2016 RFNL SEASON RESULTS

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PLAYER TRANSFERS

IN: Alex Birch (Ainslie), Jordan Iudica (Ainslie), Kyle Lynch (Port Macquarie Magpies), Guy Orton (N.T. Thunder), Vincent Pecora (Devon-Welshpool-Won Wron Woodside), Beau Rees (Northern Jets), Jordon Wood (Ungarie).

OUT: Chris Cerato (Coleambally), Henry Delves (Ainslie), James Fallon (Coleambally), Michael Griffiths (Katunga), Tom Groves (Coleambally), Joshua Hamilton (Coleambally), Riley Holland (Canberra), Che Jenkins, Tim Matheson, Brandon Mathews (Coleambally), Joseph Schirripa (Hanwood SC); Kyle Lynch (Port Macquarie Magpies), Vincent Pecora, Jordon Wood.

 PAVESE ON DECK – By Matt Malone 

Experienced coach Adrian Pavese will return home to Griffith next season. The Swans have announced Pavese as their senior coach for 2016 as he plans to fulfil the dream of his late father Ray and return to Griffith to lead the club.  Desire to spend more time in Griffith with family after his father’s recent passing paved the way for Pavese to take the Swans’ top job. “It was something my dad had always been keen on, me coming home eventually to coach Griffith,” Pavese said. “Unfortunately he’s not going to be around to see it but it’ll still fulfil his dream by coming home and coaching the club where it all started.” 
Griffith have opted to follow in the footsteps of Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes with a similar coaching structure. Pavese is based in Canberra and will travel to Griffith in the week for the final training and game days. He replaces Brandon Mathews after his two seasons in charge. The Swans will now appoint two senior assistants coaches to run training during the week. Pavese says a big part of his role will be to develop the club’s next coach from within the playing group. His main focus is to steer the Swans back to finals for the first time since 2006. “The goal is to get back to finals, it’s been a fair drought,” he said. “They’re had some very good coaches in Guy Orton, Brandon Mathews and Damien Scott, but we’ve just got to get back to finals. “There are some great people involved who have the club going in the right direction, now the next thing is to get back into finals action.”
Pavese arrives after coaching Gungahlin this year in their promotion to AFL Canberra division one. He spent six years at Queanbeyan, where he coached the club to three division one titles, as well as serving as NEAFL assistant coach. Pavese coached Corowa-Rutherglen in the Ovens and Murray in 2013, and for the past two years has been assistant coach of Melbourne’s women’s team. Griffith president Jeff Harris was pleased to welcome a coach back to the club with so much coaching experience. “Being where we are, there is only limited opportunities to get experience coaches, especially as much as he had done,” Harris said. Griffith confirmed the losses of ruckman Michael Griffiths to Victoria and Tom Groves to Coleambally. (The Area News - Friday October 2, 2015).

 ORTON SIGNS WITH SWANS FOR 2016 SEASON – By Ben Jaffrey 

Guy Orton will once gain don the red and white with the Griffith Swans in 2016. The midfielder will return to Griffith for work reasons after spending last season with the Northern Territory Thunder. Orton expected to touch down in Griffith late November. “Can’t wait to get back into the red and white,” Orton said. “I obviously missed last year and it was good to see a few more new faces that we’ve got coming plus the old faces from when I was there. “It will be good to have a coach like Adrian Pavese there at the Swans and I’m looking forward to playing under him.” Pavese excitement reflected that of Orton’. He can’t wait to get to work with the champion midfielder who played four season at the Swans from 2011-14. “We’re pretty pumped,” Pavese said. “He’s right up there with the Griffith legends. He’s a two time Jim Quinn medal winner and a former coach of the club. “Knowing his credentials in the RFL – someone of his calibre is great to have on board.”

The Swans has several more players they are looking to sign. Pavese hoped Orton’s signature would be the first of many. “Guy was the one we wanted first and foremost and now we’re hoping that leads to a couple more signatures over the next couple of days,” Pavese said. Monday and Tuesdays will be taken by the leadership group headed by Will Griggs and then, hopefully, barring any major things with work, I’ll take the last session on Fridays. “We hope to get 12 good sessions in through Christmas to work on our skill level.” Pavese gave a simple reason why the Swans would start so early. “Just a change of game plan,” Pavese said. “Under Brandon Mathews they had a particular style. “I’m coming in with a different style,” The pre-Christmas stuff will be working to the new game style.” The first grade side’s full coaching staff is still to be finalised but the coaching structure in the lower grades will likely remain the same. The Swans will train at 6pm on Mondays and Tuesdays while sessions on Fridays will start at 5.30pm. (The Area News - October 30, 2015).

 SWANS ANNOUNCE SIGNINGS – By Ben Jaffrey 

The Griffith Swans have added two players to their list after exciting prospects Alex Birch and Jordan Iudica joined the club last week. Both players join the club from North East Ausralian Football League club Ainslie. The pair will remain based in Canberra before they travel to the Riverina for games on the weekends. The signing coup excited Adrian Pavese who said there would be no added pressure on the new recruits. “They are two quality blokes, really ripping guys,’ Pavese said. “They will add a bit of culture to the club. “We have about six former NEAFL, second tier (of the AFL), footballers who have been at that level and have the experience. “We don’t want to rely on those guys, we want an even spread across the team.” 
Birch will provide Griffith’s midfield and back-line with a sizeable target in the forward line. The 194-centimetre Canberra native has the ability to play in the back-line as well but is looking forward to plying to playing in his preferred position. “Centre half-forward would be a preference,” Birch said. “I played a fair bit in the back and have changing over the last couple of seasons. “I really don’t mind either way.” Iudica will join Griffith’s impressive midfield of Ben King, Guy Orton, Will Griggs and Mick Duncan. Originally from Essendon and District League club Keilor, Iudica will also provide Pavese with an extra forward if needed. Both Iudica and Birch spoke to a number of AFL Riverina clubs before Griffith snapped up the pair. “Alex is a mate with Sam Daniel, Will Griggs and Ben King and he got a call because they knew we were looking for somewhere to play,” Iudica explained. “We came down and met the boys, had a look at the club and had a look around and met the people involved. “They made it a pretty easy decision in the end.”
The signings come after Griffith lost their third player to Farrer League club Coleambally. Chris Cerato, who joined the Swans in 2015, followed Josh Hamilton and Tom Groves to Coleambally from Griffith. Griffith president Jeff Harris was disappointed in the tactics of the Farrer League club. “We’re certainly disappointed with (Josh) Hamilton. He’s a player we brought to town and found employment for,” Harris said. “For a club that’s cashed up, like Coly are it seems, to come in and cherry pick players as their recruitment, that aspect of it is certainly disappointing.”  (The Area News - Monday November 9, 2015). 

 SWANS SIGN NEW RUCKMAN – By Riley Krause 

The Griffith Swans have filled their vacant ruckman position with the signing of big man Jordan Wood. Wood played a key role for his Ungarie side which won the Northern Riverina League premiership, but opted for a change of scenery this year. At six foot eight inches tall with a tough spirit about him he was eager to see what the Riverina Football League had to offer. “I’ve got a few mates over there and I really just wanted to see what it’s all about,” Wood said. “It’s (RFL) is a better league and I’m looking forward to it.” The Swans lost Joshua Hamilton and Michael Griffiths this off-season which opened up a spot for Wood. “He thinks he’s got a bit to bring to the table. “I’ve got a bit of height on my side, not so much speed though,” he joked. “I was down at a training session  and watched the boys and they look like they’re going fairly well at the moment.” Before he won a premiership with Ungarie, he was tearing it up for East Wagga-Kooringal reserves when he was named best on ground for their 2014 premiership winning side.

Griffith Swans director of coaching Adrian Pavese said the addition of Wood would provide the team with flexibility in the midfield. “The way our midfield was coming together this year, we were lacking that big man in the middle. “Shane Russell (coach) spoke to Jordan and he happily agreed to come over. “We had plans in place in case we couldn’t nail a ruckman, but now what we have allowed us to finalise other positions.” He said Wood would bring a lot of grit and determination to the Swans team. “He’ll bring a bit of hardness from all reports,” he said.

“He competes very very well and hates to get beaten and that’s what we want. “If they’re able to dominate a game, great, but we don’t want or need anyone thinking they have to be a superstar. “You need to contribute to the team as a whole and I’m trying to make sure everyone knows that.” (The Area News – Monday January 25, 2016).

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 GRIFFITH SWANS LOSE IN CAPITOL – By Ben Jaffrey 

The new-look Swans out-fit’s first match together ended in a loss but director of coaching Adrian Pavese knows what he’s working with now. The Swans were on the end of a 103-35 drubbing on Sunday but it must be noted that opponents Gungahlin play in the strong Canberra league and Griffith had as many as 12 players missing. Pavese said the Swans were thereabout in the opening stanza but when the fitness came into the equation, the Jets ran away with it. “Our first half was strong, we were really competitive around the stoppages and clearances,” Pavese said. “The game plan was going OK but in the second half we dropped off. “Fitness is always a problem in the first game. We missed a few targets through fatigue but we’ll improve as we gain match fitness.” Injuries to Ben McRae and Shane Russell also added to the score.

The injuries, whilst not ideal, gave Pavese a chance to gauge  the side’s versatility “We had a couple of injuries in the second term but that showed we have some good depth,” Pavese said. “We played seven or eight players who haven’t played senior football and they all did their job in the first half.” Along with the depth, Pavese said there was a lot to like from the performance. Griffith’s ball movement was a highlight for Pavese whilst Jono Gastin, Alex Blissett, Alex Birch and Jordan Iudica all impressed the coach. The Swans now look forward to their second trial against the Northern Jets on Thursday night on Exies No. 2 Oval at 6.30pm. The Area News – Monday March 21, 2016).

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 DESIRE TO PLAY IN FINALS – By Ben Jaffrey 

Playing finals football – that is what drives the Swans in 2016. It’s been 10 years since Griffith played finals football in the Riverina Football League and director of coaching Adrian Pavese has that goal firmly rooted in the minds of his players. “We’ve talked a lot over the pre-season about creating history for ourselves,” Pavese said. “It’s (Griffith Swans) a proud club that has had a lot of success. “We want to play finals football and get their club back to where it belongs.” After receiving the first round bye, the Swans are raring to get their RFL campaign started against Turvey Park at Exies Oval on Saturday. “It was pretty tough last week to watch pretty much every competition in the country start and we had to wait another week,” Pavese said. “It’s a bit frustrating but everyone’s keen, it’s been a good pre-season and a big one. “The boys have improved a lot and the game plan’s solid, it’s just a matter of getting on the ground and implementing it.” 
Despite the good shape o the game plan, Pavese will give the players plenty of time to adapt. “We’re not expecting everyone to be all over it straight away but by mid-year, it should be well and truly entrenched,” he said. “The first few weeks we are relying on our instincts and the players hopefully have that belief in the process because that’s what going to take us further.” Griffith’s opponents Turvey Park head into the game on the back of a win-less wooden spoon-winning 2015 and an 80-point first round loss to Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.

Even though Turvey Park’s recent form isn’t stellar, Pavese doesn’t buy into it and will take the game on its merit alone. “One thing the Swans can’t do is take anyone for granted,” Pavese said. “The club hasn’t played finals for a long time and we respect every opposition we come up against. “This game is going to be interesting. “I know they (Turvey Park) were well beaten last work but they  led at quarter time, we have to be at our game. “They also have a game under their belts and we don’t.” (The Area News – Friday April 22, 2016). 

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Round 1 - Saturday April 16, 2016

Griffith, bye

Round 2 - Saturday April 23, 2016 at Griffith Exies Oval 5.10pm

Griffith ................ 6.1 .. 10.2 .. 14.6 .. 20.8 (128)

Turvey Park ....... 4.2 .. 5.2 .. 5.3 .. 6.4 (40)

Goals: Griffith: A Birch 4, W Griggs 4, M Duncan 4, B King 2, A Blissett 2, K Lynch 2, R Johns, B Tarr

Turvey Park: D Campbell 3, B Salan, T Maher, B Bryce

Best: Griffith: W Griggs, B King, A Birch, S Daniel, K Lynch, M Duncan

Turvey Park: S McGee, B Bryce, A Ryan, T Maher, D Campbell, T Doyle

Griffith: K Hume, B McRae, S Daniel; G Orton, J Toscan, J Gastin; T Bruns, J Iudica*, D Peruzzi; D Crack, A Birch*, R Johns; A Blissett, C Moore, M Duncan; K Lynch*, W Griggs, B King; A Cappello, B Tarr, S Foley*

Turvey Park: M Francis, N McLean, C O'Malley; B Bryce, J Donaldson, C Mollinson; N Flanigan, J Brooks, J Hill; D Campbell, E Smith, J Hagger; A Noack, B Salan, J Ingram; T Maher, T Doyle, A Ryan; C Wray, K Graf, J Colaiavoco

Umpires: R Johnston, M Rowe (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 13.7 (85) d Turvey Park 2.7 (19)

Goals: L Peruzzi 2, B Testoni 2, K Ruyg 2, B Rees, B French, D Catanzariti, M Peruzzi, J Wood, C Harrison, S McCanna

Under 17: Griffith 20.19 (139) d Turvey Park 2.4 (16)

Goals: I Potts 7, R Greenaway 4, T Clarke 3, R Matheson 3, J Rowston, A Coldwell, A McDermott

Match report: Griffith signaled this may be the year they return to finals action with an 88-point victory over Turvey Park at Exies Oval on Saturday night. After a first round bye, the Swans made up for lost time and made a statement by accounting for the Bulldogs 20.8 (128) to 6.4 (40). Like last week, Turvey Park started strongly and kicked the opening two goals of the game. They trailed by 11 points at quarter-time but showed some signs early. That was as close as it got as Griffith kicked clear. They stretched the margin to 30 points at half-time, 57 points at the final change and finished strongly with a six-goal last quarter. Turvey Park could only manage two goals after the quarter-time break. Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese was relieved to see it all come together for the Swans after a lot of comings and goings over the off-season. “It was a shaky start, there were a few nerves early on but in the end the boys played pretty good.” Pavese said. “We ended up kicking 20 goals. We were pretty happy with that. It’s something we talked about during the pre-season, kicking plenty of goals and enjoying our footy so it started off well tonight. 
Will Griggs and Ben King led the charge for Griffith, while Sam Daniel was another to shine. Canberra recruits Alex Birch and Jordan Iudica both impressed in their first games for the club. Birch finished with four goals from centre-half forward. Griggs also booted four, while Mick Duncan also chimed in with four. Kyle Lynch was another player to perform well in his first game at the club and he managed two goals. Pavese was most pleased with the Swans’ discipline. “Just our control around our structures,” he said. “Even early on after Turvey kicked the first couple of goals, we showed good control around sticking to our structures. “This was the first time we have played together, it’s a new look team and the way we came together like that, even though there is still a long way to go.” The Swans had 10 individual goal scores. “It was a pretty even performance,” Pavese said. “That’s another thing we spoke about in the pre-season, so we don’t want to have to reply on one person to win us the game.” (The Area News – Monday April 25, 2016). 

