2012 RFNL SEASON RESULTS
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IN: Jethro Calma-Holt (Waratah-NT), Dylan Cudmore (Bright), Rick Daniher (Charles Sturt University), Andrew Hawkins (Dalby Swans), Tim Matheson (Tullibigeal), Tom Miller (Rosebud)
OUT: Brendan Giason, Tim McMahon, Jeffrey Mickan (Barellan), Luke Piccolo, Beau Runnalls (Palm Beach-Currumbin), James Smith, Theo Valeri (Canberra).
NOTHING BUT FINALS: ORTON – By Scott Hazlewood
Griffith Swans coach Guy Orton said it’s finals or bust for his side as they slog it out during an intensive pre-season training program. After several disappointing years for the club and its supporters, the Swans narrowly missed out on the Riverina Football League final last year by mere percentage points. Buoyed by the inclusion of Orton, Che Jenkins, Tom Buckley and Beau Runnalls, the Swans were more competitive against most sides in the competition. But to coming so close to post-season action, Orton said his men are determined to leave nothing to chance this season. “At the first training session I told the boys it’s finals or nothing less, so that’s where we are aiming,” Orton said.
“Training is going really well and all of the boys are really keen to get stuck into the season.” Orton himself made a splash winning the Jim Quinn Medal in his first season in the red and white, but the classy midfielder will have the advantage in 2012, having gone through a comprehensive preparation. “It is great to have a decent pre-season, myself and a couple of other guys have been living here for a fair while now so we’re into a good routine,” he said. “So it’s just good to be training with the guys right from the start. “And I was speaking with one of our signings and he’ll be training with the side from mid February which is good because it won’t be like what we did and got here one week and where then playing the next.”
Unlike previous seasons, where Griffith struggled to attract new blood, the Swans have been inundated by quality signings. New players Stuart Cooper and Andrew Hawkins will line up this season, while favourite son, Tim Matheson is also making a return to Exies Oval. Orton said he heard good things about Matheson and he looks to have shaken off most of the effects of a dislocated hip he sustained last year while playing for Tullibigeal in the Northern Riverina Football League.
While Orton, Buckley and Jenkins have committed themselves to the club, The Area News asked if the club had heard of Runnalls’ intentions. “I’ve spoken to Che (Jenkins) and he‘s talked to him a bit, but last thing I heard was that he signed with a team in Queensland,” Orton said. “I got him to come down here, and when I said to the other boys at end of the season ‘I’m signing on as a coach and I need to know what you’re doing’ Che said he’d stay and Beau said he didn’t know what he was doing. “But apparently he’s been saying the Griffith Swans didn’t want him , but that’s not the case at all. “We gave him the chance and he said he wasn’t ready, and went to Darwin and then went to Melbourne, so we’re not sure what he’s doing at this stage.” (The Area News, Friday January 27, 2012).
JENKINS’ NEW ROLE TO BOOST AFL’s PROFILE
Accomplished Griffith footballer Che Jenkins has joined the AFL ranks as MIA development manger. Jenkins will become the first full-time AFL staff member to be based in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area since Paul Habel’s move to Wagga seven years ago. Jenkins beat a handful of applications from across the country and will begin his new roll today. Southern NSW AFL development manager Marc Geppert said Jenkins’ appointment would be of great benefit to sport in the region. “Che will be the man on the ground out here for us,” Geppert said. “He’ll be dealing with primary and secondary schools and assist with running programs there. “He’ll also be the local contact for the local junior teams in the area. “His main priority will be continuing the growth in the bigger places like Griffith and Leeton while sustaining the growth in places like Narrandera and some of the smaller Northern Riverina communities.”
Jenkins arrived in Griffith early last year as one the Swans‘ big recruits from the Northern Territory. He enjoyed a stellar first year across half-back for Griffith and gained selection in the Riverina Football League representative team. Geppert described Jenkins as a perfect man for the job. “Che’s a really good fit for the role,” Geppert said. “He’s a good senior footy player and he’s played footy across three different states and has done development work in the Northern Territory.
“His experience in junior development is a big positive and the fact he is still young and playing means he will get active and also be a roll model to the kids.” As part of Jenkins’ role he will also work towards getting an AFL 9s competition off the ground and also work on building female participation. Geppert said the MIA will notice a difference with Jenkins’ appointment. “It’s fantastic because he’s the first full-time person we’ve had over there in seven or eight years,” Geppert said. With the potential of places like Griffith and Leeton we need someone full-time over there. “Che will account for the region and be given more responsibility than just school programs.” (The Area News, Monday February 6, 2012).
FLOODS SHELVES SWANS HIT-OUT – By Scott Hazlewood
Griffith Swans captain-coach Guy Orton said the flood crisis had forced the club to postpone its annual pre-season trial against the Coleambally Blues. But with the start of the Riverina Football League less than a month away, the Swans are not letting the chance for match practice pass them by, with Griffith to play an inter-club trial at Exies Oval tonight.
Orton said the game was a chance for all players to impress selectors before their first full hit-out of 2012, before adding he does not expect anyone to hold back. “They’re all keen to have a run so we’re going to have an inter-club trial because it’s a bit hard with the flood to get across there (Coleambally,” Orton said. “I’m hoping everybody will go 100 per cent, and hopefully we won’t get any injuries from the night. “If we do then we’d prefer to have it now so the guys have got a couple of weeks to get over it before the season begins.”
One of Griffith’s big name off-season signings, Jethro Calma-Holt, was tipped to be in the city in time for the clash, but will arrive early next week and suit up against the Blues next weekend. Orton said he was keen to get Calma-Holt into the side’s rotation, but said there there was still plenty of promise about the club’s younger brigade, especially after several made impressive debuts in first grade last season.
Fans of the club will get to see some of their returning stars with Tim Matheson again making Exies Oval his home, while new ruckman Andrew Hawkins and Charles Sturt University’s Rick Daniher will add his class and experience to the side. Brett Owen has returned from a year off with injury and James Fallon is set to have a bigger role in red and white after gaining full fitness again after a number of niggling injuries. (The Area News, Friday March 16, 2012).
Round 1 - Saturday April 14, 2012 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ............1.5 ... 2.7 ... 4.7 ... 9.8 (62)
Narrandera .. 1.3 ... 4.4 ... 10.7 ... 18.8 (116)
Goals: Griffith: J Calma-Holt 3, H Delves 2, D Crack, M Duncan, T Blissett, T Webb
Narrandera: A Johnston 8, T Mathieson 2, T Sullivan 2, C Walsh 2, J Kickett, P Aumann, M Flack, A Davis
Best: Griffith: H Delves, A Hawkins, G Orton, R Daniher, T Blissett, J Calma-Holt
Narrandera: Z Williams, A Johnston, P Aumann, D Burden, T Mathieson, A Sangston
Griffith: R Johns, M Noonan, T West*; C Jenkins, A Hawkins*, J Gastin; K Duncan, M Duncan, R Daniher*; T Blissett, J Toscan, J Evans; T Matheson, J Calma-Holt*, D Crack; H Delves, J Fallon, G Orton (c-c); T Webb, M Crack, J Ryan
Narrandera: D Burden, M Rice, G Currie; Z Williams, B Powell, J Sullivan; W Kiley, J Rice (c/c), T Sullivan; M Flack, C Walsh, T Mathieson; H Russell, A Johnston, N Hetherington; P Aumann, J Kickett, A Sangston; A Davis, B Grant, S Quilter
Umpires: R Neighbour, N Butland, C Warner (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 17.11 (113) def Wagga 15.5 (95); Ganmain-GGM 12.7 (79) def by Coolamon 17.17 (119), Leeton-Whitton 15.17 (107) def Mangoplah-CUE 11.11 (77); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Narrandera 13.11 (101) d Griffith 4.6 (30)
Goals: P Whittard 2, M Hogan, C Boye
Under 17: Griffith 23.23 (161) d Narrandera 0.0 (0)
Goals: D Peruzzi 4, N Witherspoon 3, P Rose 2, B Fitzgerald 2, A Blissett 2, L Peruzzi 2, T Shannon 2, J Harrison 2, D Cassidy, J Evans, J Burley
Match report: Griffith Swans coach Guy Orton said he is looking at the big picture this Riverina Football League season, adding his team is a work in progress and that he is not reading too much into their first round defeat. Orton’s comment came after Griffith suffered a heavy first round loss to the Narrandera Eagles who beat the home side by 54 points at Exies Oval on Saturday. With many new faces finding their feet in the red and white, Orton said he was generally happy with his side’s level of play, except for a 10-minute period which saw Narrandera blow the game wide open. After the Eagles earned back-to-back 50 metre free kicks for rough play by the Swans, Orton said his side’s skill level and decision making dropped away, allowing the visitors to kick six goals in the third quarter. “I was pretty happy with the game in a nutshell, they (Narrandera) had bigger bodies, but after the first and then the second 50 got given away, we dropped our heads for a bit and then it got a bit ugly on the scoreboard,” Orton said.
Ascendancy was up for grabs through the first two quarters, as the home side led by two points at the first change before trailing by three at the long break. “We were moving the ball really well and our disposals were pretty good at that stage,” Orton said of his side’s first half. “But just later in the game where our skills were not up to scratch, but I wouldn’t say it had anything to do with our fitness because we kicked a few more goals.” But a 6.3 third term to the Eagles saw them jump clear on the scoreboard as they made the Swans pay for any mistakes they made. Despite the lop-sided scoreline, Orton said he saw positive signs for the club’s new and returning players, saying they will be a tougher side for the hit-out. “It was good to see Tim Matheson come back and have a good game for the club, and Andrew Hawkins was one of our best on the day,” Orton said. “Ricky Daniher was good on the wing, so it was good for them to play well, but we as a group didn’t step up all as one. “So there was positive signs, I was pretty happy with the game despite it being a loss, but I am happy with what our boys did. “We just have a few little things we need to address and we’ll work on those at training.” Griffith got through the game largely unscathed, however James Fallon did pick up a minor groin strain and will be assessed during the week. (Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday April 16, 2012).
Round 2 - Saturday April 21, 2012 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm
Leeton-Whitton ... 3.7 .. 9.10 .. 15.14 .. 19.20 (134)
Griffith ................... 2.2 .. 4.6 .. 7.9 .. 8.12 (60)
Goals: Leeton-Whitton: G Commins 5, W Overs 3, B Evans 2, B Dunn 2, B Curley, R Maguire, M Irvin, B O'Garey, C Garvey, B Boots, S Hills, K Stockton
Griffith: D Crack 4, J Calma-Holt, J Gastin, M Duncan, K Duncan
Best: Leeton-Whitton: W Overs, B O'Garey, J Spina, J Gornall, G Commins, S Browning
Griffith: G Orton, D Crack, C Jenkins, J Evans, M Noonan, T West
Leeton-Whitton: K Stockton, C Townsend, J Broadbent; J Spina, J Gornall, D Sullivan; R Maguire, B Curley, M Irvin; B Dunn, B Boots, W Overs; G Commins, J King, B Evans; C Garvey, B O'Garey, S Browning; S Hills, M Flagg, D Elwin
Griffith: R Johns, M Noonan, T West; J Evans, A Hawkins, C Jenkins; R Daniher, M Duncan, J Gastin; T Blissett, J Toscan, K Duncan; T Webb, J Calma-Holt, D Crack; M Hogan, J Fallon, G Orton (c-c); J Ryan, F Josling*, M Griffin
Umpires: R Neighbour, M Rowe, B Robinson (RUA)
Other matches: Narrandera 20.14 (134) def Collingullie-AK 12.12 (84); Coolamon 12.13 (85) def by Wagga 16.14 (110), Turvey Park 9.9 (63) def by Ganmain-GGM 27.18 (180); Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 21.13 (139) d Griffith 1.4 (10)
Goals: C Moore
Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 15.7 (97) d Griffith 8.12 (60)
Goals: T Shannon 3, D Cassidy 2, B Moore, J Burley, N Witherspoon
Match report: The Griffith Swans have continued their below average start to the Riverina Football League season, after being thrashed by 74-points by arch-rival the Leeton-Whittton Crows on Saturday. While the year is only two weeks old, Griffith has already suffered losses of 54 points last weekend against Narrandera and now 74 against a rampant Crows outfit. Leeton-Whitton lived up to the hype surrounding it at the start of the season, with slick ball moments and solid options at stoppages proving too much for the Swans. A despondent Griffith Swans coach Guy Orton said the Crows’ decision making and ability to convert meant his side were always under pressure after the first quarter. “We were just beaten everywhere around the ground, and we were missing targets for most of the game as well,”Orton said. “And they’re a really well-drilled side, so like what I saw last weekend, they just didn’t miss a target.”
The home side grabbed an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter, before blowing the game open with a 6.3 second term as Griffith was only able to kick two goals. From there the margin continued to blow out as the Crows kicked six goals in the third term to put the game out of reach for their RFL neighbours.
Orton said the side’s younger brigade shone. “A couple of match-ups did work well on the day, John Evans had a good game gainst Brad Boots, “he said. “Some of the younger guys played well – Fletcher Josling, Tom West and Dean Crack was very good for us in kicking four goals and applying pressure all game just like I asked of him. Our backline was very solid all game, they ll worked hard to keep us in it, so it’s hard to see how it got to that score in the end. “The team we had last year is totally different to the one we’ve got this year, so we have to go back to the drawing board and work with the cattle we’ve got this year.
In a boost for Griffith, forward Jethro Calma-Holt recovered from a calf strain to play and kick a single goal, but multiple goals to Leeton-Whitton’s Grant Commins (five), Will Overs (three) and Ben Evans and Brady Dunn (two) proved too much. (Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday April 23, 2012).
SWANS DEALT A BLOW AS COOPER GOES MISSING - By Scott Hazelwood
Griffith Swans coach Guy Orton backed his young side to bounce back to form as they host the Coolamon Hoppers in the third round of the Riverina Football League at Exies Oval. It has been a horror start to the season for the Swans after being trounced by Narrandera and Leeton-Whitton, but Orton said his men have to learn from their mistakes and are moving on. We've had some good training sessions this week, and we know this weekend is going to be another tough game, but the boys are ready to hit back," Orton said.
