2017 RFNL SEASON RESULTS
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IN: Daniel Andreazza (Wollongong Bulldogs), Brent Arho (Tallygaroopna), Cory Barrington (Marong), Jacob Barrington (Koondrook-Barham), Toby Blissett (Jindera), Brendan Knagge (Narrandera), Heath Northey (Wahgunyah), Rocky Perre (Virginia, SA), Luke Shannon (Shepparton Bears), Thomas Valeri (Hillston), Ashley Verhagen (Mooroopna).
OUT: Alex Birch (Croydon), Thomas Clarke (Coleambally), Kieran Ruyg (Queanbeyan).
BRENT ARHO SIGNS ON WITH GRIFFITH – By Matt Malone
Collingullie-Glenfield Park premiership hero Brent Arho will make a stunning return to the Riverina Football League next season. Arho will again don the red and White but this time with Griffith after signing for the Swans for 2017. Arho was pursued by a number of clubs throughout the Riverina and country Victoria but his friendship with Guy Orton saw him land at the Swans. The 27-year-old arrives at Griffith in hot form after booting 108 goals for Tallygaroopna in the Kyabram League this year. “To be honest, (Orton) got me over the line,”Arho said.
“Ever since I played inter-league with him we got along like a house on fire and we’ve kept in contact. “It sounds like they have a young, up and coming group. (Orton) told me they have just lacked a forward, which got me excited, that I’m the missing piece.” Arho spent the one year at Collingullie in 2014 and helped them to a maiden Riverina League premiership. He kicked 89 goals that year, including a match-winning six in the Demons grand final victory victory. Arho, who will travel to Griffith, cannot wait to return to the Riverina League. “I’m very excited. I really enjoyed my footy playing up there,” he said. “I’m keen to come back up and play some good footy again.” (The Area News – Wednesday November 9, 2016).
PLAYING WITH THE NORTHERN TERRIT0RY'S BEST - By Liam Warren
GARY Argus was given the opportunity to play with one of the best footballers to ever play Australian Rules Football. During a four-year period where he spent his footballing off-season playing in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) he was given the opportunity to play with Norm Smith Medallist and Richmond legend Maurice Rioli. "During my time playing up there I was given the chance to play in the representative side that took on St Kilda and Essendon," he said. "That experience alone was great but to play with someone like Maurice Rioli was something I look back on fondly."
The NTFL is known as the place where lots of talented country and metro players head to during the off season to maintain fitness and continue their development as footballers.
While playing in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) for Sturt, Argus headed north on four different occasions to take part in the NTFL competition. "Once you move past the fact you are playing in the hottest part of the year it was a great experience," he said. "It was the right time in my life to make the trip north and if given the chance I would do it again."
During the four seasons Argus spent in Darwin, he played 70 games for the Waratahs winning the club best and fairest once as well as finishing runner-up once. He felt during his career he had a fairly good run in terms of time spent on the field with very few injuries picked up during his career. Argus feels this was the main reason that he remained so successful over a long season. He enjoyed a successful career in the competition that saw him selected in the NTFL representative side twice which was coached by Rioli, finished third in the league best and fairest as well as being named as NTFL defender of the year in the 1989/90 season.
Now the defender has a chance to add another accolade to his list after being named in the provisional squad of 40 for the Waratahs' team of the Century. "To even be in consideration for the side with as much prestige as this is just a massive honour," he said. "We get to go back there in January to take part in a ball as part of a government reception at the Northern Territory Parliament House in Darwin. "That will be where the team of 22 is announced as part of the 100 years celebration." Argus spoke highly of the friendly nature of the community saying that he would not hesitate to return to the Northern Territory. (The Area News - Wednesday November 23, 2016).
PAVESE ON BOARD FOR 2017 SEASON
Adrian Pavese will return for a second year in charge of Griffith. Pavese is currently overseeing Greater Western Sydney AFL Women’s team’s pre-season as assistant coach. But after sorting out his commitments with the Giants, Pavese has been able to commit to another season at Griffith. “It’s exciting,” Pavese said. “We obviously had a couple of loose – but with the signing of Brent Arho, good quality local kids coming back like Toby Blissett and Luke Shannon and holding on to 90 percent of our list, things are looking promising. After leading Griffith to their first finals appearance in a decade this year, Pavese wants to go further in 2017. “We want to go deep,” he said. “We definitely don’t want last year to be a one year wonder. We want to be playing finals and want that to be the normal, not the abnormal. “We’ve wrestled that demon to a point and it’s up to the players now, we want to go deep, and really deep.”
Griffith landed the big off-season signing of full-forward Bent Arho, along with Luke Shannon, Jacob Barrington and Toby Blissett. In further good news, experienced defenders Richard Malone and Che Jenkins will return after time off. The club also hopes to bloods a lot of their under 17s premiership team. A big loss will be young ruckman Nathan Richards. He is set to relocate to Sydney in a bid to increase his chances of being drafted at the end of the year. Griffith started pre-season training earlier this month and have averaged 25 on the track under senior assistant coach Will Griggs. Pavese still hopes to add new faces to Griffith's list. "We're still waiting on people blowing into town, which normally happens," he said. "That and working with our premiership 17s that are coming up." (The Area News - December 2, 2016).
PAVESE FULFILS COACHING ASPIRATIONS - By Matt Malone
Greater Western Sydney women's assistant coach Adrian Pavese realised a dream in Adelaide on Saturday. It was a dream come true for the Griffith mentor when he formed part of the Giants' coaching team for the opening round of the inaugural AFL Women's competition. Pavese has spent the past four months working with the Giants girls and told Fairfax Media he couldn't wait for game day against the Crows prior to the match. "Ever since I first started 26 years ago, I wanted to coach AFL footy," Pavese said. "I didn't care how I got there, I just wanted to put myself in a position to better myself. "My title here says AFL coach, it doesn't matter to me that it's women's. "I'm very proud that I've got here, I don't want to stop."
Pavese travels from his Canberra home to spend two nights a week in Sydney at the Giants, plus his game day role. He also is senior coach of Riverina League club Griffith. Pavese said he has thoroughly enjoyed the historic journey to this point. "The girls are jumping out of their skin," he said. "It has come so quick and I think that's a good thing because there has been no time for nerves. "It's been great and the Giants have been unbelievable, with their facilities, as well as the support on and off the field."
Pavese, an experienced coach in women's football, warned AFL fans not to expect too much too soon from the ladies. "They're all chomping at the bit - and they've got no fear, I think that will show up. Some of the collisions will be quite pronounced," he said. "Once the ball gets moving and the girls get space, there will be a lot of run and carry, and good movement. "People are going to need to be patient. You're not going to see scorelines like you do in the men's. What you will probably see is teams in the contest for 90 percent of the game." Unfortunately for Pavese the girls fell 48-12 in the first game against the Adelaide Crows at Threbarton Oval. (The Area News - Monday February 6, 2017).
GUY TAKES REINS OF REP SIDE - By Peter Doherty
Griffith's Guy Orton is honoured to be granted his first representative coaching role, and says his mission is to restore the Riverina League (RFNL) to former glory. After representing the league five times previously, Orton has been named as coach for the game against Canberra at Robertson Oval on May 20. His goal is to see the Riverina League jumper highly sought after as players seek to get the best out of themselves. "I was definitely rapt to get the call on the winners' list for the league,' Orton said, a passionate fan of rep footy, said. "You're testing yourself, and playing at a better level. "I've always thought that it's good to go and play with other people and see how they prepare. "And you learn off them, especially training with them for a couple of weeks prior to the game." Orton has previously coached the Griffith Swans and has had representative playing experience for Loddon Valley in Victoria, where he was captain, and also for NSW.
"I've always put my hand up," he said. "You never know if you're going to be playing footy for a long time, and you want to enjoy it and compare yourself to other people - that's just how I feel." Orton takes over from Coolamon coach Matt Hard who stood down after three years in charge. Hard's time in control included two big wins against Victorian opposition before last's years upset loss to the Hume League. He hopes with some new faces and a good mix of both youth and experience, he can oversee the side's return to where it was a couple of years ago. "That's the one thing that obviously our league's got some good experience, we've got some good players come into this league," he said. "But we've also got some young kids up and coming." RFNL president Rob Ash declared Orton "an outstanding representative person who has a passion for the league." Ash congratulated Hard on his contribution to the RFNL and said the league is committed to making sure Orton has every chance to succeed. (The Area News - Friday March 17, 2017).
GRIFFITH TAKE OUT INAUGURAL YOUTH GIRLS' COMPETITION - By Ben Jaffrey
Wayward kicking couldn't stop Griffith from taking out the MIA Youth Girls' AFL competition a fortnight ago in Leeton. Griffith kicked three goals and 11 behinds but the side's defence was on song to restrict the (Leeton) Redlegs to just one goal and on behind in the 22-point win at McDonald Oval (Showground). The victory completed a perfect season for the Griffith outfit following three wins in the regular rounds. While the defence was tight, Griffith player Jess Conlan said the key to victory was how well the side gelled throughout the year. "I reckon teamwork was a big factor. We all worked together and got us over the line," Conlan said. "We are pretty good throughout the whole field but our defence shut them down." The team has come a long way since game one of the inaugural MIA Youth Girls' AFL season. "At the start of the season, a lot of us didn't really know each other but we got to know each other pretty quickly and started working as a team," Conlan said. With the season done and dusted, the girls will return to playing other winter sports before they get a crack at playing AFL again next year. Conlan said she was "definitely going to play next year" and the rest of the girls were also keen to have another run around in the hope of defending the title.
Griffith results:- Round one: Bye; Round two: Griffith 68 def Narrandera 54, Round three: Griffith 93 def Tigers 14, Round four: Griffith 67 def Penguins 35. Grand final: Griffith 3.11 (29) def Redlegs 1.1 (7). Trevor Richards coached the Griffith girls. (The Area News - April 19, 2017).
PAV WANTS MORE - By Ben Jaffrey
After steering the Swans to their first Riverina League finals appearance in a decade, Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese wants more from his side in 2017. "Absolutely, just making finals isn't good enough now, we want to make the finals and go deep," Pavese said. "The goal year one was to re-establish and get back into the hunt, one finals game isn't enough. "We want to get a couple good games of finals footy in and see how we work it out from there." It all starts this Saturday at the Exies Oval when the Swans take on rivals Leeton-Whitton. Pavese isn't daunted by taken on last year's grand finalist but instead felt it was the perfect way to start the season. "It's probably ideal for us to be playing Leeton at this time of year," Pavese said. "No disrespect to Turvey Park, we played Turvey Park last year (first up) who were having issues, but Saturday night, we get to play a side that's tipped to be the premiers. "It will give us an early indication on how we're tracking."
The Swans have had minimal losses with Alex Birch and Nathan Richards the key outs from the 2016 squad. To counteract the losses, Griffith went on the offensive with its recruitment with Brent Arho, Luke Shannon, Heath Northey, Ash Verhagen , Richard Malone and Jacob Barrington to run out in the red and white in 2017. The return of Shannon to the club along with Toby Blissett - who returned in 2016 - sees the first grade squad dominated by locals which excited Pavese the most. "Not only we've brought players back, we've brought players back that are former juniors," Pavese said. "Come round one this Saturday night, we could have anywhere up to 15 local juniors running out, that's really exciting for the footy club." (The Area News - Friday April 21, 2017).
Round 1 - Saturday April 22, 2017 at Griffith Exies Oval 6.10pm
Griffith .................... 2.1 .. 5.5 .. 6.9 .. 10.14 (74)
Leeton-Whitton .... 7.3 .. 10.5 .. 11.7 .. 14.8 (92)
Goals: Griffith: B Arho 2, A Coldwell, H Northey, S Foley, J Gastin, Crack, J Iudica, G Orton, L Conlan
Leet-Whitton: D. Muir 3, R. Dunn 2, T. Conroy 2, L. Potter 2, J. Booth, B. Boots, T. Evans, B. O'Garey, J. Hodge
Best: Griffith: B King, L Conlan, A Coldwell, M Duncan, C Moore, G Orton
Leet-Whitton: T Evans, N Irwin, M Dryburgh, N Muir, M Rainbird, B Boots
Griffith: D Peruzzi, R Malone, J Gastin; G Orton, J Toscan (c), S Daniel; L Conlan*, J Iudica, S Foley, H Northey*, A Verhagen*, T Blissett; M Duncan, B Arho*, L Shannon; C Moore, W Griggs, B King; T Bruns, D Crack, A Coldwell, B Tarr
Leeton-Whitton: J Booth, N Irwin, W Wakeman; J Lehman, S Cooper, T Meline; T Evans, M Rainbird, B Boots; R Dunn, B Curley, L Potter; D Muir, J Hodge (c-c), J Nancarrow; M Dryburgh, B O'Garey, T Conroy; I Houghton, J Wood, H Collins, A Crelley
Umpires: R Dedini, A Jackman (RUA)
Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 9.6 (60) def Coolamon 6.11 (47), Turvey Park 10.17 (77) def Narrandera 4.12 (36); Ganmain-GGM 8.11 (59) def by Collingullie-GP 21.7 (133); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 12.5 (77) d Leeton-Whitton 5.8 (38)
Goals: K Duncan 3, D Villata 3, L Quade 2, A Scott 2, C Cunial 2, N Witherspoon, R Marando
Under 17: Griffith 12.20 (92) d Leeton-Whitton 8.2 (50)
Goals: R Greenaway 3, S Witherspoon 2, C Bock 2, C Verri 2, R Townsend, L Killalea, D Schmetzer
Match report: A 32-point first-quarter deficit was too big for the Griffith Swans to overcome as Leeton-Whitton came away with a 14.8 (92) to 10.14 (74) win at the Exies Oval on Saturday. That lead blew out to 38 points in the second quarter before the Swans kicked into gear. While Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese said Leeton was on fire, he also said the Swans didn't help themselves. "Full credit to Leeton, their first quarter was some of the best footy I've seen," Pavese said. "Their perceived pressure was just outstanding. We struggled early, it took us time to find a way but to our boys credit, they dug deep and fought hard. "We learnt we certainly can't concede four goals through direct turnovers, that just killed us. "It's something we'll keep addressing to fix it." Pavese still managed to find positives from the loss.