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 RICHARDS FLIES FLAG IN CLASH – By Ben Jaffrey 

Anzac Day in 2016 will be one that Nathan Richards never forgets. Richards kicked off his Anzac Day at the dawn service in Auckland after helping Australia under 17s Australian Rules side to a 110-point win over New Zealand the day before. The Swans junior said the combination of factors made it a truly special experience. “It didn’t sink in until I slipped it (guernsey) over my shoulders,” Richards said of playing for Australia. “Once you get a chance to look down at the coat of arms on your chest, it sends shivers down your spine. “Being such a big weekend – with Anzac Day meaning so much to New Zealand and Australia – added a bit to the occasion and made it much more meaningful win for the side.” Being an international fixture, Richards never thought in his wildest dreams the Australian side could secure such a massive win.

The Greater Western Sydney Academy member was prepared for a tough match from the time playing for the Griffith Swans first grade side. But, Richards thought his side’s quickness was the telling factor in the 19.15 (129) to 2.7 (19) win. “Going into the clash, we heard they were a big, mature side,” Richards said. “We really expected it to be quite a close battle but we ran over them with our speed on the outside in the end. “And I think that’s one difference from playing locally for the Swans firsts is the speed and the physicality. Representative 18s is a lot quicker but local football is a lot more physical.” 
While Richards enjoyed his time on the field – where he took some solid contested marks and got plenty of football in his hands – it was the moment just prior to the match that sticks out in his mind as a real highlight. “I think having the jersey on, lining up with my teammates and watching the opposition team do the Haka was incredible,” Richards said. “Watching how well they performed it it gives you a rush of motivation. “On TV it’s great to watch, it sets the tone early but being a part of it is something else.” Next up for Richards is matches with the under 18s NSW/ACT Rams side. (The Area News – Wednesday April 27, 2016). 

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Round 3 - Sunday May 1, 2016 at Kindra Park 2.10pm

Coolamon ..... 0.4 .. 4.6 .. 7.7 .. 11.9 (75)

Griffith ......... 4.5 .. 6.7 .. 8.12 .. 12.14 (86)

Goals: Coolamon: J Dalton 2, J Maddox 2, S Clyde, M McGowan, B Gillett, M Crawford, C Grintell, A Schneider, H Bradley

Griffith: D Crack 3, C Moore 2, G Orton, A Birch, B McRae, B Tarr, K Lynch, B King

Best: Coolamon: J Maddox, C Grintell, H Bradley, T Owens, L Redfern, W Graetz

Griffith: G Orton, B King, W Griggs, S Foley, A Birch, M Duncan

Coolamon: W Graetz, J Bradley, J Rapley; L Redfern, M Macauley, A McKenzie; H Fitzsimmons, J Maddox, C Grintell; Adam Schneider, J Dalton, M McGowan; L Gerhard, T Owens, M Crawford; B Edyvean, H Bradley, H Leary; S Clyde, A Hard, B Gillett

Griffith: S Foley, J Conlan, S Daniel; G Orton, J Toscan, R Johns; T Bruns, J Iudica, D Peruzzi; D Crack, A Birch, C Moore; A Blissett, K Lynch, M Duncan; A Cappello, W Griggs, B King; B McRae, B Tarr, K Hume

Umpires: R Dedini, M Rowe, R Krenz (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 16.7 (103) d Coolamon 5.5 (35)

Goals: V Pecora 6, K Ruyg 4, E Murphy 2, S Bartter 2, D Villata, T Argus

Under 17: Griffith 19.14 (128) d Coolamon 5.8 (38)

Goals: J Favell 5, R Greenaway 4, D Schmetzer 3, R Matheson 2, S Witherspoon 2, A McDermott 2, I Potts

Match report: The class of of former AFL star Adam Schneider was not enough to get Coolamon home as Griffith continued a fine start to the season with a thrilling 11-point victory on Sunday. The scores were level with five minutes remaining but it was the Swans who rose to the occasion to sneak home, 12.14 (86) to 11.9 (75) at Kindra Park. Schneider spent most of the game forward where the 31-year-old former St Kilda and Sydney Swans star gathered 15 disposals and kicked 1.3. Ultimately, it was his opponent for much of the day, two-time Jim Quinn Medallist, Guy Orton, that proved the difference in a tense final term. Orton started the quarter on Schneider and kept him under control before going into the midfield to play a starring role in Griffith’s win. Orton got the Swans going again when challenged by Coolamon and kicked a classy goal running away from the centre bounce that put Griffith back in front late in the game. 
Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese lauded his new-look Swans. “That was our new found resilience. I think last year we would have lost that game,” Pavese said. “We were down to nothing on the bench in the last quarter, playing blokes injured. “I give Coolamon credit, they’re a good young side and they’re going to trouble a lot of teams but we’re more focused on us at the moment and we wanted to be better team by five o’clock this afternoon regardless of the result and I think we done that. “The fact that we could play to our structure in the first quarter and a half, then Coolamon had their moment, and then we found our way  and got back to the belief that if we stick to our process then we should be thereabout.”
Guy Orton was brilliant for Griffith, but well supported by midfielders Ben King and Will Griggs. They finished with injuries to key talls Alex Birch (calf), Kyle Lynch (finger) and Andrew Cappello (hamstring). Jamie Maddox was best for Coolamon, in and under all day, while Chase Grintell was also very good. Will Graetz also did well at full-back. Pavese is happy to head into Saturday’s showdown with Leeton-Whitton with two wins fro two games. “We’ll take it, absolutely. The early wins are going to be important because when we do fall over while we are learning the new game plan, they are the wins you need to get,” he said. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday May 2, 2016).

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Round 4 - Saturday May 7, 2016 at Leeton Showground 2.30pm

Leeton-Whitton ..... 0.6 .. 8.8 .. 9.14 .. 12.18 (90)

Griffith ..................... 0.3 .. 2.3 .. 4.5 .. 6.7 (43)

Goals: Leeton-Whitton: B Lake 3, T Conroy 2, J Hodge 2, M Wescombe, J Nancarrow, N Irwin, M Hardie, R Dunn

Griffith: W Griggs 3, T Bruns, V Pecora, M Duncan

Best: Leeton-Whitton: M Hardie, N Irwin, T Conroy, W Wakeman, L Potter, M Wescombe

Griffith: J Conlan, J Toscan, J Iudica, W Griggs, S Foley, B King

Leeton-Whitton: J Lehman, W Wakeman, T Evans; M Wescombe, C O'Malley, T Morton; J Crowhurst, T Conroy, L Potter; C Grigg, J Grant, T Meline; M Hardie, J Hodge, Brian Lake; N Irwin, J Nancarrow, B Gaynor; I Houghton, R Dunn, S Browning

Griffith: G Orton, J Toscan, J Conlan; S Daniel, B McRae, S Foley; T Bruns, J Iudica, D Peruzzi; D Crack, R Johns, M Johns; A Blissett, V Pecora*, M Duncan; C Moore, W Griggs, B King; B Tarr, K Ruyg, J Wood*

Umpires: M Tom, R Johnston, R Krenz (RUA)

Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 16.13 (109) d Griffith 3.4 (22)

Goals: K Hume, R Patey, B Rees

Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 8.11 (59) d Griffith 8.7 (55)

Goals: I Potts 5, R Greenaway 2, J Spencer

Match report: The Griffith Swans’ undefeated start to the season has come to an end at the hands of the Leeton-Whitton Crows. Powered by AFL star Brian Lake, the Crows were dominate as they capitalised on a sluggish Swans start. Both teams were shooting blanks in the first term, with the Swans kicking 0.3 (3) and the Crows 0.6 (6). In was the second quarter that the Crows kicked things into gear. The Crows rattled off goal after goal as they notched home eight for the team. The Swans hit the mark as well, kicking home 2.0 12) but found themselves behind 8.8 (54) to 2.3 (15). The Swans came out of the sheds for the second half looking the better of the two teams. Their accuracy in front of goals saw them cut into the Crows’ lead. Unfortunately for the boys in red and white, the number of chances just weren’t there and they went into the final term down by 39 points. The deficit proved too much for the Swans as another 2.2 (14) quarter sealed the loss.
Swans coach Adrian Pavese said his side fell apart in the second quarter. “We didn’t give a lot of fight in that second quarter and that annoyed me,” he said. “The boys got a good look at a quality outfit and we can’t allow teams to run over us like they did. “They lifted up a gear and we just didn’t match them.” He was pleased with how the team responded coming out of the sheds after half-time. “It’s hard to play a full four quarters of footy at peak intensity,” he said. “When it’s our moment we need to take it and when the opposition have their moment we need to be strong enough to hold on.” He was happy with the effort put in by the back six. “James Toscan did a great job on Brian Lake and Jacob Conlan was also terrific.” Lake started in the midfield for the Crows and then went forward where he finished with 3.3. (By Riley Krause – The Area News, Monday May 9, 2016). 

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Round 5 - Sunday 15 May 2016 (Pink Day) at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith .................. 3.2 .. 5.3 .. 12.6 .. 13.12 (90)

Collingullie-GP ... 1.4 .. 5.7 .. 7.9 .. 8.9 (57)

Goals: Griffith: B King 3, I Iudica 2, A Birch 2, W Griggs 2, B Tarr, D Crack, M Duncan, K Ruyg

Collingullie-GP: K Sykes 4, M Pilon 2, W Haines, J Morris

Best: Griffith: J Conlan, D Peruzzi, B King, A Birch, G Orton, D Crack

Collingullie-GP: T Keogh, J Klemke, K Sykes, N Kennedy, D Kennedy, T Banks

Griffith: R Johns, J Toscan, B Rees*; S Daniel, J Conlan, M Johns; D Peruzzi, J Iudica, A Blissett; S Foley, A Birch, D Crack; K Ruyg, W Griggs, B King; A Cappello, G Orton, M Duncan; T Bruns, B Tarr, B McRae

Collingullie-Glenfield Park: J Banks, D Kennedy, S Keith; T Haines, K Sykes, C Cool; B Keith, J Klemke, T Banks; M Beckmans, W Haines, N Kennedy; M Pilon, J Morris, B Ambler; T Keogh, S Gow, M Anderson; J Kennedy, G Spriggs, N Fuller

Umpires: R Apted, R Johnston, B Robinson (RUA)

Reserves: Griffiith 15.15 (105) d Collingullie-GP 3.3 (21)

Goals: V Pecora 5, J Wood 3, T Richards 2, B Testoni 2, J Heffer 2, D Villata

Under 17: Griffith 22.21 (153) d Collingullie-GP 4.2 (26)

Goals: J Favell 5, R Matheson 4, R Greenaway 4, A Coldwell 3, T Clarke 2, D Schmetzer, J Villata, J Spencer, V Rovere

Match report: An injury to on-baller Will Griggs has overshadowed the Griffith Swans’ 13.12 (90) to 8.9 (57) victory over Collingullie-Glenfield Park in the Riverina Football League on Sunday. Griffith Swans director of coaching Adrian Pavese said he was left with “mixed emotions” following the win at the Exies Oval. “It was a gutsy win, but Will Griggs has done his shoulder,” Pavese said. “It was soured a bit by the injury, especially when it happened with just 10 0r 20 seconds to go. “He’s heading up now for an x-ray.” A seven-goal third quarter by the Swans proved the difference after the Demons held a slender four-point lead at half-time. Whilst the third quarter was a breakaway one for Griffith, a solid defensive effort in the second quarter was more pleasing for Pavese. “We played well in the first quarter and then in the second we scrounged and fought hard,” Pavese said. “They (CGP) probably should have done more damage on the scoreboard but to our defence’s credit, a lot of shots were from 45-50 metres out and on angles. “We scrambled well to keep them away from the corridor. “They were having a lot of shots from way out because we stopped them getting deeper.” 
Griffith accuracy fell by the wayside in the last stanza as the Swans “missed some dollies” on their way to a 1.6 final quarter. However, the Swans still managed to outscore the Demons and see out the game. “I think we had 10 inside 50s before they got the ball into our 50,” Pavese said. “We controlled the ball when the game was sealed. “They kicked a couple late and that’s credit to them, that’s why they are the premiers. “We just made a couple of silly errors and we need to keep working on. “We’ll take the win – it was a great win – but we’re under no illusion. “We know there’s still a lot of work to be done.” Jacob Conlan was one of Griffith’s best playing at centre half-back and full-back. Guy Orton was once again strong – tagging Jayden Klemke – as were Ben King and Jordan Iudica who kicked three and two goals respectively. The win sees Griffith remain deeply entrenched in the top five in third position. (By Ben Jaffrey – The Area News, Monday May 16, 2016).