But in a big blow to the side, gun full-forward Stuart Cooper has seemingly reneged on his deal with the club after putting pen to paper before the season started. Cooper was set to be a late inclusion into the Swans side for round one, but when he was a no-show, club officials began asking questions. "We don't know what he's doing at this stage, I messaged him a week before the first game and now he's not answering anybody's calls," Orton said. "It's just very disappointing, and I'm more disappointed than anybody else because my connections with him. "And it was not like it was a handshake agreement with the club, he had signed a contract. "We're going to have to (chase him), but that's all out of my hands at the moment." Asked if he would take Cooper back if he had a change of heart. Orton said he would be silly to ignore a player of his talent but hoped he could commit to the club. "Yeah definitely, we could rearrange how we have the side, but what I want from him is just to know what's going on and why he has not returned calls," he said.
Coolamon will be hungry to bounce back to form after losing to the Wagga Tigers by 25 points last round, but in a boost for the home side Tim Matheson and potentially Matt Crack set to be named. Brett Owen and Glen Snaidero are still at least a fortnight away, but their inclusion could not come quick enough for the Swans, who find themselves in the last spot after two rounds. "We've got a lot of new guys to the club and we have played a couple of kids that have only played one or two games in first grade," Orton said. "So once we get a few of those key forwards in our side then we won't have to move people around as much, so our backline will be able to settle down and then we can work on the structure of our forward line." (The Area News - Friday April 27, 2012).
Round 3 - Sunday April 29, 2012 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ............ 4.4 .. 8.7 .. 11.11 .. 18.14 (122)
Coolamon ...... 4.2 .. 6.2 .. 9.8 .. 11.8 (74)
Goals: Griffith: J Calma-Holt 5, G Orton 4, M Duncan 3, J Toscan 2, J Fallon, A Hawkins, T Webb, K Duncan
Coolamon: L Maloney 3, R Pritchett 3, H McLachlan 2, Z Robinson, A Rogers, Murray Stephenson
Best: Griffith: G Orton, M Duncan, J Fallon, J Calma-Holt, J Toscan, C Jenkins
Coolamon: L Maloney, C Neyland, R Pritchett, M Tilyard, T Bullock, J Rapley
Griffith: R Johns, M Noonan, T West; T Blissett, J Gastin, C Jenkins; R Daniher, M Duncan, J Evans; K Duncan, T Webb, T Matheson; J Calma-Holt, J Toscan, D Crack; A Hawkins, J Fallon, G Orton (c-c); J Ryan, F Josling, M Crack
Coolamon: Z Bradley, M Robinson, Murray Stephenson; J McPherson, G Aki, J Rapley; S Robinson, C Neyland, M Tilyard; Z Robinson, J Keatley, H McLachlan; R Pritchett, M McCauley, J Wiggins; T Bullock, L Maloney, N Pleming; A Rogers, J Robinson, A Hard
Umpires: P Smith, M Rowe, R Johnston (RUA)
Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 17.15 (117) def Turvey Park 10.10 (70), Narrandera 18.14 (122) def by Wagga 21.5 (131); Ganmain-GGM 23.9 (147) def Leeton-Whitton 19.9 (123); Collingullie-AK, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.10 (76) d Coolamon 8.6 (54)
Goals: A Cappello 3, C Moore, D Dunbar, Mark Duncan, L Piccolo, A Stinten, K Hume, M Tucker, J Corbett
Under 17: Griffith 20.10 (130) d Coolamon 7.2 (44)
Goals: T Shannon 8, D Cassidy 4, A Blissett 2, B Fitzgerald, J Gordon, L Peruzzi, D Peruzzi, P McMahon
Match report: The Griffith Swans have got the monkey off their backs after recording their first win of the Riverina Football League season, after edging out the Coolamon Hoppers by 48 points at Exies Oval yesterday. It had been a bumpy start for Griffith, with two big losses putting the handbrake on any possible early season charge to the top of the ladder. But that changed as the Swans toughed it out against a bigger Coolamon side, which coach Guy Orton saying his simply did not want to give up the lead. “We fought all day and by the time we got in front in the first quarter we just kept going and going and that’s exactly what I asked of the boys from the word go,” Orton said. “Everyone gave 100 per cent because none of them wanted to look a teammate in the eye at the end of the game and say they did not give everything.” In yesterday’s win starts a run of form for the red and whites, they might look back to an extra training session on Saturday morning as being the turning point, as the senior group broke their game down, only to build it back up again yesterday.
Griffith held a narrow lead of just two points at the end of the first break as the Hoppers hung on to still be within touch at the long break, trailing by 17. The home side kept Coolamon at an arm’s length in the third term before blowing them off the park in the final quarter scoring seven goals to run out deserved winners. Jetro Calma-Holt showed no signs of his calf injury in kicking five goals for Griffith, with Orton bagging four goals, with Mick Duncan and James Toscan being the other multiple goal kickers. James Toscan was a tower of strength for Griffith along with Che Jenkins, while young gun Fletcher Josling continues to impress with his fearless attitude, in what is only his second game in the top grade. Coolamon’s Luke Maloney, Connor Neyland, Rick Pritchett, Trent Bullock and Jesse Rapley did their best to try and turn the tide of the game, but it was the Swans’ game to lose. Griffith does have two injury concerns from the game with Dean Crack missing the second half due to a hit on the head and concussion-like symptoms. Ricky Daniher copped a shot to the ribs and is expected to have X-rays tomorrow to see if he will miss any game time. (Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday April 30, 2012).
DOUBLE CENTURY - By Scott Hazlewood
Jonathon O’Dwyer remembers the day well when he laid eyes on a skinny kid with a mop of ginger hair and knew he’ found something special. While he might have been three years off being able to enjoy a beer after the game, the former Swans coach knew Michael Duncan, or Mick to his mates, would be a star of the proud club. And now, 14 seasons after his first grade debut, Duncan will join the exclusive club populated by some of the biggest names in the Swans history, as he plays his 200th first grade game against Turvey Park tomorrow at Exies Oval. O’Dwyer, along with former coach Phil Rowston, had a big impact on helping mould the midfield maestro into the player he is today, but many of his skills needed to succeed were already hardwired into his DNA. “I was there for four years and he was one of these very elusive players, even though he was so young he had this ability to weave his way through traffic and get out of trouble quickly,” O’Dwyer said. “That was the biggest thing for me I noticed, but I knew he had something about him, I’ve seen a couple of players like him at that age but they’re few and far between. “He just seemed to be able to dance around people and he’d be able to make something out of nothing.” or a 15-year old making his first grade debut, the biggest goal would be to get a handful of possessions and not get in the way. But Duncan made his mark on the side right from game one, as he kicked three goals against East-Wagga-Kooringal on July 5, 1998. “I remember a bit of it, the main thing I remember is being told on the Friday night I was playing in first grade, which was a bit bizarre,” Duncan said of his first grade call-up. “I had a lot of good blokes around me back then, so they said they’re look after me so I wasn’t to worried about that.” Over the years Duncan has been offered the world by clubs all over the country, but he kept coming back to Exies Oval in a move he said was a pretty simple one. The lure of another Riverina Football League premiership to go with his 2003 flag has been the driving force, but Duncan said he probably won’t shoot for the club’s all-time most appearance, that belonging to Sid Robins with 309 games between 1963 and 1980. “I did have a lot of offers over the years, and it was always a goal of mine to get 200 but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll go around for,” he said. “Playing footy and basketball the body is feeling it a bit and there’s other things I want to start doing in life, so I’m not sure how much longer I’ll play, I’ll think about it at the of the season. “But I look at places like Ganmain and some of the guys there might have played 60 or 70 first grade games and they have three or four premiership titles to go with that. “So that’s one of the things I’d like to change, it’s an honour to get to 200 games, but I’d love to have three or four premierships to go with it.” While the Swans’ club games record might elude him, Duncan may be able to etch his name in the club’s history books if he kicks another 31 goals this season and passes Jamie Bennett’s record of 388. Swans coach Guy Orton paid tribute to Duncan’s contribution to the club, and said the milestone will drive them during them during their clash with the Bulldogs. “To play senior footy for 200 games for any sort of club, it’s pretty amazing,” Orton said. “We want to try and win this weekend’s game for everybody, but we’d love to try and give Mick a win on his 200th, that will top it off, last weekend was one stop towards our goal and so is this weekend.” (The Area News, Friday May 4, 2012).
Round 4 - Saturday May 5, 2012 at Griffith Exies Oval 4.10pm
Griffith .............. 4.6 .. 7.15 .. 13.19 .. 15. 26 (116)
Turvey Park ..... 2.1 .. 3.2 .. 6.4 .. 6.6 (42)
Goals: Griffith: Calma-Holt 5, M Duncan 3, J Fallon 3, J Toscan, A Hawkins, T Webb, M Crack
Turvey Park: M Mattingly 2, J Buchanan 2, T Cunningham, A Emery
Best: Griffith: C Jenkins, J Calma-Holt, J Toscan, G Orton, M Duncan, J Fallon
Turvey Park: H Dore, J Buchanan, T Beckmans, M McIntosh, E Smith, J Donaldson
Griffith: J Ryan, M Noonan, R Johns; C Jenkins, T Blissett, J Gastin; J Evans, M Duncan, T Matheson; K Duncan, J Calma-Holt, T Webb; M Crack, J Toscan, D Crack; A Hawkins, J Fallon, G Orton (c-c); B Owen, F Josling, D Peruzzi*
Turvey Park: L Macrae, J Fletcher, S Graf; B Bryce, Matt Ness, H Dore; T Jackson, T Beckmans, J Cunningham; J Buchanan, J Hoey (co-coach), M Mattingly; T Cunningham, A Emery, M McIntosh; E Smith, J Donaldson, D Toose; M Ballinger, Myles Carroll, D Feary
Umpires: T Beard, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 21.13 (139) def Coolamon 3.6 (24), Wagga 10.9 (69) def Leeton-Whitton 8.10 (58); Mangoplah-CUE 14.16 (100) def Ganmain-GGM 9.13 (67); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 12.10 (82) d Turvey Park 8.7 (55)
Goals: C Boye 3, B Giason 3, C Harrison 2, M Tucker, M Hogan, O Delves, M Keenan
Under 17: Turvey Park 16.8 (104) d Griffith 4.7 (31)
Goals: B Moore 2, T Shannon, J Gordon
Match report: As if was written by Hollywood script-writers themselves, the Griffith Swans have delivered a comprehensive 74-point victory over Turvey Park on Saturday night to give star, Mick Duncan, a win in his 200th first grade game. In front of a bumper crowd at Exies Oval, the home side took control of the game and shut down the Bulldogs’ attack as they cruised to their second win of the Riverina Football League season. Before the game the emotional build-up surrounding Duncan’s milestone match was kept at a simmer, with coach Guy Orton not wanting his men to loose sight of the competition points up for grabs. But by the sounding of the final siren the club was able to celebrate, with Orton saying it was fitting for Duncan to come out a winner given his commitment to the club for 14 years. “We didn’t talk much about it before we started to get ready and he’s one of those guys that’s puts the team first before himself,” Orton said. “He said, don’t make a big fuss about it, and that if he got a win he got a win. He said he’d prefer everybody focusing on the game plan and what we’d have to do. “After the game we said congratulations to him and that is was a great achievement and the win was for him.”
Griffith jumped pout of the blocks and cruised to the long break thanks to a 37-point lead, with an incredible 17 scoring shots than the Bulldogs. “I was happy with what I saw from the guys, it was a bit scrappy at times, but to have more than double the number of scoring chances than them, is very pleasing,” Orton said. “We were rushing at times, but our zone was working really well yesterday and that led to a lot more chances on goal because they (Turvey Park) could not get the ball out of there own 50. “So the ball would come back quickly and we’d just rush, hit the target and then bomb away.”
One of the Swans’ biggest Achilles heel over the past two seasons has been their performances in the third quarter, but any chance of opening the door to a Bulldog comeback was slammed shut on Saturday. Jethro Calma-Holt and Andrew Hawkins grabbed important early goals as Griffith imposed themselves physically around the ground in contested possessions. “That’s what I said to them at half-time, I told them the game had a chance go one way or another so we knew we had to shut them out of the game and not let them back into it,” Orton said. “It’s something we have to start doing because we didn’t do it last year and it showed when we missed out on the finals on percentage.” Griffith decision making and skill to get out of the centre saw them pour men into the forward 50m, and when Calma-Holt cleverly snapped over his shoulder, the game was Griffith’s to lose. Tempers began to fray at the start of the fourth quarter, with James Fallon and Myles Carroll getting in each other’s faces, as the home side continued to pull away with the game in a dominant performance. (By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Monday May 7, 2012)
Round 5 - Sunday May 13, 2012 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................... 0.1 .. 3.5 .. 7.9 .. 15.14 (104)
Mangoplah CUE ... 5.4 .. 5.6 .. 8.8 .. 8.12 (60)
Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 3, D Crack 2, G Orton 2, B Owen 2, M Crack 2, J Toscan 2, A Cappello, J Calma-Holt
MCUE: A Wild 5, G Ward, I Damme, G Spriggs
Best: Griffith: M Duncan, G Orton, B Owen, C Jenkins, T West, M Noonan
MCUE: I Damme, B Aichinger, J Killalea, A Dickens, A Wild, M Finemore
Mangoplah Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: N Davis, M Finemore, J Miller; M Roberson, G Spriggs, G Ward; J Collins, Trent Cohalan, B Aichinger; T Keogh, Reece Cohalan, H Collins; W Ryan, A Wild, I Damme; A Dickens, P Treloar, J Killalea; B Coombe, D Jones, J Scott
Griffith: R Johns, M Noonan, J Ryan; T West, C Jenkins, J Gastin; K Duncan, M Duncan, J Evans; T Matheson, J Calma-Holt, D Peruzzi; M Crack, J Toscan, D Crack; A Hawkins, J Fallon, G Orton (c-c); B Owen, F Josling, A Cappello
Umpires: R Dedini, R Neighbour (RUA)
Other matches: Turvey Park 6.1 (37) def by Wagga 17.17 (119); Coolamon 9.4 (58) def by Narrandera 14.14 (98), Leeton-Whitton 14.10 (94) def Collingullie-AK 6.8 (44); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 14. 23 (107) d Griffith 1.13 (19)
Goals: C Harrison
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 9.7 (61) d Griffith 7.9 (51)
Goals: T Shannon 2, S Butler, B Moore, J Catanzariti, D Evans, A Blissett
Match report: Griffith Swans staged a fight-back of epic proportions at Exies Oval yesterday, crushing a stunned Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes into submission in the final quarter. Despite smashing Turvey Park by 72 points last week, the Swans started slowly before turning the game on it’s head in the final quarter, delivering a 44-point victory over the Goannas. In what was to become their third win in a row, Griffith’s first quarter was almost scoreless, the only relief a point scored off a little bit of Mick Duncan magic in the 18th minute. Mangoplah showed the high-flying, hard-running skills that saw them defeat ladder-leaders Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong last week, and made most of the wind to take a 33-point lead at quarter time. But the momentum changed in the second term as the Swans’ fightback began. While the Goannas still led at the next two changes, Griffith looked faster, stronger and more controlled as the game progressed. By two minutes into the final quarter, they had taken the lead. It was a lead they would never relinquish. Two enormous 60-metre goals from Swans coach Guy Orton and Jethro Calma-Holt told the story in the final term as Griffith peppered the goals with six majors and three minors before Mangoplah had even put boot to ball.
