2011 RFNL SEASON RESULTS
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IN: Casey Boye (West Wyalong-Girral), Tom Buckley (Bright), Che Jenkins (Waratahs, NT), Tim McMahon, Guy Orton (Waratahs, NT), Beau Runnalls (Waratahs, NT), Tom Webb.
OUT: Cameron Arnold, Peter Crawford, Shaun Curran (Barellan), Roland Finch, Ben Ford, Luke Humphries (West Aust.), Matthew Kenny, Alex Overs, Josh Whelan (Deniliquin Rams).
COLLINGULLIE-ASHMONT-KAPOOKA PROMOTED TO PLAY IN THE RFL
RIVERINA Football League will embark on its most exciting season in years with Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka now a fully-fledged member of the competition. Just over two years since first seeking a move to the RFL, CAK on Friday got the green light to switch leagues after a 90-minute hearing at AFL House in Wagga. The AFL Riverina board overturned its decision from Wednesday last week after the Demons successfully provided more information to get the club over the pass mark of 75. AFL Riverina chairman Greg Carroll made the historic announcement and added the board did not take the decision lightly. "Collingullie are now eligible to play in the RFL in 2011," Carroll said. "We went through the concerns we had and they gave us a lot of clarification on those things. "They weren't far away on points on Wednesday night but we had a benchmark of 75 and they weren't hitting it. "Today (Friday) cleared up a lot of things. It was a good meeting. CAK provided the board full financial records which helped bump up its score to the benchmark of 75 points out of 100. The Demons also agreed to make a host of changes, including an agreement to play in an alternative playing strip, believed to be the Kapooka jumper, against Griffith to avoid a clash. The club will also upgrade its netball change rooms and improve its shower facilities before next season. Carroll believes the drawn out process proves RFL Riverina is serious about competition changes. "I think we've proved to the general AFL community where we stand on this," Carroll said. "We are going to fully stick to the process. Clubs will have to meet the benchmark." The decision means the RFL will now be a nine-team competition and a bye will be introduced. The Farrer League is left with seven teams and a bye, but could possibly welcome Coleambally into the competition as soon as this week. (The Area News - Monday October 18, 2010).
SWANS UNABLE TO SIGN A NEW COACH - By Scott Hazlewood
The Griffith Swans are still on the hunt for a full-time first grade coach despite the Riverina Football League season being only 86 days away. While every other club in the RFL has secured the services of an off-field leader for 2011, the Swans’ recruitment committee is still hitting the phones in desperate bid to lure a big name to the club. However, the club’s lack of success to date has not been without trying, with The Area News learning this week three top-line player-coaches had seemingly been on their way to Exies Oval before pulling out at the 11th hour. Griffith recruitment officer Gerry Toscan expressed his annoyance at the situation, but said the club was moving forward ahead of a season that looms as one of the club’s most important in the last decade, with Damien Scott named caretaker head coach and Mick Duncan as his assistant. As far as the coaching’s gone, it’s been very frustrating to have that many guys that have agreed and then wanting to agree later, but then they’ve said they’d changed their mind,” Toscan said. “Two guys were exceptional guys playing VCFL footy in Victoria, but they said the jobs they had were worth too much for their future long-term future.” While the cub’s search for a coach has so far been fruitless, a surge of new blood has been added to the ranks with James Toscan returning to the city (Griffith) after after playing for Avondale Heights in the Essendon District Football League. “He’ll be handy for our side because he can play up forward a bit, and he can hold a key position down the back and he’s played on some big fellas down south,” Toscan said of his son’s return. “He can play in the midfield as a bigger on-baller because he’s put on a bit of bulk since he left Griffith, so he’ll be a handy utility for us.” Glen Snaidero also will pull on the red and quite this year along with Michael Johns, who returned to training this week after injuring his wrist 18 months ago. The only major loss for the Swans in the off-season is promising youngster Josh Whelan, who proved to be one of the finds of the year for Griffith. Club officials were hoping Whelan would add more depth to their big man ranks in 2011, but his return to Deniliquin means a place needs to be filled. However, Toscan said the club has a custom-made fit with exciting youngster Tom Buckley, who comes to the club from the Murray Bushrangers under 18s side. (The Area News, Friday January 14, 2011).
GREAT SCOTT – SIMPSON TACKLES AFL CHALLENGE - By Scott Hazlewood
A Scotsman walks into an Aussie Rules club and says … It sounds like a start of a joke, but Scott Simpson is serious about mastering a sport he knows very little about. In the pure clash of cultures the 29-year old Scot completed his first week of training with the Griffith Swans this week, and instead of corners and off-side traps, he’s been trying to wrap his head around hand-passes and marks. Having only been in Griffith since November last year, Simpson said he enjoyed what his first taste of a sport that only appeared on late night television in his hometown of Peterhead in the north-east region of Scotland. “It was brilliant I loved it, my hamstrings are pretty tight at the moment though, but I really enjoyed it,” Simpson said of his first training session. Normally the only place you hear Scottish accents in Griffith are on various soccer fields, but Simpson believed his previously used skills could help him smooth the transition. “Back home I played a fair few different sports basketball, boxing, soccer so this is kind of a new challenge to test himself,” he said. “But there are some basic skill movements you can take from basketball and soccer and I’ve done a lot of running in half-marathons and things like so, that will help hopefully. “But in saying that the coach Scotty (Damien Scott) was probably teaching me things they show seven-year-olds.” Simpson isn’t the first code-jumper from soccer to the Swans in recent years, with Hanwood Football Club star Jason Bertacco having a brief but successful stint at Exies Oval. While the two sports look very different, both soccer and Australian (Rules) football require excellent foot and eye coordination and the ability to find players in space and make themselves open for teammates. While he has got through his first week as a Swan, Simpson has already has given some meaning jibes by his new teammates, with some suggesting he might be more suited to “soccering” the ball off the ground. “I’ve given myself plenty of time to get used to things but the set up is pretty professional and the intensity was really good from what I’ve seen for this early in the year,” he said. “There hasn’t been too much grief from the boys yet but I’ve got a bit of ‘the ball’s not round’ from them. (The Area News, Friday January 21, 2011)
ORTON IS THE NEW GUY ON THE BLOCK - By Scott Hazlewood
THE Griffith Swans' search for a big name coach has finally come to an end, with the club signing Guy Orton as an assistant coach to head coach Damien Scott for the upcoming Riverina Football League season. Orton's signature ends what has been a frustrating off-season for the Swans, with several big name coaches slipping through their fingers at the last minute. But club officials said the 24-year-old is not a second choice player-coach, with his skills through midfield set to add depth to a side looking to improve to their horror 2010 season. Orton was in Griffith last weekend being shown around the club and the city, and after his inspection he said he was happy to sign on the dotted line. "I had a ball down there and the guys seemed really nice and the club came across really professionally," Orton said. "But I wanted to come back up here (Northern Territory) for a week to think about it but I'm happy to come down there." However, Orton will not join his new teammates until late March, with work commitments in Darwin meaning he is unable to train any sooner. But he will not arrive in Griffith short of a gallop, with the former representative star currently playing with the Waratah Warriors in the Northern Territory Football League. "I know it's hard to be starting at a club where I don't know many people, but having that weekend down there (Griffith) and meeting a lot of the fellas I'm a lot more comfortable with the move," he said. "Hopefully I'll be go through the midfield and being having a senior role there once the season gets going." Orton's influence on players is evident by the fact he likely to be bringing two Waratahs teammates to Exies Oval with him. "I only met one of the guys this year (2010) but he asked me a little while ago 'where are you going to play next year' and I told him I was thinking about going to Griffith and once I came back from my trip there he'd decided he'd come with me," Orton said. The player confirmed to don the red and white this year is Beau Runnalls, who is a small forward and equal leading goal scorer in the Northern Territory competition this season. (The Area News - Friday January 28, 2011).
AFL’S GIANT LEAP FORWARD - By Scott Hazlewood
History will be made tonight at Exies Oval with the debut of the region’s newest junior Australian (Rules) football club, the aptly-named Griffith Giants, taking huge steps towards becoming a recognised entity in the last year. Officials have been counting down the days until the Giants debut in the South West Junior competition, with tonight’s clashes to be viewed with a great sense of achievement according to Junior Griffith Swans president Stephen Lewis. With months of work finally coming to fruition, Lewis said he was looking forward to finally seeing the teams take to the court and field respectively. ‘It’s brand new and because of that it’s really exciting ,” Lewis beamed. “When did the junior Swans start, 20 years ago? This is basically the same thing with the Giants club starting up.”
Officials did have some apprehensions about whether they would be able to fill both Australian football squads but they evaporated when sign-ups sheets quickly filled earlier this year. “Last year we had three junior football teams and one netball team and now we have six junior football teams and four netball teams for the season,” Lewis said. “Our under 11s will be pretty strong this year but we’ve a little bit down in numbers in the under 15s, but we expected that. “We’re still trying to keep mates and brothers together, and I think we’ve achieved that because all of the coaches are happy with squads they’re been given.
The Giants netball sides are also an important part of Griffith’s future according to Lewis, who said they attempted to make the teams as flexible as possible for potential players. “The main reason why we’ve gone to Sunday football and netball, we’ve not trying to cash with anyone else,” he said. “For example my two girls will play town netball on the Saturday and then play Swans or Giants on the Sunday so it’s the best of both worlds really.” (The Area New, Friday April 8, 2011).
WE'RE NOT THE UGLY DUCKLINGS ANY MORE - By Scott Hazlewood
GRIFFITH Swans coach Damien Scott said there is only one way for his side to go this Riverina Football League season, and that is up. Scott’s frank assessment comes ahead of the club’s massive home clash against the Turvey Park Bulldogs, with the first round game to give the club’s faithful an early indication whether their side will be rocks or diamonds this season. It has been a barren few years for the proud Griffith club, the 2010 wooden spoon not sitting well with officials. However, armed with a host of new players which has resulted in a renewed sense of belief for players and officials, the Swans will be out to take a bite out of the Bulldogs under light at Exies Oval. “The boys are really excited to get into the season, they’ve been training that hard and now they’re keen to get out there and get amongst it,” Scott said. “They’ve (Turvey Park) got a few departures because of retirement or whatever else and we’ve got some new players also it’s hard for us to tell how we’ll go.” New assistant coach Guy Orton has taken the reigns in several training drills this week after only touching down in the city (Griffith) recently, and from Scott’s point of view, he said his influence and insight at training has already made a marked improvement. “It’s certainly noticeable in the training’s Guy has taken recently, just having that different voice in their ear has lifted them and they’ve all gone up a notch, “he said. “So both him and Che Jenkins, who have come off their season up in Northern Territory, they’re full of running already and they’ve lifted the boys. “But as far as the new boys go, you buy a book under the proviso of the reviews it’s got, and sometimes you get half-way through it and you realise it doesn’t suit you but then you’re stuck with it, but that’s not the case with our new players that’s for sure.” Griffith will be hoping the first chapter this weekend is more of a thriller than a horror story, as they look to sprinkle their players across the field to give them more rotation options. Orton will start in the middle and look to link up with star Mick Duncan, with the pair looking to provide good service to new recruit Beau Runnalls, who will start in the forward line. (The Area News, Friday April 8, 2011).
Round 1 - Saturday April 9, 2011 at Griffith Exies Oval 5.00pm
Griffith ............ 2.2 .. 7.7 .. 11.8 .. 14.10 (94)
Turvey Park ... 2.3 .. 4.5 .. 6.7 .. 9.10 (64)
Goals: Griffith: B Runnalls 4, G Orton 2, M Duncan 2, J Mickan 2, T Blissett, K Duncan, G Snaidero, M Johns
Turvey Park: B Bryce 3, T Beckmans, J Hill, J Fletcher, L McRae, Matt Ness, T Carroll
Best: Griffith: M Duncan, C Jenkins, G Snaidero, G Orton, J Gastin, K Duncan, T Blissett, M Crack
Turvey Park: D Toose, H Cunningham, L Pollett, T Carroll, J Buchanan, A Craig
Griffith: J Gastin, J Smith, G Snaidero; M Noonan, J Toscan, C Jenkins*; D Crack, M Johns, J Evans*; C Harrison, T Blissett, M Crack; B Runnalls*, J Mickan, K Duncan; M Harris, G Orton*, M Duncan; H Delves*, D Catanzariti, C Boye*
Umpires: M Rowe, P Smith, R Buzzi (RUA)
Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 12.13 (85) def by Collingullie-AK 16.14 (110); Ganmain-GGM 12.8 (80) def Coolamon 4.11 (35), Leeton-Whitton 6.12 (48) def by Wagga 9.8 (62); Narrandera, bye
Reserves: Turvey Park 9.12 (68) d Griffith 2.9 (21)
Goals: D Keenan, J Fallon
Under 17: Turvey Park 15.9 (99) d Griffith 7.4 (46)
Goals: C O'Reilly 3, N Witherspoon, B Prendergast, Tom Valeri, S Tupuola
Match report: The Griffith Swans have begun their 2011 Riverina Football League campaign in the best possible fashion, after securing a resounding 30-point win over the visiting Turvey Park Bulldogs on Saturday night. Griffith’s batch of new players impressed at times during the 14.10 (94) to 9.10 (64) victory, but the most pleasing aspect of the victory, according to coach Damien Scott, there was still plenty of room for improvement. “They (new players) settled pretty quickly into the game because they’ve gelled in well with the guys since they’ve been here,” Scott said. “A couple of them probably didn’t have their best performance by their own standards, but they did enough when it was asked of them, but they’re still understanding the other guys’ style of play. “That’ll come in time and the beauty of the weekend, we came away with a win and we’ve still got plenty to work with.”
