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IN: John Evans (Barellan United), Oswald Herrmann (Leeton-Whitton), Theo Valeri; Jacob Conlan (Canberra Demons).

OUT: Brent Arho (Mangoplah-CUE), Cory Barrington, Jacob Barrington (Koondrook-Barham), Tyler Bruns (North Wagga), Angus Coldwell (Berrigan), Jacob Conlan (Canberra Demons), Dean Crack, Brendan Knagge (Coleambally), Richard Malone, Casey Moore (Barellan), Luke Shannon, Jesse Spencer (Coleambally), Ben Tarr (Qld), Ashley Verhagen (Wynyard).


Griffith have appointed highly-regarded duo Mick Duncan and Jamie Bennett as assistant coaches to Will Griggs. The Swans have finalised their coaching structure for the upcoming season with Duncan set to return to the assistant's role for a sixth year. Griggs is also pleased to secure Bennett's help, who will run the bench on game day. "Jamie's a bit of a club legend. He's got the boy's respect already and he knows what he's talking about," Griggs said. "Mick's always played an important role as an experienced player, now he just gets the title. Having him there is going to be a bit more important this year, which is good. Griggs is entering his first year as senior coach, after serving as assistant coach to Adrian Pavese last year.  The Swans have been quite over the off-season and will back the club's youth after failing to land any big recruits. Griffith will welcome back John Evans from Barellan, while Alex Blissett, James Taylor and Theo Valeri will return from time-off.

The Swans will be without key forward Brent Arho, who won't travel to play this year, while Jacob Conlan, Ash Verhagen and Jacob Barrington have all moved on. Griffith is not fazed however and is happy with how everything is coming together. "Training's been good. We've been going since the middle of November, with a few weeks off for Christmas," he said. "Over the next week or two we'll start on some game sense stuff, and start to tinker with our game plan a bit." The Swans will hold their pre-season camp at Borambola on March 23-24 and play a trial game against East Wagga-Kooringal on the Saturday. They will start their season with a twilight game at Exies Oval against Narrandera on April 21. Griffith also appointed Dean Catanzariti as reserve grade coach, with Trevor Richards to be his assistant. Kris Duncan will take reins of the under 17s, and will be assisted by Jamie Bennett. (The Area News - Monday February 19, 2018).



Newly reappointed representative coach Guy Orton is keen to help cement the Riverina League as the premier competition in the region. Orton has accepted the Riverina League representative coaching job for a second year, and will lead the team in this year's showdown against Farrer League at Robertson Oval on May 19. The Griffith stalwart coached Riverina for the first time last year when they went down to AFL Canberra by 40 points. Orton is looking forward to help restoring Riverina League's reputation. "I was keen to do it again and have another crack. Hopefully we can gt the RFL back to where it should be," Orton said. Orton is interested to see how Farrer stack up. "They have obviously picked up a bit," he said. "They have got a fair few guys from Canberra, and a few from RFL have gone there so it should be a pretty good game, I reckon. "A few guys from our league have gone to other leagues to better their footy but hopefully the core group of our rep side will still be there. Hopefully everyone puts up their hand." Orton will use last year's team as a starting point for this year's squad.

The Riverina League will only play four rounds before the representative fixture, making it hard for Orton to pick a squad and get training runs into the team. "I think those who played in last year's game, we'll put them in, and then we'll add to it as we go," he said. "I want to have at least three or four training runs, but it's going to be hard." MCUE coach Travis Cohalan has already come on board as a selector and bench coach, with Orton still finalising the make up of the rest of his selection panel. New Riverina League president Chis Flanigan was happy to have Orton in the coaching position. "Absolutely, Guy coached last year and was keen to go again. He's rapt in the rivalry and is really keen for it," Flanigan said. "He's been representing the league for six years now, he leads well, he's really good with the young blokes and that's what we're looking for. We think he'll do a really good job." Orton, a two-time Jim Quinn Medal winner, previously coached Griffith. He is a big advocate for representative football and has represented NSW country. (The Area News - Monday April 9, 2018).



Griffith Swans have defended their South West Junior Youth Girls League title in the under 17s after defeating Leeton-Whitton at the Leeton Showgrounds recently. It was a tightly contested game against their nearest rivals as it came down to less than a goal to separate the two sides with the Swans coming away with a 2.4 (16) to 2.0 (12) win. Jenna Richards was overjoyed with the result and their side's performance. "The game was really good it was a real tight tussle." Richards said. "Leeton played so good and really gave it to us all game." Teammate Abby Favell was happy to see her side's hard work pay off in the decider. "It was really good to be out there, and in the end, we came away with it which is good," Favell said. "It feels so good we wanted this all season, and it has been in the back of our minds, so it is really good. All the girls played well, and that was how we were able to come away with the win working as a team." Richards wanted to pay credit to the Crows for proving great opposition in the final. "Mikayla Jones was great for them," Richards said. "She played amazing every week she comes out and plays her hardest." Leeton-Whitton Blue took a convincing victory in the under 13s, defeating Leeton-Whitton White 11.9 (75) to 0.0 (0). (The Area News - Wednesday April 11, 2018).'



The Griffith Swans are ready to go for the 2018 Riverina League season with Narrandera coming to Exies Oval on Saturday night. After a long and tough preseason coach Will Griggs said his side can't wait for the first bounce. "I think the boys are eager to see the end of preseason," he said. "It has been a tough preseason we have been at it since November but there is no fitness like match fitness so it will be good to get under way on Saturday." Griggs said he will be happy to see his side take the field in what has been a quite preseason in terms of preseason games only playing one trial along with a couple of intra-club games in the lead up. The club has also been relatively quite on the recruitment front, but that is of little concern to Griggs. "We said from the start whether we pick up or not we are happy," he said. "We had plenty of young guys do well the RFL voting last season and had Isaac Campbell pick up the under 17s medal as a 16-year-old. We had 8 or 9 blokes who were 18-years-old playing first grade last season, so we are pretty happy with where we are sitting at the moment." 
Narrandera are reported to have made some handy pickups during the off-season and Griggs isn't too sure what to to expect "We saw last year it takes a few weeks for a new side to gel," he said. "It will be good to get them early and see where we stack up against them." Griffith will head into the clash without a key component while another rolled their ankle at training earlier in the week. "Mick Duncan still has a week to serve on his suspension from last season," he said. "Tom Valeri rolled his ankle at training, and I found out today that he did some ligament damage so he could be spending a bit of time on the sidelines. We have one or two who are 50/50, but since we play on Saturday night, we can put them through a fitness test if we need to." (The Area News - Friday April 20, 2018). 


Round 1 - Saturday April 21, 2018 at Griffith Exies Oval 6.10pm
Griffith ............. 7.0 .. 11.6 .. 14.9 .. 24.11 (155)
Narrandera .... 1.3 .. 3.5 .. 5.7 .. 6.10 (46)

Goals: Griffith: Theo Valeri 4, S Daniel 4, L Conlan 3, B King 2, C Cunial 2, H Northey 2,  R Irvin, R Matheson, D Andreazza, G Orton, J Iudica, T Blissett, D Peruzzi
Narrandera: J Bennett 3, C Baxter, S Irons, D'Andre Williams 
Best: Griffith: J Iudica, Theo Valeri, T Blissett, J Taylor, B King, G Orton
Narrandera: C Baxter, J Grinter, J Maniscalco, M Renet, S Irons, D'Andre Williams 
Griffith: Dean Catanzariti, James Taylor, Daniel Peruzzi; Guy Orton, James Toscan, Will Griggs (c-c);  Isaac Campbell *, Jordan Iudica, Reece Matheson; Nick Witherspoon *, Lucas Conlan, Theo Valeri; Ben King, Charlie Cunial, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Daniel Andreazza, Sam Daniel, John Evans
Narrandera: Brian Cummins, Jacob Anderson, Shaun Quilter; Cooper Irons, Damien Williams jnr., Tom Savage; Joe Grinter, Matthew Renet, Jarrod O'Brien; Tyler Webster, Dale Quilter, Corey Baxter; Jack Grintell, Josh Bennett, Stephen Irons; Jarred Lane (c-c), Blake Renet, D'Andre Williams; Matthew Dillon, Joel Maniscalco, Hainsworth Cock, Will Jacobson
Umpires: Rob Johnston, Mark Rowe (RUA)

Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 8.7 (55) def by Collingullie-GP 17.20 (122), Mangoplah-CUE 13.4 (82) def Ganmain-GGM 3.10 (28), Turvey Park 12.9 (81) def Coolamon 12.5 (77); Wagga, bye. 
Reserves: Griffith 17.16 (118) d Narrandera  5.1 (31)
Goals: L Killalea 3, K Duncan 3, T Argus 3, M Peruzzi 2, R Johns, C Harrison, K Hume, R Patey, J Ryan, J Villata
Under 17.5's: Griffith 17.10 (112) d Narrandera  6.8 (44)
Goals: D Bennett 6, T Beitaki 3, G Rovere 2, C Thompson-Gardner 2, C Bock, K Spencer, O Herrmann, T Baker

Netball - A grade: Griffith 44 d Narrandera 36; A reserve: Narrandera 35 d Griffith 31; B grade: Narrandera 34 d Griffith 25; C grade: Griffith 26 d Narrandera 13; Under 17's: Griffith 50 d Narrandera 14.