The Swans victory over the highly regarded Goannas has sent a message of strength and determination to the rest of the league, and a beaming Guy Orton could barely contain his delight as his boys marched from the field. “The boys went out there with fire in their bellies – this is one we really didn’t want to lose,” Orton said. “We needed to get more numbers around the ball and we couldn’t let our intensity drop. The boys did everything I asked of them and more.” The proud coach said a strong wind blowing towards the scoreboard end of the ground had been a huge factor in the Swans’ first quarter flop.
There was plenty of outstanding moments for Griffith throughout the game, with strong contested marks from the likes of John Evans James Toscan and Jethro Calma-Holt and an incredible running goal off Orton’s boot that came straight from the centre bounce. (By Melody Montague – The Area News, Monday May 14, 2012)
SWANS KEEN TO KEEP UP WINNING STREAK FOR PINK DAY - By Emily Tinker
GRIFFITH Swans coach Guy Orton will reply on his players experience and height to continue the squad's three-game winning streak when they take on Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong at Exies Oval this Sunday. The squad has been on a brilliant run since returning home to the Sporties after their disappointing start to the season, and coach Guy Orton said he wanted to give supporters something to cheer about in their last home game for five rounds. "It's something the boys are pretty confident about," Orton said. "But it's not something we're taking lightly. "Ganmain haven't had the best start to the season but they're still ranked among the top contenders after their last couple of years." With the weekend being annual Pink Day, Orton said there was even more incentive for the boys to lift and grab the victory. "We'd like to get the win at home in the pink, it's been a few years I believe," he said. But Orton said the squad could not afford to have another slow start like last weekend, which saw them trailing Mangoplah by 33 points at the first break. "We came out pretty relaxed and this weekend we definitely can't do that against a side like Ganmain - we've got to come out firing on all cylinders," he said. "Credit to the boys to turn it around but we can't come out half-hearted this weekend, it's got to be full bore." With no injuries and a full complement of players, Orton said selection was going to be tough but he would be taking Ganmain's bigger side into consideration when picking his squad. "I's going to be hard for selection this week due to the good win," he said. "The last couple of weeks we've had about four or five under 17s step. They're good footballers, and some would be in the top 22, but they're not that experienced - it's going to be a hard selection. Orton said while the last three wins have been a great confidence-booster for the squad, Sunday's clash was going to test the skill of everyone on his team. (The Area News - Friday May 18, 2012).
Round 6 - Sunday May 20, 2012 (Pink Day) at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .................. 2.2 .. 6.6 .. 14.9 .. 17.12 (114)
Ganmain-GGM ... 4.3 .. 10.4 .. 13.7 .. 16.13 (109)
Goals: Griffith: J Toscan 3, M Duncan 2, M Crack 2, G Orton 2, K Duncan, A Hawkins, A Cappello, D Crack, T Blissett, T Matheson, J Calma-Holt, B Owen
GGGM: D Walsh 4, D Hitchens 3, C Taylor 2, L Kohlhagen 2, S Crozier, D Karlberg, M Carroll, S Hatty, A Roberts
Best: Griffith: G Orton, M Crack, M Duncan, J Calma-Holt, J Fallon, J Toscan
GGGM: D Walsh, C Steele, A Roberts, L Steward, D Rankin, L Kohlhagen
Griffith: T West, M Noonan, R Johns; J Gastin, T Blissett, R Daniher; T Matheson, M Duncan, J Evans; K Duncan, J Calma-Holt, D Crack; M Crack, J Toscan, G Snaidero; A Hawkins, J Fallon, G Orton; T Miller*, B Owen, A Cappello
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: A Roberts, D Karlberg, R Longly; S Kefford, L Walsh, Mitch Carroll (c-c); B Hare, C Steele, L Steward; S Crozier, C Taylor, D Hitchens; L Kohlhagen, D Walsh, S Hatty; J Olsson, D Rankin, M Rava; S Noble, J Peck, J Lander
Umpires: R Dedini, M Rowe, D Raynes (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 26.13 (169) def Turvey Park 10.7 (67), Narrandera 9.7 (61) def by Leeton-Whitton 19.11 (125), Wagga 12.3 (75) def Mangoplah-CUE 10.8 (68); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 14.13 (97) d Ganmain-GGM 10.5 (65)
Goals: D Dunbar 7, C Moore 2, K Hume, M Griffin, O Delves, C Lugton, J Tyndall
Under 17: Griffith 18.19 (127) d Ganmain-GGM 5.7 (37)
Goals: T Shannon 3, N Witherspoon 3, B Moore 2, A Blissett 2, J Burley, L Evans, D Cassidy, L Peruzzi, D Richens
Match report: Griffith Swans took down Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong for the first time in three years yesterday in a nail-biting victory at Exies Oval. For the second week in a row, the Swans staged an incredible comeback after half-time, coming home fro a six-goal deficit to win the game by five points. It was the local side’s fourth win in a row and the ultimate revenge against a team that thrashed them by 73 points this time last year. Griffith coach Guy Orton believes Swans’ fitness was the key to their ability to fight back when it counted. “We played hard and we played well; I think they expected us to drop off in the third quarter but that was never going to happen,” Orton said. “When they came back after half-time, they dropped off their intensity around the ball and we had the fitness to be able to swoop in and take advantage of that. “Credit to the boys, they worked and worked ans, when it came down to the last five minutes, they worked even harder. “I was lost for words at the end of the game and I still am now.”
Wearing pink for their annual breast cancer support fundraiser, the Swans got off to a slow start, with only two goals in the first quarter and four in the second. “But they made the third term theirs, booting eight through the taller posts while the Lions managed three. The final quarter saw the two teams swap score but the Swans were able to dominate possession, keeping the ball in their forward 50 and drying up Ganmain’s opportunities as the clock ticked away. “It definitely was tense for those last couple of minutes – we were all keeping an eye on the scoreboard and you could feel the intensity increase,” Orton said.
But Orton is being careful to make sure the Swans’ winning streak doesn’t go to their heads, reminding them there’s still a long way to go before the end of the season. “We’ve been able to make the most of having four games in a row at home, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We just have to keep playing week by week, reset after every game and prepare ourselves to keep working hard as we have been. “We’ve got a great group of players, we’ve become a good bunch of mates who can have fun together, as well as put in the serious work and we’re really seeing the results”. (By Melody Montague – The Area News, Monday May 14, 2012)
Round 7 - Saturday May 26, 2012
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 8.7 (55) def by Coolamon 12.4 (76), Mangoplah-CUE 4.7 (31) def by Collingullie-AK 9.13 (67), Turvey Park 3.7 (25) def by Narrandera 20.11 (131); Ganmain-GGM 8.18 (66) def by Wagga 11.12 (78).
LOADED AND LOADED – By Scott Hazlewood
The Griffith Swans arsenal will be overflowing with three new faces joining their first grade squad to take on the Wagga Tigers in a blockbuster Riverina Football League clash at Maher Oval tomorrow. Fresh from their nail-biting win against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, Griffith coach Guy Orton revealed the club had picked up three handy additions in the form of Tom Miller, Dylan Cudmore and 2011 sensation Tom Buckley. Buckley elected to leave the club at the end of last season due to family and educational commitments, but has returned to Exies Oval in an unexpected boost for the club. Tom Miller, who is likely to play in the back-pocket this weekend, lined up in the red and whites for the first time in the side’s win against the Lions, and Orton liked what he saw early. “He’s played about 130 games with Rosebud in Victoria and won a grand final with them,” Orton said of Miller. “He’s a very good player and on top of him we’ve got Tom Buckley coming back as well, as he was just unhappy where he was, so he came back.” Cudmore will add more height to Griffith through the middle of the field and allow Andrew Hawkins to play his more natural role. “We had our eyes on him last year but his older brother (Judd) played here last year in the two’s, and Gerald Toscan is a really good friend with their dad, so we’ve been chasing another tall for a while,” Orton said of Cudmore. “We didn’t expect all these guys to come as they have, and with the last couple of wins everybody is up and about and people want to be part of the club and the supporters have been fantastic as well.”
Despite boasting a line-up bulging with talent, Orton knows the next month on the road will define the first half of the Swans’ RFL season. But Griffith’s ability to fight back from upwards of six goals down in their last two competition games shows the rest of the competition the 2012 Swans will fight to the final siren. “If we get into that position again we can say to each other that’s it’s nothing new and we know how to play our style of footy and we don’t want to be chasing the other team for the rest of the game,” Orton said. Griffith will also welcome back the experienced Che Jenkins, who returns after suffering an eye injury. (The Area News, Friday June 1, 2012).
Round 8 - Saturday June 2, 2012 at Maher Oval 2.10pm
Wagga Tigers ... 4.0 .. 9.4 .. 14.7 .. 18.9 (117)
Griffith ............... 0.3 .. 0.7 .. 0.10 .. 4.13 (37)
Goals: Wagga: B Perkins 6, N Ryan 4, J Hodges 4, M Pryde 2, C Pullen, J Kew
Griffith: D Crack 3, J Fallon
Best: Wagga: S Flanigan, M O'Dea, C Pullen, J Anstee, J Kew, J Simpson
Griffith: T Miller, D Crack, T West, M Duncan, J Evans, C Jenkins
Wagga Tigers: P Noonan, J Anstee, P Gaynor; A Durnan, J Simpson, E Fellows; J Hodge, J Kew, S Flanigan; N Ryan, M Pryde, M O'Neill; J Hodges, B Perkins, S Ryan; B Graham, M O'Dea, C Depiazza; C Pullen, J Larwood, L Shepherd
Griffith: T West, M Noonan, T Miller; J Evans, G Snaidero, C Jenkins; K Duncan, M Duncan, R Daniher; T Blissett, J Calma-Holt, T Buckley; J Fallon, J Toscan, A Hawkins; D Cudmore*, G Orton (c-c), B Owen; M Crack, D Crack, T Matheson
Umpires: A Tuovi, T Beard, H Banks (RUA)
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 18.8 (116) def by Collingullie-AK 23.11 (149), Mangoplah-CUE 18.9 (117) def Narrandera 13.10 (88); Turvey Park 3.9 (27) def by Coolamon 21.11 (137); Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 11.9 (75) d Griffith 7.2 (44)
Goals: C Moore 3, M Griffin 2, A Cappello, T Webb
Under 17: Wagga Tigers 18.13 (121) d Griffith 10.7 (67)
Goals: D Peruzzi 2, B Moore 2, T Shannon 2, A Blissett 2, D Cassidy, J Harrison
Match report: The Griffith Swans have come crashing back to earth in the Riverina Football League losing by 80 points to the Wagga Tigers at Maher Oval on Saturday. Fresh off their nail-biting win against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, Griffith fell back into old habits, with poor decision making around contested ball seeing Tigers run away with the game. Griffith coach Guy Orton said in some ways it was a loss his side had to have as they failed to combat the Tigers’ press, which saw them restrict the Swans’ to a goal-less first three quarters. “It’s probably good in a way, it’s a reality check for us. We were disappointed obviously but we just have to bounce back,” Orton said. “We made silly decisions and waiting for our better players, to step up, rather than the guys just going themselves. “But they (Wagga) played their press quite well and we have not come against that yet, but we need to make some adjustments.”
Tigers opened up a 21-point lead at the first break with Ben Perkins (six goals) and James Hodges (four) proving an excellent target up front for the home side. Wagga ran away with the game further in the second quarter kicking five goals as the Swans could only add four points to their tally. The mountain they had to climb in the second half grew with each passing minute as they trailed by 48 at the long break. Despite having come back from six-goal deficits in recent games, Orton said Wagga simply did not give his side the opportunity to take easy shots on goal. “We knew bringing in a couple of new people – not that it would rattle the team – but things would be upset a bit. “But all of the new guys were very good, they came in and did the job given to them very well.” Orton said. Dean Crack (three goals) and James Fallon (one) were finally able to get Griffith on the board in the last quarter, but by then the game was over as a contest. Matthew Noonan, John Evans, Tom West, Mike Duncan, Che Jenkins and Dean Crack were best for Griffith, while Tigers’ Shaun Flanigan, Michael O’Dea, Craig Pullen, John Anstee, Jackson Kew and John Simpson were outstanding for the home side.