Turvey Park hit the ground running in the first quarter and grabbed two quick goals to put the home side on their heels. The Swans managed to get inside forward 50 often, but were unable to turn pressure into points as they trailed by a point at the first break. Griffith grabbed ascendancy of the game in the second term, kicking five goals to lead by 20 at the main break. Scott said to his troops that they needed to weigh up their options better when looking to dispose of the ball, along with putting their foot on the floor and not letting the Bulldogs back into the game. The Bulldogs continued to rebound off the back-line, but hard work by Guy Orton and Mick Duncan in the middle led to several good chances for Beau Runnalls who kicked four on his club debut. Glen Snaidero got through a mountain of work in defence while Che Jenkins showed his worth in his first game for the red and white. While Griffith might have secured a relatively comfortable win in its first game of the season, Scott warned the rest of the RFL the Bulldogs will not be the easy-beats some pundits have them labeled in 2011. “There was some really good play from both sides, and talking to their (Turvey Park) coach after the game, with them losing their talented players through rep commitments, he’s going to have a tough job ahead of him,” he said. “But I honestly can’t see how anyone can write them off after finishing second last season.” (By Scott Hazlewood, Monday April 11, 2011).
Round 2 - Saturday April 16, 2011 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm
Wagga Tigers ..... 3.1 .. 7.4 .. 11.7 .. 13.11 (89)
Griffith ................. 5.0 .. 10.2 .. 13.3 .. 15.5 (95)
Goals: Wagga: M Etchells 6, L Cameron, S Flanigan, E Fellows
Griffith: B Runnalls 5, K Duncan 3, J Fallon 2, C Harrison, J Gastin, T Buckley, M Crack, J Toscan
Best: Wagga: B Doswell, M Etchells, J Anstee, A Durnan, J Gaynor, D Papworth
Griffith: J Toscan, M Duncan, G Snaidero, M Noonan, J Gastin, K Duncan, T Blissett, C Jenkins
Griffith: J Gastin, J Smith, G Snaidero; D Catanzariti, M Noonan, C Jenkins; D Crack, M Johns, T Blissett; C Harrison, J Toscan, T Buckley*; J Fallon, B Runnalls, K Duncan; J Mickan, M Duncan, M Crack; C Boye, M Tyndall, J Tyrell
Umpires: L Olsen, C Warner, G Walsh (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 15.18 (108) def Leeton-Whitton 13.7 (85); Coolamon 10.13 (73) def by Narrandera 16.6 (102), Turvey Park 3.2 (20) def by Ganmain-GGM 26.17 (173); Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 19.19 (133) d Griffith 1.3 (9)
Goals: K Hicken
Under 17: Wagga Tigers 24.9 (153) d Griffith 7.4 (46)
Goals: C O'Reilly 3, C Hutchison 2, D Cassidy, T West
Match report: The Griffith Swans have sent an early season message to the rest of the Riverina Football League: write us off at your own peril. While team officials are not talking up the team’s chances after only two weeks of the competition, the Griffith side has broken one of its longest hoodoos in defeating Wagga Tigers 15,5 (95) to 13.11 (89) at Robertson Oval. Going into the game minus front-line ruckman Henry Delves and Michael Harris, Griffith lost veteran Jeff Mickan to an eye injury in the second quarter, forcing coach Damien Scott to reshuffle his side. But rather than let the disturbance upset their rhythm as it would have in recent seasons, the Swans kept their cool in the second half in the face of a determined Tigers’ fightback. It was this aspect of the win that most pleased Scott, who beamed about the club’s perfect start in the opening fortnight to the new year. “That’s the big thing we got out of yesterday (Saturday), we know that we have good character in the team that we’ve got,” he said. “When the Tigers came back at us late and got their nose in front, they could of quite easily let them run over the top of us, because they had a 10 to 15-minute period when they (Tigers) really took control of the game. “But the boys lifted and cut their run down and played rebound football and, as a coaching staff, we were really happy with how the boys picked themselves up and pushed on harder.
“James Toscan and Tom Buckley stood up and filled in for us when Jeff (Mickan) went off and played really well for us, in what was a tough ask in moving from centre half-forward to the ruck. “Beau (Runnalls) had a very good first half bagging most of his five goals early in the game and then got doubled teamed from there and that shut him down a bit, then it opened it up a bit for someone else,” Scott added. Mick Duncan, Glen Snaidero and Matt Noonan all starred for the Swans at different times during the tense clash, while John Anstee, Angus Durnan, Joshua Gaynor and Damien Papworth all got through plenty of work as they attemped to get Tigers over the line. (By Scott Hazlewood, The Area News, Monday April 18, 2011).
Round 3 - Saturday April 30, 2011 at Griffith Exies Oval 5.00pm
Griffith .................. 2.2 .. 3.2 .. 8.3 .. 12.6 (78)
Collingullie A-K ... 3.5 .. 6.12 .. 10.15 .. 11.17 (83)
Goals: Griffith: B Runnalls 8, T Buckley, K Duncan, G Orton, T Blissett
CAK: M Withers 3, M Geppert 3, J Maksymow 2, B Aiken, J Wild, M Coady
Best: Griffith: B Runnalls, T Blissett, K Duncan, G Snaidero, J Toscan, M Crack, M Noonan, C Jenkins
CAK: C Gow, T Edgar, M Withers, M Coady, J Morris, J Maksymow
Griffith: J Gastin, J Smith, D Catanzariti; G Snaidero, M Noonan, C Jenkins; D Crack, M Johns, T Blissett; M Duncan, J Toscan, C Harrison; B Runnalls, T Buckley, K Duncan; M Harris, G Orton, M Crack; H Delves, C Boye, J Tyrell
Umpires: P McCormack, P Smith, B Robinson (RUA)
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 17.7 (109) def Wagga 12.11 (83), Narrandera 22.11 (143) def Turvey Park 7.5 (47); Leeton-Whitton 14.8 (92) def Mangoplah-CUE 10.12 (72); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Collingullie-AK 13.19 (97) d Griffith 2.4 (16)
Goals: M Hogan, T Webb
Under 17: Griffith 16.19 (115) d Collingullie-AK 10.3 (63)
Goals: T West 4, S Nascimben 3, Tom Valeri 2, D Peato 2, J Crowe, B Watts, P Whittard, C Hutchison, B Fitzgerald
Match report: Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka have set up a dream meeting with Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong next week by keeping its undefeated stretch alive with a thrilling win over Griffith at Exies Oval on Saturday night. The Demons were saved by the final siren as they held on for a five-point win over Griffith, 11.17 (83) to 12.6 (78). The Swans lost no admirers in defeat, charging home from a 24-point deficit early in the last quarter to narrowly miss a memorable victory. Griffith livewire forward Beau Runnalls almost single-handily kicked the Swans to victory with four final-term goals but the siren sounded too soon for the Swans. The ball was entrenched in Griffith’s forward line when the final siren sounded. CAK coach Shane Lenon was not in attendance and left the coaching duties to assistants Chris Gow and Brad Aiken. Gow conceded the final siren came at exactly the right moment. “We’re happy to get the win because it could have gone either way,” Gow said. “The last couple of minutes we just hung on and hung on and Griffith had the run of play then the siren went a bit earlier than expected.” The game could have gone in another direction had the Demons converted their opportunities in the first half. The Demons led by 28 points at the main break but kicked a whopping 6.12 to Griffith 3.2. Tom Edgar was named best for the Demons as he moved into the unusual roll of full-back in the second half. Gow described the efforts of Matt Withers as ‘inspirational’ at times while Jarrah Maksymow was again a standout. Gow said despite Griffith’s finish to the game there were still plenty to be pleased with from the CAK perspective. “Talking to a lot of other RFL players, they say this is the hardest road trip in the RFL,” Gow said. “A lot have been said to me, if you can come over and get the four points, you’ve done well. “So to come out and get the win is good, especially when we’ve still got a lot of improvement in us for next week. “Ganmain have shown early on what they can do to teams and if we can play like we did tonight again next week then they’ll do the same thing to us as well.” While Runnalls was amazing with eight goals, assistant coach Guy Orton was prominent through the midfield with countless possessions. (By Matt Malone – Wagga Daily Advertiser, Monday May 2, 2011).
Round 4 - Saturday May 7, 2011 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Mangoplah CUE .... 1.2 .. 2.3 .. 5.7 .. 5.11 (41)
Griffith ................... 1.0 .. 8.2 .. 11.3 .. 17.6 (108)
Goals: MCUE: A Lieschke 2, J Collins, J Phillips, M Byrne
Griffith: T Blissett 4, T Buckley 3, G Orton 3, M Duncan 3, H Delves 2, C Jenkins, K Duncan
Best: MCUE: G Spriggs, J Killalea, K Peeters, N Baggio, A Vanzanten
Griffith: G Orton, M Duncan, H Delves, M Noonan, T Blissett, M Crack, T Buckley, J Smith
Griffith: J Smith, G Snaidero, J Gastin; D Catanzariti, M Noonan, C Jenkins; Theo Valeri, M Duncan, C Harrison; D Crack, T Buckley, T Blissett; B Runnalls, J Mickan, K Duncan; H Delves, G Orton, M Crack; J Evans, T McMahon*, J Tyrell
Umpires: R Wilson, C Warner (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 14.9 (93) def by Ganmain-GGM 19.17 (131), Wagga 23.9 (147) def Narrandera 13.8 (86); Turvey Park 5.3 (33) def by Coolamon 17.10 (112); Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 15.13 (103) d Griffith 5.4 (34)
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 12.6 (78) d Griffith 9.12 (66)
Match report: The Griffith Swans have continued their impressive start to the Riverina Football League season with a dominant 17.6 (108) to 5.11 (41) victory over Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes on Saturday. After an arm-wrestle in the opening quarter, the Swans blew the game open with a seven-goal term in the second to hold a comfortable lead they would not relinquish. “The scoreboard probably flattered us a bit,” Swans coach Damien Scott said. “We didn’t play well in the first quarter, but then the guys started controlling possession and the guys really ran the game out.” Scott paid tribute to his men at the back, particularly Matt Noonan and Glen Snaidero who handled their tough assignments well to ensure the Goannas were held to just 2.3 in the first half. “We had a lot of pressure on them and it was pretty relentless but in saying that, they (MCUE) didn’t have have a lot of easy shots, but there as about four shots at goal they normally would have converted,” Scott said.
With Michael Harris a late withdrawal, young ruckman Henry Delves was required to step up and play a more senior role alongside the returning Jeff Mickan, and Scott said Delves learned many an important lesson. “That (Harris withdrawing) gave Henry more time to get more involved with the game and he was up against a pretty good ruckman, so it gave him a good chance to more than hold his own.” Scott added. Toby Blissett provided a target up forward for the Swans kicking four goals, but he was not alone, with Mick Duncan continuing to impress on his way to recording three majors with Tom Buckley and Guy Orton providing an attacking spark. While it was an unhappy day for the Goannas in front of goal, Andrew Lieschke (2), Jack Collins, Jake Phillips and Matthew Byrne attempted to lift their side. In a further sign for the Swans’ never-ending pursuit of improvement this year, Scott said there was still things the side could work on despite nearly eclipsing their total wins in 2010. (By Scott Hazlewood, The Area News, Monday May 9, 2011)
Round 5 - Sunday May 15, 2011 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................... 4.4 .. 10.7 .. 14.9 .. 16.16 (112)
Leeton-Whitton ... 1.3 .. 6.5 .. 9.8 .. 12.10 (82)
Goals: Griffith: T Blissett 4, D Crack 2, M Duncan 2, Theo Valeri 2, T Buckley 2, B Runnalls, K Duncan, J Tyrell, J Toscan
Leeton-Whitton: G Commins 4, L Frazer 3, B O'Garey 2, R Maguire, N Hunter, B Killeen
Best: Griffith: M Duncan, C Jenkins, G Snaidero, G Orton, T Blissett, T Valeri, J Toscan, M Noonan
Leeton-Whitton: B O'Garey, B Dryburgh, B Curley, B Dunn, C Garvey, R Maguire
Griffith: D Catanzariti, G Snaidero, J Smith; J Tyrell, M Noonan, J Gastin; C Harrison, M Duncan, D Crack: T Blissett, J Toscan, T Buckley; B Runnalls, J Mickan, K Duncan; M Harris, G Orton, C Jenkins; J Evans, Theo Valeri, T McMahon
Umpires: R Wilson, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Coolamon 14.15 (99) def Wagga 3.8 (26), Ganmain-GGM 18.8 (116) def Mangoplah-CUE 3.6 (24), Narrandera 11.12 (78) def by Collingullie-AK 14.9 (93); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 15.7 (97) d Griffith 10.14 (74)
Goals: J Fallon 2, T Webb 2, A Cappello 2, N King 2, C Boye, M Tyndall
Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 10.13 (73) d Griffith 5.9 (39)
Goals: P Whittard, B Prendergast, M Lewis, Tom Valeri, C O'Reilly
Match report: It wasn’t pretty, but the Griifith Swans notched their fourth win this Riverina Football League season with a hard-fought 30-point victory over arch-rivals the Leeton-Whitton Crows at Exies Oval yesterday. While kicking efficiency and converting their chances in front of goal have been the hallmarks of the Swans’ season to date, Griffith was drawn into a scrappy encounter in the local derby. The Crows showed that they will be more than nuisance value this season as they took charge through the middle of the ground for much of the game. But Griffith’s determination to get their hands on the ball and their abundant targets around the field proved too much as they cemented their place in the top four. While conceding any win over the Crows is a good result, Griffith coach Damien Scott admitted his side did not perform consistently enough. “That’s the worst we have kicked, we still got over our one hundred points, but normally we’ve been kicking 15.5 but today was on par,” Scott said. “And they were goals the guys would normally kick with there eyes closed, and I think it was just a case of them going back (on the mark) and not going through the routine and stabbing at it”.
The Crows started scrappily and had trouble coming out of their own defensive-50, something the Swans failed to capitalise on, however, an early goal to Beau Runnalls helped lift the side to a handy 19-point lead at the first break. Griffith injected fresh legs into the battle and rising star Toby Blissett regularly bobbed up around the field to help lift the home side. However, in a sign of the tension always involved with games between the two clubs, Leeton’s David Harrison was sent from the field after an incident with Kris Duncan. Ill discipline hurt the Crows chances of scoring an upset all game as they gave away three 50-metre free kicks, all led to Griffith goals, and were down a man in the second half when they had another player sent to the sidelines.
