2015 RFNL SEASON RESULTS
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IN: Chris Cerato (Turvey Park), Sam Daniel (Queanbeyan), Edward Faiva (Mallee Eagles), Will Griggs (Queanbeyan), Tom Groves (Coburg), Michael Handby, Ben King (Queanbeyan), Joseph Schirripa (Hanwood S.C.), Ben Vitucci.
OUT: Ryan Bulluss (Tracey Village, NT), Joshua Foley, Dominic Giorgi, Joel Gordon, Fletcher Josling, Guy Orton (St Marys, NT), Tom Shannon, Glen Snaidero (Barellan), Tom Webb, Tom West, Jack Tyrell (Barellan); Michael Handby, Joel Hourigan, Ben Vitucci.
TRIO TO ADD SPARK TO SWANS – By Andrew Piva
The Griffith Swans will boast a more formidable engine room next season after securing the services of three Queanbeyan on-ballers. Tigers players Will Griggs, Ben King and Sam Daniel will relocate to the Riverina town in the coming weeks to start preseason training with their new club. Th recruitment of the talented trio, who have played in the North East Australia Football League is a coup for the Swans following the departure of two-time Jim Quinn Medallist, Guy Orton. Griffith coach Brandon Mathews tipped Griggs, King and Daniel to have a big impact at the club. “All three players, to play at the level they have, sort of speaks for itself,” he said. “They’ll be quality for us, without a doubt. “And they’re not just good footballers. They’re good blokes as well. “They’ll just what we were looking for and will fit nicely at the club.”
The Swans finished sixth on the Riverina Football League ladder last season, two wins outside the top five, a series of close losses at the start of the year costing them a finals berth. A review of their campaign identified inexperience as a problem, but Mathews said the Queanbeyan arrivals would help resolve that issue. “To get the three guys with experience they have is a bonus.” Mathews said. “I think they’ll be really good at this level of footy, playing in this league, and will give us the extra bit of leadership that we need. “It’s not just what they can do in games either. “It’ll be great for our young blokes to see how hard they train and the standard they have to get to if they want to get the best out of themselves.” Mathews said the Swans expected to confirm more player signings in the coming weeks. “Recruitment’s been going good,” he said. “It makes a change from last year, which was just knock back after knock back. “I think it’s just the luck of the draw.” (The Area News - Wednesday November 19, 2014).
HOMEWARD BOUND – By Andrew Piva
The chance to raise a young family in the country has lured Tom Groves back to the Riverina to play with the Griffith Swans. Groves started his Aussie rules career with the Swans in the under 12s before heading to Victoria as a teenager and cracking the VFL ranks with Coburg, where he stayed for seven years. But with fiancee Jenna Vant – who is from Leeton – due to give birth in February, Groves pounced on an opportunity to become assistant to Brandon Mathews at the Swans. The 25-year-old has resettled on his family’s rice farm in Coleambally and can’t wait for the season to start. “I’ve definitely enjoyed coming back here,” Groves said. “My fiancee and I thought it was the right time to come back so we can be closer to our families. “I’m excited about playing and having that coaching role and working with ‘Brando’. “Hopefully we have a successful year.”
A broken foot saw Groves miss most of last season, but the half-back flanker used his time away from playing to help with coaching at Coburg. It was a role Groves enjoyed, and he hopes to have a positive impact at the Swans. “I was pretty much always in the leadership group in Coburg,” he said. “I think I can bring some of that experience and that professionalism playing at a higher level with me to the Swans. “The young blokes and older blokes can take stuff like that on board. “Hopefully it can help bring us a bit of success.”
Groves said the Swans’ roster was shaping up nicely. “I think we’ve got a very healthy list,” he said. “This year the boys were a bit stiff with injury, but if we can have a good pre-season, hopefully we can keep the strongest team we have out there. “With the young blokes coming through and plenty of pressure from the twos, I think we can be right up there.” (The Area News - Friday December 5, 2014).
SIBLINGS COMMIT TO THE SWANS – By Andrew Piva
The Griffith Swans have continued to strengthen their Riverina Football League roster for next season by locking up the services of Josh Hamilton. The former Ovens and Murray League star played with the Swans last season but was limited to five games because of work commitments in Queensland. Hamilton, however, has told the club he will be available full-time in 2015. Swans coach Brandon Mathews is delighted to have Hamilton on board and predicts the key forward player will have a significant impact.
“He’s an absolute gun,” Mathews said of Hamilton. “He was an Ovens and Murray rep when he was only 18 or 19 and has done a preseason with (VFL club) Port Melbourne in the past. “That sort of speaks for itself with respects to how good he is. He’ll be huge for us, without a doubt. “He showed a bit last season for us, even though he was only available every three weeks or so. “He wasn’t able to get in the groove fully, but having him here every week will be like having a new recruit for us.”
Mathews also reported that the Swans had signed Hamilton older brother Ryan. “Ryan’s sort of a medium-sized utility,” Mathews said. “It’ll probably take him a while to get back into it. He didn’t play last year, but he should be right once he gets a few games under his belt. “It’s good for Josh having him here. Hopefully having both brothers here will spur them both on.” (The Area News - Monday December 15, 2014).'
KING, GRIGGS READY TO FLY – By Andrew Piva
If first impressions count the Griffith Swans have done everything right to make Ben King and Will Griggs happy to be at the club. The Queanbeyan recruits arrived in the Riverina at the weekend and trained with their new teammates for the first time at Exies Oval on Tuesday. Along with fellow Queanbeyan player Sam Daniel, who is expected to arrive next week, King and Griggs will bolster the Swans midfield for the 2015 Riverina Football League season.
For Ben King, the offer to test his talents in a new competition was an attractive proposition following Queanbeyan’s departure from the North East Australian Football League at the end of last season. “I wanted to take on a new challenge somewhere in the country,” King said. “That’s where I grew up and played footy, so I thought I’d come out here and try something new. King, 23, is still a young man by any definition, but he hopes the experience he gleaned in the NEAFL can benefit the development of the Swans’ emerging list. “Hopefully, I can help some of the young guys improve their game a bit and pass on a bit of experience,” King said. “If I can help and have a bit of input then great. “Everyone seems keen to go and get stuck in today, which is good to see. “I’m still getting a feel for the joint, but that should come pretty soon.”
Will Griggs also hopes to settle into the Swans set-up quickly after playing all his football in Queanbeyan. The 24-year-old admits it was difficult to depart his old club but felt ready for a change. “It was hard seeing some of the faces you’re leaving behind,” Griggs said. “But now Queanbeyan is out of the NEAFL, I felt it was a good opportunity to go somewhere else and try something different. “Griffith were one of the first clubs to talk to us and they seemed like a good club, so I am happy to come on board.
Hopefully it all works out.” Griggs, who can also play as a small forward, doesn’t know much about the Riverina Football League but expects his skills to be tested. “I know a lot of players from our league back home have come into this league in other teams,” Griggs said. “Hopefully that will step up the standard of the competition a bit. “But I’m not too sure what to expect to be honest. “We’ll just have to wait until round one.” (The Area News - Friday January 16, 2015).
CERATO LANDS AT SWANS – By Andrew Piva
Often on the receiving end of Chris Cerato skills, the Griffith Swans are relishing the prospects of unleashing the former Turvey Park coach on their opponents in 2015. Cerato moved to Griffith last October and has committed to to staying the rest of the year after his partner gained employment at Griffith Base Hospital. Signing with the Swans was a logical move for Cerato, and on Thursday night his recruitment became official. The 30-year-old has played the majority of his football with Turvey Park and was part of the Bulldogs’ 2002 premiership winning team. While he admits it’ll be strange pulling on a new Riverina Football League jersey, Cerato expects his move to the Swans to reinvigorate his football. “I’m looking forward to it to be honest,” Cerato said. “You get to meet new players, new members of the club, new sponsors, new fans – the whole lot. “It’s a nice challenge getting to know everyone, but you also have to make sure you perform every week. “It’s a new lease of life in a new town, so you might as well get amongst it.”
Cerato is renowned in the RFL for his versatility, and it’s a talent Swans coach Brandon Mathews is sure to exploit. For his part, Cerato is happy to perform whatever role Mathews assigns him. “It (versatility) has been my strength throughout my career.” Cerato said. “I’ve played back, forward and midfield roles. About the only place I haven’t played in the ruck. “I think Brando’s preference is to play me forward to start with, but in saying that you don’t really know until you play a couple of practice matches and find the balance of the team.”
Cerato said the foundation was in place for a successful campaign. “Just looking at training on Thursday night, the numbers were pretty good,” he said. “Talking with Brando, players who haven’t committed before are putting in the hard yards now, which is a great sign. “Like-wise, we should be all right. The club’s improved on last year and kept losses to a minimum and picked up more players. After coaching against him the past couple of seasons, Mathews said it was great to see Cerato in a Swans jersey. “He’s a very good player,” he said. “He’s given us a few headaches in the past. “He’s pretty versatile, which is probably his biggest strength, and he’s also got a lot of playing experience, so he’ll be a good signing for all the young blokes. “I’m sure Turvey Park were sad to lose him, but he was sort of in the right spot at the right time for us to end up getting him.” (The Area News - January 26, 2015).
SWANS HUNT FAST START - By Andrew Piva
Griffith Swans coach Brandon Mathews says early wins are crucial to his team’s hopes of playing finals football in the Riverina Football League this season. The Swans open their campaign with an away match against Leeton-Whitton on Saturday and would love to make a statement first up. Griffith are targeting the top four in 2015, but Mathews said a poor first month would dent their September ambitions. “We lost a couple of close ones early last year ad it really hurt us later in the year,” he said. “It’d be nice to get the points and head into the early part of the season with our tails up a bit. “We got a week off next week. The way the draw is, it’s not really ideal. “You don’t want to sit down for a couple of weeks after getting done.”
Mathews is still to finalise his team for the showdown with Leeton-Whitton, but he expects the Crows to come out firing after they bolstered their squad over summer. “In my opinion, they (Leeton-Whitton) will be among the top few sides this year,” Mathews said. “They’ve got quite a few players from out of the same Canberra comp we got our guys (King, Grigs and Daniel) and some locals coming back. To play for them. “They had a lot of good young kids last year but probably a bit like us, they lacked a bit of polish. “But from all reports the players they’re got are really good.” Mathews, however, is backing the Swans to succeed. “It’s been a long pre-season for us,” Mathews said. “I guess because we’ve recruited a few guys, there’s a bit of excitement around the place. “The last month of pre-season can get a bit long. You can play practice games, but it seems like you’re getting stale. “You’re sick of doing all the running and just want to get out there and play for something.” The Area News - Friday April 10, 2015).
Round 1 - Saturday April 11, 2015 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm
Leeton-Whitton .... 5.7 .. 11.10 .. 15.15 .. 20.16 (136)
Griffith ................... 2.2 .. 5.2 .. 10.3 .. 14.6 (90)
Goals: Leeton-Whitton: B Boots 5, N Irwin 3, C Griggs 2, K O'Malley 2, T Conroy 2, M. Wescombe 2, B Curley 2, M Hardie, B O'Garey
Griffith: M Griffiths 6, W Griggs 2, D Crack, K Ruyg, M Duncan, C Cerato, T Howard, B King
Best: Leeton-Whitton: B Boots, M Hardie, L Meline, T Conroy, M Heaslip, N Irwin
Griffith: J Hamilton, M Griffiths, J Gastin, M Duncan, K Ruyg, B Vitucci
Leeton-Whitton: I Houghton, C Townsend, J Scarr; D Delaney, M Heaslip, T Morton; J Lehman, C Griggs, B. Boots; L Meline, T Meline, M Wescombe; B Curley, K O'Malley, T Conroy; N Irwin, S Howe, M Hardie; B O'Garey, T Handsaker, W Wakeman
Griffith: B McRae, B Vitucci*, R Johns; J Gastin, J Taylor, T Groves*; K Hume, B King*, S Daniel*; J Fallon, J Hamilton, B Mathews; T Howard*, C Cerato*, M Duncan; M Griffiths, T Matheson, W Griggs*; D Crack, E Faiva*, K Ruyg
Umpires: S Doughney, A O'Halloran, L Olsen (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 11.11 (77) def by Mangoplah-CUE 19.14 (128), Narrandera 9.8 (62) def by Ganmain-GGM 17.14 (116), Turvey Park 5.9 (39) def by Wagga 26.17 (173); Coolamon, bye
Reserves: Griffith 19.22 (136) d Leeton-Whitton 4.1 (25)
Goals: C Cunial 4, G Argus 4, R Williamson 3, C Harrison 2, J Hourigan, R Holland, C Niven, L Peruzzi, L Vogan, M. Peruzzi
Under 17: Griffith 18.7 (115) d Leeton-Whitton 4.9 (33)
Goals: L O'Dwyer 6, A Coldwell 4, J Favell 2, R Moore 2, B French, L Shannon, W Kennedy, B Chambers
Match report: Griffith Swans coach Brandon Mathews says his team copped a reality check after going down by 46 points to Leeton-Whitton in round one on the Riverina Football League. The Swans travelled to Leeton for the clash and were out-of-sorts from the opening siren against the dominant Crows. A minute’s silence was observed for Stephanie Scott before the game, both teams donning yellow armbands on what was an emotional day for the Leeton community. But when it came time to play, the Crows remained focused and disciplined on their way to a commanding 20.16 (136) to 14.5 (90) victory.
Mathews said Leeton-Whitton were superior to the Swans in every facet. “They blew us away at the start,” Mathews said of the Crows. “Their intensity and attack on the footy was far better than ours. “We let ourselves down pretty badly, to be honest. “Their skills were better, particularly early on. They worked harder for one another and played better as a side.”
The Crows led by 23 points at the first change, and from there it was a long way back for the Swans. Michael Griffiths proved an effective target up front and finished with six goals for the Swans, but Mathews said his team only showed glimpses of its best. “We had patches where we played some good footy,” he said. “We showed what we could do when we got on a bit of a run. “But really, they just smashed us out of the middle of the ground. “We were ordinary, but you can only play as good as the other team lets you.”