With the representative bye this weekend for most of the Swans, Orton, Jenkins, Duncan, Noonan, Jethro Calma-Holt and James Toscan will attend RFL training on Wednesday, with hopes of being selected to play Black Diamond League in Sydney. (By Scott Hazlewood - The Area News, Monday June 4, 2012)
REP. MATCH - Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Blacktown Sports Park Oval No. 1
Riverina FL ................ 3.3 .. 8.6 .. 10.7 .. 17.11 (113)
Black Diamond FL ... 2.3 .. 3.5 ..7.12 .. 7.14 (56)
Goals: Riverina: Marc Geppert 5, Michael Duncan 5, Andrew Johnston 3, Will Overs, Guy Ward, Curtis Steele, Tim Sullivan, Jamie Maddox
Black Diamond: S Brasington 3, J Wheeler 2, M Healy, M Wheeler
Best: Riverina: Guy Orton, James Rice, John Anstee, Guy Ward, Michael Duncan, Jamie Maddox
Black Diamond: Bryce Singleton, Chris Bishop, Matt Bailey, Anthony Stewart, Luke Rawnsley, Blake Erickson
Umpires: Roger Crowhurst, Adel Kittel, Sam Wemyss
Match report: Five goals to Griffith star Mick Duncan has helped the Riverina Football League crush Black Diamond by 57 points in their representative clash in Sydney on Saturday. The RFL looked in complete control for much of the game and pulled clear from Black Diamond in the last quarter to take away any chance of an upset. RFL captain Guy Orton said before the game the competition's reputation around the state rested on how they performed this weekend. But the first-time leader of the side said the entire playing group lived up to the standard expected of an RFL representative side. "We always wanted to go away and get the win so to do that was very pleasing," Orton said. "We were saying after the game that all of the boys came together really well especially since we had three weeks to prepare for it. "So the coaching staff and the rest of the officials reminded us what this game meant for the RFL and we did what we had to do." Both sides spent the first quarter feeling each other out as RFL grabbed a narrow five-point lead at the first break, before the locals blew the game open, kicking five majors for the second to grow the gap to 31 points. But the RFL failed to keep the foot on Black Diamond's throats in the third term as their opponents bagged four goals to bridge the deficit to just 13. "I think we let them come back into the game a bit too much in the third, we just relaxed because we should have won by a lot more," Orton said. Buit a final quarter scoring spree saw the RFL kick seven goals to cruise to a comfortable and well-earned victory. Marc Geppert also kicked five for the victors while Curtis Steele and Andrew Johnston found their way to goals with Orton, James Rice, John Anstee, Guy Ward and Jamie Maddox all having outstanding games. "Jethro (Calma-Holt) went really well for us and he stood up to the better level required in a side like this, obviously Che (Jenkins) is as consistent as always," Orton said. "Matt Noonan was strong down back for us and Mick (Duncan) was good up forward." (The Area News - Monday June 11, 2012).
Round 9 - Saturday June 16, 2012 at Crossroads Oval 2.10pm
Collingullie-AK. ... 1.3 .. 4.3 .. 10.8 .. 13.13 (91)
Griffith .................. 2.1 .. 3.3 .. 4.7 .. 5.8 (38)
Goals: CAK: C Allen 4, M Geppart 3, J Meiselbach 2, J Morris 2, B McKenzie, D Kennedy
Griffith: J Calma-Holt, T Buckley, J Toscan, G Snaidero, A Hawkins
Best: CAK: D Kennedy, T Edgar, J Meiselbach, B Absolum, T Hayes, C Gow
Griffith: G Snaidero, M Duncan, M Noonan, J Calma-Holt, K Duncan, M Crack
Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka: B Absolum, T Edgar, K Sykes; C Gow, W Haines, N Mortimer; S Bovington, J Egan, D Kennedy; B Aiken, J Morris, B MacKenzie; J Meiselbach, M Geppart, C Allen; N Cooper, T Hayes, C Gordon; N Fuller, B Lenon, J McKenzie
Griffith: A Cappello, G Snaidero, T Miller; J Evans, M Noonan, J Gastin; R Daniher, M Duncan, K Duncan; J Fallon, J Toscan, D Crack; T Buckley, J Calma-Holt, T Matheson; D Cudmore, G Orton (c-c), B Owen; M Crack, T Blissett, A Hawkins
Umpires: B Robinson, A Tuovi (RUA)
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 12.19 (91) def Turvey Park 8.8 (56), Narrandera 8.9 (57) def by Ganmain-GGM 12.13 (85); Coolamon 19.11 (125) def Mangoplah-CUE 10.9 (69); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 10.10 (70) d Collingullie-AK 9.11 (65)
Goals: Tom Valeri 5, J Hampel, C Moore, K Hume, O Delves, P Whittard
Under 17: Griffith 18.10 (118) d Collingullie-AK 2.4 (16)
Goals: J Burley 7, T Shannon 3, B Tarr 3, B Moore 2, J Gordon, J Harrison, D Cassidy
Match report: Griffith coach Guy Orton has thrown down the challenge for his side to work it’s way out of it’s mini-form slump, after the Swans were beaten by Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka by 53 points on Saturday. After four wins in a row in the Riverina Football League, the Swans now sit 4-4, and, by Orton’s admission are well off the standard needed to defeat the likes of Tigers and CAK, who he believes will finish in the top three this season. “We worked hard to start well and we did that but then in the third quarter we again made silly decisions and just blazes away instead of what we were doing in the first quarter, “Orton said. “We fell into bad habits and played old style of footy, which isn’t us. “We’ve got to change something to get to our goal of playing finals, because if we keep going the way we are, then we’ve not going to make it.”
Griffith grabbed an early lead in a low-scoring first quarter but trailed at the main break as the Demons kicked three for the term. The third-quarter blues that have times haunted the Swans were revisited as the home side scored 6.5 as they blew the game open to lead by 37 points – with a further three majors in the final term putting the game to bed for CAK.
“It’s very frustrating for me and to the coaching staff, but it’s frustrating for the players as well because they have confidence in everybody in the side, “Orton said of his side’s two losses. But the Griffith coach was able to find positives in certain individual performances. “The backline was very good yesterday especially holding Marc Geppert to three goals, Glen Snadiero played a really good role on him and Tom Miller came on and cut the ball off a few times, and so did Jono Gastin,” he said. “Mick Duncan was good again and Matt Noonan was also good in the backline, but again, we had the normal players play well. “I’ll admit I have been off my game a bit as well but some people are still waiting for someone else to step up, and some players have lost their confidence – but I’ll speak to them individually during the week.” (The Area News, Monday June 18, 2012)
Round 10 - Saturday June 23, 2012 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Narrandera ... 1.3 .. 4.7 .. 9.11 .. 12.13 (85)
Griffith ........... 9.1 .. 11.7 .. 14.7 .. 19.11 (125)
Goals: Narrandera: T Mathieson 3, H Russell 2, A Sangston 2, A Johnston 2, N Hetherington 2, C Walsh
Griffith: J Toscan 5, D Crack 3, J Calma-Holt 3, B Owen 2, T Buckley, G Orton, T Webb, T Blissett, M Crack, K Duncan
Best: Narrandera: J Rice, T Mathieson, A Sangston, D Burden, G Currie, N Hetherington
Griffith: D Crack, M Duncan, G Snaidero, M Crack, B Owen, J Toscan
Narrandera: J Hillman, J Doyle, G Currie; C Smith, B Powell, S Quilter; D Kenna, J Rice (co-coach), T Sullivan; N Hetherington, K Masters, F Iannelli; D Burden, P Aumann, H Russell; A Johnston, T Mathieson, A Sangston; A Davis, J Sullivan, C Walsh
Griffith: T Matheson, M Noonan, T Miller; C Jenkins, G Snaidero, J Gastin; T Webb, M Duncan, T Blissett; T Buckley, J Calma-Holt, M Crack; J Fallon, J Toscan, D Crack; D Cudmore, G Orton (c-c), B Owen; A Hawkins, K Duncan, R Daniher
Umpires: W Smith, D Raynes, P Smith (RUA)
Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 6.16 (52) def by Leeton-Whitton 11.13 (79), Wagga 4.9 (33) def by Collingullie-AK 16.10 (106); Coolamon 14.12 (96) def Ganmain-GGM 10.9 (69); Turvey Park, bye
Reserves: Griffith 8.9 (57) d Narrandera 8.8 (56)
Goals: J Hampel 2, H Delves 2, C Boye, C Harrison, A Cappello, M Hogan
Under 17: Griffith 18.14 (122) d Narrandera 4.2 (26)
Goals: N Witherspoon 5, D Cassidy 4, H Delves 2, C Matheson 2, A Twigg, J Gordon, B Moore, T Polkinghorne, L Evans
Match report: The Griffith Swans have kick-started their Riverina Football League premiership campaign after an excellent 40-point win over Narrandera Eagles at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday. After coping two heavy defeats at the hands of Wagga Tigers and CAK, the Swans desperately needed to find the form that saw them undefeated for a month, and on the verge of cracking the top two. During the lead-up to the game Griffith coach Guy Orton released the shackles of expectations on his side, telling them to back themselves and their ability. The plan worked, and Griffith exploded out of the blocks kicking nine goals in the opening term to take a stranglehold of the game. Orton said the first team showcased the style of football his side is capable of playing – right from the opening bounce. “We got our confidence back and just played to enjoy the game.
Everyone started the game well and wanted to play for each other, which is exactly what I’d spoken to the boys during the week about,” Orton said. “We probably should have won by a lot more than that, but I’m definitely happy with the win.” After the initial onslaught, the Swans steadied as the home side recovered somewhat to trail by 42, however still needed to do plenty of work to get back into the game.
But the Eagles showed why they were equal with the Swans at the start of the round on the ladder, kicking 5.4 in the third term to pull the result back on the table. But another five majors to the team in red and white saw them run out deserving winners and back as contenders for a finals berth. “There were some good sign from some of the changes were made, we put Toby Blissett out on the wing from the weekend,” Orton said. “He wasn’t playing how he was last year, but he really stepped up yesterday. “I spoke to him (Blissett) last night, and he’s happy, so that’s all it really takes - just talking to the guys so they need to get their confidence back. “I said to a few of the guys, if you’re not in the game by kicking goals there are other things you can do, shepherding, tackling, it’s all those one per cent things that contribute towards a win.” James Toscan was a popular target up forward for Griffith in kicking five majors while Jethro Calma-Holt and Dean Crack both bagged three. Mick Duncan, Glen Snaidero, Dean Crach, Brett Owen, Matt Crack and Toscan were all adjudged best on ground for the visitors. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday June 25, 2012).
NO EXCUSES LEFT FOR SWANS - By Scott Hazlewood
GRIFFITH Swans coach Guy Orton said his side is planning to turn up the pressure value at Kindra Park as they take on the Coolamon Hoppers in a crucial Riverina Football League clash on Sunday. The Swans got their season back on track with a comprehensive win against the Narrandera Eagles last round, but Orton admits his side will again need to perform against resurgent Hoppers outfit. Coolamon beat Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong by 30 points last weekend, and Orton believes by breathing down the Hoppers necks they will be rushed into rash decisions. "Just a lot of pressure worked last time we beat them, I went and watched them play Ganmain last Sunday and even when the Lions were coming back into the game they pressured them (Coolamon) and their skill level dropped," Orton said. "Which is what we did in the first round, so we just have to do it again. "But they had a few players out last time we played them and so did we asnd we had quite a few kids in the side, but we've pretty much got our full-strength team in so there's no excuses this time around." Two players Griffith will need to slow down if they are to record back-to-back wins are dangerous forward Adam McKenzie, who joined the club mid-season from North Wagga, and Jamie Maddox. "Jamie is a bloody good footballer and he wasn't playing for them against us last time, but when we watched him last weekend he's quite dangerous around stoppages," Orton said. "So we need to make sure we're manned up, but not just that but being on the right side of our opponent so we can push them to the boundary. "Brett Owen and Matty Crack will get the job on Jamie because they're hard around the ball and their game knowledge should work well, but we can't just concentrate on one person." The Griffith leader again refuted the stereotype could not win away from the Exies Oval, saying their two losses on the road against CAK and Wagga Tigers came against the benchmark of the competition, and would be tough trips for any team and that Kindra Park will hold no demons for them. But Orton revealed Griffith are a content group off the field and are happy with their recent additions to the side and their gradual march towards a finals place. "We knew it was going to take a couple of weeks to get things right after we brought in the new players into the side," he said. "But last week was out third together and it all just gelled and we're just a really happy side at the moment." Coolamon are equal on points with the Swans but above Griffith on the ladder on the percentage, with victory to the red and whites seeing them move up to fourth. (The Area News - Friday June 29, 2012).
Round 11 - Sunday July 1, 2012 at Kindra Park 2.10pm
Coolamon ..... 4.3 .. 6.4 .. 9.4 .. 9.5 (59)
Griffith ......... 4.4 .. 8.6 .. 9.13 .. 10.16 (76)
Goals: Coolamon: L Maloney 2, T Owens 2, M O'Brien, J McPherson, A McKenzie, B Edyvean, C Neyland
Griffith: K Duncan 3, J Calma-Holt 2, J Toscan 2, J Fallon, D Crack, T Blissett
Best: Coolamon: Murray Stephenson, A Rogers, J McPherson, Mitch Stephenson, M McCauley, J Rapley
Griffith: M Duncan, T Miller, C Jenkins, G Snaidero, G Orton, D Cudmore
Coolamon: Z Bradley, Mitch Stephenson, M Robinson; J Rapley, Murray Stephenson, M McCauley; A Rogers, C Neyland, S Robinson; A Hard, J Wiggins, M O'Brien; L Maloney, R Pritchett, Z Robinson; B Edyvean, J McPherson, J Maddox; T Owens, J Tilyard, A McKenzie
Griffith: T Matheson, M Noonan, T Miller; C Jenkins, G Snaidero, J Gastin; T Blissett, M Duncan, R Daniher; J Fallon, J Calma-Holt, D Crack; M Crack, J Toscan, D Cudmore; A Hawkins, G Orton (c-c), B Owen; K Duncan, T Buckley, T Webb
Umpires: R Dedini, W Smith, R Wilson (RUA)
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 12.15 (87) def Ganmain-GGM 5.10 (40), Turvey Park 9.5 (59) def by Mangoplah-CUE 20.21 (141), Wagga 6.7 (43) def by Narrandera 12.12 (84); Collingullie-AK, bye.