Despite the distractions, the Crows kicked three goals to pull within 20 points in the shadows of half-time, during which Scott made some much-needed changes for Griffith. “We changed the forward set-up and couple of on-ball changes, but we just had a bit of trouble of getting our hands on the football first,” he said. Guy Orton continued to get through plenty of work off the ball for other players in the midfield as Mick Duncan kept racking up the possessions as Griffith looked to fend off a fast start to the third quarter by Leeton. Liam Frazer continued to be a target up forward for the Crows, but the stifling pressure of Glen Snaidero and Matt Noonan kept him largely under wraps as they kept the Crows at an arm’s length for the rest of the game. (By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Monday May 16, 2011).
Round 6 - Sunday May 22, 2011
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 13,5 (83) def by Coolamon 13.13 (91), Mangoplah-CUE 8.8 (56) def by Narrandera 17.6 (108), Wagga 23.19 (157) def Turvey Park 3.6 (24); Leeton-Whitton 3.10 (28) def by Ganmain-GGM 17.11 (113).
SWANS GET INTO THE PINK OF IT - By Scott Hazlewood
IT WOULD be fair to say that only now - Guy Orton, Tom Buckley and Beau Runnalls - can be called Griffith Swans after donnong the club's pink jerseys this week. The clubs newest recruits got used to the alternative cerise jerseys in the lead up to the club's annual pink day, which raised money for the Griffith Breast Cancer Support Group. Griffith's Janet Harrington said the club was busily readying themselves to again try and raise thousands of dollars for the support group, which helps local people through all aspects of their battle against cancer. "The AFL is very proactive in highlighting the issues of cancer, so they always ask the clubs to do a call-to-arms round for men's or womens's cancer," Harrington said. "But the Swans have been running our pink jumpers day previous to that and it's actually one of the support group's major fundraising events of the year. "We're going to have a few people up the street on Saturday morning doing the bucket run, which is normally a part of what we do, and people can donate there with a gold coin or more if the want." There will be continuous raffle running throughout the day at Exies Oval tomorrow. The day will be starting off on Exies Oval No. 2 where the junior Griffith Swans and Giants are taking on Coleambally and Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. (The Area News - Friday May 27, 2011).
Round 7 - Saturday May 28, 2011 (Pink Day) at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................. 4.0 .. 4.0 .. 7.0 .. 8.1 (49)
Ganmain-GGM ... 6.4 .. 11.11 .. 16.14 .. 18.14 (122)
Goals: Griffith: B Runnalls 2, M Duncan, T Blissett, J Toscan, J Mickan, G Orton, J Gastin
GGGM: D Hitchens 4, J Conway 4, S Noble 3, N Carroll 2, N McPherson, L Kohlhagen, C Steele, H Weddell, C Taylor
Best: Griffith: M Noonan, C Jenkins, M Duncan, G Snaidero, G Orton, M Crack
GGGM: C Steele, D Hitchens, D Rankin, J Conway, C McPherson, H Weddell
Griffith: D Catanzariti, G Snaidero, J Smith; M Crack, M Noonan, J Gastin; J Evans, M Duncan, D Crack, T Blissett, J Toscan, T Buckley; B Runnalls, J Mickan, K Duncan; M Harris, G Orton, C Jenkins; H Delves, Theo Valeri, J Tyrell
Umpires: G Hodgins, P Smith, C Warner (RUA)
Other matches: Narrandera 15.17 (107) def Leeton-Whitton 12.10 (82), Turvey Park 6.5 (41) def by Collingullie-AK 22.13 (145); Coolamon 22.20 (152) def Mangoplah-CUE 5.2 (32); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 10.8 (68) d Griffith 9.8 (62)
Goals: J Fallon 3, D Keenan 2, C Boye, M Tyndall, M Hogan, T Webb
Under 17: Griffith 15.15 (105) d Ganmain-GGM 9.2 (56)
Goals: B Prendergast 7, T West 2, S Tupuola 2, P Whittard 2, C O'Reilly, B Fitzgerald
Match report: Griffith Swans coach Damien Scott will hopefully look back on his side’s 73-point thumping at Exies Oval on Saturday as the loss his side had to have, as the Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong Lions extended their Riverina Football League unbeaten streak to seven. In what was always shaping up as the Swans’ biggest challenge to date, they could not contend with the bigger bodied of the Lions, whose kicking efficiency and experience as a playing unit proved to be the difference. Scott said his players were disappointed with their efforts especially as they don’t see themselves as a 12-goal worse side than the 2010 premiers, but said he hoped the squad now realised what their short-comings were. “They (Swans) know they just didn’t put it together and they’re pretty disappointed in themselves, but I think we’ll take more out of it than Ganmain would,” Scott said. “We now know the areas we need to improve on, areas I have been stressing to the guys that are a vital focus to be a real contender, and this rams it home. They (Lions) played exactly how I expected them to, but we didn’t rise to the challenge.”
Griffith had a fast start if they were to lay any kind of platform, and the Swans largely matched the Lions to narrowly trail early. GGGM’s Nathan McPherson was yellow-carded in first quarter for a high-shot on Tom Buckley, with the incident spurring the pink Swans on, as they only trailed by only 16 at the first break. But the game tipped heavily in the visitors favour as Griffith was not only held goalless in the second quarter, but without a point as GGGM blew the margin out to 53. “They had confidence in leaving their men and marking the space around them, and the gap in experience between the sides was evident. They new exactly were everyone one was going to do and where they were going to be,” Scott said of the Lions’ defensive pressure. “In the first quarter we started well and it was probably our bests starts of the season, and we played the first quarter like we knew we were in the game. “But the guys didn’t throw their bums in the corner, they kept trying the rest of the game.” Daniel Hitchens (four), Jarrod Conway (four), Samuel Noble (three) and Nick Carroll (two) continued to provide an avenue to goal for the Lions as the margin continued to build. Despite the best efforts of Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Matthew Noonan, Che Jenkins, Glen Snaidero and Mathew Crack, Griffith was unable to dig itself out of the hole as the Lions ran out convincing winners. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday May 30, 2011).
Round 8 - Saturday June 4, 2011 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Narrandera ... 2.2 .. 7.6 .. 13.12 .. 16.14 (110)
Griffith ........... 3.5 .. 5.6 .. 8.8 .. 13.9 (87)
Goals: Narrandera: Z Litchfield 3, J Grintell 3, L Hunter 2, P Aumann 2, N Hetherington, J Orme, P Horsburgh, T Mathieson, T Sullivan, D Kenna
Griffith: B Runnalls 8, K Duncan, M Crack, G Orton, Theo Valeri, T Buckley
Best: Narrandera: P Horsburgh, T Mathieson, J Rice, L Hunter, Z Litchfield, P Aumann
Griffith: M Noonan, B Runnalls, G Snaidero, G Orton, C Jenkins, J Gastin
Griffith: D Catanzariti, G Snaidero, J Smith; C Jenkins, M Noonan, J Gastin; J Evans, M Duncan, Theo Valeri: J Toscan, T Buckley, L Piccolo; K Duncan, J Mickan, B Runnalls; M Harris, G Orton, M Crack; B Giason, D Crack, T McMahon
Umpires: P Smith, N Butland, B Neighbour (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 15.15 (105) def Wagga 7.6 (48), Mangoplah-CUE 13.18 (96) def Turvey Park 4.6 (30); Leeton-Whitton 9.4 (58) def by Coolamon 9.8 (62); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Narrandera 17.17 (119) d Griffith 4.3 (27)
Goals: R Johns, M Hogan, Mark Duncan, J Tyrell
Under 17: Griffith 16.11 (107) d Narrandera 5.6 (36)
Goals: C O'Reilly 7, P Whittard 2, B Prendergast 2, B Watts 2, C Hutchison, T West, Tom Valeri
Match report: Griffith Swans coach Damien Scott admitted to feeling frustrated after his side succumbed again to a bout of second-quarter blues on Saturday, in there 23-point Riverina Football League loss to the Narrandera Eagles. After recording back to back losses, the Swans have failed to capitalise on solid starts, and they let the Eagles come over the top of them to win 16.10 (110) to 13.9 (87) at Narrandera Sportsground. The Swans earned themselves a narrow nine-point buffer at the end of the first term, but the Eagles hit back and put on five goals to give them the lead which they would nor relinquish, despite Griffith hitting back late in the game. “We had a good start again but then we seem to go by going into a conservative style of play and the other side started ramping it up.” Scott said. “We’ve got to encourage the guys to start off well and then find another gear in the second term, because when we move the ball quickly we gain confidence in the guys around us slowing down it works the other way around. After succumbing to the Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong Lions two weeks ago, Scott said his side did not learn all the lessons available to them. “They (Griffith players) were disappointed in themselves and I was disappointed in them.” Narrandera applied good pressure in midfield which led to less-than-penetrative kicks across half-forward for the Swans, but their delivery into full forward improved from last week, with small forward Beau Runnalls capitalising in kicking eight of the Swans 13 goals. Griffith worked hard in defence, but the numbers of options available to the Eagles in the second and third quarters meant they got through more often than not with Zane Litchfield, Jamie Grintell, Lachlan Hunter and Phillip Aumann being the side’s multiple goal-scorers. Scott rated the players’ contributions to his side from late call-ups along with Matthew Noonan, Guy Orton, Glen Snaidero, Mick Duncan and Dean Catanzariti. With the side having the general bye due to the long weekend, Scott predicted there would not be wholesale changes ahead of their game against Coolamon in two week’s time. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday June 6, 2011)
Rep. Match - Saturday June 11, 2011 at Newcastle Sportsground
Riverina FL ....... 19.8 (122)
Sydney U' 23 ... 8.14 (62)
Goals: RFL: M Geppart 5, B Runnalls 3, D de Britt 2, G Orton 2, J Maksymow 2, B Aiken, B Doswell, H Collins, C McPherson, J Maddox
Sydney U'23: M Hogan 3, M Edwins, Z Manley, T Scoular, C Smith, M Aikinson
Best: RFL: J Maddox, C Jenkins, J Gaynor, L Hunter, J Anstee, G Orton, B Aiken
Sydney U23: H Nicholls, B Hanson, J Mobbs, M Atkinson, Z Manley, D Fitzgerald
Riverina FL: John Anstee, Geoff Spriggs, Matt Noonan; Che Jenkins, Christen McPherson (capt.), Josh Gaynor; Curtis Steele, Mitch Carroll, Jarrah Maksymow: Guy Orton, Darren de Britt, Harry Collins; Beau Runnalls, Mark Geppert, Brad Aiken; Lachlan Hunter, Brett Doswell, Jamie Maddox; Jacob Olsson, Tim Sullivan, Brad Boots, Daniel Hitchens
Match report: Riverina Football League has redeemed itself from last year’s Country Championships with a convincing win over Sydney under 23 at the weekend. The RFL team last year suffered a confidence blow when it fell to finish fourth at the Country Championship in Wagga, but restored pride back into its representative jumper with a big 60-point victory in Newcastle. RFL refused to let the eight-hour bus trip affect its game on Saturday as it capitalised on a monster first quarter to down Sydney under 23, 19.8 (122) to 8.14 (62). Experienced RFL coach Troy Maiden was over the moon with the result. Sydney under 23 beat us last year in the shorter format, so we weren’t knowing what to expect over a full game,” Maiden conceded yesterday just after leaving Newcastle. “Our first quarter was sensational. “There was quite a strong breeze to that end of the ground which helped, but our second quarter was great without the wind too. “The boys hunger to win really showed. “They gelled together really quickly and played some really god team footy.” The home team looked good from the first bounce but that illusion only lasted a couple of minutes, as RFL hit its straps and began to dominate play. RFL had a mammoth scoring shots in the opening term, as Sydney under 23 only managed four and failed to convert a major for the entire quarter. The early surge essentially set up the victory for RFL, who was not troubled despite being outscored in the fourth quarter. RFL spearhead Marc Geppert slotted five majors and was aided on the scoreboard by nine teammates, while on-baller Jame Maddox was awarded best on ground for the winning team. Defenders Che Jenkins and Josh Gaynor also earned a spot in the RFL’s best players list, but Maiden insisted the win was a team effort. “The defenders did their job, the midfield was good, and the forwards converted the goals when they were there,” Maiden said. “All the boys are really happy with the win. “There were a lot of fellas playing their first rep game for the league and they all stood up.” (The Area News, Monday June 13, 2011)
Round 9 - Saturday June 18, 2011 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ........... 2.2 .. 4.3 .. 5.3 .. 8.6 (54)
Coolamon ..... 4.6 .. 6.10 .. 11.14 .. 14.15 (99)
Goals: Griffith: T Buckley 2, B Runnalls 2, T Blissett, G Snaidero, G Orton, D Crack
Coolamon: M Macauley 6, S Robinson 2, J Maddox 2, Z Gibbons, Mitch Stephenson, L Maloney, B Cadzow
Best: Griffith: G Orton, G Snaidero, T Buckley, M Noonan, D Catanzariti, M Duncan
Coolamon: M Macauley, M Robinson, B Edyvean, J McPherson, J Maddox, Z Gibbons
Griffith: D Catanzariti, J Smith, G Snaidero; C Jenkins, M Noonan, J Toscan; T Blissett, M Johns, Theo Valeri: M Crack, T Buckley, L Piccolo; J Fallon, J Mickan, B Runnalls; H Delves, G Orton, M Duncan; M Harris, D Crack, J Gastin
Umpires: R Johnston, P Mohr, P McCormack (RUA)
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 14.12 (96) def Narrandera 10.5 (65), Mangoplah-CUE 9.6 (60) def by Wagga 10.10 (70), Turvey Park 10.6 (66) def by Leeton-Whitton 13.9 (87); Collingullie-AK, bye.
