're trying not to think about them being undefeated, but at training tonight (Wednesday) we'll try and concentrate on attacking the way that they play, in the end we'll just play how we play and see how we go," Linnegar said. Griffith will have to reshuffle its line-up with the absence of shooter Mel Gadsby and mid-field general Sarah Tunstall, however Linnegar she had anticipated players not being available in the final series. "It'll only be a minor reshuffle, we've had a fair size squad all year with about 11 and we've had to reshuffle players during the year to make sure they can play a few different positions leading into the finals," she said. "It does leave the attack a bit short on to be honest but we've been able to figure out who will go where in the centre to cover for Sarah's absence because that's a pretty important part of the team obviously. "It places a fair bit of pressure on our shooters, and the rest of the team is hoping one of them doesn't go down with an injury early on otherwise they'll have to replace them." Michelle Polkinghorne at goal shooter and Meg Signor at goal attack will shoulder much of the goal-scoring responsibility on the weekend, but Linnegar backed the youngsters to get the job done. Griffith will need to bully the Crows for much of the game if they are to have a chance of pipping them in the decider, with their normal slick service across the court possibly upset by a physical defence in all lines. (The Area News - Friday September 17, 2010).

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Grand Final - Sunday September 19, 2010 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.30pm

Ganmain-GGM .... 1.2 .. 8.2 .. 8.6 .. 14.8 (92)

Turvey Park ........ 3.1 .. 4.5 .. 7.7 .. 7.8 (50)

Goals: GGGM: A Clayden 3, S Milne 2, D Hitchens 2, K Hamblin 2, M Rava 2, M Steele, C McPherson, C Taylor

Turvey Park: J Elliott 2, D Campbell 2, J Hoey, C Beckmans, T Beckmans

Best: GGGM: M Carroll, S Milne. J Olsson, D Rankin, C McPherson, L Walsh

Turvey Park: C Cerato, R Blundell, D Toose, J Elliott, H Cunningham, T Beckmans

Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Wes Kiley, Marc Kelly, Paul Hamblin; Luke Walsh, Clint Taylor, Andrew Roberts; Sam Milne, Mitch Carroll, Luke Kohlhagen, Mitch Steele, Christen McPherson, Kirk Hamblin; Aaron Clayden, Matt Rava, Lachlan Steward; Jacob Olsson, Nathan McPherson, Daniel Rankin (c-c); Ben Walsh, Jesse Lander, Daniel Hitchens, Curtis Steele

Turvey Park: Blair Campbell, Jeff Fletcher, Brad Burkinshaw (c-c); David Johnson, Chris Cerato, Harry Cunningham; Tim Beckmans, Daniel Toose, Ryan Blundell; Truman Carroll, John Hoey, Jack Brooks; Dean Ward, James Elliott, Dusty Brown; Andrew Craig, Dane Campbell, Chris Beckmans; Riley McPherson, Levi Pollett, Matthew Ness, Seth Roberts

Umpires: G Hodgins, S Crowley, P McCormack (RUA).    Gate: $26,511

Reserves: Coolamon 14.11 (95) d Mangoplah-CUE 6.4 (40)

Umpires: P Smith, H Vickers, G Walsh (RUA)

Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 23.12 (150) d Turvey Park 9.12 (66)

Umpires: P O'Donoghue, J Hilton, C Warner (RUA)

Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 52 d Griffith 38; B grade: Turvey Park 53 d Wagga Tigers 41; C grade: Griffith 40 d Leeton-Whitton 36; C2 grade: Mangoplah-CUE 46 d Wagga Tigers 39; Juniors: Turvey Park 36 d Leeton-Whitton 30.

