2014 RFNL SEASON RESULTS

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PLAYER TRANSFERS

IN: Ryan Bulluss (Tracey Village, NT), Ben Byrne (Picola United), Michael Griffiths (Angaston, SA), Josh Hamilton (Lavington), Michael Handby (Yarrawonga), Joel Hourigan (Charles Sturt University), Jack Ryan (Coolangatta Tweed).

OUT: Jordon Burley (Yanco-Woomoon R.L.), Mathew Crack, Dillon and John Evans, Matthew Hogan (Maitland), James Kennedy (Finley), Daniel Moysey (Cobden), Lance Poka (Yenda R.L.); Ben Byrne, Michael Handby (Yarrawonga), Jack Ryan (Coolangatta Tweed).

 GUERNSEY MARKS CENTENARY – By Vince Rugari 

The Griffith Swans’ red and white guernsey is already steeped in rich history – but this season, that history will be literally part of the fabric. In a first for the RFL club, the names of more than 1100 first grade players will be printed on the front of the Swans guernsey to mark the club’s centenary this season. The painstaking task was led by club historian Trevor Harrison, who has a treasure trove of information on the Swans formative years and runs website www.griffithswansarchive.com.  He sifted through the archives and came up with a list of names that turns Griffith’s regular uniform into living celebration of the contribution of local players in the city for 100 years.

 AFL and NRL clubs often print the names of members on the front of one-off jerseys, but rarely do clubs in the bush go to such lengths to honour their history and traditions. “If you need to know anything about the Swans, he’s the man,” club president Jeff Harris laughed. “It was a committee-level decision. We were looking to add something, we’ve put the work in and we’re pretty happy with what we’ve come up with. “They’re going to wear that for the season and we’ll take some orders for those, for anyone who wants to snaffle one of those up on the Anzac Day weekend. But the jersey is just one small part of the Swans plan to make the club’s 100 year unforgettable.

The committee has pulled out all stops, planning a huge Anzac Day weekend with the unveiling of the Club’s Team of the Century the centre piece. “There’s a bunch from various generations sorting that out – guys that have been involved with the footy club for a long time,” Harris said. “They’ve been putting their heads together, coming up with the criteria and going through a whole heap of historical info. “There’ll be some fairly handy names in there – a few that have graced AFL lists, back in the days when the stars in the VFL got a bit of money coming out to the country.”  The Team of the Century dinner will be held at the main Exies Club on Saturday, April 26 – the day after Griffith’s first home game of the season.

The Swans will host rivals Leeton-Whitton under lights at Exies Oval on Anzac Day and a big crowd is expected to roll up. It will the first of three night games in Griffith this year. “We’ve always played with those twilight games but this year we were pretty keen to do some full-blown night games, particularly early in the season when the weather in nicer,” Harris said. “It should be a fair catalyst to get plenty of people down there, checking out a few new players and setting up our season. “It’s a chance to have a bit of dinner down there and make a night of it. “We’ll be looking at do a bit of two-up in the club after the game and that should flow into junior footy on Saturday and the dinner that night.” (The Area News, Monday February 3, 2014).

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 GIANTS’ NAMED SQUASHED – By Vince Rugari 

The Giants name has been scrapped as the Griffith Swans move towards reunification of a club that was threatened by a growing divide at junior level. The city’s second junior Australian rules club will no longer bear the name and colours of the Greater Western Sydney Giants after club officials sought to stamp out “minor divisions” between the Giants and the Swans camps. This year, Griffith’s two teams in the South West Junior Football League will be known as Swans Red and Swans White. Both teams will wear identical uniforms and the Giants guernsey will only be used by the away team in local derbies. 
GWS donated guernseys when the second club was formed for the 2011 season as the AFL expansion side looked to spread its brand across country NSW. However, club president Jeff Harris said it naturally caused fractions between the teams. “At the time it was a fairly logical decision but hindsight gives you the opportunity to review that and put a few things in place to make sure it’s the best it can be,” Harris said. “It was creating a bit of differentiation and rivalry between the two, and a minor degree of division. “This was a chance to set up our structures a little better and create that more inclusive environment.”

Harris added he was disappointed with the lack of engagement from the GWS Giants since providing the guernseys in late 2010. “We are in their recruitment zone but as far as seeing players out here, it was non-existent,” he said. Harris said the club will be only too happy to go back to its red and white roots given Griffith celebrates its centenary this year. “The red and white is footy in Griffith and particularly in the 100th year of the club, its pretty essential for those guys to be fully included in that and see themselves as part of the club,” Harris said. “It certainly aligns our two junior clubs much more closely with the seniors and their pathways.” (The Area News, Friday February 7, 2014). 

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 SKY-HIGH SWAN – By Vince Rugari 

The Griffith Swans have landed a major coop, solving their ruck issues with the signing of highly-credentialed big man Michael Griffiths. In a deal that has been months in the making, the 206cm giant will lead the ruck division for the Swans this season as the club seeks a return to the Riverina Football League finals in their centenary year. Griffiths, 30 years old, brings a wealth of experience after stints in the SANFL with Glenelg and in the WAFL with East Fremantle, while he was once a target of AFL clubs and trained with Collingwood at the end of 2007. An excellent tap ruckman, Griffiths should help provide first use of the football to the likes of Swans captain Guy Orton and best and fairest winner Mick Duncan and will only strengthen what is already one of the RFL’s best midfields. 
Griffiths arrived in town on Monday, trained with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday night and will feature in the club’s first practice match of the pre-season next weekend against Hume League outfit Rand-Walbundrie. “The boys trained pretty hard. I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest, but I was surprised,” he told The Area News. “It wasn’t bad. I still don’t really know what to expect, but I’m just looking forward to getting amongst it. “With a town like this I guess there’s be a bit more expected of me but I just play footy. “I’ve just got to look after my body and do all that sort of thing so I can get on the footy field, but nine times out of ten I’m pretty good. “I’ll be out there to have fun and enjoy it and if you’re doing that, the rest will take care of itself.” 
Griffiths has been in talks with the Swans since the middle of last year, and even took in a game at Exies Oval as club officials tried to woo him from South Australia, where he was playing with Angaston in the Barossa Light & Gawler Football Association. Club president Jeff Harris said: We identified a shortage of talls – there’s nothing new about that in country footy, they’re hard to come by. “It was one of the positions that was pretty critical to the club’s success and it’s good to get him across line.” Griffiths gives Swans coach Brandon Mathew the luxury of keeping the likes of James Toscan and Trevor Richards up forward for longer, while also taking pressure off the club’s developing key position players. “I know they’re pretty serious about their footy out here,” Griffiths said. (The Area News, March 7, 2014). 

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 SWANS ADD STEEL – By Vince Rugari 

Griffith’s recruitment drive has wrapped up with the club unveiling three impressive recruits on the eve of the Riverina Football League’s opening round. Ryan Bulluss, Ben Byrne and Joel Hourigan have all officially signed with the Swans and are set to make their RFL debuts this Saturday against Turvey Park in Wagga. Bulluss was spotted by club president Jeff Harris and coach Brandon Mathews on a scouting trip to Darwin late last year and after months of protracted negotiations, finally arrived in town last week. A hard-nosed utility with a raking kick capable of playing in the middle or wide on a flank, Bullus will provide a much-needed physical presence around the ball and inject valuable experience into the senior squad along with fellow signings Byrne and Hourigan, who have both moved to Griffith for work reasons.
Byrne joins from Picola & District Football League club Picola United and is a similarly versatile, big-bodied on-baller while small forward Hourigan spent last year with Farrer League club Charles Sturt University. “Throw Michael Griffiths in and we should be whereabouts,” Harris told The Area News. With the guys that missed most of last year through injury, the addition of these guys should give us the potential to be around the mark, “They all bring a bit of experience which should help the kids who got a decent opportunity last year, and we should be better off. The Swans are likely to to call upon their three new recruits this weekend but whether marquee signing Griffiths will join them at Maher Oval is unclear. The former Glenelg and East Fremantle ruckman is nursing an injured ankle (sustained on Coleambally Sportsground) and is touch and go for round one. (The Area News, Wednesday April 9, 2014).

Round 1 - Saturday April 14, 2014 at Maher Oval 2.10pm

Turvey Park ... 2.4 .. 3.5 .. 7.7 .. 8.9 (57)

Griffith ........... 3.1 .. 4.4 .. 5.9 .. 7.13 (55)

Goals: Turvey Park: J Brooks 2, T Gaynor 2, T Cunningham, C Grintell, M Hartley, L Vivian

Griffith: J Toscan 4, M Griffiths 2, B McRae

Best: Turvey Park: T Doyle, C Cerato, J Ashcroft, J Cunninghan, A Emery, J Fletcher

Griffith: T Matheson, J Taylor, R Malone, D Peruzzi, G Snaidero, L Peruzzi

Turvey Park: B Bryce, J Fletcher, T Doyle; J Donaldson, A Emery, C Cerato; J Cunningham, M Ness, T Rowley; T Gaynor, L Vivian, D Downes; J Hayes, C Grintell, J Brooks; D Fellows, J Ashcroft, M Hartley; T Cunningham, L Beard, L Macrae, S Davies

Griffith: B McRae, G Snaidero, R Malone; C Jenkins, J Taylor, J Gastin; T Matheson, J Fallon, D Peruzzi; R Bulluss*, J Toscan, T Webb; B Byrne*, T Richards, D Crack; M Griffiths*, G Orton, M Duncan; L Peruzzi, M Peruzzi, J Hourigan*, D Dunbar

Umpires: T Beard, G Hodgins (RUA)

Reserves: Turvey Park 13.12 (90) d Griffith 6.9 (45)

Goals: J Crowe 2, K Hume, P Whittard, T Shannon, D.Spratt

Under 17: Turvey Park 21.15 (141) d Griffith 4.5 (29)

Goals: W Kennedy, M Peruzzi, C Cunial, J Foley

Match report: Griffith’s centenary season has started off in heartbreaking fashion, losing by two points to reigning wooden spooners Turvey Park on Saturday in a thriller at Maher Oval in Wagga. Made to pay for their inaccuracy in front of goal and poor decision-making across the ground, the Swans outscored the Bulldogs in the final term but fell 8.9 (57) to 7.13 (55) in the season opener. Despite holding a five-point lead at half-time, Griffith were overrun in the third quarter as the home side piled on four goals to hold a 10-point margin going into the last change. The Swans had plenty of chances but couldn’t make them count – kicking a woeful 3.9 in the second half – and will now head into the club’s Anzac Day clash with arch-rivals Leeton-Whitton on the back of losing form. 
“We played terrible,” Swans coach Brandon Mathews said. “But if you can play as bad as we did and only lose by two points, there’s a fair few positives that will come out of it. “We just let ourselves down with decision making and that put too much pressure on the guys with the ball. “One thing you can’t take away from them is that they gave it their best shot until the end, but we were under the pump. “We were good in patches but nowhere near our best.” The Swans standouts were defensive pair James Taylor and Tim Matheson, who were brilliant across half-back. Ruck recruit Michael Griffiths made his club debut despite an ankle injury and put his 206-centimetre frame to good use by dominating the ruck. “It wasn’t ideal for him going into it a bit lame and not being able to train properly but like everyone, he’ll be a lot better for the run,” Matthews said.

Mathews paid tribute to twins Daniel and Luke Peruzzi, while James Toscan slotted a game-high four goals in a dysfunctional forward line. “I would have thought we had 60 per cent of the play in the second half, if not more,” Mathews said. “Our forward line structure probably didn’t work that well and I’m probably partly to blame myself. “But it’s not the end of the world, and we now get to work on it for a little bit before Anzac Day.” (By Vince Rugari – The Area News, Monday April 14, 2014).

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 SWANS TREASURE TROVE IS ALL THANKS TO TREV – By Vince Rugari 

The Griffith Swans wouldn’t be celebrating their centenary this weekend if it wasn’t for the work of Trevor Harrison. That’s because they probably wouldn't know when it was. Volunteers are the backbone of bush sporting institutions and Harrison’s silent commitment to his unofficial role as the club’s historian is a prime example. It began 10 years ago, when he rescued a treasure trove of Swans programs, documents and collectibles from boxes that were likely headed for the tip. Harrison went through what he described as “one big mess” of information and digested it, produced a website, Griffith Swans Archive, that contains a level of historical depth that would make even AFL clubs envious. “This is in about 2000, I think. That’s when Ian Wade took over as president and I was on the committee,” he said. I went up to Ian Wade’s depot and he just gave me a whole heap of boxes. The club was having a clean out. “I saw it and said ‘what’s going on here?’ I swooped it up and put it all away. “I just went through them and sorted everything out.”

 Harrison found great enjoyment in the undertaking, which came at a perfect juncture in his club life. He was keen to contribute to local football in a different way after 13 years as goal umpire. His website griffithswansarchive.com, contains all manners of results, statistics, facts and trivia from Griffith’s 100 years of football. “I’ve enjoyed just getting the job done,” he said. “This sort of stuff gets lost if someone doesn’t roll their sleeves up and does the hard work – that’s what it was. Someone had to do it and it may as well have been me.” Harrison’s obsession has been instrumental in the club’s centenary celebrations, which kick off on Friday with an Anzac Day game under light against Leeton-Whitton at Exies Oval. The following evening, the Swans will unveil their team of the century – a task only made possible by Harrison unearthing and piecing together Griffith’s largely unknown history. The team was put together six weeks ago by the panel including Harrison, Bob Spears, Ernie Wade and George Duncan, and will be announced at the centenary dinner at the Griffith Ex-Servicemen’s Club to be hosted by Sam Kekovich. “I probably did 80 per cent of the groundwork for that, to tell you the truth.” Harrison said. (The Area News, Wednesday April 23, 2014).

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 SOLDIER TO RELAY ANZAC SPIRIT TO INSPIRE SWANS – By Vince Rugari 

The Griffith Swans will be given a first-hand account of what Anzac spirit truly means before tonight’s game. Coach Brandon Mathews has organised for Chris May, an Afghanistan veteran who was deployed when he was just 19 and returned home after injuries sustained from the explosion of a roadside bomb in 2011. May, the partner of Mathews’s sister – who is currently serving overseas – will address the Griffith players just prior to the first bounce against Leeton-Whitton and will share some of his experiences in both war and football, and how they intertwine. “When I see is as a soldier and having been to war – and having played competitive footy – is that a lot of values that soldiers have are exactly replicated in team sport,” May told The Area News. “Courage, initiative, teamwork, respect. What you do, you don’t do for yourself, you do it for your mates. “And at the end of the game, you’ve gone all out but you still shake the hands with your opposing force – which is exactly what the blokes did in World War 1.”

May is also keen to make sure the Swans understand that the Anzac legend has its roots in the Riverina. “Only an hour down the road, you’ve got a country boy and farmer by trade who won a Victoria Cross, Reg Rattey,” he said. Country boys are known for their bravery because they’ve already got that inside them, that mate-ship already ingrained into their lifestyle.”

Mathews said May’s speech should help the Swans keep football and life in perspective. “Anzac Day is one of thee most important days on the calendar and you wonder sometimes whether some of the younger ones know what it’s really about,” he said. “A game of footy is a game of footy, but what these blokes do is something else.” May will also present Griffith’s best player with a special ‘Soldier’s Trophy’ donated by the army. (The Area News, Friday April 25, 2014).