Reserves: Coolamon 9.7 (61) d Griffith 9.6 (60)
Goals: C Harrison 2, M Hogan 2, T Webb, J Evans, C McGann, M Tucker, C Boye
Under 17: Griffith 11.13 (79) d Coolamon 6.10 (46)
Goals: P Whittard 5, B Prendergast 2, S Tupuola, T West, B Tarr, A Blissett
Match report: The Griffith Swans have failed to emerge from their mid-season slump after a comprehensive 45-point loss to the Coolamon Hoppers at Exies Oval on Saturday. Despite a stellar start to the year, they have struggled on the paddock over the past few weeks and coach Damien Scott was hoping this would be the weekend his squad would turn things around. But from the opening whistle the difference between the sides was obvious with Coolamon rocketing out to a 16-point lead in the first quarter. In recent games it has been the second quarter that let the side down but the Swans fought hard to maintain even footing in their usually lax term, kicking 2.1 to Coolamon’s 2.4. But the Swans were having deja vu of the worst kind in the third term, with only one goal to the Hoppers’ five taking the local side back to their horror 2010 season. With the visitors leading 11,14 (80) to 5.3 (33), Scott issued a final challenge to his men going the final quarter to leave the ground with their heads held high. While the Hoppers kept the pressure on, the Swans managed to rise to their coach’s challenge and outscore Coolamon 21-19 in the final term but still lost by 45 points. Scott said while he was disappointed with the loss he and his men would learn from their mistakes and use the experience to their advantage. “We fumbled the ball below our knees to move, it was good above our heads but just let us down below the knees,” he said. “We’ve also got to run for one another. The opposition determines what you can do with the football and how you break that defence, you can only play as good as they allow yo and Coolamon didn’t allow us to play very well at all. “We’ve got Turvey Park next weekend and we’ll be going back to working on basic things ahead of that.” (By Emily Tinker – The Area News, Monday June 20, 2011).
Round 10 - Sunday June 26, 2011 at Maher Oval 2.10pm
Turvey Park ... 0.0 .. 3.1 .. 4.5 .. 6.8 (44)
Griffith ........... 3.2 .. 8.3 .. 12.8 .. 13.9 (87)
Goals: Turvey Park: S Smith 4, J Buchanan 2
Griffith: B Runnalls 4, T Buckley 3, D Crack 2, J Toscan 2, M Crack, J Gastin
Best: Turvey Park: T Carroll, L Toose, A Craig, S Smith, Matt Ness, J Donaldson
Griffith: L Piccolo, G Orton, M Noonan, M Duncan, J Gastin, G Snaidero, C Jenkins, D Crack
Griffith: D Catanzariti, J Smith, G Snaidero; C Jenkins, M Noonan, J Gastin; Theo Valeri, M Johns, B Runnalls: M Crack, T Buckley, J Fallon; T Blissett, J Toscan, L Piccolo; J Mickan, G Orton, M Duncan; D Crack, C Harrison, J Ryan
Umpires: J Neighbour, M Rowe, R Wilson (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 19.16 (130) def Mangoplah-CUE 8.4 (52), Wagga 20.9 (129) def Leeton-Whitton 13.10 (88); Coolamon 7.6 (48) def by Ganmain-GGM 12.14 (86); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.9 (75) d Turvey Park 6.4 (40)
Goals: M Hogan 2, B Giason 2, S Foscarini 2, A Cappello 2, M Harris, J Tyndall, C Lugton
Under 17: Turvey Park 10.9 (69) d Griffith 8.7 (55)
Goals: B Prendergast 4, T Shannon, P Whittard, C O'Reilly, B Tarr
Match report: The Griffith Swans have snapped their three-game losing streak in the Riverina Football League with a gutsy 43-point win over Turvey Park at Maher Oval yesterday. It was the second victory for the men in red and white this season and it came at a perfect time to stop the rot of their mini losing streak. Swans coach Damien Scott said he was happy his side was back in the winners circle, but said they need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to beat the competition leaders.
With several players trialed in different positions, the Swans managed to keep the Bulldogs scoreless in the first quarter while opening up a small 20-point buffer at the first break. The backline, led by Glen Snaidero and Matt Noonan, continued to strangle Turvey Park’s forward line out of the game, only allowing three goals kicked in the first half. Griffith managed to keep Turvey Park at arm’s length for much of the second half but was never really able to put the game to rest ahead of time. Forward dynamo Beau Runnalls again was dangerous up front for Griffith with four goals while Dean Crack and Tom Buckley also found their way to goal. The pair earned Scott’s praise for their performance along with Luke Piccolo, Michael Duncan, Che Jenkins, Glen Snaidero, Jonathon Gastin and Noonan while Truman Carroll, Stephen Smith, Matthew Ness and Joshua Donaldson were dangerous all day for the home side. The Swans got through the game largely unscathed, however, Theo Valeri was taken to Wagga hospital for precautionary X-rays after being knocked out in a heavy tackle in the first quarter. Griffith’s reserves grade side were also celebrating yesterday after they record their first victory in 36 games. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday June 27, 2011)
AT THE CROSSROADS - By Scott Hazlewood
THE Griffith Swans face a fork in the road of their Riverina Football League season, as they prepare to host a Wagga Tigers on Sunday hell-bent on revenge. Despite there being two months between the Swans and an RFL finals berth, club officials are desperate for the side to rediscover the form that saw Griffith win three of its first four games this year. Despite the red-hot start and at one stage finding themselves sitting in second, the Swans have come back to the pack and coach Damien Scott said his side needs to treat every game as if it is their last chance to secure a post -season berth. "It's a massive game for us this weekend, if we win then we pave our own way and if we don't win then we're relying on other results for us to get there, and that's something that I don't want to be doing," Scott said. "It is weird to be in this situation, it's a fact that if we don't win then it hurts us, but it's not the only fact because there's still a lot of football to be played and you never know what might happen with other teams and injuries. "But we're trying to be desperate in everything we do from now until the end of the season, but we're looking to step up to the plate this weekend and get over the top of the Tigers and then look at that top three place." Griffith were able to spring a surprise on the Tigers in round two as the rest of the competition was still trying to figure out what to make of the new-look Swans. Scott rejected the notion his side had lost the element of surprise this weekend, saying they have became a stronger outfit due to players returning from injury and a closer bond between new and existing players. "We went into that game in round two without two ruckman and we've got a couple of guys that will play on the weekend that weren't in that side in the first round," Scott said. "So we're a different side to what we were then, I think we're a stronger side that we were last time we played them. "And our ruckman that day, Jeff Mickan, we lost him to an eye injury in the second quarter. "So I think they'll be looking at us like 'well they only just beat us last time', but I have heard they have got a few new guys in their side." With Griffith's defence has been exceptional in recent weeks, Scott said he wanted to see an improvement in front of goals. Henry Delves is still unavailable for selection due to representative commitments, while Theo Valeri is still recovering from concussion sustained last weekend. James Fallon is tipped to play, but officials will only make the call once they see how his ankle pulls up from the team's final training. (The Area News - Friday July 1, 2011).
Round 11 - Sunday July 3, 2011 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................. 3.3 .. 5.3 .. 7.4 .. 10.7 (67)
Wagga Tigers ..... 1.2 .. 2.4 .. 3.5 .. 10.7 (67)
Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 2, B Runnalls 2, M Crack 2, G Orton 2, T Blissett, J Ryan
Wagga: J Hodges 3, B Doswell 2, E Fellows 2, M Etchells, A Priest, M Colvin
Best: Griffith: G Orton, M Duncan, G Snaidero, J Mickan, M Crack, M Noonan, J Toscan, C Jenkins
Wagga: S Flanigan, J Simpson, A Priest, B Doswell, J Larwood, J Anstee
Griffith: D Catanzariti, M Noonan, G Snaidero; C Jenkins, J Toscan, J Gastin; Theo Valeri, M Johns, L Piccolo: M Crack, T Buckley, D Crack; T Blissett, B Runnalls, T Webb*; J Mickan, G Orton, M Duncan; K Duncan, C Harrison, J Ryan
Umpires: L Olsen, P Smith (RUA)
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 7.6 (48) def by Collingullie-AK 21.14 (148), Narrandera 13.4 (82) def Coolamon 11.11 (77); Ganmain-GGM 22.17 (149) def Turvey Park 7.8 (50); Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 9.10 (64) d Griffith 6.3 (39)
Goals: M Hogan 4, M Keenan, B McRae
Under 17: Wagga Tigers 14.7 (91) d Griffith 12.7 (79)
Goals: T Shannon 4, P Whittard 3, H Delves 2, J Evans, B Tarr, Tom Valeri
Match report: It was touted as the fork in the road game that will define their season, but in the words of Griffith Swans coach Damien Scott they are still sitting at the give way sign. In one of the most riveting and see-sawing Riverina Football League matches for years, the Griffith Swans were left to wonder what might have been after finishing deadlocked with the Wagga Tigers at Exies Oval yesterday. Players were left stunned and supporters rose as one at the final siren, to salute the Swans who fought tooth and nail for the chance to take another step towards a finals berth. Scott paid tribute to his side’s determination in the face of a Tigers outfit that looked to rip the game away from the home side early in the fourth quarter, with Wagga kicking four goals straight to grab the lead for the first time. “It wasn’t necessarily the one that got away we still have the two points, and we had them comfortably at three quarter time,” Scott said. “But they (Wagga) lifted their intensity tremendously and our boys went into their shells a bit, but they did manage to fight back in the latter part but obviously not enough. “It was pretty nerve racking when they kicked a few, but I had belief in them they could bounce back and we’ve got some good leaders, but they (Wagga) are a very good side. “We didn’t do enough to hold them out and stupid free kicks here just gave them two goals on a dinner plate.” The most hurtful towards the Swans was a 50 free given away by Guy Orton for a hit on Tom Power, which was duly converted by Jake Cassimatis. “Guy got sucked in, the guy came in and remonstrated and Guy threw his weigh around and was penalised accordingly.” Scott said. “But our football has definitely improved over the last couple of weeks and we’re getting back to where we should be, but that’s the one we should have nailed.” (By Scott Hazelwood – The Area News, Monday July 4, 2011).
Round 12 - Sunday July 10, 2011 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Ganmain-GGM ... 3.1 .. 11.5 .. 15.12 .. 20.20 (140)
Griffith ................. 0.1 .. 2.2 .. 2.3 ..4.8 (32)
Goals: GGGM: M Steele 5, J Conway 3, D Rankin 3, D Hitchens 2, C Steele 2, M Rava 2, J Olsson, S Crozier, D Walsh
Griffith: T Buckley 2, J Toscan, B Runnalls
Best: GGGM: C Steele, M Steele, D Rankin, M Carroll, C McPherson, C Taylor
Griffith: J Evans, T Buckley, M Crack, J Toscan, C Jenkins, M Noonan, M Duncan
Griffith: D Catanzariti, G Snaidero, J Smith; C Jenkins, M Noonan, J Gastin; L Piccolo, M Johns, J Evans: T Webb, T Buckley, M Crack; J Fallon, J Toscan, B Runnalls; J Mickan, G Orton, M Duncan; K Duncan, B Giason, J Ryan
Umpires: R Dedini, S Crowley, P McCormack (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 17.19 (121) def Turvey Park 5.6 (36), Mangoplah-CUE 9.8 (62) def Coolamon 7.10 (52); Leeton-Whitton 6.6 (42) def by Narrandera 16.7 (103); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 10.9 (69) d Griffith 5.9 (39)
Goals: D Crack 2, J Tyrell, M Hogan, B McRae
Under 17: Ganmain-GGM 9.10 (64) d Griffith 4.11 (35)
Goals: C O'Reilly, J Tyndall, Tom Valeri, J Crowe
Match report: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong produced its best performance of the year to blow away Griffith by a whopping 108 points at Ganmain Sportsground. With the Lions’ 1991 and 1992 premiership squads looking on, GGGM produced a performance fitting a great team as it annihilated another potential contender, 20.20 (140) to 4.8 (32). GGGM youngster Curtis Steele continued his breakout season with another best-on-ground display, while evergreen defender Christen McPherson was outstanding at centre half-back. Mitch Steele highlighted how handy his inclusion to the team is with a five-goal haul while Jarrod Conway continues to find his feet at centre half-forward. GGGM captain-coach Mitch Carroll rated the win up there with his team’s best performance of the year. “Yeah I suppose,” Carroll said. “It’s hard to tell. The tight ones, the bigger games when you win them are a bit better rather than these wins. “I thought (Griffith) would have had a bit more than that but we seem to play well against them.” GGGM kept Griffith goalless in the opening term and opened up a handy three-goal lead. The Lions put their foot down in the second term with eight goals to two to open up 57-point break at half-time. GGGM again kept the Swans goalless in the third term as the margin blew out to 87 points and the Lions completed the job in the final term. For Griffith, the loss is a huge blow to its top-five aspirations as the Swans were simply non-competitive against the ladder-leaders for the second time this year. The Swans lost James Fallon to what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the second term, and he was stretchered from the field. Youngster John Evans showed good signs and Che Jenkins and Matt Noonan were serviceable. (Matt Malone – Wagga Daily Advertiser, Monday July 11, 2011).
Round 13 - Sunday July 17, 2011 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ............ ....... 6.3 .. 8.9 .. 14.13 .. 24.20 (164)
Mangoplah-CUE ... 2.4 .. 2.4 .. 2.5 .. 2.6 (18)
Goals: Griffith: J Toscan 5, B Runnalls 5, M Duncan 4, T Blissett 2, G Orton 2, L Piccolo 2, K Duncan, J Gastin, D Crack, M Crack
MCUE: Trent Cohalan, C Willis
Best: Griffith: G Orton, J Gastin, T Buckley, M Duncan, J Toscan, M Noonan, M Johns, T Blissett
MCUE: Trent Cohalan, H Collins, G Spriggs, J Collins, N Davis, N Baggio
Griffith: J Smith, G Snaidero, J Ryan; J Gastin, M Noonan, C Jenkins; J Evans, M Crack, T Blissett; M Johns, T Buckley, J Mickan; B Runnalls, J Toscan, K Duncan; M Harris, G Orton, M Duncan; D Crack, L Piccolo, T Webb
Umpires: P Smith, B Robinson, J Hilton (RUA)
Other matches: Narrandera 15.10 (100) def Wagga 10.13 (73); Coolamon 30.18 (198) def Turvey Park 4.5 (29), Ganmain-GGM 16.14 (110) def Collingullie-AK 13.9 (87); Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 7.9 (51) d Griffith 8.2 (50)
Goals: R Duncan 3, C Lugton 2, Theo Valeri 2, A Cappello
Under 17: Griffith 10.17 (77) d Mangoplah-CUE 10.8 (68)
Goals: P Whittard 4, H Delves 3, B Tarr, T West, D Cassidy
Match report: Griffith Swans coach Damien Scott gave an insight into his players’ mentality for the rest of the Riverina Football League season, when he said the playing group described their 146-point annihilation of Mangoplah-Cookardinia United Eastlakes as “job done.” After being humbled against the undefeated Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong Lions last round, Scott and the Swans want the show the competition what they are capable of. Griffith turned a comprehensive win into a blowout in the final quarter, kicking 10 goals to leave the hapless Goannas in the rear view mirror with James Toscan and Beau Runnalls kicking five for the afternoon at Exies Oval. Matt Noonan, Jonathon Gastin and Toby Blissett were instrumental in putting the Swans onto the front foot with the trio running hard off the half-back line while Guy Orton had his best game in the Swans’ jersey. Asked what the difference was from being thrashed to handling it out this week, Scott said the players lived up to their potential and applied it for the whole game. “The things we have been working on really hit home for us today, we know how we want to set ourselves for sides, but today we just wanted to get consistency,” he said.