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Match report: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong etched its name into the record books with a runaway 42-point Riverina Football League grand final victory over Turvey Park at Narrandera Sportsground. The Lions completed a perfect season with a hard-fought seven goal victory over a gallant Turvey Park outfit, 14.8 (92) to 7.8 (50). Turvey Park was considered the Lions' biggest danger in September and the Bulldogs proved it on several occasions yesterday, forcing the Lions into a surge on two separate occasions. The Bulldogs led at quarter time, before GGGM kicked away, then again come back to narrow the margin to just five points at the final change. It was GGGM's second kick that packed the most punch though as the Lions ran in six unanswered goals in the final quarter to celebrate a third consecutive premiership in fine style. The premiership was a fitting result for the Lions, who finished with 20 wins for the season without defeat. GGGM on-baller Mitch Carroll was awarded the Ron Hutchins medal for best-on-ground in the win. Carroll did plenty of hard work through the middle of the ground, as he has done for the past two seasons, and was well-supported by a band of Lions teammates. Sam Milne was super on the wing, taking several vital marks and winning countless one-on-one contests to give the Lions plenty of attack. Jacob Olsson was dominant in the centre bounces throughout the day, while Daniel Rankin and Luke Kohlhagen were very good through the middle of the ground. Clint Taylor proved a brick wall at centre-half-back, while Aaron Clayden was an effective target up forward for the Lions and ended with three goals. Harry Cunningham was an absolute standout standout for Turvey Park across half-back. The 16-year-old provided speed and a mountain of run and continued to spark the Bulldogs throughout the day. Chris Cerato was outstanding at centre-half-back, while James Elliott played a good game up forward for the Buildogs. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday September 20, 2010).

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 NERVES END A GRADE NETBALL FINALS DREAM - By Scott Hazlewood 

THE Griffith Swans A grade netball side was not able to extend its late charge in the grand final last weekend, going down to a determined Wagga Tigers outfit that was hell-bent on making up for the last three seasons. Last Sunday's grand final was the fourth time in as many years Wagga had made the final but, unlike their latest appearance, the Tigers were sent home with their tails between their legs. Griffith's coach Karen Conlan put the side's performance down to nerves on the big stage, with some of the side's young players not handling the pressure as well as they have in recent weeks. "We didn't come together, we've been playing so well recently," Conlan said. "Everybody tried so hard, but when it's like that with everybody trying so hard sometimes things don't work. "We didn't value the ball consistently and we threw it away a bit, we'd do some good things and then we'd have turnovers which basically cost us the opportunity to win because our accuracy wasn't too bad. "I'd say a lot was down to nerves, we have a lot of young girls in our side and they have been amazing in the finals and until you're there, you can't anticipate the incredible pressure that you're under." Griffith was banking on another of its fast starts, but the Tigers got the jump on the Swans to lead by six goals at the end of the first term. "We knew there was only a couple of centre passes in it, so we managed to stay with them in the second quarter to still be six down at half-time," Conlan said. "We knew we had our chances, but we weren't able to bring the ball right through the circle." Sensing their chance to secure the title after three years of disappointment, the Tigers put a 12-goal gap on the Swans leading into the final quarter, a margin they maintained to secure the win. "We ended up coming fourth at the end of the regular season, but were battling to make the top five by the end of July, so for them to pull it together and grow, it's a remarkable achievement," Conlan said. "So they'll reflect on where they were at the start of the season to where they finish up, and that's not just the young ones as well. (The Area News - Wednesday September 22, 2010).

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 REALITY SETS IN FOR SWANNIES C GRADE NETBALL - By Scott Hazlewood 

WHEN the final whistle went in the Griffith Swans C grade netball grand final, the players who had done the seemingly impossible could not tell if the final score was real or a dream. The Swans pulled off a massive upset to knock off the undefeated Leeton-Whitton Crows last Sunday 40-36 to claim the only premiership for the netball club this year. Heading into the grand final as deserving favourites the Crows were tipped by many to put the cherry on top of what has been an impressive season, but somebody forgot to tell Griffith that. Despite suffering from late-withdrawals Sarah Tunstall and Mel Gadsby, Griffith co-coach Karen Conlan backed her side from the outside to bring home the title. "The girls were in the mind space of 'if we can get close to them that would be good', but I said to them 'you can win this and it's up to you' and they switched on from there," Conlan said. The Swans hit the front and were never caught with their slim lead at the first break being helped along by an excellent early game performance by Regina Linnegar, who was named best on court in the final. Linnegar kept her opposite number on a very short leash and looked to pounce on any loose passes that came anywhere near her. The Swans changed their offensive unit for the game with Meg Signor and Michelle Polkinghorne working well together, with the former in particular taking the pressure off her partner late in the game, with several well-placed long-range shots. "We got the combination right for Michelle to be the focal point, so when the defence got near her, Meg stepped up and started sinking goals, so full credit to her she had a fabulous game for us," Conlan said. Amy Perez and Chloe Fuller shared wing defence and did a good job in keeping their defence tight, but also provided options up the court and Conlan said Hannah Toscan never shirked her important role on the day. "Leeton's goal attack shot very well and she was one of the better players in the league, but we worked with Hannah because patterns show that shooters in the last quarter start to feel the pressure and the fatigue and they miss," she said. "So it wasn't until the end of the third quarter that I could say to Hannah she's starting to miss her goals and you're doing a good job, keep it up." (The Area News - Wednesday September 22, 2010).