Match report: THE Griffith Swans have put down a marker with their first game of the season after a convincing win over Narrandera under lights at Exies Oval on Saturday. In a commanding final term where the Swans kicked 10 goals which saw them come away with a massive 24.11 (155) to 6.10 (46) win. It was a tireless effort from his side which pleased coach Will Griggs the most. "Definitely didn't expect a scoreline like that but I couldn't be prouder of the effort," he said. "We thought we were in pretty good stead and from the start, we backed our young blokes, and we knew we were going to run over the top of them, and I think that showed. "We started like a bull in a china shop straight out of the gate and just kept the ball rolling really. Our young blokes and first gamer's were terrific and I couldn't be prouder of them." Griggs praised his defenders for their work in getting the side moving forward while also restricting Narrandera to just six goals. "Our backline was sensational," he said. "We set about not wanting them to kick more than two goals in a quarter, and I don't think they did that. I think in the second quarter they kicked two, and that was it, and we were pretty disappointed with that, to be honest." Griggs was quick to point out the performance of his young ruckman as the one who really stood tall. "Riley Irvin was sensational," he said. "We threw him in the deep end really he wasn't ready for the ruck he had never played there, but we were a bit low on the tall stocks, so we chucked him in there. "He is one of the fittest at the club and most athletic, and as a ruckman, you can't ask for much more than that." Griggs was also pleased to report that his side had a clean bill of health after the game and the side will now look ahead to a trip to Ganmain next weekend. "It just shows that we are match fit," he said. "We pulled up very well so once we do recovery, we should be fully fit and ready for next week too, so the selection is going to be pretty tough after a 109-point win. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday April 23, 2018).

Round 2 - Sunday April 29, 2018 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Ganmain-GGM ... 2.0 .. 2.1 .. 4.2 .. 6.2 (38)
Griffith ................ 1.2 .. 2.8 .. 6.10 .. 10.12 (72)

Goals: GGM: M Hamblin 2, M Daniher, A Cumming, B Walsh, H Templeton
Griffith: S Daniel 2, R Irvin 2, C Cunial, S Foley, H Northey, J Gastin, J Iudica, T Blissett
Best: GGGM: J Sase, J Lander, Z Wiencke, A Proctor, J Walsh, J McCaig
Griffith: G Orton, J Iudica, H Northey, T Blissett, R Irvin, R Matheson, I Campbell 
Ganmain-GGM: Nathan Kember, Joshua Walsh, Max McCaig; Brad Hare, Ben Walsh, Jack Sase; Angus Cumming, Jesse Lander, Nicholas Thomas; Hugh Templeman, Jack McCaig, Zac Wiencke; Lachlan Parker, Jethro Peck, Matthew Hamblin; Jacob Olsson (capt.), Nicholas Cooke, Aaron Proctor; Nicholas Anderson, Michael Daniher, Jacob Dyer, Cameron Linsell 
Griffith: Dean Catanzariti, James Taylor, Daniel Peruzzi; Guy Orton, James Toscan, Will Griggs (c-c);  Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Reece Matheson; Sam Daniel, Lucas Conlan, Theo Valeri; Ben King, Charlie Cunial, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Daniel Andreazza, John Evans, Nick Witherspoon  
Umpires: Rob Wilson, Andrew Tuovi, Craig Fletcher (RUA)

Other matches: Coolamon 11.10 (76) def by Mangoplah-CUE 17.10 (112), Turvey Park 14.8 (92) def Wagga  8.11 (59), Narrandera 10.7 (67) def by Leeton-Whitton 16.12 (108); Collingullie-GP, bye.                         
Reserves: Griffith 20.12 (132) d Ganmain-GGM 1.2 (8)
Goals: K Duncan 5, M Peruzzi 3, B Rees 3, B Chambers 2, R Perre 2, T Argus, R Johns, J Ryan, M Agnew, A Blissett
Under 17.5's: Griffith 18.13 (121) d Ganmain-GGM 9.5 (59)
Goals: D Bennett 5, C Bock 4, G Rovere 3, K Spencer 3, T Baker, O Herrmann, J Paton
Netball - A grade:  Griffith 39 d Ganmain-GGM 20; A reserve: Ganmain-GGM 49 d Griffith 27; B grade: Griffith 57 d Ganmain-GGM 29; C grade: Griffith 33 d Ganmain-GGM 6; Under 17's: Ganmain-GGM 44 d Griffith 28.

Match report: IT took until midway through the final quarter but Griffith eventually overcame a gallant Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong to record their second win for the year on Sunday. The Swans were put under the pump by a hard-working home team before they eventually broke the game open late, finishing 10.12 (72) to 6.2 (38) winners at Ganmain Sportsground. In a scrappy affair, the Lions threatened when 15-year-old Matt Hamblin kicked his second goal on debut to narrow the margin to nine points eight minutes into the final term. But Griffith got a quick reply through Jordan Iudica and then finished full of running to bag the final three goals and seal an important win. The Swans were made to work a lot harder than in the opening round annihilation of Narrandera and new coach Will Griggs described it as a "wake up call" for the Swans. "They kind of clogged us up a bit, Ganmain, wouldn't let us get that free flowing style but we weren't working near hard enough. "It was a bit of a wake up call to the boys, we had an interrupted week on the track and it shows when we train well, we play well. I think it highlighted that we need to come ready to go at training on Tuesday." Griffith started the better of the two teams but were inefficient going forward, while GGGM made the most of their chances to take a three-point lead at quarter time. The Swans continued to be wasteful in front of goals but had enough opportunities to ensure they went into half-time in front by eight points, despite having eight more shots than the Lions. Griffith kicked the first two goals after the break to extend the margin and went into the three-quarter-time 20 points clear. While the Lions challenged briefly, Griffith finished full of running to remain undefeated. "Ganmain at home is always a tough battle, they seem to grow a leg playing at home no matter where they are on the ladder, so we knew we couldn't let them get a jump on us early and unfortunately they did," Griggs said. "Their pressure was fantastic all day and to be honest, we were happy to get away with four points. Griggs was happy with the way his team finished the game. "They kicked two quick ones but to our credit, we stuck true and ran away with it in the end," he said. Guy Orton was very good for the Swans off half-back, while Heath Northey got a lot of the footy through the midfield. Young ruckman Riley Irvin completed all day and went forward late to kick two goals. For GGGM, Jack Sase was good across half-back, while Jack McCaig worked hard at centre-half-forward. GGGM picked up another injury concern with Lachie Parker hurting his shoulder. (By Matt Malone - The Area News Monday April 30, 2018).

 AT THE BAR with Speedy and Liam 

With the big local derby coming up between the Griffith Swans and Leeton-Whitton Crows both sides are coming in with winning form. In this weeks edition of 'At The Bar' Michael 'Speedy' Stratton and The Area News' sports journalist Liam Warren sit down to discuss the Australian Rules action both locally and nationally. 
Liam: Well Speedy the local AFL seasons have gotten underway, and we have the local derby coming up this weekend.
Speedy: Yes we have the premiers, the Leeton-Whitton Crows taking on the Swannies on Saturday night at Sporties. It should draw a good crowd because the rivalry is very strong and has been for many years. How has Leeton started the season?
Liam: They have had a loss and a win so far.
Speedy: While Griffith is on top with two wins. I'm going to pick Griffith especially over here. They have some good players this year, they have stuck with a lot of juniors from last season and although there is a long way to go it is starting to pay dividends. They have some good old hard heads Guy Orton who coached here a couple of seasons ago, and some young blokes like Reece Matheson, Toby Blissett and Isaac Campbell they are all good young players and they will be a great asset for the Swannies down the track. It's good to see them winning and it's good to see the other Swannies beating Geelong down there. I took Geelong only because it was down there. 
Liam: They would have looked a pretty safe bet before the Swans finally came good in the final term. 
Speedy: The last 10 minutes of the third term the Swans started to come good, but they really turned it on in the last quarter to win. Back to the local competition Turvey Park are undefeated with Griffith I see. 
Liam: Yep along with Collingullie who had the bye last round and Mangoplah.
Speedy: If I had to make a prediction right now I've got to go for Griffith. Naturally enough Griffith will improve as will all the others sides. Who's running last at the moment?
Liam: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.
Speedy: They fell to the Swannies on the weekend, and there has been some great games between those two sides over the years. They are rebuilding at the moment, and I'm sure they will come back. Coolamon is also down there after losing pretty convincingly to Mangoplah. They aren't the side they were a few years ago, but they are still slugging it out down there.
Liam: Just finally what have you made of your beloved Essendon's season.
Speedy: They wouldn't beat Hillston out of the Northern Riverina League the way they are going.

(The Area News - Wednesday May 2, 2018).

 ORTON BRINGS UP 100 GAMES - By Liam Warren 

Guy Orton will play his 100th game this weekend when the Griffith Swans take on arch-rivals Leeton-Whitton Crows on Saturday night. Orton has been a key figure in the Griffith Swans camp for a number of years, and coach Will Griggs said it is great to have someone of his experience around the young group. "It is like having another coach around the group," he said. "His leadership and how he helps out with the younger boys is invaluable. "He has heaps of experience playing at a higher levels, and the young guys really listen to him." 
The Swans made a strong start to the season picking up two wins from their first two games, however they will be without two key midfielders heading into the grudge match. "Ben King and Jordan Iudica will both miss," he said. "Jordan is away on holidays while Ben will miss about a month as he is away with work. The depth of the squad is something which has pleased Griggs as there is plenty of cover for the missing pair with players from reserve grade push for selection and the end of Mick Duncan's suspension leaves plenty of options open.