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Inter League - Saturday May 21, 2016 at Robertson Oval, Wagga

Riverina FNL ... 1.3 .. 2.9 .. 5.12 .. 8.14 (62)

Hume FNL ...... 1.3 .. 4.5 .. 7.7 .. 10.9 (69)

Goals: Riverina: J Buchanan 3, S Campbell 2, C Grintell, M Beckmans, L Potter

Hume: A Murray 3, M Bahr 2, J Harrington 2, K Morey 2, B Lieschke

Best: Riverina: J Anstee, L Sicker, S Flanigan, S Campbell, J Klemke, L Redfern

Hume: D McMaster, K Rowe, D Wilson, J Gaynor, M Bahr, N Holman

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Black Diamond FL 15.21 (111) d Farrer FL 11.9 (75)

Under 18: Riverina FNL 17.14 (116) d Hume FNL 4.3 (27)

Under 14: Wagga DJFNL 6.7 (43) d Hume FNL 1.3 (9)

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Round 6 - Sunday 29 May 2016 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm

Ganmain-GGM .... 4.2 .. 5.4 .. 5.8 .. 7.11 (53)

Griffith .................. 1.3 .. 3.5 .. 7.9 .. 9.10 (64)

Goals: GGGM: R Corbett 2, T Anderson, J McCaig, T Quinn, J Olsson, N McPherson

Griffith: G Orton 3, J Iudica 2, T Bruns, B King, B McRae, W Griggs

Best: GGGM: J Olsson, B Hare, L Walsh, N McPherson, R Corbett, B Walsh

Griffith: S Daniel, G Orton, M Duncan, J Iudica, J Conlan, A Blissett

Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: B Hare, D Foley, J Walsh; J Evans, B Walsh, S Hatty; M Knagge, L Sicker (c-c), B Connellon; J McCaig, B Watt, J Hanlon; N McPherson, J Lawton, T Anderson; J Olsson, L Steward, L Walsh; R Corbett, T Quinn, J Sase

Griffith: M Johns, J Toscan, S Foley; S Daniel, J Conlan, B Rees; D Peruzzi, J Iudica, A Blissett; D Crack, A Birch, T Bruns; W Griggs, K Ruyg, M Duncan; S McCanna, G Orton, B King; A Cappello, B Tarr, B McRae

Umpires: B Robinson, R Dedini, R Wilson (RUA)

Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 12.7 (79) d Griffith 5.7 (37)

Goals: J Heffer 2, S Bartter, E Murphy, M Peruzzi

Under 17: Griffith 12.7 (79) d Ganmain-GGM 11.6 (72)

Goals: J Favell 3, T Clarke 2, R Matheson 2, A Coldwell 2, G Rovere, D Schmetzer, R Greenaway

Match report: Griffith Swans took a giant step towards ending a decade-long finals drought with an important 11-point victory over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong on Sunday. On the day where the Lions hoped to farewell club stalwart Peter McCaig on a winning note, Griffith spoiled the plans with a thrilling victory, 9.10 (64) to 7.11 (53) at Ganmain Sportsground. Four unanswered goals in the third quarter was the difference as Griffith came from 11 points down at half-time to 13 points clear at the final change. The Lions were goalless for almost 40 minutes as they appeared to take a more defensive approach to the game. GGGM schoolboy Riley Corbett got the Lions back in front early in the final term with two goals in four minutes, only for Griffith to rise again and clinch the win with late goals to Jordan Iudica and Ben McRae. The win was Griffith’s first at Ganmain Sportsground in four years, and more importantly, it keeps them in third position on the ladder. Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese described it as a big win from the Swans. “Especially after the start, they put the first three on before we responded, and we lost Birch, a key forward in the first 10 minutes,” Pavese said. “Hopefully this shows everyone that this is a new attitude, the new Swans, we might go down and out at certain times but we’ll just keep punching away and keep finding and believe in our structures.” 
Sam Daniel led the charge for the Swans, with a strong display across the half-back line and through midfield. Guy Orton was brilliant when the game was on the line, booting three goals, and having a big influence on the outcome. Jordan Iudica was everywhere, while Alex Blissett and Mick Duncan were also heavily involved. Pavese knows the Swans are headed in the right direction. “We knew we had to get wins early, because we’re gelling,” he said. “I said to them, we might drop this game but as long as we improve and show the footy world that we’re here and thereabouts.” Dean Crack was chaired off the field as the Swans won his 150th game for the club. “We sort of kept it a bit low-key this week because we want to celebrate it at home but we made no secret that we want to honour our players that have bled for this footy club,” Pavese said. “I don’t think Cracky has played a final in 150 games, so we wanted to take a stand today. And again, win or lose, it was about making a statement to ourselves that we’re good enough side to be thereabouts. Birch left the field in the first quarter with a shoulder injury – later diagnosed as a problem with his AC joint. (By Matt Malone – The Area News, Monday May 30, 2016).

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 SWANS SHORTEN LAPSES - By Ben Jaffrey 

THE Griffith Swans haven't cut out all their bad habits but they are minimising the scoreboard pressure that goes with them, according to director of coaching, Adrian Pavese. The Swans will like to keep the improvement going when they take on Narrandera at the Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday. Griffith has a near perfect record on paper four wins from five starts. However, each of these games have come with lapses in concentration but Pavese said those lapses were shortening each week. "I think the gap between the Swans best and worst is still quite wide but we're adjusting quicker," Pavese said. "When we're at our best, we are as good as anyone and when we are at our worst, I'm finding we're coming out of that phrase quicker. "It was a full quarter against Coolamon but now we get back into the game after four or five minutes, it's still two or three goals but it's getting better." Pavese said it was a credit to the mentality of his troops. "Against Coolamon we had no one take the bit between the teeth but now we have a dozen blokes under the pump who are consistently trying to get the boys back up," Pavese said. Casey Moore - who injured his shoulder at work - was ruled outlast week and will spend a couple more weeks on the sidelines and Alex Birch hurt his AC early in the piece against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. The key forward will miss one or two weeks. James Toscan and Dean Crack both copped knocks but are set to run out against Narrandera. Nathan Richards is a chance to return to the side after several weeks playing in various representative teams. If Richards is available, Pavese said there were several players knocking on the door. "Cameron Harrison is pushing for a spot. He's been in good form for the two's," Pavese said. "Royce Johns went back to the reserves last week and Kieran Hume went back a few weeks ago and they have been playing well. "We're got some good depth with the boys playing well in the twos and at this time of year, the opportunities are there for them." Narrandera come into the match with just one win so far this season. (The Area News -Friday June 3, 2016).

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Round 7 - Saturday 4 June 2016 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm

Narrandera ..... 0.3 .. 1.4 .. 3.6 .. 5.8 (38)

Griffith ............ 1.2 .. 4.6 .. 8.7 .. 10.9 (69)

Goals: Narrandera: B Rose, J Lane, N Hetherington, B Knagge, N Finnen

Griffith: W Griggs 3, N Richards 2, J Iudica, B King, A Blissett, S McCanna, M Duncan

Best: Narrandera: N Finnen, B Rose, J Lane, H Cock, P Broad, J Absolom

Griffith: J Iudica, M Duncan, N Richards, M Johns, G Orton, B King

Narrandera: S Robertson, L Paterson, S Quilter; H Cock, N O'Brien, S Irons; J Absolom, J Lane, T Orme; S Gehringer, N Finnen, J Doyle; N Hetherington, M Foster, P Broad; L Hunter, B Rose, J Sullivan; B Grant, B Knagge, R Borg

Griffith: M Johns, J Toscan, S Foley; S Daniel, J Conlan, B Rees; B Tarr, J Iudica, C Harrison; K Ruyg, B McRae, A Blissett; W Griggs, N Richards, M Duncan; S McCanna, G Orton, B King; A Cappello, T Bruns, D Peruzzi

Umpires: R Apted, M Rowe (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 9.5 (59) d Narrandera 4.14 (38)

Goals: J Ryan 3, M Peruzzi 2, E Murphy, L Quade, S Bartter, J Heffer

Under 17: Griffith 14.21 (105) d Narrandera 11.6 (72)

Goals: R Greenaway 4, J Favell 2, I Potts 2, A McDermott 2, L Fabris, T Clarke, D Schmetzer, J Spencer

Match report: Griffith will go into the biggest fortnight of their season in winning form courtesy of a 31-point victory over Narrandera on Saturday. On a rain—soaked Narrandera Sportsground, a four-goal third term against the breeze proved crucial for Griffith as they claimed the four point, 10.9 (69) to 5.8 (38). Things started off slow though as both teams found it hard to adapt to the muddy conditions. The teams combined to kick 1.5 (11) in the opening term as the Swans found themselves up by five. The Swans found there feet in the second though. The continued to push the ball forward and were rewarded for their efforts. The Swans kicked 3.4 (22) in the term including a goal after the half-time siren from Mick Duncan. This put the Swans 20 points in front going into the sheds. It was the play in the third quarter that sealed things for the Swans. Griffith knuckled down to kick four goals against the breeze to establish a match-winning 31-point three-quarter time lead. Not a side to let up, they continued to push the ball in the final term but some good play by Narrandera matched them as both sides kicked 2.2 (14) in the final term. 
Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese loved the way his team won ugly. “To get away with a win, let alone a five-goal win, was very pleasant,” Pavese said. “Just the way we got down and dirty. We were a bit off today, we have been up for a bit and I could see the signs that we weren’t at our best. “The fact that we were able to keep grinding through was very pleasing. “To Narrandera credit, they played the conditions well, but the fact we were able to find answers all day was pretty good.” Griffith’s ‘engine room’ led the way with Guy Orton, Jordan Iudica, Mick Duncan and Ben King all good in the wet. The Swans rested Duncan and Will Griggs for the final 20 minutes. Narrandera’s big men Lachie Hunter and Nathan Finnen were best for the Eagles. (Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday June 6, 2016).

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 DOUBLE CELEBRATION AT GRIFFITH'S HOME GAME - By Ben Jaffrey 

THIS Saturday, the Griffith Swans will have plenty to celebrate but their minds will be firmly on the goal at hand. The clash against Mangoplah-Cookardina United-Eastlakes doubles as the club's ladies day as well as Dean Crack's first home game since notching up 150 games for the club. Crack - who missed last week's match thanks to a knock-knee - played his 150th against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong a fortnight ago and the club will use the home game to honour the "humble" footballer. "Cracky doesn't want much fanfare - it will just be a chance for the locals to get around him," Swans director of coaching Adrian Pavese said. "He's very unassuming, gets around the boys and is very humble. "Most importantly, he's loyal. He's been at the club since he was a junior, even though he probably had opportunities to try different things. "The fact we could get a win for him against GGGM was really important - just recognise the effort he's put in." This weekend's match against MCUE marks the start of a tough fortnght for the Swans. After hosting the second-placed Goannas, Griffith will host the ladder leading Wagga Tigers. Griffith has enjoyed a 5-2 start of the season and Pavese said the Swans continue to roll on, as long as they iron out a few problems areas. "The fact is we've been up for a while now," Pavese said. "Last week we had to be, but I believe we were still 15-20 per cent off last week. "We made some silly errors but we ground out the win. "We will do a few reviews this week. "The coaches will get around the playing group and get a scale of where we're sitting. "Although we're going well, we don't want to miss an opportunity to work on our game." Pavese said his side wouldn't be lacking motivation for their clash with MCUE. "The best thing about playing one of the top sides is that you know you have to be up," Pavese said. "The boys know that we have to bring our A game. "Do we think we can win this match? Absolutely. "Is it to be all and end all if we don't? Not really." In encouraging news, Jono Gastin will make his return from injury for the Swans. Gastin will line up in the reserves grade side against the Goannas. Kyle Lynch, Alex Birch and Casey Moore will all remain on the sidelines though injury. (The Area News - June 10, 2016).

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Round 8 - Saturday 11 June 2016 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith .................... 3.1 .. 5.3 .. 8.4 .. 13.6 (84)

Mangoplah-CUE ... 1.4 .. 4.6 .. 5.6 .. 6.7 (43)

Goals: Griffith: J Conlan 5, W Griggs 2, J Iudica, K Hume, M Duncan, B King, M Johns, A Cappello

MCUE: R Price, M Collins, H Collins, J Whitley, T Cohalan, T Medcalfe

Best: Griffith: J Iudica, J Conlan, N Richards, B King, G Orton, S Foley

MCUE: P Griffin, T Medcalfe, R Price, T Cohalan, J Whitley, P Killalea

Griffith: D Peruzzi, J Toscan, S Foley; M Johns, B Rees, S Daniel; A Blissett, J Iudica, B Tarr; R Johns, J Conlan, T Bruns; M Duncan, W Griggs, K Hume; N Richards, G Orton, B King; A Cappello, C Harrison, S McCanna

Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: P Griffin, A Lawrence, S Creasy; I Damme, N Hunter, T Keogh; E Schiller, H Collins, J Whitley; D Rogers, T Medcalfe, S Carey; M Collins, R Price, T Dickson; A Dickens, T Cohalan, P Killalea; C Huthwaite, S Walgers, S McLay

Umpires: R Johnston, I Bloomfield, R Krenz (RUA)

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 8.10 (58) d Griffith 6.8 (44)

Goals: S Bartter 3, J Heffer 2, J Bertacco, D Richens, J Gastin

Under 17: Griffith 9.7 (61) d Mangoplah-CUE 8.5 (53)

Goals: I Potts 3, J Favell 2, R Greenaway 2, R Irvin, R Matheson

Match report: The Griffith Swans continued their rise up the Riverina Football League ladder with a 41-point win over Mangoplah-Cookardinia United Eastlakes on Saturday. The Swans moved into second spot on the ladder with a strong second-half effort helping them to the four points, winning 13.6 (84) to 6.7 (43). The game was in the balance at the main break with Griffith holding a three-point advantage but the Swans kicked away in the second half with eight goals to two. Griffith teenager Jacob Conlan was swung forward and he proved the match-winner with an impressive five-goal haul. The Swans were most damaging in the midfield with Jordan Iudica, Ben King, Guy Orton and Mick Duncan all enjoying big days.
Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese revealed his confidence was dented following a number of late withdrawals. “We were happy with the win, especially with the blokes we had out, and to come back in,” Pavese said. “Dean Crack didn’t get up like we had hoped, and then we lost Ben McRae to a quad (on Friday night) and Kieran Ruyg then pulled out (Saturday) with illness. “So I was a bit apprehensive how the day was going to go but they were just awesome, the boys lifted and played really good footy.” Pavese said he knew with the game in balance at half-time that his team would finish strong. “We had a real belief, given our second halves have been good all year, that if we were thereabouts than we could do some damage in the second half,” he said. “And consequently we did some real damage. “To win by seven goals was good but I loved the way we were still willing to get dirty, put our heads down over the ball and win the footy, not just the front runners.”  (By Matt Malone – The Area News, Monday June 13, 2016).