The biggest positive from the match was the playing group staying injury-free in the opener. "We'll only get better, we came through unscathed - that's always positive," Pavese. "Toby Blissett played his first game in 18 months and Richard Malone his first in 12 months. "We had two kids playing their first games, Angus Coldwell and Lucas Conlan, had an injection of new players like Brent Arho, Heath Northey and those guys. It's going to take a little bit to gel and we got that in the third and fourth quarters. Pavese also praised the performances of his young players along with a regular standout. "I thought Lucas Conlan in his first game went well." Pavese said. "He started on the wing and then we put him down back on Jade Hodge and he kept him really quite. "Angus Coldwell was really strong and hard at the footy. "Then there's your usual's like Benny King, he was everywhere. "We didn't get the job done in first grade but the club's in a good spot and hopefully we can sneak a win or two over the next couple of weeks." (By Ben Jaffrey - The Area News, Monday April 24, 2017).
MCG DREAM REALISED - By Ben Jaffrey
KICKING a goal at the MCG. It's every junior AFL player's dream and Nathan Richards can tick it off his bucket list. The goal came after the Griffith Swans junior initially missed a shot at achieving the milestone while playing in the green and gold for the AIS-AFL Under 18s side. "That was an unbelievable feeling," Richards said of the goal. "I had a set shot from out on the wing but ended up missing, I was filthy. "But to get a second chance and kick a nice little snap was amazing. Not that there were many people in the crowd but I can only imagine what they would be like." Richards made the move to Sydney this year to progress his AFL career and has gone from strength to strength. Along with matches with the national under 19s side - the squad played a match against each other and against VFL side the Northern Blues - Richards played his first North East Australian Football League match for the year for GWS over the weekend and also turns out for the Giants in the Under 18s Academy Series alongside fellow Griffith Swan Jacob Conlan. Being able to pair up with his good mate has been another highlight for Richards. "Jacob Conlan has been by my side in the Under 18s Academy Series," Richards said. "He's one of my really, really good mates and has played some really good footy. "We're had some solid years with a lot of hard work and we're got another six months, until the draft of hard work, of hard work to get us, fingers crossed, to a club and that's where the real hard work starts." Richards' focus turns back to the GWS Academy side for two weeks with matches against Northern Territory and the Brisbane Lions. The goal is to make the representative side, known as the Allies, from the series to play in the under 18s championships against Victorian, South Australian and West Australian sides. "Hopefully to get selected in the Allies side like I did last year," Richards said. "That's be a really good experience and after that I'll be dedicated to the Giants NEAFL side. "Then, fingers crossed, hopefully I get to come back to play a game or two with the Griffith Swans." (The Area News - Wednesday April 26, 2017).
Round 2 - Saturday April 29, 2017 at Kindra Park 2.10pm
Coolamon ...... 4.2 .. 6.5 .. 7.8 .. 9.9 (63)
Griffith ........... 3.5 .. 5.10 .. 8.12 .. 12.15 (87)
Goals: Coolamon: R Kantilla 5, M McKelvie 3, B Edyvean
Griffith: B Arho 4, J Gastin 2, W Griggs 2, T Bruns, L Shannon, J Toscan, M Duncan
Best: Coolamon: M McKelvie, M McGowan, B Alexander, W Graetz, M Macauley, T Garrett
Griffith: B King, W Griggs, J Iudica, C Moore, H Northey, M Duncan
Coolamon: T Garrett, J Redfern, M Dunn; M Stephenson, W Graetz, M Macauley; S Senior, H Bradley, J Munkara; M McGowan, R Kantilla, M McKelvie; L Redfern, B Edyvern, S Clyde; T Owens, J Maddox, B Alexander; N Curran, B Munro, B Ochieng, B Fixter
Griffith: D Peruzzi, A Verhagen, S Daniel; J Iudica, J Conlan, G Orton; T Blissett, H Northey, S Foley; A Coldwell, C Moore, J Gastin; M Duncan, B Arho, B Tarr; J Toscan (c), W Griggs, B King; R Malone, L Shannon, D Crack, T Bruns
Umpires: R Dedini, R Apted, B Robinson (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 16.16 (112) def Turvey Park 10.6 (66), Leeton-Whitton 9.18 (72) def Wagga 6.10 (46), Narrandera 7.16 (58) def by Ganmain-GGM 13.5 (83); Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 15.10 (100) d Coolamon 4.8 (32)
Goals: K Duncan 4, C Cunial 4, K Hume 2, W Dalton, L Peruzzi, J Ryan, J Gavoka, D Andreazza
Under 17: Griffith 16.12 (108) d Coolamon 6.5 (41)
Goals: R McWhirter 4, G Rovere 3, R Greenaway 3, C Bock 2, D Schmetzer, M Agnew, L Fabris, S Witherspoon
Match report: The Griffith Swans responded strongly to their opening round defeat with an important win on the road against Coolamon on Saturday. The Swans got better as the game went on and proved too strong for the Hoppers on their home deck, running out winners 12.15 (87) to 9.9 (63) at Kindra Park. Little separated the two teams early and Coolamon led for the majority of the first half before two late goals gave Griffith a two-point lead at the main break. The Swans than broke the game open and booted five unanswered goals either side of three-quarter time to establish a match-winning lead. Will Griggs, Mick Duncan, Ben King and Jordan Iudica all ran amok through the middle of the ground as the Swans ran out resounding winners.
After an opening round loss at home to Leeton-Whitton, Griffith coach Adrian Pavese was thrilled to come away with the four points from Coolamon. "Absolutely, it's always tough over here," Pavese said. "It was a good grinding win, too. I was really pleased just that we weren't at our best early, and probably weren't at our best at the end, but we still found a way to find avenues to goal. It was good." Griffith full-forward Brent Arho finished with four goals but had his chances to have an even bigger day, booting five behinds.
Joe Redfern was winning against Arho but was then swung forward late in the second quarter as the Hoppers searched for avenues to goal. Roy Kantilla finished with five goals for Coolamon and took his chances when they presented. Mitch McKelvie never gave up for the Hoppers and was the Hoppers best, also booting three goals. For Griffith, their ball movement was impressive. It often started from half-back and they went back through the middle of the ground with ease often. Pavese expects it only to get better. "It's just those little errors that let us down a little bit. But again, a lot of it is just us finding our niche, and finding how each other plays," he said. (Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday May 1, 2017).
Round 3 - Saturday May 6, 2017 at Griffith Exies Oval 4.10pm
Griffith ............ 2.3 .. 6.7 .. 9.12 .. 13.15 (93)
Narrandera .... 0.1 .. 2.4 .. 2.8 .. 3.10 (28)
Goals: Griffith: B Arho 6, J Toscan 2, M Duncan 2, D Crack, W Griggs, B King
Narrandera: R Hutton, P Aumann, I Williams
Best: Griffith: W Griggs, G Orton, A Verhagen, B King, S Daniel, B Arho
Narrandera: L Paterson, R Hutton, J Lane, S Irons, T Savage, J Sullivan
Griffith: S Daniel, R Malone, T Bruns; G Orton, A Verhagen, S Foley; L Shannon, J Iudica, D Peruzzi; J Gastin, J Toscan (c), D Crack; M Duncan, B Arho, K Duncan; C Moore, W Griggs, B King; J Barrington*, A Coldwell, L Conlan, R Perre*
Narrandera: T Savage, L Paterson, J Maniscalco; W Kiley, M Cummins, J Sullivan; I Williams, P Broad, J Grinter; S Irons, J Lane (c-c), D Quilter; S Gehringer, M Dillon, N Hetherington; P Aumann, R Hutton, D Kenna; C Irons, R Borg, B Cummins, J Absolum
Umpires: R Johnston, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 7.6 (48) def by Collingullie-GP 15.9 (99), Wagga 7.7 (49) def by Mangoplah-CUE 8.9 (57); Turvey Park 9.13 (67) def Ganmain-GGM 4.5 (29); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.11 (77) d Narrandera 4.3 (27)
Goals: C Cunial 4, L Quade 2, B Tarr 2, W Dalton, J Ryan, B Knagge
Under 17: Griffith 12.6 (78) d Narrandera 5.5 (35)
Goals: L Fabris 3, G Rovere 2, D Schmetzer 2, R Greenaway 2, D Bennett, R Matheson, R McWhirter
Match report: Despite being "very scrappy", the Griffith Swans have come away with a 65-point win over Narrandera at the Exies Oval. The Swans started well and never looked back as they won 13.15 (93) to 3.10 (28) against the Eagles on Saturday afternoon. However, Griffith director of coaching Adrian Pavese said there was plenty to improve on. "It wasn't too bad, it was very scrappy but we got through," Pavese said. "We're not at our best but we're pleased that we, sort of, broke away at times. "The ball movement was pleasing. "The boys started really well, which was great, and managed to maintain it." Pavese said the most pleasing aspect of the game was the strong performance across the park from his players. "Brent Arho kicked six, we had Will Griggs play another strong game, Sam Daniel played well, Guy Orton outstanding as well and he's playing some really good footy," Pavese said. "Also a couple of guys who were maybe under a bit of pressure stood up. "It gives us headaches in regards to selection but we want those headaches." The headaches become harder for Pavese with Heath Northey set to return next week and the group coming away with a largely clean bill of health.
The only injury concerns to come from the match were Arho and Iudica. Arho played out the match but tweaked his knee and Iudica came off with groin soreness, according to Pavese. (By Ben Jaffrey - The Area News, Monday May 8, 2017).
Round 4 - Sunday May 14, 2017 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Ganmain-GGM ... 1.1 .. 2.4 .. 4.7 .. 5.8 (38)
Griffith ................ 2.1 .. 5.3 .. 9.10 .. 12.12 (84)
Goals: GGGM: R Corbett 2, Z Wienche, B Hare, T Anderson
Griffith: B Arho 3, J Conlan 2, M Duncan, D Crack, J Gastin, T Blissett, W Griggs, S Foley, G Orton
Best: GGGM: B Walsh, J Olsson, Z Wiencke, H Jannings, N Anderson, M Carroll
Griffith: G Orton, W Griggs, J Iudica, B King, M Duncan, S Foley
Ganmain-GGM: N Anderson, B Walsh, J Sase; L Sicker (c-c), J Hanlon, L Steward; M Knagge, L Walsh, Z Wienche; D Foley, A Cumming, G Sypott; B Hare, R Corbett, J McCaig; J Olsson, H Jannings, M Carroll; S Walsh, T Anderson, J Evans, J Walsh
Griffith: S Daniel, J Toscan (c), L Conlan; G Orton, R Malone, J Iudica; T Blissett, S Foley, L Shannon; J Gastin, J Conlan, D Crack; H Northey, B Arho, M Duncan; C Moore, W Griggs, B King; T Bruns, J Barrington, A Coldwell, D Peruzzi
Umpires: R Johnston, I Bloomfield, P Alexander (RUA)
Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 15.4 (94) def Leeton-Whitton 11.10 (76), Narrandera 7.6 (48) def by Wagga 21.12 (138); Coolamon 10.6 (66) def by Collingullie-GP 11.12 (78); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 13.18 (96) d Ganmain-GGM 5.6 (36)
Goals: B Tarr 3, W Dalton, D Villata, J Keenan, E Murphy, L Peruzzi, R Patey, C Cunial, B Knagge, R Perre, N Witherspoon
Under 17: Griffith 21.18 (144) d Ganmain-GGM 0.1 (1)
Goals: G Rovere 10, D Bennett 3, S Witherspoon 2, R Townsend, C Bock, R Matheson, D Schmetzer, M Agnew, B Argus
Match report: The Griffith Swans ensured they will head into the general bye entrenched in the Riverina League top five courtesy of a 46-point win over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong on Sunday. After a tight opening, the Swans eventually broke the game open and went on to record their third straight victory 12.12 (84) to 5.8 (38) at Ganmain Sportsground. The Swans got on top in the second quarter to open up a 17-point lead and then ran in seven goals to three after the main break to score a comfortable win. Griffith coach Adrian Pavese was pleased to come away with the points. "It's not often you come to Ganmain and win by 50 points so we're pretty pleased with that," Pavese said. "Again, there is still a lot of things to work on but that's OK. "Every time we looked like we were going to get away we lost our way a bit." Griffith took a number of players into the game under injury clouds and all came through unscathed. Will Griggs was best-on-ground for Griffith. (Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday May 15, 2017).