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Round 2 - Friday April 25, 2014 at Griffith Exies Oval 6.30pm

Griffith ................... 2.7 .. 3.10 .. 7.13 .. 9.15 (69)

Leeton-Whitton ... 1.4 .. 3.5 .. 3.9 .. 6.10 (46)

Goals: Griffith: G Snaidero 3, J Toscan 3, G Orton 2, D Dunbar

Leeton-Whitton: B O'Garey 2, S Browning 2, B Elwin, L Meline

Best: Griffith: James Taylor (Soldier's Trophy), T Matheson, J Toscan, G Snaidero, D Dunbar, R Malone

Leeton-Whitton: B O'Garey, T Meline, W Overs, T Morton, R Dunn, J Lehman

Griffith: T West, R Malone, C Jenkins; R Bulluss, J Taylor, T Matheson; J Gastin, D Dunbar, J Fallon; G Snaidero, J Toscan, B McRae; B Mathews, T Richards, D Crack; M Griffiths, G Orton, M Duncan; D Peruzzi, L Peruzzi, J Hourigan, T Webb

Leeton-Whitton: J Young, T Stiller, T Morton; D Sullivan, W Overs, S Browning; S Howe, L O'Callaghan, J Scarr; L Meline, K O'Malley, R Dunn; C Garvey, T Meline, L Howe; M Dryburgh, B Curley, B O'Garey; J Lehmann, D Elwin, J Broadbent, T Handsaker

Umpires: R Neighbour, M Rowe, R Johnston (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 20.13 (133) d Leeton-Whitton 4.5 (29)

Goals: D Spratt 3, K Duncan 3, T Shannon 3, D Giorgi 3, S McCanna 2, P Whittard 2, J Mann, K Farrell, C Harrison, J Ryan

Under 17: Griffith 16.20 (116) d Leeton-Whitton 4.1 (25)

Goals: C Cunial 5, L Shannon 3, N Richards 2, W Kennedy 2, T Condon, W Dalton, R Holland, S Foley

Match report: It wasn’t pretty but the Griffith Swans notched an important victory on Friday night, overcoming Leeton-Whitton by 23 points to set the tone for the club’s centenary celebrations across the weekend. A third-quarter scoring burst powered the home side to a 9.15 (69) to 6.10 (46) triumph at Exies Oval, their first under coach Brandon Mathews.  Inaccurate kicking again looked set to come back to haunt the Swans after dominating the first quarter for a return of just 2.7, only to be outscored by the Crows in the second term and take just a four-point lead at half-time. But a positional re-jig from Mathews brought key forward James Toscan into the game, and he slotted all four of his majors in the second half as Griffith kicked away to an insurmountable 27-point advantage at the final change. 
Mathews admitted he was having flashbacks to last year’s “Fev game”, when Griffith had most of the play but failed to convert and paid the ultimate price with Leeton-Whitton claiming a six-point after-the-siren victory. This time, however, the Swans showed some much-needed fight. “Early on we were our own worst enemy – missing shots, and we went back to our old ways of playing on and overusing the handball,” he said. “The first quarter was good and we should have opened it up a bit. “We were doing a lot of things right in getting numbers to the ball and we can take something out of it in that way, but poor kicking is poor footy. “There was more talk and direction in the second half and when we take control of the footy, they’ve got to play our game.” 
Griffith’s best was backman James Taylor, who was awarded the Soldier’s Trophy, a bronze statue of the modern Australian donated by Lance Corporal Chris May on behalf of the army.  Lance Corporal May addressed the Swans before the match to extol the virtues of the Anzacs, and Taylor displayed those characteristics better than anyone else on the day. The Soldier’s Trophy will remain with the club as a perpetual award for the best Swans player in each Anzac round. Taylor’s fellow defenders Tim Matheson and Richard Malone were influential while Toscan and Glen Snaidero, who kicked three goals, also served well. “When Tosco went deep he was fantastic and probably won us the game,” Mathews said. Midfield gun Michael Duncan played his usually high standard but sat out most of the second half with a torn quadriceps, which looks set to keep him out for the next few weeks. The Crows mounted an unlikely comeback in the final term, kicking three of the first four goals to move within striking distance before Snaidero iced the win from a set shot. 
The Swans head across to take on Wagga Tigers this Saturday with Matthews confident his side can compete with the top teams in the RFL – providing they weed out the scrappy parts of their game. (By Vince Rugari – The Area News, Monday April 28, 2014).

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Round 3 - Saturday May 3, 2014 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm

Wagga Tigers... 2.7 .. 5.11 .. 8.11 .. 10.16 (76)

Griffith ............... 1.1 .. 1.1 .. 2.2 .. 5.3 (33)

Goals: Wagga: J Hodges 2, J Maslin 2, J Gunning 2, M Rava, B Graham, C Lovell, B Morton

Griffith: D Peruzzi, T Matheson, G Orton, F Josling, R Holland

Best: Wagga: P Noonan, J Hodges, B Graham. J Maslin, B Davis, J Kelly

Griffith: B Mathews, J Hourigan, T Matheson, D Dunbar, G Orton, R Malone

Wagga Tigers: J Osbeiston, M Noonan, B Davis; P Noonan, J Anstee, M Hawker; J Kelly, M Rava, B Morton; J Collins, J Hodges, J Buchanan; J Maslin, J Gunning, J Wolf; B Graham, J Parmenter, L Shepherd; C Lovell, S Bourchier, W Bartlett, D Rava

Griffith: T West, R Malone, T Matheson; J Hourigan, J Taylor, R Bulluss; F Josling, B Mathews, J Gastin; D Peruzzi, G Snaidero, B McRae; T Webb, J Toscan, D Crack; M Griffiths, G Orton, J Fallon; D Dunbar, T Richards, R Holland, C Cunial*

Umpires: A Touvi, M Skillbeck (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 11.11 (77) d Griffith 8.5 (53)

Goals: T Shannon 3, T Howard 2, J Gordon 2, D Spratt

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 5.15 (45) d Griffith 3.3 (21)

Goals: C Cunial 2, C Cosson

Match report: Griffith was given a harsh dose of reality on Saturday as the Wagga Tigers reigned supreme by 43 points in a one-sided contest at Robertson Oval. A week on from the club’s centenary celebrations, the Swans simply didn’t turn up and were promptly punished by a well-drilled Tigers outfit that piled on 20 scoring shots to just four across the first three-quarters. The visitors had the better of the last term and actually outscored the Tigers who won 10.16 (76) to 5.3 (33), but the damaged was already done. Griffith coach Brandon Mathews was bitterly disappointed, labelling it a “deplorable” performance across all facets of the game. “They really showed us how far we have to go if we’ve going to be competitive,” Mathews said. “They were pretty good, well-drilled, but we just folded like a deck of cards under their pressure.”
The Swans were held scoreless in the second term as Wagga kicked away and managed just one goal in the third as the Tigers pushed on to lead by 45 points at the final change. The usual suspects starred for Griffith with Tim Matheson, Dave Dunbar and Richard Malone continuing their strong form from last week’s win over the Crows, while skipper Guy Orton produced his best game for the year. But too much was left to too few, Mathews said. “Maybe having a win last week with the weekend it was, the boys thought it was going to make the year,” he said. “We had a little bit of a go late on to save a bit of face but the damage was already done. “The scoreboard flattered us – it should have been 100 points.” 
Charlie Cunial’s impressive first-grade debut was one of the few positives, while Fletcher Josling played his first senior game for the year and fellow young gun Riley Holland also did well. “There were probably half a dozen blokes that went alright but it’s pretty hard to win like that,” Mathews said. (By Vince Rugari – The Area News, Monday April 28, 2014).

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 HANDY ADDITION FOR SWANS – Vince Rugari 

The Griffith Swans have received a timely shot in the arm ahead of Sunday’s daunting trip to face RFL premier Coolamon with the signing of experienced utility Michael Handby. Handby, 30, plays for Yarrawonga in the Ovens & Murray League and is the current midfield coach of SANFL club North Adelaide. He was drafted by the Adelaide Crows with pick 38 in the 1999 National Draft but went on to forge a successful career in South Australia, playing with Glenelg, North Adelaide and South Adelaide, spanning nearly a decade. A former teammate of Swans ruckman Michael Griffiths at Glenelg, Handby’s coaching commitments mean he is unable to play for Yarrawonga this weekend, freeing him up for Sunday’s clash with the Hoppers.

Coach Brandon Mathews said Handby will make sporadic appearances for Griffith this year when circumstances allow for it. “Hopefully it might lead to something down the track,” he said. “He’s played a lot of high-level footy so it’ll be a real learning experience for our young guys, to play alongside someone like him. “Not only is he an unbelievable footballer to be playing in this competition but he brings other things as well. “The knowledge of the game he’s got and having a coaching role over there in Adelaide, he’s going to be able to help a lot of us out.” Handby’s recruitment comes on the back of another important signing this week, three-time Ovens & Murray  representative Josh Hamilton, who joined Griffith this week. The 24-year-old is a towering key position player and is set to play six to eight games for the Swans this season, commuting from his current base in Chinchilla, Queensland. Hamilton comes to the Swans through his association with Mathews but only played two reserve grade games with Lavington last year owing to work reasons. “The beauty of Josh is that he can play in the ruck or anywhere he’s going to be the most value to us,” he said. “He could play centre-half-forward without a worry in the world. He loves contested footy, he loves a contest. “We certainly wouldn’t use him deep in the backline – we want to keep him in the play because he’s got really good skills, he’s smart, athletic.” But Mathews has warned the Swans that the arrival of Handby and Hamilton will be no silver bullet. (The Area News, May 9, 2014).

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Round 4 - Sunday May 11, 2014 at Kindra Park 2.10pm

Coolamon .... 4.3 .. 6.5 .. 8.8 .. 10.10 (70)

Griffith ......... 4.0 .. 6.6 .. 8.8 .. 9.12 (66)

Goals: Coolamon: J Redfern 5, M Stephenson, M Crawford, M O'Brien, B Fixter, Z Masterson

Griffith: M Handby 3, G Orton 3, D Giorgi, M Griffiths, J Hamilton

Best: Coolamon: M Macauley, P McGrath, C Neyland, J Redfern, B Fixter, A McKenzie

Griffith: M Handby, G Orton, M Griffiths, R Malone, D Peruzzi, J Taylor

Coolamon: A McKenzie, M Macauley, L Maloney; M Stephenson, C Neyland, G Aki; J Lawrence, P McGrath, H Bradley; M O'Brien, L Roberts, M Crawford; B Fixter, J Redfern, Z Masterson; B Edyvean, J Maddox, J Rapley; H Leary, E Edis, Z Robinson, M Jarrett

Griffith: J Hourigan, R Malone, J Gastin; B McRae, J Taylor, T Webb; D Peruzzi, M Handby*, L Peruzzi; G Snaidero, J Hamilton*, T Matheson; T Shannon, J Toscan, D Giorgi; M Griffiths, B Mathews, G Orton; R Bulluss, D Dunbar, T Richards, T West

Umpires: G Hodgins, A Touvi (RUA)

Reserves: Coolamon 11.14 (80) d Griffith 6.7 (43)

Goals: J Tyrell , A Cappello, S Simpson, T Howard, G Male, R Williamson

Under 17: Griffith 13.14 (92) d Coolamon 6.11 (47)

Goals: T Argus 3, D Camm 2, C Cunial 2, C Cosson, R Holland, P Jaffrey, L Quade, A McRae, J Ralph

Match report: Griffith came agonisingly close to one of its best wins in years as it fell short of an upset over reigning premier Coolamon at Kindra Park yesterday. The Swans gave it everything they had but were four points short when the final siren sounded as Coolamon gained a vital four points, winning 10.10 (70) to 9.12 (66). Former Greater Western Sydney-listed player Joe Redfern proved the difference in his guest appearance for his junior club as he proved a handful up forward and finished with five goals. Griffith’s gun recruit Michael Handby lived up to expectations with a dominant performance in the midfield as he and good mate, ruckman Michael Griffiths, starred in their first game together in more than a decade. Fellow Swans recruit Josh Hamilton had a set shot from 50 metres out with two minutes remaining on the clock but pushed it right for a behind. Griffith continued to attack only for the siren to sound and Coolamon to sneak home.
Coolamon coach Lew Roberts knew there was nothing between the two teams and was happy to come away with an important win. “Happy to get the four points,” he said. “It was good to see the effort there again I guess. “Last week we were disappointed , taking nothing away from Collingullie they were really good, but just our effort and intensity wasn’t there. “So it was good to see and grind out a tough hard win. “They had a really good side in today so full credit to them but it was good to see us stick it out.
Griffith kicked the opening two goals of the game through Handby and Guy Orton, before Redfern marked his return to the green and white. He kicked three goals in the opening quarter, finished with five and could have had more if he had taken a shot on goal instead of trying to pass off. Handby, the Yarrawonga recruit, Griffiths and Orton did everything they possibly could to try and lift Griffith over the line. They were instrumental but not alone, as James Taylor, Glen Snaidero, coach Brandon Mathews and Richard Malone all put in big efforts. (By Matt Malone - The Daily Advertiser, Monday May 12, 2014).

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Round 5 - Saturday May 17, 2014 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith .................... 2.1 .. 2.3 .. 5.6 .. 6.7 (43)

Mangoplah-CUE ... 2.2 .. 7.6 .. 11.6 .. 15.7 (97)

Goals: Griffith: G Snaidero 2, J Toscan, T Shannon, R Malone, J Fallon

MCUE: A Dickens 7, N Casey 5, A Pettigrove, J Phillips, H Lloyd

Best: Griffith: J Taylor, T Webb, G Orton, B McRae, D Peruzzi

MCUE: C Sanbrook, A Pettigrove, S Creasy, A Dickens, M Daniher, M Collins

Griffith: T West, R Malone, J Gastin; J Hourigan, J Taylor, T Matheson; D Peruzzi, J Fallon, L Peruzzi; T Webb, R Bulluss, T Shannon; B McRae, J Toscan, D Giorgi; M Griffiths, G Snaidero, G Orton; D Dunbar, F Josling, P Whittard, C Cunial

Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: M Roberson, M Collins, C Huthwaite; T Cohalan, H Lloyd, T Keogh; D Rogers, C Sanbrook, Z Williams; I Damme, H Collins, P Killalea; N Casey, A Dickens, J Creasy; A Pettigrove, S Creasy, M Daniher; N Irvin, J Phillips, A Stow, A Pleming

Umpires: R Neighbour, R Apted (RUA)

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 12.7 (79) d Griffith 6.6 (42)

Goals: A Cappello 3, T Howard 2, G Male

Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 11.12 (78) d Griffith 6.6 (42)

Goals: K Ruyg 2, W Kennedy 2, D Villata 2

Match report: Griffith’s celebration of club great Bill Tyndall was spoiled on Saturday by a rampant Mangoplah- Cookardinia United-Eastlakes outfit, thrashing the Swans by 45 points at Exies Oval. Winning 15.7 (97) to 6.7 (43), the Goannas broke away with a commanding five-goal second quarter before doling out further punishment in a damaging second half. Wearing black armbands to honour Tyndall and Sally McCanna, who also passed away last week, the Swans stayed in touch early and were just one point in arrears after the first term but were let down thereafter by what coach Brandon Mathews described as “shocking” skill errors.