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 TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH – By Matt Malone 

Two-time Jim Quinn Medallist Guy Orton is confident Griffith can take it right up to Wagga Tigers in Saturday’s top of the table clash at Exies Oval. The Swans have been in brilliant form over the past month, winning four straight, to move into second spot on the ladder ad set up a highly-anticipated clash with the undefeated Tigers. Orton, who returned to Griffith after one season away, revealed there is a strong belief inside the Swans group that they can give Tigers an almighty shake. “We were confident going into the Mango game (last week), we spoke about it after, we didn’t speak up before that we were confident but to ourselves we were,” Orton said. “Training was on Friday night, then we took that into the game. We’re starting to have that feeling already this week. “You have got to be confident going into a game. We know they are going really well this year and playing some good footy, but so are we.” Orton has managed to catch a glimpse of the Tigers this year and believes there are a couple of key areas where Griffith will need to be at their best. “Turnovers are a big thing, they can really hurt you on the rebound,” he said. That’s and their spread from the stoppages with their quick on-ballers. They are the two biggest things we have to be wary of.” 
Orton arrived at Griffith in 2011 and has had a huge impact on the club, despite not playing in finals during his time there. He said new director of coaching Adrian Pavese has had a positive impact on the club. “We have structures now, and different structures, too,” Orton said. “Even teaching the guys how to play football the way I was brought up…it’s just second nature to me. “The other thing is the reserves players are actually disappointed when they are not getting a game now, rather than not wanting to play senior football. “Pav’s done a good job.” Pavese also has Orton playing a number of different roles, from defence, the midfield, up forward, even tagging roles. Despite all this, the 30-year-old continues to excel and loves playing a role for the team. “It doesn’t worry me,” he said. “As long as I’m doing my bit for the team, I’m happy to just get a game and do that. Wherever Pav puts me, I’ll play.”  (By Matt Malone – The Area News, Friday June 17, 2016). 

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Round 9 - Saturday 18 June 2016 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ................. 1.1 .. 3.3 .. 6.3 .. 7.4. (46)

Wagga Tigers .... 5.0 .. 7.3 .. 7.7 .. 13.13 (91)

Goals: Griffith: B King 3, B Tarr, A Blissett, S Daniel, M Johns

Wagga: J Buchanan 6, B Morton 4, S Campbell, B Kelly, J Kelly

Best: Griffith: J Toscan, J Ludica, G Orton, B King, J Conlan, W Griggs

Wagga: J Buchanan, P O'Connell, C Lovell, J Anstee, J Carroll, B Graham

Griffith: M Johns, J Toscan, S Foley; J Gastin, B Rees, S Daniel; T Bruns, J Iudica, A Blissett; K Ruyg, J Conlan, B Tarr; M Duncan, K Lynch, W Griggs; S McCanna, G Orton, B King; A Cappello, B McRae, D Peruzzi

Wagga Tigers: L Myers, J Anstee, N McCormack; Campbell Lovell, D Walker, P O'Connell; J Gaynor, S Campbell, S Driscoll; B Morton, B Kelly, S Lucas; J Kelly, J Carroll, J Buchanan; B Graham, J Osbeiston, D Morton; T Davis, Carter Lovell, Jake Hodge

Umpires: T Beard, R Dedini (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 16.17 (113) d Griffiith 4.5 (29)

Goals: E Murphy 3, R Johns

Under 17: Griffith 12.9 (81) d Wagga Tigers 3.5 (23)

Goals: R Matheson 3, R Greenaway 3, J Rowston 2, M Agnew, S Witherspoon, A Coldwell, L Butcher

Match report: The Griffith Swans came up short in their top of the table Riverina League clash on Saturday. The second-placed Swans played host to the Wagga Tugers and fell behind early and despite a second half rally, fell 13.13 (91) to 7.4 (46) at Exies Oval. Tigers blew Griffith away with a five-goal opening term but when they were held goalless in the third quarter, Griffith were back within 10 points and coming with momentum. With the Tigers unblemished record on the line, they lifted and produced a six-goal final term to come away with the four points. Crafty Tigers forward John Buchanan was the star with a six-goal best-on-ground performance, in the absence of his sidekick Rob Tuohey. Swans director of coaching Adrian Pavese couldn’t fault his boys for the damage Buchanan did in front of goal. “He just couldn’t miss,” Pavese said. “We were quite happy with the job we did on him. “We pushed him wide but he was banging them home from 45 on the angle.” The Swans had their moments, kicking five goals to two during the middle two quarters.

Pavese said the team just ran out of steam in the final term. “We just ran out of puff,” he said. “When you give a side that big a lead, it takes huge effort to get within 10. Despite the loss, the Swans still sit in second place at the halfway point of the season with one game buffers over the next two teams. Their percentage leaves a lot to be desired though, ranking just fourth. Pavese was delighted with the start to the season. “We’re well ahead of schedule,” he said. “We showed that our best footy is good enough to match it with anyone.” Ben King was Griffith’s best, winning plenty of the ball through the midfield, whilst also kicking three goals. Both teams still have plenty up their sleeves with Alex Birch, Nathan Richards, Dean Crack and Che Jenkins all to come into the Swans team. (The Area News – Monday June 20, 2016).

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Round 10 - Saturday 25 June 2016

Griffith, bye

 SWANS PUT ON NOTICE - By Ben Jaffrey 

GRIFFITH Swans director of coaching, Adrian Pavese has put his charges on notice about being complacent heading into their match against last-placed Turvey Park on Saturday. Turvey Park haven't registered a win since round 14 of the 2014 Riverina Football League competition, but the closest the Bulldogs have come since then was against Griffith last year in round two, when the Swans snuck home by 10 points. Since then, Griffith has easily accounted for Turvey but Pavese is taking nothing for granted. "It's a simple message, we haven't achieved anything yet. If the boys want to be part of the big picture we don't disrespect anyone," Pavese said. "If we go in there with the wrong attitude, they can stun us." Helping Griffith's cause is the return of several key players. Key forwards Alex Birch and Nathan Richards lead the list of players added to the squad. Birch has not played since injuring his shoulder in the win over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, while Richards missed the loss to Wagga Tigers due to under 18 representative commitments. Ben McRae and in-form under 17s player Tom Clarke also come into the Swans squad, while Alex Blissett will miss the Bulldogs clash through injury. But what has Pavese most excited is the long-awaited return of James Taylor. The backman will return to the fold, through reserve grade, for the first time this year. "Hopefully James Taylor will make his first appearance with the twos, he's been training for a couple of weeks," Pavese said. "To have him back will be very important to our second half of the year." Having the bye last week gave Pavese the chance to look back and reflect on the season thus far. It's fair to say he's more than happy the way things are going with the Swans sitting in third position. "We're wrapped with not only where we're sitting, you'll take that any day of the week, I'm also pleased with the development of the playing group. "It makes it an exciting time and will give us a couple of headaches at the end of the year." (The Area News - Friday July 1, 2016).

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Round 11 - Saturday 2 July 2016 at Maher Oval 2.10pm

Turvey Park ..... 0.0 .. 11.. 3.2 .. 4.3 (27)

Griffith .............. 2.5 .. 6.8 .. 8.8 .. 11.13. (79)

Goals: Turvey Park: E Smith 2, M O'Brien, A Ryan

Griffith: B King 2, W Griggs 2, N Richards 2, K Ruyg, J Iudica, B Tarr, G Orton, K Hume

Best: Turvey Park: K Graf, T Maher, M Francis, E Smith, L McRae, T Wheeler

Griffith: G Orton, B King, M Johns, S Daniel, J Iudica, T Clarke

Turvey Park: J Hughes, J Fletcher, C Wray; J Haggar, J Donaldson, M Hort; T Wheeler, D Campbell, K Graf; M Francis, A Noack, E Smith; J Ingram, A Ryan, M O'Brien; T Mahar, L McRae, J Carroll; J Colaiavoco, B Ion, T Jackson

Griffith: D Peruzzi, J Toscan, S Foley; J Gastin, B McRae, S Daniel; B Rees, J Iudica, B Tarr; T Clarke*, J Conlan, W Griggs; N Richards, K Ruyg, L Peruzzi; K Lynch, G Orton, B King; A Cappello, M Johns, K Hume

Umpires: A Chandler, D Blanch, R Neighbour (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 11.12 (78) d Turvey Park 3.7 (25)

Goals: E Murphy 3, J Heffer 3, B Testoni 2, J Crowe, S Bartter, M Peruzzi

Under 17: Griffith 7.12 (54) d Turvey Park 6.3 (39)

Goals: J Favell 2, R Irvin, L Killalea, R Greenaway, R Matheson, J Spencer

Match report: Griffith were forced to work hard for a 52-point victory over Turvey Park on Saturday. The Swans slogged it out in tough conditions at Maher Oval to run out comfortable winners over the Bulldogs 11.13 (79) to 4.3 (27). Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese was pleased to come away with the points. “It was a slog,” Pavese said. “Turvey played pretty well actually. “We will take the four points, we’re happy to get through unscathed and we look forward to Coolamon next week.” Griffith’s early kicking didn’t help the side’s cause. Their radars were off as the Swans finished the first quarter with two goals and five behinds on the scoreboard. Despite the wayward kicking, the defenders were on song as they kept the Bulldogs to nil at quarter-time. The second quarter brought with it some more effective scoring as Griffith lengthened its lead to 37 points. The going got tough in the third term as Turvey stuck it to the visitors and outscored them by a point.  The Swans kicked away in the last to register the healthy win. Mick Duncan and Alex Birch were late withdrawals for the Swans. Tom Clarke impressed in his senior debut for Griffith, while Jordan Iudica, Guy Orton and Sam Daniel were others to shine. Ben King, Will Griggs and Nathan Richards all kicked doubles for Griffith. The Swans spoke about finals for the first time and believe they are one win away from booking their place in the top five. (By Matt Malone and Ben Jaffrey – The Area News, Monday July 4, 2016). 

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Round 12 - Sunday 10 July, 2016 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ............ 3.4 .. 8.8 .. 12.8 .. 14.11 (95)

Coolamon ...... 3.2 .. 4.4 .. 5.11 .. 9.16 (70)

Goals: Griffith: B King 4, W Griggs 3, K Ruyg 2, A Birch, B Tarr, J Conlan, N Richards, T Clarke

Coolamon: M McKelvie 2, J Maddox 2, C Grintell 2, J Dalton, B Edyvean, A McKenzie

Best: Griffith: B King, J Iudica, N Richards, G Orton, T Clarke, A Birch

Coolamon: J Maddox, M McKelvie, H Leary, B Edyvean, L Redfern, J Rapley

Griffith: K Hume, J Toscan, S Foley; J Gastin, B Rees, S Daniel; T Clarke, J Iudica, B Tarr; K Ruyg, J Conlan, T Clarke; M Duncan, W Griggs, A Birch; N Richards, G Orton, B King; A Cappello, B McRae, L Peruzzi

Coolamon: N Curran, L McLoughlin, J Rapley; M Macauley, M McGowan, R Chamberlain; C Grintell, J Maddox, H Fitzsimmons; M McKelvie, L Gerhard, L Redfern; A McKenzie, J Dalton, S Glyde; B Edyvean, H Leary, H Bradley; W Graetz, A Hard, T Owens

Umpires: B Robinson, M Rowe (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 14.18 (102) d Coolamon 7.3 (45)

Goals: T Argus 4, C Moore 2, C Harrison 2, R Holland, C Cunial, R Patey, E Murphy, J Heffer, J Ryan

Under 17: Griffith 20.19 (139) d Coolamon 6.2 (38)

Goals: J Favell 4, G Rovere 2, L Conlan 2, A Coldwell 2, J Heym, M Agnew, D Schmetzer, J Paton, S Witherspoon, J Spencer, J Rowston, L Testoni, R Matheson, R Greenaway

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Round 13 - Saturday 16 July, 2016 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ................... .. 2.3 .. 5.4 .. 6.6 .. 7.9 (51)

Leeton-Whitton ...... 0.2 .. 4.3 .. 10.10 .. 14.14 (98)

Goals: Griffith: J Iudica 3, C Moore, W Griggs, A Birch, B King

Leeton-Whitton: J Hodge 7, L Potter 3, T Evans 2, T Meline, S Browning

Best: Griffith: W Griggs, J Toscan, B King, D Peruzzi, N Richards, J Iudica

Leeton-Whitton: J Hodge, C Griggs, N Irwin, T Evans, M Conlan, J Nancarrow

Griffith: M Johns, J Toscan, S Foley; J Gastin, J Conlan, B Rees: S Daniel, J Iudica, D Peruzzi; B Tarr, A Birch, T Clarke; M Duncan, W Griggs, C Moore; N Richards, G Orton, B King; A Cappello, B McRae, D Villata

Leeton-Whitton: J Lemann, W Wakeman, J Crowhurst; M Wescombe, J Hodge, S Cooper; M Hardie, T Evans, T Meline; B Curley, L Potter, S Browning; C Griggs, N Irwin, J Nancarrow; J Grant, T Conroy, B O'Garey; M Conlan, I Houghton, T Handsaker

Umpires: M Tom, W Sanbrook, T Beard (RUA)

Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 10. 5 (65) d Griffith 7.3 (45)

Goals: K Hume 2, T Bruns, T Argus, D Crack, K Ruyg, C Cunial

Under 17: Griffith 16.14 (110) d Leeton-Whitton 7.5 (47)

Goals: I Potts 3, R Matheson 3, J Favell 2, R Greenaway 2, L Conlan 2, B Chambers, L Butcher, A Coldwell, G Rovere

Match report: The Riverina Football League first grade match between Griffith Swans and Leeton-Whitton Crows on Saturday was very much a tale of two halves. In the first half, the Swans produced what director of coaching Adrian Pavese described as their “best half of footy for the year” and the eight-point buffer at half-time, only to surrender the lead and go down 14.14 (98) to 7.9 (51). Pavese was at a loss to how Griffith let the game slip after starting off so promisingly. “I don’t know, I wish I had the answers,” Pavese said. “We were terribly disappointed with the second half. “Not so much that they got back in the game, more so that we didn’t show any fight in the second half.” Following two quarters of controlled football, the Swans came unstuck in the third. The Crows kicked six goals to Griffith’s one to turn the eight-point deficit into a 28-point lead. A 4.4 last quarter sewed up a 47-point win for the Crows.

Leeton-Whitton coach Jade Hodge led by example and bagged seven goals in a best on ground performance. Jordan Iudica was the Swans’ best with three goals to his name whilst Will Griggs, James Toscan and Sam Daniel put in strong performances in a losing side. The Jekyll and Hyde performance was the Swans’ third loss for the year and their second against the Crows for 2016. A finals spot is fairly well locked in already for the Swans but Pavese wanted more out of his players heading into the final stages of the regular competition. He said the week ahead would be used to iron out their problems. “The demons we need to deal with, we need to figure out why we drop off so hard,” Pavese said. “We’ll go back to the drawing board and try to put in place mechanisms that will help us stay in the game longer.” The Swans drop down to third on the ladder after Mangoplah CUE beat the previously unbeaten Wagga Tigers on Saturday. Leeton-Whitton now sit just four points behind the Swans on the ladder. (By Ben Jaffrey – The Area News, Monday July 18, 2016).