Rep match - Saturday May 20, 2017 at Robertson Oval
Riverina FL ........ 2.2 .. 5.7 .. 6.12 .. 7.18 (60)
AFL Canberra ... 4.3 .. 7.6 .. 11.10 .. 15.10 (100)
Goals: Riverina: M Geppert 4, J Buchanan 2, L Potter
Best: Riverina: T Keogh, L Redfern, J Olsson, W Griggs, J Lane, C Lovell
Match report: A polished AFL Canberra put paid to hopes of a Riverina League upset at Robertson Oval on Saturday, finishing over the top of the hosts for a 40-point victory. Riverina paid the price for failing to keep pressure on the scoreboard as Canberra capitalised on their running game, kicking eight goals to two after half-time to run our comfortable winners 15.10 (100) to 7.18 (60). The visitors appeared to have an edge in class and their ability to move the ball at speed threatened Riverina from the outset. The home side matched them in enthusiasm and determination but in a situation where they couldn't afford to give an inch, they gave up a mile of opportunities. "They moved the ball really well and excelled in a few spots and we didn't," Riverina coach Guy Orton said. "Obviously if we had kicked straight, it would've been a different outcome but, all-in-all, I'm pretty happy. "They used the ball well and we sort of didn't, going into our forward line." Riverina's best was Tom Keogh who worked up and down the ground all day, and Luke Redfern caught the eye, igniting their attack with his speed. (By Peter Doherty - The Area News, May 22, 2017).
Round 5 - Saturday May 27, 2017 at Crossroads Oval 2.10pm
Collingullie-GP ... 1.6 .. 4.9 .. 7.10 .. 13.13 (91)
Griffith ................. 2.2 .. 3.5 .. 4.5 .. 6.7 (43)
Goals: Collingullie-GP: M Geppert 7, B Aiken 3, N Perryman 2, M Klemke
Griffith: J Iudica 2, K Duncan 2, W Griggs, T Blissett
Best: Collingullie-GP: M Geppert, J Klemke, J Morris, C Jackson, N Perryman, T Keogh
Griffith: W Griggs, K Duncan, R Malone, A Verhagen, J Barrington, B King
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: J Simmons, J Morris, S Dawson; T Banks, T Keogh, K Sykes; L Moore, M Anderson, M Beckmans; M Klemke, J Gunning, N Perryman; B Aiken, M Geppert, B Keith; C Jackson, J Klemke, C Cool; Z Billingham, S Keith, B Harper, C Graetz, L Powell
Griffith: S Daniel, A Verhagen, R Malone; G Orton, S Foley, D Peruzzi; T Blissett, H Northey, L Shannon; J Iudica, J Toscan (c), J Gastin; D Crack, B Arho, M Duncan; C Moore, W Griggs, B King; J Barrington, A Coldwell, K Duncan, B Knagge*
Umpires: T O'Halloran, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 21.14 (140) def Ganmain-GGM 5.6 (36), Turvey Park 9.7 (61) def by Mangoplah-CUE 13.8 (86), Wagga 14.15 (99) def Coolamon 8.7 (55); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 9.8 (62) d Collingullie-GP 8.4 (52)
Goals: Tom Valeri 3, C Cunial 3, W Dalton, B Tarr, N Witherspoon
Under 17: Griffith 20.17 (137) d Collingullie-GP 7.3 (45)
Goals: G Rovere 6, R McWhirter 6, D Bennett 2, R Greenaway 2, L Killalea, D Schmetzer, S Witherspoon, C Bock
Match report: A seven-goal haul from Marc Geppert helped Collingullie-Glenfield Park to a 48-point victory over Griffith on Saturday. Billed as the match of the round, the Demons ran riot in the second half to continue their undefeated start to the season, winning 13.13 (91) to 6.7 (43) at Crossroads Oval. The Demons' inaccuracy in front of goal kept Griffith in the contest early as the home team went into half-time 10 points clear. Collingullie-GP put the foot down after the break and kicked nine goals to three to consolidate their top spot on the Riverina League ladder. Geppert was virtually unstoppable in attack for Collingullie-GP in a seven-goal, best-on-ground display. Just as important at the other end of the ground, Jimmy Morris did the job on Griffith full-forward Brent Arho. In his return to Crossroads Oval, Morris worked hard to ensure Arho had no impact on the scoreboard. Morris had been tried at full-back during the pre-season and was swung there to do the job on Arho, and did it exceptionally well. It was a disappointing result for Griffith, who were well served by Will Griggs and Mick Duncan and will be looking to bounce back when they return home to take on Wagga Tigers next weekend. (The Area News - May 29, 2017).
Round 6 - Saturday 3 June, 2017 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .................. 2.2 .. 4.3 .. 8.4 .. 9.6 (60)
Wagga Tigers ..... 4.0 .. 7.1 .. 8.3 .. 10.7 (67)
Goals: Griffith: G Orton 2, B Arho, B King, M Duncan, S Foley, S Daniel, J Iudica, T Blissett
Wagga: J Buchanan 4, J Carroll 2, S Campbell, S Driscoll, J Kew, B Kelly
Best: Griffith: B King, J Barrington, W Griggs, J Gastin, L Conlan, J Iudica
Wagga: J Gaynor, L Myers, S Campbell, J Buchanan, J Carroll, H Daniher
Griffith: D Crack, R Malone, J Keenan; G Orton, L Conlan, J Gastin; S Foley, J Iudica, S Daniel; M Duncan, C Moore, T Blissett; L Shannan, B Arho, B Knagge; J Barrington, W Griggs, B King (c); D Peruzzi, A Coldwell, T Valeri, T Bruns
Wagga Tigers: L Beard, H Daniher, L Myers; C Lovell, D Morton, N McCormack; S McGowan, S Campbell (c-c), J Mascini; A Bennett, B Kelly, N Cooke; R Tuohey, J Buchanan, N Ryan; S Hallsworth, L Shephard, J Kew; J Carroll, J Gaynor, J Schirmer, S Driscoll
Umpires: L Olsen, P Alexander, W Sanbrook (RUA)
Report: Wagga Tigers cite Griffith's Guy Orton for alleged headbutt on Nick Ryan - 2 games suspension 22/6.
Other matches: Coolamon 26.13 (169) def Narrandera 4.9 (33), Mangoplah-CUE 17.12 (114) def Ganmain-GGM 8.10 (58), Turvey Park 6.7 (43) def by Leeton-Whitton 11.10 (76); Collingullie-GP, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 10.13 (73) d Wagga Tigers 10.6 (66)
Goals: W Dalton 2, D Andreazza 2, T Howard 2, C Cunial 2, B Tarr, N Witherspoon
Under 17: Griffith 17.10 (112) d Wagga Tigers 5.5 (35)
Goals: G Rovere 8, R McWhirter 2, I Campbell 2, C Bock 2, D Bennett, L Fabris, R Greenaway
Match report: The Griffith Swans have now tasted back-to-back defeats following a seven-point loss to Wagga Tigers at Exies Oval. Despite the loss Swans' director of coaching Adrian Pavese was pleased with how his side performed. The side was hit by two late withdrawals including captain James Toscan whose wife went into labour on Saturday morning, but Pavese said he was pleased with how his boys stood up. "With two changes at 11am, the morning before, it was never going to be easy," he said. "But the boys worked hard and we went into the first break only down by two goals. "It is OK to be behind if you are in the contest and I thought we were performing well." The Swans managed to take the lead moving into the final quarter however they lost a key player to a concussion. "Losing Jordan Iudica, who was playing really well, after he was knocked out right on half-time was a big hit," he said. "We have a two-week break now so he should be right for our next game." Pavese said the depth of the Swans as a club was again shown because with two late call-ups the reserve grade still managed to win their match. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday June 5, 2017).
Round 7 - Saturday 10 June, 2017
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 14.13 (97) def Mangoplah-CUE 9.2 (56), Coolamon 13.13 (91) def Turvey Park 9.10 (64), Ganmain-GGM 7.9 (51) def by Wagga 13.9 (87), Narrandera 7.7 (49) def by Leeton-Whitton 31.12 (198).
Tiger notes: Well we made it home alive!!!!! Some absolutely fantastic games of football in all grades made even more exciting by a very vocal home crowd.
The 17's thought the first quarter was a warm up and found themselves 6 goals down at quarter time. While down on numbers the boys put in a competitive showing after this. We could never make up the difference with Griffith running away comfortable winners.
As the bar opened so did the reserves in a top of the table clash. The boys were impressed with the style of football they came up against not one often seen in reserve grade. A standard fade out in the first half seen the boys 26 points down. Some half time spark and rev up in the rooms seen a 4 goals to zip 3rd quarter and the Tigers had the lead back. A see soaring final quarter didn't go quite our way falling 7 points short.
As the kegs were changed our First grade ran out to battle, Johny Buch did his best to stake the RFL captaincy with 3 goals to open proceedings and he ensured he got round everyone and let them know. A hotly contested football game followed and Tigers held the John Buchanan lead at half time. Griffith upped the ante after the break and took the lead at three quarter time. Tigers responded to clinch the defining moments and hold on by 7 points. ......Shaun Campbell put in a performance that earned a standing ovation from the Exies deck. Timmy the Tiger #99. (Record - Round 7, June 10, 2017
Round 8 - Saturday 17 June, 2017 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ..................... 2.4 .. 4.5 .. 6.7 .. 9.10 (64)
Mangoplah CUE ..... 2.1 .. 4.4 .. 9.5 .. 14.9 (93)
Goals: Griffith: B Arho 5, J Conlan 2, J Gastin, M Duncan
MCUE: J Foster 7, T Keogh, E Schiller, J Killalea, A Dickins, T Cohalan, S Creasy, J Whitley
Best: Griffith: W Griggs, L Conlan, M Duncan, B King, J Iudica, J Barrington
MCUE: T Keogh, L Kendall , I Damme, J Foster, J Killalea, C Griffin
Griffith: D Crack, A Verhagen, J Keenan; G Orton, L Conlan, S Foley; S Daniel, J Iudica, L Shannon; T Valeri, J Conlan, H Northey; J Gastin, B Arho, M Duncan; J Barrington, W Griggs, B King (c); T Bruns, D Peruzzi, B Knagge, B Tarr
Mangoplah-CUE: P Griffin, A McCormack, C Griffin; T Keogh, I Damme, C Huthwaite; M Collins, H Collins, L Kendall; Z Walgers, D de Britt, R Price; W Keogh, J Foster, A Dickins; N Byrne, S Creasy, T Cohalan; J Killalea, E Schiller, P Killalea, J Whitley, S Hoffman
Umpires: T Beard, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 24.18 (162) def Narrandera 3.2 (20), Leeton-Whitton 10.12 (72) def Coolamon 7.10 (52), Wagga 12.6 (78) drew Turvey Park 12.6 (78); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 8.7 (55) d Mangoplah-CUE 4.5 (29)
Goals: C Cunial 4, L Quade, A Cappello, T Howard, K Duncan
Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 9.10 (64) d Griffith 8.5 (53)
Goals: R Matheson 2, N Langridge, M Agnew, G Rovere, C Bock, S Witherspoon, D Bennett
Match report: In Adrian Pavese's 500th game as coach, the Griffith Swans were looking to bring it up in style against Mangoplah-CUE at Exies Oval on Saturday. Unfortunately, the visiting Goannas had other ideas and proved to be too good in the second half, winning 14.9 (93) to 9.10 (64). The Swans had a narrow advantage at the first two breaks before MCUE broke the game open with a five-goal third term to lead by 16 points at the final change. Griffith never went away but another five-goal quarter from the visitors ensured the longest trip in the Riverina League proved a successful one for the Goannas.
Pavese was pleased with his side's effort in the game. "We were pretty good all day but we just lacked a bit of polish," he said. "I said to the boys after the game as long as we can see we are on the right track it is eventually going to have to click because the hard work will get rewarded." The Swans were really put on the back foot thanks to seven-goal haul from Mangoplah's Jordan Foster while for the Swans Brent Arho kicked five.
Despite Foster's haul, Pavese was pleased with his side's application in defence. "I thought we scrapped really well and I think our defensive running is going really well which is an area we have been trying to focus on," he said. "I loved the fact they were still getting that instinctive play going it just at times we went back into some old habits and that cost us a few goals." Pavese finished by praising the performances of his younger boys in Jacob Barrington and Lucas Conlan. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday June 5, 2017).