Reserves: Coolamon 13.7 (85) d Griffith 5.13 (43)
Goals: A Cappello 2, D Dunbar, Tom Valeri, C Moore
Under 17: Griffith 16.18 (114) d Coolamon 4.3 (27)
Goals: H Delves 5, N Witherspoon 3, D Cassidy 2, T Shannon 2, B Tarr, C Matheson, T Bruns, A Blissett
Match report: It wasn’t their prettiest performance this Riverina Football League season. But Griffith Swans coach Guy Orton believes it may be one of their most important as they hung on to defeat the Coolamon Hoppers by 17 points at Kindra Park. Griffith earned back-to-back wins despite difficult conditions yesterday, thanks largely to their more efficient use of the ball going forward. “We just kept fighting right until the end and the boys are really stepping up when we needed to,” Orton said. “We didn’t win by much, but a win’s a win and we just have to keep moving forward now.” Griffith played from the front for most of the game and had a real chance to blow the game wide open in the third quarter, when the Swans kicked just 1.7. “They were shots we could make, I’m not blaming the weather, but it does certainly make it difficult from dry weather football,” Orton said. Making matters harder for the Hoppers was the yellow-carding of their star Jamie Maddox for a swinging arm, with Orton saying there was not much in the incident.
Griffith’s backline was again rock solid with Glen Snaidero, Matt Noonan and Che Jenkins performing well, along with new face Tom Miller, who Orton said is fitting in exceptionally well. Kris Duncan finished with three goals to top the list for the game, with the Griffith coach saying his stature was perfectly suited to the conditions. “His work-rate was great to be our main goal-scorer, he plays so tall really, and teams don’t want to man up on him and give him the respect he deserves, that’s good for us,” Orton said. “Because he will keep going all day and he managed to get one of his goals because he got in and under and got the free. Tom West and Jethro Clma-Holt also bagged doubles to go with single goals from Toby Blissett, James Fallon and Dean Crack with Mick Duncan, Orton, Fallon and Dylan Cudmore among the best on ground all day. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday July 2, 2012).
Round 12 - Sunday July 8, 2012 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .................. 6.2 .. 8.6 .. 12.11 .. 14.17 (101)
Leeton-Whitton ... 3.0 .. 7.2 .. 11.2 .. 18.5 (113)
Goals: Griffith: J Toscan 3, T Blissett 2, J Calma-Holt 2, T Miller, J Gastin, D Crack, D Cudmore, A Blissett, M Duncan
Leeton-Whitton: M Robertson 3, B Dunn 2, G Commins 2, B O'Garey 2, W Overs 2, B Boots 2, B Woods 2, J Spina, S Hills
Best: Griffith: C Jenkins, G Snaidero, B Owen, J Fallon, D Crack, J Calma-Holt
Leeton-Whitton: S Hills, B Boots, C Garvey, B Woods, B Curley, J Gornall
Griffith: T Matheson, M Noonan, T Webb; C Jenkins, G Snaidero, J Gastin; T Blissett, M Duncan, T Buckley; M Crack, J Calma-Holt , T Miller; J Fallon, J Toscan, D Crack; D Cudmore, G Orton (c-c), B Owen; A Hawkins, R Daniher, A Blissett*
Leeton-Whitton: K Stockton, C Townsend, J Broadbent; J Gornall, B Curley, R Dunn; M Irvin, B Woods, J Spina; B Boots, W Overs, B Dunn; G Commins, M Robertson, S Hills; C Garvey, B O'Garey, S Browning; C Downes, D Elwin, M Flagg
Umpires: R Dedini, P Harris, R Johnston (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 12.10 (82) def by Narrandera 20.8 (128); Ganmain-GGM 27.18 (180) def Turvey Park 7.10 (52), Wagga 8.12 (60) def by Coolamon 14.9 (93); Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 16.5 (101) d Griffith 6.12 (48)
Goals: C Boye 2, M Griffin, J Hampel, A Cappello, O Delves
Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 13.6 (84) d Griffith 8.8 (56)
Goals: D Cassidy 2, N Witherspoon 2, J Gordon, T Shannon, L Peruzzi, H Delves
Match report: The Griffith Swans have been left to wonder what might have been after suffering a nail-biting 12-point loss in the much anticipated Riverina Football League local derby against Leeton-Whitton at Exies Oval yesterday. Outplaying the visitors for most of the game, it was the Swans that were left with the commiserations as the final siren sounded, with players visibly gutted by the result. However, the Crows were more clinical when it mattered in front of goal and in the final quarter, hardly missing a target as they marched the ball downfield into the forward 50. Speaking to The Area News after the siren, Griffith coach Guy Orton said while his men were shattered to lose such a tight game, they were at times their own worst enemies. “In the end we pretty much outplayed them all day, but what let us down was us kicking all those points,” Orton said. “They (Leeton-Whitton) are one of the best team in the comp so to match it with them for three quarters and to be up by the last quarter we did really well. But at the end of the day I think that’s pretty much all (Leeton-Whitton) have got, I don’t think they’re going to get any better than that.”
From the opening bounce Griffith pressured Leeton around the ball as Tom Buckley got several good touches to help the home side lead by 20. The Crows then started to dominate the ruck and quickly got the ball forward with Callum Garvey’s size proving hard to handle as they closed the gap to single figures. Orton crumbed a good goal from the left-pocket to give his side some breathing space before the long break, leading 8.6 (54) to 7.2 (44). James Toscan kicked the first goal of the third term to give the home side the perfect start, with Jethro Calma-Holt kicking the goal of the game, after he spoiled a clearing kick only to snap a left foot shot over his shoulder. Griffith’s backline continued to hold strong and repealed several Crows’ attacking raids allowing the home side to open up its biggest lead of the game at 25 points. A 50m free to Leeton saw Brady Dunn covert from in-front as the Crows refused to go away. But in a special moment Alex Blissett, playing alongside older brother Toby, bagged a goal in his first grade debut seeing him swamped by teammates as Griffith held a 9-point lead at the last break. The Crows ambushed the hosts at the start of the last term, with a goal to Jamie Broadbent giving his side the lead for the first time, as the Swans continued to not make Leeton-Whitton pay for their mistakes. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday July 9, 2012).
Round 13 - Sunday July 13, 2012 at Maher Oval 2.10pm
Turvey Park ... 1.1 .. 2.2 .. 3.2 .. 7.5 (47)
Griffith ........... 4.6 .. 11.11 .. 16.17 .. 22.20 (152)
Goals: Turvey Park: J Sykes 2, T Gaynor 2, B Bryce, J Buchanan, D Brown, S Graf
Griffith: D Crack 4, J Calma-Holt 4, J Toscan 3, K Duncan 2, T Miller 2, M Duncan 2, M Noonan 2, J Fallon, G Orton, T Buckley
Best: Turvey Park: T Beckmans, J Donaldson, D Toose, L McCrae, Z Masterson, T Gaynor
Griffith: M Duncan, D Crack, M Crack, C Jenkins, T Miller, T Buckley
Turvey Park: Myles Carroll, L McCrae, M McIntosh; Matt Ness, J Donaldson, T Jackson; Z Masterson, D Toose, T Rowley; J Buchanan, J Hoey (co-coach), T Gaynor; J Sykes, S Smith, D Brown; E Smith, T Beckmans, B Bryce; S Graf, Z Beaumont, J Burgess
Griffith: R Johns, M Noonan, T Matheson; J Gastin, G Snaidero, C Jenkins; R Daniher, M Duncan, K Duncan; T Miller, T Buckley, D Crack; A Hawkins, J Toscan, A Blissett; D Cudmore, G Orton (c-c), M Crack; J Calma-Holt, J Fallon, A Cappello
Umpires: R Dedini, W Smith, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Coolamon 11.10 (76) def by Collingullie-AK 15.14 (104), Ganmain-GGM 11.13 (79) drew with Mangoplah-CUE 11.13 (79), Leeton-Whitton 13.10 (88) def Wagga 10.8 (68); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.11 (77) d Turvey Park 6.4 (40)
Goals: C Moore 3, Tom Valeri 3, J Hampel, J Tyndall, J Evans, M Griffin, G Wiley
Under 17: Griffith 15.12 (102) d Turvey Park 4.4 (28)
Goals: D Cassidy 5, N Witherspoon 5, T West 2, T Shannon 2, L Peruzzi
Match report: It was a case of mission accomplished for the Griffith Swans as they ran out convincing winners against an overpowered Turvey Park side by 107 points yesterday. With the Swans still smarting from their close loss to Leeton-Whitton the previous round they took their frustrations out on the young Bulldogs side as they dominated from the opening bounce. But coach Guy Orton again lamented their lack of accuracy in front of goal, saying set shots rather than “cute” ones will be needed in much closer games. “Our kicking around goals was still not really what we want it to be,” Orton said. “I suppose having all those shots on goal you’re not going kick all of them, but it would have been nice to kick a few more goals rather than the 20 points. “We probable dropped off in the last quarter and they kicked four goals they really shouldn’t have, but other than that everyone who went out there contributed and we had a good win.”
Griffith started strongly and opened up a 23-point lead at the first break before they really put the Bulldogs to the sword and booted seven majors to the home side’s solitary goal. After the main break it was a question of how much the Swans would win by as they continued their procession down field. “The mentality of the boys were really good, from the word go we didn’t let up and go back to playing their style of footy,” Orton said. “We really didn’t let them score in the first or second quarter, and that’s what we said before we went out there, that we wanted to nail them.” Dean Crack had a field day up forward kicking five to lead the goal scorers, while Jethro Calma-Holt, Matt Noonan, Tom Miller, Mick Duncan, James Toscan and Kris Duncan all grabbed multiples, while Alex Blissett was also a handy weapon all day. (Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday July 16, 2012).
Round 14 - Saturday July 28, 2012 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Mangoplah-CUE ... 2.1 .. 6.3 .. 10.5 .. 15.8 (98)
Griffith .................... 4.2 .. 5.4 .. 8.5 .. 11.7 (73)
Goals: MCUE: N Irvin 7, A Wild 3, R Cohalan 2, T Keogh 2, P Killalea
Griffith: J Toscan 3, G Orton 2, D Cudmore 2, J Calma-Holt, M Duncan, T Buckely, M Crack
Best: MCUE: P Killalea, N Irvin, J Collins, M Roberson, N Baggio, M Finemore
Griffith: M Duncan, G Orton, D Cudmore, M Crack, C Jenkins, J Fallon
Mangoplah Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: N Baggio, G Spriggs, M Roberson; J Collins, M Finemore, G Ward; B Aichinger, H Collins, L Thompson; T Keogh, Reece Cohalan, J Scott; N Irvin (c-c), A Wild, P Killalea; A Dickens, T Cohalan, J Killalea; I Damme, N Davis, H Lloyd
Griffith: J Evans, M Noonan, R Johns; C Jenkins, G Snaidero, J Gastin; T Blissett, M Duncan, T Buckley; T Miller, J Calma-Holt, K Duncan; J Fallon, J Toscan, D Crack; D Cudmore, G Orton (c-c), M Crack; R Daniher, A Cappello, A Blissett
Umpires: R Wilson, B Robinson, D Raynes (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 16.13 (109) def Leeton-Whitton 5.3 (33), Narrandera 11.16 (82) def by Coolamon 12.11 (83), Wagga 17.11 (113) def Turvey Park 5.11 (41); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 12.9 (81) d Griffith 10.14 (74)
Goals: Tom Valeri 3, A Hawkins 2, D Dunbar 2, C Moore, O Delves, C Harrison
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 13.11 (89) d Griffith 5.6 (36)
Goals: A Blissett, D Cassidy, B Moore, N Witherspoon, L Shannon
Match report: Griffith Swans coach Guy Orton has laid down the law to his side in the aftermath of their 25-point loss to Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes, saying if they don’t improve their commitment, they will again miss out on Riverina Football Leagues finals. The blunt assessment comes as the Swans stumbled out of the blocks in the run towards the post-season, so much so that Orton called a compulsory training session yesterday morning. The Area News has learned 15 players were put through their paces with four apologies due to work commitments and two players not arriving without an excuse. Despite not a 100 per cent attendance rate, Orton said he was happy with the extra training session, but added it’s time for the side to start playing the way he knows it’s capable of. “I was quite happy with that (extra training), but now we realise that we’ve made it tough for ourselves and they have that picture in their heads that we really can’t lose any more games from here on out,” Orton said.
When asked if the general bye last weekend in fact hurt his side’s rhythm, Orton said it might of, but added that with no breaks until the end of the season they need to bounce back quickly. “It has a little bit but what I’m really trying to push now is the lack of commitment from everyone,” he said. “So that’s why we have compulsory training sessions (Sunday), just to see how many people are committed and how many of them want to play finals footy.” Orton reminded his players of the pain suffered by the first grade side when they missed out of the RFL finals by mere percentage points in 2011, adding that with three games remaining their fate was still in their hands. “The commitment of the boys turning up this morning , I don’t want to be doing this (training after every game), but it’s what we have to do as a group to move forward.”
Game summary: Swans grabbed a two-goal lead at the end of the first term only to see the Goannas storm back to grab a 12-point lead at the long break. The home side then pushed their advantage before running away with the game in the final term and were it not for three late majors from the Swans, the final margin could have been much worse for the side in red and white. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday July 30, 2012).