Almost as frustrating as the loss for Mathews is what the Swans have to wait another fortnight before they play again because of the this week’s split round. “It’s a bit annoying, but there’s not much you can do,” Mathews said. “We were very disappointed with how we played, but we’re not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater. “It’s only round one, and there’s a long way still to go. If anything, this has given us a kick in the pants.” (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday April 13, 2015)
SWANS EXPECT TO LIFT FOR ANZAC DAY CLASH - By Andrew Piva
GRIFFITH Swans coach Brandon Mathews doesn't expect motivation to be a problem when the Swans run out for their Anzac Day clash with Narrandera on Saturday. The Swans are hosting the Eagles at Exies Oval and will wear special jerseys to commemorate the centenary of Anzac. Adding to the game's significance is that the Swans are desperate to bounce back from their 46-point loss to Leeton-Whitton in round one a fortnight ago. Mathews said the Swans had plenty to play for in their first home match of the Riverina Football League season. "Anzac Day is one of the most important days on the calendar," he said. "I don't think the significance of the day will be lost on the boys. "But regardless of what day it is, we got done in round one and we've got to win games. "At the start of the year, every club would aim not to lose games at home and we're no different. "We sort of put a fair bit of emphasis on that, so we need to have a bit of a crack out there." The Swans were out-muscled at the contest against Leeton-Whitton, but one exception was Josh Hamilton, who earned best-on-ground honours for the Griffith combination. Mathews said Hamilton had set the standard his teammates needed to reach. "Josh is just a competitor and is certainly a very good footballer," he said. "He's played at a high level and has got that never-say-die attitude you want all your players to have. "It won't be the last time he gets best on ground. He's very handy and a big boy. "He's a quiet sort of bloke and doesn't say much, but he can lift everyone with his actions." If the Swans can play close to their best football, Mathews is confident they'll have too much firepower for the Eagles. But he remains wary of the visitors, who also suffered a loss in round one. He said the Swans would give Narrandera the respect they deserved. "They're in the same position as us," Mathews said of the Eagles. "It's pretty hard to get a gauge on how everyone's going, especially sides with a lot of new players. "It'll take some time, but they (Narrandera) recruited well and have got some good players. "It's going to be pretty red hot out there during the game." The Swans will auction their playing jerseys after the match. The main game starts at 6.30pm. (The Area News - Friday April 24, 2015).
Round 2 - Saturday April 25, 2015 at Griffith Exies Oval 6.30pm
Griffith ............ 2.0 .. 4.2 .. 7.8 .. 9.13 (67)
Narrandera ... 4.0 .. 5.0 .. 6.1 .. 8.1 (49)
Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 3, W Griggs 2, S Daniel, C Cerato, J Toscan, J Gastin
Narrandera: L Hunter 2, B Grant 2, S Light, R Borg, A Lawder, S James
Best: Griffith: W Griggs, C Cerato, B King, M Duncan, K Hume, J Gastin
Narrandera: D Burden, L Hunter, A Lawder, M Cummins, A Francia
Griffith: J Keenan, T Groves, R Malone; J Fallon, J Taylor, C Jenkins; K Ruyg, B King, K Hume; S Daniel, J Toscan, J Gastin; W Griggs, M Griffiths, D Crack; J Hamilton, C Cerato, M Duncan; R Johns, B McRae, R Holland
Narrandera: L Smith, L Paterson, D Burdon; S Irons, M Gorman, M Staite; J Sullivan, A Sangston, R Borg; D Choy, A Francia, N Hetherington; B Rose, B Grant, D Smith; L Hunter, A Lawder, S Light; S James, M Cummins, B Knagge
Umpires: T Beard, M Rowe (RUA)
Reports: Josh Hamilton (Griffith) for head butt on Reece Borg (1st quarter), and for alleged rough conduct on Logan Smith (2nd quarter) - suspended for 3 games.
Other matches: 18/4 Mangoplah-CUE 6.12 (48) def Leeton-Whitton 3.8 (26); 19/4 Coolamon 17.8 (10) def Ganmain-GGM 15.13 (103); 25/4 Wagga 6.11 (47) def by Collingullie-GP 16.6 (102); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 14.7 (91) d Narrandera 0.0 (0)
Goals: G Argus 4, J Schirripa 3, C Cunial 2, S McCanna 2, M Peruzzi 2, D Villata
Under 17: Griffith 8.9 (57) d Narrandera 2.2 (14)
Goals: J Favell 2, A Coldwell 2, B Chambers 2, L O'Dwyer, T Clarke
Match report: The Griffith Swans earned their first win of the Riverina Football League season at the Exies Oval on Saturday, despite playing a man down for the majority of the clash after Josh Hamilton was sent from the field. Hamilton earned two yellow cards in the first quarter against Narrandera, the second incident resulting in the Eagles' Logan Smith being stretchered off from the field after a heavy collision. The Swans went on to win 9.13 (67) to 8.1 (49), the display earning plenty of praise from coach Brandon Mathews following the club's disappointing loss to Leeton-Whitton in round one. "To be able to win one, the way we did was fantastic," Mathews said. "It was a really gutsy effort to get the win the way we did. "It was certainly character building." Hamilton, who plays in the ruck and forward line, was the Swans' best on ground against Leeton-Whitton, and his absence was always going to be noticed. Compounding his loss was an ankle injury suffered by Queanbeyan recruit Sam Daniel during the match, which further reduced the Swans' inter-chance bench.
The home side trailed by two goals at the first break and four points at halftime but never panicked and rallied when play resumed. Mathews said everyone shared the extra workload. "The boys dug in and worked hard to cover him (Hamilton)." he said. "The most pleasing thing was that it was hard to pick out individuals from the game because of the way we played. "A lot of the new guys played really well, but in saying that so did everybody, I thought. "Narrandera are a tough, physical footy side, but the young boys stood up." The Eagles' biggest concern after the match was the well-being of Smith. Narrandera coach Tim Sullivan told The Area News on Sunday that the teenager was doing all right. "After the game he still had a pretty bad headache and memory loss and wanted to know how he got in the change rooms," Sullivan said. "He came around afterwards, but he was pretty rattled from the incident." (By Andrew Piva -The Area News, Monday April 27, 2015).
Round 3 - Saturday May 2, 2015 at Maher Oval 2.10pm
Turvey Park .... 2.2 .. 5.4 .. 9.6 .. 12.9 (81)
Griffith ............ 1.3 .. 4.8 .. 9.11 .. 13.13 (91)
Goals: Turvey Park: D Brown 5, J Brooks 2, C Grintell, J Haggar, A Hill, N. Flanigan, T Doyle
Griffith: J Gastin 4, J Toscan 4, C Cerato 2, R Johns, D Crack, R Malone
Best: Turvey Park: J Donaldson, D Campbell, T Doyle, J Brooks, D Brown, F Doherty
Griffith: B King, J Taylor, J Gastin, K Ruyg, C Cerato, J Toscan
Turvey Park: J Colaicovo, J Hampton, M Francis, A Ryan, J Donaldson, M Hort, C Grintell, D Campbell, N Flanigan, J Hagger, J Brooks, D Brown, L McRae, J Fletcher, A Hill, B Salan, T Doyle, A Palmer, B Ebsworthy, F Doherty, J McLean
Griffith: B Vitucci, J Keenan, D Catanzariti; J Fallon, J Taylor, T Groves; K Hume, C Cerato, K Ruyg; C Cunial, J Toscan, J Gastin; B McRae, R Malone, D Crack; M Griffiths, B King, W Griggs; D Peruzzi, R Johns, R Holland
Umpires: J O'Donoghue, B Robinson, D Blanch (RUA)
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 10.11 (71) def by Leeton-Whitton 18.17 (125), Narrandera 11.17 (83) def by Coolamon 13.6 (84); Wagga 12.7 (79) def Mangoplah-CUE 11.6 (72); Collingullie-GP, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 12.17 (89) d Turvey Park 3.1 (19)
Goals: N Richards 4, C Moore 3, B Prendergast 2, D Villata, R Williamson, Tom Valeri
Under 17: Griffith 12.8 (80) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 6.6 (42)
Goals: B Chambers 5, J Favell 4, S Foley, R Cassidy, T Clarke
Match report: The Griffith Swans stuck home in a tight tussle against the Turvey Park Bulldogs at Maher Oval on Saturday 13.13 (91) to 12.9 (81), despite their wayward kicking. The Swans' lack of accuracy saw them trail at the first quarter and half-time stoppages. Griffith had kicked 4.8 (32) to the more accurate Bulldogs 5.4 (34) when the half time siren sounded. After straightening their kicks, the Swans put on a five-goal third term that saw them hit the lead going into the final quarter. Another four goals in the final quarter secured the victory.
Swans coach Brandon Mathews said the game was tight throughout and his side's kicking accuracy didn't help the situation. "It was a bit of a battle, I don't think we ever got more than 10 points in front the whole game," Mathews said. "We were pretty average in front of goal, we missed too many shots on goal. "But credit to Turvey Park, they smashed us around and played competitive football." The Swans played a period of the match with 17 men after Royce Johns was yellow carded. However, Mathews was more critical of the side's frame of mind coming into the match than the yellow card. "We turned up with the wrong attitude," Mathews said. "We turned up and thought we were going to get the job done. "Not too many people wanted to get their hands dirty, luckily a few blokes did in the end. "I suppose at the end of the day, it was disappointing but to be able to get the job done when we played poorly, that's a bit of a silver lining," he said. Mathews named Ben King, Chris Cerato, James Taylor and Jono Gastin as the stand-out performers on the day. Gastin and Swans co-captain James Toscan booted four goals apiece while Cerato snagged two against his old club. Richard Malone, Dean Crack and Royce Johns all kicked a goal each. Dusty Brown kicked five goals and Jack Brooks got two to lead the goal-scores for the Bulldogs. (By Ben Jaffrey -The Area News, Monday May 4, 2015).
Round 4 - Sunday May 10, 2015 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ........... 3.0 .. 4.5 .. 5.5 .. 9.7 (61)
Coolamon ..... 2.5 .. 5.5 .. 7.6 .. 9.8 (62)
Goals: Griffith: W Griggs 3, S Daniel 2, M Griffiths 2, M Duncan, C Cerato
Coolamon: R Pritchett 2, M Crawford 2, Z Robinson, D. Johnson, J Maddox, P McGrath, B Edyvean
Best: Griffith: C Jenkins, B King, D Peruzzi, M Griffiths, M Duncan, R Malone
Coolamon: P McGrath, D Johnson, R Chamberlain, M Macauley, B Edyvean, Z Robinson
Griffith: J Keenan, R Malone, C Jenkins; J Fallon, J Taylor, T Groves; K Ruyg, C Cerato, T Matheson; S Daniel, J Toscan, J Gastin; M Duncan, R Johns, D Crack; M Griffiths, W Griggs, B King; K Hume, D Peruzzi, C Moore
Coolamon: M Jarrett, B Koop, D Bos; R Chamberlain, M Macauley, H Bradley; L Redfern, J Maddox, H Leary; M Crawford, C Neyland, H Fitzsimmons; B Edyvean, R Pritchett, Z Robinson; M Carroll, P McGrath, D Johnson; L Gerhard, S Clyde, T Owens
Umpires: A Touvi, R Krenz (RUA)
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 17.12 (114) def Wagga 11.11 (77), Narrandera 13.9 (87) def Collingullie-GP 9.15 (69); Ganmain-GGM 16.6 (102) def Turvey Park 6.3 (29); Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 8.12 (60) d Coolamon 2.8 (20)
Goals: D Dunbar 3, T Bruns 2, B Vitucci, M Peruzzi, J Hourigan
Under 17: Coolamon 2.9 (21) d Griffith 2.8 (20)
Goals: S Foley, L O'Dwyer
Match report: The Griffith Swans sustained a nail-biting one point loss at the hands of Coolamon on Sunday. A strong wind blowing throughout the match ensured it would be low-scoring. The Hoppers went into the half-time break with a six point lead and came out firing in the third quarter. Griffith had all the field position in the first few minutes but couldn’t convert it on the scoreboard. Coolamon’s counter attack was one their most deadly weapons at the Exies Oval. Coolamon had swung momentum back in their favour via back-to-back goals to Rick Pritchett. Will Griggs hit back almost immediately for the Swans, reducing the lead to 13 as the three quarter time siren sounded. Daniel Johnson stretched Coolamon’s lead to 19 points early in the final quarter.
The Swans clicked into gear as they kicked four on the trot, including two from big man Michael Griffiths, to take a five point lead late in the match. Griffith played desperately to hold their lead but Jamie Maddox was able to peg one back and give the Hoppers a one point lead. The final minutes were frantic as the Swans looked for points. The ball stayed in Coolamon’s half the majority of the time but the Swans weren’t able to penetrate deep enough into the forward 50 before the final siren sounded, handing the Hoppers the win 9.8 (62) to 9.7 (61). Swans assistant coach Tom Groves said everything boiled down to the side being able to put together four quarters of football. “I think it’s our consistency over the whole game,” Groves said.
“If we can stick together as a team I think we can go places but we just haven’t done that this year and it showed today. “I think both teams didn’t cope with the wind very well, there was a lot of tight turnovers during the game But it’s not really an excuse. “We still had our chances and if we play consistent footy we get more opportunities at goal … we’ll really knuckle down over the next two weeks, with two weeks off, and really work on our team stuff and our defence.” (By Ben Jaffrey – Monday May 11, 2015).
Round 5 - Saturday May 16, 2015
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 14.15 (99) def Leeton-Whitton 12.4 (76), Mangoplah-CUE 16.17 (113) def Ganmain-GGM 4.9 (33), Wagga 10.11 (71) def Narrandera 6.9 (45); Coolamon 21.19 (145) def Turvey Park 7.5 (47).