Mangoplah’s Andrew Dickins was the main beneficiary of Griffith’s mistakes, outscoring the Swans off his own boot with a seven-goal haul while Nic Casey kicked five for the visitors. Griffith was not helped by the late withdrawal of Matthews and Mick Duncan, who both succumbed to injury on the morning of the game to join Dean Crack, Che Jenkins, Josh Hamilton and Trevor Richards on the sidelines. Without the calming influence of those senior players the Swans were rushed into poor decisions and looked a long way from the side that troubled reigning RFL premiers Coolamon the week before. “It’s hard on your mindset when you’ve got so many guys out,” Mathews said. “Having so many young guys and first-gamers, it’s not easy once you’re behind to settle it down and try to get it back into it – especially against a side like Mangoplah.

Defender James Taylor was again named Griffith’s best along with Tom Webb, Guy Orton, Ben McRae and Daniel Peruzzi. The loss leaves the Swans at 1-4 heading into the RFL representative bye with the side’s finals chances fading further away with each loss. But Mathews is still holding out hope of a top five finish. “This close to a bye, we’re 1-4 and it looks horrible but we still reckon we’re a real chance (of finals),” he said. Myself and Mick (Duncan) erred on the side of caution because it’s only round five and if we can get everyone back and we can play like we did against Coolamon, we should win quite a few to came.” (By Vince Rugari -The Area News, Monday May 19, 2014).

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BILL TYNDALL – GENTLEMAN SADLY MISSED

Bill Tyndall has been remembered as an absolute champion. The well-known and much-loved Griffith man passed away suddenly on Friday morning at the age of 75. He was on his way home from a fishing trip with mates when he suffered a massive heart attack. Mr Tyndall was the devoted husband to Wendy, proud father of Lisa and Wayne and adored grandfather of his grand-children. He was the son of Joe and Eileen and brother of Coral (dec), Lorraine and Tommy.
An avid Collingwood supporter, Mr Tyndall was one of the 200 Club Swans and a life member, who only weeks ago was inducted into the Griffith Swans team of the century. Bob Spears paid tribute to one of his best mates, who will be sorely missed. “I was best man at his wedding and he was mine,” he said. “He was a loveable larrikin but also a true gentleman. “He was just a champion guy to everyone who knew him especially his fishing mates. “We spent the last 12 hours with him. He had two nicknames, Billy Blue Eyes and Scrubby.

I thought he was one of the best basketballer players in Griffith at one stage.  “He was an absolute Collingwood fanatic. He loved to say if Collingwood lost ‘It’s only a game’,” Mr Tyndall ran Tyndall and Ryan dry cleaners in Griffith for many years. He represented Griffith in basketball, South Western District Football League and played A grade cricket. On Saturday Griffith Swans players paid their respect by wearing black arm bands and observing a minute’s silence before the senior game. (The Area News, Monday May 19, 2014).

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Interleague - Saturday May 24, 2014 at Tocumwal Recreation Reserve

Picola South/East .. 2.1 .. 3.2 .. 5.5 .. 5.5 (35)

Riverina FNL .......... 4.3 .. 8.9 .. 12.13 .. 21.17 (143)

Goals: Picola SE: C Aynsley 2, K Rowe, D Hueston

Riverina: B Arho 9, M Rava 3, M Clarke 2, G Orton 2, S Browning 2, J Klemke, J Maddox, C Neyland

Best: Picola S/E: L Minogue, D Hueston, C Sandral, P Massingham, K Rowe, J Jones

Riverina: M Kennedy, J Anstee, B Arho, J Maddox, G Orton, B Edyvean, M Rava

Awards: Picola SE, Duane Hueston; Riverina: Matt Kennedy.

Picola South/East: Cody Olsen, Ethan Hodgkin, Nick Warner; Jarryd Fountain, Kris Willett, Nathan Watson; Cameron Sandral, Campbell Marz, Drew Haebich; Tom Irvine, Matt Clark, Kade Rowe; Luke Minogue, Cobey Aynsley, Duane Hueston; Jake Jones, Brandon Corish, Paul Massingham; Billy Cooper, James Irvine, Damien Payne, Leighton Corish. Coach: Damien Payne

Riverina FNL: Luke Walsh, Hunter Lloyd, Daniel Kennedy; Mitch Stephenson, John Anstee, Marshall Macauley; Matt Kennedy, Connor Neyland, Tim Sullivan; Matt Rava, James Toscan, Jack Brooks; Andrew Dickens, Brent Arho, Matt Clarke; Ben Edyvean, Guy Orton (capt.), Jamie Maddox; Stephen Irons, Sean Browning, Dustin Rogers, Jayden Klemke. Coach: Matt Hard

Umpires: Phil Lewis, Wayne Lovett, Scott Draper

Match report: Riverina Football League coach Matt Hard believes Saturday’s big representative win should be the message to AFL Victoria that NSW can match it with the best. The RFL marked its return to Victorian representative scene with a convincing 108-point trashing of Picola & District South at Tocumwal. Hard hopes the win sets alarm bells ringing among the RFL’s southern rivals. “We spoke about that before the game, we wanted to put in a good performance and make them take notice,” Hard said. “When we were up at three-quarter-time the boys could have just played the game out, but to their credit they finished really strongly and blew (Picola South) away.” 
It was an arm wrestle early on as both teams started red hot, but RFL held a comfortable 13-point buffer at the first break. The NSW visitors had extended their lead to six goals by half-time and were 50 points clear at the first change. The fourth term was ruthless from RFL, who kept Picola & District scoreless while piling on 9.4 to run away with the game and win 21.17 (143) to 5.5 (35). Collingullie-AK full forward Brent Arho booted nine goals in a dominant performance. “Early on they really took it to us, they played a good style of footy,” Hard said. “Towards the end of the second quarter we got some ascendancy and our second half was really good. “We brought each other into the game, we ran hard and carried the ball well. Our backline gave us good run and carry, the mids worked well both ways and the forwards gave us plenty of options. “It was a really good team performance.” While Hard struggled to single out individual performances it was 17-year-old CAK talent Matt Kennedy who was voted best on ground. He won it narrowly from veteran midfielder Jamie Maddox. Arho, key defender John Anstee, captain Guy Orton and midfielder-forward Matt Rava who were all among the RFL’s best. Hard also praised the work of big ruckman Ben Edyvean who gave his on-ballers plenty of use. (The Daily Advertiser, Monday May 26, 2014).

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 GRIFFITH TO START FRESH FOR PINK DAY CLASH - By Vince Rugari 

THE cavalry has arrived for the Griffith Swans with four key players in line for a return against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in tomorrow's pink day clash at Exies Oval. New signing Josh Hamilton will make his second Swans appearance while veteran onballer Mick Duncan, utility Dean Crack and forward Trevor Richards are all available. The timing is critical as Griffith plots its resurgence with an important stretch of four of five games at home to come after the June long weekend. Coming off the representative bye, injured star Che Jenkins said the Swans are treating it as a "fresh start". "We're probably looking at it as a fresh start,' he said. "We'll reset for this middle block of games which because of our start is going to be the most important part (of the season). "We need to keep players back injury-free and get some consistent four-quarter footy under our belts for a few weeks - if we can do that we'll definitely improve." After tomorrow's match, Griffith faces Narrandera (away) before the Queen's Birthday weekend, then takes on Collingullie-AK (home), Turvey Park (home), Leeton-Whitton (away), Wagga Tigers (home), and Coolamon (home). If the Swans can reproduce their best, Jenkins believes all are winnable to varying degrees. He said his teammates can get the ball rolling tomorrow by winning first use of the football in the middle to starve GGGM's quality midfield. "That's where it will be won or lost, in the guts," Jenkins said. "If we can win the ball through the ruck I reckon our midfield will match them. "Hopefully if we can do that, it will improve our skills and options going forward. "The last couple of weeks we've been trying to drum into the boys that it's about possession footy. "Against Leeton, when we controlled the tempo with accurate passing and hanging onto the footy, we got back on our terms and had a win. "In the last few weeks against good sides we've just blasted away and we've been ordinary." The day starts early for Griffith's first grade players, who will go on a bucket run up Banna Avenue on Saturday to raise money for the Griffith Breast Cancer Support Group before the match kicks off at 4.10pm. The reserves play at 2pm, the under 17s at 12.20pm while netball is on from 11.30am. Both the Swans Red and Swans White junior teams will be in action tomorrow as well. (The Area News - Friday May 30, 2014).

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Round 6 - Saturday May 31, 2014 (Pink Day) at Griffith Exies Oval 4.10pm

Griffith ................. 2.3 .. 4.6 .. 6.9 .. 7.13 (55)

Ganmain-GGM ... 1.3 .. 5.5 .. 7.12 .. 12.14 (86)

Goals: Griffith: J Hamilton 2, M Griffiths 2, M Duncan 2, J Toscan

GGGM: L Kohlhagen 3, M Steele 2, L Parker 2, N Irvine 2, D Hitchens, D Rankin, B Walsh

Best: Griffith: M Griffiths, M Duncan, R Malone, T West, D Peruzzi, J Hamilton

GGGM: B Walsh, D Rankin, M Clarke, L Steward, L Kohlhagen, N Kember

Griffith: J Gastin, R Malone, T West; T Webb, F Josling, T Matheson; D Peruzzi, G Snaidero, L Peruzzi; J Fallon, J Toscan, B McRae; B Mathews, J Hamilton, D Giorgi; M Griffiths, G Orton, M Duncan; R Bullus, J Hourigan, D Crack, T Richards

Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: D Steele, N Kember, A Clarke; C Steele, T Collison, L Walsh; J Lander, D Rankin, J McCaig; D Hitchens, B McKinnon, L Kohlhagen; L Parker, M Stteele, J Driscoll; B Walsh, L Steward, M Clarke; R Redfern, N Irvine, J Peck, P Walsh

Umpires: T Beard, M Rowe (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 14.14 (98) d Ganmain-GGM 3.3 (21)

Goals: T Howard 3, S McCanna 3, T Shannon 2, A Cappello 2, D Catanzariti 2, J Gordon, K Hume

Under 17: Griffith 24.16 (160) d Ganmain-GGM 4.2 (26)

Goals: D Camm 4, P Jaffrey 3, M Graham 2, D McKenzie 2, W Kennedy 2, C Cunial 2, J Thornton, C Heffernan, T Argus, M Peruzzi, B French, K Ruyg, A McRae, R Cassidy, B Testoni

Match report: Fitness isn’t the issue insists Griffith Swans coach, Brandon Mathews, after his side fell away in the last quarter against the Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong Lions to lose by 31 points at Exies Oval on the weekend. The Swans, decked out in bright pink jerseys to raise money for breast cancer research, were nine points behind at three-quarter time and had a chance to upset the team sitting third on the ladder. The Swans led at the first break thanks to some hard running from the likes of Michael Duncan and several strong contested grabs in the forward line by 206cm recruit, Michael Griffiths. The rain then poured and Mathews admitted the Lions were able to adjust much better to the different style of football. “We were still trying to play dry weather football and using a lot of short passes instead of getting it long and getting numbers to the contest,” he said. 
The Swans struggled to produce quality entries into the forward line in the second half and failed to make the most of a number of opportunities. It was the first time the Swans have had to play in the rain this season. Mathews said the weather made scoring quite difficult but it’s definitely something his team could learn from. The coach was particularly pleased with the effort from a number of big men in the conditions that didn’t particularly favour the talls. Griffiths was voted best on ground for the Swans and slotted two goals in the process, while centre half forward, Josh Hamilton was able to kick two in only his second game for the club.
Ben Walsh and Daniel Rankin were arguably the best players for the Lions while Luke Kohlhagen and Mitchell Steele proved difficult to handle in the forward line. The loss keeps the Swans on the bottom of the ladder but still only a few wins off some of the middle teams of the table sides. “There’s still a log jam on the ladder, we’re not dead in the water yet,” said Mathews. (By Samuel Gates – The Area News, June 2, 2014).

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Round 7 - Saturday June 7, 2014 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm

Narrandera ... 5.4 .. .7.6 .. 8.8 .. 10.10 (70)

Griffith .......... 1.4 .. 7.8 .. 9.11 .. 13.14 (92)

Goals: Narrandera: P Aumann 3, A Thompson 2, T Sullivan, S Irons, B Powell, T Webster, N Hetherington

Griffith: J Toscan 5, G Orton 2, G Snaidero 2, J Fallon, Jack Ryan, M Griffiths, J Gastin

Best: Narrandera: S Irons, W Hayward, D Burden, T Sullivan, J Vearing, B Powell

Griffith: T Matheson, J Gastin, J Toscan, J Fallon, R M,alone, F Josling

Narrandera: K Jensen, L Paterson, W Hayward; J Vearing, D Burden, S Irons; L Hutchins, N Hetherington, B Powell; M Flack, A Thompson, T Sullivan; S Quilter, B Grant, L Smith; P Aumann, S Light, T Webster; S Robertson, R Burden, J Grintell, J Hillman

Griffith: F Josling, R Malone, D Crack; T West, J Taylor, J Gastin; D Peruzzi, T Matheson, L Peruzzi; J Fallon, J Toscan, G Snaidero; J Hourigan, R Bulluss, Jack Ryan*; M Griffiths, G Orton, M Duncan; T Shannon, B McRae, T Richards, M Peruzzi

Umpires: T Beard, G Hodgins (RUA)

Reports: Ryan Burden (Narrandera) for allegedly kicking Tim Matheson - suspended for 1 game. Tom Shannon (Griffith) for rough conduct on Steve Irons - issued a reprimand

Reserves: Griffith 18.8 (116) d Narrandera 8.4 (52)

Goals: T Howard 4, T Bruns 2, D Dunbar 2, K Hume, J Keenan, S Simpson, D Catanzariti, B Tarr, M. Kenny, C Milojevic, A Cappello, C Harrison, J Ryan

Under 17: Griffith 11.10 (76) d Narrandera 9.7 (61)

Goals: C Cunial 7, L Shannon 2, R Moore, T Argus

Match report: Griffith has finally returned to the winner’s circle, breaking a four-game losing run with a 22-point victory over Narrandera on Saturday afternoon. The Swans overcome another sluggish start to take the lead in the second quarter, and were never headed as they ran away with the 13.14 (92) to 10.10 (70) result at Narrandera Sportsground. Tim Matheson continued his stellar season with another best-on-ground performance while spearhead James Toscan slotted five goals. It was a vital win for the Swans, who are now in the box seat for an assault on the top half of the RFL ladder with four home games in five rounds to come after this weekend’s bye. “That’s probably the nature of the comp this year,” coach Brandon Mathews said. “In fact, I’d be surprised if Narrandera doesn’t beat a few more sides, if they can play like that. “It was good for us to get a win and a bit of confidence – it wasn’t the greatest performance but everyone did something. “It wasn’t a complete four-quarter effort but probably a bit of reward for effort after the last few weeks.” 
Mathews said he was also satisfied with the performance of new signing Jack Ryan, who kicked one goal on debut for the Swans. Ryan was cleared from Gold Coast side Coolangatta-Tweed Heads last week and was named at full forward last season in the South East Queensland AFL’s team of the year.  “He looks a likely type,” Mathews said. “He’s not very big – there’s not much of him – but he went well, having only met everyone on Saturday morning. The only blight on the win was an incident in the third quarter, which saw Griffith youngster, Tom Shannon reported and sent off for 15 minutes. Shannon will face the RFL tribunal this week after delivering a late hit on a Narrandera player in a marking contest, leaving the Swans a man down at a critical stage of the match. An Eagles player, Ryan Burden was also given his marching orders towards the end of the third team for kicking. Mathews fortuitously arranged to have the match video-taped and after reviewing the footage of the two incidents, said he would be stunned if either player was suspended. “It’s nothing to worry about, I wouldn’t have thought,” he said. (By Vince Rugari -The Area News, Monday June 9, 2014). 