"Mick was available last week," he said. "The old body hasn't been able to do much preseason and we didn't want to risk all three of them being out if we don't need to." Griggs is expecting it to be a tough contest against the defending champions. "I think they might be getting back Bryce O'Garey and Tyh Evans," he said. They lost a bit of experience from the premiership side with a few going back to Canberra, but we are still expecting a tough test. "We know we are going to need a good start if we are to have any chance. 

Saturday night is also Ladies night for the Swans with plenty of entertainment back at the club after the game. The first grade game will get underway after 6pm at Exies Oval. (The Area News - Friday May 4, 2018)


Round 3 - Saturday May 5, 2018 at Griffith Exies Oval 6.10pm 
Griffith ..................... 1.5 .. 4.7 .. 7.12 .. 9.14 (68)
Leeton-Whitton ..... 2.2 .. 3.3 .. 5.6 .. 5.6 (36)

Goals: Griffith: L Conlan 4, B King 2, I Campbell, T Blissett, C Cunial

Leeton-Whitton: M Dryburgh, C Sharman, B O'Garey, J Thomas, D Muir

Griffith: M Duncan, H Northey, L Conlan, N Witherspoon, G Orton, I Campbell

Leeton-Whitton: T Meline, S Hopper, H Collins, K Pete, N Jones, M Dryburgh
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Taylor, Dean Catanzariti; Guy Orton, James Toscan, Michael Duncan; Isaac Campbell, Will Griggs (c-c), Nick Witherspoon; Sam Daniel, Lucas Conlan, Reece Matheson; Ben King, Charlie Cunial, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Daniel Andreazza, Theo Valeri, Kris Duncan
Leeton-Whitton: Kyle Pete, Will Wakeman, Hugh Collins; Tom Meline, Jade Hodge (c-c), Danyan Evans; Sam Hopper, Scott Rainbird, Bailey Wood; Josh Thomas, Cooper Sharman, Brad Boots; Josh Helsen, Daniel Muir, Reece Maguire; Mason Dryburgh, Nathan Tang, Bryce O'Garey; Angus Boulton, Ryan Dunn, Ben Gaynor, Nathan Jones
Umpires: Rob Johnston, Mark Rowe (RUA)

Other matches: Collingullie-GP 9.17 (71) def Mangoplah-CUE 5.9 (39), Narrandera 11.10 (76) def by Coolamon 16.12 (108), Wagga 11.9 (75) def by Ganmain-GGM 11.12 (78); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 12.9 (81) d Leeton-Whitton 1.3 (9)
Goals: M Peruzzi 3, L Killalea 2, T Argus 2, D Spratt, R Perre, J Evans, B Rees, M Agnew
Under 17.5's: Leeton-Whitton 20.7 (137) d Griffith 12.6 (78)
Goals: G Rovere 6, C Bock 2, Z Whitworth, T Beitaki, O Herrmann, D Bennett

Netball - A grade: Griffith 64 d Leeton-Whitton 34; A reserve: Leeton-Whitton 46 d Griffith 35; B grade: Griffith 38 d Leeton-Whitton 35; C grade: Griffith 32 drew Leeton-Whitton 32; Under 17's: Griffith 38 d Leeton-Whitton 35.

Match report: THE bragging right belong to the Griffith Swans following a 32-point win over their local rivals and defending champions in Leeton-Whitton in front of a vocal crowd at Exies Oval on Saturday night. In Guy Ortons 100th game, the Swans stood tall and kept the Crows goal-less in the final term to come away with the 9.14 (68) to 5.6 (36) victory. Swans' coach Will Griggs said it was no surprise his boys were up for the game. "He (Orton) is a hugh part of our team, and if you can't get up for a guy like that then we would have a few troubles, but everyone was pumped for it," he said. "Everyone just played their role, and in the last quarter, we made mention if once you get tired just look at him. "He has been doing this for near 15 years, and he is the heart and soul of the team." Griggs paid credit to the way his backline performance knowing they would need a four-quarters performance to get the win. "We were able to get a lot of run and drive out of there and switching the play and making the right decisions," he said. "I think that was one thing last week where we fell down a little bit just our decision making out of the backline. "We changed a few things around, and it was good having Mick Duncan back there to set us up. "James Taylor on Daniel Muir did a fantastic job I think. Not sure how many he (Muir) kicked but he kicked nine last week, and we thought we kept him pretty accountable."
Lucas Conlan had a strong game with four goals while Ben King kicked two and a strong performance in the final term, along with 17-year-old Isaac Campbell who drew praise from Griggs. "Isaac had his best game yet." he said. "Benny King in the last quarter lead the way in and under, probably had six or seven clearances in a row." While those two were standout, Griggs praised his side's work effort which he felt was a big step up from last week against GGGM.  "Our work to isolate the free player and get the overlap out in space I thought was a lot better than last week," he said. "We said we didn't work hard enough last week and that's what it comes down to. If you are standing still in open play, then you are probably not doing your job." (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday May 7, 2018). 


The Griffith Swans wrapped up their successful first season in the Southern NSW Women's competition with a presentation night to recognise the players' great performance this season. Lauren Marshall picked up the best and fairest honours after consistent performances throughout the season according to coach Trevor Richards. "It was hard to pick the award because all the girls were great throughout the season, he said. "She (Marshall) picked up the game quickly and kicking and marking just seemed to come naturally to her. "She did well in the contest and was never afraid to put her body on the line." In other awards Mel Bonetti picked up players' player, Amy Renouf was the most improved, and Keely Bloomfield received the coaches award. 
The side was competitive all season and finished third with two win s from five games, with two losses decided by under a goal. Richards said the girls are looking forward to next season. "If anyone is looking to get involved they should talk to the girls that played this season," he said. "Every one of them loved it and are keen to go again next season. (The Area News - Wednesday May 8, 2018).


Round 4 - Sunday May 13, 2018 at Kindra Park 2.10pm

Coolamon ....... 1.1 .. 2.3 .. 2.6 .. 4.8 (32)

Griffith ............. 5.8 .. 10.13 .. 15.17 .. 19.22 (136)

Goals: Coolamon: C Neyland 2, J Maddox, L Redfern

Griffith: L Conlan 4, T Blissett 3, J Iudica 2, H Northey 2, C Cunial 2, K Duncan, R Irvin, G Orton, W Griggs, D Catanzariti, N Witherspoon

Best: Coolamon: N Pleming, M Macauley, L Redfern, C Neyland, B Glyde, B Edyvean

Griffith: L Conlan, S Foley, G Orton, T Valeri, B King, J Toscan

Coolamon: Sylvani Babui, Marshal Macauley, Will Alchin; Hayden Bradley, Will Graetz, Tom Stubbs; Luke Redfern, Nick Pleming, James Milne; Jamie Maddox, Matthew McGowan, Zac Robinson; Jack Mason, Joe Redfern, Braeden Glyde; Ben Edyvean, Max Hillier, Connor Neyland (c-c); Ben Gillett, Tim Garrett, Jake Oram, Kyle Woods

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, Sam Daniel, Dean Catanzariti; Guy Orton, James Toscan, Michael Duncan; Daniel Andreazza, Will Griggs (c-c), Nick Witherspoon; Theo Valeri, Charlie Cunial, Toby Blissett; Ben King, Lucas Conlan, Jordan Iudica; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Reece Matheson, Kris Duncan, Michael Agnew

Umpires: Jake O'Halloran, Andrew Tough, Craig Fletcher (RUA)
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 9.14 (68) def Turvey Park 6.9 (45), Mangoplah-CUE 14.11 (95) def Wagga 3.2 (20), Ganmain-GGM 12.13 (85) def Narrandera 7.7 (49), Leeton-Whitton, bye. 

Reserves: Griffith 18.10 (118) d Coolamon 4.1 (25)

Goals: M Peruzzi 5, L Peruzzi 3, R Perre 3, R Johns 2, M Johns, E Murphy, T Argus, B Chambers, D Spratt

Under 17.5's: Coolamon 16.9 (105) d Griffith 8.9 (57)

Goals: G Rovere 4, B Clifford 2, C Verri, D Bennett

Netball - A grade: Coolamon 42 d Griffith 36; A reserve: Griffith 40 d Coolamon 24; B grade: Griffith 28 d Coolamon 20; C grade: Griffith 53 d Coolamon 14; Under 17's: Griffith 48 d Coolamon 11.