HAMILTON A HEAVY HITTER IN THE RING - By Andrew Piva
GRIFFITH Swans footballer Josh Hamilton has proven he's as much as a force in the ring as he is on the field. Hamilton won his amateur interstate heavyweight fight in Albury on Saturday after earning a unanimous points decision over Shane Hughes in the night's main support bout. The Griffith Aussie rules star wasn't playing at the weekend because of the Swans' bye and accepted the fight at short notice. Griffith City Boxing coach Mario Rizzeri, who trains Hamilton said the brief preparation didn't bother the 99kg enforcer. "He's football fit," Rizzeri said of Hamilton. "It was a very hard fight. Shane kept coming at him, but Hamilton was the cleaner boxer and landed more solid shots." Fighting on the same card, Griffith City Boxing stablemate Greg Halden lost a split decision to Australian champion Mitchell Watt after stripping four kilograms off his already lean 76kg frame to make the weight. Rizzeri said Halden sweated off the excess in the sauna and during punishing early morning runs. "The weight Greg had to get off for the day should've deterred him his strength, but he still fought strong," he said. "He deserved to win the fight. He did the better punching and he was cleaner and connected more. Ninety per cent of the crowd thought he should've won." Halden had a goal o representing Australia in the 2016 Olympics, but Rizzeri said it had been hard finding opponents for the Rio aspirant. "At this stage the only ones putting their hands up are Australian champions who are either than him or a couple of kilos lighter than his best weight," he said. "It's a bit hard because he's only been fighting for 12 months. "We know that boxing is all about getting knocks, but sometimes we have to overcome the knocks that come with the decision." Halden hopefully won't have to wait long before his next fight, with Rizzeri trying to organise a bout against Australian middleweight champion Shane Hasler in Cootamundra on May 30. Rizzeri also hopes to secure Hamilton a fight. (The Area News - Wednesday May 20, 2015).
AFL Victoria Country Championships - Saturday May 23, 2015 at Robertson Oval
Riverina FNL ..... 4.6 .. 7.9 .. 12.15 .. 18.19 (127)
Tallangatta DFL ... 1.1 .. 4.3 .. 6.5 .. 7.5 (47)
Goals: RFNL: J Buchanan 5, J Lawton 3, J Morris 3, J Kennedy, J Kotzur, J Maddox, B Rose, C Grintell, J Brooks, R Chamberlain
TDFL: R Wallace 2, T Castles, G Telford, T Brook, R Jenkins, N Iaria
Best: RFNL: J Lawton, J Anstee, J Kotzur, J Maddox, S Flanigan, B Rose
TDFL: J Willis, T Castles, T Turner, R Wallace, J Wilson. D Pritchard
Umpires: Tim Beard, Luke Olsen, unknown
Riverina FNL: Tom Groves, James Toscan, Daniel Kennedy; Marshall Macauley, John Anstee, Andrew Clarke; Shaun Flanigan, Jamie Maddox (capt.), Brent Rose; Jack Brooks, James Lawton, Harry Collins; James Kennedy, James Morris, John Buchanan; Ben Edyvean, Stace Creasy, Jayden Kotzur; Ryan Chamberlain, Matt Collins, Jonathan Gastin, Chase Grintell. Coach Matt Hard
Tallangatta DFL: Daniel Atwell, Andrew Cardwell, Rhys Hensell; Daniel Cassidy, Sam Bowler, Zac Oliver; Jayden Vandermeer, Tyson Smith, Joel Wilson; Nick Iaria, Trent Castles, Dylan Pritchard; Ryan Wallace, Guy Telford, Ryan Jenkins; John Willis, Trent Turner, Tim Brook; Tom Russell, Sam Bowers, Chris Anderson, Jake Fisher-Curnow. Coach Dale Smith
Under 17's: Riverina FNL 6.15 (51) def Tallangatta DFL 7.4 (46)
Griffith reps: Jacob Conlan, Brady Chambers, Angus Coldwell, Brady French
Netball Grand Final - Opens: Picola DNL 27 def Riverina FNL 24
Netball Grand Final - Under 17's: Riverina FNL 22 def Tallangatta DNL 13
Griffith Under 17's reps: Renae Larkin (capt), Bayleigh Hogan.
Match report: Riverina League enhanced their reputation as one of the strongest county competitions in these parts with a 80-oint thrashing of Tallangatta League on Saturday night at Robertson Oval in Wagga. Riverina decided on a push into Victoria two years ago and made another strong statement by wiping Tallangatta League of the park 18.19 (127) to 7.5 (47). The home side, which featured three Griffith Swans players, dominated the contested football and then were far too slick on the outside to grab number one ranking in their new-look division. James Lawton headed a dangerous forward line that ran rampant, while the backline was sensational all game, with the likes of John Anstee and Griffith's James Toscan leading the charge. The midfield worked tirelessly all contest, with Brent Rose and Shaun Flanigan captialising on the hard work of Jamie Maddox, Stace Creasy and Jayden Kotzur. Riverina coach Matt Hard was pleased to uphold Riverina's strong representative reputation for the second consecutive year. "We picked the best 22 players available and they all done themselves very proud," Hard said. "We're pretty proud of the league we play in and we're associated with, and we really want to enhance it's reputation, I suppose, and the only way you can do that is once a year you get to play a game of footy against another league and that's where you make a statement. "So we're happy today that the boys have done that, made a good statement, and give the league some recognition." Hard paid tribute to the players' attitude to representative football. "It was a really good win, they played good footy and to the boys' credit they were fantastic fro day one," he said. "Rep footy is all about gelling as a group and to their credit they came here, had a great attitude and played some good footy." John Buchanan bagged a five goal haul, while Lawton was dominant, albeit inaccurate, as he finished with 3.7. Also having a win on Saturday was the Riverina under 17s netballers. Captained by Griffith's Renae Larkin, Riverina beat Tallangatta 22-13 in the final of their competition. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday May 25, 2015).
Round 6 - Sunday May 31, 2015 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Ganmain-GGM ... 4.4 .. 9.8 .. 10.10 .. 11.12 (78)
Griffith .................. 2.2 .. 2.3 .. 7.8 .. 10.11 (71)
Goals: GGGM: J Lawton 6, B Walsh 2, N Irvine, J Kotzur, C Steele
Griffith: D Crack 2, C Cerato 2, J Toscan 2, T Matheson, W Griggs, M Griffiths, B King
Best: GGGM: J Lawton, A Clarke, B Walsh, J Kotzur, J Evans, C Steele
Griffith: W Griggs, B King, D Peruzzi, J Keenan, J Gastin, D Crack
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: A Clarke, J Johnson, N Kember; P Hamblin, B Walsh, L Walsh; T Quinn, C Steele, D Foley; S Hatty, J Lawton, J Evans; J Walsh, B Watt, L Steward; M White, N Irvine, J Kotzur (c-c); D Steele, P Lucas, A Cumming
Griffith: J Fallon, T Groves, J Keenan; T Matheson, J Taylor, C Jenkins; S Daniel, C Cerato, K Hume; K Ruyg, J Toscan, J Gastin; W Griggs, N Richards*, D Crack; M Griffiths, M Duncan, B King; D Peruzzi, R Johns, T Howard
Umpires: W Sanbrook, A Touvi, R Johnston (RUA)
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 15.8 (98) def Coolamon 9.8 (62), Mangoplah-CUE 10.12 (72) def Narrandera 4.3 (37), Turvey Park 3.3 (21) def by Collingullie-GP 18.15 (123); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 10.12 (72) d Ganmain-GGM 1.6 (12)
Goals: D Dunbar 3, T Richards 2, M Peruzzi, D Villata, R Williamson, R Holland, G Argus
Under 17: Griffith 16.16 (112) d Ganmain-GGM 1.0 (6)
Goals: B Chambers 3, L O'Dwyer 3, B French 3, L Butcher 3, J Favell 2, A Coldwell, A McDermott
Match report: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong survived a brave second-half fightback from Griffith to hold on for an important seven-point win at Ganmain Sportsground on Sunday. The Lions led by as much as 48 points late in the second quarter but were forced to fight for their lives late, holding on 11.12 (78) to 10.11 (71). Griffith scored seven of the first eight goals after half-time to close within five points, only for GGGM to regain composure late and hang on for victory. James Lawton ultimately proved the difference and was virtually unstoppable in attack as he kicked five first-half goals to finish with 6.5 for the day. The Lions ran riot early as Griffith failed to show up for what loomed as an important game for both teams.
As bad as Griffith was in the first half, GGGM were equally awful after the break as the Swans got their running game going. After lacking a strong forward target early, Chris Cerato moved to full-forward in the second half and helped straighten Griffith up. With the game in the balance and five minutes remaining, Griffith star Mick Duncan was sent off for reacting to being flattened off the ball. The Lions had the better of the last couple of minutes and held on for a tight win.
GGGM coach Jayden Kotzur was relieved to get the four points. “It was a big game for us. To be three wins and three losses now instead of two and four, hopefully it starts to get things rolling a bit,” Kotzur said. “Obviously it was a disappointing second half, but we probably did enough in the first half to get ahead and give ourselves a chance of winning the game.” Kotzur said low tackle and run to receive counts in the second half highlighted the Lions’ lack of run after the break. Lawton was best for the Lions, closely followed by Andrew Clarke. Will Griggs was a standout for the Swans over the four quarters, while Duncan and Michael Griffiths played big parts in the comeback. A courageous Daniel Peruzzi also provided several highlights for the Swans. (By Matt Malone – The Area News, Monday June 1, 2015).
Round 7 - Saturday June 6, 2015 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10 pm
Griffith .................. 5.2 .. 7.2 .. 11.5 .. 15.9 (99)
Collingullie-GP .... 5.4 .. 8.4 .. 8.5 .. 11.6 (72)
Goals: Griffith: D Crack 4, J Toscan 3, M Handby 2, J Gastin, C Cerato, R Johns, W Griggs, K Ruyg, S Daniel
Collingullie-GP: J Morris 6, J Kennedy, B Ambler, C Gordon, J Turnbull, H Perryman
Best: Griffith: M Handby, T Groves, B King, M Duncan, W Griggs, M Griffiths
Collingullie-GP: M Kennedy, J Turnbull, H Perryman, C Gordon, T Haines, W Haines
Griffith: T Groves, J Keenan, C Jenkins; K Hume, J Taylor, J Fallon; D Peruzzi, M Handby, W Griggs; K Ruyg, J Toscan, J Gastin; R Malone, C Cerato, D Crack; M Griffiths, M Duncan, B King; S Daniel, R Johns, D Villata
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: J Banks, G Spriggs, W Haines; H Perryman, T Haines, D Kennedy; L Moore, C Gordon, T Pocock; N Perryman, B Ambler, B Mackenzie; M Kennedy, J Morris, R Dean; C Jackson, N Kennedy, J Kennedy; Z Billingham, J Turnbull, J Gunning
Umpires: A Manley, M Tom (RUA)
Other matches: Coolamon 10.8 (68) def by Mangoplah-CUE 12.15 (87), Ganmain-GGM 5.6 (36) def by Wagga 12.15 (87), Narrandera 10.13 (73) def Turvey Park 8.6 (54); Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 6.12 (48) d Collingullie-GP 6.10 (46)
Goals: C Harrison 3, B Tarr, T Richards, M. Johns
Under 17: Griffith 16.11 (107) d Collingullie-GP 5.6 (36)
Goals: J Favell 4, L O'Dwyer 2, E Faiva 2, L Butcher 2, T Clarke 2, B Chambers 2, S Foley, L Shannon
Match report: On a perfect winter's day, the Griffith Swans held Collingullie-Glenfield Park to a goalless third quarter as the home side secured victory at the Exies Oval. The first quarter was as tight as they come with both sides slotting five goals apiece but CGP took a slender two-point lead. The Demons furthered their lead to eight points before half-time arrived. Griffith kicked into gear after returning to the field. The third quarter was the most dominant in terms of the score as Swans kicked four goals and gave themselves an 18-point buffer heading into the final term. A four goal final quarter handed Griffith victory 15.9 (99 to 11.6 (72) over Collingullie-GP. Swans coach Brandon Mathews said his side looked the goods when they stuck to their game-plan. "We played how we want to play," Mathews said. "The first quarter was really good for us and they (CGP) were really good in the second quarter. "It's pretty basic how we play footy, it's a lot of team orientated stuff. "We were being a little selfish at times but in the second half everyone got on board."
The win pushes Griffith into sixth place, just outside the top five on percentage. Despite the scoreboard being so one-sided in the third quarter, Mathews said it didn't reflect the tone of the quarter. "I wouldn't say we dominated, we made most of our opportunities," Mathews said. "It was a physical game, a hard game of footy, Gullie are such a good side. "We probably won more of the footy and our backline stood up." Griffith's forwards were on song with the boot, kicking incredibly straight and not wasting goal scoring chances. Mathews said accuracy had let his side down in recent weeks. "It was a cracking day for footy, probably perfect conditions," he said. Apart from small lapses in concentration, Mathews was happy with the performance. He was happy with everyone's performance and found it hard to single out any players. (By Ben Jaffrey – Monday June 8, 2015).
Round 8 - Saturday June 13, 2015 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Mangoplah-CUE ... 5.2 .. 8.6 .. 11.7 .. 15.11 (101)
Griffith .................... 2.1 .. 2.4 .. 4.6 .. 7.7 (49)
Goals: MCUE: M Collins 3, S Creasy 2, P Killalea 2, A Dickins, H Collins, T Metcalfe, T Keogh, L Davis, D Rogers, A Pettigrove, S Schiller
Griffith: M Griffiths 3, J Toscan, J Hamilton, D Crack, C Cerato
Best: MCUE: T Keogh, H Collins, S Creasy, P Killalea, A Dickins, M Daniher
Griffith: B King, W Griggs, R Malone, M Duncan, K Hume, C Cerato
Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: P Griffin, M Roberson, C Griffin; T Cohalan, T Keogh, L Davis; J Whitley, H Collins, S Schiller; S Carey, D Rogers, S Creasy; A Dickens, M Collins, P Killalea; A Pettigrove, C Sanbrook, M Daniher; C Huthwaite, A Pleming, T Metcalfe
Griffith: J Keenan, R Malone, C Jenkins; K Hume, J Taylor, J Fallon; D Peruzzi, C Cerato, W Griggs; J Gastin, J Toscan, D Crack; M Duncan, J Hamilton, K Ruyg; M Griffiths, T Groves, B King; S Daniel, R Johns, D Villata
Umpires: R Krenz, M Tom, B Robinson (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 16.7 (103) def Ganmain-GGM 13.6 (84), Leeton-Whitton 24.16 (160) def Turvey Park 5.4 (34); Coolamon 13.10 (88) def Wagga 7.14 (56); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 10.11 (71) d Mangoplah-CUE 8.4 (52)
Goals: G Argus 2, D Dunbar 2, Tom Valeri 2, J Geddes , B McRae, C Cunial , C Harrison
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 14.14 (98) d Griffith 1.3 (9)
Goals: A McDermott
Match report: Mangoplah-CUE have given the Griffith Swans a sobering reminder of how much they need to improve before they can consider themselves a premiership threat in the Riverina Football League. The Goannas dominated the Swans at Mangoplah on Saturday to run out 15.11 (101) to 7.7 (49) winners and remain on top of the ladder. Fresh from victory over Collingullie-Glenfield Park, the Swans were confident of pushing the competition pacesetters. But Griffith were no match for the home team, the well-drilled Goannas taking control in the first two quarters to lead 54-16 at the main break.