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 FAMOUS FAMILY’S NEXT GENERATION – By Vince Rugari 

He’s an AFL recruiter’s dream – a tall, strong, skilful 15-year-old with a background in basketball and rugby league and a family history of sporting excellence. Griffith’s Nathan Richards now has the world at his feet after earning selection in the NSW state team for the forthcoming AFL Under 15 Championships. The son of current Swans forward and ex-Yenda Blueheelers legend Trevor, the lanky and likeable teenager was a standout for Riverina South West at last week’s NSW Combined High Schools AFL carnival in Wagga. 
Richard’s ruckwork and ability at ground level wowed selectors, putting him in the frame to take on some of the game’s best young players at next month’s national titles.  “I’d say he was the dominant big man in the competition just with his rucking, at centre bounces and around the ground.” Riverina South coach Pat Edmunds said. “He tapped to his on-ballers really well, but also wasn’t afraid to smash it forward when he needed to. But the most pleasing thing about him is his work was never done – he tackled really well, threw his weight around. “I made him captain for our playoff game and he probably showed the best leadership qualities out of the boys during the week. “He’s ready for the next level, no doubt.” 
Rchards plays for Griffith in the South West Junior Football League, but his ability has seen him regularly play up an age division for the Swans in the RFL. His under 17s coach Damien Scott believes there no telling what heights the multi-talented youngster could one day reach. “He put a massive preseason in for a young fella, training with the seniors, and it’s paying dividends,” Scott said. “If you said to them I’ve got a kid who’s 15 years old, 6’4”, he’s played rugby league, basketball and made the state side for Aussie Rules’…. you’d have to think it would bring up a red flag somewhere. “I don’t think he’s a kid that will leave any stone unturned, to be honest.”
Riverina South West finished the preliminary round of the NSW CHS carnival with three wins and one loss – equal with three other sides, although percentage saw them run fourth overall. Richards was joined by four other Griffith juniors in the squad – Angus Coldwell, Sam Foley, Jacob Conlan and Jack Rowston. “They’re all talented,” Edmunds said. “Wade High is pumping out some great footballers and they were amongst some of the better players. “The pleasing thing is Jack Rowston and Sam Foley have next year (in the carnival) as well and both have big futures.” (The Area News, Wednesday June 11, 2014).

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Round 8 - Saturday June 14, 2014

Griffith, bye

 RETURNING GIANT RECALLS GRIFFITH DEBUT - By Vince Rugari 

THE last time GWS Giants star Jacob Townsend graced Exies Oval, he was almost decapitated by a Griffith Swans player. Making his Riverina Football League debut at the tender age of 15, the Leeton-Whitton product recalls his first touch of the footy well - which is quite fortunate, because he could have easily seen stars instead. "I can't remember who it was but they tried to clean me up a bit and take off my head, which was good. I don't mind that at all," Townsend laughed. "I think I kicked a couple of points as well, which probably should have been goals. "I don't think I played here again after that, because I went away, but it was always a bit hostile." While that sort of treatment is par for the course when the Crows come to Griffith, it was a different story on Wednesday when Townsend put the local kids through their paces during a clinic and Q&A session at Exies. On a whistle-stop trip through the Riverina with teammates Liam Sumner, Jake Barrett and Mark Whiley, Townsend - now 20 - looks back on his rough-and-tumble introduction to the RFL as the ideal breeding ground for the AFL environment. "If you're playing with the big boys then you get treated like one," he said. "In the TAC Cup, for instance, coaches go on about how they all come through at the same age and everyone wants to play offence. "When you're coming through country footy, you take on older blokes who want to rough you up and you learn ow to be tough a little quicker." Tough nut Townsend is one of several Riverina players on the GWS list, along with Narrandera's Zac Williams and Temora's Jake Barrett, while former Giant Kurt Aylett now plays with Essendon. He said he was honoured to be able to "get around" kids from his home region - and especially a little further inland from Wagga, where the Giants do most of their Riverina community work. The lack of engagement from GWS in Griffith was part of the reason why the Swans decided to remove the Giants branding from their second junior club, renaming it 'Swans White' this year. "Everyone thinks I'm from Wagga, actually," Townsend said. "I've been to Wagga four times for stuff like this and this is the first time I've been put out here for it. "The kids around here don't get this very often and there's around 200 of them here, which is really nice. "I know what it was like coming to these things as a kid and seeing AFL players. "You grow up dreaming of playing AFL and to come back and share my stories of how I was drafted is fantastic." Townsend has played 26 games for GWS, seven of them coming this season, and growing into his tagging role with every week. The Giants have won just three times this year but remarkably, only three wins separate them from the top eight. "We probably should have won a couple more early on," he said. "We haven't set any targets or goals on how many we want to win - it's just about improving in our key areas that we talk about as a group. "We are doing that. "We're only young - we're all 20, 21, so we've got plenty of time to learn still." (The Area News - Friday June 20, 2014).

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Round 9 - Saturday June 21, 2014 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith .................. 1.1 .. 2.4 .. 5.8 .. 7.8 (50)

Collingullie-AK ... 1.4 .. 4.8 .. 7.10 .. 9.16 (70)

Goals: Griffith: G Snaidero 2, M Griffiths, T Richards, M Duncan, J Gastin, D Giorgi

CAK: B Arho 5, M Kennedy, B Aiken, T Byrnes, C Gordon

Best: Griffith: G Orton, T Matheson, J Hamilton, T West, J Gastin, M Duncan

CAK: D Kennedy, B Arho, B Aiken, K Sykes, B Loudon, M Kennedy

Griffith: T West, J Taylor, D Crack; B McRae, T Webb, J Gastin; D Peruzzi, M Duncan, L Peruzzi; J Fallon, J Toscan, G Snaidero; B Mathews, M Griffiths, D Giorgi; J Hamilton, G Orton, T Matheson; T Richards, T Shannon, F Josling, J Hourigan

Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka: M Castles, L Powell, J Banks; D Kennedy, K Sykes, B Aiken, M Kennedy, J Kemke, N Perryman; B Loudon, J Turnbull, N Kennedy; M Beckmans, B Arho, B Ambler; C Jackson, J Egan, C Gordon; L Moore, H Perryman, T Byrnes, B Raulston

Umpires: B Robinson, ? (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 8.8 (56) d Collingullie-AK 8.5 (53)

Goals: D Dunbar 3, S McCanna , A Cappello, T Howard, P Whittard, K. Hume

Under 17: Griffith 13.17 (95) d Collingullie-AK 5.2 (32)

Goals: C Cunial 6, M Peruzzi 2, T Argus 2, W Kennedy 2, D Camm

Match report: The Griffith Swans went agonisingly close to springing one of the biggest upsets of the Riverina Football League season on Saturday. Joint ladder leaders Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka claimed a 20-point win from the match at Exies Oval but the home side was left to rue what might have been after the match swung on its head late in the final term. With all the momentum, Griffith’s Mick Duncan had marked and was lining up for a shot at goal that would have put the Swans ahead for the first time in the match with about 10 minutes left on the clock. But the ball was taken off him when a scuffle broke out involving new Swans recruit Josh Hamilton, who was sent off by the umpires. A 50-metre penalty was subsequently awarded to the Demon, who took full advantage, eventually goaling at the other end to steady themselves for the 9.16 (7) to 7.8 (50) triumph.
Griffith coach Brandon Mathews is growing tired of honourable losses but said he was immensely proud of his players for taking it to a bonafide RFL contender. “The effort was there,” he said. “Everyone had a go right until the siren sounded. “There’s obviously moments in the game where things break down for a little while but we were in it right to the end. “If a couple of things go your way it’s a different story. “But we sort of know where we’re at – they’re a bloody good footy side that’s been successful for such a long time. “You’ve got to put it in perspective. “Nobody likes losing but to compete like that for four quarters is a massive improvement on the last few weeks.” 

The Swans never headed the Demons at any stage but were in touch throughout the entire contest, trailing by three points at quarter-time before Collingullie’s lead lengthened to 26 at the final change. But the likes of Guy Orton, Tim Matheson, Tom West and Jono Gastin were instrumental as Griffith rallied back to give the Demons a late fright. “The result sees Griffith slip to two wins outside of the top five, but ahead of next week’s home clash with Turvey Park, Mathews is staying optimistic. “If we do keep going like that, it will turn around,” he said. “I imagine if we play like we did on Saturday then the results will take care of themselves.” (By Vince Rugari - The Area News, Monday June 23, 2014). Note: This was the final AFL article by Vince Rugari for The Area News before heading off to write for the Cairns Post (one of the best!).

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Round 10 - Sunday June 29, 2014 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ............ 4.0 .. 7.2 .. 9.4 .. 13.7 (85)

Turvey Park ... 2.0 .. 7.1 .. 12.1 .. 12.4 (76)

Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 5, D Crack 2, J Fallon, J Toscan, T Richards, J Gastin, B Mathews, M Griffiths

Turvey Park: L Vivian 3, J Brooks 3, H Ashcroft 2, T Rowley, D Ryall, M Ness, D Fellows

Best: Griffith: M Duncan, M Griffiths, T Webb, K Hume, D Peruzzi, G Orton

Turvey Park: D Ryall, J Brooks, A Emery, M Ness, J Cunningham, J Donaldson

Griffith: T Matheson, J Taylor, F Josling; B McRae, G Snaidero, T Webb; D Peruzzi, B Mathews, T West; K Hume*, J Fallon, J Gastin; M Duncan, J Toscan, T Richards; M Griffiths, G Orton, M Handby; T Shannon, D Crack, L Peruzzi, J Tyrell

Turvey Park: B Bryce, J Fletcher, J Donaldson; C Cerato, A Emery, J Leahy; J Cunningham, M Ness, J Carroll; T Kenny, H Ashcroft, M Carroll; L Vivian, C Grintell, J Brooks; D Fellows, J Ashcroft, D Ryall; L Beard, T Rowley, A Grego, J Winslett

Umpires: R Wilson, T Beard, R Apted (RUA)

Reserves: Turvey Park 9.3 (57) d Griffith 5.10 (40)

Goals: J Ryan, J Crowe, K Duncan, J Hourigan, D Spratt

Under 17: Griffith 6.18 (54) d Turvey Park 3.6 (24)

Goals: W Kennedy 2, C Cunial , L Shannon, T Argus, M Peruzzi

Match report: A dominant last quarter from the Griffith Swans saw them snatch victory from the jaws of the Turvey Park Bulldogs yesterday at Exies Oval. The Swans were down by two goals going into the final term and were struggling to keep up with the Bulldogs’ tough, contested style of football. “An inspirational goal to live-wire small forward, Dean Crack, kick-started the Swans run in the fourth quarter and crucial goals to Brandon Mathews and Michael Griffiths continued to lift the spirits of the home side.
Griffith player-coach Matthews said the team pulled the victory out of the fire at the end. “We started winning the footy and giving it to blokes in better spots,” he said. The Swans fired out of the blocks from the start thanks to goals from James Fallon and Michael Duncan, but it was a game spiraling ups and downs. “It was probably the best 15 minutes of footy we’ve played all year (the start) and probably the worst two and a half quarters through the middle,” Mathews said. “We were fantastic early and playing on our terms and then started to get a bid ahead of ourselves. “When we faded it took everyone to get us back into the game.” 
Michael Duncan once again showed his class for Griffith slotting five goals and racking up several inside 50s when he moved onto the ball in the last term. Dean Crack was able to kick two goals while Trevor Richards, Jonathan Gastin and James Toscan all chipped in with one each. Tom West was once again very reliable in the backline and Kieran Hume impressed in his first outing in the top grade. A hamstring injury to Fallon is the only concern for the Swans coming away from the game. The victory means the Swans leapfrog Turvey Park on the ladder to go into sixth place and now sit only one win outside the top five and a chance at playing finals. (By Samuel Gates – The Area News, Monday June 30, 2014).

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 RECORD SLAYER – By Samuel Gates 

MICHAEL Duncan notched another accolade in his illustrious football career on Sunday becoming the all-time leading goal scorer for the Griffith Swans. Duncan passed Jamie Bennett’s decade-old record of 388 goals when he slotted his fourth in Sunday’s vital win against the Turvey Park Bulldogs at Exies Oval. Duncan went on to kick five in a best-on-ground performance and to set the mark at 390.

A couple of boys let me know when I passed it. I didn’t know when I passed it. I didn’t know if I was equal or if I beat it,” he said. “It not why I play footy, but it was nice. “It’s good to contribute personally. It’s the first time this year a close game has gone our way.” 
Duncan reached the landmark tally in his 233 first grade game for the Swans, with the achievement made even more remarkable considering Duncan has played most of his career as an on-baller. “I’m just happy to play wherever I can contribute,” he said. “Ideally, I would love to play predominately more forward, but I’ll do whatever Brandon (coach) needs me to do.” 

Duncan considers himself as more of a small forward or crumbing forward, rather than one of the big marking types. His surprising strength in contests when he goes forward has been part of the reason why the Swans have slowly been crawling their way up the ladder in the past month and now have a sniff of finals.  (The Area News, Wednesday July 2, 2014).