Round 9 - Saturday June 24, 2017 at Maher Oval 2.10pm
Turvey Park ... 2.1 .. 4.3 .. 6.4 .. 8.6 (54)
Griffith ............ 5.3 .. 6.8 .. 10.10 .. 14.11 (95)
Goals: Turvey Park: C Shields 2, D Campbell 2, J Sykes, T Maher, A Emery, J Campbell
Griffith: B Arho 6, J Toscan 2, D Crack, J Rowston, L Shannon, B King, J Iudica, H Northey
Best: Turvey Park: J Brooks, A Ryan, M Bailey, D Campbell, J Donaldson, T. Maher
Griffith: L Shannon, B King, L Conlan, S Daniel, W Griggs, H Northey
Turvey Park: L Macrea, J Donaldson, J Hagger; T Doyle, A Emery, J Brooks; D Campbell, J Ashcroft, J Weidemann; J Campbell, C Shields, K Graf; J Ingram, J Hoey, R Pollock; K O'Malley, M Bailey, J Sykes; J Maher, A Ryan, M Harmer, D O'Donoghue
Griffith: J Gastin, R Malone, J Toscan (c); S Daniel, L Conlan, T Blissett; L Shannon, W Griggs, D Andreazza*; D Crack, A Verhagen, T Valeri; M Duncan, B Arho, H Northey; J Barrington, J Iudica, B King; C Moore, D Peruzzi, J Rowston, B Tarr
Umpires: A Jackman, J O'Halloran (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 11.10 (76) def Wagga 7.7 (49), Mangoplah-CUE 16.21 (117) def Narrandera 4.4 (28); Ganmain-GGM 14.5 (89) def by Coolamon 16.10 (106), Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 9.8 (62) d Turvey Park 7.6 (48)
Goals: J Heffer 3, T Howard 2, C Cunial, L Peruzzi, A Cappello, J Ryan
Under 17: Griffith 12.9 (81) d Turvey Park 7.8 (50)
Goals: R McWhirter 3, G Rovere 2, C Bock 2, L Killalea 2, R Matheson, J Rowston, S Witherspoon
Match report: Griffith took a big step towards cementing their position in the top five with a 41-point victory over Turvey Park on Saturday. Turvey Park were unable to match their heroics of last week as Griffith put a severe dent in the Bulldogs' finals hopes, winning 14.11 (95) to 8.6 (54) at Maher Oval. A five-goal opening term got Griffith off to a strong start before the Bulldogs got the margin back to 17 points at half-time. The Swans got back in the third quarter and were never troubled on their way to an important victory. Brent Arho booted six goals for Griffith, while mid-fielders Ben King and Will Griggs were very influential. Griffith coach Adrian Pavese loved the way his team rose to the occasion. "I was really pleased with the resilience of the team," Pavese said. "Last week when we had a sniff against Mango in the last quarter, it was like we were already beaten. "Today, the way the boys kept cracking in, was really good to see."
Pavese knew the importance of the showdown against the sixth placed Bulldogs. "Turvey have been good and we were under no illusions to how tough they were going to be," he said. "We anticipated it they didn't disappoint. "We been playing alright but haven't been able to get over the line. It was pleasing today, the boys clicked together a bit more and we were able to stop their run through the midfield. "We got rewarded and kicked goals today when we haven't been able to in previous weeks and it makes so much difference." Dane Campbell and Jeremy Sykes were the pick of the Bulldogs, who went in without coach Mitch Sykes and assistant Truman Carroll. Others to play well for the Swans were Lucas Conlan, Luke Shannon and Jordan Iudica. The Swans hope to get back Sam Foley and Jacob Conlan for next week's showdown with Leeton-Whitton. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday June 26, 2017).
Round 10 - Saturday 1 July, 2017 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm
Leeton-Whitton ... 1.3 .. 2.4 .. 3.7 .. 7.9 (51)
Griffith .................. 4.1 .. 7.1 .. 9.1 .. 13.4 (82)
Goals: Leeton-Whitton: J Hodge 3, D Muir 2, J Wood, L.Potter
Griffith: B Arho 4, J Conlan 3, B King 2, H Northey, J Toscan, J Iudica, M Duncan
Best: Leeton-Whitton: T Conroy, M Rainbird, N Irwin , J Nancarrow, W Wakeman, J Hodge
Griffith: H Northey, J Gastin, J Barrington, S Daniel, L Conlan, J Conlan
Leeton-Whitton: H Collins, N Irwin, W Wakeman; B Curley, T Meline, L Greenwell; T Evans, T Conroy, L Potter; J Wood, J Hodge (c-c), J Wilkinson; J Booth, D Muir, J Nancarrow; M Dryburgh, B O'Garey, M Rainbird; R Dunn, J Crowhurst, S Cooper, J Lehman
Griffith: J Gastin, R Malone, L Conlan; S Daniel, A Verhagen, T Blissett; L Shannon, M Duncan, D Andreazza; J Conlan, J Toscan (c), W Griggs; T Valeri, B Arho, H Northey; J Barrington, J Iudica, B King; S Foley, C Moore, D Peruzzi, J Rowston
Umpires: B Robinson, P McKelvie, A Touvi (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 19.16 (130) def Ganmain-GGM 10.7 (67), Narrandera 12.2 (74) def by Turvey Park 13.14 (92); Coolamon 13.9 (87) def Mangoplah-CUE 11.20 (86); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 23.9 (147) d Leeton-Whitton 0.3 (3)
Goals: D Crack 3, C Cunial 2, J Ryan 2, R Perre 2, J Spencer 2, N Witherspoon 2, B Tarr 2, K Hume 2, D Villata, R Johns, T Bruns, A Scott, B McRae, J Keenan
Under 17: Griffith 15.11 (101) d Leeton-Whitton 4.5 (29)
Goals: G Rovere 4, L Killalea 2, A Kennedy 2, J Paton, D Bennett, S Witherspoon, R Marlow, T Beitaki, B Argus, D Schmetzer
Match report: Griffith produced their best performance of the year to down arch-rival Leeton-Whitton by 31 points on Saturday. The Swans scored their first win over a top five side this season and took a giant step towards cementing a finals berth, downing the Crows 13.4 (82) to 7.9 (51) at Leeton Showground. In stark contrast of the earlier meeting between the two teams this year, Griffith started strongly and got right on top of Leeton-Whitton early. The Swans kicked four goals to one in the first quarter, then another three to one in the second term to enter half-time 27 points clear. The second half was much tighter but Griffith still did enough to win both quarters narrowly and enjoy their first win over Leeton-Whitton since 2014.
Griffith coach Adrian Pavese was as proud as punch and described the win as the Swans' best performance of the season. "They were brilliant, the boys," Pavese said. "It was the first time this year we've played four quarters and we hit all our KPI's for the first time this year, which is good." Pavese said there was a sense of relief in the win, but for different reasons. "You could say yes, there was, we finally clicked and the boys got to see that," he said. "It was nothing to do with my coaching, or the coaches, it all came from them. It had been building for three or four weeks and it's a relief, that they got to see it. That when we bring that effort and intensity we can get results." Heath Northey played his best game for Griffith and was clear best-on-ground. Will Griggs continued his fine season. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday July 3, 2017).
Round 11 - Sunday 9 July, 2017 (Pink Day) at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ............ 3.3 .. 5.6 .. 9.7 .. 16.11 (107)
Coolamon ...... 1.2 .. 2.5 .. 3.9 .. 4.11 (35)
Goals: Griffith: B Arho 3, J Iudica 3, R Matheson 2, G Orton 2, B King 2, J Conlan 2, T Valeri, J Toscan
Coolamon: M McKelvie, L Redfern, J Redfern, M McGowan
Best: Griffith: J Iudica, S Daniel, R Malone, L Conlan, R Matheson, B King
Coolamon: L Redfern, M Macauley, W Graetz, M McGowan, K Woods, T Garrett
Griffith: J Gastin, R Malone, L Conlan; S Daniel, A Verhagen, T Blissett; L Shannon, M Duncan, S Foley; T Valeri, J Conlan, J Toscan (c); W Griggs, B Arho, G Orton; J Barrington, J Iudica, B King; C Moore, D Peruzzi, R Matheson*, R Irvin*
Coolamon: T Garrett, W Greatz, B Munro; N Curran, M Macauley, H Bradley; S Senior, B Fixter, M Stephenson; M McGowan, J Redfern, S Glyne; J Munkara, R Kantilla, M McKelvie; B Edyvean, J Maddox, L Redfern; J Rapley, T Owens, K Woods, B Ochieng
Umpires: A Tuovi, J O'Halloran, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 16.12 (108) def Narrandera 11.9 (75), Turvey Park 7.7 (49) def by Collingullie-GP 15.3 (93), Wagga 5.5 (35) def by Leeton-Whitton 6.11 (47); Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 15.17 (107) d Coolamon 2.3 (15)
Goals: D Crack 4, C Cunial 4, D Catanzariti 3, T Bruns, R Perre, B Knagge, T Howard
Under 17: Griffith 19.14 (128) d Coolamon 2.1 (13)
Goals: G Rovere 6, N Langridge 3, D Schmetzer 3, R Marlow, D Bennett, S Witherspoon, J Paton, R Greenaway, M Agnew, J Dobija
Match report: The Griffith Swans have continued their success following the local derby win last week to come away 16.11 (107) to 4.11 (35) winners over the Coolamon Rovers. Although it was not always smooth sailing for the Swans in the first half with the sides only separated by 13 points heading into the main break, the Griffith side was able to put their foot down in the third term kicking four goals to none. Coach Adrian Pavese knew it was going to be tough for his side to back up the effort from their game against the Crows but was pleased with the effort in the second half. "In the first half we scrambled and we scrapped," he said.
"We not at our best from last week and obviously that was going to be tough coming off a big win but our second half was really good. The third quarter was the most pleasing for Pavese with his side able to limit the impact the Hoppers had on the scoreboard to just four points. "We have been trying to make sure we don't slip when we are not at our best and show some fight and I thought were really good," he said. The final quarter was much of the same after Coolamon kicked their first goal in over a quarter of football. Their goal did little to slow the momentum of the Swans who kicked away again with four unanswered including two hard-worked goals from Jordan Iudica. After the game, there was one first gamer who really caught the Pavese's eye. "Reece Matheson in his first game was terrific," he said. "I though Sam Daniel was great as well. "The back six were really solid to keep them to four goals, so that was great." The win sees the Swans jump into fourth place with an eight-point lead over sixth placed Coolamon. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday July 10, 2017).
Round 12 - Saturday 15 July, 2017 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Narrandera ...... 0.3 .. 2.6 .. 3.7 .. 5.10 (40)
Griffith .............. 7.3 .. 11.4 .. 18.10 .. 21.14 (140)
Goals: Narrandera: M Foster, J Lane 2, S Irons
Griffith: G Orton 5, J Conlan 4, B Arho 3, W Griggs 3, J Rowston 2, H Northey, L Conlan, J Iudica, L Shannon
Best: Narrandera: R Hutton, L Paterson, I Williams, T Savage, J Lane, W Roffe
Griffith: W Griggs, J Conlan, G Orton, G Orton, J Iudica, T Blissett, J Toscan
Narrandera: T Savage, L Paterson, B Quilter; C Vearing, M Dillon, I Williams; D Smith, J Manuscalco, C Irons; J O'Brien, M Foster, D Quilter; M Flack, P Aumann, S Irons; J Lane (c-c), R Hutton, P Broad; L Smith, J Grintell, W Roffe, R Argus
Griffith: J Gastin, R Malone, L Conlan; S Daniel, A Verhagen, T Blissett; L Shannon, W Griggs, S Foley; T Valeri, J Conlan, J Toscan (c); B King, B Arho, G Orton; J Barrington, J Iudica, D Peruzzi; H Northey, J Rowston, R Irvin, B Tarr
Umpires: D Blanch, M Rowe (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 5.8 (38) def by Leeton-Whitton 8.9 (57), Mangoplah-CUE 10.7 (67) def Wagga 5.14 (44); Ganmain-GGM 11.7 (73) def by Turvey Park 14.12 (96); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 19.19 (133) d Narrandera 2.3 (15)
Goals: T Bruns 3, C Cunial 3, B Knagge 3, D Crack 2, T Howard 2, R Marando, R Perre, K Hume, J Keenan, A Cappello, D Catanzariti
Under 17: Griffith d Narrandera on forfeit
Match report: Griffith scored their biggest win of the season as they enjoyed a 100-point thrashing of Narrandera on Saturday. The Eagles had shown improvement over the past fortnight but the Swans were quick to put them back in their place, running out big winners 21.14 (140) to 5.10 (40) at Narrandera Sportsground. Griffith started strongly with a seven-goal opening quarter and from there the result was merely a formality. Griffith coach Adrian Pavese was pleased the Swans put a team to the sword for the second consecutive week. "It was pretty good, our first and second quarters were pretty strong," Pavese said. "It was pretty good actually, I can't remember the last time we won a game by 100 points. "We held our structures pretty well and it was good to get the result." Guy Orton kicked five in a strong display, while Will Griggs, Jordan Iudica, Jacob Conlan and Toby Blissett all impressed. Reece Hutton was again very good for Narrandera in a losing team. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday July 17, 2017).
Round 13 - Sunday 23 July, 2017 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .................. 4.2 .. 7.4 .. 7.5 .. 13.8 (86)
Ganmain-GGM .... 1.1 .. 3.4 .. 6.6 .. 6.7 (43)
Goals: Griffith: B Arho 7, J Iudica 2, H Northey, G Orton, D Peruzzi, L Shannon
Ganmain-GGM: R Corbett 4, J McCaig, T Anderson
Best: Griffith: L Conlan, B Arho, J Iudica, M Duncan, R Malone, J Barrington
Ganmain-GGM: T Anderson, J Olsson, R Corbett, L Steward, J McCaig, Z Wiencke
Griffith: S Foley, R Malone, L Conlan; S Daniel, A Verhagen, T Blissett; L Shannon, W Griggs, R Matheson; G Orton, J Toscan (c), J Conlan; H Northey, B Arho, B King; J Barrington, J Iudica, D Peruzzi; M Duncan, M Agnew*, C Barrington*, J Spencer*
Ganmain-GGM: N Anderson, J Walsh, B Hare; M Knagge, B Walsh, L Sicker (c-c); J Sase, L Steward, Z Wiencke; D Foley, J Olsson, J Evans; J McCaig, R Corbett, A Cumming; J Hanlon, T Anderson, H Jannings; A Cumming, C Linsell, M McCaig, H Templeton M Carroll
Umpires: R Dedini, A Jackman (RUA)
Reports: W Griggs for bumping and making forceful front on contact with L Steward - 1 game suspension.