Griffith set the tone early by kicking six goals for the opening term with Tom Buckley – as he has for much of this season – providing an excellent target. The Goannas managed to slow down the red-hot Swans in the second to only see them kick two majors, but with 16 goals coming in the second half, the Swans showed the rest of the competition they are not going away. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday July 18, 2011).
Round 14 - Sunday July 31, 2011 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm
Leeton-Whitton ... 3.4 .. 6.7 .. 12.8 .. 13.9 (87)
Griffith .................. 4.4 .. 13.7 .. 17.8 .. 22.13 (145)
Goals: Leeton-Whitton: B Boots 3, D Sullivan 2, N Hunter 2, J O'Callaghan 2, G Commins 2, J Gornall, B Killeen
Griffith: B Runnalls 9, G Orton 3, T Webb 3, J Toscan 2, D Crack, K Duncan, D Catanzariti, T Blissett, J Gastin
Best: Leeton-Whitton: M Brown, B Curley, C Garvey, D Sullivan, L Fraser, J O'Callaghan
Griffith: G Orton, M Duncan, B Runnalls, J Toscan, K Duncan, G Snaidero, J Gastin, M Crack
Griffith: D Catanzariti, G Snaidero, J Smith; J Gastin, B Giason, M Noonan; D Crack, G Orton, T Blissett; M Johns, T Buckley, K Duncan; B Runnalls, J Toscan, H Delves; J Mickan, M Duncan, M Crack; T Webb, J Ryan, P Whittard
Umpires: S Crowley, R Dedini (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 14.20 (104) def by Narrandera 19.17 (121), Mangoplah-CUE 12.3 (75) def by Ganmain-GGM 19.21 (135), Wagga 6.10 (46) def by Coolamon 17.10 (112); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 10.9 (69) d Griffith 7.13 (55)
Goals: C Lugton 3, J Cudmore, M Hogan, A Cappello, Theo Valeri
Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 19.16 (130) d Griffith 5.2 (32)
Goals: Tom Valeri 2, J Crowe 2, M Lewis
Match report: Griffith’s Riverina Football League finals dream are far from dead with the Swans earning their second win in as many games after defeating arch-rival the Leeton-Whitton Crows by 58 points yesterday. With the game often descending into a tight arm-wrestle Swans and Crows games are renown for, Griffith broke the game open in the second quarter booting nine goals for the period. But Griffith coach Damien Scott said he was concerned with his side’s lacklustre third term, saying he was only able to celebrate half-way through the last quarter, confident his side had done enough to earn the win. Small forward Beau Runnalls had a day out for the Swans in kicking nine goals for the afternoon, with Guy Orton sealing his excellent performance with three. However, execution was poor around half-back and through the midfield at times. With basics of the game not being applied. The Swans were guilty of missing several targets, which applied more pressure upon themselves. “I think we were just trying a bit too hard,” Scott said. “We’d take a mark and then try and play on off one step and just not hitting the target, but that’s something we sorted out in the last quarter.” Mick Duncan, Matt Crack, Michael Johns and Matt Noonan again shone for the Swans as they head into their general bye this weekend. Leeton-Whitton might be without the services of David Harrison for their game against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong next week, after he was sent off and reported for a headbutt on Griffith’s Mick Dunacan in the second quarter. (Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday August 1, 2011)
Round 15 - Sunday August 7, 2011
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 33.24 (222) def Leeton-Whitton 2.3 (15), Narrandera 22.22 (154) def Mangoplah-CUE 7.6 (48); Coolamon 12.9 (81) def Collingullie-AK 9.10 (64), Turvey Park 4.7 (31) def by Wagga 13.11 (89).
Round 16 - Saturday August 13, 2011 at Crossroads Oval 2.10pm
Collingullie A-K ... 2.3 .. 5.6 .. 12.10 .. 17.16 (118)
Griffith .................. 2.3 .. 3.4 .. 4.4 .. 7.8 (50)
Goals: CAK: M Geppert 7, J McKenzie 3, R Dean 2, M Withers, B Aiken, B Lenon, J Wild, J Maksymow
Griffith: B Runnalls 4, T Blissett, D Catanzariti, H Delves
Best: CAK: B Absolum, B Aiken, B Lenon, J Maksymow, K Sykes, C Gow
Griffith: C Jenkins, G Snaidero, M Noonan, J Toscan, J Evans, D Catanzariti
Griffith: J Evans, G Snaidero, J Smith; B Giason, M Noonan, C Jenkins; J Gastin, G Orton, T Blissett; J Toscan, T Buckley, M Johns; D Catanzariti, J Mickan, B Runnalls; H Delves, M Duncan, M Crack; D Crack, K Duncan, P Whittard
Umpires: P Smith, J Hilton (RUA)
Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 15.12 (102) def Leeton-Whitton 14.10 (94), Wagga 3.1 (19) def by Ganmain-GGM 17.18 (120); Turvey Park 13.12 (90) def Narrandera 13.9 (87); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Collingullie-AK 14.10 (94) d Griffith 6.6 (42)
Goals: M Keenan 2, Theo Valeri 2, T Shannon, T Webb
Under 17: Griffith 12.17 (87) d Collingullie-AK 5.2 (32)
Goals: C O'Reilly 3, P Whittard 2, Tom Valeri 2, T Shannon 2, J Burley, P Rose, A Blissett
Match report: The Griffith Swans’ grasp on the final spot in the Riverina Football League finals has loosened, thanks largely to a horror 20-minute period against Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka on Saturday at Crossroads Oval. With the game in the balance at half-time, the Swans’ depth in the midfield was tested further when Mick Duncan was sent from the field for 20 minutes, for swearing after an official’s decision. This came on top of Guy Orton copping a bad cork early in the game, and needing treatment throughout the match to try and run freely. With Griffith’s two midfield generals off the field the Demons ran riot, kicking nine goals to break open the game and give them what would turn out to be an unassailable margin in their 68-point victory.
Swans coach Damien Scott lamented about the lack of luck his side had, but added his side‘s decision-making was at times not up to scratch. Asked if he believes his side could have better copped with Duncan, Orton and ruckman Henry Delves (cork) being missing for crucial moments of the game, Scott said the Demons made the most of their opportunities. “You loose your main go-forward men out in the middle, especially at a crucial time it hurts, we were able to cover Guy’s absence with what (players) we had but then loose Mick as well, the floodgates opened,” he said. ‘‘But it just proves how close it is between some of the sides, because we would have done the same thing to them (CAK), if the shoe was on the other foot. “I said to the guys after the game ‘don’t look at the scoreboard’ and speaking to Shane Lenon (CAK coach) after the game he said, ‘take away that 20-minute period and the games in the balance’. With the scores locked up at the end of the first quarter, the Demons were able to open up a small buffer of 14 points at the long break. But than came CAK’s blistering quarter that all-but sealed the game with Marc Geppert (seven), Joshua McKenzie (three) and Ryan Dean (two) accurate in front of goal. Despite four goals from Beau Runnalls and solid displays from Che Jenkins, Matt Noonan, Glen Snaidero, James Toscan, John Evans and Dean Catanzariti, Griffith fell short of a victory that would have been a massive boost for their finals’ chances. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday August 15, 2011).
Round 17 - Sunday August 21, 2011 at Kindra Park 2.10pm
Coolamon ...... 2.4 .. 5.5 .. 7.8 .. 10.11 (71)
Griffith ........... 4.1 .. 7.4 .. 10.6 .. 10.6 (66)
Goals: Coolamon: J Redfern 4, M Gibbons 2, N Pleming, W Archibald, L Maloney, S Easdown
Griffith: B Runnalls 3, G Orton 2, T Buckley, M Crack, J Gastin, J Toscan, K Duncan
Best: Coolamon: J Redfern, N Pleming, R Chamberlain, Murray Stephenson, M Robinson, G Aki
Griffith: G Snaidero, T Blissett, M Noonan, M Duncan, M Crack, C Jenkins
Griffith: D Catanzariti, G Snaidero, J Smith; B Giason, M Noonan, J Gastin; T Blissett, M Johns, C Jenkins; M Crack, T Buckley, D Crack; J Evans, J Toscan, B Runnalls; J Mickan, G Orton, M Duncan; L Piccolo, K Duncan, Theo Valeri
Umpires: W Smith, R Wilson, P McCormack (RUA)
Other matches: Wagga 22.11 (143) def Mangoplah-CUE 6.7 (43); Leeton-Whitton 10.14 (74) def Turvey Park 6.6 (42), Narrandera 11.7 (73) def by Ganmain-GGM 16.11 (107); Collingullie-AK, bye.
Reserves: Coolamon 21.14 (134) d Griffith 0.5 (5)
Under 17: Griffith 11.11 (77) d Coolamon 8.7 (55)
Goals:D Cassidy 3, A Blissett 3, P Whittard 2, L Peruzzi, Tom Valeri, T West
Match report: A scoreless final quarter by the Griffith Swans has thrown the race for the fifth Riverina Football League finals place wide open, with the Coolamon Hoppers storming home to claim a five-point victory at Kindra Park yesterday. The Swans looked to have dome much of the hard work in the rugged game, leading by 16 points at three quarter time. But despite a number of possessions inside their forward 50 in the final minutes of the game, Griffith wasn’t able to put points on the board. Griffith coach Damien Scott was left to wonder what happened in the final term, saying his side had put themselves in the box seat to record a huge win ahead of a hopeful finals place. In what was an arm-wrestle for the first three quarters, Griffith’s defensive unit, lead by Matt Noonan kept one of the most potent forward line in the competition quiet. Scott attributed much of the side’s success through the first three quarters to Noonan and company, with the away side leading by nine at the first break, before it 'snuck' out to just 11 at the long break. Griffith was up and about in the third term and looked set to go on with the job, before the Hoppers fought back and made the Swans pay for their poor decision making. Joe Redfern (four), Michael Gibbons (two) kicked multiples for the home side, while Beau Runnalls (three) and Guty Orton (two) did there best to get the men in red and white over the line. Noonan, Glen Snaidero, Mick Duncan, Mathew Crack and James Toscan were also excellent in a losing side. (By Scott Hazlewood) – The Area News, Monday August 22, 2011).
AFL STAR ENSURES ZAC NOT SINGING THE BLUES - By Scott Hazlewood
WHEN children were asked to pick partners for a junior Australian football coaching clinic at Exies Oval on Monday, there was an odd player out. Zac Roach looked to have drawn the short straw for a hand-ball drill, than was until Carlton legend Anthony Koutoufides stepped in to help the youngster a few pointers. And while Zac might be too young to remember the player known as "Kouta" at his peak, the 278-game veteran's presence in the city this week ticked all the promotional boxes for local officials. Koutoufides made his flying visit to Griffith to spread the word of the game that made him a household name, and said he liked what he saw for the game's future in the region. "It's good to get out in the community and met some fans of the game, of course we used to do it all the time when we were players, bit it's great to get here with the kids," Koutoufides told The Area News. "AFL is making in-roads (into other sports) I think, and from what I have been told the numbers at junior level here are growing so that's great to see." Koutoufides joked several of the younger players would not know who he was during their skills session, but the Griffith Swans senior squad certainly did, as they had some words of wisdom during their recovery session. Asked what he thought of the Blues' chances of winning the flag after their narrow loss to Hawthorn last weekend, Koutoufides said Carlton proved they can play with the best side in the competition, but still need to improve in order to win it all in 2011. "It was disappointing that they lost because I thought they would do better than that, but it was their first half that hurt them," he said. "In the second half they dominated the game, and if it was a bit longer who knows what could have happened? "But at the end of the day they lost the game and more than likely they won't finish in the four, but Hawthorn is a terrific team. "Carlton proved they can match the better sides, so they're getting there." Koutoufides also touched on the two new sides to the AFL scene in the Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney, saying the Suns have had a disappointing season in some ways, given the level of talent on their roster, but he tipped them to improve quickly in 2012. The 1995 premiership winner also said the have not's in the AFL need to improve internally rather than seek help from the governing body. "It's more up to existing clubs to try and improve themselves, it's more up good management and them trying to get decent players so they can improve from the ground up," Koutoufides said. (The Area News - Wednesday August 24, 2011).
SWANS ARE HOPING TO FLY INTO THE FINALS - By Matt Malone
GRIFFITH is committed to "make every opportunity count" as it looks to jump Wagga Tigers tomorrow for the fifth and final spot in finals. The Swans enter the final round of the season equal with Tigers on points, but just 0.85 per cent separate the two teams on either side of the finals cut-off line. While Tigers host third-placed Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka at Robertson Oval, Griffith will take on fourth-placed Narrandaera at Exies Oval. Griffith coach Damien Scott concedes the final round could hardly have been scripted any better. "You couldn't get any more even," Scott said yesterday. "If the RFL had scripted this at the start of the year they would have thought 'wouldn't that be great'. "Also, the fact they've got three sides vying for second spot, it's a great finish." While Scott can appreciate the excitement surrounding such a finish, he remains focused o getting Griffith into fifth spot. "He and the Swans players are all over the scenario. "One side will be continuing on and one side will be having their Mad Monday," Scott put in. "We're fully focused on getting over the top of these blokes this weekend and trying to take the worry out of it. "All the guys are aware of the situation. We're talking about it like we win win on Saturday and staying positive that way. "We want to make every opportunity count." Narrandera scored a 23-point win over Griffith last time but it is a result that Scott takes confidence from going into tomorrow's game. "I thought we played particularly poor last time we played them," Scott said. "Since then we've added height with Brendan Giason, Henry Delves and Toby Blissett and we've got blokes who are in form. "It wasn't a case of playing top football and going down to them, we played particularly poorly and I think we might still have a bit shell-shocked from the week before against Ganmain. "I'd like to say we're going in with a totally different mind frame." (Daily Advertiser - Friday August 26, 2011).