Round 15 - Sunday August 5, 2012 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Ganmain-GGM ... 4.2 .. 6.5 .. 9.8 .. 15.12 (102)
Griffith ................. 0.2 .. 3.6 .. 5.8 .. 9.10 (64)
Goals: GGGM: C Taylor 3, M Carroll 3, D Hitchens 2, C Steele 2, M Rava 2, D Rankin, L Kohlhagen, S Hatty
Griffith: D Crack 2, T Blissett 2, M Crack, D Cudmore, J Tyndall, J Calma-Holt, A Blissett
Best: GGGM: D Rankin, D Walsh, C Taylor, C Steele, A Roberts, M Carroll
Griffith: C Jenkins, T Blissett, G Orton, M Crack, D Cudmore, M Duncan
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: A Roberts, D Karlberg, B Hare; D Walsh, L Walsh, C McPherson; C Steele, D Rankin, D Hitchens; S Noble, C Taylor, S Hatty; M Rava, J Peck, Mitch Carroll (c-c); J Olsson, L Steward, L Kohlhagen; K Hamblin, N Kember, B McKinnon
Griffith: C Jenkins, M Noonan, R Johns; G Snaidero, T Buckley, J Gastin; R Daniher, M Duncan, J Evans; T Blissett, J Calma-Holt, T Miller; K Duncan, J Toscan, D Crack; D Cudmore, G Orton (c-c), M Crack; T Matheson, A Blissett, J Tyndall*
Umpires: W Smith, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 13.11 (89) def Narrandera 9.14 (68), Mangoplah-CUE 4.7 (31) def by Wagga 12.13 (85), Turvey Park 5.5 (35) def by Collingullie-AK 31.17 (203); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 10.9 (69) d Ganmain-GGM 6.10 (46)
Goals: C Moore 3, P Whittard 2, M Griffin, T Webb, C Harrison, C Lugton, M Tucker
Under 17: Griffith 17.11 (113) d Ganmain-GGM 2.6 (18)
Goals: N Witherspoon 6, A Blissett 3, D Peruzzi 2, T Shannon 2, D Cassidy, J Burley, F Josling
Match report: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong moved within two points of an unlikely finals berth with an important Riverina Football League victory over Griffith yesterday. The Lions breathed life back into their season with a comfortable 38-point victory over the Swans, a result that had dramatic consequences on both team’s season. GGGM will take on the final three weeks of the competition with renewed enthusiasm as a top-five spot looms large, while the inconsistent Swans need an urgent turnaround to save its spiraling season. The Lions got off to a strong start with for unanswered goals in the opening term and were able to hold the front all day as it ran out victors, 15.12 (102 to 9.10 (64). Griffith closed within one goal late in the second quarter, and drew within 19 points early in the final term but never seriously tested the Lions.
GGGM captain-coach Mitch Carroll declared the Lions season still alive last week and yesterday’s victory over Griffith kept the dream alive. “Slightly,” Carroll said. “We do what we can and try and win as many as we can. “We’re not going to look down the track and we’ll just look at it week by week.” The Lions had no standout performers in the win over Griffith as several players chimed in and played their part. Curtis Steele had the biggest influence on the result as he used his pace to break open the game and chimed in with two impressive goals. Damien Walsh was rock across half-back, Jacob Olsson dominated the ruck, while Clint Taylor came into the game strongly in the second half at centre-half-forward. Carroll, who kicked three telling goals in the second half, said the Lions appreciated the fortnight off with consecutive byes.
GGGM now sits just two points off Narrandera, who hold fifth spot with the Lions facing Wagga Tigers, Collingullie-AK and Narrandera to finish the season. Griffith has now dropped to sixth after yesterday’s effort. The Swans appear to reply on too few and again Mick Duncan and Guy Orton gave everything for Griffith while Glen Snaidero, Toby Blissett and Che Jenkins could also hold their heads up. Griffith has the bye this weekend then finishes with tricky games against CAK and Wagga Tigers. (The Area News, Monday August 6, 2012).
Round 16 - Saturday August 11, 2012
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 19.12 (126) def Mangoplah-CUE 7.12 (54), Narrandera 31.13 (199) def Turvey Park 6.7 (43); Coolamon 14.10 (94) def Leeton-Whitton 11.13 (79), Wagga 12.10 (82) def by Ganmain-GGM 13.7 (85).
Round 17 - Saturday August 18, 2012 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................. 4.2 .. 10.5 .. 10.6 .. 11.8 (74)
Collingullie-AK ... 3.2 .. 5.2 .. 11.6 .. 15.9 (99)
Goals: Griffith: J Toscan 2, T Miller 2, J Calma-Holt 2, M Duncan 2, B Owen, D Crack
CAK: B Aiken 4, C Allen 3, J Morris 3, B Mackenzie 2, T Hayes, M Castles, M Geppert
Best: Griffith: G Orton, G Snaidero, J Calma-Holt, C Jenkins, D Crack, M Noonan, J Fallon
CAK: B Aiken, T Hayes, C Allen, J Meiselbach, C Gordon, J Morris, B Absolum
Griffith: C Jenkins, G Snaidero, R Johns; J Evans, M Noonan, J Gastin; T Blissett, M Duncan, R Daniher; T Miller, J Calma-Holt, T Buckley; B Owen, J Toscan, D Crack; D Cudmore, G Orton (c-c), M Crack; T Matheson, J Fallon, K Duncan
Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka: B Absolum, K Sykes, C Gow; B Lashbrook, N Fuller, T Edgar; D Kennedy, T Hayes, J Wild; C Allen, J Morris, B Aiken; B MacKenzie, M Geppart, R Dean; J Meiselbach, B Lenon, C Gordon; J McKenzie, J Egan, M Castles
Umpires: R Neighbour, R Johnston (RUA)
Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 6.9 (45) def by Coolamon 16.15 (111), Turvey Park 1.3 (9) def by Leeton-Whitton 20.15 (135); Ganmain-GGM 9.5 (59) def by Narrandera 15.11 (101); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 9.12 (66) d Collingullie-AK 9.3 (57)
Goals: T Webb 2, D Dunbar 2, A Hawkins 2, K Hume, A Cappello, M Hogan
Under 17: Griffith 22.12 (144) d Collingullie-AK 0.1 (1)
Goals: N Witherspoon 7, T Polkinghorne 3, C Matheson 2, A Blissett 2, D Cassidy 2, B Moore 2, D Richens, T Bruns, D Evans, L Peruzzi
Match report: The Griffith Swans Riverina Football League finals dream are all but gone after a late collapse saw them give up a healthy lead against Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka at Exies Oval on Saturday. Needing to win their last two games to sneak into the top five, the Swans saw their 33-point lead at the main break eroded, as they lost 15.9 (99) to 11.8 (74). Poor decision making at crucial times again cost the Swans as they kicked just a single point in the third term to let the Demons back into the game. Like a broken record, Griffith Swans coach Guy Orton lamented his side’s inability to turn their potential into a consistent four-quarter effort.
Griffith were in the box seat to knock off the competition leader after kicking 10.5 in the first half, but their sluggish third term was combined with the Demons kicking six goals to see them grab the lead. From there the visitors used the momentum to push home the advantage and boot another four majors in the final term to seal the win. “It’s something I have questioned myself and I asked the other coaches, what can you do to get over this?” Orton said of his side’s inability to finish games. “It seems to be the same sort of thing over and over that has cost us games. I just have to get it out of the guys’ heads, whether it’s because we’re up and we ‘don’t have to try as much’. “I’m not sure, but it only takes 10 minutes for a lull and things are even.”
Griffith now finds itself in the same situation as the 2011 finals race, which saw them miss out on percentage, with the locals needing several factors to fall their way if they are to extend their season. “Mathematically we can still make it but we have to reply on other teams winning to help us out and we have to win well next weekend against Wagga Tigers,” Orton said. “We wanted to make our own path to the finals but that’s football, and if we don’t make it then we’ll build and get stronger for next year.” The loss was further soured by the injuries to Brett Owen (hamstring) and Matt Crack (ankle) with the pair in serious doubt for next weekend. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday August 20, 2012).
Round 18 - Saturday August 25, 2012 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................. 0.1 .. 3.3 .. 3.6 .. 6.8 (44)
Wagga Tigers ..... 4.4 .. 11.5 .. 16.7 .. 22.11 (143)
Goals: Griffith: J Fallon 2, T Buckley, J Gastin, D Crack, T Blissett
Wagga Tigers: B Perkins 5, J Carroll 5, J Hodges 3, S Flanigan 3, X Brennan 2, J Hodge, J Kew
Best: Griffith: C Jenkins, G Orton, R Daniher, T Blissett, M Duncan, A Blissett
Wagga Tigers: X Brennan, S Flanigan, J Simpson, J Anstee, J Kew, J Carroll
Griffith: T West, M Noonan, R Johns; C Jenkins, T Miller, J Gastin; J Evans, M Duncan, T Blissett; R Daniher, J Calma-Holt, K Duncan; T Buckley, J Toscan, D Crack; D Cudmore, G Orton (c-c), J Fallon; T Matheson, A Hawkins, A Blissett
Wagga Tigers: P Gaynor, J Anstee, J Simpson; S Gaynor, M Pryde, D Papworth; L Shepherd, M O'Neill, J Hodge; J Oehm, J Carroll, N Ryan; X Brennan, B Perkins, T Power (c-c); B Graham, J Kew, S Flanigan; J Larwood, J Hodges, C Depiazza
Umpires: L Olsen, H Banks, R Wilson (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-AK 13.6 (84) def by Ganmain-GGM 15.7 (97), Coolamon 35.18 (228) def Turvey Park 4.5 (29), Narrandera 16.13 (109) def Mangoplah-CUE 10.4 (64); Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.9 (75) d Wagga Tigers 11.2 (68)
Goals: D Dunbar 3, B McRae 3, P Whittard 2, J Hampel, T Valeri, J Ryan,
Under 17: Wagga Tigers 14.2 (86) d Griffith 7.6 (48)
Goals: A Blissett 2, T Shannon, J Burley, T Bruns, N Witherspoon, J Gordon
Match report: It was the Griffith Swans chance to earn some respect from their final game of the Riverina Football League season, but all they got for their effort to try and finish on a high was a 99-point hiding at the hands of Wagga Tigers at Exies Oval on Saturday. With finals passing the Swans for another year, coach Guy Orton said his side wanted to prove their last start thumping by the Tigers was a one-off. However, with the post-season in the minds of the Tigers players, they jumped out to a handy lead early and controlled the tempo of the game as the score blew out. Orton was lost for words after the game, but hinted the mentally the side may have struggled to get up after losing the must-win clash with Collingullie-AK last weekend. “It was pretty disappointing, there’s not really much else to say,” Orton said. “We let each other down to try and finish on a high note, but in saying that we just have to build for next year. Were a bit flat and we just weren’t on our game.” Despite not achieving their main goal this year, Orton said there were still good signs for the future of the club with the added talent depth enough to ensure the Swans will not be on the outside of the RFL finals looking in for much longer.
Apart from trying to end their season on a high, Griffith also had Tim Matheson’s 50th game milestone to fire the players up, but it was the Tigers who came out firing and booted four first-quarter goals. However, it was the second term where the Tigers blew the game open, adding seven goals to take their lead to a commanding 47 points at the main break. Before the game, Orton hinted he would tinker with his side’s half-time routine to find a way of killing off the sluggish starts to third quarters. But with just three behinds being added to the home team’s score, Wagga Tigers controlled the game as they ran out to a comfortable win, with Jim Carroll and Ben Perkins (five goals each), Shaun Flanigan and James Hodges (three each) having a field day up forward. Che Jenkins, Dean Crack, Mick Duncan, Rick Daniher, Toby Blissett and Orton were the best for Griffith in a well-beaten side. (By Scott Hazlewood – The Area News, Monday August 27, 2012).
SIXTH AWARD FOR TIMELESS DUNCAN
Griffith Swans star Mick Duncan has collected a record sixth club best and fairest title with the announcement coming on Saturday night. Despite an inconsistent season for the Swans in first grade, Duncan has again been dependable every time he has taken to the field to cruise to an easy win. Duncan polled 57 votes to beat Che Jenkins (29) and Guy Orton (22) for the honour, with the good news off the field continuing for the midfielder maestro with the birth of his son Kian Colin, last Wednesday. Meanwhile, Jack Tyrell capped off an excellent season in reserve grade to take home the side’s top prize after polling 40 votes to beat Cameron Harrison (29) and Josh Tyndall (23). The club's young guns were also acknowledged for their form this season, with Alex Blissett winning the under 17s best and fairest after collecting 35 votes ahead of teammates Ben Tarr on 23 and Nick Witherspoon 21. (The Area News, Monday August 27, 2012).
2012 RFNL NETBALL Ladders
A grade: Narrandera 68, Wagga Tigers 58, Turvey Park 48, Collingullie-AK 42, Griffith 42; Ganmain-GGM 40, Leeton-Whitton 34, Mangoplah-CUE 16, Coolamon 12.
B grade: Turvey Park 66, Leeton-Whitton 56, Wagga Tigers 56, Collingullie-AK 40, Narrandera 40; Griffith 34, Ganmain-GGM 32, Coolamon 24, Mangoplah-CUE 8.
C grade: Collingullie-AK 68, Leeton-Whitton 64, Turvey Park 58, Narrandera 42, Griffith 40; Wagga Tigers 32, Ganmain-GGM 26, Coolamon 20, Mangoplah-CUE 10.
C2 grade: Leeton-Whitton 72, Turvey Park 60, Collingullie-AK 52, Griffith 48, Ganmain-GGM 40; Wagga Tigers 32, Mangoplah-CUE 24, Coolamon 24.
Juniors U15's: Leeton-Whitton 68, Wagga Tigers 64, Narrandera 56, Griffith 48, Coolamon 44; Ganmain-GGM 36.
Qualifying Final - Saturday September 1, 2012 at Narrandera Sportsground
Leeton-Whitton ... 4.2 .. 8.6 .. 11.7 .. 15.13 (103)
Coolamon ............. 5.4 .. 10.5 .. 14.10 .. 15.15 (105)
Goals: Leeton-Whitton: S Hills 3, B Dunn 3, B O'Garey 2, M Robertson 2, G Commins, M Irvin, D Elwin, J Gornall
Coolamon: M O'Brien 4, J Wiggins 3, Z Robinson 2, M Crawford 2, L Maloney 2, A Rogers, C Neyland
Best: Leeton-Whitton: B Curley, P Iannelli, C Garvey, M Flagg, C Townsend, J Spina
Coolamon: J Wiggins, M O'Brien, M Crawford, L Maloney, M Macauley, C Neyland
Leeton-Whitton: Jamie Broadbent, Nathan Carn, Craig Townsend; Ben Curley, Jonathon Spina, Jarrod Gornall; Paul Iannelli, Matt Flagg, Daniel Sullivan; Brad Boots, Matt Irvin, Sam Hills; Will Overs, Grant Commins, Matt Robertson; Calum Garvey, Bryce O'Garey, Sean Browning; Ryan Dunn, David Elwin, Martin Brown, Brady Dunn
Coolamon: Greg Aki, Mitch Robinson, Jesse Rapley; Mitch Stephenson, Murray Stephenson, Marshall Macauley; Sam Robinson, Connor Neyland, Alex Rogers; Nick Pleming, Jake Wiggins, Mark Crawford; Zach Robinson, Mitch O'Brien, Tyler Owers; Ben Edyvean, Luke Maloney, Jamie Maddox; Jacob McPherson, Adam McKenzie, Hayden Bradley, Zach Bradley
Umpires: R Wilson, B Robinson, S Wemyss (RUA). Gate: $10,409
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 18.17 (125) d Leeton-Whitton 9.4 (58)
Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 19.13 (127) d Mangoplah-CUE 14.8 (92)
Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 68 d Turvey Park 44; B grade: Wagga Tigers 53 d Leeton-Whitton 42; C grade: Turvey Park 37 d Leeton-Whitton 23; C2 grade: Collingullie-AK 25 d Turvey Park 22; Juniors: Narrandera 31 d Wagga Tigers 24.