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 2010 RIVERINA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS 

Seniors: Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal

36 - Daniel Rankin (Ganmain-GGM); 17 - Jamie Maddox (Coolamon); 13 - Lachlan Hunter (Narrandera); 12 - Brett Owen (Griffith), Sam Balding (Mangoplah-CUE), Damien Papworth (Wagga Tigers); 11 - Scott Easdown (Coolamon), Keenan Hanigan (Turvey Park); 10 - Ryan Chamberlain (Coolamon); 9 - Nathan McPherson (Ganmain-GGM), Joshua Gaynor (Wagga Tigers); 8 - Mitch Carroll (Ganmain-GGM), Michael Duncan (Griffith), Scott Burge, Graeme Reid (Mangoplah-CUE); 7 - Jacob Olsson, Clinton Taylor (Ganmain-GGM), Jarrod Gornell (Leeton-Whitton), Trent Balding (Mangoplah-CUE), Daniel Dai (Narrandera); 6 - Wade Archibald, John Nolan (Coolamon), Jeff Mickan (Griffith), Tim Mathieson (Narrandera), Ryan Blundell, Truman Carroll (Turvey Park); 5 - Luke Kohlhagen (Ganmain-GGM), Jacob Wessing (Leeton-Whitton), Dylan de Britt, Jack Killalea (Mangoplah-CUE), Brett Powell (Narrandera), Andrew Craig, Harry Cunningham, Daniel Toose (Turvey Park), Pat Delaney, Michael Pryde (Wagga Tigers); 4 - Ben Edyvean, Marshal Macauley (Coolamon), Marc Kelly (Ganmain-GGM), Kabe Stockton, Jacob Townsend (Leeton-Whitton), Glenn Noye (Mangoplah-CUE), Ryan Miller (Wagga Tigers); 3 - Adam McKenzie, Brett Nolte (Coolamon), Sam Milne, Curtis Steele, Mitch Steele (Ganmain-GGM), Tim Matheson (Griffith), David Elwin (Leeton-Whitton), Chris Willis (Mangoplah-CUE), Damon Burden, Jonathon Doyle, Tim Sullivan (Narrandera), Tim Beckmans, Dane Campbell, Pat Cattell, David Johnson (Turvey Park), Daniel Davey, James Hodges (Wagga Tigers); 2 - Tim Garrett, Jackson Kew (Coolamon), Aaron Clayden, Christen McPherson (Ganmain-GGM), Luke Humphries, Matt Kenny (Griffith), Ben Dryburgh, Reece Maguire, David Sullivan (Leeton-Whitton), Grant Bruce, Trent Cohalan, Stace Creasy (Mangoplah-CUE), Jamie Grintell (Narrandera), Brad Burkinshaw, Blair Campbell, John Hoey (Turvey Park), Mitch Colvin, Andrew Priest (Wagga Tigers); 1 - Ryan Quade (Ganmain-GGM), Matt Crack, Shaun Curran, Matt Noonan (Griffith), Nick Doolin, Liam Frazer, Steve Iannelli (Leeton-Whitton), Jack Collins, Geoff Spriggs (Mangoplah-CUE), Mark Flack, Zane Litchfield (Narrandera), Matt Ness (Turvey Park).                                                                                                                                   Reserves - Frank Gaynor Medal