Round 18 - Saturday August 27, 2011 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ............ 1.2 .. 6.6 .. 8.7 .. 10.11 (71)
Narrandera ... 5.6 .. 7.7 .. 12.10 .. 18.13 (121)
Goals: Griffith: B Runnalls 4, M Johns, G Snaidero, M Duncan, M Crack, D Crack, T Blissett
Narrandera: P Aumann 4, Z Litchfield 2, N Hetherington 2, P Horsburgh 2, J Grintell 2, T Mathieson 2, J Rice, C Walsh, M Flack, L Hunter
Best: Griffith: M Duncan, M Noonan, M Crack, M Johns, G Snaidero, J Evans
Narrandera: P Horsburgh, J Rice, L Hunter, D Kenna, J Sullivan, S Hutchins
Griffith: D Catanzariti, J Smith, B Giason; C Jenkins M Noonan, J Gastin; T Blissett, M Duncan, J Evans; M Crack,T Buckley, M Johns; J Mickan, J Toscan, B Runnalls; H Delves, G Snaidero, G Orton; D Crack, K Duncan, T Webb
Umpires: R Johnston, P Smith, C Warner (RUA)
Other matches: Coolamon 22.19 (151) def Leeton-Whitton 9.10 (64), Wagga 12.6 (78) def by Collingullie-AK 13.12 (90); Turvey Park 14.8 (92) def Mangoplah-CUE 13.7 (85); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 15.7 (97) d Narrandera 7.11 (53)
Goals: Matt Taberner 7, M Hogan 3, C Boye 2, L Piccolo 2, N King 2, A Cappello, C McGann, C Niven
Under 17: Griffith 10.10 (70) d Narrandera 4.4 (28)
Goals: D Cassidy 2, T Shannon 2, T West, P Whittard, J Evans, L Peruzzi, B Tarr, B Fitzgerald
Match report: Griffith coach Damien Scott is proud of the inroads his team has made this season despite falling desperately short of a final berth at Exies Oval on Saturday. The Swans needed to make up 0.85 percent of Wagga Tigers on Saturday, but a 50-point defeat against Narrandera ended all hopes. In the end, Griffith missed fifth spot by three percentage. Given the Swans came from last spot last year and rose into second position at stages during the year, Scott was happy with the season. “It’s certainly not doom and gloom but on the other hand we’re not happy about the loss,” Scott said. “You look into their eyes after the game and they know, you can tell, their pretty passionate about it and they’re up for the challenge. “They’re committed to ‘let’s take the next step’ and that makes it easier for me when they’re prepared to work hard and take the next step. “At the end of the day, at the moment, we were not ready. It’s definitely been a big leap forward. On the ladder we’re halfway there, now we’ve got to get to the top.”
Griffith was still in the contest at half-time due to a strong second quarter with the breeze that put the Swans’ within seven points. Narrandera kicked five goals to two in the third but the Swans were still within reach, 27 points down with the breeze at their back. The Eagles stepped it up, however, and six final term goals buried Griffith as it ended in a 50-point ball game. Scott conceded his team was beaten by a better one on the day. ‘They played a pretty honest brand of football,’ Scott said. “They back one another in. A few of our better players just didn’t have the same effect on the game.” Jim Rice was superb for Narrandera, along with fellow midfielders Zane Litchfield, Pat Horsburgh and James Sullivan. Lachlan Hunter played a dominate role in the ruck, too. Beau Runnalls kicked four goals to finish one short of Marc Geppert in the Riverina Fooball League goalkicking title. (By Matt Malone – Wagga Daily Advertiser, Monday August 29, 2011).
MICKAN SAYS IT’S MY TIME TO LEAVE – By Scott Hazlewood
When the Griffith Swans players filed into the change rooms at Exies Oval last Saturday, the air was thick with emotion. They had just learned their Riverina Football League season of redemption was over by the smallest possible margin, with just three percentage points separating from their first finals appearance in five years. As coach Damien Scott addressed the playing group about how far they had come in less than a year, a hand was raised in the corner of the room. It belonged to Jeff Mickan. As if reading his mind, Scott said that he didn’t accept what he was about to say. But what Mickan had on his mind had been nagging him for the best part of three months, and he had to get it off his chest – he was retiring.
“No one said they thought I was going to,” Mickan told The Area News this week. “I think it’s just the case of they have played with me for a while, they didn’t think I’d do it.” “I was going to give it up regardless what happened at the weekend, but it would have been nice to play a couple more games.”
Having been a friend and teammate for more than 12 years, Scott knows the Swans’ veteran better than most and he said he still has plenty to offer the club on the field. “He seems to think that his time has passed, but I don’t see it that way,” Scott said. “He’s always been his harshest critic and also very humble.”
After joining the club from Barellan, Mickan played his first senior game with Griffith on April 8, 2000, with the last weekend’s clash against Narrandera his 218th in a Swans jersey. His commitment to the club has seen him rarely miss a game due to injury, despite playing a hard, fair and uncompromising brand of football. “I know Mick Duncan used to love him when he was playing centre half-forward and he’d be coming in hard, because if Mick had a tagger, he’d generally wear Jeff,” Scott said.
Blessed with a dry wit, Mickan was always one of the most popular clubman at the Swans, and his commitment to the cause has seen him already anointed as a life member. “I just think he loves the game, being a farmer and working out by himself most of the time, I just really think he enjoys the company and loves getting amongst it,” Scott said. (The Area News, Friday September 2, 2011).
2011 RFNL NETBALL Ladders
A grade: Collingullie-AK 64, Narrandera 62, Leeton-Whitton 54, Wagga Tigers 50, Ganmain-GGM 40; Turvey Park 32, Mangoplah-CUE 34, Griffith 22, Coolamon 12.
B grade: Leeton-Whitton 68, Turvey Park 60, Coolamon 52, Griffith 40, Mangoplah-CUE 40; Narrandera 36, Collingullie-AK 32, Wagga Tigers 20, Ganmain-GGM 12.
C grade: Leeton-Whitton 72, Griffith 60, Collingullie-AK 54, Coolamon 50, Ganmain-GGM 34; Turvey Park 34, Wagga Tigers 32, Narrandera 16, Mangoplah-CUE 8.
C2 grade: Leeton-Whitton 36, Ganmain-GGM 32, Griffith 28, Wagga Tigers 24, Coolamon 12.
Juniors U15's: Griffith 66, Turvey Park 62, Leeton-Whitton 60, Ganmain-GGM 40, Narrandera 34; Wagga Tigers 34, Mangoplah-CUE 28, Coolamon 22, Collingullie-AK 14.
Qualifying Final - Saturday September 3, 2011 at Maher Oval
Coolamon ........... 5.1 .. 7.6 .. 11.9 .. 15.9 (99)
Collingullie-AK .. 4.3 .. 7.8 .. 10.10 .. 12.14 (86)
Goals: Coolamon: B Cadzow 3, M Gibbons 3, J Maddox 2, N Pleming 2, B Fixter 2, C Litchfield, S Easdown, D Nash
CAK: B Aiken 4, C Gow 2, M Geppert, J Maksymow, J Meiselbach, B Absolum, J Debono, M McClure
Best: Coolamon: M Gibbons, J Redfern, R Chamberlain, M Robinson, J Maddox, B Edyvean
CAK: N Mortimer, B Aiken, C Lees, B Lenon, J Morris, J McKenzie
Coolamon: Greg Aki, Mitch Robinson, Mitch Stephenson; Marshall Macauley, Brett Nolte, Jacob McPherson; Luke Maloney, Jamie Maddox, Wade Archibald; Nick Pleming, Callan Litchfield, Scott Easdown (c-c); Michael Gibbons, Ben Cadzow, Ben Fixter; Ben Endyvean, Ryan Chamberlain, Joe Redfern; Dom Nash, Matt Bradley, Ryan Maslin, Zac Gibbons
Collingullie-AK: Chris Lees, Will Haines, Kallan Sykes; Ned Mortimer, James Morris, Brad Aiken; James Debono, Brett Lenon, Ben Absolum; Caleb Vearing, Matt Withers, Matt Lewington; Josh McKenzie, Marc Geppert, Jamie Wild; Josh Meiselbach, Jarrah Maksymow, Chris Gow; Doug Bruckner, Matthew McClure, James Kennedy, Mitch Pilon
Umpires: D Potts, G Hodgins, W Smith (RUA). Gate: $12,865
Reserves: Coolamon 15.12 (102) d Ganmain-GGM 8.9 (57)
Under 17: Turvey Park 20.16 (136) d Wagga Tigers 10.12 (72)
Elimination Final - Sunday September 4, 2011 at Narrandera Sportsground
Narrandera ........ 3.4 .. 4.5 .. 6.7 .. 8.9 (57)
Wagga Tigers .... 1.5 .. 7.6 .. 8.10 .. 10.11 (71)
Goals: Narrandera: N Hetherington 2, B Powell 2, P Aumann, P Horsburgh, M Flack, W Kiley
Wagga: A Durnan 3, B Doswell 2, T Power, S Flanigan, M Etchells, J Oehm, J Larwood
Best: Narrandera: D Burden, B Powell, N Hetherington, M Rice, L Hunter, J Sullivan
Wagga: B Doswell, J Simpson, J Anstee, D Papworth, J Gaynor, A Durnan, J Smith
Narrandera: James Sullivan, Brett Powell, Stuart Hutchins; Mark Rice, Jonathon Doyle, Damon Burden (c-c); Drew Kenna, James Rice, Tim Sullivan; Wes Kiley, Phillip Aumann, Zac Litchfield; Jamie Grintell, Nic Hetherington, Mark Flack; Lachlan Hunter, Tim Mathieson, Pat Horsburgh; Peter Bloomfield, Sam Longmore, Shaun Gahringer, Chris Walsh
Wagga Tigers: Mick O'Dea, Daniel Davey, Todd Krause; Josh Larwood, John Anstee, Josh Gaynor; Shaun Flanigan, John Simpson, Zac Keogh; Jim Carroll, Ted Fellows, Angus Durnan, Ted Lindon; Matthew Etchells, Tom Power (c-c); Jason Smith, Brett Doswell, Damien Papworth; Sam Gaynor, Jackson Oehm, Mitch Colvin, Elliot Hull
Umpires: C Warner, J Hilton, J Mohr (RUA). Gate: $9,730
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 16.8 (104) d Collingullie-AK 12.13 (85)
Under 17: Griffith 11.8 (74) d Mangoplah-CUE 8.15 (63)
Goals: Griffith: Henry Delves 5, Pat Whittard 2, Tom Shannon 2, Alex Blissett 2
Best: Griffith: Matt Griffin, Fletcher Josling, Henry Delves, Ben Tarr, John Evans, Joshua Tyndall
Match report: The Griffith Swans under 17s have produced their best performance of the season to keep their RFL flag hopes alive, after beating MCUE by 11 points. Griffith's hopes received a massive boost on the eve of the game with rising star Henry Delves made available to play, with his first grade and representative experience being invaluable for the Swans. Coach Norm Campbell raved about the side's performance, saying they stepped up to the level required in the finals for the entire game. "Like we spoke about during the week we needed to pressure them and it was probably the best we'd done it all year," Campbell said. "Our pressure on the ball had a big effect on them, and there was a bit of a loophole and we were able to get Henry Delves back for the game. "So we had the luxury of having Patrick Rose, who's a young bloke who's been playing ruck all year, we could leave him there and then put Henry forward and we were able to keep kicking it to him before they had three or four blokes marking him. Kicking into at least a three-goal breeze in the first quarter, Griffith did well to only trail by 14 and were well-positioned for a second-quarter assault. Griffith grabbed the lead at half-time before kicking three goals in the third, with the back six of the Swans' working overtime to keep the Goannas quiet offensively. "They were fantastic at the back, they repealed everything that came at them, Matt Griffin at fullback especially was all over it as well as Fletcher Josling," Campbell said. Despite kicking five goals, Delves effectiveness was blunted as he was double and triple-teamed but the side's smaller players got into the game with Delves able to get the ball to ground with the likes of John Evans and Josh Tyndall starring. Mangoplah rued a wasteful last quarter where they kicked 3.6, with the Swans' three goals enough for them to seal the win and earn themselves a clash with the Wagga Tigers at Narrandera this Saturday. (By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Wednesday September 7, 2011).