There was only going to be one result when play restarted, Swans coach Brandon Mathews conceding his side wasn’t up to the challenge. “We had patches where we sort of got on a roll, but we couldn’t score goals. We couldn’t hit the scoreboard,” Mathews said. “They were obviously better than us, but we had enough of the foot to score more. “We were probably getting into our forward 50 enough, especially early, but we missed a couple of opportunities and dropped a couple of marks we should’ve taken. “In the end, we weren’t good enough. We didn’t have enough blokes have a go. There was too much left for too few, unfortunately.”
One player who could hold his head high was Ben King, the Queanbeyan recruit once again underlining his value to the Swans with a workmanlike performance. Also having an impact for the Swans were Will Griggs and Richard Malone, while Michael Griffiths finished the game with three majors. Mathews didn’t take part in the match after opting to give himself another week of training as he continues his recovery from a back injury. While he hopes to be fit for this Saturday’s home clash with the Wagga Tigers, teammates Che Jenkins (foot), Royce Johns (knee) and James Taylor (knee) are in doubt after picking up injuries against the Goannas. “We got whacked fairly hard with the old injury stick,” Mathews said. “It’s not ideal, but we’ll see how we go.” (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday June 15, 2015).
Round 9 - Saturday June 20, 2015 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .................. 2.3 .. 7.4 .. 8.11 .. 10.12 (72)
Wagga Tigers ...... 3.1 .. 7.3 .. 7.3 .. 9.7 (61)
Goals: Griffith: H Delves 5, W Griggs 2, J Toscan, J Gastin, M Duncan
Wagga: J Kelly 3, F Inglis 2, J Buchanan, S Flanigan, A Durnan, N Ryan
Best: Griffith: H Delves, B King, K Hume, R Malone, J Taylor, D Peruzzi
Wagga: W Morley, M Rava, J Kelly, J Anstee, S Flanigan, B Graham
Griffith: K Hume, R Malone, J Fallon; S Daniel, J Taylor, T Groves; D Peruzzi, M Duncan, B Tarr; J Gastin, J Toscan, W Griggs; H Delves, J Hamilton, D Crack; M Griffiths, C Cerato, B King; K Ruyg, J Keenan, B Mathews
Wagga Tigers: L Myers, A Reilly, W Morley; C Lovell, J Anstee, P Delaney; B Morton, J Osbeiston, N Cooke; M Rava (c-c), A Durnan, N Ryan; D Morton, J Buchanan, F Inglis; B Graham, S Flanigan, J Kelly; J Gaynor, S Pearce, S Lucas
Umpires: S Doughney, T O'Halloran, J O'Halloran (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 18.9 (117) def Coolamon 6.11 (47), Narrandera 5.8 (38) def by Leeton-Whitton 9.15 (69), Turvey Park 5.6 (36) def by Mangoplah-CUE 20.13 (133); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 16.6 (102) d Wagga Tigers 4.5 (29)
Goals: G Argus 4, Tom Valeri 2, M Johns 2, C Cunial 2, L Peruzzi, C Harrison, D Villata, A Cappello, J Tyrell, J Schirripa
Under 17: Griffith 11.12 (78) d Wagga Tigers 5.4 (34)
Goals: A Coldwell 4, B Chambers 2, E Faiva 2, L Butcher, N Richards, J Rowston
Match report: The Griffith Swans turned in the type of four-quarter performance they have struggled to produce this season to beat the Wagga Tigers by 11 points at Exies Oval on Saturday. The Swans prevailed 10.12 (72) to 9.7 (61) to reinvigorate their Riverina Football League campaign after a disappointing loss to Mangoplah-CUE the previous round. The home side was well served by forward Henry Delves, the university student returning to Griffith to boot five goals in his first game of the season. Kieran Hume and Ben King also starred, but in a blow for the Swans, Michael Griffiths could be facing a stint on the sidelines after suffering a suspected broken arm midway through the first quarter.
Swans assistant coach Tom Groves said his team did well to hold off the Tigers with a player down. “We had four quarters of footy and they kept coming at us, as we expected,” he said. “But we just kept on going and came out the victors. “Everyone had an impact. Everyone played their part, which made a hell of a difference after ‘Griffo’ went down in the first quarter. “Everyone sort of had to stand up to cover him for the game, but everyone played their role.” The third quarter was the key for the Swans, who extended a one-point lead at half-time into a 13-point advantage after keeping the Tigers scoreless.
While there were occasional lapses, Groves believes the Swans are making progress after an inconsistent start to the season. Griffith are yet to record back-to-back wins this year, but Groves said the club had a big opportunity to change that against Leeton-Whitton next Saturday. “It really helps we’ve got another home game next week,” he said “It’s a massive chance to get two wins and build that confidence. “We’ve had some good wins, but we haven’t strung them together yet.” (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday June 22, 2015).
SWANS SUFFER UNLUCKY BREAK - By Andrew Piva
THE Griffith Swans have suffered a major blow after losing towering ruckman Michael Griffiths for the immediate future with a broken right arm. The 2006cm giant was injured in the first quarter on Saturday in the Swans' Riverina Football League victory over the Wagga Tigers at Exies Oval. Scans on Sunday confirmed the break, but Swans coach Brandon Mathews isn't sure how long Griffiths will be sidelined. "He (Griffiths) had surgery on it yesterday so we won't know for another day or so," he said. "He's going to let me know as soon as possible, but it'll certainly be a few weeks at least." Griffiths, who plays in the forwards as well as ruck, is one of the most experienced players on the Swans roster. The former WAFL and SANFL footballer was recruited last season and quickly established himself in the league. Mathews said Griffiths had a big on-field presence. "He probably doesn't say much, but he says what he has to say," Mathews said. "Just his experience at times in games, you can only get it from playing a lot of games like he has. "It'll be missed, but in saying that we're hoping it's not going to be really long term thing. "It gives someone else a chance, and he's still going to be around and helping some of the others while he can't play." With Griffiths unavailable, Mathews will likely entrust some of the ruck work to Henry Delves, who returned from university at the weekend to boot five goals in his first game for the Swans this season. "It would've been really formidable if we kept both of them and 'Griffo' hadn't been hurt," Mathews said. "But it certainly helps having Henry back. He was absolutely fantastic at the weekend. 'Especially being a local, he loves the club and is a fantastic bloke and fantastic player. Really, you can't as for much more." (The Area News - Wednesday June 24, 2015).
DELVES TO GIVE HIS BEST – By Andrew Piva
Henry Delves doesn’t know how many games he’ll play for the Swans this season, but he plans to make the most of every moment he’s on the field. The 19-year-old Australian National University student returned from Canberra last week to play his first game for the Swans in more than a season. His impact was immediate, the forward kicking five goals in the Swans 11-point victory over the Wagga Tigers. Delves will run out again in Saturday’s home match against Leeton-Whitton and will be available for the following fortnight. But beyond that, Delves isn’t sure. “The plan is hopefully I can start making the trip back (from Canberra),” he said. “There’s a bit of water to go under the bridge before then, but fingers cross it happens.” Delves devotion to the Swans is genuine.
After playing his junior footy at the club, Delves wants to contribute to the senior team. “I love the Swans and that’s because of the people who are there,” he said. “What they got going there at the moment is pretty special. “I went down to training for the first time on Tuesday last week and the vibe was really fun and positive. “It was a really good to be back.” After taking a year off from football in 2014, Delves admits he was a little nervous before the Tigers clash. “The Wagga Tigers are a quality outfit. From memory I’ve never beaten them ever,” Delves said. “The Riverina Football League is the most physical I’ve played. “I was definitely nervous, but just from a few sessions I had with the team, I had a lot of confidence in them.” That faith is the reason why Delves believes the Swans can beat Leeton-Whitton at Exies Oval on Saturday.
The Crows are second on the ladder and Beat Griffith by 47 points in round one, but Delves said his side could reverse the result. Leeton are Leeton. We always want to beat them and hopefully we give them a run for their money,” he said. “To be truthful, I’ve got a lot of confidence we can deliver the win. If everyone plays the role they did last week, I can’t see why we can’t win.” (The Area News, Friday June 26, 2015).
Round 10 - Saturday June 27, 2015 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................... 3.4 .. 7.5 .. 8.7 .. 11.8 (74)
Leeton-Whitton.... 2.3 .. 6.6 .. 9.10 .. 11.12 (78)
Goals: Griffith: W Griggs 3, J Toscan 2, H Delves 2, M Duncan 2, B King 2
Leeton-Whitton: N Irwin 3, T Conroy, B Boots, C Grigg, M Hardie, B O'Garey, M Wescombe, T Handsaker, T Meline
Best: Griffith: B King, T Groves, J Hamilton, S Daniel, W Griggs, M Duncan
Leeton-Whitton: T Conroy, N Irwin, B Boots, B. O'Garey, B Curley, M Heaslip
Griffith: K Hume, R Malone, J Fallon; S Daniel, J Taylor, T Groves; D Peruzzi, C Cerato, J Schirripa*; M Duncan, J Toscan, W Griggs; J Gastin, H Delves, D Crack; J Hamilton, B Mathews, B King; J Keenan, T Matheson, B Tarr
Leeton-Whitton: I Houghton, C Townsend, W Wakeman; T Morton, M Heaslip, B Boots; D Evans, B Curley, L Meline; C Grigg, T Meline, M Hardie; B O'Garey, K O'Malley, M Wescombe; N Irwin, T Conroy, J Lehman; D Delaney, B Elwin, T Handsaker
Umpires: A Manley, P McKelvie (RUA)
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 15.11 (101) def Narrandera 7.10 (52), Mangoplah-CUE 12.14 (86) def Collingullie-GP 3.8 (26); Wagga 17.14 (116) def Turvey Park 3.3 (21); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 20.13 (133) d Leeton-Whitton 6.4 (40)
Goals: C Moore 11, T Howard 4, D Dunbar 2, Tom Valeri 2, D Spratt
Under 17: Griffith 23.14 (152) d Leeton-Whitton 2.8 (20)
Goals: S Foley 6, T Clarke 4, A Coldwell 3, L O'Dwyer 2, A McDermott , B Chambers, N Richards, M Forbes, C Triggs, E Faiva, C Lane, J Spencer
Match report: The Griffith Swans are ruing lost opportunity to climb the Riverina Football League ladder after suffering a heart-breaking four-point loss to Leeton-Whitton at Exies Oval on Saturday. The Swans went down 11.12 (68) to 11.8 (74) after holding narrow leads at quarter time and the major break. Leeton-Whitton, second on the ladder, made there move in the third quarter, a three goal term helping them to a nine-point lead. The Swan booted the first major in the last quarter to move within three, but the Crows kicked the next two before going on to record their eighth win of the season. In a losing effort, Queanbeyan recruits Ben King and Will Griggs were outstanding for the home side, while Toby Conroy starred for the Crows. Swans coach Brandon Mathews said the defeat could prove costly later in the season with the competition so tight. “That’s the third or fourth game we’ve lost by under a goal. It’s getting to the stage where honourable losses aren’t really acceptable,” he said. “We’re really shooting ourselves in the foot. While it was good to get that close, we’re a good footy side. “If we played to our potential, we’d be up in the pointy end of the ladder. “It’s very frustrating.” (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday June 29, 2015).
Round 11 - Saturday July 4, 2015 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Narrandera ...... 1.3 .. 5.5 .. 9.5 .. 11.9 (75)
Griffith .............. 5.3 .. 12.7 .. 15.7 .. 23.9 (147)
Goals: Narrandera: J Doyle 3, L Hunter 2, L McGilvray 2, B Grant , S Light, T Sullivan, A Sangston
Griffith: M Duncan 8, J Hamilton 3, W Griggs 3, H Delves 2, J Gastin 2, D Crack 2, B King, K Ruyg, J Toscan
Best: Narrandera: J Doyle, L Hunter, D Burden, M Gorman, B Grant, A Sangston
Griffith: M Duncan, B King, W Griggs, J Gastin, C Cerato, S Daniel
Narrandera: S Quilter, J Doyle, M Cummins; M Staite, M Gorman, S Irons; B Knagge, A Lawder, J Sullivan; T Sullivan, D Burden, N Hetherington; S Light, B Grant, D Choy; L Hunter, A Sangston, B Rose; A Lee, L McGilgray, K Jensen
Griffith: K Hume, R Malone, S Daniel; J Fallon J Taylor, T Groves; D Peruzzi, C Cerato, K Ruyg; D Crack, J Toscan, J Gastin; M Duncan, H Delves, B Tarr; J Hamilton, W Griggs, B King; J Keenan, A Cappello, T Bruns*
Umpires: D Solly, J O'Halloran, C Delany (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 8.9 (57) def by Wagga 11.9 (75), Leeton-Whitton 15.8 (98) def Mangoplah-CUE 15.6 (96); Ganmain-GGM 18.8 (116) def Coolamon 10.10 (70); Turvey Park, bye
Reserves: Griffith 19.11 (125) d Narrandera 3.4 (22)
Goals: Tom Valeri 4, G Argus 4, D Dunbar 3, M Johns 2, C Cunial 2, D Villata, J Ryan, J Tyrell, H Robertson
Under 17: Griffith 15.9 (99) d Narrandera 5.10 (40)
Goals: T Clarke 4, B Chambers 3, W Kennedy 3, J Villata , A Kennedy, L Butcher, J Rowston, L O'Dwyer
Match report: The Griffith Swans demolished Narrandera Eagles by 72 points away from home on Saturday to stay in touch with the Riverina Football League top five. The Swans dominated from the opening siren and led at every change to prevail 23.9 (147) to 11.9 (75). Mick Duncan was a force in the forward line and finished with eight majors, while Josh Hamilton and Will Griggs each booted three goals. The Swans were heavy favourites to win the round 11 clash, but Griffith assistant coach Tom Groves was still pleased to see his side perform to the level expected, especially after the previous week’s four-point loss to Leeton-Whitton. He said the Swans never looked in danger of losing. “We had a bit of a lapse in the third quarter, and they (Narrandera) kicked back, but throughout the whole day we were on top,” Groves said. “It stemmed from our midfield.