Elimination Final - Sunday September 2, 2012 at Ganmain Sportsground
Wagga Tigers ... 3.2 .. 4.5 .. 6.9 .. 7.12 (54)
Narrandera ....... 2.2 .. 6.4 .. 8.12 .. 11.16 (82)
Goals: Wagga: T Power 3, J Hodges 2, S Ryan, C DePiazza
Narrandera: A Johnston 4, J Kickett 3, T Mathieson, D Kenna, T Sullivan, J Rice
Best Wagga: B Graham, C DePiazza, J Anstee, T Power, J Kew, J Simpson
Narrandera: D Burden, J Kickett, P Aumann, G Currie, A Johnston, A Sangston
Wagga Tigers: Pat Gaynor, Daniel Davey, Angus Durnan, Damien Papworth, John Anstee, John Simpson; Lahn Shepherd, Marc O'Neill, Jade Hodge; Jim Carroll, Xavier Brennan, Jackson Oehn; James Hodges, Ben Perkins, Tom Power (capt); Brad Graham, Jackson Kew, Shaun Flanigan; Craig Depiazza, Josh Larwood, Sam Ryan, Nick Ryan
Narrandera: Wes Kiley, Jonathon Doyle, Zac Williams; Damon Burden, Mark Rice, Glenn Currie; Tim Sullivan, Kurt Masters, Heath Russell; Jay Kickett, Brett Powell, Nic Hetherington; Adam Sangston, Andrew Johnston, Drew Kenna; Phillip Aumann, James Rice (capt), Tim Mathieson; Jakob Vearing, Tyler Webster, Jed Hillman, Shaun Light
Umpires: R Dedini, T Beard, P Smith (RUA). Gate: $8,114
Reserves: Narrandera 16.12 (108) d Griffith 6.10 (46)
Goals: Griffith: T Webb 2, B McRae 2, P Whittard, T Valeri
Best: Griffith: G Taylor, C Harrison, M Duncan, J Tyndall, T Webb
Griffith: Marc Tucker, Craig Lugton, Glenn Taylor; Ben McRae, Jack Tyrell, Jesse Ryan; Matthew Griffin, Tom Webb, Kieran Hume; Cameron Harrison, Casey Moore, Thomas Valeri; Andrew Cappello, David Dunbar, Pat Whittard; Matthew Hogan (capt), Jason Hampel, Joshua Tyndall; Casey Boye, Scott Simpson, Mark Duncan, Gavin Wylie
Under 17: Griffith 13.5 (83) d Turvey Park 8.8 (56)
Goals: Griffith: N Witherspoon 4, T Bruns 3, J Burley 2, B Moore 2, J Evans, T Shannon
Best: Griffith: T Shannon, A Blissett, D Evans, B Tarr, J Burley, D Peruzzi
Griffith: C Matheson, D Evans, T Polkinghorne; L Evans, F Josling, P McMahon; D Cassidy, T West, D Peruzzi; A Blissett, T Shannon, L Peruzzi; T Bruns, N Witherspoon, B Moore; J Burley, B Tarr (capt), J Evans; J Gordon, B Fitzgerald, D Richens, J Harrison
Netball - A grade: Collingullie-AK 43 d Griffith 42; B grade: Collingullie-AK 33 d Narrandera 32; C grade: Narrandera 44 d Griffith 43; C2 grade: Ganmain-GGM 21 d Griffith 19; Juniors: Griffith 27 d Coolamon 26.
First Semi Final - Saturday September 8, 2012 at Narrandera Sportsground
Leeton-Whitton ... 2.2 .. 2.4 .. 3.6 .. 5.8 (38)
Narrandera .......... 4.6 .. 9.13 .. 14.17 .. 19.21 (135)
Goals: Leeton-Whitton: M Flagg 2, B Dunn, C Townsend, G Commins
Narrandera: J Kickett 3, T Sullivan 3, A Johnston 3, A Sangston 2, T Webster 2, B Powell 2, N Hetherington, T Mathieson, Z Williams, P Aumann
Best: Leeton-Whitton: B O'Garey, C Garvey, J Gornall, W Overs, S Hills
Narrandera: G Currie, Z Williams, J Kickett, B Powell, T Mathieson, A Johnston
Leeton-Whitton: Jamie Broadbent, Nathan Carn, Kabe Stockton; Ben Curley, Will Overs, Jarrod Gornall; Paul Iannelli, Matt Flagg, Jonathon Spina; Brady Dunn, Matt Irvin, Sean Browning; Sam Hills, Craig Townsend, Grant Commins; Calum Garvey, Bryce O'Garey, Daniel Sullivan; Ryan Dunn, David Elwin, Jordan Woods, Tom Meline
Narrandera: Wes Kiley, Mark Rice, Zac Williams; Damon Burden, Jonathon Doyle, Glenn Currie; Tim Sullivan, Kurt Masters, Heath Russell; Drew Kenna, Brett Powell, Nic Hetherington; Adam Sangston, Andrew Johnston, Jay Kickett; Phillip Aumann, James Rice (capt), Tim Mathieson; Jakob Vearing, Tyler Webster, Jed Hillman, Shaun Light
Umpires: B Robinson, L Olsen, R Wilson (RUA). Gate: $11,429
Reserves: Narrandera 13.10 (88) d Leeton-Whitton 10.8 (68)
Under 17: Griffith 17.5 (107) d Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes 6.5 (41)
Goals: Griffith: N Witherspoon 4, T Shannon 3, H Delves 3, D Cassidy, B Moore, A Blissett, J Burley, D Peruzzi, T West, J Gordon
Best: J Evans, L Evans, T West, J Burley, J Gordon, A Blissett
Griffith: C Matheson, D Evans, L Evans; P McMahon, J Burley, T Polkinghorne; D Cassidy, T West, D Peruzzi; A Blissett, B Moore, L Peruzzi; H Delves, N Witherspoon, T Shannon; J Gordon, B Tarr (capt), J Evans; T Bruns, B Fitzgerald, J Harrison, D Richens
Netball - A grade: Collingullie-AK 50 d Turvey Park 48; B grade: Leeton-Whitton 46 d Collingullie-AK 35; C grade: Narrandera 41 d Leeton-Whitton 40; C2 grade: Turvey Park 24 d Ganmain-GGM 23; Juniors: Wagga Tigers 29 d Griffith 22.
Second Semi Final - Sunday September 9, 2012 at Crossroads Oval, Collingullie
Collingullie-AK ... 7.1 .. 9.5 .. 11.6 .. 13.7 (85)
Coolamon ............ 1.2 .. 3.6 .. 6.9 .. 8.16 (64)
Goals: Collingullie-AK: M Geppert 5, M Withers 3, B Aiken 2, J Morris, T Hayes, J Wild
Coolamon: M O'Brien 3, J Wiggins 2, L Maloney, M Crawford, A McKenzie
Best: Collingullie-AK: N Mortimer, C Gow, J Wild, M Withers, B Lenon, K Sykes
Coolamon: B Edyvean, G Aki, J Wiggins, N Pleming, M O'Brien, J Rapley
Collingullie-Ashmont Kapooka: Chris Gow, Nathan Fuller, Kallan Sykes; Ben Absolum, Will Haines, Ned Mortimer; Tom Edgar, Curtis Allen, Daniel Kennedy; Joshua McKenzie, James Morris, Matt Withers; Ryan Dean, Marc Geppart, James Wild; Josh Meiselbach, Brad Aiken, Chris Gordon; Jack Egan, Brett Lenon, Todd Hayes, Paul Goldsmith
Coolamon: Greg Aki, Mitch Robinson, Jesse Rapley; Mitch Stephenson, Murray Stephenson, Marshall Macauley; Sam Robinson, Connor Neyland, Adam McKenzie; Nick Pleming, Jake Wiggins, Mark Crawford; Zach Robinson, Adam McKenzie, Mitch O'Brien, Alex Rogers; Ben Edyvean, Luke Maloney, Jamie Maddox; Jacob McPherson, Hayden Bradley, Jacob Tilyard, Zach Bradley
Umpires: T Beard, P Harris, P Smith (RUA). Gate: $12,307
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 12.9 (81) d Wagga Tigers 10.11 (71)
Under 17: Wagga Tigers 15.15 (105) d Leeton-Whitton 6.7 (43)
Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 55 d Narrandera 38; B grade: Turvey Park 54 d Wagga Tigers 38; C grade: Turvey Park 35 d Collingullie-AK 21; C2 grade: Leeton-Whitton 24 d Collingullie-AK 17; Juniors: Leeton-Whitton 46 d Narrandera 19.
Preliminary Final - Sunday September 16, 2012 at Narrandera Sportsground
Coolamon ....... 4.0 .. 7.4 .. 9.6 .. 14.8 (92)
Narrandera ... 6.2 .. 9.6 .. 15.8 .. 16.10 (108)
Goals: Coolamon: R Pritchett 5, J Mckenzie 3, M O'Brien, A Rogers, J Wiggins, L Maloney, Z Robinson
Narrandera: J Kickett 5, N Hetherington 3, K Masters 3, T Mathieson 2, P Aumann, A Johnston, B Powell
Best: Coolamon: M Stephenson,J Maddox, N Pleming, B Edyvean, R Pritchett, Z Bradley
Narrandera: K Masters, J Doyle, T Mathieson, J Kickett, Z Williams, G Currie
Coolamon: Greg Aki, Mitch Stephenson, Mitch Robinson; Nick Pleming, Murray Stephenson, Marshall Macauley; Zac Robinson, Connor Neyland, Luke Maloney; Jess Rapley, Jake Wiggins, Mark Crawford; James R. McKenzie, Rick Pritchett, Mitch O'Brien; Ben Edyvean, Zach Bradley, Jamie Maddox; Jacob McPherson, Sam Robinson, Hayden Bradley, Alex Rogers
Narrandera: Wes Kiley, Mark Rice, Glenn Currie; Damon Burden, Jonathon Doyle, Zac Williams; Tim Sullivan, Kurt Masters, Heath Russell; Drew Kenna, Brett Powell, Nic Hetherington; Adam Sangston, Andrew Johnston, Jay Kickett; Phillip Aumann, James Rice (capt), Tim Mathieson; Jakob Vearing, Tyler Webster, Jed Hillman, Shaun Light
Umpires: L Olsen, P Smith, R Dedini (RUA). Gate: $14,711
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 13.11 (89) d Narrandera 9.9 (63)
Under 17: Griffith 15.10 (100) d Leeton-Whitton 12.9 (81)
Goals: Griffith: N Witherspoon 3, D Cassidy 3, A Blissett 2, D Evans 2, B Moore, L Evans, H Delves, T Polkinghorne, T Shannon
Best: Griffith: A Blissett, H Delves, T Shannon, P McMahon, D Peruzzi, T West
Griffith: C Matheson, D Evans, L Evans; P McMahon, F Josling, T Polkinghorne; D Cassidy, T West, D Peruzzi; A Blissett, B Moore, L Peruzzi; H Delves, N Witherspoon, T Shannon; J Burley, B Tarr (capt), J Evans; J Gordon, T Bruns, B Fitzgerald, D Richens, J Harrison
Netball - A grade: Narrandera d Collingullie-AK; B grade: Wagga Tigers d Leeton-Whitton; C grade: Collingullie-AK d Narrandera; C2grade: Turvey Park d Collingullie-AK; Juniors: Narrandera d Wagga Tigers.
SWANS UNDER 17S HOPE FOR REPEAT - By Scott Hazlewood
THE last time the Griffith Swans under 17s played in a Riverina Football League grand final, it was against the same opponent they will face on Sunday and there was a familiar name in the line-up. Current Griffith co-coach Matt Noonan wore black and yellow that day, but 13 years later, the former Tiger is hoping for the same result he faced that day, when the Swans pipped their rivals to claim the flag. Griffith will be out to seal the fairy-tale finish to the season after coming in fifth and being forced to play elimination games right up until its date with density at Narrandera. Noonan said slight tinkering with the side's training has seen it hit top-gear in the runs through the finals, which has seen the team take care of Turvey Park, Mangoplah-CUE and Leeton-Whitton. "About nine weeks ago we added a few extra things to their training, just to try and teach them a few extra things about the game and the style of footy we want to play and it's clicked for them and they have carried it out," Noonan said. "Our job at the start of the year for (co-coach) Norm (Campbell) and myself was not to coach them into a grand final, but more to mentor them teach to get to a stage when most of them are pushing for first grade spots very soon." However, Noonan warned his young side it needs to harness its raw nervous energy and start better on Sunday, adding it cannot expect to finish over the top of the Tigers. "Last time we played them we got on top of them in the first quarter, but we let them back into the game because of a 10 or 15 minute lapse in the second quarter and they got three or four quick goals," he said. "They're a team that if we don't react quickly to the sway in momentum their way, that's when we can get a bit hurt on the scoreboard. "But that's not to say that our boys aren't capable of putting three or four quick ones on them, they can, but as we said to them during the week, it's about limiting crucial mistakes around the ground." Griffith will look to make the most its big advantage on Sunday - speed. While the team is not the biggest across the park in the competition, it has plenty of fleet-footed players in all positions, with the Swans set to move the ball efficiently on a lead, giving them a chance to play-on quickly. Joel Gordon and Tom West are the only two major injury concerns, the side relying on their height in the middle of the field greatly. Noonan said the pair would be given as much time to prove their fitness, but was confident the pair would be right to take their place somewhere in the line-up. (The Area News - Friday September 21, 2012).
