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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).



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).


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). 


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 toge