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 SWANS ARE THE SOLE FOCUS - By Ben Jaffrey 

GRIFFITH tall Nathan Richards' focus is completely on the Swans Riverina League campaign after the ruckman's representative commitments wrapped up for the year. The teenager has spent a large chunk of the year training and playing with the ACT/NSW Rams and then the Allies in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Richards last match for the Allies came on June 29 and his attention is solely on the local side now. "I always give the Swans 100 per cent when I play but now, especially, all my rep football is over, I'll be looking to do everything I can to get the Swans as far as possible," Richards said. "From there, we'll see what happens. Winning a flag is always the goal but at this stage we're looking to play well and take it week by week." Griffith suffered a hiccup last week when the side fell to Leeton-Whitton after leading at half-time. The Swans now take on Collingullie-Glenfield Park on Saturday at Crossroads Oval. The reigning premiers have notched two wins in a row as they strive for a spot in the top five. The Demons sit one win off Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in fifth. The Swans claimed a 33-point win against Collingullie-GP in round five but the task will be all the harder away from home. Richards said the loss to the Crows had made the Swans even more determined to get the win against the Demons. "I think everyone was pretty down after the game," Richards said. "We played some of our best footy in the first half and were in control of the game. Then we switched off after Leeton put on a bit of pressure. "That's something we really need to work on if we want to go deep into the finals. "We know we have the talent. We''re very confident we can turn it around against Gullie."

During his playing time time with ACT/NSW and the Allies, Richards racked up some frequent flyer points after having to travel all across Australia. That burden was given some relief after he received a $2500 Carbine Club of NSW Scholarship at the start of the month. Richards said the money would be put towards travel and bettering his football. (The Area News - Friday July 22, 2016).

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Round 14 - Saturday 23 July, 2016 at Crossroads Oval 2.10pm

Collingullie-GP ...... 5.2 .. 8.7 .. 11.7 .. 13.10 (88)

Griffith .................... 1.0 .. 3.1 .. 3.1 .. 6.3 (39)

Goals: Collingullie-GP: J Morris 4, D Frawley 3, T Keogh 2, N Kennedy, J Banks, D Kennedy, M Beckmans

Griffith: S Foley 2, B King 2, N Richards, C Moore

Best: Collingullie-GP: M Klemke, T Haines, J Kennedy, D Kennedy, J Klemke, M Beckmans

Griffith: J Iudica, W Griggs, B King, N Richards, R Johns

Collingullie-Glenfield Park: T Haines, G Spriggs, T Byrnes; C Cool, K Sykes, D Kennedy; H Perryman, J Klemke, L Moore; N Kennedy, W Haines, M Beckmans; M Anderson, J Morris, J Banks; T Keogh, J Kennedy, M Klemke; T Pocock, D Frawley, T Banks

Griffith: M Johns, J Toscan, J Conlan; S Foley, A Cappello, J Gastin; S Daniel, J Iudica, D Peruzzi; T Bruns, A Birch, R Johns; W Griggs, C Moore, D Crack; N Richards, G Orton, B King; M Duncan, B Tarr, D Villata

Umpires: L Olsen, P Alexander, T O'Halloran (RUA)

Reserves: Collingullie-Glenfield Park 13.9 (87) d Griffith 4.3 (27)

Goals: K Ruyg 3, C Cunial

Under 17: Griffith 7.8 (50) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 4.8 (32)

Goals: R Matheson 2, A Coldwell 2, R Greenaway, G Rovere, I Potts

Match report: The Griffith Swans suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this year when the side lost to Collingullie-Glenfield Park on Saturday. The two-time reigning premiers produced another dominant display as they ran rings around the third-placed Swans, winning 13.10 (88) to 6.3 (39) at Crossroads Oval. Like last week against Coolamon, Collingullie-GP were on from the opening minute and put Griffith on the back foot with five goals to one in the opening term. Griffith battled hard to stay in the game but went into half-time six-goals down, and it only got worse in the third quarter as they were held scoreless and the Demons stretched the margin to 56 points. The Swans did win the final term to add some respectability to the scoreline but the loss drops them to fourth, with a tough run home. 
Griffith director of football Adrian Pavese said the Swans hurt themselves from the get-go.”It was disappointing,” Pavese said. “It wasn’t the performance we thought we’d bring. “We made a lot of silly errors early, I think four of their first five goals were from our mistakes.” Pavese admitted the team was in a rut and it would take a group effort to emerge from it. “We’re under no illusions, we have a lot of work to do,” he said. “It’s not just going to take the coaching staff or one of our good recruits – it’s going to take all of us to turn our form around.” The match wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Swans. Pavese said his changes never gave in and came home strong. “To the boys credit, at the start of the third quarter we had eight inside 50s – we just couldn’t score,” Pavese said. “Collingullie dropped off a bit but we kept pushing and we got a few little rewards at the end.”

The Swans lost Mick Duncan and Alex Blissett heading into the match but both should be fine for next week’s match against Ganmain-GGM. Nathan Richards, Ben King – who snared two goals – and Jordan Iudica were Griffith’s best in the loss. Matt and Jayden Klemke were two Demons to shine in the win. (By Matt Malone and Ben Jaffrey – The Area News, Monday July 25, 2016).

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Round 15 - Sunday 31 July, 2016 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith .................... 7.1 .. 8.4 .. 12.5 .. 14.6 (90)

Ganmain-GGM ...... 2.3 .. 5.7 .. 6.13 .. 10.16 (76)

Goals: Griffith: J. Conlan 4, M. Duncan 4, G. Orton 2, S. Daniel, W. Griggs, D. Crack, N. Richards

GGGM: J Lawton 2, T Anderson 2, H Stapleton 2, R Corbett 2, A Cullen, J Bates

Best: Griffith: N Richards, S Daniel, A Birch, A Blissett, M Duncan, B King

GGGM: B Walsh, J Olsson, A Cullen, J Lawton, M Knagge, J Walsh

Griffith: J Gastin, C Moore, M Johns; S Foley, A Birch, S Daniel; D Peruzzi, J Iudica, A Blissett; W Griggs, J Toscan, D Crack; M Duncan, J Conlan, R Johns; N Richards, G Orton, B King; J Taylor, B Tarr, T Bruns

Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: J Sase, J Walsh, B Connellan; J Bates, B Walsh, M Knagge; C Steele, L Walsh, D Foley; T Anderson, J Lawton, B Hare; R Corbett, J Olsson, B Rigney; J Hanlon, L Sicker, L Steward; J Evans, H Stapleton, A Cullen

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

Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 14.8 (92) d Griffith 6.1 (37)

Goals: K Hume, K Duncan, B Rees, K Ruyg, B Testoni, J Heffer

Under 17: Griffith 16.111 (107) d Ganmain-GGM 6.5 (41)

Goals: J Favell 5, L Fabris 2, T Clarke 2, R Greenaway 2, D Schmetzer, J Villata, J Spencer, B Argus, A Coldwell

Match report: “That was a gutsy win, boys.” You couldn’t wipe the smile off the face of Griffith Swans coach Adrian Pavese on Sunday afternoon when his team defeated Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong by 14 points at Exies Oval. Inaccurate kicking didn’t help the Lions, with the Swans kicking 14.6 (90) to 10.16 (76). The Swans dominated play early on, impressing Pavese. “To start the way we did was terrific,” Pavese said. “But, yeah just a gutsy win because we’re not at our best at the moment and all week we’ve talked about hitting it and getting our work rate up and they got the result.” Pavese said while it was tough to single out players because he was impressed with the effort of the whole team, he said Nathan Richards was outstanding in the ruck.
The Swans got an early run on, leading 7.1 (43) to 2.3 (15) in the first quarter. However, the Lions narrowed the lead to 14-points at half-time. Harry Stapleton contributed to the Lions surge, kicking a point but following it up with a quick goal. He later helped the Lions narrow the margin to eight points with another goal. Pavese said Sam Daniel was among the best for the Swans, along with Jordan Iudica, Ben King and Will Griggs. “It was good to see Alex Blissett and Michael Duncan, some of these guys who have been out, back in side and give us that bit of a spark,” Pavese said. 
When asked if his side got lucky with the Lions’ inaccurate kicking, Pavese said he wouldn’t dwell on that. “You make your own luck,” Pavese said. “We missed three easy ones as well. “We’ll take it, we just wanted to win.” Pavese said he was confident in the lead up to the finals. “We just need to keep building this confidence and keep building the wins and hopefully we’ll be right,” he said. “I’m pretty confident that we’ve got the team, we’ve got the structures and we’ve just got to make sure that we keep improving every week and take nothing for granted.” (By Monique Patterson – The Area News, Monday August 1, 2016).

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Round 16 - Saturday 6 August, 2016 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith .............. 2.4 .. 12.7 .. 16.10 .. 23.13 (151)

Narrandera ...... 3.1 .. 3.2 .. 4.2 .. 5.3 (33)

Goals: Griffith: W Griggs 6, M Duncan 5, B King 3, A Birch 2, S Daniel, N Richards, J Taylor, J Iudica, C Moore, J Rowston, D Crack

Narrandera: N Finnen 3, T Sullivan, J Anderson

Best: Griffith: A Blissett, J Iudica, B King, W Griggs, S Daniel, J Gastin

Narrandera: P Broad, J Lane, M Foster, N Finnen, N O'Brien, S Quilter

Griffith: G Orton, B McRae, S Foley; S Daniel, T Bruns, J Gastin; A Blissett, J Iudica, J Rowston*; R Johns, A Birch, D Crack; M Duncan, C Moore, J Conlan; N Richards, W Griggs, B King; D Peruzzi, B Tarr, J Taylor

Narrandera: H Cock, N O'Brien, M Cummins; B Rose, J Lane, B Knagge; S Quilter, N Hetherington, J Absolom; S Gehringer, N Finnen, T Sullivan; T Rose, J Anderson, S Robertson; M Foster, P Broad, S Irons; B Quilter, B Cummins, C Hamill

Umpires: M Rowe, R Johnston (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 17.9 (111) d Narrandera 5.6 (36)

Goals: K Ruyg 6, K Duncan 5, B Rees 2, J Keenan, K Hume, C Cunial, T Argus

Under 17: Griffith d Narrandera on forfeit

Match report: A slow start from the Griffith Swans saw Narrandera snare an early lead at Exies Oval on Saturday. Coach Adrian Pavese said the boys were very flat in the first quarter. “At quarter time I just said it wasn’t good enough,” Pavese said. The Swans kicked 10 goals in the second quarter, while Narrandera was kept scoreless. Pavese’s boys had plenty to celebrate on Saturday night, finishing 23.13 (151) to Narranderra’s 5.3 (33). I don’t want to make excuses but it was a six day break and we were certainly off our game in the first quarter,” Pavese said. A few key players stepped up in the second quarter and lifted the spirits of the team. Michael Duncan, Jordan Iudica, Will Griggs, Ben King and Jono Gastin put in solid efforts,” Pavese said.  Pavese said it was good to finish the day on a high. “I said to the boys, well done because it’s the first time since 2005 we’ve won 10 games in a home and away season,” Pavese said. “We want to embrace the fact that we created a bit of history yesterday with two games to go.” 
Will Griggs was impressive on the forward line, kicking six goals – a career best – while Duncan kicked five. Jack Rowston, 16-years-old, made his debut with the seniors and impressed Pavese. “He was really good,” Pavese said. “I dare say he was nervous early but he kicked a goal in the second quarter and got the crowd going – it was really pleasing to see.” Pavese hopes Nathan Richards and Iudica recover after going off injured. Richards suffered a cork to the inner thigh, while Iudica suffered a cork to the hamstring. Pavese said he hoped the pairs injuries weren’t serious (By Monique Patterson – The Area News, Monday August 8, 2016).

 

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Round 17 - Saturday 13 August, 2016 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm

Mangoplah CUE ....... 3.2 .. 7.3 .. 7.6 .. 8.9 (57)

Griffith ....................... 0.1 .. 2.4 .. 3.6 .. 6.11 (47)

Goals: MCUE: R Price 2, E Schiller, J Kahlefeldt, T Cohalan, L Kendall, C Willis, J Whitley

Griffith: A Birch 4, N Richards, W Griggs

Best: MCUE: I Damme, H Collins, D Rogers, E Schiller, R Price, J Killalea

Griffith: A Birch, J Toscan, N Richards, J Conlan, G Orton, J Taylor

Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: P Griffin, A McCormack, J Whitley; J Killalea, I Damme, T Keogh; D Rogers, H Collins, E Schiller; S Carey, T Metcalfe, W Keogh; R Price, C Willis, L Kendall; C Huthwaite, T Cohalan, S Creasy; T Dickson, Z Walgers, J Kahlefeldt

Griffith: M Johns, A Birch, J Taylor; J Gastin, C Moore, S Foley; A Blissett, G Orton, J Rowston; S Daniel, N Richards, R Johns; M Duncan, J Conlan, D Crack; J Toscan, W Griggs, B King; T Bruns, D Peruzzi, B Tarr

Umpires: R Apted, J O'Halloran, B Robinson (RUA)

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 17.9 (111) d Griffith 3.6 (24)

Goals: K Ruyg 3

Under 17: Griffith 10.9 (69) d Mangoplah-CUE 3.4 (22)

Goals: I Potts 3, A McDermott 2, A Coldwell 2, T Clarke, J Favell, D Schmetzer

Match report: A spirited comeback by the Griffith Swans wasn’t enough on Saturday as they went down 8.9 (57) to 6.11 (47) against Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes at Mangoplah. The Goannas skipped out to a 29-point lead at half-time before the Swans – as Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese puts it  - said enough’s enough.” “Mick Duncan got a bit fiery. Guy Orton, Ben King and a few other guys got a bit cranky and made sure every tackle hit the mark,” Pavese said. “We weren’t playing well. They (MCUE) were up and about and about making it happen while we were waiting for it to happen. “That’s when some of our leaders really stood up. “Tosco (James Toscan) played one of his best games for the year along with Jono Gastin. “They said ‘enough’s enough, we’re not copping it. Let’s get a bit ugly an a bit harder at the contest and see how they respond.”
Whilst Pavese was thrilled with the never say die attitude shown by his troops, he was left scratching his head as to why it took so long for the Swans to click into gear.” Why do we wait for someone else to spark us?” Pavese asked.  “For us to have an impact on the finals, it can’t be just one person putting in, it has to be everyone.” Pavese believes the Swans know where they need to improve if they are to go deep into the finals. “After the game, we sat down and had an honest conversation,” he said. “We showed we can fight back and could have won the game. “Only time will tell, we’ve got Wagga Tigers next week and it could be a difference kettle of fish again.” Along with the close contest, there were a couple of eventually moments in the match. MCUE forward Chris Willis was reported early in the final term for allegedly head butting Griffith opponent Toscan. Griffith were also without Duncan for 15 minutes early due to a yellow card. (By Ben Jaffrey – The Area News, Monday August 15, 2016).