Match report: Premiership favouritism may lie with Griffith after they produced the performance of the season so far to destroy Coolamon by 104 points on Sunday. The Swans produced a near-perfect performance to run rings around a terribly disappointing Coolamon team, 19.22 (136) to 4.8 (32) at Kindra Park. Griffith may not have recruited much over the off-season but the changes new coach Will Griggs has made to the game plan have the Swans firing on all cylinders. The Swans linked up brilliantly, ran in waves and moved the ball quickly in a performance that resembled a training run at times. It was Coolamon's worst performance in years and their first loss by more than 100 points since May 5, 2012, while going down by 115 at Crossroads Oval. While Griffith were right on top in the middle, they were just as dangerous when the run started from half-back with Guy Orton, Mick Duncan and Will Griggs the chief destroyers. Lucas Conlan had a day out at full-forward but only finished with four goals as he struggled with accuracy in front of goals. In fact, the damage could have been much worse for Coolamon had Griffith not put six shots out on the full. Griggs admitted it was the best his team had played this season. "Best overall performance I think," Griggs said. "A four quarter effort. Every game previously we have been a little slow to start but today we seemed to click into gear pretty early." Griffith started with the breeze but it did not matter as the margin grew as the day went on, regardless of who had the wind. The Swans in previous seasons played a possession based game but have now flicked the switch into a team that moves the ball quickly and takes the game on. Griggs said the transition has been seemless. "We kind of tinkered with it towards the end of last year," he said. "If you move the ball quickly it makes it unpredictable for the other team. We're lucky enough now that our core group has played with each other for two, three years  so we kind of know what each other is going to do and I think it's starting to show now." The win maintains Griffith's unbeaten start to the year and they sit on top of the ladder after four rounds. Coolamon, however, have been unable to live up to the hype and sit in seventh position with just one win from their opening four games. To add injury to insult, Jamie Maddox picked a glute injury early on. All the Swans were good but it was Conlan, Orton, Griggs and Duncan who led the charge. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday May 14, 2018).

Rep. Match - Saturday May 19, 2018 at Robertson Oval 1.45pm
Riverina FL .... 4.2 .. 6.6 .. 11.14 .. 16.16 (112) 
Farrer FL ....... 1.2 .. 2.4 .. 3.7 .. 3.8 (26) 

Goals: Riverina: M Geppert 3, R Corbett 3, M Duncan 3, J Lane 2, M Rainbird, N Ryan, J Olsson, T Keogh, J Kennedy
Farrer: L Miller, M Wallis, B Absolum
Best: Riverina: M Rainbird, S Campbell, J Olsson, N McCormack, C Lovell, M Duncan
Farrer: J Fisher, L Miller, C Frankel, B Absolum, L Gerhard, N Hull 
Riverina FNL: Matt Bailey, Tom Meline, Nick McCormack; Campbell Lovell, Marshal Macauley, Guy Orton (coach); Tom Keogh, Shaun Campbell, Luke Redfern; James Kennedy, Jarred Lane, Ryan Price; Riley Corbett, Marc Geppert, Nick Ryan; Jacob Olsson, Jayden Klemke, Bryce O'Garey; Josh Ashcroft, Matt Rainbird, Max Hillier, Michael Duncan.
Farrer FNL: Nathan Dowdle, Ned Mortimer, Luke Gerhard; Jack Reynolds, Tom Morton, Tom Yates; Brocke Argus, Ben Absolum, Brad Moye; Coden Frankel, Joe Stapleton, Louis Miller; Nick Hull, Matt Wallis, Rory Block; Anthony Atkins, Lachlan Highfield, Luke Cuthbert; Tom Groves, Jack Fisher, Jim Carroll, Troy Curtis
Umpires: Alex Manley, James Forwood, Tim Beard (RUA).  Gate: $5398
Under 17.5's: Riverina 21.11 (137) d Farrer 1.2 (8)
Goals: Riverina: A McLay 8, C Sharman 5, E Winter 3, L Johnson 2, F Menzies, R Green, D Bennett
Farrer: Z Lewis
Best: Riverina: H Radley, A McLay, B Harper, C Sharman, R Dunn, D Quilter
Farrer: Z Delaney, C Wild, H Nelson, L McCabe, K King, N Fitzgerald-Holmes
Umpires: Cain Davey, Braydon McClintock,  Peter Alexander (RUA)
Netball - Seniors: Riverina FNL 65 d Farrer FNL 43
Best on Courts - Brigetta Hart (RFNL) & Ashleigh O'Leary (FFNL)

Under 17's: Riverina FNL 72 d Farrer FNL 21
Best on Courts - Jess Conlan (RFNL) & Ella Fellows (FFNL)



Riverina League enhanced its reputation as the premier competition within AFL Riverina with a devastating 85-point win over Farrer League on Saturday. In the two league's first meeting in eight years, Riverina got on top of the contest early before eventually embarrassing the Farrer League, 16.16 (12) to 3.9 (27) at Robertson Oval. It was hard and fast early but once both teams found their feet, it was the Riverina League who were far too quick and slick for their opponents. Riverina worked to a 26-point lead at half-time but ran riot in a one-sided second half with 10 goals to one. Riverina had winners all over the park and it started with Wagga Tigers coach Shaun Campbell in the midfield. He was everywhere in his first game for a month, and was closely followed by late inclusion Matt Rainbird, running defender Campbell Lovell and ruckman Jacob Olsson.
Riverina League assistant coach Troy Maiden hopes the result settles the debate about the two competitions. "There's obviously been a lot of talk about it. It puts us where we want to be," Maiden said. "We want to be considered the stronger league and we think we are, but a lot of people may think differently. "I think today shows we've got good players in our league and they played well. It's good to see the good players put their hands up to play." Maiden was not surprised by the strength of the performance from Riverina. "No. We knew we had a good side, we were probably a little bit worried about the size of their forward line to start with but I thought our defenders played really well and they didn't just defend, they actually gave us some really good run out of the backline as well," he said. "It was a good victory and we did miss a lot of shots on goal that were kick-able. Early on we probably overused the ball a little bit but when we went back to that giving one handball and running, I thought we moved the ball well on the outside." 
Maiden was forced to take over coaching duties when Guy Orton was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter after being knocked out. He was not the only casualty with Riverina losing Luke Redfern to a hamstring injury, while Farrer's Nathan Dowdle went down in the first three minutes with a devastating knee injury. Riverina got on top in the midfield, courtesy of Olsson and Campbell. Their defence was superb with Lovell, Matt Bailey and Nick McCormack and Tom Meline all proving outstanding. In attack, they functioned well and shared the workload with Marc Geppert, Mick Duncan and Riley Corbett all kicking three goals each. (The Area News - Monday, May 21, 2018).

Round 5 - Saturday May 26, 2018 at Maher Oval 2.10pm
Turvey Park ...... 2.1 .. 4.4 .. 4.6 .. 5.11 (41)
Griffith ............... 5.3 .. 7.7 .. 11.10 .. 15.10 (100)
Goals: Turvey Park: C Shields 3, B Ashcroft, J Ashcroft
Griffith: S Daniel 4, L Conlan 3, I Campbell 3, T Blissett 2, M Duncan, H Northey, C Cunial
Best: Turvey Park: J Ashcroft, J Campbell, L Robertson, J Weidemann, T Carroll, M Bailey
Griffith: I Campbell, S Daniel, L Conlan, S Foley, T Blissett, C Cunial
Turvey Park: Cooper Deissel, Jeremy Sykes, Jackson Weidemann; Matt Bailey, Jack Hagger, Chris Cerato; Josh Campbell, Josh Ashcroft, Benson Ochieng; Harry Woods, Bryce McPherson, Myles Carroll; Clint Shields, Brad Ashcroft, Truman Carroll; Alex Burgmann, Daniel Hitchens, Harry Stapleton; Lachlan Robertson, Ryan Shaw, Damian O'Donoghue, Jordan Prestage
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Taylor, Dean Catanzariti; Will Griggs, James Toscan, Michael Duncan; Isaac Campbell, Will Griggs, Nick Witherspoon; Sam Daniel, Charlie Cunial, Theo Valeri; Kris Duncan, Lucas Conlan, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Daniel Andreazza, Reece Matheson, Michael Agnew
Umpires: James Forwood, Jake O'Halloran, Troy Edwards (RUA)

Other matches: Collingullie-GP 17.11 (113) def Ganmain-GGM 6.11 (47), Mangoplah-CUE 14.13 (97) def Leeton-Whitton 7.12 (54), Narrandera 12.10 (82) def by Wagga 12.12 (84); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.9 (75) d Turvey Park 6.2 (38)
Goals: T Argus 3, J Evans 3, B Chambers, J Ryan, L Peruzzi, T Howard, R Perre
Under 17.5's: Turvey Park 26.7 (163) d Griffith 4.2 (26)
Goals: G Rovere 2, C Verri, B Wood

Netball - A grade: Griffith 55 d Turvey Park 40; A reserve: Turvey Park 45 d Griffith 24; B grade: Turvey Park 42 d Griffith 20; C grade: Turvey Park 28 d Griffith 20; Under 17's: Griffith 29 d Turvey Park 28.