First Semi Final - Saturday September 10, 2011 at Narrandera Sportsground
Collingullie-AK ... 4.7 .. 9.7 .. 16.7 .. 17.8 (110)
Wagga Tigers ..... 2.1 .. 7.8 .. 8.12 .. 10.15 (75)
Goals: CAK: M Geppert 5, J Maksymow 3, M Withers 3, J Morris, J Meiselbach, M McClure, C Vearing, J Kennedy, C Gow
Wagga: T Power 3, B Doswell 2, A Priest, D Davey, D Papworth, J Oehn, T Krause
Best: CAK: J Maksymow, C Lees, B Absolum, J Wild, S Gow, J Meiselbach
Wagga: J Gaynor, B Doswell, J Simpson, T Power, J Anstee, D Papworth
Collingullie-AK: Mitch Pilon, Will Haines, Kallan Sykes; Caleb Vearing, James Morris, Ned Mortimer; James DeBono, Brett Lenon, Matt Lewington; Ben Absolum, Matt Withers, Josh McKenzie; Brad Aiken, Marc Geppert, Jarrah Maksymow; Josh Meiselbach, Chris Lees, Chris Gow; Matt McClure, James Kennedy, Doug Bruckner, Jamie Wild
Wagga Tigers: Todd Krause, Mitch Colvin, John Simpson, Josh Larwood, John Anstee, Ash Dikkenburg, Josh Gaynor; Shaun Flanigan, Damien Papworth, Jackson Oehn; Mick O'Dea, Daniel Davey, Ted Lindon; Jim Carroll, Andrew Priest, Tom Power (c-c); Jason Smith, Brett Doswell, Josh Gaynor; Elliott Hull, Sam Gaynor, Ted Fellows, Matt Etchells
Umpires: L Olsen, J Hilton, B Robinson (RUA). Gate: $8,778
Reserves: Mangoplah CUE 7.14 (56) d Ganmain-GGM 6.15 (51)
Under 17: Griffith 16.14 (110) d Wagga Tigers 8.7 (55)
Goals: Griffith: Henry Delves 3, Tom West 3, Pat Rose 3, Tom Shannon 2, Alex Blissett 2, Pat Whittard, Jordan Burley, Ben Tarr
Best: Griffith: Pat Rose, Henry Delves, Dillon Evans, Ben Tarr, Fletcher Josling, Joshua Tyndall, Alex Blissett
Match report: A stunning third quarter by the Griffith Swans under 17s has given them a thumping 55-point victory over the Wagga Tigers in their RFL minor semi-final . After trailing the Tigers narrowly for much of the first half, the Swans exploded onto the scoreboard in the third term to kick 7.5 and gain an unassailable lead. The Swans put the cherry on the top of their impressive performance with another five majors to rout the Wagga side. Henry Delves again was a target up forward for his side and bagged three for the day, but unlike last weekend's win, his teammates came to the party more often. Coach Norm Campbell said his side needed to lower their eyes and not expect Delves to take contested marks all game. And that mantra carried over to the weekend performances with Thomas West and Patrick Rose kicking three goals, to go with Thomas Shannon (two), Alex Blissett (two), Patrick Whittard, Jordon Burley, Benjamin Tarr. (The Area News - Wednesday September 14, 2011).
Second Semi Final - Sunday September 11, 2011 at Ganmain Sportsground
Ganmain-GGM .. 6.2 .. 9.3 .. 13.6 .. 16.8 (104)
Coolamon .......... 1.0 .. 2.4 .. 3.5 .. 5.6 (36)
Goals: GGGM: J Conway 5, M Carroll 2, N Carroll 2, M Steele 2, C Taylor, H Weddell, C Steele, M Rava, D Rankin
Coolamon: W Archibald, M Gibbons, J Maddox, L Maloney, S Easdown
Best: GGGM: H Weddell, D Walsh, M Carroll, D Rankin, J Conway, M Rava
Coolamon: R Chamberlain, J Maddox, B Edyvean
Ganmain-GGM: Andrew Roberts, Paul Hamblin, Kirk Hamblin; Damien Walsh, Christen McPherson, Curtis Steele; Henry Weddell, Luke Kohlhagen, Jesse Lander; Mitch Steele, Clint Taylor, Daniel Hitchens; Matt Rava, Jarrod Conway, Nathan McPherson; Jacob Olsson, Daniel Rankin, Mitch Carroll (c-c); Nick Carroll, Scott Crozier, David Karlberg, Luke Walsh
Coolamon: Greg Aki, Mitch Robinson, Mitch Stephenson; Joe Redfern, Callan Litchfield, Jacob McPherson; Wade Archibald, Jamie Maddox, Dom Nash; Scott Easdown (c-c), Brett Nolte, Luke Maloney; Michael Gibbons, Ben Cadzow, Ben Fixter; Ben Endyvean, Ryan Chamberlain, Nick Pleming; Murray Stephenson, Matt Bradley, Ryan Maslin, Zac Gibbons
Umpires: C Warner, R Dedini, P McCormack (RUA). Gate: $11,593
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 15.6 (96) d Coolamon 11.11 (77)
Under 17: Turvey Park 11.12 (78) d Leeton-Whitton 7.11 (53)
SWANS' ORTON FLIES TO THE TOP - By Matt Malone
GRIFFITH midfielder Guy Orton capped off a magnificent debut season with the Swans by being crowned the Jim Quinn Medallist at Narrandera Ex-Servicemen's Club last night. Orton produced an amazing seven best-on-ground performances to be crowned Riverina Football League's best and fairest player at its presentation ceremony last night. Orton polled four three-votes in the space of five weeks during the middle of the season to set up a medal-winning lead as he stormed to the front at the end of round 14. He then polled three votes in the Swans' five-point loss to Coolamon in round 17 to seal the win with 22 votes, in front of fast-finishing ruckman Lachlan Hunter and Ben Edyvean. Narrandera's Hunter was surprisingly quiet during the first half of the year then finished the count strongly to finish on 20. Coolamon's Edyvean was rewarded for his best season yet as he polled 18 votes to finish third. Both ruckman polled five votes over the final two rounds to jump into the placings. Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong captain-coach Mitch Carroll rounded out the top four on 17 votes. Orton's victory was met with huge applause last night, particularly from the Swans table where he has proved a popular hit with players and supporters. The 25-year-old moved to Griffith this year as the Swans' new assistant coach and the move has paid an immediate dividend. Orton made the move from Darwin club Waratahs to Griffith with fellow recruits Che Jenkins and Beau Runnalls and all three proved great pick-ups for the Swans. Orton arrived with a decorated football resume, having won a best and fairest with Mitiamo in its premiership year. He was also captain of the Lodden Valley representative team. Originally from Kyneton, Orton also spent time with VFL club Bendigo Bombers in 2006. Orton represented Riverina Football League this year and was one of the team's best in the win over Sydney under 23s. He has already signalled his intention to stay with Griffith and is considered the club's coach in waiting. Swans teammate Mick Duncan led Orton early in the count and was one behind Leeton-Whitton's Bryce O'Garey at the half-way mark before finishing eight with 13 votes. (Daily Advertiser - Wednesday September 14, 2011).
Preliminary Final - Sunday September 18, 2011 at Narrandera Sportsground
Coolamon ........... 2.3 .. 7.6 .. 11.7 .. 13.9 (87)
Collingullie-AK .. 2.2 .. 5.7 .. 7.7 .. 12.10 (82)
Goals: Coolamon: D Nash 3, B Cadzow 3, L Maloney 2, N Pleming, B Fixter, R Chamberlain, M Gibbons, B Nolte
CAK: M Geppert 5, J Maksymow 3, J Wild 2, J McKenzie, C Vearing
Best: Coolamon: B Edyvean, C Litchfield, R Chamberlain, L Maloney, B Cadzow, J Maddox, Murray Stephenson
CAK: B Aiken, N Mortimer, W Haines, M Geppert, C Lees, M Lewington
Coolamon: Greg Aki, Mitch Robinson, Murray Stephenson; Zac Gibbons, Callan Litchfield, Ryan Chamberlain; Wade Archibald, Jamie Maddox, Luke Maloney; Ryan Maslin, Brett Nolte, Dom Nash; Michael Gibbons, Ben Cadzow, Ben Fixter; Ben Endyvean, Nick Pleming, Scott Easdown (c-c); Matt Bradley, Brett Garrett, Sam Robinson, Marshall McCauley
Collingullie-AK: Matt Lewington, James Morris, Kallan Sykes; Mitch Pilon, Will Haines, Chris Lees; James DeBono, Brett Lenon, Ben Absolum; Chris Gow, Matt Withers, Brad Aiken; Josh McKenzie, Marc Geppert, Jarrah Maksymow; Josh Meiselbach, Ned Mortimer, Caleb Vearing; Stefan Shearer, James Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy, Jamie Wild
Umpires:: S Crowley, B Robinson, P Smith (RUA). Gate: $12,378
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 13.15 (93) d Coolamon 10.7 (67)
Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 14.9 (93) d Griffith 14.7 (91)
Goals: Griffith: Dillon Evans 5, Tom West 2, Daniel Peruzzi 2, John Evans, Jordan Burley, Pat Rose, Ben Tarr, Alex Blissett
Best: Griffith: Dillon Evans, Fletcher Josling, John Evans, Ben Tarr, Tom West, Henry Delves
Netball - A grade: Narrandera 43 d Leeton-Whitton 39; B grade: Turvey Park 52 d Griffith 47; C grade: Coolamon 44 d Collingullie-AK 29; C2 grade: Ganmain-GGM 28 d Wagga Tigers 26; Juniors U15's: Griffith 30 d Leeton-Whitton 26.
Match report: The Griffith Swans under 17s have barely missed out on a place in the Riverina Football League grand final, after being beaten by the Leeton-Whitton Crows by just two points, 93 to 91. On the back of several impressive performances through the post-season, the Swans had high hopes heading into the sudden-death game. The game was in the balance through the first half with the Swans holding a narrow lead at the long break. They then pulled away in the third term kicking 4.3 to have a handy 17-point buffer heading into the last quarter. However, the Crows managed to kick six goals to come over the top of the red and whites to seal the last place in the grand final and crushing the premiership dreams of the Griffith players. . (The Area News - Wednesday September 21, 2011).
SWANS NETBALL LINE-UP TAKES A HIT AHEAD OF GRAND FINAL - By Scott Hazlewood
GRIFFITH Swans junior netball coach Sally Chambers hopes her side can use its underdog advantage ahead of their Riverina Football and Netball grand final against Turvey Park on Sunday. Despite winning the minor premiership and being one of the form sides of the competition, Chambers believes the Bulldogs deserve to head into the showdown as slight favourites. Griffith's line-up is still to be determined, but one omission is already known with Jacinta Scott left with the heart-breaking decision to travel to Sydney as part of the Riverina Netball Academy. Chambers said Scott was torn between her teammates and a chance to further her own career, but said she was confident the rest of the side would rise to the challenge. "We have a couple of girls that are injured and sick so we will be waiting to see if they are able to play," Chambers said. "We have played Turvey Park three times - we have had a draw, a win and a loss, so I suppose we go in as underdogs but my girls will give it all they have on the day." Daisy Tyrell is fighting to be fit after injuring her wrist in the Griffith and District netball grand finals last weekend, while Reagan Dunlop is fighting illness. Turvey Park will be buoyed by the retention of its Riverina Academy stars, who have been chosen to stay and play in the decider, but Chambers said she was still confident her side can win if they play to their potential. "Turvey's shooters are very accurate and their defence are tall and know how to use their body," she said. "Our shooters Danni Chambers and Tennille Scott will need to have a blinder of a game and our defence, Anna Smith and Hannah Linnegar, need to be very disciplined if we want to win the game. "I think my girls will give Turvey a good run for their money and if we stay focused and have our minds on the job we could come away with a win." (The Area News - Friday September 23, 2011).
Grand Final - Sunday September 25, 2011 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.30pm
Ganmain-GGM .. 4.4 .. 8.4 .. 14.10 ..14.13 (97)
Coolamon .......... 2.1 .. 4.3 .. 6.5 .. 6.7 (43)
Goals: GGGM: N McPherson 2, J Conway 2, N Carroll 2, D Hitchens 2, M Steele, C Taylor, D Walsh, C Steele, D Rankin, H Weddell
Coolamon: M Gibbons 3, Z Gibbons 2, B Fixter
Best: GGGM: N McPherson, D Rankin, M Steele, M Rava, C McPherson, H Weddell, C Taylor
Coolamon: N Pleming, M Gibbons, C Litchfield, B Cadzow, B Nolte, Z Gibbons
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Andrew Roberts, Paul Hamblin, Kirk Hamblin; Damien Walsh, Christen McPherson, Luke Walsh; Henry Weddell, Luke Kohlhagen, Curtis Steele; Mitch Steele, Clint Taylor, Daniel Hitchens; Matt Rava, Jarrod Conway, Nathan McPherson; Jacob Olsson, Daniel Rankin, Mitch Carroll (c-c); Luke Walsh; Nick Carroll, Jesse Lander, David Karlberg, Scott Crozier
Coolamon: Greg Aki, Mitch Robinson, Murray Stephenson; Marshall McCauley, Callan Litchfield, Ryan Chamberlain; Wade Archibald, Jamie Maddox, Luke Maloney; Ryan Maslin, Brett Nolte, Dom Nash; Michael Gibbons, Ben Cadzow, Ben Fixter; Ben Endyvean, Nick Pleming, Scott Easdown (c-c); Jacob McPherson, Brett Garrett, Zac Gibbons, Mitch Stephenson
Umpires: P McCormack, C Warner, G Hodgins (RUA). Gate: $29,827
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 17.13 (115) d Mangoplah-CUE 7.5 (47)
Umpires: D Potts, P Smith, B Robinson (RUA)
Under 17: Turvey Park 6.15 (51) d Leeton-Whitton 7.8 (50)
Umpires: S Wemyss, G Walsh, R Wilson (RUA)
Netball - A grade: Narrandera 57 d Collingullie-AK 35; B grade: Leeton-Whitton 55 d Turvey Park 47; C grade: Leeton-Whitton 42 d Coolamon 30; C2 grade: Ganmain-GGM 27 d Leeton-Whitton 24;
Juniors U15's: Turvey Park 35 d Griffith 29
Match report: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong etched its name into the record books with a historic straight Riverina Football League premiership. The Lions lived up to their billing red-hot favourites and proved far too strong for Coolamon to score a decisive 54-point grand final victory, 14.13 (97) to 6.7 (43) at Narrandera Sportsground. As it has done all season, GGGM put the foot to the floor during dominant second and third quarter displays as the Lions tore the game apart to put the result beyond doubt. Coolamon started strongly and led for stages of the opening quarter but the Lions asserted its authority on the contest during the middle two quarters as they piled on 10 goals to four. The win gave the Lions four straight RFL premierships, a record-equalling performance, with Turvey Park the only club to achieve the feat from 1987 to 1990. It also caps off back-to-back undefeated seasons from GGGM, and the Lions can now boast winning seven of the last eight RFL premierships. GGGM had too many winners all over the ground and very few stood out in what was another typical Lions' team performance. Matt Rava was awarded the Ron Hutchins Medal for best-on-ground after an impressive four-quarter performance rotating between forward and midfield. Rava had plenty of friends, with Mitch Steele another too shine in the win with arguably his finest performance of thge year across half-forward. Nathan McPherson was sensational, especially early on, while Clint Taylor worked tirelessly all day and really came into the game in the second half. Luke Kohlhagen, Daniel Rankin and Mitch Carroll were all-good on-ball, while the half-back lone of Luke Walsh, Christen McPherson and Damien Walsh were outstanding. Nick Carroll made an impact up forward in what was believed to be his last game, while it proved a memorable 100th game milestone for Kirk Hamblin. (The Area News -Monday September 26, 2011).