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Round 11 - Saturday July 5, 2014 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm

Leeton-Whitton ... 1.3 .. 3.6 .. 5.7 .. 7.7 (49)

Griffith .................. 0.4 .. 5.5 .. 5.7 .. 8.16 (58)

Goals: Leeton-Whitton: S Browning 2, W Overs 2, C Garvey, T Meline, B Curley

Griffith: D Crack 2, J Toscan 2, J Gastin, M Duncan, M Griffiths, T Shannon

Best: Leeton-Whitton: T Morton, L Woods, B Curley, J Lehman, J Broadbent, W Wakeman

Griffith: G Orton, T Matheson, J Gastin, D Crack, J Taylor, M Duncan

Leeton-Whitton: W Wakeman, T Morton, J Broadbent; M Gaynor, K O'Malley, L O'Callaghan; J Lehman, T Meline, S Ryan; L Woods, N Symes, M Hardie; S Howe, B Curley, C Garney; M Dryburgh, W Overs, S Browning; D Sullivan, J Young, B Elwin, M Fraumeni

Griffith: R Bulluss, J Taylor, T West; B McRae, G Snaidero, T Webb; D Peruzzi, M Duncan, L Peruzzi; T Shannon, T Richards, T Matheson; B Mathews, J Toscan, D Crack; M Griffiths, G Orton, J Gastin; D Giorgi, M Peruzzi, F Josling, J Keenan

Umpires: T Beard, B Robinson, M Rowe (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 13.3 (81) d Leeton-Whitton 1.6 (12)

Goals: J Gordon 3, T Howard 3, L Shannon 2, K Duncan, P Whittard, D Dunbar, D Catanzariti, R. Johns

Under 17: Griffith 18.12 (120) d Leeton-Whitton 4.3 (27)

Goals: N Richards 4, W Dalton 3, C Cunial 3, T Argus 3, L Shannon 2, W Kennedy, B Testoni, R Cassidy

Match report: The Griffith Swans made better use of Saturday’s prevailing wind than visitors Leeton-Whitton at Exies Oval, to record a third win from the past four starts. The Swans were slow out of the blocks, but so stiff was the breeze, the side kicking into the wind didn’t register more than two goals in a quarter. With the match tied up at 37 points a piece at the close of the third quarter, the Swans held their nerve to make the most of the breeze in the final stanza and kicked away to a gutsy win. Coach Brandon Mathews was pleased with his side’s purple patch after too many many close losses towards the beginning of the season, saying the side was learning how to win the close contests. 
Mathews said the Swans’ brand of football in cold and damp conditions wasn’t visually spectacular, but he was happy to sacrifice flash footy for four points. The coach was especially pleased with his young brigade, who were showing plenty of spirit by putting their bodies in harm’s way against some sizeable opponents. “It was tough to pick the best yesterday, Glen Snaidero moved from centre-half back to fullback and shut down the Crows’ most dangerous forward, which was a critical role,” he said. “But the three young Peruzzi boys, Matt, Luke and Daniel, they played  well, along with Tom Shannon and Tom West. 
“All the young blokes put their bodies on the line even though there’s not much of them. “They’re taking the game on and their efforts against bigger bodies really impressed me, their improvement in the past five weeks have been sensational.” Mathews added. The local side’s second quarter, in which they piled on five goals to Leeton-Whitton’s two and set the tone for a win, was managed without the help of Michael Griffiths who spent 15 minutes on the sideline for language. (By Jack Morphet – The Area News, Monday July 7, 2014).

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Round 12 - Saturday July 12, 2014 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ................ 4.2 .. 5.4 .. 5.6 .. 6.8 (44)

Wagga Tigers .... 1.3 .. 5.6 .. 7.9 .. 9.10 (64)

Goals: Griffith: M Griffiths 2, M Duncan, J Toscan, B Mathews, D Crack

Wagga Tigers: J Parmenter 3, J Kelly 2, M Hawker, C Lovell, P Noonan, C Bance

Best: Griffith: M Griffiths, J Hamilton, B Mathews, J Taylor, M Duncan, J Gastin

Wagga Tigers: C Lovell, N Ryan, B Davis, J Parmenter, J Kelly, B Graham

Griffith: F Josling, R Malone, J Taylor; B McRae, G Snaidero, T Webb; T Shannon, J Hamilton, T West; J Gastin, J Toscan, D Crack; B Mathews, M Duncan, K Hume; M Griffiths, G Orton, T Matheson; T Richards, M Peruzzi, J Keenan, P Whittard

Wagga Tigers: J Collins, P Gaynor, C Bance; B Davis, J Anstee, L Shepherd; J Kelly, M Rava, C Lovell; J Parmenter, M Noonan, J Gunning; N Ryan, M Hawker, B Farrell; B Graham, S Flanigan, P Noonan; N Cooke, K Rowbotham, X Brennan, J Osbeiston

Umpires: n/a (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 9.20 (74) d Griffith 10.7 (67)

Goals: R Bulluss 5, A Cappello 2, C Lugton, J Hourigan, M Johns

Under 17: Griffith 6.10 (46) d Wagga Tigers 3.7 (25)

Goals: T Argus 2, L Shannon 2, B Testoni, C Cunial

Match report: Basic skill errors let down the Griffith Swans when they lost 9.10 (64) to 6.8 (44) to the Wagga Tigers on Saturday at Exies Oval. The Swans got off to a flying start to lead by 17 at the first break by making the most of a stiff breeze at their backs. Predictably Wagga made equal use of the wind in the second term, to take a two-point lead into the main break. The Swans lost the match in the premiership quarter, scoring just two points in the third term with the wind, while the Tigers kicked two goals. By the fourth term the contest was done and dusted and the Tigers used the breeze to stroll in comfortable victors, winning by 20 in a low-scoring match.
Griffith coach Brandon Mathews said his side lacked the higher skills of higher fancied clubs, but had managed to paper over any deficiencies against weaker opponents with grit and determination. “We were hitting targets, we were dropping simple marks, basic handballs were missing their intended targets and we got shown up by a more skilled side who punished us on the turnover,” Mathews said. “We had more than enough of the ball to win the game and were good with contested footy and our effort was all there, but basic skill errors let us down.

“Skills have been a bit of a problem all year, and you can get away with it to a point, but close games against top sides it comes back to bite you.” The coach credited on-baller Tim Matheson, club best and fairest winner Mick Duncan and ruckman Michael Griffiths as playing good football despite the result. The 206cm Griffiths, who was recruited earlier in the season has been making steady improvement since recovering from an ankle injury. (By Jack Morphet – The Area News, Monday July 14, 2014). 

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 SWANS STAR TO LEAVE CLUB - By Ben Jaffrey 

Griffith Swans first grader Guy Orton is set to leave the club at the end of the year. After spending four years with the Swans, Orton is set to move back to Darwin before doing some travelling. “I’ll play out the season and then head off, the club knows about everything that’s going on,” Orton said. “There is other opportunities there. I actually just wanted to travel around a bit, it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.” Orton is regarded as one of the best players at the club and coach Brandon Mathews is not sure if they will be able to fill the void next year.

“We’re obviously disappointed to lose a player like Guy, he’s pretty hard to replace,” Mathews said. Mathews said he was disappointed Guy was leaving, but said he had to do what was best for him. “His situation has changed, we wish him all the best and hopefully one day he wants to come back to the club,” he said. “We have to have a look around, we’ve got a plan of attack, we’ve got contacts around the place whether we get someone local or look elsewhere,” he said.
“Regardless whether Guy was leaving we needed to recruit a couple of players anyway to help the younger boys out but now we just have to look for another.” Mathews said the club would not only miss Orton’s influence on the field, but off it as well. “Obviously having been a coach he’s pretty well respected,” he said. “Just one of them blokes that people enjoy being around, he’s had a positive influence on the place. “He’s been around the traps a bit so his knowledge of the game is solid. “He was able to help out the younger blokes. “Just one of those like-able blokes that’ll be hard to replace.” Orton won two Jim Quinn Medals for best and fairest of the Riverina Football League in 2011 and 2012, has played 58 games for the club and kicked more than 50 goals. (The Area News, Friday July 18, 2014).

Round 13 - Saturday July 19, 2014 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ........ 2.1 .. 5.3 .. 5.6 .. 7.9 (51)

Coolamon ... 3.1 .. 4.2 .. 7.4 .. 9.8 (62)

Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 2, R Malone 2, J Toscan, P Whittard, M Griffiths

Coolamon: M McKelvie 3, M Crawford 3, P McGrath, S Robinson, R Pritchett, B Edyvean

Best: Griffith: M Duncan, G Orton, T Matheson, J Toscan, J Gastin, K Hume

Coolamon: M McKelvie, P McGrath, D Argall, B Fixter, R Chamberlain, M Jarrett

Griffith: R Johns, J Taylor, B McRae; J Gastin, G Snaidero, T Webb; D Peruzzi, M Duncan, T West; D Crack, R Malone, K Hume; T Matheson, J Toscan, R Bullus; M Griffiths, B Mathews, G Orton; F Josling, B Tarr, T Shannon, P Whittard

Coolamon: M Jarrett, Z Bradley, C Neyland; M Macauley, D Argall, R Chamberlain; H Bradley, P McGrath, S Robinson; J Rapley, L Roberts, M McKelvie; L Maloney, R Pritchett, M Crawford; B Edyvean, B Fixter, J Maddox; T Owers, R Maslin, A McKenzie, L Redfern

Umpires: P O'Donoghue, ?, ? (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 11.10 (76) d Coolamon 4.13 (37)

Goals: G Argus 5, B Owen 5, T Howard 3, J. Ryan, M Johns, D Giorgi

Under 17: Griffith 12.11 (83) d Coolamon 2.2 (14)

Goals: K Ruyg 5, C Cunial 5, D McKenzie, J Foley

Match report: A few missed goals at crucial times of the match saw the Griffith Swans go down to Coolamon on Saturday at Exies Oval. Swans coach Brandon Mathews said it was a close contest all day. “It was pretty tight all game,” Mathews said. Coolamon came out to have a one goal lead at quarter time, but the Swans picked up a handy seven points lead at half-time. “The effort was good. We did a lot of things right. It just came down to missing some easy chances.” At half-time Mathews told his players to stick to the game plan to try and hold the lead. “I told them to keep doing what we were doing and we probably did that to a degree but missed a couple of crucial shots at goal,” Mathews said.

The loss of ruckman Michael Griffiths for most of the game didn’t help Mathews said. He went off in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and didn’t return until late in the match. “He’s 206 centimetres so he’s pretty hard to replace,” Mathew said. Mathews said he believed Griffiths may be out for at least a game with the injury. “I’d be really surprised if he plays next week,” Mathews said. “We’ll see what happens.” 
Player of the match for the Swans was James Toscan, who played his 100th game for the club. “It was a shame we couldn’t get the win but it’s good he played well,” Mathews said. He said Toscan was one of the club’s key players and he hoped he would have a long career with the Swans. “I think he would have been pretty happy, he left it all out there,” Mathews said. Other key contributors on Saturday included Guy Orton, Tim Matheson, James Taylor and Richard Malone. (By  Monique Patterson – The Area News, July 21, 2014).

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Round 14 - Saturday July 26, 2014 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm

Mangoplah-CUE ....... 4.1 .. 10.4 .. 19.9 .. 27.12 (174)

Griffith ........................ 2.3 .. 3.4 .. 3.4 .. 4.4 (28)

Goals: MCUE: J Phillips 5, E Schiller 5, J Creasy 3, A Dickens 2, N Casey 2, C Sanbrook 2, P Killalea 2, T Keogh, T Cohalan, M Daniher, A Pettigrove, C Huthwaite, I Damme

Griffith: B McRae, M Griffiths, D Crack, J Toscan

Best: MCUE: J Phillips, E Schiller, J Creasy, Trent Cohalan, M Daniher, J Whitley

Griffith:T Matheson, J Taylor, D Villata, T Webb, K Hume, G Snaidero

Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: M Roberson, M Collins, P Griffin; H Collins, H Lloyd, T Keogh; J Whitley, Trent Cohalan, I Damme; P Killalea, J Phillips, N Casey; J Creasy, A Dickens, E Schiller; A Pettigrove, C Sanbrook, M Daniher; S Balding, N Irvin, J Tancredi,, C Huthwaite

Griffith: F Josling, T Webb, J Crowe*; J Gastin, J Taylor, G Snaidero; D Peruzzi, D Dunbar, K Hume; B McRae, J Toscan, R Bullus; D Crack, M Griffiths, P Whittard; J Gordon, G Orton, T Matheson; J Keenan, B Tarr, K Ruyg, D Villata*

Umpires: n/a (RUA)

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 13.11 (89) d Griffith 4.7 (31)

Goals: R Johns, G Argus, L Peruzzi, B. Owen

Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 10.7 (67) d Griffith 4.7 (31)

Goals: K Ruyg 2, C Cunial, R Holland

Match report: Griffith coach Brandon Mathews was left lamenting  a lack of effort after the Swans suffered a crushing 146-points defeat against Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes in the Riverina Football League on Saturday. The Swans were no match for the competition’s second-placed team, the Goannas racking up their biggest score of the season prevailing 27.12 (174) to 4.4 (28) at Mangoplah Sportsground. After watching his side push third-placed Coolamon last week, Mathews was caught off guard by the capitulation. “We’ve lost to the top sides, two of them by under a kick and one of them by 13 points,” he said. “This result was really disappointing to say the least. “We had a lot out, probably a lot of our important players, but that’s no excuse for how we played.”
The Swans were competitive early and only trailed by 10 points at the end of the first quarter but that margin ballooned to seven goals by the main break. The onslaught continued in the third term. The Swans were kept scoreless as the Goannas ran riot in the forward line to boot 9.5 and establish an unassailable lead. 
The loss all but ended Griffith’s finals hopes, Mathews disappointed his team didn’t play with appropriate desperation. “I hate to say it, but there was just no effort from our guys,” he said. “There had only been one game we hadn’t been in all year up until this point. “We were still a chance of playing finals (before the game) but we’re just making it too hard on ourselves. “We had four or five guys have a crack out there, but other than that it was horrible.” Tom Webb, James Taylor, Tim Matheson and debutant Dean Villata were among the standouts for the Swans, while Jake Phillips and Ethan Schiller starred with five majors each for the Goannas. (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday July 28, 2014).

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Round 15 - Sunday August 3, 2014 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm

Ganmain-GGM .... 6.2 .. 12.3 .. 18.4 .. 19.5 (119)

Griffith .................. 0.2 .. 2.2 .. 4.3 .. 9.4 (58)

Goals: GGGM: C McPherson 8, J Kotzur 3, M Steele 3, J Driscoll, B McKinnon, C Steele, L Parker, B Walsh

Griffith: D Crack 2, G Orton, J Fallon, D Peruzzi, G Snaidero, T Richards, J Toscan, M Duncan

Best: GGGM: C Steele, C McPherson, J Kotzur, T Noble, A Clarke, N Kember

Griffith: J Gastin, K Hume, T Matheson, M Duncan, F Josling, J Taylor

Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: A Clarke, T Collison N Kember; J Lander, M Clarke, C Steele; J Driscoll, D Rankin, T Noble; A Dikkenburg, J Walsh, B McKinnon; C McPherson, M Steele, J Kotzur; B Walsh, L Kohlhagen, J Evans; M Ivanoff, P Walsh, L Parker, L Foley

Griffith: J Gastin, J Taylor, J Toscan; D Villata, T Webb, F Josling; D Peruzzi, M Duncan, K Hume; G Orton, G Snaidero, J Fallon; J Hamilton, T Richards, D Crack; M Griffiths, B Mathews, T Matheson; B McRae, T Shannon, R Bulluss, L Shannon*

Umpires: R Apted, A Touvi (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 7.10 (52) d Ganmain-GGM 7.8 (50)

Goals: R Johns 2, M Johns 2, A Cappello, K Duncan, J Harris

Under 17: Griffith 11.8 (74) d Ganmain-GGM 10.12 (72)

Goals: C Cunial 3, M Peruzzi 2, D Camm 2, N Richards, R Holland, J Reitano, K Ruyg

Match report: The Griffith Swans slumped to their fourth loss in a row in the Riverina Football League yesterday after going down by 61 points to Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. While the Swans needed a mathematical miracle to qualify for the finals before the clash, coach Brandon Mathews conceded his team’s hopes of September football ended with the defeat. GGGM was ruthless on its home turf, the Lions booting the first six goals of the match to set up the 19.5 (119) to 9.4 (58) victory. It was a tough result for Mathews to reconcile after the previous week’s hiding at the hands of Mangoplah. 
He said the Lions were a class above his team when it comes down to skill level. “They completely showed us up,” Mathews said. “It was just the skill errors that cost us. We probably won enough of the ball to get a bit closer than what we did, but like I said, the skill errors cost us badly. “We just kept turning the ball over and you can’t afford to do that. “We had a bit of a go towards the end, but it was all done and dusted by then.” 
Lions forward Christen McPherson menaced the Swans’ defence all afternoon to finish with eight goals. The home side had little trouble keeping the scoreboard ticking over during the match, but Mathews said the Swans’ back three weren’t to blame for the blowout. “I can’t point my fingers at them the way it was coming in. It was just too easy (for GGGM),” he said. “We’ve been pretty good all season, but the last two weeks have been pretty disappointing. “You can’t win games of footy with only six to eight blokes putting in.”
The Swans take on Narrandera this weekend in what will be the club’s last home game of the season. Mathews said his players needed to aim up in front of their Griffith fans. “That’s definitely a winnable game for us,” he said. “We’ve got to improve from what we’ve been showing, though.” (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 4, 2014).