Match report: GRIFFITH continued their impressive start  to the Riverina League season with another big win on the road on Saturday, this time a 59-point victory over Turvey Park. The Swans broke the game open in the third quarter and ran out comfortable winners, 15.10 (100) to 5.11 (41) at Maher Oval. The win gives Griffith five straight wins to start the year and also the scalp of a top five team heading into their club bye. The Swans got on top in the midfield and then again let their running game do the talking as the Swans ran in eight goals to one in the second half. Turvey Park were competitive early but dropped away in the second half as they crashed to their second consecutive defeat. Teenage forward Lucas Conlan again played a starring role but inaccuracy in front of goal cost him any more than his three-goal haul. Fellow Swans teenager Isaac Campbell kicked three goals and enjoyed an impressive game, while Sam Daniel was dangerous and finished with four. Griffith coach Will Griggs was pleased with another polished performance. "Absolutely, it's always nice to come on the road, all the way to Wagga, and get a win," Griggs said. "In the end it was a pretty convincing. It was a pretty tight first half, a bit up and down really, we had a bit of momentum then they came back at us. But our second halves all year have been strong and we always felt like we could open the game up. "I think we went away from a few things in the second quarter, a few simple things that we know when we don't do it, it hurts us and hinders our flow and our running game but we spoke about it at half-time, that's the best thing about half-time you get to regroup." Griffith, traditionally, and like most teams, have struggled on the road but their win over Turvey Park was their third away for the year. "We made a statement at the start of the year that it doesn't matter where we play, it's no excuse really," Griggs said. Whether it's Saturday or Sunday, it's football day and if you don't get excited when you play footy then what can you get excited for really? "Everyone is really enjoying their footy and feel like we can do something special if we stick to it but it's still only very early." The Swans will now enjoy the bye, before a top of the table showdown with Collingullie-Glenfield Park. "I was looking at the draw the other day, if we can keep getting a few more wins before the halfway mark, we have five of our last seven at home," Griggs said. "And I know a lot of people don't like coming all the way to Griffith. "If can keep winning early games it will hold us in good stead for the second half of the year." (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday May 28, 2018). 

 AT THE BAR with Speedy and Liam 

After yet another win for the Griffith Swans in the Riverina Football League over the weekend the decision to stick with the local young players seems to be paying off with five wins from as many games. In this weeks edition of 'At The Bar' Michael 'Speedy' Stratton and The Area News' sports journalist Liam Warren sit down to discuss the Swans barnstorming start.
Liam: Well mate the RFL table has an excellent look to it with the Swans on top after five games.
Speedy: Yea, the coach Will Griggs must be beside himself. I know it's coming up to the halfway mark and there is still a long way to go but winning form is good form and if you keep winning what is it going to do for your confidence. If you can bowl over a couple of those top teams and they have already defeated Leeton-Whitton haven't they. 
Liam: It seems like sticking to their guns and bringing the talented youth they have at their disposal through is working really well.
Speedy: It is the way to go, giving the young blokes who have according to all reports been going very well the likes of Lucas Conlan and Riley Irvin and then you have the old heads like Mick Duncan. Over the years he has been a tremendous player. He has had offers to go elsewhere in previous years, but he has stuck by the Swans and good on him for doing so. Let's hope they can repay  him with a premiership this year, and if they keep going like this, it could be on the cards. 
Liam: Well they have a big test after this weekend's bye they take on Collingullie following a trip to Mangoplah which will show them where they stand.
Speedy: I go as far to say whoever wins those games will take the flag even this early in the season.

(The Area News - Wednesday, May 30, 2018). 


Abby Favell's dream of making it to the AFLW competition has taken a further step in the right direction after she was selected for the NSW/ACT under 16 girls side. Favell was one of four girls from the Southern Academy to be selected in the side who take on Victoria Country in Albury in June. The youngster was understandably elated when she found out about her selection. "It's something I have been working towards," she said. "I really wanted to get into the side, and when I saw my name up there, I was so happy." The love for footy comes after spending many weekends watching the (Griffith) Swans, and once she got the opportunity to play for herself, she instantly fell in love. "Growing up playing netball for the Swans and watching my brother (Jack) playing footy my friends and I wanted to get out there and play," she said."When I was in year 4, I played in the Paul Kelly Cup for St Pats, and that was where I really fell in love with footy." The selection in the NSW/ACT side comes after Favell was selected in the NSW under 15 side along-side Jenna Richards for the School Sports Australian National Championship last year. "That was when I decided to pursue footy," she said. "Really looking forward to playing at a higher level." Favell has been putting in a lot of work in the led up with training for various other sports having her in good shape heading into the representative squad announcement. "In the lead up I was doing training throughout the week, I'm basically training for different sports every every night," she said. "It has really helped to improve my fitness." Female Football Talent Pathway Manager, Ash Moeller, named Favell as one of the players to look out for. "Abby Favell is an agile midfielder who will provide plenty of run and carry off a half-back, and through the middle," Moeller said. "She has good pace and luckily for us, has a penetrating kick." (The Area News - Wednesday May 30, 2018).


Round 6 - Saturday  June 2, 2018
Griffith, bye.

Other matches: Narrandera 13.5 (83) def by Mangoplah-CUE 17.15 (117), Wagga 7.13 (55) def by Leeton-Whitton 10.7 (67); Coolamon 5.9 (39) def by Collingullie-GP 22.11 (143), Ganmain-GGM 16.13 (109) def Turvey Park 3.11 (29). 

Round 7 - Saturday  June 9, 2018 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................... 5.0 .. 7.5 10.6 .. 13.6 (84)
Collingullie-GP .... 3.2 .. 5.5 .. 5.8 .. 9.10 (64)

Goals: Griffith: S Daniel 3, J Iudica 3, H Northey 2, R Irvin, T Blissett, C Cunial, M Duncan, T Valeri
Collingulie-GP: L Gestier 3, M Geppert 2, D Frawley 2, L Murray, T Keogh
Best: Griffith: J Iudica, G Orton, J Toscan, J Conlan, H Northey, I Campbell
Collingullie-GP: T Byrnes, B Klemke, N Perryman, M Klempe, J Klempe, Z Billingham
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Will Griggs (c); Nick Witherspoon, Jordan Iudica, Michael Agnew; Sam Daniel, Charlie Cunial, Theo Valeri; Toby Blissett, Jacob Conlan, Isaac Campbell; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Reece Matheson, Jonathan Gastin, Daniel Andreazza, Kris Duncan  
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Tom Byrnes, Tom Keogh, Sean Keith; Blake Harper, Kallan Sykes, Daniel Kennedy; Lachlan Moore, Jayden Klemke, Dereck Singe; Ed Perryman, Luke Gestier (c), Matthew Klemke; Nick Perryman, Marc Geppert, Daniel Frawley; Ben Klemke, James Kennedy, Tim Beckmans; Zac Billingham, Harry Radley, Luke Murray, Bradley McMillan
Umpires: Rob Johnston, Mark Rowe (RUA)

Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 11.10 (76) def by Ganmain-GGM 13.12 (90), Turvey Park 8.3 (51) def by Mangoplah-CUE 8.12 (60), Wagga 13.12 (90) def by Coolamon 16.13 (109); Narrandera, bye. 
Reserves: Collingullie-GP 11.7 (73)  d Griffith 5.9 (39)
Goals: M Peruzzi 2, A Cappello, T Argus, L Peruzzi 
Under 17.5's: Collingullie-GP 8.9 (57) d Griffith 6.8 (44)
Goals: J Paton 2, G Rovere, Z Whitworth, O Herrmann, D Cosson
Netball - A grade: Collingullie-GP 74 Griffith 17; A reserve: Collingullie-GP 53 d Griffith 27; B grade: Collingullie-GP 34 d Griffith 21; C grade: Collingullie-GP 37 d Griffith 24; Under 17's: Collingullie-GP 47 d Griffith 20.

Match report: GRIFFITH officially announced themselves as the 'real deal' with a 20-point win over Collingullie-Glenfield Park on Saturday. The Swans made it six straight to start the season and are now the only undefeated team remaining in the competition after a big win, 13.6 (84) to 9.10 (64) at Exies Oval. Griffith started the top of the table clash strongly to lead at the first two breaks and then established a match-winning buffer with three unanswered goals in the third term. The Demons finished the better in the final term but never made any serious inroads as the Swans put up their hand for premiership favouritism. Griffith coach Will Griggs said the win showed the Swans are ready to take the next step after a couple of years of building. "It's more a belief thing for us to show that we are a real deal," Griggs said. "The main thing against Gullie, especially for us is, we've been coming over there and playing them and obviously they have been the powerhouse for the last four or five years and they have given us a fair hiding. "So we had a chat after the game that it's time for a new team to step up and that's us. "It was good to see us stand up and rise to the occasion." Griggs said it was one of the better wins he has been involved with in his time with the Swans. "I'm very happy and very proud of the boys," he said. "It's up there. The final against Mango at home last year was a special one but this would definitely be in the top three or four." As has been the case all season, Griffith's backline laid the platform for the win. "To be honest, I thought our backline was fantastic," he said. "As usual, our run out of the backline was really good. We've been able to use the same core down there so we're in sync and were able to move it out really quickly." Griffith had winners all over the park. Jordan Iudica and Heath Northey led the charge in the middle. Northey went head-to-head with Jayden Klemke and finished the game strongly. The pair also combine for five goals. Griggs was superb off half-back, while Guy Orton (Luke Gestier) and James Toscan (Marc Geppert) played key roles down back. Jacob Conlan also impressed with his marking in attack. All three of the Klemke brothers worked hard for the Demons, while Tom Byrnes impressed down back. Gestier finished ith three goals. The tasks do not get much easier for Griffith, who will now set their sights on their longest road trip in the competition when they travel to take on Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes on Saturday. Collingullie-Glenfield Park host Wagga Tigers. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday June 11, 2018).