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 14.12 (96) def Coolamon 7.11 (53), Leeton-Whitton 7.23 (65) def by Mangoplah-CUE 14.7 (91), Wagga 29.18 (192) def Narrandera 2.4 (16); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 20.15 (135) d Ganmain-GGM 2.4 (16)
Goals: C Cunial 9, D Crack 4, T Howard 3, J Heffer 2, A Cappello, R Johns
Under 17: Griffith 28.17 (185) d Ganmain-GGM 2.5 (17)
Goals: G Rovere 8, R Greenaway 5, D Bennett 5, R McWhirter 3, I Campbell 2, R Townsend, L Killalea, N Langridge, C Bock, J Paton
Match report: In a match where the Griffith Swans failed to hit the target with as much success as they have shown in recent weeks whey have escaped with a 43-point win over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. The Swans were there own worst enemies in the third quarter as they failed to kick any goals while GGGM found their way into the game kicking three unanswered goals. Coach Adrian Pavese was quick to acknowledge his boys weren't at the level expected. "For some reason, we were just off our game today and I said to them after the game they had been up for the last six weeks, " he said. "You could just see we were about 10 per cent off today and as the competition states you only have to be 5 or 10 per cent off and often a side will have a crack at you but it was a great response in the last quarter." The third quarter was a particular struggle as GGGM were able to reel back a half-time deficit of 22 points thanks to a pair of goals from Riley Corbett while Tomas Anderson kicked one. Pavese put the slow third term down to an injury to a key forward who received a head knock just before half-time interval. "Losing Jacob Conlan just before half time sort of hurt us a bit we lost that other avenue to goal," he said. "Being three or four players down today through late withdrawals as soon as we lost Jacob we lost our ruck rotation and lost that movement. "It took us about a quarter to find our feet and thankfully the boys clicked in the last quarter." It was a seven-goal performance from Brent Arho including three in the space of ten minutes during the final term which made the difference as well as a couple of the younger players. "Brent Arho who kicked seven was pretty pivotal for us towards getting the ball in the forward line," Pavese said. "I thought Lucas Conlan did an outstanding job on Riley Corbett who has been a massive goalkicker for GGGM. "Jacob Barrington again just young heads that really stepped up," Pavese was most pleased with how his boys dug deep in the final term. "We would have normally lost that game any other year so to stay young, stay fat to get the result in the end was probably the most pleasing." (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday July 24, 2017).
Round 14 - Saturday 29 July, 2017 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................... 1.0 .. 5.3 .. 5.4 .. 7.9 (51)
Collingullie-GP ..... 2.8 .. 3.9 .. 8.14 .. 8.16 (64)
Goals: Griffith: B Arho 2, J Toscan 2, H Northey, J Rowston, S Foley
Collingullie-GP: M Geppert 2, B Aiken, M Beckmans, J Klemke, L Gestier, J Kennedy, D Frawley
Best: Griffith: L Conlan, M Duncan, J Toscan, B King, H Northey, J Keenan
Collingullie-GP: M Klemke, B Aiken, J Klemke, C Jackson, M Beckmans, T Keogh
Griffith: J Gastin, L Conlan, J Keenan; S Daniel, A Verhagen, T Blissett; S Foley, M Duncan, J Rowston; H Northey, C Moore, R Matheson; J Toscan (c), B Arho, D Peruzzi; J Barrington, G Orton, B King; R Irvin, L Shannon, C Barrington, T Bruns
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: L Powell, J Morris, T Banks; W Haines, T Keogh, S Keith; N Perryman, J Klemke, L Moore; M Anderson, L Gestier (c-c), M Klemke; B Aiken, Marc Geppert, D Frawley; C Jackson, J Kennedy, M Beckmans; C Cool, Matthew Geppert, E Perryman, S Dawson
Umpires: J O'Halloran, R Johnston (RUA)
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 10.12 (72) def by Leeton-Whitton 16.8 (104), Mangoplah-CUE 12.7 (79) def Turvey Park 8.11 (59); Coolamon 18.4 (112) def Wagga 16.10 (106); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 8.8 (56) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 4.5 (29)
Goals: B Testoni 2, N Witherspoon, D Catanzariti, T Howard, J Heffer, J Ryan, C Cunial
Under 17: Griffith 7.7 (49) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 7.4 (46)
Goals: R Greenaway 2, R Townsend, C Bock, D Schmetzer, J Paton, M. Agnew
Match report: While there is no such thing as honourable defeat in the eyes of the Griffith Swans, there were great signs the side was travelling down the right path during their loss to Collingullie-Glenfield Park. It was the effort shown by the Swans keeping them in the clash right until the final siren which saw them fall by 13 points at Exies Oval on Saturday. "I think it is important to know that we still didn't win," coach Adrian Pavese said. "We are not massive on honourable losses but it was much-improved performance compared to the last time we played them and they are the benchmark. "We take a lot of confidence that we are on the right path." The Swans found themselves down by 14 points going into the first break but used the breeze to their advantage in the second to take a six point lead into the main break. Collingullie came out firing in the third quarter to see them kick five unanswered goals and head into the final term with a 28-point lead. It took until the 15-minute mark in the last quarter for the Swans to hit the scoreboard in the second half when Heath Northey snapped one home. Swans' captain James Toscan kicked his second of the game to reduce the lead to 14 points, but the side was only able to kick another behind before the final siren sounded.
Pavese was pleased with the effort his side showed throughout the game. "The start of the week to lose four of our premier players even though we hoped Grigga (Will Griggs) might have gotten up but we just kept "cracking" which I enjoyed," he said. Pavese was full of praise for one of the younger players who was able to hold a key Demon down to just two goals. "Lucas Conlan was wonderful against Geppert and then going forward he probably should have had a couple of goals late in the game," he said. "He was in the magazine today as the rising star and I think he proved it to everyone today and like a typical young bloke he is inside saying he didn't have a good game." The coach also praised the performance of some of his older heads in Heath Northey, Ben King and Guy Orton for standing up in the absence of Griggs and Jordan Iudica. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday July 31, 2017).
Round 15 - Saturday 5 August, 2017 at Robertson Oval 4.30pm
Wagga Tigers ... 1.2 .. 5.5 .. 7.6 .. 8.8 (56)
Griffith ............... 2.2 .. 3.2 .. 7.3 .. 9.4 (58)
Goals: Wagga: J Buchanan 5, B Kelly 2, N Ryan
Griffith: B Arho 4, J Toscan, J Iudica, C Moore, J Rowston, M Duncan
Best: Wagga: S Campbell, N Ryan, J Hodge, N Angel, B Cooke, L Myers
Griffith: S Foley, L Conlan, M Duncan, B Arho, B King, J Toscan
Wagga Tigers: N Angel, H Daniher, N McCormack; L Myers, D Morton, C Lovell; B Farrell, N Ryan, N Dowdle; R Tuohey, J Carroll, S Campbell (c-c); N Cooke, J Buchanan, J Hodge; J Jenkins, J Kew, L Shephard; J Osbeiston, B Kelly, L Beard, A Bennett
Griffith: J Gastin, L Conlan, J Keenan; S Daniel, A Verhagen, T Blissett; S Foley, W Griggs, L Shannon; G Orton, C Moore, R Matheson; J Toscan (c), B Arho, M Duncan; J Barrington, J Iudica, B King; T Bruns, R Irvin, J Rowston, T Valeri
Umpires: T Beard, A Jackman, J Forwood (RUA)
Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 8.6 (54) def by Mangoplah-CUE 17.12 (114), Leeton-Whitton 16.10 (106) def Turvey Park 5.12 (42), Narrandera 13.8 (86) def by Coolamon 18.12 (120); Collingullie-GP, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 7.17 (59) d Wagga Tigers 6.6 (42)
Goals: K Duncan 3, J Ryan 2, A Cappello, T Howard
Under 17: Griffith 8.11 (59) d Wagga Tigers 6.4 (40)
Goals: G Rovere 3, R Townsend, R McWhirter, I Campbell, B Argus, R Greenaway
Match report: Griffith kept their faint top three chances alive and virtually sunk Wagga Tigers' season with a thrilling two-point win on Saturday night. The Swans enjoyed a rare win at Robertson Oval as the Tigers gave up a three quarter time lead for the second consecutive week, gong down 9.4 (58) to 8.8 (56). Like in last week's loss to Coolamon, Tigers broke the game open in the second quarter and went into the half-time with a handy 15-point lead. But that was virtually it, as Griffith narrowed the margin to three points by the final change, before kicking the first two goals of the final term to establish a match-winning buffer. John Buchanan kicked his fifth goal with 10 seconds remaining on the clock, but it was all too late for the reigning premiers, who now drop outside the top five with just three weeks remaining. For Griffith, it was an impressive win. It shows how far they have come, and the Tigers have fallen, in 12 months.
Their last trip to Robertson Oval in round 18 last year resulted in a 125-point shellacking, where the Swans were held goalless. With no love loss between the two teams, it was a win to savour for Griffith coach Adrian Pavese. "Absolutely, (Tigers) are such a great club and have been at the top for so many years, ever since the (Terry) Daniher era and obviously growing up in that era, to come to Tigers was always tough to get a win," Pavese said. "Shauny Campbell is doing a great job with them but we're happy we managed to grind out a win. "I said to them after the game, that's the difference with the last two years. "Normally that would have been a loss and we would have walked away and thought we had a crack at Tigers but they're just too good. "But tonight the belief mechanisms really kicked in and took us to another level I think. "For the first time, in a long time, we mentioned (top three) during the week," he said. " We lost our way in the first five round, not enjoying the victories we were having and probably being a bit highly strung over the list that we had. We didn't handle the expectation well." It was an even team performance from Griffith, with youngsters Sam Foley and Lucas Conlan impressing. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday August 7, 2017).
GIRLS MAKING HISTORY - By Liam Warren
Griffith's Jenna Richards and Abby Favell have played a role in the NSW under-15s girls' AFL side making history at the recent National Championships in Perth. NSW was able to make it to the grand final of the competition for the first tie where they met with a strong Victorian team where they fell by 44 points. Despite the result, Jenna Richards said it was a great experience. "It was pretty intense and great to go up against some of the best players around the country," she said. The girls looked strong from the outset defeating Queensland 32-12 in the opening game before backing it up with a 42-8 win over Northern Territory. Round three saw them face-off with Victoria for the first time and after holding a 1-0 lead until halftime the side eventually fell 14-2.
Jenna's dad Trevor said the girls should be proud of their efforts. "I don't think anyone came close to beating Victoria," he said. "They were beating everyone fairly convincingly apart from our game against them in the group stage." The achievement of matching it with the Victorians is exemplified when you look at the difference in experience levels. According to Richards most of the Victorian girls have been playing AFL for most of their life whereas Abby and Jenna have only play about 15 games thanks to the recent addition of a short girls competition held in the Autumn. (The Area News - Monday August 2, 2017).
Round 16 - Saturday 12 August, 2017
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 25.22 (172) def Narrandera 4.3 (27), Mangoplah-CUE 13.8 (86) def Collingullie-GP 11.7 (73), Turvey Park 9.18 (72) def by Coolamon 14.15 (99), Wagga 10.11 (71) def Ganmain-GGM 3.6 (24).
Round 17 - Saturday 19 August, 2017 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Mangoplah CUE ..... 6.3 .. 10.4 .. 12.7 .. 13.9 (87)
Griffith ..................... 0.3 .. 2.10 .. 3.12 .. 5.16 (46)
Goals: MCUE: J Foster 8, W Keogh 2, E Schiller, H Collins, P Killalea
Griffith: J Iudica 2, J Conlan, J Keenan, T Valeri
Best: MCUE: M Collins, J Foster, H Collins, J Carey, N Byrne, T Cohalan
Griffith: L Conlan, J Conlan, H Northey, M Duncan, B King, A Verhagen
Mangoplah-CUE: J Carey, M Collins, C Griffin; I Damme, A McCormack, C Huthwaite; T Keogh, H Collins, Z Walgers; E Schiller, G Kendall, P Killalea; W Keogh, J Foster, A Dickins; N Byrne, T Cohalan, R Price; J Collins, J Killalea, L Kendell, S Hoffman
Griffith: J Gastin, L Conlan, J Keenan; S Daniel, A Verhagen, S Foley; R Matheson, W Griggs, L Shannon, G Orton, J Conlan, J Toscan (c); M Duncan, B Arho, H Northey; J Barrington, J Iudica, B King; C Moore, R Malone, D Peruzzi, T Valeri
Umpires: J O'Halloran, T O'Halloran, P Alexander (RUA)
Other matches: Turvey Park 4.10 (34) def by Wagga 12.11 (83); Coolamon 9.7 (61) def by Leeton-Whitton 9.14 (68), Narrandera 2.3 (15) def by Collingullie-GP 28.21 (189); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 10.10 (70) d Mangoplah-CUE 7.8 (50)
Goals: K Duncan 3, T Howard 3, C Cunial 2, B Tarr, D Crack
Under 17: Griffith 20.12 (132) d Mangoplah-CUE 2.0 (12)
Goals: G Rovere 10, C Bock 3, S Witherspoon 2, B Argus 2, L Killalea, R Marlow, R Greenaway
Match report: Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes' premiership assault gained further momentum with a comprehensive victory over Griffith on Saturday. A week after upstaging Collingullie-Glenfield Park, the Goannas produced a brilliant first half performance that laid the platform for a 41-point win, 13.9 (87) to 5.16 (46) at Mangoplah Sportsground. MCUE full-forward Jordan Foster continued his white hot form with an eight-goal performance, seven of which came in a dominant first half. Foster kicked five of the MCUE's six goals in the first term as they used the breeze to full advantage and opened up a 36-point lead. They then came out and extended the margin in the second term as Griffith disappointed with the breeze, and MCUE went into half-time 42 points in front. Griffith, after copping a ferocious spray at the break, were much more competitive in the second half but the damage had already been done. Foster was the star of the show with a sensational first half and was the best for MCUE. Lucas and Jacob Conlan showed plenty of promise for Griffith in what was an otherwise disappointing day for the Swans. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday August 21, 2017).