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Round 16 - Sunday August 10, 2014 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith .......... 4.2 .. 12.6 .. 12.6 .. 17.11 (113)

Narrandera... 0.5 .. 1.7 .. 2.10 .. 4.11 (35)

Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 7, M Griffiths 2, T Richards, J Fallon, J Toscan, G Orton, B Mathews, R Bullus, T Matheson, J Gastin

Narrandera: M Flynn 2, T Sullivan, D Choy

Best: Griffith: M Duncan, T Matheson, J Toscan, G Orton, J Fallon, T West

Narrandera: T Webster, P Aumann, M Flack, N Hetherington, T Sullivan, J Morris

Griffith: D Villata, J Taylor, B McRae; J Gastin, T Webb, T West; K Hume, J Toscan, D Peruzzi; T Shannon, R Bulluss, J Fallon; T Richards, M Duncan, D Crack; M Griffiths, G Orton, T Matheson; F Josling, B Mathews, J Foley, M Peruzzi

Narrandera: D Smith, R Burden, S Robertson; J Morris, J Vearing, L Smith; T Webster, S Quilter, L Hutchins; S Light, N Hetherington; D Choy, M Flynn, S Irons, J Grintell; P Aumann, T Sullivan, M Flack; A Lee, D Hardy, J Borg, S Argus

Umpires: T Beard, A Touvi (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 14.17 (101) d Narrandera 1.5 (11)

Goals: G Argus 4, J Keenan, J Hourigan, R Johns, P Whittard, S McCanna, B Tarr, J Ryan, T Howard

Under 17: Griffith def Narrandera on forfeit

Match report: The Griffith Swans snapped a four-game losing streak in the Riverina Football League in fine style yesterday, thrashing Narrandera by 78 points at Exies Oval. Playing their last home game of the season, the Swans booted their largest score of the year to prevail 17.11 (113) to 4.11 (35). Disappointed with his team’s effort the past fortnight, Swans player-coach Brandon Mathews found little to fault in Sunday’s dominant performance. “It just shows what can happen when you have 22 blokes pulling in the same direction,” Mathews said. “Narrandera were a bit undermanned, but we’ll take the win. “It was a good performance from the boys considering how disappointing we’d been the past few weeks.” 
The Swans set up their victory in the first quarter. Running into the breeze, the home team booted 4.2, while the visitors only managed five behinds. When play restarted, the Swans made full use of the wind to keep the scoreboard attendant busy. Swans forward Mick Duncan, who finished the match with seven majors, proved unstoppable in the goal square, as Narrandera’s defence struggled to clear the Sherrin with any authority.  Up 78-13 at the main break, the Swans went off the boil in the final two quarters but the damage was done.
Mathews said the victory was just the boost the Swans needed after a tough month. “Everyone made a contribution and that was probably the most pleasing thing,” he said. “It was our last home game of the season. We had a bit of a sponsors’ day, so we wanted to put in a big performance, “It got a little bit scrappy in the last two quarters after we went away from what was working for us, but I can’s really fault the boys’ effort.” The Swans have the bye this week before closing their season with an away match against ladder leaders Collingullie-AK. (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 11, 2014).

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Round 17 - Sunday August 16, 2014

Griffith, bye

Round 18 - Saturday August 23, 2014 at Crossroads Oval 2.10pm

Collingullie-AK ... 2.9 .. 6.12 .. 12.17 .. 17.18 (120)

Griffith ................. 1.1 .. 1.2 .. 2.3 .. 4.7 (31)

Goals: CAK: B Arho 4, C Gow 2, J Meiselbach 2, B Aiken 2, J Klemke 2, J Turnbull, M Beckmans, N Perryman, N Fuller, T Byrnes

Griffith: J Hamilton, L Shannon, J Taylor, D Crack

Best: CAK: K Sykes, G Spriggs, B Aiken, D Kennedy, M Beckmans, D Frawley

Griffith: T Matheson, G Orton, R Malone, T Webb, D Peruzzi

Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka: J Banks, G Spriggs, M Lewington; D Kennedy, C Sykes, B Aiken; B Loudon, J Klemke, N Perryman; M Beckmans, J Meiselbach, N Kennedy; C Gow, B Arho, D Frawley; N Fuller, C Gordon, J Kennedy; T Byrnes, L Moore, H Perryman, J Turnbull

Griffith: B McRae, R Malone, T Webb; F Josling, J Taylor, J Gastin; K Hume, J Toscan, D Peruzzi; J Fallon, T Richards, R Bulluss; M Duncan, J Hamilton, D Crack; M Griffiths, G Orton, T Matheson; C Cunial, L Peruzzi, L Shannon, D Villata

Umpires: T Beard, D Barnes (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 9.2 (56) d Collingullie-AK 6.13 (49)

Goals: T Howard 2, D Dunbar, T Shannon, K Duncan, A Cappello, S McCanna, P Whittard, G Argus

Under 17: Griffith 13.15 (93) d Collingullie-AK 2.2 (14)

Goals: W Dalton 2, D Camm 2, T Argus 2, B French, R Holland, K Ruyg, N Richards, D McKenzie, C Cunial, D Villata

Match report: Griffith Swans coach Brandon Mathews says Collingullie-AK is the team to beat for this season’s Riverina Football League premiership after the Demons flogged his side by 89 points at Crossroads Oval on Saturday. With his team out of finals contention, Matthews was hoping for a competitive effort against the title favourites so the Swans could finish the season on a high. But the Demons were in a merciless mood and piled on 17 goals to demoralise the Swans, who couldn’t keep pace with the competition benchmark. Given the ruthlessness of the performance he witnessed, Mathews didn’t hesitate to label Collingullie-AK the best team in the league. “We got flogged by clearly a better side. That’s what it comes down to in the end,” Mathews said. “They’re the most even side in the competition. Everyone on the park has a go, the whole 22. “They’re just that well-drilled that everyone knows what they’re doing. “I think they’re the best side in it by far and that we weren’t good enough to go with them.” 
But Mathews said the Swans didn’t do themselves any favours on Saturday. While the bench was reduced to two half-fit players after the main break, Mathews admitted the Swans’ effort was lacking. “I wouldn’t say the cue was in the rack, but it was certainly on the way to being put there,” he said. “Probably after half-time a bit of self-preservation kicked in with some of the boys. “They probably didn’t stop trying, but we wanted to finish the year strong and ended up going away from what worked for us.” 
While the Swans’ senior side has played its last game of the season, the club’s reserve grade and under 17s teams are still in the hunt for premierships. The Swans reserve graders finished the season in fifth and will play Mangoplah-CUE in a knockout semi-final on Saturday. In the under 17s, the Swans finished third and will battle Wagga in their play-off match. (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 25, 2014).

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2014 RFNL NETBALL Ladders

A grade: Mangoplah-CUE 60, Narrandera 48, Leeton-Whitton 48, Collingullie-AK 44, Turvey Park 36; Wagga Tigers 28; Griffith 12, Ganmain-GGM 12, Coolamon 4.

A Reserve: Leeton-Whitton 62, Mangoplah-CUE 58, Turvey Park 48, Wagga Tigers 36, Collingullie-AK 32; Narrandera 20, Coolamon 16, Griffith 12, Ganmain-GGM 4.

B grade: Leeton-Whitton 60, Mangoplah-CUE 52, Turvey Park 44, Narrandera 40, Wagga Tigers 36; Griffith 24, Collingullie-AK 20, Coolamon 10, Ganmain-GGM 2.

C grade: Leeton-Whitton 62, Turvey Park 50, Griffith 48, Mangoplah-CUE 38, Narrandera 32; Collingullie-AK 28, Wagga Tigers 14, Coolamon 14, Ganmain-GGM 2.

Qualifying Final - Saturday August 30, 2014 at Narrandera Sportsground

Mangoplah-CUE ... 3.1 .. 7.5 .. 10.7 .. 15.11 (101)

Coolamon ............. 7.1 .. 10.2 .. 11.3 .. 15.3 (93)

Goals: MCUE: N Casey 4, E Schiller 3, H Collins 3, N Irvin 2, A Pettigrove, J Creasy, I Damme

Coolamon: J Redfern 4, R Pritchett 3, L Roberts 2, M McKelvie 2, P McGrath 2, M Crawford, J Maddox

Best: MCUE: H Collins, J Creasy, M Daniher, E Schiller, M Collins, A Pettigrove

Coolamon: R Chamberlain, B Edyvean, J Maddox, R Pritchett, J Redfern, M Macauley

Mangoplah-CUE: Paddy Griffin, Matt Collins, Mark Roberson; Trent Cohalan, Hunter Lloyd, Tom Keogh; Harry Himmelberg, Stace Creasy, Isaac Damme; Jock Cornell, Nic Casey, Pat Killalea; James Creasy, Nathon Irvin, Ethan Schiller; Andrew Pettigrove, Colin Sanbrook, Mitch Daniher; Harry Collins, Andrew Dickens, Jake Phillips, Jacob Whitley

Coolamon: Mitchell Jarrett, Zach Bradley, Connor Neyland; Marshall Macauley, Mitch Stephenson, Ryan Chamberlain; Hayden Bradley, Peter McGrath, Jamie Redfern; Jesse Rapley, Lew Roberts, Mitchell McKelvie; Luke Maloney, Rick Pritchett, Mark Crawford; Ben Edyvean, Ben Fixter, Jamie Maddox; Tyler Owers, Mitchell O'Brien, Adam McKenzie, Dale Argall

Umpires: n/a

Reserves: Coolamon 15.8 (98) d Turvey Park 9.6 (60)

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 12.12 (84) d Griffith 8.8 (56)

Goals: Griffith: K Ruyg 3, T Argus 2, C Cunial, N Richards, L Shannon,

Best: Griffith: C Heffernan, N Richards, D Villata, L Shannon, B French, K Ruyg

Griffith: Jacob Ralph, Joshua Foley, Connor Heffernan; Dylan McKenzie, Kieran Ruyg, Brady French; Blake Testoni, Andy McRae, William Kennedy; Ryan Cassidy, Charlie Cunial, Dean Villata; Nathan Richards, Todd Argus, Mathew Peruzzi; Hugo Diaz, Riley Holland, Luke Shannon; Damiel Camm, Ryan Moore, Cody Cosson, Will Dalton, Thomas Condon, Mason Graham

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Elimination Final - Sunday August 31, 2014 at Narrandera Sportsground

Wagga Tigers ..... 4.3 .. 9.5 .. 13.6 .. 18.9 (117)

Ganmain-GGM .... 1.1 .. 5.5 .. 9.5 .. 11.8 (74)

Goals: Wagga: N Ryan 4, M Noonan 4, J Buchanan 3, J Hodge, S Flanigan, J Osbeiston, J Kelly, X Brennan, J Parmenter, B Farrell

GGGM: S Hatty 4, J Kotzur 2, J Driscoll, A Dikkenberg, M Steele, B Walsh, C Steele

Best: Wagga: C Bance, P Gaynor, M Noonan, J Osbeiston, J Larwood, N Ryan

GGGM: L Walsh, N Kember, M Clarke, C Steele, B Walsh, N Irvine

Wagga Tigers: Jack Collins, Pat Gaynor, Josh Larwood; Ben Davis, John Anstee, Lahn Shepherd; Jackson Kelly, Charles Bance, Nathan Cooke; Joshua Parmenter, Matthew Noonan, Jade Hodge; Nick Ryan, John Buchanan, Ben Farrell; Brad Graham, Shaun Flanigan, Brad Ryan; Brady Morton, Xavier Brennan, Jacob Osbeiston, Shaun Bourchier

Ganmain-GGM: Andrew Clarke, Travis Collison, Nathan Kember; Jesse Lander, Matthew Clarke, Curtis Steele; Justin Driscoll, Daniel Rankin, Nathan Irvine; Ashleigh Dikkenburg, Brad McKinnon, Daniel Hitchens; Sam Hatty, Mitchell Steele, Jayden Kotzur; Ben Walsh, Lachlan Steward, Luke Walsh; Justin Evans, Daniel Steele, Lachlan Parker, Luke Foley

Umpires: n/a

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 14.11 (95) d Griffith 2.8 (20)

Goals: Griffith: D Spratt, J Gordon

Best: Griffith: J Tyrell, D Catanzariti, C Harrison, J Ryan, P Whittard, S Simpson

Griffith: Chris Niven, James Keenan, Scott Simpson; Cameron Harrison, Jack Tyrell, Dean Catanzariti; Pat Whittard, David Dunbar, Kieran Hume; Joel Hourigan, Royce Johns, Todd Howard; Jesse Ryan, Steven McCanna, Kris Duncan; Joel Gordon, Andrew Cappello, Ben Tarr; Graham Male, Dean Spratt, Jordan Crowe, Dominic Giorgi

Reports: Kris Duncan for verbally abusing umpire A Touvi and failing to front tribunal - 10 game suspension

Under 17: Turvey Park 26.16 (172) d Collingullie-AK 2.2 (14)

Match report: The Griffith Swans have been knocked out of the Riverina Football League reserve grade finals series after going down by 75 points to Mangoplah-CUE in Narrandera yesterday. Underdogs going into the game, the Swans were no match for the rampant Goannas, who shape as one of the competition favourites. Swans coach Dave Dunbar said the final 14.11 (95) to 2.8 (20) scoreline was indicative of the class between the teams.  “I think they’ll go a long way in the competition,” Dunbar said of Mangoplah. “And that makes the loss a little bit easier to take. “We were a fair way off them and they were just basically a better side.” The Swans had a wretched start and found themselves seven goals down at quarter time. Their predicament become more dire in the second term when Kris Duncan was sent from the field for verbally abusing an umpire. Mangoplah exploited its personal advantage, the Goannas keeping the Swans goalless until the final quarter. Despite his teams final exit, Dunbar said the Swans did well to qualify for the play-offs. “It’s a good effort because a lot of teams in our group that play finals also have senior teams playing in the finals,” he said. “If we can get our first grade up and making the finals, I think we’ll be pretty hard to stop.”  The Swans under 17s also had a loss at the weekend, going down to Wagga 84-54 at Narrandera on Saturday. But the Swans’ season isn’t over yet, the Griffith side play Turvey Park at Robertson Oval next Sunday. (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 25, 2014).