Round 8 - Saturday  June 16, 2018 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Mangoplah-CUE ... 0.1 .. 1.3 .. 1.5 .. 1.9 (15)
Griffith .................... 2.1 .. 3.4 .. 5.6 .. 5.8 (38)

Goals: MCUE: W Keogh
Griffith: J Iudica, S Daniel, T Blissett, K Duncan, L Conlan
Best: MCUE: W Keogh, M Collins, G Kendall, P Griffin, C Griffin, J Carey

Griffith: J Iudica, H Northey, D Peruzzi, R Irvin, T Blissett, R Matheson
Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlake: Connor Griffin, Matt Collins, Elliot Winter; Jack Carey, Isaac Damme, Padric Griffin; Jake Whitley, Tom Keogh, Lachlan Kendall; Will Keogh, George Kendall, Pat Killalea; Angus McLay, Brent Arho, Ryan Price; Andrew Dickins, Trent Cohalan, Nick McCormack; Jack Collins, Mitch Bloomfield, Kyle Chandler, Will Seymour
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Will Griggs; Nick Witherspoon, Jordan Iudica, Isaac Campbell; Sam Daniel, Charlie Cunial, Daniel Andreazza; Toby Blissett, Lucas Conlan, Ben King; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Reece Matheson, Jonathon Gastin, Michael Agnew, Kris Duncan
Umpires: Ryan Dedini, Dallas McKelvie (RUA)

Other matches: Collingullie-GP 12.8 (80) def  Wagga 5.5 (35), Coolamon 6.11 (47) def by Leeton-Whitton 11.10 (76), Turvey Park 9.13 (67) def Narrandera 10.3 (63); Ganmain-GGM, bye. 
Reserves: Griffith 9.6 (60) d Mangoplah-CUE 4.3 (27)
Goals: T Argus 2, B Chambers, K Hume, L Killalea, R Johns, R Perre, R Patey, J Evans 
Under 17.5's: Griffith 14.4 (88) d Mangoplah-CUE 6.10 (46)
Goals: C Thompson-Gardner 3, C Bock 2, G Rovere, D Cosson, B Clifford, B Potts, D Bennett, B Rowston
Netball - A grade: Mangoplah-CUE 30 d Griffith 25; A reserve: Mangoplah-CUE 33 d Griffith 25; B grade: Mangoplah-CUE 34 d Griffith 33; C grade: Mangoplah-CUE 21 d Griffith 17; Under 17's: Mangoplah-CUE 38 d Griffith 31.

Match report: Griffith continued their sensational start to the Riverina League season by ending a seven-year drought at Mangoplah Sportsground on Saturday. The Swans proved they are just as capable in wet conditions by outlasting the Goannas in a low-scoring slog, 5.8 (38) to 1.9 (15). It was Griffith's first win at Mangoplah Sportsground since 2011 and the Goannas' first loss at the ground in three years. It gave the Swans a seventh straight victory to start the season. Griffith kicked the only two goals of the first quarter to gain the ascendancy and as the conditions got worse that lead become more important. MCUE kicked their only goal of the game in the second term to go to the half-time 13 points down. Griffith virtually sealed the win by kicking the only two goals in the third quarter to stretch the margin to 25 points before both teams played out a goalless final term. Griffith coach Will Griggs was pleased to see his team end the Mangoplah drought. "Absolutely, I think most people knew we hadn't won over there in seven years," Griggs said. "We hit 102 tackles today, which is the most we've hit in a long time," he said. "You know if you get that many tackles in a game that your pressure's on and it goes a long way to winning the game, especially in these conditions." It was an even performance across the board from the Swans. Heath Northey continued his fine season with another strong game in the midfield, while young ruckman Riley Irvin also impressed. Daniel Peruzzi and Reece Matheson also enjoyed fine games. For MCUE, Tom Keogh and Jack Carey were strong on a dirty day for the Goannas. Griffith now only have Wagga Tigers remaining to complete a clean sweep of the first half of the season. Griggs could not be happier with how the Swans are placed.  "We've got another big road trip next week to Wagga, and then we've got Narrandera away again and then we're lucky enough to have a few home games in a row to finish the season so I couldn't be happier at this stage," he said. MCUE have the bye next week so will turn the half-way mark in third position with six wins and two losses. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday June 18, 2018).


Kahlan Spencer has made his way into the NSW Combined High Scholls AFL side after a strong performance at the NSWCHS under 15s carnival recently. Spencer was one of over 200 under 15s boys at the carnival held in Blacktown which was then dwindled down to 25 who were selected in the NSW side to play in the National Championships to be held in Adelaide in late July. The rising star comes from a talented footballing family with his Great Grandfather (Leo Dean) playing for Victoria and was named best and fairest at Geelong during the 1930s. The young midfielder was elated with his selection in the side but it did come as a bit of a surprise. "I was really happy. I didn't think I was going to make it," he said. "I thought I went alright but didn't think I did much to impress, but I guess I did." It continues what has been a successful footballing season for Spencer, who is playing for the Griffith Swans Red under 15s side who are currently undefeated. Heading into what will be a much bigger challenge coming up against some of the better players from around the country and knows where he needs to improve. "Just getting clean hands and having vision of where you are going to go and making the right plays," he said. (The Area News - June 20, 2018).


Round 9 - Saturday June 23, 2018 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm
Wagga Tigers .... 1.1 .. 3.3 .. 3.7 .. 7.9 (51)
Griffith ................ 1.4 .. 5.7 .. 9.14 .. 15.16 (106)

Goals: Wagga: M Castles 2, S Campbell, N Cooke, H Bennett, M Etchells, N Ryan
Griffith: L Conlan 6, J Conlan 6, R Matheson, J Iudica, N Witherspoon
Best: Wagga: N Cooke, S Pearce, C Lovell, S McGowan, N Ryan, S Campbell
Griffith: J Conlan, L Conlan, B King, J Rowston, M Duncan, T Blissett
Wagga Tigers: Mitchell Wadley, Campbell Lovell, Xavier Lyons; Jake Mascini, Will Morley, Matthew Griffin; Harry Bennett, Shaun Campbell (c-c), Trent Driscoll; Benjamin Kelly, Nathan Cooke, Lewis Gooden; Sam McGowan, Matthew Etchells, Scott Pearce; Louis Beard, Mitchell Castles, Nick Ryan; Matthew Noonan, Riley Green, Ashley Bennett, James McCoullough
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Will Griggs; Jack Rowston, Jordan Iudica, Isaac Campbell; Sam Daniel, Charlie Cunial, Lucas Conlan; Toby Blissett, Jacob Conlan, Dean Bennett*; Riley Irvin, Ben King, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Michael Agnew, Nick Witherspoon, Reece Matheson
Umpires: Paul McKelvie, Brian Robinson, Tony O'Halloran (RUA)

Other matches: Collingullie-GP 14.11 (95) def Narrandera 12.8 (80), Leeton-Whitton 13.9 (87) def Turvey Park 9.6 (60); Coolamon 10.9 (69) def Ganmain-GGM 9.10 (64); Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 15.10 (100) d Wagga Tigers 2.10 (22)
Goals: B Chambers 2, T Argus 2, J Ryan 2, D Andreazza 2, S McCanna, L Peruzzi, K Hume, O Herrmann, R Johns, K Duncan, C Harrison
Under 17.5's: Griffith14.16 (100) d Wagga Tigers 3.3 (21)
Goals: R Townsend 3, B Rowston 2, Z Whitworth 2, C Verri 2, D Cosson, Q Stevenson, G Rovere, H Stockton, B Potts
Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 42 d Griffith 36; A reserve: Wagga Tigers 51 d Griffith 28; B grade: Wagga Tigers 43 d Griffith 28; C grade: Griffith 43 d Wagga Tigers 36; Under 17's: Griffith 33 d Wagga Tigers 28.

Match report: KEY forward Jacob Conlan proved how valuable he is to Griffith's premiership charge after starring in the Swans' big win over Wagga Tigers on Saturday. It was the Conlan show as Jacob and his younger brother Lucas proved too much for Tigers to handle on the way to a 15.16 (106) to 7.9 (51) victory at Robertson Oval. The two siblings kicked six goals each as the Swans put Tigers to the sword in the second half. Jacob Conlan was only cleared back to Griffith from Canberra Demons during the week and he showed his worth with a dominate display. He kicked six and it could have been more but he hit the post on multiple occasions. Conlan said he is happy to be back at the Swans. "It's good, there's a good vibe here, it's a good club and it's good to be back with the boys and get out on the park with them," Conlan said. "It was good to get the win, it's team first. The team's up and about so it's good." Conlan, who plans to move back to Griffith shortly, said he enjoyed teaming up with his younger brother in attack. Between them, they kicked 12 of Griffith's 15 goals. "It's good playing with the younger brother, working together with him," he said. Tigers were good early and matched it with the Swans up until half-time. The Swans then stretched the 16-point margin to 50 in a one-sided second half. Tigers went more than 45 minutes without a goal as the Conlan's kicked seven consecutive goals between them after half-time. Jack Rowston, Ben King and Sam Foley were others to shine in the win, while they picked up an injury concern with Sam Daniel limping off late in the contest. The win completed the Swans' perfect start to the first round of the home and away season. Griffith, with eight straight victories, turn at the halfway with a one game, plus considerable percentage buffer on the chasing pack. The Swans will also enjoy five of their last eight games of the season at home. They only leave Griffith for games at Leeton, Narrandera and Collingullie, before finals start. Griffith coach Will Griggs was happy to register another win but believes there is still plenty of room for improvement. Tigers was good for the first half but dropped off after the main break. Nathan Cooke was their best, while Scott Pearce, Shaun Campbell and Sam McGowan battled hard. (By Matt Malone - Monday June 25, 2018).