18 - Zachary Robinson (Coolamon); 13 - Michael Ness (Turvey Park); 10 - Brad Woolner (Griffith), Reece Cohalan (Mangoplah-CUE); 9 - Zachery Gibbons, Sam Robinson (Coolamon), Damian Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), Chris Zielinski (Mangoplah-CUE), Chris Smith (Narrandera); 8 - Paul Lucas (Ganmain-GGM), Simon Gale (Leeton-Whitton); 7 - Ben Walsh, James Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), John Ingram (Narrandera), Levi Pollett (Turvey Park); 6 - Blake Gibson (Coolamon), Mathew Kelly (Ganmain-GGM), Nat Davis (Mangoplah-CUE), Paul Battenally, Tim Byrnes (Wagga Tigers).
                                                                                               Under 17 - Lou Brown Medal
25 - Guy Ward (Turvey Park); 20 - Martin Brown (Leeton-Whitton); 19 - Brydon Stapleton (Turvey Park); 16 - James Creasy (Mangoplah-CUE), Nick Ryan (Wagga Tigers); 15 - Macauley O'Malley (Wagga Tigers); 13 - Ashley Hard (Coolamon), Sean Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), Zac Williams (Narrandera); 12 - Will Ryan (Mangoplah-CUE), Callum Gardner (Turvey Park), Zac Keogh (Wagga Tigers); 11 - Grant Commins (Leeton-Whitton); 10 Nick Pleming (Coolamon), Toby Blissett (Griffith), Hayden Dobson (Narrandera); 9 - Joe Redfern (Coolamon); 8 - Brandon Emerson (Leeton-Whitton), Tim Beckmans (Turvey Park), Steven Chalker (Wagga Tigers). 

Seniors: Top Goalkickers (h/a) - Stewart Fraser Trophy

51 - James Elliott (Turvey Park), 49 - Chris Willis (Mangoplah-CUE), 44 - Adam McKenzie, 37 - Aaron Clayden (Ganmain-GGM), 35 - Kirk Hamblin (Ganmain-GGM), 33 - Keenan Hanigan (Turvey Park), 33 - Shannon Terlich (Wagga Tigers), 32 - Jack Brooks (Turvey Park), 31 - Luke Humphries (Griffith).

        Reserves (Griggs Trophy): 51 - Sam Noble (Ganmain-GGM);   Under 17 (Dalco Trophy): 102 - Callum Gardner (Turvey Park).

NAB Rising Star award: Sam Milne (Ganmain-GGM)

RFNL Volunteer of the Year award: Jack Cedelland (Ganmain-GGM)

Club Championships: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong

Netball: Best & Fairest
A grade: Amanda Smith (Wagga Tigers);   B grade: Bernadette Priest (Wagga Tigers);   C grade: Keira McCallum (Leeton-Whitton);

C2 grade: Tammy Lenon (Ganmain-GGM) & Lycinda Harris (Ganmain-GGM);   Juniors: Sabrina Finch (Leeton-Whitton).

2010 GOALS - RESERVES & UNDER 17's GRADES

Reserves: Chris Allitt 0, Cameron Arnold 2, Daniel Best 5, Rhys Best 1, Toby Blissett 2, Craig Burge 0, Norm Campbell 3, Andrew Cappello 2, Dean Catanzariti 1, Luke Catanzariti 3, Jordan Collins 0, Jarrad Cox 2, Peter Crawford 4, Mark Duncan 0, James Fallon 2, Steven Foscarini 1, Jack Geddes 1, Jeffrey Harris (capt) 6, Cameron Harrison 0, Matthew Hogan 2, Dean Jamieson 0, Royce Johns 4, Jace Iemma 1, Ray Lamont 0, Craig Lugton 1, Daniel Keenan 6, Matthew Keenan 2, Simon Killeen 0, Ben McRae 0, Chris Niven 0, Dean Owen 0, Chris Patterson 3, Matthew Patterson 2, Gregory Pickett 6, Karl Russell 4, Jonti Rowe 0, Jesse Ryan 1, Joshua Ryan 1, Damien Scott 4, Hayden Shaw 0, Gavin Simpkin 0, Rodney Simpkin 0, Troy Stevenson 1, Glenn Taylor 1, Marc Tucker 1, Michael Tyndall 5, Wayne Tyndall 0, Jack Tyrell 0, Theo Valeri 6, Justin Wade 0, Brad Woolner 4. Coach: Daniel Best.

 

Under 17: Alex Blissett 0, Toby Blissett 11, Shannon Brennan 0, Drew Cassidy 0, Jordan Crowe 1, Henry Delves 2, Blake Dwight 0, John Evans 1, Luke Favero 0, Bradley Ferguson 0, Ben Fitzgerald 0, Jordan Gill 0, Luke Granata 0, Anthony Gras 0, Matthew Griffin 4, Steven Heffer 2, Kurt Hillier 19, Cory Hutchinson 5, Fletcher Josling 0, Jordan Joyce 0, Mitchell Lewis 0, Kade Lambert-Johnson 0, Angus McAlister 0, Michael McWhirter 0, Casey Moore 41, Owen Munro 0, Alex Nardi 0, Seb Nascimben 1, Josh Parr 11, Mitchell Oates 7, Corey O'Reilly 3, Jacob Palmer 0, Haydn Pascoe 1, Chris Pilon 0, Harley Porter 0, Beau Prendergast 4, Sam Raulini 1, Patrick Rose 2, Dean Rossiter, Tom Shannon 0, Jesse Soraggi 3, Alex Tarr 2, Ben Tarr 2, Joshua Tyndall 6, Thomas Valeri 11, Levi Thornton 1, Leon Vico 4, Brenton Warr 0, Ben Watts 10, Tom West 0, Patrick Whittard 22, Jamie Winkler 1, Nick Witherspoon 0. Coaches: Norm Campbell / Wayne Tyndall