They were pretty exceptional. “We really set it up with our inside 50s. Everyone was working hard and was very disciplined over the ground for most of the game.” With another seven rounds to play, anything can happen, but Groves said the Swans still controlled their destiny. “I think we’ve been playing pretty good footy the last few weeks,” he said. “We’re feeling really confident going into the second half of the year and believe if we keep playing the way we have, we can beat most sides. “If we keep winning, it doesn’t leave anything to chance for us.” Groves, however, could be on the sideline for the next couple of games after injuring his hamstring in the first quarter against Narrandera. “I’m not sure how bad it is yet,” he said. “But it might be one or two games.” (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday July 6, 2015).
Round 12 - Saturday July 11, 2015 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ............ 4.0 .. 9.2 .. 18.2 .. 22.2 (134)
Turvey Park.... 1.1 .. 1.2 .. 3.2 .. 7.6 (48)
Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 6, J Gastin 5, C Cerato 2, H Delves 2, W Griggs 2, D Crack 2, J Toscan, D Catanzariti, S. Daniel
Turvey Park: C Grintell 2, D Brown, B Elworthy, M Hort, T Maher, A Ryan
Best: Griffith: M. Duncan, J Gastin, J Taylor, S McCanna, D Peruzzi, B King
Turvey Park: F Doherty, T Maher, D Campbell, J Brooks, M Francis, A Ryan
Griffith: J Keenan, B McRae, J Conlan*; J Fallon, J Taylor, S Daniel; D Peruzzi, C Cerato, K Ruyg; T Bruns, J Toscan, J Gastin; D Crack, H Delves, M Duncan; J Hamilton, B King, W Griggs; K Hume, S McCanna, D Catanzariti
Turvey Park: J Colaiacovo, J Fletcher, K Graf; J Brooks, J Donaldson, M Francis; J Hagger, D Campbell, N Flanigan; F Doherty, M Hort, J Carroll; J Ingram, C Grintell, D Brown; T Mahar, T Doyle, A Ryan; B Elworthy, J Hill
Umpires: T Beard, C Delany, S Doughney (RUA)
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 13.8 (86) def Ganmain-GGM 9.9 (63), Mangoplah-CUE 6.5 (41) def by Wagga 10.7 (67); Coolamon 9.12 (66) def Narrandera 4.7 (31); Collingullie-GP, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 14.13 (97) d Turvey Park 4.5 (29)
Goals: T Howard 4, C Harrison 2, K Duncan 2, J Schirripa 2, C. Moore, B Tarr, Tom Valeri, R Holland
Under 17: Griffith, bye
Match report: It was mission accomplished for the Griffith Swans on Saturday, the home team earning a win and giving their percentage a healthy boost against Turvey Park. The Swans ere heavy favourites to beat the winless Bulldogs and didn't slip up against the Riverina Football League's bottom-placed team, triumphing 22.2 (134) to 7.6 (48), after a remarkably display of kicking accuracy. As he was the previous week against Narrandera, Michael Duncan was a dangerous presence in the Swans' forward 50 and finished with six goals, while teammate Jonathon Gastin booted five. Griffith were up by 17 points at quarter time and 48 at the main break, the winning margin the only thing to be decided when play resumed.
Swans assistant coach Tom Groves, who missed the match with a hamstring injury, said his players couldn't have done much better. "It was a very good win and we needed that big win," he said. "I still think we didn't play our best football today, but we got the four points. "It's a massive accomplishment. The boys are pretty happy." The Swans are in a scrap for the top five and take on fellow finals aspirant Coolamon away from home this Saturday. Last time the sides met in round four, the Hoppers broke Griffith's heart with a one point victory at Exies Oval. Groves said the Swans' top-five hopes would take a major hit if his side lost the return match. "We really need to win this one," he said. In a boost for the Swans, Groves hopes a to be passed fit for the showdown with Coolamon. "I'll train on Tuesday and see how I pull up," Groves said. (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday July 13, 2015).
Round 13 - Saturday July 18, 2015 at Kindra Park 2.10pm
Coolamon ........ 6.1 .. 9.2 .. 10.5 .. 12.9 (81)
Griffith ............. 1.3 .. 3.6 .. 3.7 .. 4.10 (34)
Goals: Coolamon: R Pritchett 7, C Ladhams 2, R Chamberlain, C Neyland, L Redfern
Griffith: C Cerato, J Toscan, J Hamilton, D Peruzzi
Best: Coolamon: H Bradley, R Pritchett, B Koop, M Carroll, M McGowan, C Neyland
Griffith: B King, J Fallon, W Griggs, D Peruzzi, J Taylor, C Cerato
Coolamon: H Fitzsimmons, B Koop, D Ryall; H Bradley, R Litchfield, M Macauley; M McGowan, P McGrath, L Gerhard; L Redfern, C Neyland, J Robinson; R Pritchett, C Ladhams, Z Robinson; B Edyvean, D Johnson, R Chamberlain; M Carroll, J Rapley, Z Stibbard
Griffith: J Conlan, J Fallon, B Mathews; S Daniel, J Taylor, C Jenkins; K Hume, C Cerato, D Peruzzi; J Gastin, J Toscan, D Crack; M Duncan; J Hamilton, K Duncan; H Delves, B King, W Griggs; S McCanna, J Keenan, B McRae
Umpires: R Krenz, W Sanbrook, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 19.12 (126) def Narrandera 9.9 (63), Turvey Park 4.5 (29) def by Ganmain-GGM 20.14 (134), Wagga 12.4 (76) def Leeton-Whitton 8.14 (62); Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Coolamon 12.10 (82) d Griffith 6.6 (42)
Goals: T Howard 2, T Bruns, C Cunial, D Dunbar, Tom Valeri
Under 17: Coolamon 7.9 (51) d Griffith 6.7 (43)
Goals: J Rowston 3, E Faiva, L O'Dwyer, J. Spencer
Match report: The Griffith Swans' battle for a finals spot took a blow on Saturday in their round 13 clash against Coolamon, going down by 48 points at Kindra Park. The Swans never got into the game, trailing after each period before eventually succumbing 12.10 (82) to 4.10 (34). Griffith came into the game sitting fifth and trailing the fourth placed Coolamon by just four points. After the loss on Saturday they now see themselves sitting seventh on the ladder. The first quarter saw the Swans fall behind big as Coolamon were near perfect in front of goals, kicking 6.1 (37) for the period. On the other end, the Swans kicked just 1.3 (9) in front of the sticks.
The second period provided glimpses of the Swans turning it around, but it was their inaccuracy in front of goals that would come back to haunt them. Despite having only two fewer scoring shots from Coolamon, the Swans found themselves trailing by 32 points at the half-time. The break didn't seem to do either team any favours, with both teams amassing just ten points between them in the third period. It was the Swans that fell behind further as they could only account for one behind in the period. The fourth period told the same story as the Swans managed just 1.3 (9) to Coolamon's 2.5 (17). For Griffith, Joshua Hamilton, James Toscan, Daniel Peruzzi and Chris Cerato each slotted home one goal apiece, but it was Coolamon's Rick Pritchett who stole the show, nailing seven goals, with four coming in the first period. Swans assistant coach Tom Groves said Coolamon started the game much better than they did. "It was a very disappointing loss and we went in there with full confidence that we could win," Groves said. "They came out of the blocks fast right from the start and we couldn't weather the storm quickly enough." He said a lack of finishing definitely hurt our cause. "They really hit us hard early and kicked some vital goals," he said. "We had similar inside 50's but we just didn't take our opportunities." (By Riley Krause - The Area News, Monday July 20, 2015).
Round 14 - Saturday July 25, 2015
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 6.6 (42) def by Collingullie-GP 14.17 (101), Narrandera 9.6 (60) def by Wagga 9.13 (67); Turvey Park 3.5 (23) def by Coolamon 12.7 (79); Ganmain-GGM 8.5 (53) def Mangoplah-CUE 5.7 (37).
Round 15 - Sunday, August 2, 2015 (Pink Day) at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................... 1.1 .. 6.5 .. 8.8 .. 12.10 (82)
Ganmain-GGM ..... 4.3 .. 6.6 .. 9.8 .. 12.10 (82)
Goals: Griffith: H Delves 5, D Crack 2, J Hamilton, J Toscan, K Duncan, S Daniel, K Ruyg
Ganmain-GGM: J Wooden 2, C Steele 2, M White 2, J Johnson 2, B McKinnon, A Watt, J Lander, J Kotzur
Best: Griffith: H Delves, W Griggs, C Cerato, D Peruzzi, J Toscan, J Hamilton
Ganmain-GGM: B. Walsh, C Steele, N McPherson , B McKinnon, S Hatty, A Clarke
Griffith: J Fallon, J Taylor, A Cappello; S Daniel, J Conlan, K Hume; D Peruzzi, C Cerato, K Ruyg; J Gastin, J Toscan, D Crack; N Richards, H Delves, K Duncan; J Hamilton, B King, W Griggs; J Keenan, B Mathews, B McRae
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: L Steward, N Kember, P Hamblin; T Quinn, B Walsh, A Clarke; J Johnson, N McPherson, B McKinnon; J Evans, D Foley, C Steele; S Hatty, B Watt, J Wooden; M White, L Walsh, J Kotzur (c-c); D Steele, J Lander, P Lucas
Umpires: L Olsen, P McKelvie, A Touvi (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 18.13 (121) def Turvey Park 4.4 (28), Narrandera 4.5 (29) def by Mangoplah-CUE 24.13 (157); Coolamon 15.5 (95) def Leeton-Whitton 2.9 (21); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.5 (97) d Ganmain-GGM 6.11 (47)
Goals: B Testoni 2, D Villata 2, H Robertson, B Tarr, D Dunbar, G Argus, T Howard, J Tyrell, L Peruzzi
Under 17: Griffith 15.6 (96) d Ganmain-GGM 3.5 (23)
Goals: J Favell 4, T Clarke 3, A Coldwell 3, L Butcher 2, B Chambers, L O'Dwyer, E Faiva
Match report: The Griffith Swans are still alive in this season’s Riverina Fotball League finals race, but it’s hard to find the pulse following Sunday’s draw with Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong at Exies Oval. Both teams finished on 12.10 (82), but what hurts the Swans is that they allowed the Lions to kick the last three scoring shots – two goals and a behind – after leading with five minutes remaining. The result leaves Griffith seventh on the ladder, six point out of the top five, with three rounds remaining. Swans coach Brandon Mathews was gutted by the draw and said his team should have been capable of closing the game. “The thing is we don’t know what’s going to happen from now on,” he said. “With this competition, anyone can beat anyone. It’s just a shame we’ve taken it out of our hands.” ‘Henry Delves booted five goals to be one of the Swans’ best, but Mathews said the Lions’ edge in experience was the difference. “The loss is pretty painful at the minute, but Ganmain have been a good side for a long time,” Mathews said. “They’ve won plenty of premierships in the last 10 years. They know how to do it. It’s probably part of a learning curve for our young blokes that they’ve got to learn how to win.” (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 3, 2015).
Round 16 - Saturday August 8, 2015 at Crossroads Oval 2.10pm
Collingullie-GP ...... 9.4 .. 14.6 .. 14.12 .. 21.15 (141)
Griffith .................... 2.0 .. 6.3 .. 7.3 .. 9.6 (60)
Goals: Collingullie-GP: C Gordon 7, J Morris 4, J Klemke 3, J Kennedy 3, M Beckmans 2, K Sykes, N Perryman
Griffith: K Duncan 3, K Ruyg 2, J Toscan, N Richards, M Duncan, W Griggs
Best: Collingullie-GP: C Jackson, H Perryman, J Klemke, C Gordon, J Turnbull, G Spriggs
Griffith: B King, K Ruyg, J Conlan, S McCanna, J Fallon, W Griggs
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: J Banks, G Spriggs, T Haines; B Mackenzie, K Sykes, J Kennedy; J Turnbull, J Klemke, L Moore; B Ambler, W Haines, M Beckmans; N Kennedy, J Morris, H Perryman; C Jackson, C Gordon, N Perryman; T Banks, T Haines, W Haines
Griffith: J Fallon, C Niven, K Hume; J Conlan, T Groves, S Daniel; S Daniel; K Ruyg, B Mathews, D Peruzzi; D Crack, J Toscan, J Gastin; N Richards, M Duncan, W Griggs; S McCanna, C Cerato, B King; K Duncan, J Keenan, A Cappello
Umpires: T Beard, W Sanbrook, J O'Halloran (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 18.13 (121) def Turvey Park 4.4 (28), Narrandera 4.5 (29) def by Mangoplah-CUE 24.13 (157); Coolamon 15.5 (95) def Leeton-Whitton 2.9 (21); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Collingullie-GP 9.12 (66) d Griffith 5.9 (39)
Goals: C Harrison 3, Tom Valeri 2
Under 17: Collingullie-GP 13.4 (82) d Griffith 4.6 (30)
Goals: R Cassidy, L O'Dwyer, W Kennedy, J Favell
Match report: The Griffith Swans’ slim finals hopes are officially over following an 81-point loss to reigning Riverina Football League premiers Collingullie-Glenfield Park on Saturday. The Swans were off the pace from the opening siren in the away clash, the classy Demons showing no mercy as they romped to a 21.15 (141) to 9.6 (6) victory. The home side set up the result with a brutal 9.4 first quarter, its defence just as impressive in limiting Griffith to two goals. The Swans received a blow on the eve of the match when scans confirmed Josh Hamilton suffered a broken elbow in the previous week’s draw with Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. Already without ruckman Michael Griffiths (broken arm), the Swans lack of height was exposed by the Demons during transition and at the contest. Griffith also took a heavy injury toll from the match, with Mick Duncan (hamstring), Kris Duncan (back) and Chris Niven (shoulder) unable to finish the game.