Round 10 - Saturday  June 30, 2018 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm
Narrandera ...... 0.3 .. 2.7 .. 7.7 .. 9.7 (61)
Griffiith ............. 4.1 .. 9.4 .. 11.7 .. 20.10 (130)

Goals: Narrandera: S Irons 2, D Williams 2, C Irons, J Grintell, D Kenna, J O’Brien, C Baxter
Griffith: L Conlan 4, J Iudica 4, J Conlan 4, D Bennett 3, T Blissett 2, R Irvin, S Daniel, I Campbell
Best: Narrandera: J Grinter, J Lane, I Williams, C Irons, T Savage, N O'Brien
Griffith: J Iudica, J Conlan, L Conlan, T Blissett, S Daniel, R Irvin
Narrandera: Hainsworth Cock, Jacob Anderson, Tom Savage; Michael Cummins, Nick O'Brien, Damien Williams jnr; Joe Grinter, Corey Baxter, Isaac Williams; Matthew Renet, Matthew Dillon, Stephen Irons; Jack Grintell, Kyle Bull, Drew Kenna; Jarred Lane (c-c), Blake Renet, Cooper Irons; Dale Quilter, Jarrod O'Brien, D'Andre Williams, Connor Vearing
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Will Griggs (c-c); Isaac Campbell, Sam Daniel, Jake Villata*; Jordan Iudica, Charlie Cunial, Jacob Conlan; Heath Northey, Lucas Conlan, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Ben King, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Dean Bennett, Nick Witherspoon, Reece Matheson
Umpires: Tony O'Halloran, Ryan Dedini, Troy Mavroudis (RUA)

Other matches: Collingullie-GP 11.15 (81) def Leeton-Whitton 12.4 (76); Coolamon 13.8 (86) def Turvey Park 11.11 (77), Ganmain-GGM 18.9 (117) def Mangoplah-CUE 10.8 (68); Wagga, bye.
Reserves: Griffith  15.8 (98) d  Narrandera 2.5 (17)
Goals: K Duncan 4, T Argus 3, J Ryan 3, B Chambers 2, D Andreazza 2, R Johns
Under 17.5's: Griffith 17.16 (118) d Narrandera 3.6 (24)
Goals: G Rovere 6, K Spencer 3, O Herrmann 3, Z Whitworth 2, T Beitaki 2, B Clifford
Netball - A grade: Griffith 53 d Narrandera 41; A reserve: Narrandera 67 d Griffith 30; B grade: Griffith 43 d Narrandera 29; C grade: Griffith 39 d Narrandera 15; Under 17's: Griffith 62 d Narrandera 7.

Match report: A NINE-GOAL last quarter helped Griffith to a 69-point victory over Narrandera on Saturday. The Eagles got right on top in the third quarter to give the Swans a scare before they steadied and responded to record their ninth straight victory, 20.10 (130) to 9.7 (61) at Narrandera Sportsground. The Swans were in control with a 39-point lead at half-time before Narrandera enjoyed a five-goal third term to close within three goals at one stage. The comeback forced Griffith coach Will Griggs to give his first spray and the Swans duly responded with nine goals to two in the final term. "They came at us pretty hard in the third quarter," Griggs said. "We kind of shut up shop, our displine wasn't really good. We didn't show them as much respect as we should have and they took advantage of it." "We responded though and it was probably the best thing for us. It shows if we don't turn up, even against the bottom teams, they will take advantage of it." Jordan Iudica kicked four goals in a best-on-ground display. Lucas and Jacob Conlan were both strong again and kicked four goals each. Nick Witherspoon was also very good. Blake and Matt Renet played well for Narrandera, as did coach Jarred Lane. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday July 2, 2018).

Round 11 - Sunday July 8, 2018 (Pink Day) at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .................... 3.2 .. 9.6 .. 12.7 .. 14.14 (98) 
Ganmain-GGM ..... 3.3 .. 5.3 .. 11.6 .. 12.7 (79)

Griffith: J Conlan 3, S Daniel 2, T Valeri 2, J Iudica 2, D Bennett 2, H Northey, B King, L Conlan
Ganmain-GGM: R Corbett 2, A Proctor 2, D Foley 2, M McCaig, M Hamblin, L Parker, T Anderson, J Lander, F Menzies
Best: Griffith: J Toscan, J Iudica, J Conlan, S Foley, B King, D Bennett
Ganmain-GGM: F Menzies, D Foley, T Anderson, B Walsh, J Lander, S Proctor
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Sam Foley; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Nick Witherspoon; Theo Valeri, Jacob Conlan, Charlie Cunial; Heath Northey, Lucas Conlan, Dean Bennett; Riley Irvin, Ben King, Will Griggs; Sam Daniel, Reece Matheson, Jack Rowston, Jake Villata
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Andrew Roberts, Joshua Walsh, Nathan Kember; Max McCaig, Ben Walsh (capt), Jack Sase; Matthew Hamblin, Jesse Lander, Zac Wienche; Josh Bubnich, Jack McCaig, Daniel Foley; Lachlan Parker, Riley Corbett, Thomas Anderson; Jethro Peck, Scott Procter, Aaron Proctor; Jacob Dyer, Brad Hare, Fraser Menzies, James Wilson
Umpires: Tim Beard, Craig Fletcher (RUA)

Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 13.10 (88) def Narrandera 4.7 (31), Mangoplah-CUE 6.6 (42) def Coolamon 3.11 (29), Wagga 8.4 (52) def by Turvey Park 11.11 (77); Collingullie-GP, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.6 (72) d Ganmain-GGM 2.4 (16)
Goals: K Duncan 5, T Argus 3, B Chambers 2, J Crowe
Under 17.5: Griffith 14.9 (93) d Ganmain-GGM 4.3 (27)
Goals: G Rovere 6, Z Whitworth 3, D Cosson, C Bock, L Parmenter, B Potts, B Clifford

Netball - A grade:  Griffith 41 d Ganmain-GGM 29; A reserve: Ganmain-GGM 41 d Griffith 35; B grade: Griffith 48 d Ganmain-GGM 5; C grade: Griffith 34 d Ganmain-GGM 10; Under 17's: Griffith 38 drew Ganmain-GGM 38.

Match report: THE Griffith Swans have survived a tough test from Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong to come away with a 19-point win at Exies Oval on Sunday afternoon. The Swans were able to hold off a charging Lions outfit who closed within a point before a Jacob Conlan goal just before the siren sounded gave the home side a 14.14 (98) to 12.7 (79) victory. Conlan led the way up forward with three goals while Sam Daniel, Heath Northey, Theo Valeri and Dean Bennett picked two a piece. Meanwhile for the visiting side Daniel Foley, Riley Corbett and Aaron Proctor kicked two goals each. Ill-discipline from the Swans saw the Lions get right back into the game with a six-goal third term to see them down by seven heading into the final term. The uncharacteristic issues left Swans' coach Will Griggs a little disappointed. "We were very undisciplined today I think we gave away three or four fifties which never helps and we have been so good at that all year," he said. "It wasn't so much our new players but some of our older more experienced blokes and at this stage of the year you can't to afford to do that. "We thought that we had it in the third quarter we stuck to it pretty well and then they got a few goals late in the quarter to level it up a bit heading into the final term. But when you have got the wind it always helps a little bit." The Lions were already without star ruckman Jacob Olsson for the clash due to suspension and had young gun Riley Corbett backing up after receiving a call up to play for Greater Western Sydney reserves in the NEAFL competition. However after going goal-less in GWS on Saturday, the schoolboy was kept to his lowest tally for the season. GGGM have now dropped to fifth on the Riverina League ladder, behind Leeton-Whitton on percentage and just a win clear of Turvey Park and Coolamon. The win now means the Swans winning start to the season has now extended to ten games but Griggs isn't getting ahead of himself. "It is very hard to go through the year undefeated so we aren't thinking that at all," he said. "We know there is going to be a lull and we think we are in that lull at the moment. Teams are testing us and lucky enough we can respond. "We always knew was going to be a tough game, we rate them very highly they are probably a top three team. The Swans will now prepare themselves for a trip to Leeton to take on their arch rivals who have won three of their last four games while the Lions will take on Wagga Tigers at home. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday July 9, 2018).