Grand Final - Sunday September 23, 2012 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.30pm
Collingullie AK ... 2.4 .. 3.6 .. 5.7 .. 6.8 (44)
Narrandera .........1.2 .. 5.4 .. 8.6 .. 12.11 (83)
Goals: CAK: M Geppert 2, J McKenzie, J Morris, B Mackenzie, M Withers
Narrandera: P Aumann 3, A Johnston 3, J Kickett, S Light, K Masters, N Hetherington, A Sangston, H Russell
Best : CAK: C Gow, C Allen, M Withers, B Absolum, J Egan, J Meiselbach
Narrandera: Z Williams, G Currie, D Kenna, P Aumann, T Mathieson, J Doyle
Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka: Chris Gow, Kallum Sykes, Tom Edgar; James Wild, Will Haines, Ned Mortimer; Ben Absolum, Curtis Allen, Daniel Kennedy; Brad Aiken, James Morris, Matt Withers; Ryan Dean, Marc Geppart, Joshua McKenzie; Josh Meiselbach, Brett Lenon, Chris Gordon; Jack Egan, Todd Hayes, Nathan Fuller, Ben MacKenzie
Narrandera: Wes Kiley, Jonathon Doyle, Glenn Currie; Damon Burden, Zac Williams, Mark Rice; Tim Sullivan, Kurt Masters, Heath Russell; Drew Kenna, Brett Powell, Nic Hetherington; Adam Sangston, Andrew Johnston, Jay Kickett; Phillip Aumann, James Rice (capt), Tim Mathieson; Jakob Vearing, Tyler Webster, Jed Hillman, Shaun Light
Umpires: Luke Olsen, Sam Wemyss, Tim Beard. Gate: $33,044
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 7.10 (52) d Mangoplah-CUE 5.8 (38)
Umpires: Rob Wilson, Paul Smith, Ryan Dedini (RUA)
Wagga Tigers .... 4.3 .. 12.6 .. 19.7 .. 24.11 (155)
Griffith ................. 0.3 .. 1.6 .. 4.10 .. 4.10 (34)
Goals: Griffith: N Witherspoon, J Gordon, D Peruzzi, T Bruns
Griffith: Connor Matheson, Jordon Burley, Dylan Evans; Pat McMahon, Fletcher Josling, Toby Polkinghorne; Drew Cassidy, Alex Blissett, Daniel Peruzzi; Tom Shannon, Brad Moore, Luke Peruzzi; Henry Delves, Nick Witherspoon, Lachlan Evans; Joel Gordon, Ben Tarr (capt), John Evans; Tom West, Tyler Bruns, Ben Fitzgerald, Angus McAlister, Daniel Richens, Joel Harrison
Umpires: Greg Walsh, Pat Ross, Drew Raynes (RUA)
Netball - A grade: Narrandera 53 d Wagga Tigers 50; B grade: Turvey Park 43 d Wagga Tigers 35; C grade: Turvey Park 35 d Collingullie-AK 29; C2 grade: Leeton-Whitton 29 d Turvey Park 20; Juniors U15's: Leeton-Whitton 47 d Narrandera 32
TIGERS TEAR SWANS TO PIECES IN U17’s GRAND FINAL – By Scott Hazlewood
The Griffith Swans were outgunned from start to finish in the Riverina Football League under 17s grand final on Sunday, losing to the Wagga Tigers by 121 points in a lopsided finale. Despite entering the contest as outsiders, the Swans had shown plenty of form to beat Turvey Park, Mangoplah-CUE and Leeton-Whitton to make the grand final. But the gap in experience and size between the sides proved the difference as the Tigers never gave the red and white side a sniff at Narranndera Sportsground.
“The boys tried and tried on the day, but they (Wagga) were a far better side in terms of depth and bigger bodies around the field, which counted against us,” Griffith co-coach Matt Noonan said. “We didn’t have the guys to match their high-flying players up forward. “Obviously they have some big players up front like Max King, who’s about two metres tall. “They were a bit angry and dirty at themselves at the end of the game, but when the margin was like that, you can prepare yourself for the disappointment for a couple of quarters.”
Tigers jumped out to an early lead and had seven scoring shots to lead by a comfortable margin of 24 at the end of the first term. Wagga then went on with the job and kicked an even 12 goals in each half to shut the door on Griffith’s premiership dreams. The Swans were never seriously in the hunt despite their best efforts. Griffith did manage to kick 3.4 in the third quarter as they gained more possession, but it was hardly enough to put a dent in the already sizable margin their opponents enjoyed as they cruised through to the win. Wagga’s Dougal Howard kicked five goals in a big first half but it was the towering teammate King who stole the show and was adjudged best on ground.
Despite the size of the loss, Noonan said every player had made giant strides forward in their development, and hoped they would return to the club to continue their growth. “Every single one of them has improved in some facet of the game which is good to see, they’re a terrific group of young men now,” he said. “So hopefully they can stick around and play a bit of senior footy from here on in and form the nucleus of a first grade premiership in three or four years time. (The Area News, Wednesday September 26, 2012).
2012 RIVERINA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS
Seniors: Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal
20 - Jamie Maddox (Coolamon), Chris Gordon (Collingullie-AK) & Guy Orton (Griffith); 19 - Bryce O'Garey (Leeton-Whitton); 16 - Michael Duncan (Griffith). Full voting list unavailable
Reserves - Frank Gaynor Medal: Paul Lucas (Ganmain-GGM); Under 17 - Lou Brown Medal: Matthew Gaynor (Leeton-Whitton).
Netball - A grade: Peta Larkin (Griffith); B grade: Shannon McMahon (Wagga Tigers); C grade: Brianna Cain (Turvey Park); C2 grade: Lily Wild (Collingullie-AK); Juniors U15's: Carlee Mangelsdolf (Coolamon).
Seniors: Top Goalkickers (h/a) - Stewart Fraser Trophy
91 - Marc Geppert (Collingullie-AK), 55 - Ben Perkins (Wagga Tigers), 54 - Andrew Johnston (Narrandera), 51 - Andrew Wild (Mangoplah-CUE), 46 - Rick Pritchett (Coolamon), 39 - Grant Commins (Leeton-Whitton), 35 - Luke Maloney (Coolamon), 32 - Jethro Calma-Holt (Griffith), Jay Kickett (Narrandera), 31 - Will Overs (Leeton-Whitton), 30 - Sam Noble (Ganmain-GGM), 28 - Zachary Robinson (Coolamon), James Toscan (Griffith), 27 - James Morris (Collingullie-AK), Brady Dunn (Leeton-Whitton).
Reserves (Griggs Trophy): 54 - Daryl Clayton (Leeton-Whitton); Under 17 (Dalco Trophy): 46 - Nathan Cooke (Wagga Tigers).
NAB Rising Star award: n/a
Club Championships: Leeton-Whitton
2012 APPEARANCES / GOALS - RESERVES & UNDER 17
Reserves: Rhys Best 1 / 0, Alex Blissett 1 / 0, Casey Boye 13 / 9, Jordon Burley 2 / 0, Andrew Cappello 9 / 8, Tom Carr 7 / 1, Jason Corbett 5 / 0, Jordan Crowe 12 / 0, Henry Delves 2 / 0, Oliver Delves 4 / 3, David Dunbar 11 / 15, Mark Duncan 13 / 1, Rodney Duncan 2 / 0, Dillon Evans 1 / 0, John Evans 1 / 0, James Fallon 1 / 0, Steven Foscarini 2 / 0, Brendan Giason 1 / 0, Matthew Griffin 15 / 6, Jason Hampel 9 / 7, Michael Harris 1 / 0, Cameron Harrison 17 / 6, Andrew Hawkins 2 / 4, Matthew Hogan (capt.) 14 / 5, Kieran Hume 13 / 3, Royce Johns 5 / 0, Fletcher Josling 3 / 0, Craig Lugton 12 / 2, Daniel Keenan , Matthew Keenan 5 / 1, Matthew Kenny 2 / 0, Nathan King 5 / 2, Ben McRae 13 / 5, Casey Moore 13 / 16, Chris Niven 2 / 0, Daniel Peruzzi 2 / 0, Luke Peruzzi 3 / 0, Luke Piccolo 3 / 1, Jesse Ryan 11 / 1, Tom Shannon 2 / 0, Scott Simpson 9 / 0, Todd Sjollema 8 / 0, Adam Stinten 7 / 1, Ben Tarr 5 / 0, Glenn Taylor 15 / 0, Marc Tucker 14 / 3, Joshua Tyndall 16 / 4, Jack Tyrell 17 / 0, Theo Valeri 2 / 0, Thomas Valeri 14 / 13, Tom Webb 8 / 6, Patrick Whittard 13 / 8, Gavin Wylie 5 / 0. Coach: Greg Dreyer.
Under 17: Alex Blissett 19 / 21, Tyler Bruns 14 / 7, Jordon Burley 20 / 15, Steven Butler 7 / 0, Drew Cassidy 19 / 32, Jack Catanzariti 3 / 1, Henry Delves 9 / 12, Dillon Evans 17 / 4, John Evans 14 / 2, Lachlan Evans 15 / 3, Ben Fitzgerald 18 / 2, Joshua Foley 3 / 0, Joel Gordon 17 / 8, Joel Harrison 19 / 4, Fletcher Josling 16 / 1, Mitchell Lewis 1 / 0, Connor Matheson 17 / 11, Angus McAlister 6 / 0, Patrick McMahon 20 / 4, Brad Moore 19 / 19, Daniel Peruzzi 20 / 11, Luke Peruzzi 20 / 5, Mathew Peruzzi 1 / 0, Toby Polkinghorne 20 / 5, Daniel Richens 17 / 2, Pat Rose 4 / 0, Tom Shannon 18 / 38, Luke Shannon, Ben Tarr (capt.) 19 / 4, Adam Twigg 11 / 1, Tom West 16 / 3, Nick Witherspoon 19 / 50. Coaches: Norm Campbell / Matthew Noonan
2012 GRIFFITH AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB AWARDS
Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club
Major Sponsors: Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club & Owen Toyota
Best & Fairest: Michael Duncan
Runner-up: Che Jenkins
Most Consistent: Matthew Noonan
Most Improved: Dean Crack
Most Goals Kicked: Jethro Calma-Holt
Best Utility (Fergie King Memorial): Toby Blissett
Coach’s Award: John Evans
Best & Fairest: Jack Tyrell
Runner-up: Cameron Harrison
Most Consistent: Joshua Tyndall
Most Improved: Marc Tucker
Best Utility: Matthew Griffin
Most Goals Kicked: Casey Moore
Most Conscientious Player (Neville Gardiner Memorial Shield): Matthew Hogan
Best Finals Player: Glenn Taylor
Coach’s Award: Ben McRae
Best & Fairest: Alex Blissett
Runner-up: Ben Tarr
Most Consistent: Tom Shannon
Most Improved: Drew Cassidy
Best Utility: Luke Peruzzi
Most Goals Kicked (Brian Files Memorial): Nick Witherspoon
Most Promising Player (Ronnie Williams Memorial): Daniel Peruzzi
Encouragement Award (Fred Owen Memorial Shield): Patrick McMahon
Best Finals Player: Alex Blissett
Coach’s Award: Daniel Richens
Best & Fairest: Emma Groat
Players’ Player: Peta Larkin
Coach’s Award: Laura Vardanega
Best & Fairest: Kayleen Ward
Players’ Player: Lani Houston
Coach’s Award: Kayleen Ward
Best & Fairest: Reagan Dunlop & Hannah Toscan
Players’ Player: Monique Cusack
Best & Fairest: Laura Favero
Players’ Player: Melanie Bortolazzo
Coach’s Award: Whitney Harrington
Best & Fairest: Maddie Aird & Nicola Robinson
Players’ Player: Maddie Aird
Coach’s Award: Julia McAlister
Most Improved: Macushia Josling
Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson (Netball - Bob & Brenda Spears): Hannah Toscan
Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson (Football - Joan Hicks Memorial): Todd Sjollema
Club Person of the Year (Bill Simmons Memorial): Bob & Brenda Spears
200 senior games milestone: Michael Duncan
Life Membership: Michael Duncan, George Duncan & Donna Duncan.
2012 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS
Debuts: April 14 - Jethro Calma-Holt, Rick Daniher,Tom West; April 21 - Fletcher Josling; May 5 - Daniel Peruzzi; May 20 - Tom Miller; June 2 - Dylan Cudmore; July 8 - Alex Blissett; August 5 - Joshua Tyndall.
Final Games / Goals: Tom Buckley (25 / 21), Jethro Calma-Holt (16 / 32), Dylan Cudmore (10 / 2), Rick Daniher (14 / 0), Matthew Griffin (2 / 0), Andrew Hawkins (13 / 4), Tom Miller (11 / 5), Matthew Noonan (67 / 2), Brett Owen (73 / 50).
GRIFFITH SWANS PRESENTATION NIGHT
Nearly 200 people turned out to help the Griffith Swans celebrate their presentation night earlier this month. While many awards were handed out over the night, none was more deserved that Michael Duncan, who was presented with his sixth Vic Hathaway medal for the club best and fairest. Duncan, who played his 200th game for the club this season, was also made a life member of the Griffith Swans.
Long-time club volunteer Bob Spears presented Duncan with his life membership badge and Duncan’s parents, George and Donna, were also made life members to acknowledge their volunteer work with the club over the years. A further surprise for George and Donna was the presentation of individual merit certificates and a plaque for 26 years service to the sport of Australian rules.
Special mention on the night was also made to Alex Blissett and Melanie Bortalazzo for their respective under 17s and C2 grade Riverina Football Netball League runners-up awards.