Swans coach Brandon Mathews said his side never recovered from its terrible start. “At the end of the day, they (Collingullie-GP) just got off to a flyer and we couldn’t do much about it,” he said. “It’s not that we didn’t try, but they’ve got a few bigger guys and they just exposed our lack of height. “After the first quarter we started winning bit of the footy, but we didn’t make the most of our opportunities. We’d work so hard to get to the half-forward line and then they’d go to the other end with ease and kick a goal.”
The loss makes it mathematically impossible for the seventh-placed Swans to crack the top five with two rounds remaining. Mathews, however, insists Griffith won’t wave the white flag with matches against competition heavyweights Mangoplah-CUE and the Wagga Tigers ahead of them. “While we’ve not going to play finals, considering what’s been chucked up this year with injuries – and I don’t want to use that as an excuse – but I think we’ve still been pretty successful,” he said. “There’s a lot of kids that have had a taste of senior football and are going well. “You want to finish off strongly because you don’t want to get a flogging going into next year.” (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 10, 2015).
Round 17 - Sunday, August 15, 2015 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10 pm
Griffith ...................... 3.0 .. 8.1 .. 10.1 .. 11.4 (70)
Mangoplah-CUE ..... 4.5 .. 5.7 .. 10.13 .. 12.16 (88)
Goals: Griffith: H Delves 5, S Daniel 2, W Griggs, J Gastin, D Crack, B King
Mangoplah-CUE: M Collins 3, J Cornell 2, A Dickins 2, C Sanbrook, H Collins, J Whitley, A Pettigrove, D Rogers
Best: Griffith: W Griggs, J Toscan, B King, S Daniel, K Hume, R Malone
Mangoplah-CUE: H Collins, T Keogh, S Creasy, J Whitley, A Pettigrove, M Collins
Griffith: K Hume, R Malone, J Fallon; R Holland, T Groves, J Conlan; K Ruyg, S Daniel, D Peruzzi; C Cerato, J Toscan, J Gastin; T Matheson, H Delves, D Crack; S McCanna, W Griggs, B King; J Keenan, D Villata, A Coldwell*
Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: J Melton, M Roberson, P Griffin; Trent Cohalan, I Damme, T Keogh; J Whitley, H Collins, S Schiller; J Cornell, D Rogers; T Metcalfe; A Dickens, M Collins, P Killalea; A Pettigrove, C Sanbrook, S Creasy; S Carey, A Pleming, N Irvin
Umpires: M Rowe, B Robinson, J O'Donoghue (RUA)
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 17.17 (119) def Collingullie-GP 17.9 (111), Turvey Park 6.7 (43) def by Leeton-Whitton 10.13 (73), Wagga 12.11 (83) def Coolamon 8.8 (56); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.7 (73) d Mangoplah-CUE 9.4 (58)
Goals: C Cunial 5, Tom Valeri 2, T Howard 2, C Moore, N Richards
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 13.11 (89) d Griffith 7.7 (49)
Goals: L O'Dwyer 2, L Butcher, J Spencer, B Chambers, E Faiva, J Rowston
Match report: No coach likes losing, but Griffith mentor Brandon Mathews applauded the effort of his players in the Swans’ 18-point loss to Mangoplah-CUE at Exies Oval on Saturday. The Swans started underdogs against the ladder-leading Goannas but threatened an upset when they led by 12 points at half-time. But the home side couldn’t maintain its dominance when play restarted and was unable to stop the visitors pulling away to win 12.16 (88) to 11.4 (70). The Swans had their final hopes ended the previous week, but Mathews, who missed Saturday’s match with a wrist injury, said there was plenty to like about his team’s endeavour. “I was absolutely rapt with the boys,” Mathews said. “I was really proud of them. They (Mangoplah-CUE) were supposed to be the top side, but our blokes never gave up and kept cracking the whole game. “If you look at the personel that’s out and the fact we’re not playing finals, it would be pretty easy to park your bum in the corner. “But I can’t question the boys’ effort. I thought they did themselves proud.”
The Swans had plenty of good performers. Forward Henry Delves booted five goals, while Queanbeyan recruit Will Griggs was a ball magnet across the ground most of the afternoon. Mathews also praised the contribution of young gun Jacob Conlan, who played off the half-back line. “He’s been terrific since coming into first grade,” Mathews said. Mathews said young debutant Angus Coldwell also played well. “He was a bit limited in his time, but I thought he did some really good things out there,” he said. The Swans finish their season with an away match against the second-placed Wagga Tigers this Saturday. “We think we’ve a bit unlucky to miss finals this year and this will be a good chance to show that against one of the top sides,” he said. (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 17, 2015).
Round 18 - Saturday August 22, 2015 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm
Wagga Tigers ...... 5.0 .. 9.5 .. 16.5 .. 21.8 (134)
Griffith ................. 1.2 .. 4.6 .. 7.11 .. 7.11 (53)
Goals: Wagga: J Buchanan 6, F Inglis 6, A Durnan 3, B Morton 2, J Osbeiston, B Myers, B Graham, S. Pearce
Griffith: S Daniel 2, J Gastin 2, T Groves, J Toscan, H Delves
Best: Wagga: S Flanigan, J Anstee, B Graham, J Osbeiston, J Buchanan, B. Morton
Griffith: D Crack, W Griggs, K Hume, R Malone, S Daniel, B King
Wagga Tigers: L Myers, X Brennan, J Richards; C Lovell, J Anstee, C Bance; N Cooke, P Delaney, B Myers; B Morton, A Durnan, M Rava (c-c); S Pearce, F Inglis, J Buchanan; B Graham, S Flanigan, J Osbeiston; D Papworth, N McCormack, J Gaynor
Griffith: J Keenan, R Malone, K Hume; J Conlan, T Groves, T Matheson; B Tarr, S Daniel, D Peruzzi; J Gastin, J Toscan, K Ruyg; D Crack, H Delves, C Cerato; S McCanna, W Griggs, B King; R Holland, D Villata, L Peruzzi
Umpires: R Krenz, A Touvi, I Bloomfield (RUA)
Other matches: Coolamon 15.8 (98) def Collingullie-GP 9.13 (67), Leeton-Whitton 21.15 (141) def Narrandera 3.4 (22), Mangoplah-CUE 31.20 (206) def Turvey Park 5.6 (36); Ganmain-GGM, bye
Reserves: Griffith 10.8 (68) d Wagga Tigers 8.5 (53)
Goals: C Cunial 4, T Howard 3, Tom Valeri, D Puntoriero, C Moore
Under 17: Griffith 14.9 (93) d Wagga Tigers 9.7 (61)
Goals: J Favell 4, L O'Dwyer 3, E Faiva 2, N Richards 2, L Butcher, A McDermott, A Coldwell
Match report: The Griffith Swans couldn’t produce any heroics in the final round on Saturday as their Riverina Football League campaign ended with an 81-point loss to minor premiers Wagga Tigers. The Swans trailed by a retrievable 29 points at half-time, but the Tigers dominated the final two quarters to register a 21.8 (134) to 7.11 (53) victory at home. Swans coach Brandon Mathews said his team was guilty of wasting possession. “We didn’t make the most of our opportunities in the end,” he said. We got enough of the ball, but we didn’t use it properly and didn’t capitalise. “We put our backs under so much pressure that every time they (Wagga) went forward they were able to score. “In the last quarter they went on with it a little more. I don’t think we stopped, but we probably threw blokes around a little.” The defeat left the Swans seventh on the ladder with a record of six wins, seven losses and a draw. It was a disappointing end to the campaign that promised plenty in the summer, but the Swans haven’t given up hope of earning silverware this season.
The club’s reserve graders locked up second on the ladder on Saturday with a 68-53 victory. The Griffith under 17s were just as impressive in winning 93-61, which secures them third. Mathews said there was plenty for the Swans to get excited about heading into September. “While we’ve not in it (finals), we’re only one part of the club,” he said. “The twos have given themselves a good opportunity so have the 17s. “With the 17s, we’ve been able to get a fair few games into them, which will hold them in good stead when they go back. “It’s a silver lining with injuries we’ve had. With the guys we had out, we were able to play them a little more than they would’ve expected in the top grade.” Mathew is backing the Swans to win flags in the reserve grade and under 17 competitions, but he believes the premiership is wide open in the seniors. “In the end, I think it’ll come down to whatever team has the least amount of injuries,” Mathews said. (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 24, 2015).
2015 RFNL NETBALL Ladders
A grade: Collingullie-GP 60, Mangoplah-CUE 60, Narrandera 44, Leeton-Whitton 38, Wagga Tigers 30; Ganmain-GGM 28, Turvey Park 20; Griffith 6, Coolamon 2.
A Reserve: Collingullie-GP 58, Mangoplah-CUE 56, Turvey Park 44, Wagga Tigers 44, Leeton-Whitton 38; Coolamon 20, Griffith 16, Narrandera 12, Ganmain-GGM 0.
B grade: Mangoplah-CUE 60, Leeton-Whitton 56, Turvey Park 44, Collingullie-GP 44, Wagga Tigers 28; Coolamon 24, Narrandera 20, Griffith 12, Ganmain-GGM 0.
C grade: Leeton-Whitton 60, Turvey Park 56, Wagga Tigers 46, Collingullie-GP 36, Mangoplah-CUE 30; Coolamon 28, Narrandera 16, Griffith 8, Ganmain-GGM 8.
Qualifying Final - Saturday August 29, 2015 at Narrandera Sportsground
Wagga Tigers ..... 2.2 ... 5.8 .. 6.11 .. 9.14 (68)
Leeton-Whitton ... 1.0 .. 3.0 .. 7.2 .. 7.3 (45)
Goals: Wagga Tigers: J Buchanan 3, F Inglis 2, A Durnan, B Morton, S Pearce, M Rava
Leeton-Whitton: T Meline 3, C Griggs 2, L Meline, B O'Garey
Best: Wagga Tigers: P Delaney, A Durnan, C Lovell, L Myers, B Graham
Leeton-Whitton: I Houghton, M Hardie, C Griggs, B Curley, T Meline, T Conroy
Wagga Tigers: Pat Gaynor, Xavier Brennan, Lachlan Myers; Campbell Lovell, John Anstee, Lahn Shephard; Nathan Cooke, Pat Delaney, Dylan Morton; Brady Morton, Angus Durnan, Matt Rava; Nick Ryan, Fergus Inglis, John Buchanan; Brad Graham, Shaun Flanigan, Jacob Osbeiston; Damien Papworth, Nickk McCormack, Scott Pearce, James Richards
Leeton-Whitton: Jayden Lehman, Will Wakeman, Tom Morton; Siale Howe, Mitch Heaslip, Craig Townsend; Lucas Meline, Brad Boots, Mitch Hardie; Tyh Evans, Tom Meline, Cam Griggs; Michael Wescombe, Neil Irvin, Ben O'Garey; Kodie O'Malley, Ben Curley, Toby Conroy; Danyan Evans, Isaac Houghton, Mason Dryburgh, Brady Dunn
Umpires: L Olsen, A O'Halloran, M Tom (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 12.16 (88) d Coolamon 9.10 (64)
Goals: Griffith: T Howard 5, C Moore 2, T Valeri 2, A Cappello, C Cunial, L Peruzzi
Best: Griffith: C Harrison, B Tarr, M Peruzzi, D Villata, J Schirripa, T Howard
Griffith: C Harrison, L Vogan, J Crowe; R Holland, J Tyrrell, D Catanzariti; A Cappello, M Johns, J Schirripa; T Valeri, C Moore, L Peruzzi; M Peruzzi, C Cunial, T Howard; S McCanna, D Villata, B Tarr; T Bruns, T Richards, C Niven, D Puntoriero
Umpires: S Doughney, I Bloomfield, J O'Halloran (RUA)
Under 17: Coolamon 9.11 (65) d Griffith 4.10 (34)
Goals: Griffith: E Faiva, J Favell, L O'Dwyer, J Conlan
Best: Griffith: J Rowston, S Foley, J Conlan, L Franco, R Moore, R Irvin
Griffith: L Franco, B French, N Druitt, J Villata, R Moore, L Testoni, L O'Dwyer, J Spencer, R Irvin, A Coldwell, A McDermott, E Faiva, C Lane, J Favell, B Chambers, J Conlan, S Foley, L Butcher, J Rowston, A Kennedy, N McMahon
Umpires: R Johnston, M Rowe, M O'Brien (RUA)
Match report: The Griffith Swans moved within one game of the Riverina Football League reserve grade grand final with a 24-point victory over Coolamon at Narrandera on Saturday. The match was in the balance at three-quarter time when Coolamon lead by two points, but the Swans remained compose in the last term to pull away and record a 88-64 victory. Swans reserve grade coach Dave Dunbar was proud of his players’ efforts and was confident they would lift when the pressure was on. “There was a bit of a wind, so we had that in our favour in the last quarter,” he said. “But we’ve definitely got a very resilient mob. “I knew if we were close at three-quarter time we’d come home with the win. “The boys showed a lot of resilience and got the job done, which was pleasing. “Coolamon went pretty hard at us in the third quarter,” he said. “It’s pretty easy when a team gets a run on like that to drop your head. “But we didn’t. It gives us confidence to know if Collingullie have a good run we won’t drop our heads. The boys will keep going."
Also on Saturday, the Griffith Swans 17s lost their semi-final to Coolamon 65-34. The Swans led by four points at quarter time but Coolamon quickly gained control of the scoreboard when play restarted and didn’t look back. (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 31, 2015).