Round 18 - Saturday 26 August, 2017 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .............. 3.1 .. 5.7 .. 10.9 .. 14.11 (95)
Turvey Park ..... 0.6 .. 3.9 .. 6.11 .. 7.12 (54)
Goals: Griffith: B Arho 4, M Duncan 2, T Blissett 2, J Iudica, B King, J Toscan, D Peruzzi, W Griggs, S Daniel
Turvey Park: B Ashcroft 2, C Shields 2, A Emery, J Hoey, T Doyle
Best: Griffith: M Duncan, J Rowston, W Griggs, T Blissett, J Gastin, B Arho
Turvey Park: J Donaldson, M Bailey, J Sykes, J Haggar, T Maher, T Doyle
Griffith: J Gastin, R Malone, L Conlan; S Daniel, A Verhagen, T Blissett; G Orton, W Griggs, S Foley; L Shannon, J Toscan (c), J Conlan, M Duncan, B Arho, H Northey; J Barrington, J Iudica, B King; C Moore, D Peruzzi, J Rowston, T Valeri
Turvey Park: L Macrae, J Donaldson, J Haggar; M Bailey, J Hoey, J Brooks; D Campbell, J Sykes, J Weidemann; J Campbell, A Emery, B Ashcroft; R Pollack, C Shields, H Stapleton; K O'Malley, T Doyle, J Ashcroft; M Harmer, T Maher, M Francis, N Flanigan
Umpires: A Tuovi, R Johnston (RUA)
Reports: Brent Arho (by umpire Andrew Tuovi) for striking Josh Donaldson - issued a reprimand.
Other matches: Coolamon 14.10 (94) def Ganmain-GGM 6.11 (47), Narrandera 4.2 (26) def by Mangoplah-CUE 17.16 (118), Wagga 6.10 (46) def by Collingullie-GP 10.11 (71); Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 10.9 (69) d Turvey Park 4.5 (29)
Goals: K Duncan 3, B Knagge 2, T Howard 2, N Witherspoon, D Andreazza, B Tarr
Under 17: Turvey Park 13.11 (89) d Griffith 7.9 (51)
Goals: R Townsend 2, G Rovere 2, I Campbell, D Schmetzer, T Beitaki
Match report: Griffith full-forward Brent Arho is in doubt for Sunday's elimination final after being reported in the Swans' final round win over Turvey Park. Arho was reported for striking as Griffith rounded out their preparation for finals with a 14.11 (95) to 7.12 (54) win over Turvey Park at Exies Oval. The Swans are confident there is nothing in the report and Arho will be free to face Coolamon in Sunday's elimination final at Robertson Oval. Everything else went well for Griffith, who were made to work for the win. Ash Verhagen (hamstring) and Luke Shannon (knee) played no part in the second half for precautionary reasons but will be fit to face Coolamon. Griffith coach Adrian Pavese was pleased with the final round hit-out. "Turvey were good, real good, they came to play and took the game on," Pavese said. "It took us half a game to shake them off but I was happy with the win." Griffith's Mick Duncan was best-on-ground, while Toby Blissett and Jack Rowston were good. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday August 28, 2017).
2017 RFNL NETBALL Ladders
A grade: Collingullie-GP 164.62% 60, Wagga Tigers 130.37% 48, Mangoplah-CUE 145.84% 44, Turvey Park 108.06% 42, Narrandera 99.87% 34; Leeton-Whitton 95.56% 28, Griffith 73.93% 18, Coolamon 61.00% 12, Ganmain-GGM 61.26% 2.
A Reserve: Collingullie-GP 194.63% 56, Leeton-Whitton 170.29% 52, Turvey Park 159.21% 50, Mangoplah-CUE 120.82% 42, Wagga Tigers 179.91% 40; Narrandera 70.83% 20, Ganmain-GGM 58.14% 16, Griffith 52.80% 12, Coolamon 36.73% 0.
B grade: Leeton-Whitton 190.40% 64, Turvey Park 227.99% 56, Wagga Tigers 157.39% 48, Mangoplah-CUE 117.06% 38, Collingullie-GP 99.16% 30; Coolamon 80.11% 26, Narrandera 67.56% 14, Griffith 63.97% 12, Ganmain-GGM 30.39% 0.
C grade: Leeton-Whitton 223.88% 64, Turvey Park 168.32% 52, Collingullie-GP 162.53% 50, Mangoplah-CUE 119.28% 36, Wagga Tigers 124.71% 34; Narrandera 99.76% 28, Coolamon 75.76% 16, Griffith 48.34% 8, Ganmain-GGM 12.61% 0.
Under 17: Griffith 212.56% 56, Turvey Park 203.52% 48, Wagga Tigers 141.27% 40, Ganmain-GGM 142.22% 30, Mangoplah-CUE 114.63% 26; Leeton-Whitton 69.96% 16, Narrandera 43.24% 8, Coolamon 33.44% 0.
HUGE RAPS FOR BLAKE ARGUS - By Liam Warren
Solid performances at the AFL under-15s Australian National Championships held in Perth recently saw Griffith's Blake Argus pick up a big honour. Argus was the sole representative from the entire NSW side to be nominated for the All Australian team, an achievement leaving the talented youngster shocked. "It really surprised me actually, but I was happy to find out that I had been picked," he said. "I think I went pretty good I mean I must have have done something good I guess. As a whole, the NSW side put in one of its better performances to date to finish third after defeating Queensland in the bronze medal game. The only matches the side lost were to the powerhouses of Victoria and South Australia. "I think as a team we played really well," he said. "Being NSW we don't normally get up that much really, I think normally we would finish fourth as a high point really, but we really went well in this carnival. "The boys did really well." Argus is a part of the Greater Western Sydney Giants Academy and he hopes the opportunity will help him make the big step after school. "The dream would be to get into footy," he said. "If it happens it happens I guess. Blake thanked the Griffith community and the Swans for their support. (The Area News - Wednesday, August 30, 2017).
GRIGGS TAKES THE STEP UP
Griffith have unveiled Will Griggs as their new coach for 2018. After two years as assistant under coach Adrian Pavese, Griggs will step up into top job next season. Griggs appointment was announced at the Swan's inaugural 100 Club function on Saturday night, where the news was met with 'great response'. It will be Griggs first senior coaching job after three seasons at Griffith. "It's been playing in the works for two years now," Griggs said. "It's been a mentoring role under Pav so I could learn a thing or two. "It's going to be a challenge but one I'm looking forward to." Griggs moved to Griffith with fellow Canberra recruits Ben King and Sam Daniel in 2015 and the trio have been a revelation for the club. They helped the Swans to their first finals appearance in a decade last year, and will be apart of the September action this year, when they kick off their campaign against Coolamon in Sunday's elimination final at Robertson Oval.
Griggs, 27-years-old, has enjoyed his best year in red and white colours and wants to finish off the year strongly before thinking too much about 2018. "We're still going through (plans for 2018) but my focus is on finals this weekend first," he said. "I think it will be a bloody good game (against Coolamon). They are obviously in really good form. "Last week we played a bit too patchy, but we really turned it on in the second half. We just need to find that consistency because you can't afford to be patchy in finals. "The boys are pretty keen, we got a taste of finals for the first time in a long time last year and this year we want to go a few better."
Griggs was born and bred in Canberra and played all his football at Queanbeyan. He has loved the move to Griffith and wanted to repay the club's faith in him by taking on the coaching position. "I love the club," he said. "They did a fair bit for me when we moved there, helped set us up and everything, I wanted to repay the service." Griggs said he has always wanted to pursue coaching. "I always felt I had a knack for it, even when I was younger," he said. "It's early to be starting it, I didn't think I'd be doing it at this point but it's good to get a head start." (The Area News - Friday September 1, 2017).
Qualifying Final - Saturday 2 September, 2017 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Mangoplah-CUE ........ 3.2 .. 5.2 .. 7.2 .. 10.3 (63)
Leeton-Whitton ......... 4.3 .. 8.6 .. 13.12 .. 16.14 (110)
Goals: MCUE: J Foster 3, A Dickens 2, N Byrne, G Kendall, T Keogh, R Price, T Cohalan
Leeton-Whitton: B Boots 3, D Muir 3, S Wilkinson 2, T Conroy 2, J Hodge 2, L Potter 2, C Sharman, B O'Garey
Best: MCUE: L Kendall, T Keogh, N Byrne, J Carey, A Dickens
Leeton-Whitton: J Lehman, B Boots, B Curley, T Conroy, L Greenwell, J Hodge
Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: Connor Griffin, Matt Collins, Paddy Griffin; Jack Carey, Alex McCormack, Isaac Damme; Jack Collins, Harry Collins, Tom Keogh; George Kendall, Dylan deBritt, Ethan Schiller; Will Keogh, Jordan Foster, Pat Killalea; Nathan Byrne, Trent Cohalan, Ryan Price; Andrew Dickens, Connor Huthwaite, Jack Killalea, Lachlan Kendall
Leeton-Whitton: Hugh Collins, Will Wakeman, Jayden Lehman; Tye Evans, Neil Irwin, Tom Meline; Luke Potter, Toby Conroy, Liam Greenwell; Ben Curley, Jade Hodge (c-c), Brad Boots; Matt Rainbird, Daniel Muir, Sean Wilkinson; Mason Dryburgh, Bryce O'Garey, Isaac Houghton; James Nancarrow, Ryan Dunn, Jake Wood, Cooper Sharman
Umpires: Tim Beard, Ryan Dedini, Luke Olsen (RUA)
Reserves: Turvey Park 12.7 (79) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 8.8 (56)
Under 17: Turvey Park 14.9 (93) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 9.5 (59)
Elimination Final - Sunday 3 September, 2017 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ............ 0.5 .. 2.7 .. 7.10 .. 10.16 (76)
Coolamon ...... 2.2 .. 7.4 .. 10.4 .. 10.5 (65)
Goals: Griffith: B Arho 3, B King 2, T Blissett 2, J Conlan, H Northey, M Duncan
Coolamon: J Redfern 5, S Clyde 2, B Alexander, R Kantilla, T Garrett
Best: Griffith: S Foley, M Duncan, B King, J Rowston, H Northey, L Conlan
Coolamon: L Delahunty, M Macauley, J Redfern, B Edyvean, B Alexander, J Maddox,
Griffith: Sam Foley, Lucas Conlan, Jonathon Gastin; Sam Daniel, Richard Malone, Toby Blissett; Guy Orton, Michael Duncan, Jack Rowston; Jacob Conlan, James Toscan (c), Tom Valeri; Will Griggs, Brent Arho, Jordan Iudica; Jacob Barrington, Heath Northey, Ben King; Casey Moore, Daniel Peruzzi, Reece Matheson, Daniel Andreazza
Coolamon: Joshua Buchanan, Will Graetz, Ryan Chamberlain; Ryan Allen, Marshal Macauley, Nick Curran; Ben Alexander, Jamie Maddox (c), Liam Delahunty; Matt McGowan, Joe Redfern, Jack Munkara; Sam Clyde, Mitchell McKelvie, Roy Kanilla; Ben Edyvean, Hayden Bradley, Luke Redfern; Bryan Munro, Tim Garrett, Kyle Woods, Steven Senior
Umpires: Andrew Jackman, Jake O'Halloran, Rob Johnston (RUA)
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 4.8 (32) d Wagga Tigers 2.13 (25)
Under 17: Narrandera 13.7 (85) d Mangoplah-CUE 7.16 (58)
Match report: Griffith produced a brilliant second half comeback to keep their season alive with a 11-point win over Coolamon on Sunday. The Hoppers gave up a 27-point half-time lead to crash out of this year's premiership race, 10.16 (76) to 10.5 (65) in the elimination final at Robertson Oval. After producing a terrible first half, Griffith produced a spectacular second half on the back of a midfield resurgence. It started with a five-goal third term that drew the Swans within 12 points at the final change. Faced with an almighty task kicking into a strong breeze, Griffith kicked three goals of the final term to enjoy a magnificent win. The win gives the Swans a home semi-final next Sunday against Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes. Swans coach Adrian Pavese put the comeback down to cool heads from a 'special group.'"We didn't lose our cool, we didn't panic," he said. (The Area News - Monday September 4, 2017).