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Round 18 - Saturday 20 August, 2016 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm

Wagga Tigers ....... 4.3 .. 8.6 .. 14.9 .. 20.13 (133)

Griffith .................... 0.0 .. 0.1 .. 0.3 .. 0.8 (8)

Goals: Wagga: B Morton 3, J Kelly 3, L Myers 3, J Buchanan 3, R Tuohey 3, N Ryan 2, S Campbell 2, D Walker

Best: Wagga: J. Kelly, J. Manton, N. McCormack, B. Myers, L. Shepherd, N. Ryan

Griffith: N Richards, J Toscan, G Orton, J Gastin, J Taylor, B King

Wagga Tigers: L Myers, D Morton, D McCormack; CF Lovell, D Walker, P O'Connell; L Shepherd, J Osbeiston, H Daniher; B Myers, B Morton, N Ryan; J Kelly, J Buchanan, R Tuohey; B Graham, S Campbell, J Gaynor; J Manton, N Cooke, S Flanigan

Griffith: G Orton, J Taylor, J Conlan; S Foley, J Toscan, J Gastin; S Daniel, W Griggs, D Peruzzi; A Blissett, A Birch, M Johns; B Tarr, C Moore, D Crack; N Richards, R Johns, B King; B McRae, T Bruns, L Peruzzi

Umpires: M Tom, P Alexander, L Olsen (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 12.13 (85) d Griffith 4.3 (27)

Goals: J Pianto 2, K Ruyg 2

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 11.8 (74) d Griffith 8.9 (57)

Goals: L Killalea 2, R Greenaway 2, A Coldwell 2, I Potts, T Clarke

Match report: Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese wants his team to forget all about Saturday’s horrific 125-point loss to Wagga Tigers. The Swans are about to embark on their first finals series in 10 years but it was overshadowed by their biggest loss of the year in the final round. Pavese wants his team to move on quickly as they prepare to take on two-time reigning premiers Collingullie-Glenfield Park on Sunday. “You just have to forget about it, you’ve just got to move on,” Pavese said. “As I just said to the boys, it’s taken us 10 years to get this opportunity. “I think every club throughout a season will have one of those days and we’ve had one of those days. “We just found out. But we don’t throw it out, we know if we stick to some sort of structure then we can be all right.” Tigers got on top early and got better as the day went on as they provided Griffith with an unwanted headache a week out before the finals, 20.13 (133) to 0.8 (8) at Robertson Oval. Tigers dominance started in the midfield but the performance of their defence group laid the platform for the big win. The Tigers defence did not give Griffith’s forwards a chance and then provided plenty of drive on the rebound. The Swans only managed one behind in the opening half and then finished goalless for the day. The only shining light for Griffith was teenage ruckman Nathan Richards, who continued to impose himself around the ground. Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese put the performance down to a bad day at the office. “It was just one of those days, mate,” Pavese said. “I think we have been making mistakes a lot in the past four to five weeks and we just had a good side that absolutely poleaxed us and made us pay for everything we did.” The Swans will need to recover quickly. They will play an elimination final against a rampant Collingullie-GP at Ganmain Sportsground. Boosting the Swans will be Jordan Iudica and Mick Duncan who return next week. (By Matt Malone – The Area News, Monday August 22, 2016). 

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2016 RFNL NETBALL Ladders

A grade: Collingullie-GP 64, Wagga Tigers 56, Mangoplah-CUE 48, Leeton-Whitton 36, Turvey Park 32; Narrandera 26, Ganmain-GGM 18, Griffith 6, Coolamon 2.

A Reserve: Wagga Tigers 60, Turvey Park 54, Leeton-Whitton 46, Mangoplah-CUE 44, Collingullie-GP 36; Ganmain-GGM 20, Coolamon 16, Narrandera 12, Griffith 0.

B grade: Turvey Park 60, Leeton-Whitton 52, Collingullie-GP 48, Mangoplah-CUE 40, Wagga Tigers 40; Narrandera 20, Coolamon 12, Ganmain-GGM 12, Griffith 4.

C grade: Turvey Park 52, Leeton-Whitton 52, Collingullie-GP 52, Wagga Tigers 48, Coolamon 32; Mangoplah-CUE 24, Narrandera 16, Ganmain-GGM 8, Griffith 4.

Under 17's: Turvey Park 40, Wagga Tigers 28, Collingullie-GP 28, Coolamon 12, Narrandera 8, Leeton-Whitton 4.

 JONO GASTIN FOCUSES ON MAIN AIM - By Ben Jaffrey 

GOING down by 125 points isn't the best way to celebrate 150 first grade games in the Riverina Football League. Griffith Swan Jono Gastin notched the milestone in last week's big loss to Wagga Tigers but as far as Griffith's season is concerned, it was an unfortunate obstacle on the way to September. "Losing in my 150th game wasn't ideal but there's more important things," Gastin said. Things like the Swans preparing to embark on their first finals campaign in 10 years. Griffith will start that journey on Sunday against a rampaging Collingulie-Glenfield Park at the Ganmain Sportsground in an elimination final. Gastin will be one of many Swans playing first grade finals for the first time and was glad to be in the unfamiliar position. "It's a bit of a strange feeling," Gastin said. "We haven't been here in the finals before but it's awesome to be here. "There was a great feeling on the track last night. "There's a bit of nerves floating around but that's to be expected." Swans director of coaching Adrian Pavese has managed to get the best out of the troops all year. Gastin said the structures put in place by Pavese and the coaching staff as a major factor in the side's return to the finals. "We have a pretty good game plan that everyone can stick to it," Gastin said. "It's a good style that fits our team well and anyone can jump in and fill a role." The loss to Wagga last Saturday was a blow to the Swans preparations for week one of the finals. Pavese put it down to being "just one of those days" and implored the Swans to forget about it. Gastin said the side had learnt from that loss. "We have to be ready right from the start," Gastin said. "We have to be on from the centre bounce but we also have to have the belief in what we've done. "We've worked hard and we deserve to be here." (The Area News - Friday August 26, 2016).

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Qualifying Final - Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Robertson Oval

Mangoplah-CUE ....... 2.3 .. 5.6 .. 7.7 .. 7.9 (51)

Leeton-Whitton ........ 3.1 .. 4.4 .. 6.8 .. 10.16 (76)

Goals: MCUE: J Killalea 2, C Willis 2, T Metcalfe, P Griffin, W Keogh

Leeton-Whitton: J Hodge 3, L Potter, B O'Garey, T Conroy, T Meline, L Meline, M Hardie

Best: MCUE: T Cohalan, W Keogh, M Collins, J Killalea, R Price, T Dickson

Leeton-Whitton: B Curley, J Lehman, L Meline, T Conroy, N Irwin, B O'Garey

Mangoplah-CUE: Paddy Griffin, Alex McCormack, Jack Killalea; Isaac Damme, Matt Collins, Tom Keogh; Ethan Schiller, Harry Collins, Dustin Rogers; Jacob Whitley, Theodore Metcalfe, Will Keogh; Ryan Price, Chris Willis, Lachlan Kendall; Andrew Dickins, Trent Cohalan, Stace Creasy; Stuart Carey, Connor Huthwaite, Tristan Dickson, Zach Walgers

Leeton-Whitton: Ben Gaynor, Will Wakeman, Jayden Lehman; Michael Wescombe, Sam Cooper, Tom Morton; Luke Potter, Toby Conroy, Lucas Meline; Neil Irwin, Tom Meline, Mitchell Hardie; Cam Griggs, Jade Hodge (c-c), Sean Browning; Joshua Grant, Bryce O'Garey, Ben Curley; James Nancarrow, Tyh Evans, Mitchell Conlan, Joel Crowhurst

Umpires: Tim Beard, Luke Olson, Matt Tom (RUA)

Reserves: Collingullie-GP 7.16 (58) d Ganmain-GGM 4.6 (30)

Under 17: Wagga Tigers 13.7 (85) d Leeton-Whitton 7.8 (50)

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Elimination Final - Sunday August 28, 2016 at Ganmain Sportsground

Griffith ..............,...... 2.2 .. 5.4 .. 7.7 .. 10.9 (69)

Collingullie-GP ...... 5.5 .. 9.7 .. 14.12 .. 21.12 (138)

Goals: Griffith: J Conlan 4, W Griggs 2, K Ruyg, B King, A Birch, C Moore

CGP: H Perryman 5, N Kennedy 3, J Klemke 3, J Morris 3, D Frawley 2, T Pocock, M Anderson, J Kennedy, L Moore, T Keogh

Best: Griffith: G Orton, N Richards, M Duncan, J Conlan, J Iudica, J Toscan

CGP: H Perryman, L Moore, T Keogh, J Klemke, J Byrnes, N Kennedy

Griffith: Guy Orton, James Keenan, Jacob Conlan; Sam Daniel, James Toscan, Jonathon Gastin; Jack Rowston, Jordan Iudica, Daniel Peruzzi; Alex Blissett, Alex Birch, Dean Crack; Will Griggs, Casey Moore, Sam Foley; Nathan Richards, Michael Duncan, Ben King; Royce Johns, James Taylor, Ben Tarr, Kieran Ruyg

Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Cody Cool, Joseph Byrnes, Tom Byrnes; Daniel Kennedy, Tim Haines, Kallan Sykes; Harry Perryman, Jayden Klemke, Lachlan Moore; Matt Beckmans, Will Haines, Daniel Frawley; Nick Kennedy, James Morris, Michael Anderson; Tom Keogh, James Kennedy, Matthew Klemke; Justin Simmons, Geoff Spriggs, Tom Pocock, Brayden Ambler

Umpires: Gene Hodgins, Rob Apted, Brian Robinson (RUA)

Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 19.18 (132) d Leeton-Whitton 6.4 (40)

Under 17: Turvey Park 7.16 (58) d Mangoplah-CUE 4.6 (30)

Match report: Collingullie-Glenfield Park confirmed their status as the sleeping giants of the Riverina Football League finals race with a 69-point victory over Griffith on Sunday that ended the Swans’ season. The Swans returned to the finals for the first time in 10 years but it was quickly shown the door by a quality Demons outfit, who took out the elimination final 21.12 (138) to 10.9 (69) at Ganmain Sportsground. Teenager sensation Harry Perryman led the charge with a five-goal performance as Collingullie-GP sounded a warning to their finals competitors. Griffith tried their hardest to stick with the Demons early. Three late goals in the opening term gave Collingullie a 21-point lead at quarter-time, and they could only stretch the margin to 27 by the main break. From there it opened up, as the Demons kicked the first four goals of the third term and away they went. 
Pavese conceded the Demons were too good. “We just didn’t take our chances. We had plenty of the footy forward and couldn’t take our chances,” Pavese said. “And, they’re up and about aren’t they?  When Pavese returned to the club, he made no secret that the mission was to play finals football. Despite the disappointment of their exit, Pavese gave the season the tick of approval. “Successful. I said to the boys, we can actually see on their faces that they weren’t just happy to make finals, so that’s a good thing,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t need a piece of silverware to say you’ve had a good year.”
The Demons’ win sets up a mouthwatering first semi-final showground with arch-rival Mangoplah-CUE next Sunday. Collingullie-GP coach Brett Lenon was pleased with the Demons opening finals performance. “It was really god win,” Lenon said. “We were expecting a hard and tough contest, and especially in the first half from Griffith, they really jammed it into us and kept coming at us.” For Griffith, Mick Duncan played like a man who had waited 10 years for finals. He led the charge through the midfield. Jacob Conlan was always dangerous up forward and finished with four goals. Nathan Richards again highlighted his potential with a strong display in the ruck, while Guy Orton and Jordan Iudica were more than serviceable. (By Matt Malone – The Area News, Monday August 29, 2016).

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Second Semi Final - Saturday September 3, 2016 at Ganmain Sportsground

Wagga Tigers ........ 3.1 .. 5.2 .. 9.8 .. 12.10 (82)

Leeton-Whitton ..... 2.1 .. 3.6 .. 3.8 .. 4.14 (38)

Goals: Wagga: B Morton 3, J Buchanan 3, N Ryan 2, J Manton, N. Cooke, J Osbeiston, S Campbell

Leeton-Whitton: L Potter 2, J Hodge 2

Best: Wagga: J Kelly, N Ryan, L Shepherd, D Walker, L Myers, J Anstee

Leeton-Whitton: N Irwin, B Gaynor, B O'Garey, B Curley, M Wescombe, L Potter

Wagga Tigers: Lachlan Myers, John Anstee, Nick McCormack; Campbell Lovell, Dale Walker, Pat O'Connell; Lahn Shephard, Jacob Osbeiston, Harvey Daniher; Brendan Myers, Brady Morton, Nick Ryan; Jackson Kelly, John Buchanan, Rob Tuohey; Brad Graham, Shaun Campbell, Jake Gaynor; Jesse Manton, Nathan Cooke, Shaun Flanigan, Dylan Morton

Leeton-Whitton: Jayden Lehman, Will Wakeman, Michael Wescombe; Tom Morton, Sam Cooper, Ben Gaynor; Tyh Evans, Toby Conroy, Luke Potter; Neil Irwin, Tom Meline, Mitchell Hardie; Bryce O'Garey, Jade Hodge (c-c), Ben Curley; Joshua Grant, Cam Griggs, James Nancarrow; Tom Handsaker, Mitchell Conlan, Isaac Houghton, Joel Crowhurst

Umpires: Luke Olson, Jake O'Halloran, Tim Beard (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 15.6 (96) d Collingullie-GP 11.11 (77)

Under 17:

Griffith ................ 7.4 .. 9.8 .. 16.11 .. 18.19 (127)

Wagga Tigers .... 2.0 .. 3.1 .. 3.1 .. 4.1 (25)

Goals: Griffith: J Favell 4, A Coldwell 3, J Rowston 2, J Spencer 2, D Schmetzer 2, R Greenaway, I Potts, J Conlan, L Conlan, N Richards

Best: Griffith: N Richards, J Conlan, A Coldwell, J Rowston, M Agnew, J Spencer

Griffith: Michael Agnew, Luke Butcher, Brady Chambers, Thomas Clarke, Angus Coldwell (capt.), Jacob Conlan, Lucas Conlan, Jack Favell, Sam Foley, Luke Franco, Ryan Greenaway, Javier Heym, Riley Irvin, Lachlan Killalea, Reece Matheson, Aleksi McDermott, Isaiah Potts, Nathan Richards, Giuseppi Rovere, Jack Rowston, Dean Schmetzer, Jess Spencer, Logan Testoni, Jake Villata

Match report: The Griffith Swans are the first team into Riverina Football Leagues under 17s grand final after a convincing win over the Wagga Tigers in Ganmain. After the game was delayed due to flooding on the field, the Swans were in their element to beat the Tigers 18.19 (127) to 4.1 (25). Griffith coach Gary Argus said he thought the ground held up pretty well. “When we first arrived, 20 per cent of the ground was under water,” he said. “The local guys worked really hard to get the ground up to a safe standard and I think they did a really good job.”