Elimination Final - Sunday August 30, 2015 at Robertson Oval
Coolamon ............ 3.3 .. 3.3 .. 4.3 .. 6.3 (39)
Collingullie-GP ... 3.2 .. 7.3 .. 10.6 .. 10.8 (68)
Goals: Coolamon: C Ladhams 3, R Pritchett 3
Collingullie-GP: W Haines 2, H Perryman 2, J Klemke, N Perryman, K Sykes, C Gordon, D Kennedy, B Aiken
Best: Coolamon: M Macauley, P McGrath, C Ladhams, M McGowan, R Chamberlain, R Pritchett
Collingullie-GP: C Jackson, J Banks, J Klemke, J Kennedy, D Kennedy, K Sykes
Coolamon: Rory Litchfield, Bryce Koop, Harry Fitzsimmons; Ryan Chamberlain, Luke Gerhard, Peter McGrath; Hayden Leary, Daniel Johnson, Luke Redfern; Matthew McGowan, Connor Neyland, Sam Glyde; Zach Robinson, Chris Ladhams, Mitchell McKelvie; Ben Edyvean, Jesse Rapley, Jamie Maddox; Matthew Carroll, Rick Pritchett, Marshall McCauley, Mark Crawford
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Joe Banks, Geoff Spriggs, Will Haines; Ben Mackenzie, Tim Haines, Kallan Sykes; Lachlan Moore, Jayden Klemke, Nick Kennedy; Ryan Dean, Joshua Gunning, Matt Beckmans; Harry Perryman, Jack Turnbull, Chris Gordon; Chris Jackson, James Kennedy, Nick Perryman; Brad Aiken, Daniel Kennedy, Brad Haines, Tom Hines
Umpires: T Richards, A Manley, B Robinson (RUA)
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 11.9 (75) d Mangoplah-CUE 10.8 (68)
Under 17's: Wagga Tigers 11.6 (72) d Collingullie-GP 5.8 (38)
Second Semi Final - Saturday September 5, 2015 at Narrandera Sportsground
Mangoplah-CUE .... 2.0 .. 5.4 .. 9.4 .. 11.5 (71)
Wagga Tigers ........ 3.3 .. 5.4 .. 7.6 .. 7.6 (48)
Goals: MCUE: J Cornell 3, A Dickins 2, M Collins 2, T Cohalan, D Rogers, H Collins, A Pettigrove
Wagga Tigers: J Buchanan 2, B Morton, L Shepherd, F Inglis, N Ryan, A Durnan
Best: MCUE: H Collins, J Cornell, I Damme, J Whitley, P Griffin, P Killalea
Wagga Tigers: J Anstee, P Gaynor, M Rava, C Lovell, B Morton, L Shepherd
Mangoplah-CUE: Jack Killalea, Paddy Griffin, Mark Roberson; Trent Cohalan, Tom Keogh, Isaac Damme; Sam Schiller, Harry Collins, Jacob Whitley; Theodore Metcalfe, Dustin Rogers, Pat Killalea; Andrew Dickens, Matt Collins, Jock Cornell; Andrew Pettigrove, Colin Sanbrook, Stace Creasy; Connor Huthwaite, Stuart Carey, Matthew Dean, Alex Pleming
Wagga Tigers: Pat Gaynor, Xavier Brennan, Lachlan Myers; Campbell Lovell, John Anstee, James Richards; Jackson Kelly, Pat Delaney, Dylan Morton; Brady Morton, Angus Durnan, Nick Ryan; Matt Rava, Fergus Inglis, John Buchanan; Brad Graham, Lahn Shepherd, Jacob Osbeiston; Damien Papworth, Nick McCormack, Scott Pearce, Nathan Cooke
Umpires: L Olsen, G Hodgins, T Richards (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 15.15 (105) d Collingullie-GP 8.5 (53)
Goals: Griffith: C Moore 3, C Cunial 3, M Peruzzi 2, T Howard 2, T Valeri 2, L Peruzzi, J Schirripa, B Tarr
Best: Griffith: J Schirripa, S McCanna, A Cappello, T Valeri, J Crowe, C Cunial
Griffith: J Crowe, L Vogan, C Harrison; B McRae, J Tyrell, A Cappello; R Holland, M Johns, J Schirripa; T Valeri, C Moore, M Peruzzi; T Howard, C Cunial, L Peruzzi; S McCanna, D Villata, B Tarr; T Bruns, D Dunbar, T Richards, B Testoni
Umpires: S Doughney, B McLean, M Rowe (RUA)
Under 17's: Mangoplah-CUE 14.18 (102) d Coolamon 6.5 (41)
Match report: The Griffith Swans are through to the Riverina Football League reserve grade grand final after thumping Collingullie-Glenfield Park by 52-points at Narrandera. The Swans led at every change before pulling away in the last quarter to prevail 105-53. Charlie Cunial and Casey Moore both kicked three goals for Griffith, while Steve McCanna earned best on ground honours. The result means the Swans can enjoy a week off while they wait to see which team they will play in the season decider. Swans coach Dave Dunbar, who made a successful return from a shoulder injury on Saturday, applauded his team’s effort after losing Michael Johns (knee), Trevor Richards (knee) and Dean Villata (shoulder) during the game. “It was a bloody good effort,” Dunbar said. “It felt heaps tighter going into the last quarter because we only had one rotation left on the bench. “It felt like Collingullie could come back at any stage. “But I don’t know what it is exactly about us. It feels like we’ve got something about us. “We know how to dig deep and close games out.” Dunbar is hopeful of having Saturday’s injured trio and sidelined captain Dean Catanzariti (ankle) available for the grand final, but he knows it will take more than fit bodies to win a premiership.
Also at the weekend, the Griffith Swans under 17s saw there season come to an end with a 27-point loss to the Wagga Tigers at Narrandera on Sunday. The Swans led by five points at the end of the first quarter, but the Tigers dominated the next two to take a 58-point advantage into the final term. To Griffith’s credit, they didn’t stop fighting and added some respectability to the scoreboard before going down 87-60. Nathan Richards, Angus Coldwell and Luke Butcher all booted two goals for the Swans. (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday September 7, 2015).
First Semi Final - Sunday September 6, 2015 at Narrandera Sportsground
Leeton-Whitton ... 2.2 .. 7.5 .. 7.8 .. 9.13 (67)
Collingullie-GP ... 2.4 .. 3.6 .. 9.9 .. 14.10 (94)
Leeton-Whitton: T Meline 2, B Curley, B Dunn, N Irwin, K O'Malley, B O'Garey, D Evans, B Boots
Collingullie-GP: M Kennedy 3, H Perryman 2, N Kennedy 2, M Beckmans, B Keith, B MacKenzie, J Kennedy, B Aiken, J Klemke, C Gordon
Leeton-Whitton: B Curley, M Heaslip, T Conroy, T Meline, C Griggs, M Wescombe
Collingullie-GP: D Kennedy, L Moore, G Spriggs, C Gordon, J Klemke, B Keith
Leeton-Whitton: Jayden Lehman, Will Wakeman, Mitch Heaslip; Siale Howe, Craig Townsend, Tom Morton; Mitch Hardie, Brad Boots, Lucas Meline; Tyh Evans, Tom Meline, Cam Griggs; Michael Wescombe, Neil Irwin, Bryce O'Garey; Kodie O'Malley, Ben Curley, Toby Conroy; Isaac Houghton, Danyan Evans, Mason Dryburgh, Brady Dunn
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Joe Banks, Geoff Spriggs, Ben MacKenzie; Daniel Kennedy, Tim Haines, Kallan Sykes; Lachlan Moore, Jayden Klemke, Jack Turnbull; Brad Aiken, Will Haines, Matt Beckmans; Harry Perryman, Chris Gordon, Matthew Kennedy; Chris Jackson, James Kennedy, Nick Perryman; Nick Kennedy, Brad Haines, Tom Hines, Ben Keith
Umpires: T Beard, W Sanbrook, A O'Halloran (RUA)
Reserves: Coolamon 19.8 (122) d Wagga Tigers 7.8 (50)
Under 17's: Wagga Tigers 12.15 (87) d Griffith 9.6 (60)
Goals: Griffith: N Richards 2, A Coldwell 2, L Butcher 2, W Kennedy, S Foley, L O'Dwyer
Best: Griffith: B French, S Villata, J Rowston, J Conlan, S Foley, R Moore
Griffith: Luke Franco, Brady French, Ngalan Druitt, Jake Villata, Ryan Moore, Logan Testoni, Lachlan O'Dwyer, Riley Irvin, Angus Coldwell, Aleksi McDermott, Edward Faiva, Connor Lane, Jack Favell, Brady Chambers, Jacob Conlan, Samuel Foley, Luke Butcher, Jack Rowston, Will Kennedy, Nicholas McMahon, Nathan Richards, Samuel Villata, Ryan Cassidy, Will Dalton
Umpires: J O'Halloran, M Rowe, J O'Donoghue (RUA)
Preliminary Final - Sunday September 13, 2015 at Robertson Oval
Wagga Tigers ...... 1.1 .. 4..4 .. 8.6 .. 11.8 (74)
Collingullie-GP .... 4.1 .. 6.5 .. 10.5 .. 11.12 (78)
Goals: Wagga Tigers: B Morton 4, J Buchanan 3, N Ryan 2, S Flanigan, B Graham
Collingullie-GP: J Morris 4, N Perryman 2, D Kennedy, B Aiken, M Kennedy, H Perryman, J Klemke
Best: Wagga Tigers: D Morton, J Anstee, L Myers, M Rava, C Lovell, S Flanigan
Collingullie-GP: H Perryman, L Moore, N Perryman, G Spriggs, T Haines, K Sykes
Wagga Tigers: Pat Gaynor, Xavier Brennan, Lachlan Myers; Campbell Lovell, John Anstee, Nathan Cooke; Jackson Kelly, Pat Delaney, Shaun Flanigan; Brady Morton, Angus Durnan, Nick Ryan; Matt Rava, Fergus Inglis, John Buchanan; Brad Graham, Lahn Shepherd, Jacob Osbeiston; Damien Papworth, Nick McCormack, Scott Pearce, Dylan Morton
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Joe Banks, Geoff Spriggs, Nick Kennedy; Daniel Kennedy, Tim Haines, Kallan Sykes; Lachlan Moore, Jayden Klemke, Matthew Kennedy; Brad Aiken, Will Haines, Matt Beckmans; Harry Perryman, James Morris, Chris Gordon; Chris Jackson, James Kennedy, Nick Perryman; Tom Hines, Jack Turnbull, Ben MacKenzie, Brayden Ambler
Umpires: L Olsen, G Hodgins, T Beard (RUA)
Reserves: Collingullie-GP 16.14 (110) d Coolamon 14.10 (94)
Under 17: Coolamon 16.9 (105) d Wagga Tigers 14.12 (96)
Grand Final - Sunday September 20, 2015 at Narrandera Sportsground
Mangoplah-CUE .... 4.1 .. 5.5 .. 5.6 .. 6.9 (45)
Collingullie-GP ..... 5.3 .. 8.4 .. 16.6 .. 18.9 (117)
Goals: MCUE: M Collins 3, P Griffin, J Cornell, A Pettigrove
Collingullie-GP: J Morris 4, H Perryman 4, M Kennedy 3, L Moore 2, B Aiken 2, J Klemke, B Ambler, C Jackson
Best: MCUE: A Pleming, D Rogers, S Schiller, H Collins, E Schiller, P Griffin
Collingullie-GP: C Jackson (Ron Hutchins Medal), J Banks, J Klemke, T Haines, W Haines, D Kennedy
Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: Jack Killalea, Mark Roberson, Paddy Griffin; Trent Cohalan, Isaac Damme, Tom Keogh; Sam Schiller, Harry Collins, Jacob Whitley; Jock Cornell, Dustin Rogers, Pat Killelea; Andrew Dickins, Matt Collins, Stuart Carey; Andrew Pettigrove, Colin Sanbrook, Stace Creasy; Alex Pleming, Theodore Metcalfe, Ethan Schiller, Mitch Daniher. Coach - Chris Daniher.
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Joe Banks, Geoff Spriggs, Nick Kennedy; Daniel Kennedy, Tim Haines, Kallan Sykes; Lachlan Moore, Jayden Klemke, Matthew Kennedy; Brad Aiken, Will Haines, Matt Beckmans; Harry Perryman, James Morris, Ben MacKenzie; Chris Jackson, Chris Gordon, Nick Perryman; Tom Hines, Jack Turnbull, James Kennedy, Brayden Ambler. Coach - Brett Lenon.
Umpires: Luke Olsen, Gene Hodgins, Tim Beard (RUA). Gate: $26,280
Griffith .................. 3.8 .. 7.9 .. 9.11 .. 13.15 (93)
Collingullie-GP .... 4.1 .. 9.5 .. 13.10 .. 15.16 (106)
Goals: Griffith: M Peruzzi 3, J Schirripa 2, T Howard 2, C Cunial 2, L Peruzzi, D Villata, C Moore, A Cappello
Best: Griffith: J Schirripa, J Tyrell, L Peruzzi, D Villata, M Peruzzi, S McCanna
Griffith: Jordan Crowe, Lachlan Vogan, Dean Catanzariti; Ben McRae, Jack Tyrell, Cameron Harrison; Riley Holland, David Dunbar (c-c), Joey Schirripa; Thomas Valeri, Casey Moore, Luke Peruzzi; Mathew Peruzzi, Charlie Cunial, Todd Howard; Steven McCanna, Dean Villata, Ben Tarr; Andrew Cappello, Tyler Bruns, Michael Johns, Jesse Ryan
Umpires: Andrew Touvi, Matt Tom, Brian Robinson (RUA). Gate: $26,280
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 13.15 (93) d Coolamon 6.5 (41)
Umpires: Josh O'Donoghue, Jake O'Halloran, Isaac Bloomfield (RUA)
Netball - A grade: Mangoplah-CUE 53 d Collingullie-GP 48; A Reserve: Mangoplah-CUE 51 d Turvey Park 48; B grade: Mangoplah-CUE 43 d Leeton-Whitton 33; C grade: Leeton-Whitton 44 d Turvey Park 39.
Match report: Griffith reserve grade coach Dave Dunbar applauded the courage of his players after the Swans’ 13-point loss to Collingullie-Glenfield Park in Sunday’s Riverina Football League grand final in Narrandera. The Swans led by one point at quarter time, but from that moment the Demons edged away to slowly build their buffer. At times the Demons threatened to blow the game open, but the Swans always managed to stay in touch before going down 15.16 (106) to 13.15 (93). Mathew Peruzzi booted three goals for the Swans, while teammate Joe Schirripa topped the list of best players. While gutted to lose the match, Dunbar said his players couldn’t have done much more on the field. “Credit to the boys. We had a crack all the way to the end,” he said “Every now and end they (Collingullie-GP) would be five goals in front, but we kept coming back at them. “We never went away. “But at the end of the day Collingullie were just too good. “They got a few lucky bounces, but credit to them. They deserved to win.” (By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday September 21, 2015).