Second Semi Final - Saturday 9 September, 2017 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Collingullie-GP .......... 4.2 .. 6.3 .. 9.5 .. 9.7 (61)
Leeton-Whitton.......... 2.3 .. 5.7 .. 8.10 .. 12.16 (88)
Goals: Collingullie-GP: M Geppert 5, L Gestier 2, B Keith, J Klemke
Leeton-Whitton: S Wilkinson 4, J Hodge 2, T Conroy, M Rainbird, T Meline, J Nancarrow, D Muir, B Boots
Best: Collingullie-GP: D Kennedy, M Geppert, J Klemke, M Beckmans, B Aiken, T Keogh
Leeton-Whitton: S Wilkinson, M Dryburgh, W Wakeman, B Curley, B O'Garey, T Evans
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Sean Keith, James Morris, Kallan Sykes; Brad Aiken, Tom Keogh, Daniel Kennedy; Lachlan Moore, Michael Anderson, Matt Beckmans; Daniel Frawley, Will Haines, Nicholas Perryman; Steve Jolliffe, Marc Geppert, Matt Klemke; Chris Jackson, Jayden Klemke, Joe Kennedy; Luke Gestier (c-c), Ben Keith, Cody Cool, Zac Billingham
Leeton-Whitton: Hugh Collins, Will Wakeman, Jayden Lehman; Thomas Meline, Neil Irwin, Tyh Evans; Luke Potter, Toby Conroy, Liam Greenwell; Ben Curley, Jade Hodge (c-c), Brad Boots; Matt Rainbird, Daniel Muir, Sean Wilkinson; Mason Dryburgh, Bryce O'Garey, Isaac Houghton; Jameson Booth, Ryan Dunn, Jimmy Nancarrow, Cooper Sharman,
Umpires: Tim Beard, Alex Manley, Andrew Jackman (RUA)
Griffith ............ 2.4 .. 4.6 .. 4.11 .. 8.14 (62)
Turvey Park .... 0.1 .. 0.3 .. 0.5 .. 1.6 (12)
Goals: K Duncan 2, C Cunial 2, D Villata, T Bruns, D Andreazza, T Howard
Best: R Perre, B Tarr, N Witherspoon, L Peruzzi, K Hume, B Testoni
Griffith: Dean Villata, James Keenan, Dean Catanzariti; Cameron Harrison, Ben McRae, Keiran Hume; Daniel Andreazza, Royce Johns, Blake Testoni; Nick Witherspoon, Jesse Ryan, Ben Tarr; Kris Duncan, Charlie Cunial, Todd Howard; Steven McCanna, Rocky Perre, Brendan Knagge; Dean Spratt, Tyler Bruns, Luke Peruzzi, Riley Irvin
Umpires: Mark O'Brien, Rob Wilson (RUA)
Griffith ............... 2.2 .. 2.2 .. 5.3 .. 5.3 (33)
Turvey Park ...... 0.2 .. 2.8 .. 8.10 .. 13.16 (94)
Goals: G Rovere 2, B Argus, C Bock, L Killalea
Griffith: Jy Dobija, Chase Verri, Nathan Langridge; Ryan Greenaway, Isaac Campbell, Broden Piva; Tyrone Beitaki, Michael Agnew (capt.), Jesse Paton; Angus Kennedy, Stephen Witherspoon, Dean Bennett; Connor Bock, Giuseppe Rovere, Blake Argus; Riley Townsend, Lachlan Killalea, Dean Schmetzer; Lucas Fabris, Joshua Golden, Reece Marlow, Luke Parmenter,
Umpires: Mark Rowe, Adam Chandler, Andrew Tuovi (RUA)
Netball - Under 17: Griffith 29 d Wagga Tigers 27 (Griffith player unqualified - Wagga awarded match)
First Semi Final - Sunday September 10, 2017 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Mangoplah-CUE ..... 2.2 .. 5.3 .. 9.3 .. 11.5 (71)
Griffith ..................... 0.2 .. 3.6 .. 7.11 .. 11.13 (79)
Goals: Mangoplah-CUE: A Dickens 3, R Price 2, W Keogh 2, D deBritt, E Schiller, T Cohalan, H Collins
Griffith: B Arho 3, J Conlan, T Blissett, J Barrington, W Griggs, H Northey, J Toscan, J Iudica, B King
Best: Mangoplah-CUE: M Collins, T Cohalan, N Byrne, A Dickens, W Keogh, J Killalea
Griffith: L Conlan, G Orton, H Northey, B King, J Rowston, J Iudica
Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: Connor Griffin, Matt Collins, Alex McCormack; Isaac Damme, Paddy Griffin, Jack Carey; Tom Keogh, Harry Collins, Lachlan Kendall; Angus Mclay, Dylan de Britt, Pat Killalea; Will Keogh, Andrew Dickens, Ryan Price; Nathan Byrne, Trent Cohalan, Jack Killalea; Ethan Schiller, Jack Collins, Connor Huthwaite, Zac Walgers,
Griffith: Jonathon Gastin, Richard Malone, Sam Foley; Jack Rowston, Lucas Conlan, Sam Daniel; Luke Shannon, Will Griggs, Guy Orton; Jacob Conlan, James Toscan (c), Toby Blissett; Michael Duncan, Brent Arho, Heath Northey; Jacob Barrington, Jordan Iudica, Ben King; Casey Moore, Daniel Peruzzi, Reece Matheson, Thomas Valeri
Umpires: Ryan Dedini, Luke Olsen, Andrew Tuovi (RUA)
Reserves: Collingullie-AK 12.5 (77) d Mangoplah-CUE 10.12 (72)
Under 17: Narrandera d Collingullie-AK 15.12 (102) d Narrandera 7.10 (52)
Match report: Griffith is through to their first preliminary final in 11 years after upsetting Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes by nine points on Sunday. The Swans booted four goals to two in the final term to run over the Goannas in front of a vocal local crowd, winning the first semi-final 11.13 (79) to 11.4 (76) at Exies Oval. Griffith produced some of their best football of the year to set up a preliminary final showdown with minor premiers Collingullie-Glenfield Park next week. The Swans trailed for the majority of the day. MCUE gallantly held the Swans off until the dam walls eventually burst in the final term. Trailing by three points at three-quarter time, Griffith came out and kicked four of the first five goals of the last quarter to clinch victory.
The result delivered a brutal straight sets exit for MCUE. The Goannas went from the form team of the competition and only missing out of the minor premiership by percentage, to season over in the space of a fortnight. On Saturday, however it was the Swans day as they produced a brilliant team performance to keep their season alive. Griffith coach Adrian Pavese was ecstatic with the win and could not have been prouder of his team. "On top of the world," Pavese said. "Again, the resilience of the group and the want to stay in the contest. Mango are a quality side and just to grind them down like that was really, really impressive."
While MCUE led most of the day, the writing was on the wall as Griffith continued to pepper their forward 50. Missed opportunities in front of goal had Pavese worried but he knew the Swans would finish strong, as they did in downing Coolamon in last weekends elimination final. "You're never confident when you miss shots," he said. "At three quarter-time we really did draw on last week. If we can just stay in the contest, stay in the fight, we knew that we would have some good run in the last quarter and thankfully they did it. "We travel every second week. We don't bat an eyelid because we're in the competition and that's what the competition serves up. If we want to be part of the competition then we've got to make those sacrifices so to actually get the chance to play at home, we had a chance last year and we didn't take that chance, this week we got the opportunity and thankfully we rewarded such a big crowd. "What we'll do is we'll enjoy tonight and then we'll start tomorrow. I'll let the boys savour this, it's a wonderful effort by the group and we'll do our homework tomorrow night. "At the moment, we'll focus on celebrating." (The Area News - Monday September 11, 2017).
SWANS CRAVING SUCCESS - By Matt Malone
Griffith captain James Toscan says the Swans are riding a wave of confidence into Sunday's preliminary final showdown with Collingullie-Glenfield Park. The Swans are making a serious charge at the Riverina League premiership with sudden death finals wins over Coolamon and Mangoplah-CUE under their belt. They have been the club's first finals wins in 11 years and Toscan said confidence is sky high at Griffith heading into their final challenge at Robertson Oval on Sunday. "I'm bloody loving it, to be honest," Toscan said. "We've got a lot of confidence and we're riding off that at the moment." Toscan was only a teenager when he was part of the Swan' last winning finals campaign back in 2006. That campaign ended with a preliminary loss and the 27-year-old would love nothing more than to play in a grand final for the Swans. "It would be huge," he said. "It would be huge for the club, volunteers, stalwarts of the club and the town itself. "You can see last week for the final how massive the crowd was that got behind us. Everyone's craving a bit of success, to be honest. "And to play Leeton-Whitton in the grand final would even be a bit extra." Toscan credits Griffith's rise to outgoing coach Adrian Pavese. "It's been a long time coming," he said.
"There has been a few coaches in between, and a lot of changes. The club's in a really good space now and that's all been driven by Pav. "He's really banded everyone together." The Swans have come from behind in both finals wins. They have trailed at every quarter break, but most importantly been in front at the full-time siren. Toscan says the manner of those wins have created enormous belief. "I think we can (win on Sunday). We've showed the last couple of weeks that anything can happen if we stay in the fight," he said. "We've got a heap of belief that as long as we're close enough, we're fit enough to finish hard and have a tilt at it. We know Gullie are going to be pretty tough, they've beaten us twice this year but we're going to go in with confidence, that's for sure. Toscan, who has played just about every position on the ground through his career, has played predominantly forward this year. He is loving it. "It's a pretty exciting forward line to be in," he said. "I haven't played in a more talented forward line." (The Area News - Friday September 15, 2017).
Preliminary Final - Sunday September 17, 2017 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm
Collingullie-GP .... 4.4 .. 8.6 .. 11.11 .. 17.12 (114)
Griffith .................. 1.3 .. 3.6 .. 5.11 .. 7.12 (54)
Goals: Collingullie-GP: J Klemke 4, M Geffert 4, D Frawley 3, L Gestier 2, T Keogh, B Aiken, J Kennedy, M Beckmans
Griffith: J Iudica, M Duncan, B Arho, L Shannon, C Barrington, B King, W Griggs
Best: Collingullie-GP: S Jolliffe, J Klemke, T Keogh, M Anderson, C Jackson, C Jackson, J Morris
Griffith: J Barrington, B King, J Iudica, L Conlan, J Conlan, J Rowston
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Ben Keith, James Morris, Daniel Kennedy; Kal Sykes, Tom Keogh, Sean Keith; Lachlan Moore, Michael Anderson, Matt Beckmans; Nick Perryman, Will Haines, Matt Klemke; Luke Gestier (c-c), Marc Geppert, Brad Aiken; Chris Jackson, Jayden Klemke, Steven Jolliffe; James Kennedy, Cody Cool, Daniel Frawley, Stephen Dawson
Griffith: Sam Foley, Jacob Conlan, Lucas Conlan; Jack Rowston, Sam Daniel, Jonathon Gastin; Guy Orton, Will Griggs, Luke Shannon; Toby Blissett, James Toscan (capt), Heath Northey; Ben King, Brent Arho, Michael Duncan; Jacob Barrington, Richard Malone, Jordan Iudica; Casey Moore, Daniel Peruzzi, Thomas Valeri, Daniel Andreazza
Umpires: Luke Olsen, Andrew Jackson, Ryan Dedini (RUA)
Reports: Collingullie-GP cite Griffith's Mick Duncan for an alleged elbow to the face of Jayden Klemke - 3 game suspension. On appeal suspension reduced to 1 game.
Reserves: Collingullie-GP 17.9 (111) d Turvey Park 6.12 (48)
Griffith ..................... 2.4 .. 4.6 .. 6.7 .. 9.8 (62)
Collingullie-GP ...... 2.4 .. 7.6 .. 10.8 .. 12.11 (83)
Goals: G Rovere 2, R Townsend 2, R Matheson, A Kennedy, C Bock, D Bennett, M Agnew
Best: B Argus, B Piva, R Townsend, M Agnew, C Bock, I Campbell
Griffith: Reece Matheson, Chase Verri, Ryan McWhirter, Ryan Greenaway, Isaac Campbell, Broden Piva, Tyrone Beitaki, Michael Agnew (capt.), Jesse Paton, Angus Kennedy, Stephen Witherspoon, Dean Bennett, Connor Bock, Giuseppe Rovere, Blake Argus, Riley Townsend, Lachlan Killalea, Dean Schmetzer, Lucas Fabris, Joshua Golden, Reece Marlow, Luke Parmenter
Netball - Under 17: Turvey Park 30 d Griffith 29
Match report: Collingullie-Glenfield Park head into next Saturday's Riverina League grand final at Narrandera with some confidence and momentum after an impressive 10-goal win over Griffith in Sunday's preliminary final. For the fifth time in six years, the Demons will take their place on the biggest day of the year - and the league's first Saturday grand final - after finishing over the top of the Swans, 17.12 (114) to 7.12 (54).