JUNIOR NETBALL SWANS IN TIGHT 35-29 LOSS - By Scott Hazlewood
WHILE they may not have come away with the ultimate prize, Griffith Swans junior netball coach Sally Chambers said they still had plenty to be proud of in season 2011. The Swans lost a see-sawing Riverina Football and Netball grand final in Narrandera by six goals, as they pushed the more-fancied Turvey Park Bulldogs right until the final whistle. Griffith set the pace in the early going and lead by a handy buffer of four at the first break, before the inevitable fight-back from the Bulldogs started. Chambers said the fact her side were the outsiders heading into the game helped them jump the Bulldogs at the start. "We had it over the top of them at the end of the first quarter, but they managed to turn it around and do the same thing to us during the second quarter," Chambers said. "But from then we went goal-for-goal with them for the rest of the game, but it was a really good game and it really flowed well from one end to the other." Trailing 17-13 at the long break, Griffith could not gain a significant enough foothold in the game to pressure the Bulldogs and were still behind by five 27-22 at three-quarter time, and try as they might they were simply not able to make a big enough inroads late in the game. Despite riding a wave of good form through the second half of the season, Chambers said the side was not overly disappointed with not claiming the title. "None of the girls were really upset from losing, because everyone put in a really good effort and gave it their all," she said. "I don't think there was as much pressure on them going in as underdogs." While most of the side stepped up to the level required in a grand final, shooters Danni Chambers and Tennille Scott vert accurate all game, and capitalised on their teammates good work earlier. While defenders Anna Smith and Hannah Linnegar worked very hard to try and create intercepts and tips would-be passes wide of their intended targets. (The Area News - Monday September 26, 2011).
GRIFFITH RE-SIGNS BUCKLEY AND JENKINS - By Scott Hazlewood
THE GRIFFITH Swans have already been bolstered for the 2012 Riverina Football League season after quickly re-signing Che Jenkins and Tom Buckley to wear the red and white. Coming on the back of Guy Orton signalling his intentions to lead the club for the next two years in a playing-head coach role, the additions of Jenkins and Buckley is a massive boost for the side who just missed out on playing finals football this season. Griffith coach Damien Scott said Jenkins and Buckley's retention is a huge step forward for the club as they look to continue to build back towards a premiership. "Che is definitely next year but we'll sit down through the course of the year next year and see what he's thinking about another," Scott said. "But Tom is also here for another year at this stage, but we're hoping that he might want to stay here for longer. "We've been trying to get guys like this to come to the area and the club and enjoy themselves, because if they can do that then hopefully they can attract other players they know. "But I think after these guys have indicated they're staying I think we're heading in the right direction." Despite a very rushed introduction to their new cub, with Jenkins and Buckley arriving just weeks before the start of the season, Scott tipped the pair will have an even bigger impact in 2012 after a thorough off-season. "The exciting thing for me is to have a pre-season into guys like Tom and Jono Gastin and then you've got Che who will be better for the break and a pre-season," he said. "When he came here he was pretty tired and nearly worn out after having just played a season, so for us to be able to freshen him up and get 100 per cent." Scott hinted the raft of talented juniors at the club will continue to get a chance to impress in first grade, if they show they have the desire and skill to handle the top side. "I'm looking at some of the boys who have come out of the 17s this year, guys like Matt Griffin, Pat Whittard and Josh Tyndall, those sort of guys who will be able to come up next year and they should be aiming for nothing less than first grade," Scott said. (The Area News - Monday September 18, 2011).
2011 RIVERINA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS
Seniors: Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal
22 - Guy Orton (Griffith), 20 - Lachlan Hunter (Narrandera); 18 - Ben Edyvean (Coolamon); 17 - Mitch Carroll (Ganmain-GGM); 15 - Jacob Olsson (Ganmain-GGM); 14 - Jamie Maddox (Coolamon), Bryce O'Garey (Leeton-Whitton); 13 - Michael Duncan (Griffith); 12 - Brad Aiken (Collingullie-AK); 11 - Zane Litchfield (Narrandera), Brett Doswell (Wagga Tigers); 10 - Jarrah Maksymow (Collingullie-AK); 9 - Che Jenkins (Griffith), Tim Mathieson (Narrandera); 8 - Ned Mortimer (Collingullie-AK), Matt Rava, Curtis Steele, Clint Taylor (Ganmain-GGM), James Rice (Narrandera); 6 - Chris Gow (Collingullie-AK), Luke Maloney (Coolamon), Luke Kohlhagen (Ganmain-GGM), Harry Collins (Mangoplah-CUE); 5 - Josh Meiselbach (Collingullie-AK), Daniel Hitchens (Ganmain-GGM), Reece Maguire (Leeton-Whitton), Geoff Spriggs (Mangoplah-CUE), Truman Carroll (Turvey Park), Josh Gaynor Damien Papworth (Wagga Tigers); 4 - Wade Archibald (Coolamon), Christen McPherson, Daniel Rankin (Ganmain-GGM), Matt Byrne (Mangoplah-CUE), Phil Aumann, Pat Horsburgh (Narrandera), Harry Cunningham (Turvey Park); 3 - Ben Absolum, Matt Withers (Collingullie-AK), Ryan Chamberlain, Scott Easdown, Mitch Robinson (Coolamon), Jesse Lander (Ganmain-GGM), Brad Boots, David Elwin, Callum Garvey (Leeton-Whitton), Xavier Higgins (Mangoplah-CUE), Matt Ness, Daniel Toose (Turvey Park), Daniel Davey, Shaun Flanigan, James Hodges, Max King, John Simpson (Wagga Tigers); 2 - James Debono, Nathan Fuller, Marc Geppert, Brett Lenon, Kallan Sykes (Collingullie-AK), Michael Gibbons, Marshal Macauley (Coolamon), Justin Evans, Nathan McPherson (Ganmain-GGM), Tom Buckley, Matt Crack, Glen Snaidero (Griffith), Jarrod Gornell (Leeton-Whitton); Ben Foster, Chris Higgins (Mangoplah-CUE), Jamie Grintell, Wes Kiley, Brett Powell (Narrandera), John Anstee, Michael Pryde (Wagga Tigers); 1 - James Morris (Collingullie-AK), Cal Litchfield, Dom Nash, Mitch Stephenson (Coolamon), Jarrod Conway, Scott Crozier, Kirk Hamblin (Ganmain-GGM), James Toscan (Griffith), Jack Collins, Isaac Damme, Dylan de Britt, Kane Peeters (Mangoplah-CUE), Damon Burden (Narrandera), Tim Beckmans, Richard Laing, Lachlan McRae (Turvey Park), Leigh Cameron, Mitch Colvin, Tom Power (Wagga Tigers).
Reserves - Frank Gaynor Medal
21 - Neil Lawson (Mangoplah-CUE); 19 - Chris Walsh (Narrandera); 16 - Paul Lucas (Ganmain-GGM).
Under 17 - Lou Brown Medal
20 - Jordie Pettit (Leeton-Whitton); 16 - Hayden Dore (Turvey Park); 15 - Jonathon Spina (Leeton-Whitton), 14 - Bradley Graham (Wagga Tigers); 13 - Isaac Damme (Mangoplah-CUE); 12 - Tom Keogh (Mangoplah-CUE), Jim Carroll, Zac Keogh (Wagga Tigers).
A grade: Bridgette Keeley (Leeton-Whitton); B grade: Georgia Hull (Mangoplah-CUE); C grade: Sabrina Finch (Leeton-Whitton); C2 grade: Brooke Taylor (Ganmain-GGM); Juniors: Milly Ryan (Mangoplah-CUE).
Seniors: Top Goalkickers (h/a) - Stewart Fraser Trophy
63 - Marc Geppert (Ganmain-GGM); 62 - Beau Runnalls (Griffith); 43 - Daniel Hitchens (Ganmain-GGM); 42 - Jamie Grintell (Narrandera); 41 - Nick Carroll (Ganmain-GGM); 36 - Matthew Etchells (Wagga Tigers); 35 - Phillip Aumann (Narrandera); 32 - Jarrod Conway (Ganmain-GGM); 26 - Clint Taylor (Ganmain-GGM), Jarrah Maksymow (Collingullie-AK).
Reserves (Griggs Trophy): 35 - Ben Mackenzie (Collingullie-AK)); Under 17 (Dalco Trophy): 66 - Jordan Lawrence (Wagga Tigers).
NAB Rising Star: Harry Cunningham (Turvey Park)
Volunteer of the Year: Ron Absolom (Narrandera)
Club Championship: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong
2011 GOALS - RESERVES & UNDER 17's GRADES
Reserves: Rhys Best 0, Casey Boye 5, Shannon Brennan 0, Tom Buckley, Craig Burge 0, Norm Campbell 0, Andrew Cappello 7, Daniel Condon 0, Luke Condon 0, Marshall Condon 0, Terry Condon 0, Dean Crack 2, Dylan Cudmore 0, Judd Cudmore 1, Shaun Curran 0, Oliver Delves 0, Mark Duncan 1, Rodney Duncan 3, John Evans 1, James Fallon 6, Merv Firebrace-Jones 0, Steven Foscarini 2, Jack Geddes 0, Brendan Giason 2, Jeffrey Harris 0, Michael Harris 1, Cameron Harrison 2, Kris Hicken 1, Matt Hogan (capt.) 16, Michael Johns 0, Royce Johns 1, Daniel Keenan 3, Matthew Keenan 2, Matt Kenny 0, Nathan King 2, Craig Lugton 6, Chris McGann 2, Tim McMahon 0, Ben McRae 2, Chris Niven 1, Chris Patterson 0, Luke Piccolo 2, Jesse Ryan 0, Tom Shannon 1, Scott Simpson 0, Todd Sjollema 0, Matt Taberner 7, Marc Tucker 1, Joshua Tyndall 1, Michael Tyndall 2, Jack Tyrell 2, Theo Valeri 5, Tom Webb 6, Tom Wesley 0, Tim Wilson 0. Coach: Greg Dreyer
Under 17: Sam Bartter 0, Jimmy Binks 0, Alex Blissett 10, Jordan Burley 3, Drew Cassidy 7, Jordan Crowe 5, Henry Delves 13, Michael Douglas 0, Dillon Evans 5, John Evans 3, Ben Fitzgerald 3, Matthew Griffin 0, Connor Heffernan 0, Kurt Hillier 0, Cory Hutchinson 4, Fletcher Josling 0, James Keenan 0, Mitchell Lewis 2, Ben Martin 0, Angus McAlister 0, Seb Nascimben 2, Corey O'Reilly 20, Jacob Palmer 0, Dion Peato 2, Daniel Peruzzi 2, Luke Peruzzi 2, Mathew Peruzzi 0, Toby Polkinghorne 0, Beau Prendergast 17, Sam Raulini 0, Patrick Rose 5, Mark Semmler 0, Thomas Shannon 15, Ben Tarr 7, Sonny Tupuolo 4, Joshua Tyndall 1, Thomas Valeri 12, Ben Watts 3, Tom West 15, Patrick Whittard 27, Nick Witherspoon 1. Coach: Norm Campbell.
2011 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS
Debuts: April 9 - Casey Boye, Henry Delves, John Evans, Che Jenkins, Guy Orton, Beau Runnalls; April 16 Tom Buckley; May 9 - Tim McMahon; July 3 - Tom Webb.
Final Games / Goals: Casey Boye (3 / 0), Brendan Giason (89 / 19), Michael Harris (35 / 8), Tim McMahon (3 / 0), Jeffrey Mickan (218 / 72), Luke Piccolo (41 / 10), Beau Runnalls (16 / 62), James Smith 53 / 0), Michael Tyndall (23 / 5), Theo Valeri (16 / 6).
2011 GRIFFITH AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB AWARDS
Friday, October 7, 2011 at Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club
Major Sponsors: Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club & Owen Toyota
Best & Fairest: Michael Duncan
Runner-up: Matthew Noonan
Most Consistent: Che Jenkins
Most Improved: Jonathon Gastin
Best Utility (Fergie King Memorial): Glen Snaidero
Most Goals Kicked: Beau Runnalls
Coach’s Award: James Toscan
Best & Fairest: Cameron Harrison
Runner-up: Craig Lugton
Most Consistent: Tom Webb
Most Improved: Scott Simpson
Best Utility: Jesse Ryan
Most Goals Kicked: Matthew Hogan
Most Conscientious Player (Neville Gardiner Memorial Shield): Scott Simpson
Coach’s Award: Chris Niven
Best & Fairest: Thomas Valeri
Runner-up: John Evans
Most Consistent: Joshua Tyndall
Most Improved: Fletcher Josling
Best Utility: Tom Shannon
Most Goals Kicked (Brian Files Memorial): Pat Whittard
Most Promising Player (Ronnie Williams Memorial): Tom West
Encouragement Award (Fred Owen Memorial Shield): Matthew Griffin
Best Finals Player: Patrick Rose
Coach’s Award: Ben Tarr
Best & Fairest: Peta Larkin
Players’ Player: Ellen John
Coach’s Award: Amelia Kennedy
Best & Fairest: Lani Houston
Players’ Player: Lani Houston
Coach’s Award: Emma Groat
Best & Fairest: Melinda Gadsby
Players’ Player: Regina Linnegar
Coach’s Award: Monique Cusack
Best & Fairest: Sarah Armstrong & Melanie Bortolazzo
Players’ Player: Laura Favero
Coach’s Award: Laura Favero
Best & Fairest: Jacinta Scott & Danni Chambers
Players’ Player: Maddy Lyons
Coach’s Award: Reagon Dunlop
Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson (Netball - Bob and Brenda Spears): Chloe Fuller
Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson (Football - Joan Hicks Memorial): Scott Simpson
Club Person of the Year (Bill Simmons Memorial): No Award.