SWANS CROWN KING AT AWARDS – By Andrew Piva
Ben King’s stellar debut season with the Griffith Swans was awarded on Saturday night when the midfielder was named the club’s best and fairest for 2015. The win wasn’t a surprise after King finished runner-up in the Riverina Football League Jim Quinn Medal count three weeks ago, but the 23-year-old was grateful to receive the recognition.
After arriving at the Swans via Queanbeyan Tigers at the start of the year, King quickly settled into his new home and established himself as one of the best players in the competition. “I’ve played a couple of different clubs before, so making the adjustment (to the Swans) wasn’t hard,” King said. “All the boys made me feel welcome straight away at the club. “I had family and friends around me as well, so I was made to feel pretty comfortable. “I could just concentrate on my footy.”
Despite King’s efforts, the Swans missed the finals after finishing seventh on the ladder, a draw and a couple of close losses costing them a shot at September football. King, who confirmed he would play for the Swans in 2016, said the club didn’t need to change much to become a threat. “I honestly don’t think that we’re too far from it,” King said. “It’s just a matter of putting four quarters together consistently. “We would play great footy for two quarters for most matches and then we wouldn’t be too good for the other two. On his own form, King was satisfied with the contribution he made on the field. “I was pretty happy with the way I went about my football.” he said. “I would’ve liked to have got a few more wins for the club, but maybe next year.” (The Area News, Wednesday September 30, 2015).
2015 RIVERINA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS
Seniors: Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal
17 - Jayden Kotzur (Ganmain-GGM); 15 - Jayden Klemke (Collingullie-GP), Ben King (Griffith); 14 - Ben Curley (Leeton-Whitton), Mitchell Hardie (Leeton-Whitton); 13 - Brad Aiken (Collingullie-GP); 12 - James Lawton (Ganmain-GGM), Tony Conroy (Leeton-Whitton), Colin Sanbrook (Mangoplah-CUE); 11 - Stace Creasy (Mangoplah-CUE); 9 - Luke Redfern (Coolamon); 8 - Connor Neyland (Coolamon), Neil Irwin (Leeton-Whitton), Matt Collins (Mangoplah-CUE); 7 - Tim Sullivan (Narrandera), Angus Durnan, Jacob Osbeiston (Wagga Tigers); 6 - Chris Jackson (Collingullie-GP), Jamie Maddox (Coolamon), Curtis Steele, Ben Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), Michael Griffiths, Will Griggs (Griffith), Harry Collins (Mangoplah-CUE), Shaun Flanigan, Bradley Graham, Lahn Shepherd (Wagga Tigers); 5 - Harry Perryman (Collingullie-GP), Ryan Chamberlain (Coolamon), Bryce O'Garey (Leeton-Whitton), Dustin Rogers (Mangoplah-CUE), Brent Rose (Narrandera), Scott Pearce (Wagga Tigers); 4 - Joe Banks, Nick Kennedy (Collingullie-GP), Chris Ladhams (Coolamon), Nathan McPherson, Anthony Watt (Ganmain-GGM), Michael Duncan (Griffith), Campbell Griggs (Leeton-Whitton), Isaac Damme, Andrew Dickins, Andrew Pettigrove (Mangoplah-CUE), Lachlan Hunter, Stephen Irons (Narrandera), John Anstee, John Buchanan (Wagga Tigers); 3 - James Kennedy (Collingullie-GP), Ben Edyvean, Harry Fitzsimmons (Coolamon), Chris Cerato, Michael Handby (Griffith), Kodie O'Malley, Tom Morton (Leeton-Whitton), Trent Cohalan, Mitch Daniher, Tom Keogh, Pat Killalea (Mangoplah-CUE), Damon Burdon, Mitchell Gorman, Adam Sangston (Narrandera), Jack Brooks, Dane Campbell, Chase Grintell (Turvey Park), Charles Bance, Jake Gaynor, Jackson Kelly, Matthew Rava (Wagga Tigers); 2 - Mark Crawford, Bryce Koop (Coolamon), Matthew White, Joshua Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), James Toscan (Griffith), Michael Wescombe (Leeton-Whitton), Nick Hetherington (Narrandera), James Colaiacovo (Turvey Park), Campbell Lovell, Pat Gaynor (Wagga Tigers); 1 - Matthew Beckmans, Lachlan Moore, James Morris, Jack Turnbull (Collingullie-GP), Luke Gerhard, Daniel Johnson, Marshal Macauley, Peter McGrath, Tyler Owens (Coolamon), Jonathon Gastin (Griffith), Jayden Lehman (Leeton-Whitton), Ayden Hill (Turvey Park), Brady Morton (Wagga Tigers).
Reserves - Frank Gaynor Medal
16 - Shaun Gehringer (Narrandera); 14 - Sam Robinson (Coolamon); 12 - Michael Johns (Griffith); 11 - Tom Pocock (Collingullie-GP); 10 - Mark Ivanoff (Ganmain-GGM); 9 - Parker Gerathy, Callum Spoor (Collingullie-GP), Joel Hourigan, Ben Tarr (Griffith); 8 - Jamie Wild (Collingullie-GP), Ben Elwin (Leeton-Whitton). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 7 - Cameron Harrison; 5 - Dean Spratt; 4 - Dean Catanzariti, Joe Schirripa; 3 - Steven McCanna, Casey Moore, Matthew Peruzzi; 2 - Tim Matheson, Dean Villata; 1 - Tyler Bruns, Jack Geddes
Under 17 - Lou Brown Medal
24 - Riley Corbett (Ganmain-GGM); 16 - Nathan Richards (Griffith); 15 - Matthew McGowan (Coolamon); 13 - James Demby (Collingullie-GP), Jacob Conlan (Griffith); 12 - Zacharie Walgers (Mangoplah-CUE), Jake Gaynor (Wagga Tigers); 11 - Jack Reynolds (Mangoplah-CUE); 10 - Zac Billingham (Collingullie-GP), Jack O'Dwyer (Coolamon), Edward Faiva (Griffith), Jameson Booth (Leeton-Whitton), Will Keogh (Mangoplah-CUE), Ben Kelly (Wagga Tigers). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 6 - Brady French; 4 - Thomas Clarke; 2 - Samuel Foley, Luke Shannon, Jess Spencer, Samuel Villata; 1 - Ryan Moore.
Netball: Best & Fairest
A grade: 22 - Katherine Kotzur (Ganmain-GGM); 19 - Paige Guthrie (Collingulie-GP), Kelly Seidel (Narrandera); 18 - Clare Vant (Leeton-Whitton); 16 - Jemima Norbury (Collingullie-GP), Melissa Sykes (Turvey Park), Jessica Allen (Wagga Tigers); 15 - Kira Payne (Mangoplah-CUE), Anna Ryan (Wagga Tigers). Griffith players to receive votes were: 10 - Rebecca Byrne; 5 - Sarah McCluskey, Carrie Walker; 4 - Abbey Shilson-Josling; 3 - Cloe Larkin; 2 - Hannah Dodd, Renae Larkin, Zoe Whitworth.
A Reserve grade: 22 - Mikaela Cole (Mangoplah-CUE); 21 - Flynn Hogg (Collingullie-GP); 20 - Sophie Tyson (Leeton-Whitton); 13 - Amanda McLachlan (Collingulle-GP), Tayla Robinson (Coolamon), Georgie Campbell (Turvey Park); 12 - Tameka Scott (Griffith), Samantha Creasy (Mangoplah-CUE), Jessie Williams (Narrandera), Jemma Buchanan, Cassandra Kew (Wagga Tigers). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 7 - Nicola Robinson; 5 - Shannon O'Dwyer; 3 - Keira Argus, Philippa Wordsworth; 2 - Bayley Hogan, Abbey Shilson-Josling; 1 - Maddison Aird, Melanie Toscan.
B grade: 23 - Lakin Hanigan (Turvey Park); 16 - Allison Bedford (Wagga Tigers: 13 - Kerrianne Windle (Collingullie-GP), Rochelle Meurant (Griffith), Sarah Crakanthorp (Wagga Tigers); 12 - Marnie Whycross (Leeton-Whitton), Emma Croker (Mangoplah-CUE), Amanda Pearson (Narrandera), 11 - Natasha Roden (Ganmain-GGM), Bethany Tyson (Leeton-Whitton), Chelsea Savage (Narrandera). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 8 - Abby Armstrong, Georgia Campbell; 3 - Erinn Dunbar; 2 - Peta Argus; 1 - Caprice Gastin.
C grade: 25 - Carly Graham (Leeton-Whitton); 23 - Maddison Kelly (Wagga Tigers); 20 - Elizabeth Amaro (Collingullie-GP); 18 - Sarah Craft (Turvey Park); 16 - Tiah Gillespie (Leeton-Whitton); 13 - Abbie Jennings (Turvey Park); 12 - Maddison McIntyre (Wagga Tigers); 10 - Sarah Sloan (Coolamon), Lauren McClurg (Turvey Park), Isobella Obst (Wagga Tigers). Griffith players to receive votes were: 7 - Jessica Spence; 3 - Sarah Connelly, Samantha Graham, Kylie Smith; 2 - Shelby Currie, Montana Frank, Erin Golden, Cloe Gordon, Jasmin Keenan, Abby Molloy, Briana Moore, Amanda O'Connell; 1 - Matilda Conlan.
Seniors: Top Goalkickers (h/a) - Stewart Fraser Trophy
56 - John Buchanan (Wagga Tigers); 51 - Chris Ladhams (Coolamon), 44 - James Morris (Collingullie-GP), 41 - Matt Collins (Mangoplah-CUE), 33 - Matthew White(Ganmain-GGM), 31 - James Lawton (Ganmain-GGM), Fergus Inglis (Wagga Tigers), 30 - Curtis Steele (Ganmain-GGM), 28 - Brad Aiken (Collingullie -GP), Chris Gordon (Collingullie-GP), 27 - Neil Irwin (Leeton-Whitton).
Reserves - Griggs Trophy
41 - Michael Keatley (Mangoplah-CUE); 33 - Dustin Brown (Turvey Park); 28 - Ashleigh Dikkenberg (Wagga Tigers); 26 - Luke McLoughlin (Coolamon); 23 Sam Robinson (Coolamon); 22 - Josh Hetherington (Collingullie-GP); 21 - Charlie Cunial (Griffith)
Under 17 - Dalco Trophy
44 - Zac Billingham (Collingullie-GP); 28 - Justin Jenkins (Wagga Tigers); 26 - Scott Barlin, Liam Matthews (Mangoplah-CUE); 25 - Isaac Tancredi (Mangoplah-CUE); 24 - Lachlan O'Dwyer (Griffith); 23 - Jack Favell (Griffith); 23 - Cooper Irons (Narrandera), Ash Bennett (Wagga Tigers); 22 - Ben Gillett (Coolamon); 21 - Brady Chambers (Griffith)
AFL Riverina Rising Star: Mitch Hardie (Leeton-Whitton)
ANZ Netball Rising Star: Paige Guthrie (Collingullie-GP)
Volunteer of the Year: Mark Barclay (Mangoplah-CUE)
Merit Award: Graham Flynn (Narrandera)
AFL NSW/ACT Coach of the Year: Matthew Rava (Wagga Tigers).
Club Championships: Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes
2015 APPEARANCES / GOALS - RESERVES & UNDER 17's
Reserves: Gary Argus 10 / 20, Alex Blissett,Tyler Bruns 14 / 3, Andrew Cappello 13 / 3, Dean Catanzariti 15 / 0 Jordan Crowe 15 / 0, Charlie Cunial 16 / 27, David Dunbar 14 / 15, Kris Duncan 1 / 2, Mark Duncan 1 / 0, Edward Faiva 1 / 0, Brady French 1 / 0, Jack Geddes 10 / 1, Ryan Hamilton 2 / 0, Cameron Harrison 19 / 12, Riley Holland 15 / 3, Joel Hourigan 5 / 2, Todd Howard 10 / 25, Michael Johns 11 / 5, , James Keenan 1 / 0, Matthew Kenny 1 / 0, Richard Malone 1 / 0, Tim Matheson 1 / 0, Steven McCanna 12 / 2, Ben McRae 10 / 1, Casey Moore 9 / 23, Chris Niven 11 / 1, Daniel Peruzzi 2 / 0, Luke Peruzzi 16 / 7, Mathew Peruzzi 18 / 10, Beau Prendergast 1 / 2, Dominic Puntoriero 11 / 1, Levi Quade 2 / 0, Nathan Richards 3 / 5, Trevor Richards 9 / 3, Daniel Richens 2 / 0, Harry Robertson 6 / 2, Kieran Ruyg 2 / 0, Jesse Ryan 7 / 1, Joe Schirripa 13 / 8, Dean Spratt 12 / 1, Ben Tarr 14 / 4, Blake Testoni 4 / 2, Jack Tyrell 17 / 3, Thomas Valeri 16 / 22, Dean Villata 12 / 8, Ben Vitucci 2 / 1, Lachlan Vogan 18 / 1, Ryan Williamson 15 / 5. Coach: David Dunbar.
Under 17: Michael Agnew 2 / 0, Blake Argus, Jamie Blunden 2 / 0, Luke Butcher 18 / 13, Ryan Cassidy 12 / 2, Brady Chambers 18 / 21, Thomas Clarke 12 / 15, Angus Coldwell 12 / 20, Jacob Conlan 12 / 1, Lucas Conlan 1 / 0, Will Dalton 9 / 0, Ngalan Druitt 15 / 0, Edward Faiva 16 / 11, Jack Favell 14 / 24, Samuel Foley 16 / 9, Max Forbes 9 / 1, Luke Franco 15 / 0, Brady French 17 / 4, Steven Hart 4 / 0, Riley Irvin 8 / 0, Pieter Jaffrey 1 / 0