In a quick and open game at Robertson Oval, Collingullie-GP 's big game experience came to the fore, as they made the most of the running and knew how to get the game back on their terms when Griffith launched their challenges. In the second quarter, Griffith closed to within a kick before Collingullie-GP kicked four unanswered, including two in three minutes to Marc Geppert. That pushed the Demons' lead out to five goals at half-time. It was six by the last change, and then they piled on six goals to Griffith's two in the final quarter, to win by 60 points. Six times, the Demons kicked two goals within three to four minutes, whereas the Swans couldn't capitalise on their chances to build momentum.
The (Griffith) under 17s didn't enjoy any better fortune against the Demons losing 12.11 (83) to 9.8 (62) in their preliminary final. (The Area News - September 18, 2017).
PROUD PAVESE DEPARTS GRIFFITH - By Peter Doherty
Griffith coach Adrian Pavese was disappointed to see their season ended in emphatic fashion at Robertson Oval on Sunday but will finish up at the club proud of what they're done. After two final-quarter comebacks wins to make the preliminary final, the Swans were outplayed by Collingullie-Glenfield Park, who made them pay for too many errors. "I don't think we left anything in the tank but we weren't at out best today," Pavese said. "You can't do that against Collingullie. "You give them a chance and they'll nail you. "We gave what we thought was an honest effort but it was nowhere near the mark. "But I said to the boys after the game, sometimes you don't need a piece of silverware to have a successful year. "So we're pretty happy with where we sit. "The monkey (of not making finals) was off the back and we showed we've got a bit of resilience, a bit of fight. "But we just couldn't do it three weeks in a row unfortunately." The Swans were in the contest at times but turnovers were costly. And four times in the first three quarters they had passages of momentum, with three, three scoring shots in a row, only to kick 1.2 on each occasion. Jack Rowston, Jacob Barrington, Jordan Iudica and Ben King were among Griffith's best. Pavese said the Demons' experience told in the end but he believes incoming coach Will Griggs takes the reigns with Griffith in good health. "Pretty proud," Pavese said. "The club's in a good space. "We've got the reserves grade in the grand final next week, so all get behind them... and there's plenty of people they want to be here, want to stay here and want to come back." (The Area News - Wednesday September 20, 2017).
RESERVES IN FINAL - By Oliver Jacques
The Griffith Swans Reserves team are gearing up for a grand final clash against Collingullie-Glenfield Park at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday. The Swans marched into the season finale after a crushing 62-12 win against Turvey Park in the second semi final - when they restricted their opposition to just one goal. The win was even more convincing than the Swans 40-point defeat of Turvey Park in the last round of their normal season. A grand final win would cap a remarkable season for the Griffith seconds team, as they have stormed through both the regular and finals undefeated. Team captain Cameron Harrison said strong defence had laid the foundation for the dream run. "I think we've got the lowest number of points conceded we've ever had. The defence has been great," he said. "But we back ourselves to score points when we need them." Harrison is confident his team can come home with the gods. "I'll be tough game but we've got a good record against Collingullie." "We've also got a good record in Narrandera too." The reality is the Swans have an incredible record wherever they play.
The Griffith Swans and Collingullie have clashed twice during the regular season, with the Swans finishing on top both times. In Round 5, the Swans won narrowly, 9.8 (62) to 8.4 (52). In Round 14, the Swans got the job done comfortably, winning 8.8 (56) to 4.5 (29). The Swans Reserves season stats are nothing short of astonishing. They won 16 matches out of 16 in the regular season, to finish on 72 points - scoring 1379 points and conceding just 529. There was daylight between the Swans and second placed Collingullie, who finished on 60 points. (The Area News - Friday September 22, 2017).
Grand Final - Saturday 23 September, 2017 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.45pm
Leeton-Whitton.......... 3.1 .. 5.2 .. 9.9 .. 10.15 (75)
Collingullie-GP .......... 2.1 .. 5.7 .. 7.9 .. 10.9 (69)
Goals: Leeton-Whitton: T Conroy 2, D Muir 2, J Nancarrow 2, S Wilkinson, B Curley, B O'Garey, C Sharman
Collingullie-GP: B Aiken 3, N Perryman 2, M Beckmans 2, M Geppert, C Jackson, J Klemke
Best: Leeton-Whitton: B O'Garey (Ron Hutchins Medal), B Curley, L Greenwell, J Lehman, T Conroy, B Boots
Collingullie-GP: J Klemke, B Aiken, N Perryman, L Moore, M Klemke, J Simmons
Leeton-Whitton: Jayden Lehman, Neil Irwin, Will Wakeman; Hugh Collins, Tom Meline, Tyh Evans; Liam Greenwell, Toby Conroy, Luke Potter; Sean Wilkinson, Brad Boots, Ben Curley; Jade Hodge (coach), Daniel Muir, Matthew Rainbird; Mason Dryburgh, Jameson Booth, Bryce O'Garey; Sam Cooper, Ryan Dunn, Jimmy Nancarrow, Cooper Sharman
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Stephen Dawson, James Morris, Justin Simmons; Dan Kennedy, Tom Keogh, Kallan Sykes; Lachlan Moore, Michael Anderson, Matt Beckmans; Brad Aiken, Will Haines, Matt Klemke; Luke Gestier (c-c), Marc Geppert, Nick Perryman; Chris Jackson, Jayden Klemke, Steven Jolliffe; James Kennedy, Daniel Frawley, Ben Keith, Sean Keith
Umpires: Andrew Jackson, Ryan Dedini, Luke Olsen (RUA). Gate: $30,995
Griffith ..................... 1.4 .. 2.5 .. 4.8 .. 5.9 (39)
Collingullie-GP ...... 0.2 .. 3.5 .. 5.5 .. 6.6 (42)
Goals: K Duncan 2, T Howard 2, R Johns
Best: Team effort
Griffith: Dean Villata, James Keenan, Riley Irvin; Cameron Harrison (capt.), Ben McRae, Keiran Hume; Luke Peruzzi, Royce Johns, Daniel Andreazza; Nick Witherspoon, Jesse Ryan, Dean Catanzariti (coach); Kris Duncan, Todd Howard, Charlie Cunial; Steven McCanna, Rocky Perre, Ben Tarr; Dean Spratt, Brendan Knagge, Blake Testoni Andrew Cappello
Umpires: Andrew Tuovi, Rob Johnston, Chris Fitzhardinge (RUA)
Under 17: Turvey Park 15.20 (110) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 5.4 (34)
Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 44 d Mangoplah-CUE 35; A Reserve: Leeton-Whitton d Collingullie-GP; B grade: Turvey Park d Wagga Tigers; C grade: Collingullie-GP 37 d Leeton-Whitton 35; Under 17's: Turvey Park 34 d Wagga Tigers 23.
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NOT OUR DAY - By Peter Doherty
THERE was heartbreak for the Griffith Swans reserve grade team when they went down in Saturday's grand final to Collingullie-Glenfield Park. The Demons won a sensational grand final with Zac Billingham kicking an over-the-head snap late in the fourth quarter to claim victory against previously unbeaten Griffith side. The Demons only hit the front for the first time just before half-time but in a see-sawing second half, the lead changed hands five times, culminating in Billingham's moment of brilliance to secure the 6.6 (42) to 5.9 (39) win. With the quarter shortened to 17 minutes plus time-on due to the heat, Billingham's shot - facing north and kicking south - was delivered in the 17th minute. Adding to the drama, goal umpire Ryan Feuerherdt was stretchered off after a collision with Griffith defender (James Keenan) desperate to prevent the Billingham miracle. Collingullie-GP still had to hang on for the last four minutes for the win, just they had held on throughout the fourth quarter when Griffith dominated possession but couldn't find more than one goal. Griffith were left cursing missed opportunities, particularly in the last quarter, which brought their bid for an unbeaten season undone. Ryan/Stuart Medal for B.O.G. was won by Nick Cooper of Collingullie-GP. (The Area News - Monday September 25, 2017).
SWANS' YEAR IN REVIEW - By Jacinta Dickins
Despite the RFL reserve grade grand final loss at Narrandera on the weekend, the Swans club celebrate their almost undefeated season and are looking forward to another great year. President of the Griffith Swans, Jeff Harris is pleased with the year that has passed. "In general terms it was a successful year for the club. We've managed to be in line for premierships in the 17's netball in the first year of the competition, minor premiership for the 17's football, and the reserves, who throughout the season remained undefeated except for the grand final unfortunately," Mr Harris said. "Our seniors playing right through to a preliminary final was another highlight."
Mr Harris thinks the most exciting part of the club at the moment is the youth coming through, with their junior programs is working well. "We have some exceptional talent from the kids that are coming through, we had Lucas Conlan who is a 16-year-old in his first senior year of footy, and he managed to get named in the RFL team of the year, along with other young guns, Jacob Conlan, Sam Foley, Jack Rowston and Mitchell Irvin. Will Griggs was also named in the RFL team of the year, and after being assistant coach, will be taking the reins of senior coach into next season. "Our club at the moment is really happy with where we are, there is a really good culture at the club at the moment, a real family feel coming through, and a lot of supporters coming back."
One of the highlights was the inaugural hundred club function, where the club celebrated the 100 milestone, people who have played 100 senior games for our club, at the end of August. "We had around 96 people come in for that and we celebrated going right back through the premiership players of the 50's, it was great to see such a cross section of people involved in the club and being celebrated," Mr Harris said.
The Swans are looking for the elusive premiership, which is the ultimate goal, but would like to continue the development of the younger players. Next season, the club seeks to capitalise on the great depth of skill currently available in the senior club. (The Area News - Wednesday September 27, 2017).'
2017 RIVERINA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS
Seniors: Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal
25 - Jayden Klemke (Collingullie-GP); 19 - Luke Redfern (Coolamon); 18 - Campbell Lovell (Wagga Tigers); 17 - Will Griggs (Griffith); 14 - Jacob Olsson (Ganmain-GGM); 12 - Nathan Byrne (Mangoplah-CUE); 11 - Ben King (Griffith), Jeremy Sykes (Turvey Park), Shaun Campbell (Wagga Tigers); 10 - Toby Conroy (Leeton-Whitton); 9 - Josh Ashcroft (Turvey Park); 8 - Joe Redfern (Coolamon), Jordan Iudica (Griffith), John Buchanan (Wagga Tigers), 7 - Brad Aiken (Collingullie-GP), Steven Jolliffe (Collingullie-GP), Michael Duncan (Griffith), Bryce O'Garey (Leeton-Whitton), Matt Collins (Mangoplah-CUE); 6 - Matthew Beckmans (Collingullie-GP), Mason Dryburgh, Matthew Rainbird (Leeton-Whitton), Trent Cohalan, Jordan Foster (Mangoplah-CUE), Jarred Lane (Narrandera), Jake Gaynor (Wagga Tigers); 5 - James Kennedy (Collingullie-GP), Ben Curley (Leeton-Whitton), Andrew Emery, Clint Shields (Turvey Park), Nathan Dowdle (Wagga Tigers); 4 - Kallan Sykes (Collingullie-GP), Roy Kantilla (Coolamon), Isaac Damme, Andrew Dickins, Ryan Price (Mangoplah-CUE), Drew Kenna (Narrandera); 3 - Marc Geppert, Thomas Keogh (Collingullie-GP), Michael Dunn, Marshal Macauley, Jamie Maddox, Mitchell McKelvie, Mitchell Stephenson (Coolamon), Thomas Meline, Daniel Muir (Leeton-Whitton), Harry Collins, Dylan DeBritt, Ethan Schiller (Mangoplah-CUE), Daniel O'Donoghue (Turvey Park), Ben Kelly (Wagga Tigers); 2 - Chris Jackson, Stephen Dawson, Lachlan Moore, James Morris, Justin Simmons (Collingullie-GP), Liam Delahunty, Jack Munkara (Coolamon), Riley Corbett, Daniel Foley, Josh Hanlon, Lachlan Steward, Ben Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), Brent Arho, Jacob Conlan, Lucas Conlan, Jonathon Gastin, Heath Northey, Guy Orton (Griffith), Bradley Boots (Leeton-Whitton), Jack Carey, Lachlan Kendall (Mangoplah-CUE), Dane Campbell, Tim Doyle, Evan Smith (Turvey Park), Harvey Daniher, Simon Hallsworth (Wagga Tigers); 1 - Ben Edyvean, Ben Fixter, Ben Gregory (Coolamon), Thomas Anderson, Mitchell Carroll, Glenn Sypott, Luke Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), Toby Blissett (Griffith), Jameson Booth, Ryan Dunn, Jade Hodge, Neil Irwin (Leeton-Whitton), Stace Creasy, Ben Foster, Connor Griffin, George Kendall (Mangoplah-CUE), Stephen Irons (Narrandera), Matthew Bailey (Turvey Park), Shaun Driscoll, Brendan Myers, Nick Ryan (Wagga Tigers).
Reserves - Frank Gaynor Medal
35 - Royce Johns (Griffith); 19 - Jesse Rapley (Coolamon); 15 - Ben Grant (Narrandera); 14 - Cameron Bailey (Mangoplah-CUE); 13 - Paul Lucas (Ganmain-GGM); 10 - Joe Banks (Collingullie-GP). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 7 - Ben Tarr; 4 - Andrew Cappello, Dean Crack, Ben McRae; 3 - Charlie Cunial, Kieran Hume, Rocky Perre; 2 - Tyler Bruns, Dean Catanzariti, Cameron Harrison, Steven McCanna; 1 - Kris Du