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Second Semi Final - Saturday September 6, 2014 at Narrandera Sportsground

Collingullie-AK ...... 5.3 .. 7.5 .. 7.6 .. 7.11 (53)

Mangoplah-CUE ... 1.1 .. 4.3 .. 9.6 .. 12.8 (80)

Goals: CAK: M Beckmans 2, J Meiselbach, B Arho, J Klemke, N Perryman, B Louden

MCUE: J Phillips 3, A Dickens 2, J Creasy, D Rogers, T Cohalan, J Cornell, I Damme, H Collins, T Keogh

Best: CAK: H Perryman, K Sykes, D Kennedy, G Spriggs, B Loudon, J Banks

MCUE: S Creasy, I Damme, A Pettigrove, T Cohalan, M Daniher, D Rogers

Collingullie-AK: Kallan Sykes, Geoff Spriggs, Matt Lewington; Daniel Kennedy, Josh Meiselbach, Harrison Perryman; Matthew Kennedy, Jayden Klemke, Nick Perryman; Matt Beckmans, Nick Kennedy, Brenton Loudon; James Kennedy, Brent Arho, Jack Egan, Chris Jackson, Chris Gordon, Chris Gow; Daniel Fawley, Jack Turnball, Lachlan Moore, Joe Banks

Mangoplah-CUE: Paddy Griffin, Matt Collins, Mark Roberson; Trent Cohalan, Hunter Lloyd, Tom Keogh; Dustin Rogers, Stace Creasy, Isaac Damme; Jock Cornell, Nic Casey, Pat Killalea; James Creasy, Nathon Irvin, Ethan Schiller; Andrew Pettigrove, Colin Sanbrook, Mitch Daniher; Harry Collins, Andrew Dickens, Jake Phillips, Jacob Whitley

Umpires: n/a

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 13.5 (83) d Coolamon 9.13 (67)

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 14.17 (101) d Mangoplah-CUE 8.6 (54)

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First Semi Final - Sunday September 7, 2014 at Robertson Oval
Coolamon ......... 5.4 .. 6.5 .. 10.7 .. 13.9 (87)
Wagga Tigers .. 0.3 .. 5.6 .. 7.7 .. 12.8 (80)

Goals: Coolamon: J Redfern 3, P McGrath 3, R Pritchett 2, R Chamberlain, L Roberts, J Rapley, L Redfern, M Stephenson
Wagga Tigers: M Hawker 3, J Buchanan 2, X Brennan 2, B Morton, B Graham, B Farrell, J Kelly, A Durnan 
Best: Coolamon: P McGrath, J Maddox, R Chamberlain, J Rapley, C Neyland, M O'Brien
Wagga Tigers: J Anstee, M Rava, B Graham, J Osbeiston, J Kelly, M Hawker
Coolamon: Mitchell Jarrett, Zach Bradley, Connor Neyland; Marshall Macauley, Greg Aki, Ryan Chamberlain; Hayden Bradley, Peter McGrath, Mitch Stephenson; Jesse Rapley, Lew Roberts, Joe Redfern; Luke Maloney, Rick Pritchett, Mitchell O'Brien; Ben Edyvean, Ben Fixter, Jamie Maddox; Adam McKenzie, Dale Argall, Edward Edis, Luke Redfern
Wagga Tigers: Jack Collins, Pat Gaynor, Josh Larwood; Ben Davis, John Anstee, Lahn Shepherd; Jackson Kelly, Charles Bance, Nathan Cooke; Joshua Parmenter, Matthew Noonan, Mitch Hawker; Nick Ryan, John Buchanan, Ben Farrell; Brad Graham, Shaun Flanigan, Matt Rava; Brady Morton, Xavier Brennan, Jacob Osbeiston, Angus Durnan
Umpires: n/a
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 10.13 (73) d Turvey Park 5.7 (37)
Under 17: Turvey Park 16.17 (113) d Griffith 4.10 (34) 
Goals: Griffith: S Foley, D Camm, W Kennedy, D Dunne
Best: Griffith: S Foley, N Richards, J Foley, W Kennedy, K Ruyg, R Moore
Griffith: Jacob Ralph, Joshua Foley, Ryan Moore; Dylan McKenzie, Kieran Ruyg, Brady French; Blake Testoni, Andy McRae, Sam Foley; Ryan Cassidy, Charlie Cunial, Will Dalton; Nathan Richards, William Kennedy, Mathew Peruzzi; Mason Graham, Riley Holland, Dean Villata; Hugo Diaz, Damiel Camm, Todd Argus, Levi Quade, Daniel Dunne
Match report: The Swans under 17s played their last game of the year after suffering a 79-points loss to Turvey Park at Robertson Oval. The Swans were up against it early and trailed by 29 points at the first change, the deficit ballooning to 65 points at half-time. There was no miracle comeback from the Griffith side when the minor semi-final restarted, the Bulldogs running out comfortable 113-34 winners. Sam Foley, Nathan Richards and Joshua Foley were among the standouts for the Swans.
The premiership hopes of the Griffith Swans C grade netball side also came to an end yesterday with a two goal loss to Mangoplah. Having beaten the Goannas twice already this season, the Swans went into the minor semi-final confident of containing their dominance. But it wasn’t to be for the Griffith combination, the Goannas doing enough in the final minutes to deny the Swans 30-28. Swans co-coach Catherine Stevenson said it was heartbreaking way to finish the season. “You get disappointed, especially when you get so far,” she said. “But the girls played well. They stood up. “Like I said to them, when they come back next year they would’ve played a season together. “I think they’ll come out and improve.” (The Area News, Monday September 8, 2014).

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Preliminary Final - Sunday September 14, 2014 at Robertson Oval

Collingullie-AK ... 1.4 .. 3.5 .. 5.8 7.8 (50)

Coolamon ............ 0.1 .. 1.3 .. 4.5 .. 4.7 (31)

Goals: CAK: B Arho 4, M Kennedy, B Aiken, C Gordon

Coolamon: M Crawford 2, L Maloney, P McGrath

Best: CAK: D Kenedy, J Meiselbach, B Loudon, B Aiken, N Kennedy, J Kennedy

Coolamon: C Neyland, R Chamberlain, A McKenzie, G Aki, J Maddox, M O'Brien

Collingullie-AK: Kallan Sykes, Josh Meiselbach, Matt Lewington; Brad Aiken, Daniel Kennedy, Harrison Perryman; Matthew Kennedy, Jayden Klemke, Nick Perryman; Matt Beckmans, Nick Kennedy, Brenton Loudon; James Kennedy, Brent Arho, Nathan Fuller; Chris Jackson, Chris Gordon, Chris Gow; Daniel Fawley, Mitchell Castles, Lachlan Moore, Brayden Ambler

Coolamon: Dale Argall, Connor Neyland, Hayden Bradley; Zachary Bradley, Marshall Macauley, Ryan Chamberlain; Adam McKenzie, Peter McGrath, Mitchell Stephenson; Mitchell O'Brien, Mark Crawford, Mitchell Jarrett; Lew Roberts, Joe Redfern, Jesse Rapley; Ben Edyvern, Ben Fixter, Jamie Maddox; Luke Maloney, Eddie Edis, Greg Aki, Luke Redfern

Umpires: Gene Hodgins, Pat Harris, Tim Beard (RUA)

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 12.10 (82) d Coolamon 12.8 (80)

Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 19.11 (125) d Turvey Park 8.9 (57)

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Grand Final - Sunday September 21, 2014 at Narrandera Sportsground

Mangoplah-CUE ... 4.1 .. 9.1 .. 1.2 .. 14.3 (87)

Collingullie-AK ...... 2.5 .. 6.9 .. 10.9 .. 15.10 (100)

Goals: MCUE: J Phillips 4, J Cornell 3, J Creasy 2, M Daniher 2, Dickens

CAK: B Arho 6, M Kennedy 3, M Beckmans 2, H Collins 2, C Gordon, M Lewington, J Klemke, D Kennedy

Best : MCUE: J Phillips, M Collins, M Daniher, S Creasy, A Pettigrove, P Griffin

CAK: M Beckmans, B Aiken, M Kennedy, C Jackson, B Arho, J Meisselbach

Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd Eastlakes: Paddy Griffin, Matt Collins, Mark Roberson; Trent Cohalan, Hunter Lloyd, Tom Keogh; Harry Himmelberg, Stace Creasy, Isaac Damme; Jock Cornell, Nic Casey, Pat Killalea, James Creasy, Nathon Irvin, Ethan Schiller; Andrew Pettigrove, Colin Sanbrook, Mitch Daniher; Harry Collins, Andrew Dickens, Jake Phillips, Jacob Whitley. Coach - Nathon Irvin.

Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka: Kallan Sykes, Geoff Spriggs, Matt Lewington; Brad Aiken, Daniel Kennedy, Harrison Perryman; Matthew Kennedy, Jayden Klemke, Nick Perryman; Matt Beckmans, Josh Meiselbach, Nick Kennedy; James Kennedy, Brent Arho, Brendon Loudon; Chris Jackson, Chris Gordon, Chris Gow; Daniel Fawley, Joe Banks, Lachlan Moore, Brayden Ambler. Coach - Shane Lenon.

Umpires: Gene Hodgins, Pat Harris, Tim Beard (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 13.6 (84) d Mangoplah-CUE 6.17 (53)

Umpires: Rob Apted, Shana Doughney, Michael Skilbeck

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 12.13 (85) d Mangoplah-CUE 5.6 (36)

Umpires: Josh O'Donoghue, Adam Roberts, Darren Solly

Netball - A grade: Mangoplah-CUE 44 d Narrandera 34; A Reserve: Mangoplah-CUE 49 d Leeton-Whitton 42; B grade: Turvey Park 45 d Leeton-Whitton 44; C grade: Leeton-Whitton 38 d Turvey Park 36.

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 COACH STAYS IN NEST FOR SWANS 2015 - By Andrew Piva 

Griffith Swans player-coach Brandon Mathews will look to bolster his Riverina Football League squad with more experience in the summer after re-signing for next year. The Swans finished sixth on the ladder this season, two wins out of the play-off contention. Given how close his team came to September football, Mathews said finals were on the agenda for 2015. It (making finals) isn’t going to happen overnight, but we’ve go a fair idea of what we need to work on to get there,” he said. “We saw this year when we played well, we can mix it with anyone. “We’re probably lacking a little bit of experience and a couple of top-end players. “It’s not only what they can do on the field, but the way they can help the young blokes out. “The way it’s been, we’ve been asking a fair bit of the young blokes without giving them a chance to learn.” 
While the Swans face a challenge to fill the void left by departing midfielder and two-time Jim Quinn Medallist Guy Orton, Mathews believes his squad only needs minor tinkering. “We’re not going to try and find 10 players or anything. We don’t need that many,” Mathews said. “I think we’ve got enough here. It’s just a matter of the young guys improving and getting a couple of experienced blokes to help them out. “We have had a few close games this season and you could see we were lacking a bit of quality.” 
In other news, Swans reserve grade player Kris Duncan was slapped with a 10-match suspension by the AFL Riverina tribunal after pleading guilty to two counts of umpire abuse. The incident, which happened during the Swans’ elimination final loss to Mangoplah-CUE on August 31, resulted in Duncan being sent from the field. (The Area News, Monday September 29, 2014).

2014 RIVERINA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS

Seniors:  Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal

21 - Brad Aiken (Collingullie-AK); 17 - Colin Sanbrook (Mangoplah-CUE); 12 - Ryan Chamberlain (Coolamon), Guy Orton (Griffith), Mitch Daniher (Mangoplah-CUE); 11 - Chris Gordon (Collingullie-AK); 9 - Ben Curley (Leeton-Whitton); 8 - Ben Edyvean (Coolamon), Peter McGrath (Coolamon), Mitchell Steele (Ganmain-GGM), Michael Duncan (Griffith), Jacob Osbeiston (Wagga Tigers), Lars Shepherd (Wagga Tigers); 7 - Brent Arho (Collingullie-AK), Matthew Beckmans (Collingullie-AK), Mark Crawford (Coolamon), Daniel Rankin (Ganmain-GGM), Tim Sullivan (Narrandera), Chase Grintell (Turvey Park); 6 - Chris Jackson, Daniel Kennedy, Matthew Kennedy (Collingullie-AK), Lachlan Steward (Ganmain-GGM), Will Overs (Leeton-Whitton), Harrison Himmelberg (Mangoplah-CUE), Shaun Flanigan (Wagga Tigers); 5 - Jayden Klemke (Collingullie-AK), Jamie Maddox (Coolamon), Jayden Kotzur (Ganmain-GGM), James Creasy, Stace Creasy, Andrew Dickins (Mangoplah-CUE), Chris Cerato (Turvey Park), John Anstee, Pat Noonan, Joshua Parmenter (Wagga Tigers);  4 - Edward Edis, Lewis Roberts, Mitch Stephenson (Coolamon), Matthew Clarke (Ganmain-GGM), Jonathon Gastin, Tim Matheson (Griffith), Jesse Cunningham (Turvey Park), Matthew Rava (Wagga Tigers); 3 - Chris Gow (Coolingullie-AK), Marshal Macauley (Coolamon), Michael Griffiths, Richard Malone (Griffith), Sean Browning, Mason Dryburgh, Siale Howe, Bryce O'Garey (Leeton-Whitton), Trent Cohalan, Harry Collins, Thomas Keogh, Ethan Schiller, Zachary Williams (Mangoplah-CUE), Damon Burden, Lachlan Hutchins (Narrandera), Tyler Cunningham (Turvey Park), Angus Durnan, James Hodges, Jeremiah Maslin (Wagga Tigers); 2 - Dale Argall, Luke Redfern,  (Coolamon), Jethro Peck, Curtis Steele (Ganmain-GGM), Brandon Matthews, James Toscan (Griffith), Mitchell Hardie (Leeton-Whitton), Jock Cornell, James Creasy, Isaac Damme, Jake Phillips (Mangoplah-CUE), Matthew Flynn (Narrandera), Andrew Emery, James Hayes, Matthew Ness, Daniel Ryall (Turvey Park), Xavier Brennan, John Buchanan, Bradley Graham, Matt Noonan, Nick Ryan (Wagga Tigers); 1 - Jack Egan (Collingullie-AK), Jesse Lawrence, Mitchell McKelvie  (Coolamon), Luke Kohlhagen, Jesse Lander, Ben Walsh, Luke Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), Tom Morton (Leeton-Whitton), Nathon Irvin, Pat Killalea, Hunter Lloyd, Mark Roberson (Mangoplah-CUE), Ben Grant, Nick Hetherington, Alexander Lee (Narrandera), Jack Brooks (Turvey Park), Jackson Kelly, Brady Morton (Wagga Tigers); 

                                                                                           Reserves - Frank Gaynor Medal
15 - Rory Litchfield (Coolamon); 14 - Dustin Fletcher (Turvey Park), Warren Bartlett (Wagga Tigers); 13 - Anthony Pleming (Coolamon); 9 - Ben Farrell (Coolamon), Andrew Cappello (Griffith); 8 - Shane Gow, (Collingullie-AK), Jarrod Laurent (Coolamon), Dean Catanzariti (Griffith), Patrick Maher (Mangoplah-CUE). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 6 - Jack Tyrell; 5 - Joel Gordon; 4 - David Dunbar, Tom Shannon; 3 - Ryan Bulluss, Joel Hourigan; 2 - Todd Howard, Michael Johns, James Keenan, Graham Male; 1 - Fletcher Josling, Brett Owen, Ben Tarr   

                                                                                            Under 17 - Lou Brown Medal
19 - Nicholas McCormack (Wagga Tigers); 15 - Zachary Stibbard (Coolamon), Riley Holland (Griffith), Jackson Sanbrook (Mangoplah-CUE); 14 James Demby (Collingullie-AK), Stuart Carey (Mangoplah-CUE); 13 - Sam Glyde (Coolamon); 10 - Matthew Geppert (Collingullie-AK), Zacharie Walgers (Mangoplah-CUE), Andrew Beal (Narrandera), Samuel Lucas (Wagga Tigers).   Griffith players to receive votes were: 8 - Luke Shannon; 7 - Joshua Foley, Kieran Ruyg; 5 - Charlie Cunial; 4 - Brady French; 3 - Nathan Richards, Dean Villata; 2 - Andy McRae, Matthew Peruzzi; 1 - Dylan McKenzie.

