2017 RFNL SEASON
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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).