It was a strong team performance that got the team over the line according to the coach We had a lot of good performers,” he said. “Jack Favell was great up forward kicking four goals and our midfield was really strong when they needed to be but it was the effort showed by the whole team that gave us the win. “They have all played in finals before and I think they were just more determined because they are tired of losing finals.” (By Liam Warren – The Area News, Monday September 5, 2016)

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First Semi Final - Sunday September 4, 2016 at Griffith Exies Oval

Mangoplah-CUE ...... 3.3 .. 7.6 .. 9.8 .. 17.11 (113) AET

Collingullie-GP ......... 3.1 .. 6.6 .. 7.8 .. 13.12 (90)

Goals: MCUE: R Price 5, M Collins 3, A Dickens 3, P Killalea 3, T Dickson 2, E Schiller

CGP: H. Perryman 3, J. Klemke 3, J. Morris 3, J. Kennedy, T. Pocock, J. Gunning, D. Kennedy

Best: MCUE: L. Kendall, T. Keogh, R. Price, T. Cohalan, D. Rogers, H. Collins

CAK: D. Kennedy, J. Byrnes, T. Keogh, T. Pocock, B. Keith, C. Cool

Mangoplah-CUE: Paddy Griffin, Alex McCormack, Connor Huthwaite; Isaac Damme, Matt Collins, Tom Keogh; Ethan Schiller, Harry Collins, Jacob Whitley; Lachlan Kendall, Theodore Metcalfe, Will Keogh; Ryan Price, Chris Willis, Stuart Carey; Andrew Dickins, Trent Cohalan, Jack Killalea; Dustin Rogers, Tristan Dickson, Pat Killalea, Mark Roberson

Collingullie-GP: Cody Cool, Joseph Byrnes, Tom Byrnes; Daniel Kennedy, Tim Haines, Kallan Sykes; Harry Perryman, Jayden Klemke, Lachlan Moore; Matt Beckmans, Joshua Gunning, Ben Keith; Nick Kennedy, James Morris, Michael Anderson; Tom Keogh, James Kennedy, Matt Klemke; Justin Simmons, Geoff Spriggs, Tom Pocock, Brayden Ambler

Umpires: Tom O'Halloran, Andrew Jackson, Brian Robinson (RUA)

Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 13.16 (94) d Mangoplah CUE 8.13 (61)

Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 11.12 (78) d Turvey Park 10.3 (63)

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Preliminary Final - Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Robertson Oval

Leeton-Whitton ......... 3.4 .. 4.8 .. 9.9 .. 13.14 (92)

Mangoplah-CUE ....... 0.3 .. 2.5 .. 5.9 .. 6.10 (46)

Goals: Leeton-Whitton: L Potter 6, J Hodge 3, C Griggs 2, T Meline, M Hardie

MCUE: M Collins 2, J Killalea, T Dickson, T Keogh, J Whitley, W Keogh

Best: Leeton-Whitton: L Potter, J Grant, T Meline, S Cooper, T Evans, N Irwin

MCUE: T Keogh, W Keogh, J Killalea, R Price, M Roberson, J Whitley

Leeton-Whitton: Jayden Lehman, Will Wakeman, Michael Wescombe; Tom Morton, Sam Cooper, Ben Gaynor; Tyh Evans, Toby Conroy, Luke Potter; Neil Irwin, Tom Meline, Mitchell Hardie; Bryce O'Garey, Jade Hodge (c-c), Ben Curley; Joshua Grant, Cam Griggs, James Nancarrow; Josh Helson, Mitchell Conlan, Isaac Houghton, Joel Crowhurst

Mangoplah-CUE: Paddy Griffin, Alex McCormack, Connor Huthwaite; Isaac Damme, Matt Collins, Tom Keogh; Ethan Schiller, Harry Collins, Jacob Whitley; Lachlan Kendall, Theodore Metcalfe, Will Keogh; Ryan Price, Chris Willis, Stuart Carey; Andrew Dickins, Trent Cohalan, Jack Killalea; Dustin Rogers, Tristan Dickson, Pat Killalea, Mark Roberson

Umpires: Luke Olson, Matt Tom, Jake O'Halloran (RUA)

Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 11.20 (86) d Collingullie-GP 6.13 (49)

Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 12.6 (78) d Wagga Tigers 8.12 (60)

Grand Final - Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Robertson Oval

Wagga Tigers ......... 3.2 .. 5.4 .. 7.6 .. 8.8 (56)

Leeton-Whitton ..... 3.4 .. 4.5 .. 5.8 .. 7.10 (52)

Goals: Wagga: J Buchanan 3, R Tuohey 2, J Manton, N Ryan, S Flanigan

Leeton-Whitton: J Nancarrow 2, L Potter 2, T Evans, T Conroy, T Meline

Best: Wagga: S Flanigan, N Ryan, S Campbell, J Kelly, J Anstee, D Walker

Leeton-Whitton: J Lehman, T Evans, B Curley, J Nancarrow, L Meline, M Hardie

Wagga Tigers: Lachlan Myers, John Anstee, Nick McCormack; Campbell Lovell, Dale Walker, Pat O'Connell; Lahn Shephard, Jacob Osbeiston, Harvey Daniher; Brendan Myers, Brady Morton, Nick Ryan; Jackson Kelly, John Buchanan, Rob Tuohey; Brad Graham, Shaun Campbell (c-c), Jake Gaynor; Jesse Manton, Nathan Cooke, Shaun Flanigan, Dylan Morton

Leeton-Whitton: Jayden Lehman, Will Wakeman, Michael Wescombe; Tom Morton, Sam Cooper, Ben Gaynor; Tyh Evans, Toby Conroy, Luke Potter; Neil Irwin, Tom Meline, Mitchell Hardie; Bryce O'Garey, Jade Hodge (c-c), Ben Curley; Joshua Grant, Cam Griggs, James Nancarrow; Lucas Meline, Mitchell Conlan, Isaac Houghton, Joel Crowhurst

Umpires: Tim Beard, Luke Olson, Matt Tom (RUA)

Reserves: Wagga Tigers 10.3 (63) d Ganmain-GGM 4.3 (27)

Umpires: Tony O'Halloran, Brian Robinson, Jake O'Halloran (RUA)

Under 17

Griffith ................... 5.3 .. 7.7 .. 11.10 .. 15.11 (101)

Leeton-Whitton .... 4.1 .. 4.1 .. 4.2 .. 6.3 (39)

Goals: Griffith: J Favell 3, R Grenaway 2, S Foley 2, J Conlan 2, J Rowston, J Villata, R Matheson, J Heym, T Clarke, A Coldwell

Leeton-Whitton: H Collins 2, C Sharman 2, D Fisher, C Morden

Best: Griffith: N Richards, A Coldwell, S Foley, J Rowston, J Conlan, L Testoni

Leeton-Whitton: A Crelley, T Sidebottom, N Tang, H Collins, C Sharman, R Dunn

Griffith: Luke Franco, Sam Foley, Javier Heym; Brady Chambers, Logan Testoni, Michael Agnew; Jesse Spencer, Jack Rowston, Luke Butcher; Reece Matheson, Jack Favell, Lachlan Killalea; Dean Schmetzer, Ryan Greenaway, Jacob Conlan; Nathan Richards, Thomas Clarke, Angus Coldwell (capt.); Aleksi McDermott, Lucas Conlan, Giuseppe Rovere, Jake Villata

Umpires: David Blanch, Andrew Touvi, Gene Hodgins (RUA).

Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 48 d Collingullie-GP 36; A Reserve: Wagga Tigers 48 d Turvey Park 21; B grade: Collingullie-GP 28 d Wagga Tigers 26; C grade: Leeton-Whitton 29 d Turvey Park 24; Under 17's: Turvey Park 29 d  Wagga Tigers 22.

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Match report: Rising ruckman Nathan Richards inspired Griffith Swans to the club's first football flag since 2003 with a dominant performance in the under 17 grand final against Leeton-Whitton.

After a tight first quarter, the Swans got on top in the second term and pressed home their advantage in the third on the way to a 15.11 (101) to 6.3 (39) victory over the Crows.

It was also the club’s first under 17 premiership since 1999 and the enormity of their achievement was evident at three-quarter-time when coach Gary Argus implored his players to look around, see how much it meant 'and bring this home to Griffith'. "It’s just a bit indescribable really, it’s just sensational," Argus said.

"It’s been 16, 17 years since (Griffith) won an under 17s flag so it means a fair bit to a lot of people I’d say.

"I’m just digesting it at the moment but it does mean a lot. They’ve been a great bunch of young adults all year and they really deserve this – they’ve worked hard, they’re good mates, they train hard, they play hard and it’s been a pleasure coaching them."

The Swans went in as red-hot favourites after winning their semi-final against Wagga Tigers by more than 100 points. But it took until 20 minutes into the first quarter before they hit the front against Leeton-Whitton in a high-scoring opening term. With three goals in the last six minutes before quarter-time, the Swans went to the first break eight points in front.

As the rain set in at a sodden Robertson Oval, Griffith kicked the only two goals of the second quarter but absolutely dominated possession. And they added another four unanswered goals after the main break to lead by 50 points at three-quarter-time. "The second quarter was great – we closed them down, we had all the footy in our forward line and I think it went down there (Leeton-Whitton’s forward 50) once," Argus said.

"Once they adjusted to the conditions instead of trying to play the dry weather conditions, it was all over."

One of Griffith’s key first graders, Nathan Richards was dominant in the ruck and around the ground and was awarded the Col Kohlhagen Medal as best on ground.

The Crows found a couple of goals in the final quarter but Griffith still finished off strongly for the 62-point win.

"I always confident today, I just felt good about it and they were ready.," Argus said. "They’ve lost their finals in the past and they weren’t losing this one." (By Peter Doherty - The Area News, Monday September 19, 2016). 

2016 RIVERINA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS

Seniors: Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal

29 - Jayden Klemke (Collingullie-GP); 21 - Shaun Campbell (Wagga Tigers); 20 -Toby Conroy (Leeton-Whitton); 13 - Luke Redfern (Coolamon), Trent Cohalan (Mangoplah-CUE), Shaun Flanigan (Wagga Tigers), Jackson Kelly (Wagga Tigers); 12 - Ben King (Griffith); 11 - Jake Gaynor (Wagga Tigers); 10 - Jacob Olsson (Ganmain-GGM), Guy Orton (Griffith), Bryce O'Garey (Leeton-Whitton), Andrew Dickins (Mangoplah-CUE); 9 - James Lawton (Ganmain-GGM), Jordan Iudica (Griffith), 8 - Tom Keogh (Collingullie-GP), Evan Smith (Turvey Park); 7 - Curtis Steele, Lachlan Steward (Ganmain-GGM), Brendan Myers (Wagga Tigers); 6 - Matthew Klemke (Collingullie-GP), Luke Sicker (Ganmain-GGM), Mitchell Hardie, Neil Irwin (Leeton-Whitton), Harry Collins (Mangoplah-CUE), Patrick O'Connell (Wagga Tigers); 5 - Jamie Maddox (Coolamon); Michael Duncan, Will Griggs, Nathan Richards (Griffith), Tristan Dickson, Thomas Keogh, Theodore Metcalfe (Mangoplah-CUE), Stephen Irons (Narrandera); 4 - Nicholas Kennedy (Collingullie-GP), Sam Glyde (Coolamon), Adam Cullen (Ganmain-GGM), Ben Curley, Luke Potter (Leeton-Whitton), Stace Creasy (Mangoplah-CUE), Brent Rose (Narrandera), John Anstee, Bradley Graham (Wagga Tigers); 3 - Joshua Gunning (Collingullie-GP), Tyler Owens (Coolamon), Thomas Anderson (Ganmain-GGM), James Toscan (Griffith), Tom Morton (Leeton-Whitton), Zacharie Walgers (Mangoplah-CUE), Jarred Lane (Narrandera), John Buchanan (Wagga Tigers); 2 - Michael Anderson, Joe Banks, James Kennedy, Harry Perriman (Collingullie-GP), Joel Dalton, Harry Fitzsimmons, Hayden Leary, Marshal Macauley (Coolamon), Riley Corbett, Josh Hanlon, Luke Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), Sam  Daniel (Griffith), Campbell Griggs, Jade Hodge (Leeton-Whitton), Pat Killalea, Dustin Rogers, Ethan Stiller (Mangoplah-CUE), Michael Foster (Narrandera), Brendan Bryce, Jayden Carroll  (Turvey Park), Jesse Manton, Brady Morton (Wagga Tigers); 1 - Daniel Kennedy (Collingullie-GP), Hayden Bradley, Ben Edyvean, Chase Grintell (Coolamon), Daniel Foley, Matthew Knagge (Ganmain-GGM), Alex Birch (Griffith), Lachlan Hunter, Brendan Knagge (Narrandera), Harvey Daniher, Dale Walker (Wagga Tigers).     
                                                                                                      Reserves - Frank Gaynor Medal
20 -  Nathan McPherson (Ganmain-GGM); 14 - Jamie Broadbent (Leeton-Whitton); 13 - Sam Schirmer (Wagga Tigers); 12 - Mitchell Steele (Ganmain-GGM); 11 - Tim Garrett (Coolamon); 10 - Josh Larwood (Wagga Tigers); 8 - Paul Lucas (Ganmain-GGM). Griffith players to receive votes were: 6 - Cameron Harrison, Michael Johns; 5 - Kieran Hume, Royce Johns, Dean Villata; 4 - Dean Catanzariti; 3 - Samuel Bartter; 2 - Jason Heffer, Vincent Pecora, Luke Peruzzi, Beau Rees, James Taylor; 1 - Brady French, James Keenan, Steven McCanna.  