                                                                                              Netball: Best & Fairest
A grade: 21 - Jenee West (Turvey Park); 18 - Michaela Fiumara (Leeton-Whitton); 17 - Katherine Bourke (Ganmain-GGM); 16 - Emma Piltz (Narrandera); 14 - Abbey Fellows (Collingullie-AK), Stephanie Male (Mangoplah-CUE), Kate Bruce, Kelly Seidel (Narrandera); 13 - Anna Korovata (Griffith). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 5 - Madeleine Testoni, Zoe Whitworth; 4 - Renae Larkin; 3 - Anneka Dodd, Cloe Larkin; 2 - Madeleine Robinson; 1 - Danni Chambers  

A reserve grade: 23 -  Alissa Neyland (Coolamon); 20 - Sophie Tyson (Leeton); 19 - Josie Daniher (Mangoplah-CUE); 17 - Amanda Plum (Collingullie-AK), Ruby Gooden (Wagga Tigers); 15 - Marlee Ellis (Mangoplah-CUE); 13 Georgie Campbell (Turvey Park). Griffith players to receive votes were: 8 - Ruth Korovata, Nicola Robinson, Carrie Walker; 7 - Tameka Scott; 4 - Renae Larkin; 3 - Grace Ryan; 2 - Maddison Aird, Tennille Scott 

B grade: 24 - Abbey Corbett (Turvey Park)  & Samantha Creasy (Mangoplah-CUE); 19 - Krystal Sheridan (Coolamon), Bridie (Wagga Tigers); 18 - Maddison Clyne (Leeton);15 - Jessica Noack (Turvey Park). Griffith players to receive votes were: 12 - Melanie Bortolazzo; 9 - Georgia Campbell; 8 Abby Armstrong; 5 - Philippa Wordsworth; 4 - Tania Bailey; 3 - Erin Dunbar; 2 - Kaitlyn Vardanega; 2 - Emily Graham  

C grade: 19 - Khayla Wild (Collingullie-AK); 17 - Lauren Brill (Ganmain-GGM), Lauren Molley (Mangoplah-CUE); 16 - Taylah Block (Leeton-Whitton), Kaitlyn Smith (Turvey Park), Henrietta Inglis (Wagga Tigers); 13 - Abbey Irvin (Coolamon), Sarah Young (Griffith), Emily Roffe (Narrandera), Caitlin Howell (Turvey Park). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 8 - Rochewll Meurant; 7 - Kaitlyn Vardanega; 5 - Caprice Centofanti; 3 - Jasmin Bushelle, Sarah Collis, Elise West; 2 - Abby Armstrong, Erinn Dunbar, Emma Provera; 1 - Samantha Graham.

                                                                      Seniors: Top Goalkickers (h/a) - Stewart Fraser Trophy
78 - Brent Arho (Collingullie-AK), 35 - Mitchell Steele (Ganmain-GGM), 32 - Jayden Kotzur (Ganmain-GGM), 32 - Jake Phillips (Mangoplah -CUE), 31 - Lew Roberts (Coolamon), 30 - Chris Gordon (Collingullie-AK).
                                                                                                Reserves (Griggs Trophy)
82 - Dustin Brown (Turvey Park); 52 - Andrew Priest (Wagga Tigers); 42 - Kurt Stubenrauch (Coolamon); 36 - Matt Hard (Coolamon), Matthew Etchell (Wagga Tigers.  

                                                                                               Under 17 (Dalco Trophy)
54 - Harry Wakefield (Wagga Tigers); Elliot Himmelberg (Mangoplah-CUE); 42 - Matthew Geppert (Collingullie-AK); 40 - Charlie Cunial (Griffith).

AFL Riverina Rising Star: Jock Cornell (Mangoplah-CUE)

ANZ Netball Rising Star: Abbey Fellows (Collingullie-AK)

Volunteer of the Year: Tony Dean (Collingullie-AK)

Merit Award: Pat Quinn (Ganmain-GGM)

AFL NSW/ACT Coach of the Year: Shane Lenon (Collingullie-AK).

Club Championships: Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes

2014 APPEARANCES / GOALS - RESERVES & UNDER 17

Reserves: Gary Argus 4 / 11, Tyler Bruns 4 / 2, Ryan Bulluss 3 / 5, Andrew Cappello 15 / 12, Dean Catanzariti (capt) 12 / 4, Jordan Crowe 14 / 3, Charlie Cunial 1 / 0, David Dunbar 10 / 7, Kris Duncan 8 / 7, Mark Duncan 6 / 0, Kim Farrell 3 / 1, Joshua Foley 2 / 0, Dominic Giorgi 7 / 4, Joel Gordon 16 / 7, Luke Granata 1 / 0, Jason Hampel 7 / 0, Jeffrey Harris 2 / 1, Cameron Harrison 17 / 2, Joel Harrison 2 / 0, Joel Hourigan 8 / 3, Todd Howard 13 / 22, Kieran Hume 8 / 4, Michael Johns 5 / 4, Royce Johns 8 / 5, Fletcher Josling 3 / 0, James Keenan 14 / 2, Matthew Kenny 1 / 1, Craig Lugton 4 / 1, Graham Male 10 / 2, Jimmy Mann 3 / 1, Angus McAlister 8 / 0, Steven McCanna 9 / 8, Dane McGuirk 1 / 0, Dylan McKenzie 1 / 0, Chris Milojevic 4 / 1, Chris Niven 4 / 0, Mick Nunn 5 / 0, Brett Owen 2 / 6, Luke Peruzzi 4 / 1, Mathew Peruzzi 2 / 0, Jesse Ryan 16 / 5, Damien Scott 1 / 0, Luke Shannon 2 / 0, Tom Shannon 6 / 10, Scott Simpson 16 / 2, Dean Spratt 15 / 7, Leigh Stokes 1 / 0, Glenn Taylor 11 / 0, Ben Tarr 12 / 2, Michael Tyndall 3 / 0, Jack Tyrell 15 / 1, Dean Villata 2 / 0, Pat Whittard 12 / 7, Ryan Williamson 11 / 1, Nick Witherspoon 2 / 0. Coach: David Dunbar.

 

Under 17: Todd Argus 17 / 17, Luke Butcher 1 / 0, Damiel Camm 16 / 11, Ryan Cassidy 17 / 2, Brady Chambers 1 / 0, Thomas Condon 9 / 1, Cody Cosson 12 / 2, Charlie Cunial 17 / 41, Will Dalton 18 / 6, Hugo Diaz 16 / 0, Luke Docherty 4 / 0, Daniel Dunne 2 / 1, Joshua Foley 2 / 1, Samuel Foley 2 / 1, Brady French 15 / 2, Mason Graham 14 / 2, Steven Hart 7 / 0, Connor Heffernan 14 / 1, Riley Holland 18 / 5, Pieter Jaffrey 12 / 4, Jack Johnsone 2 / 0, Fletcher Josling 1 / 0, William Kennedy 17 / 13, Dylan McKenzie 17 / 4, Andy McRae 15 / 2, Ryan Moore 14 / 1, Mathew Peruzzi 13 / 7, Levi Quade 11 / 1, Jacob Ralph 14 / 1, John Reitano 14 / 1, Nathan Richards 10 / 9, Kieran Ruyg 18 / 5, Luke Shannon 9 / 11, Tom Shannon 1 / 0, Jess Spencer 1 / 0, Blake Testoni 15 / 3, James Thornton 4 / 1, Dean Villata 14 / 3, Jake Villata 3 / 0. Coach: Jonathon Gastin.

2014 GRIFFITH AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB AWARDS

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club

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

FOOTBALL

Senior grade

Best & Fairest: Tim Matheson

Runner-up: Guy Orton

Most Consistent: Tom West

Most Improved: Kieran Hume

Most Goals Kicked: James Toscan

Coach’s Award: Tom Webb

Most Courageous: James Taylor

Reserve grade

Best & Fairest: Ben Tarr

Runner-up: Tom Shannon

Most Improved: Jordan Crowe

Most Goals Kicked: Todd Howard

Most Conscientious Player (Neville Gardiner Memorial Shield): Joel Gordon

Coach’s Award: Scott Simpson

Under 17's

Best & Fairest: Kieran Ruyg

Runner-up: Riley Holland

Most Improved: Dylan McKenzie

Most Goals Kicked (Brian Files Memorial): Charlie Cunial

Most Promising Player (Ronnie Williams Memorial): Dean Villata

Encouragement Award (Fred Owen Memorial Shield): Damiel Camm

Coach’s Award: Andy McRae

NETBALL

A grade

Best & Fairest: Maddy Testoni

Players’ Player: Anna Korovata / Zoe Whitworth

A reserve grade

Best & Fairest: Tameka Scott

Players’ Player: Renae Larkin / Grace Ryan

Coach’s Award: Carrie Walker

B grade

Best & Fairest: Melanie Bortolazzo

Players’ Player: Abby Armstrong

Coach’s Award: Philippa Wordsworth

C grade

Best & Fairest: Sarah Young

Players’ Player: Kaitlyn Vardanega

Coach’s Award: Elise West

SPECIAL AWARDS

Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson Netball (Bob & Brenda Spears): Tenille and Tameka Scott

RFL Club Volunteer Recognition award: Mary Fuller

Life Membership: Trevor Harrison.

 CONSISTENCY KEY FOR MEDAL WINNER - By Andrew Piva 

Tim Matheson credits consistency rather than brilliance for this best and fairest win at the Griffith Swans presentation night. The 27-year-old was shocked to hear his name read out after beating Guy Orton for the honour. A Swans junior who started playing Aussie rules at 14, Matheson said it was the first time he had been named best and fairest in any grade. “I honestly didn’t think I’d take it away. It was a big surprise,” Matheson said. “I thought I’d played all right. I think it was probably my most consistent year. “I played every game injury free. I didn’t really have one standout game, but I think it was that consistency that got me over the line.” 
After starting the Riverina Football League on the half back line, Matheson relished a move to the midfield, where he quickly became a headache for opposition defences. “I really enjoyed it,” Matheson said of his time I the engine room. “I got to play with guys like Guy Orton and Mick Duncan. “They gave me a bit of extra confidence and really helped me out.”
In the A grade netball vote count, Maddy Testoni was named best and fairest, while Anna Korovata and Zoe Whitworth shared the player’ player award. Swans stalwart Trevor Harrison was made a life member. (The Area News, Friday October 31, 2014).

2014 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS

Debuts: April 14 - Ryan Bulluss, Ben Byrne, Michael Griffiths, Joel Hourigan; May 3 - Charlie Cunial; May 11 - Joshua Hamilton, Michael Handby; June 7 - Jack Ryan; June 29 - Kieran Hume; July 26 - Jordan Crowe, Dean Villata; August 3 - Luke Shannon.

Final Games / Goals: Ryan Bulluss (13 / 1), Ben Byrne (1 / 0),  David Dunbar (8 / 2), Joshua Foley (4 / 1), Dominic Giorgi (19 / 5), Joel Gordon (9 / 0), Joel Hourigan (8 / 0), Fletcher Josling (17 / 1), Trevor Richards (25 / 17), Jack Ryan (1 / 1), Tom Shannon (15 / 5), Glen Snaidero (63 / 22), Tom Webb (30 / 6), Tom West (35 / 2), Jack Tyrell (20 / 1), Pat Whittard (7 / 1).

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Griffith Australian Football Netball Club - A.G.M. (29-10-2014)

Presidents Report

Welcome to the 2014 Griffith Swans Annual General Meeting, thanks for taking the time to come along to have some input into the running of your club. In our 100th year we celebrated all things Red and White and the rich history of the Griffith Swans, considerable efforts put in by many ensured we celebrated this monumental milestone in a fitting way. To have a jumper with the names of all first graders to have played with the club is a amazing effort and the jumper itself will become a rich part of the fabric of our club. The centenary celebration weekend coincided with Anzac day and we were lucky enough to have the local RSL's support in hosting a game on the Friday evening, the Anzac part of the weekend was seen as a great success and something we intend to continue the momentum with in future years. The official dinner held on the Saturday night was very well attended with 375 people, many of which travelled, enjoying the memorabilia on display, the naming of the team of the century and the entertainment provided by Sam Kekovich.

Prior to the start of this season the committee and senior coaches identified the need to increase the effort with junior development and to ensure the junior coaches were well supported in their roles. We created a position with Che Jenkins filling the role and liaising with the junior coaches and rostering senior players through junior training sessions. While somewhat successful we still need to ensure we have the senior player buy in, training schedules for 2015 should hopefully aid in this and we have to continue to refine the way this is done.

The on field successes were mixed with a premiership in the junior football, several other junior teams playing finals some standout in the South West Juniors league awards and senior representation in the finals for the 2 netball teams and the U17's and Reserve Grade in the football. I believe our frame work for success is right but we need to continue to work to make sure this is represented in our premier grades through a strong club culture, proactive player development and strategic player recruitment.

I would like to take the chance to thank all the people that have helped in any way over the past season, it was a big year with centenary celebrations and catering the RFNL Grand Final on top of our regular events and fundraisers, without these people's efforts the club wouldn't function. Can I also encourage everyone connected to the club to consider the ways that they may be able to help carry some of the workload. I am continually amazed at what is required to run a country football and netball club so spreading this workload is vital in keeping good people involved in our club.

In closing I am still excited about the opportunities and the potential within the club and I look forward to seeing what we have to achieve next year, as always there will no doubt be challenges but there's a reason made it through the first 100 years so bring on the next 100!

Carn the Swans

Jeff Harris