2010 GRIFFITH AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB AWARDS

Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club

Major Sponsors: Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club & Owen Toyota

FOOTBALL

Senior grade

Best & Fairest: Michael Duncan

Runner-up: Mathew Crack

Most Consistent: Jeff Mickan

Most Improved: Josh Whelan & Luke Piccolo

Best Utility (Fergie King Memorial): Tim Matheson

Most Goals Kicked: No award (Luke Humphries)

Coach’s Award: Dean Catanzariti

Reserve grade

Best & Fairest: Peter Crawford

Runner-up: Royce Johns

Most Consistent: Glenn Taylor

Most Improved: Craig Burge

Best Utility: Rhys Best

Most Goals Kicked: Gregory Pickett

Most Conscientious Player (Neville Gardiner Memorial Shield): Mark Duncan

Coach’s Award: Steven Foscarini

Under 17's

Best & Fairest: Casey Moore

Runner-up: Toby Blissett

Most Consistent: Joshua Tyndall

Most Improved: Shannon Brennan

Best Utility: Patrick Rose

Most Goals Kicked (Brian Files Memorial): Casey Moore

Most Promising Player (Ronnie Williams Memorial): Toby Blissett

Encouragement Award (Fred Owen Memorial Shield): Thomas Valeri

Best Finals Player: Patrick Rose

Coach’s Award: Pat Whittard & Matthew Griffin

NETBALL

A grade

Best & Fairest: Karen Conlan

Players’ Player: Robyn Overs

Coach’s Award: Ellen John

Most Determined: Clare Irvin

B grade

Best & Fairest: Jess Dillon

Players’ Player: Lani Houston

Coach’s Award: Jade Dillon

C grade

Best & Fairest: Monique Cusack

Players’ Player: Hannah Toscan

Coach’s Award: Chloe Fuller

Juniors

Best & Fairest: Anna Smith

Players’ Player: Maddy Lyons & Daisy Tyrell

Coach’s Award: Eliza & Maddy Lyons

SPECIAL AWARDS

Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson (Netball - Bob & Brenda Spears): Hannah Toscan

Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson (Football - Joan Hicks Memorial): Matthew Noonan

Club Person of the Year (Bill Simmons Memorial): David Patterson

200 senior game milestone: Jeffrey Mickan

150 senior game milestone: Ben Ford & Matthew Kenny.

2010 SENIOR DEBUTS & SENIOR FINAL GAMES / GOALS

Debuts: April 11 - Jarrad Cox, Roland Finch, Luke Humphries, Josh Whelan; April 17 - Cameron Arnold; Toby Blissett, April 24 - Gregory Pickett; May 2 - Frank Coyne, Matthew Hogan, Brett Pickett; May 9 - Theo Valeri; May 30 - Ben McRae; June 27 - Matthew Patterson, Patrick Rose; July 18 - Jesse Ryan; August 7 - Craig Burge, Matthew Griffin; August 14 - Pat Whittard; August 22 - Thomas Valeri.

Final Games / Goals: Cameron Arnold (4 / 3), Daniel Best (23 / 1), Rhys Best (4 / 0), Craig Burge (1 / 0), Jarrad Cox (3 / 0), Frank Coyne (1 / 4), Peter Crawford (3 / 1), Shaun Curran 50 / 23), Roland Finch (10 / 2), Ben Ford (150 / 31), Luke Humphries (18 / 31), Craig Lugton (33 / 10), Matthew Kenny (156 / 18), Alex Overs (8 / 3), Matthew Patterson (2 / 0), Brett Pickett (1 / 0), Gregory Pickett (2 / 3), Patrick Rose (1 / 0), Josh Whelan (15 / 16), Brad Woolner (10 / 0).

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