                                                                                                      Under 17 - Lou Brown Medal
20 - Steven Senior (Coolamon); 15 - Thomas Clarke (Griffith), Alexander Crelley (Leeton-Whitton); 14 - Bradley McMillan (Collingullie-GP), George Kendall (Mangoplah-CUE); 13 - Edward Peerryman (Collingullie-GP); 12 - Justin Jenkins (Wagga Tigers); 10 - Harrison Stapleton (Ganmain-GGM), Angus Kennedy (Griffith), Jake Wood (Leeton-Whitton). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 9 - Jess Spencer; 8 - Jack Rowston; 5 - Isaiah Potts, Dean Schmetzer; 4 - Angus Coldwell, Jack Favell; 3 - Riley Irvin, Giuseppe Rovere; 1 - Luke Franco.


                                                                                                        Netball - Best & Fairest
A grade: 23 - Brooke Walsh (Ganmain-GGM); 19 - Lana Duffy (Wagga Tigers); 18 - Kelly Seidel (Narrandera); 17 - Ruby Gooden, Paige Guthrie (Collingullie-GP); 16 - Taya Crockford (Leeton-Whitton); 15 - Jeccica Bice (Narrandera); 14 - Rachael Addison (Wagga Tigers); 13 - Pru Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), Tracy Schulz-Cole (Mangoplah-CUE); 12 - Sarah McCluskey (Griffith). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 8 - Renae Larkin; 4 - Abby Favell; 3 - Abbey Shilson-Josling; 2 - Grace Ryan, Zoe Whitworth.

A Reserve grade: 22 - Alissa Neyland (Coolamon); 21 - Grace Korovata (Leeton-Whitton); 17 - Amy Dridan (Mangoplah-CUE); 16 - Molly Radley (Collingullie-GP); 15 - Kelsey Nichols (Leeton-Whitton;  14 - Maddison Kelly (Wagga Tigers); 13 - Rachael Sibraa (Narrandera), Georgie Campbell (Turvey Park). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 4 - Rochelle Meurant, Philippa Wordsworth; 3 - Josephine Conlan; 2 - Keira Argus, Lauren Brain, Heidi Campbell, Meg Campbell, Zoe Cunial, Erinn Dunbar, Kelsey Gudgeon; 1 - Rachael Cullen, Melanie Toscan. 

B grade: 24 - Emma Dale (Leeton-Whitton); 19 - Beatrice Coddington (Narrandera); 18 - Lakin Hanigan (Turvey Park); 16 - Shannon Seaman (Mangoplah-CUE); 14 - Emily Roffe (Narrandera); 13 - Josie Thomas (Collingullie-GP), Ellen Briggs (Wagga Tigers); 12 - Natasha Bryant (Ganmain-GGM), Evelyn Morris (Leeton-Whitton), Sophie King (Wagga Tigers). Griffith players to receive votes were: 7 - Kaitlyn Vardanega;  4 - Heidi Campbell, Elizabeth Portolesi, Sarah Young; 3 - Abby Molloy; 2 - Tania Bailey, Sarah Connelly, Caprice Gastin; 1 - Erin Golden, Grace Ryan. 

C grade: 20 - Sharni Salua (Mangoplah-CUE); 13 - Caitlin Rynehart, Clare Symons (Collingullie-GP), Sarah Sloan (Coolamon), Tegan McKellar (Leeton-Whitton); 12 - Tennille Cochrane (Turvey Park); 11 - Molly Dale (Leeton-Whitton), Caitlin Howell (Turvey Park), Kate Hurst (Wagga Tigers). Griffith players to receive votes were: 9 - Georgia Burley; 7 - Kiah Breust; 5 - Lilly Ropiha; 4 - Kate Pianto; 3 - Jenna Richards; 2 - Naomi Lynch, Melanie Toscan; 1 - Erin Golden.

Under 17's: 12 - Emma Van Der Rijt (Wagga Tigers); 11 - Emily Jollife (Collingullie-GP); 10 - Khayla Wild (Collingullie-GP), Rachael Pearson (Narrandera), Sidonie Carroll (Turvey Park), Maddison Kelly (Wagga Tigers); 8 - Alane Marks (Turvey Park); 7 - Gemma Crawford, Antoinette Pleming (Coolamon).

                                                                                               Top Goalkickers (h/a)

                                                                                        Seniors - Stewart Fraser Trophy
71 - John Buchanan (Wagga Tigers), 60 - James Lawton (Ganmain-GGM), 44 - Jade Hodge (Leeton-Whitton), 35 - Joel Dalton (Coolamon), James Morris (Collingullie-GP), Ryan Price (Mangoplah-CUE), 34 - Luke Potter (Leeton-Whitton), 32 - Robert Tuohey (Wagga Tigers), 31 - Sam Clyde (Coolamon), 29 - Will Griggs (Griffith), Mick Foster (Narrandera), 28 - Jayden Klemke (Collingullie-GP), 24 - Riley Corbett (Ganmain-GGM), Ben King (Griffith), Tom Meline (Leeton-Whitton), Jackson Kelly (Wagga Tigers).

                                                                                            Reserves - Neil Griggs Trophy
39 - Matthew Noonan (Wagga Tigers);  34 - Mitchell Steele (Ganmain-GGM), Scott Barlin (Mangoplah-CUE); 33 - Kurt Stubenrauch (Coolamon); 32 - Keiran Moon (Leeton-Whitton); 29 - Jamie Broadbent (Leeton-Whitton); 28 - Dustin Brown (Turvey Park); 25 - Mitchell Pilon (Collingullie-GP); 24 - Will Lawton (Ganmain-GGM); 22 - Kieran Ruyg (Griffith), Ashleigh Dikkenberg (Wagga Tigers); 21 - Brad Aiken (Collingullie-GP); 20 - Nathon Irvin (Mangoplah-CUE). 

                                                                                              Under 17 - Dalco Trophy
44 - Jameson Booth (Leeton-Whitton); 34 - Jamaine Morgan (Narandera; 33 - Ryan Greenaway (Griffith); 31 - Jack Favell (Griffith); 26 - Isaiah Potts (Griffith); 23 - Justin Jenkins (Wagga Tiers); 22 - Reece Matheson (Griffith), Bradley Ashcroft (Turvey Park); 21 - Blake Harper (Collingullie-GP); 20 - Lachlan Wakefield (Wagga Tigers); 19 - Angus McLay (Mangoplah-CUE); 18 - Zachary Parker (Wagga Tigers); 17 - Angus Coldwell (Griffith).

AFL Riverina Rising Star: Jacob Conlan (Griffith)

ANZ Netball Rising Star: Ruby Gooden (Collingullie-GP)

Volunteer of the Year: Blair Campbell (Turvey Park)

AFL Life Membership: Pat Quinn & John Winter.

AFL NSW/ACT Coach of the Year: Stephen Carroll (Turvey Park).

Club Championships: Wagga Tigers

2016 APPEARANCES / GOALS - RESERVES & UNDER 17's GRADES

Reserves: Gary Argus 1 / 0, Todd Argus 13 / 7, Sam Bartter 7 / 8, Jason Bertacco 1 / 0, Tyler Bruns 1 / 1, Matthew Bunn 4 / 0, Myles Bunn 1 / 0, Andrew Cappello 2 / 0, Dean Catanzariti 15 / 1, Dean Crack 1 / 1, Jordan Crowe 12 / 1, Charlie Cunial 8 / 4, David Dunbar 1 / 0, Kris Duncan 2 / 6, Mark Duncan 7 / 0, Brady French 16 / 1, Jonathon Gastin 1 / 1, Jeffrey Harris 1 / 0, Cameron Harrison 14 / 3, Jason Heffer 14 / 12, Riley Holland 16 / 1, Kieran Hume 11 / 5, Riley Irvin 4 / 0, Michael Johns 2 / 0, Royce Johns 6 / 1, James Keenan 15 / 1, Kyle Lynch 1 / 0, Steven McCanna 9 / 1, Ben McRae 2 / 0, Casey Moore 1 / 2, Ethan Murphy 10 / 11, Rowan Patey 9 / 2, Daniel Peruzzi 1 / 0, Luke Peruzzi 12 / 2, Mathew Peruzzi 10 / 5, Vincent Pecora 3 / 11, Josh Pianto 12 / 2, Dominic Puntoriero 6 / 0, Levi Quade 13 / 1, Beau Rees 8 / 5, Trevor Richards 1 / 2, Daniel Richens 8 / 1, Giuseppe Rovere 1 / 0, Kieran Ruyg 8 / 22, Jesse Ryan 15 / 4, Joe Schirripa 1 / 0, Dean Spratt 6 / 0, James Taylor 2 / 0, Blake Testoni 13 / 7, Dean Villata 13 / 2, Ryan Williamson 1 / 0, Nick Witherspoon 1 / 0, Jordon Wood 4 / 4. Player-coach: Dean Catanzariti.

 

Under 17: Michael Agnew 18 / 2, Blake Argus 1 / 1, Luke Butcher 18 / 2, Brady Chambers 13 / 1, Thomas Clarke 14 / 13, Angus Coldwell 16 / 21, Jacob Conlan 2 / 3, Lucas Conlan 10 / 5, Lucas Fabris 7 / 3, Jack Favell 16 / 38, Sam Foley 2 / 2, Luke Franco 16 / 0, Ryan Greenaway 18 / 36, Javier Heym 18 / 2, Mitchell Irvin 11 / 0, Riley Irvin 9 / 2, Angus Kennedy 10 / 0, Lachlan Killalea 18 / 3, Will Lyons 3 / 0, Reece Matheson 18 / 23, Aleksi McDermott 11 / 7, Blaide O'Connor 1 / 0, Jesse Paton 7 / 1, Joshua Paton 2 / 0, Isaiah Potts 13 / 27, Nathan Richards 2 / 1, Giuseppi Rovere 12 / 5, Vincenzo Rovere 2 / 1, Jack Rowston 5 / 7, Dean Schmetzer 18 / 11, Jess Spencer 17 / 8, Logan Testoni 12 / 1, Charles Triggs 1 / 0, Jake Villata 17 / 3, Stephen Witherspoon 9 / 4. Coach: Gary Argus.

 IUDICA NAMED SWANS FINEST – By Ben Jaffrey 

Jordan Iudica has capped off an impressive first year with the Griffith Swans by claiming the club’s best and fairest award. Iudica pipped last year’s winner Ben King for the gong. “It as a massive honour. Griffith are a very proud club with a rich history, “Iudica said. “There’s a lot of good players here. To come away with the best and fairest is something I’m proud of.” The midfielder played a large part in getting the Swans to their first finals in 10 years. Griffith was bundled out in week one but Iudica thinks the Swans can go deeper next year. “I’ll be going around again,” Iudica said. “I love the club and the people here. “I think there’s something real special that can be done in a year or two.” (The Area News – Wednesday October 12, 2016).'

2016 GRIFFITH AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB AWARDS

Friday October 7, 2016 at Griffith Exies Main Club

Major Sponsors: Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club, Owen Toyota, Berton Vinyard,

Flavourtech, Hanwood Butchery, McDonald's Griffith

FOOTBALL

Senior grade

Best & Fairest: Jordan Iudica

Runner-up: Ben King

Most Improved: Ben Tarr

Most Goals Kicked: Will Griggs

Coach’s Award: Jacob Conlan

Reserve grade

Best & Fairest: Cameron Harrison

Runner-up: Brady French

Most Consistent: James Keenan

Most Improved: Jason Heffer

Most Goals Kicked: Kieran Ruyg

Coach’s Award: Josh Pianto

Under 17's

Best & Fairest: Angus Coldwell

Runner-up: Thomas Clarke

Most Improved: Michael Agnew

Most Goals Kicked (Brian Files Memorial): Ryan Greenaway

Most Promising Player (Ronnie Williams Memorial): Dean Schmetzer

Coach's Award (Fred Owen Memorial Shield): Angus Kennedy

NETBALL

A grade

Best & Fairest: Renae Larkin

Players’ Player: Sarah McCluskey

Coach’s Award: Abbey Shilson-Josling

A reserve grade

Best & Fairest: Rochelle Meurant

Players’ Player: Philipa Wordsworth

Coach’s Award: Lauren Brain

B grade

Best & Fairest: Abby Molloy, Sarah Connelly, Heidi Campbell

Players’ Player: Sarah Young

Coach’s Award: Sarah Connelly

C grade

Best & Fairest: Georgia Burley

Players’ Player: Lilly Ropiha

Coach’s Award: Naomi Lynch

SPECIAL AWARDS

Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson Netball (Bob & Brenda Spears): Rochelle Meurant & Sarah McCluskey

Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson Football (Joan Hicks Memorial): Kris Duncan

ANZ Football Rising Star award: Jacob Conlan

ANZ Netball Rising Star Nominee award: Grace Ryan

AFL Club Volunteer Nominee award: Norm Campbell

Player Milestone: Dean Crack & Jonathon Gastin - 150 senior games.

2016 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS

Debut: April 23 - Alex Birch, Sam Foley, Jordan Iudica, Kyle Lynch; May 7 - Vincent Pecora, Jordon Wood; May 15 - Beau Rees; July 2 - Thomas Clarke; August 6 - Jack Rowston.

Final Games / Goals: Alex Birch (12 / 16), Alex Blissett (19 / 8), Andrew Cappello (54 / 6), Thomas Clarke (3 / 1),  Cameron Harrison (36 / 6), Kieran Hume (28 / 2), Michael Johns (83 / 24), Royce Johns (55 / 3), Kyle Lynch (4 / 3), Steven McCanna (15 / 1), Ben McRae (48 / 5), Vincent Pecora (1 / 1),  Mathew Peruzzi (12 / 0), Beau Rees (8 / 0), Kieran Ruyg (23 / 13), Jesse Ryan (15 / 1),  Dean Villata (10 / 0), Jordon Wood (1 / 0).

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