Round 12 - Saturday July 14, 2018 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm 
Leeton-Whitton ..... 1.2 .. 2.6 .. 3.6 .. 5.7 (37) 
Griffith ..................... 6.0 .. 9.2 .. 10.8 .. 13.11 (89) 

Goals: Leeton-Whitton: B O'Garey, T Meline, R Dunn, J Nancarrow, C Sharman
Griffith: L Conlan 3, J Iudica 2, J Conlan 2, H Northey 2, D Bennett 2, T Blissett, T Valeri
Best: Leeton-Whitton: W Wakeman, K Pete, D Evans, S Hopper, T Evans, J Nancarrow
Griffith: S Foley, B King, R Matheson, G Orton, M Agnew, H Northey
Leeton-Whitton: Josh Thomas, Kyle Pete, Nathan Jones; Sam Hopper, Will Wakeman, Tyh Evans; Danyan Evans, Scott Rainbird, Josh Helsen; Ryan Dunn, Tom Meline, Cooper Sharman; Hugh Collins, Daniel Muir, James Nancarrow; Mason Dryburgh, Bryce O'Garey, Nathan Tang; Jacob Chant, Alex Crelley, Ryan Oldershaw, Nathan Ryan
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Will Griggs; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Jack Rowston; Theo Valeri, Jacob Conlan, Charlie Cunial; Ben King, Lucas Conlan, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Sam Foley, Heath Northey; Jonathon Gastin, Michael Agnew, Dean Bennett, Reece Matheson
Umpires: Ryan Dedini, Craig Kefford (RUA)

Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 9.10 (64) def by Collingullie-GP 12.11 (83), Coolamon 17.10 (112) def Narrandera 9.12 (66), Ganmain-GGM 16.9 (105) def Wagga 8.7 (55); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Griffith  23.24 (162) d Leeton-Whitton 0.0 (0) 
Goals:. T Howard 8, K Duncan 6, D Richens 3, J Burley 2, B Chambers, R Marando, R Patey, J Taylor
Under 17.5: Griffith 12.16 (88) d Leeton-Whitton 6.3 (39)
Goals: G Rovere 5, B Rowston 2, B Wood 2, C Bock, O Herrmann, C Verri

Netball - A grade: Griffith 48 d Leeton-Whitton 25; A reserve: Leeton-Whitton 28 d Griffith 35; B grade: Leeton-Whitton 28 d Griffith 35; C grade: Griffith 24 d Leeton-Whitton 18; Under 17's: Leeton-Whitton 50 d Griffith 37.

Match report: Griffith issued another reminder that they are the team to beat for this year's Riverina League premiership with a 52-point victory over Leeton-Whitton on Saturday. The Swans started with a six-goal opening quarter and never looked back as they cruised to their 11th straight victory, 13.11 (89) to 5.7 (37) at Leeton Showground. Griffith had their running game on song as they opened up a commanding 38-point lead on the reigning premiers by half-time. The second half was much more of dour affair but the Swans were never troubled as they put some question marks over Leeton-Whitton's premiership credentials. While dominant, the win was soured for Griffith by an knee injury to young gun Jack Rowston. The full extent of the injury will not be known until next week but it did enough to put a dampener on Griffith's celebrations. "It was a real downer," Griffith coach Will Griggs said. "We won't know further until he has had an MRI but fingers crossed it comes back as nothing too serious. "We'll just have to wait and see." Otherwise, Griggs was a happy man. "Other than that, I couldn't be happier," he said. "Our first half was really good. We got back to our style of play, our running play, which was fantastic. "In the second half we were a bit hesitant but in saying that...you're got to be happy with a 50-point win." James Toscan for the second consecutive week, was one of Griffith's best at fullback. He started on Daniel Muir, who went goalless for the first time this year, and then played on other Leeton forwards. Talented teenager Sam Foley had his best game for the year in the midfield, while Isaac Campbell and Ben King were others to shine in the win. Lucas Conlan kicked three goals. Griggs was pleased to see their run return. "It was good to get our running game going and we moved the ball quickly," he said. "It was a great day so there were no excuses and I was really happy that there was a lot of of enjoyment out there, that was the best thing. Tyh Evans was very good for the Crows across half-back, while Matt Rainbird continued his fine season with another solid performance. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday July 16, 2018). 


The season is over for Griffith Swans young gun Jack Rowston who has had scans to confirm the injury sustained on Saturday afternoon against the Leeton-Whitton Crows was a torn ACL. Swans coach Will Griggs said it was a sad time for the talented footballer who had been lighting up the fields so far this season. "It's pretty sad for a kid who has plenty of potential and has been showing it," he said. "He has only played the last couple of games for us, but he has been playing in the NEAFL and was playing really well. "Hopefully it doesn't hurt his chances of playing football in the future." 
As for the Swans they are preparing to take on Coolamon this weekend and will be looking to build on what was their best performance in recent weeks, and Griggs is hoping they can continue on this path with five rounds until finals.  The Swans are now faced with a fixture list that works in their favour with three of their last four games at home. "We knew at the start of the season looking at the draw we would need to win on the road early, and we were able to do that," he said. "Know we will look to take advantage of playing on our home track. You really couldn't ask for a better run home really."
The young blokes in the team had a solid weekend to coincided with the Swans taking full flight against the Crows last weekend and Griggs was pleased to see them return to the form they were showing early in the season. "I wouldn't say they had dropped off, but it was good to see them return to form last weekend," he said. "Reece Matheson was played as sort of pinch hitter last weekend and probably played one of his best games all season. "Sam Foley had his running game back, and Isaac Campbell has been playing well all season." While the Swans were able to get a convincing 104-point win over the Coolamon side last time they met this season at Kindra Park, Griggs is expecting a much tighter game this time round. (The Area News - Friday, July 20, 2018).


Round 13 - Saturday July 21, 2018 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .......... 5.3 .. 8.5 .. 12.9 .. 15.13 (103)
Coolamon .... 2.3 .. 4.5 .. 8.8 .. 10.9 (69)

Goals: Griffith: J Iudica 2, T Valeri 2, B King 2, J Conlan 2, H Northey 2, D Bennett 2, W Griggs, T Blissett, L Conlan
Coolamon: J Redfern 2, C McKelvie 2, N Buchanan 2, R Allen, M McKelvie, L Redfern, J Buchanan
Best: Griffith: J Iudica, H Northey, I Campbell, T Valeri, B King, J. Conlan
Coolamon: M Hillier, M McKelvie, N Pleming, M Macauley, L Redfern, R Allen
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Jonathon Gastin; Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Will Griggs (coach); Oswald Herrmann*, Jordan Iudica, Isaac Campbell; Theo Valeri, Charlie Cunial, Jacob Conlan; Ben King, Lucas Conlan, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Sam Foley, Heath Northey; Dean Catanzariti, Dean Bennett, Michael Agnew, Reece Matheson
Coolamon: Matthew Bradley, Will Graetz, Adam McKenzie; Connor Neyland (c-c), Marshal Macauley, Kyle Woods; Zac Robinson, Nick Pleming, Will Alchin; Josh Buchanan, Joe Redfern, Ryan Allen; Braeden Glyde, Matt McGowan, Luke Redfern; Benjamin Gillett, Mitch McKelvie, Max Hillier; Ben Edyvean, Cooper McKelvie, Nick Buchanan, Tom Stubbs
Umpires: Alex Manley, Nathan Brookes (RUA)

Other matches: Wagga 8.9 (57) drew with Mangoplah-CUE 8.9 (57), Turvey Park 7.7 (49) def by Collingullie-GP 14.9 (93), Narrandera 10.10 (70) def by Ganmain-GGM 17.17 (119); Leeton-Whitton, bye
Reserves: Griffith 16.14 (110) d Coolamon 3.5 (23)
Goals: J Taylor 5, T Howard 3, K Duncan 3, L Peruzzi 2, B Chambers, R Perre, Tom Valeri
Under 17.5: Griffith 10.8 (68) d Coolamon 8.11 (59)
Goals:  B Wood 4, S Robinson 2, B Rowston 2, R Townsend, G Rovere
Netball - A grade:  Griffith 61 d Coolamon 16; A reserve: Griffith 31 d Coolamon 25; B grade: Griffith 61 d Coolamon 19; C grade: Griffith 34 d Coolamon 10; Under 17's: Griffith d Coolamon on forfeit.

Match report: Griffith made it 12 wins in succession to start the Riverina League season with a 34-point win over Coolamon on Saturday. The Swans started strongly and were never headed on their way to 15.13 (103) to 10.9 (69) victory at Exies Oval. Griffith coach Will Griggs said while it was an indifferent performance, he was happy to take the four points. "It was a pretty topsy-turvy day," Griggs said. "We came out with all guns blazing and put four on them then we shut up shop and did some uncharacteristic things and they came back.
"I was happy to get the win but we had a pretty average week on the track and it showed today. "I'm still happy to get a 34-point win but it shows when you don't put the work in on the track, it's going to show."  Theo Valeri was best for Griffith across half-forward, closely followed by Jordan Iudica, Ben King and Isaac Campbell. Mitch McKelvie and Marshal Macauley were Coolamon's best. The Swans will now prepare to take on Turvey Park next weekend on Sunday afternoon at Exies Oval. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday July 21, 2018). 


The Griffith Swans had a great weekend out on the netball court at Exies Oval on Saturday afternoon when they took on Coolamon in the Riverina Netball League. It was the first time this season that the Swans have picked up the points in all five grades, and with four side's picking up convincing wins it is looking good with five rounds left before finals get underway. After losing to the Rovers earlier in the season, the Swans A Grade side made a point in this meeting between the two teams with a massive 61-16 win. It sees the Swans close in on a possible second chance come finals time as they moved level with third-placed Mangoplah-CUE. The Griffith A reserve side were able to pick up their second win of the season and give themselves some breathing space over the bottom-placed Coolamon side with a 31-25 victory. With little space separating third from sixth it was important B Grade picked up a win this weekend and were able to get the job done to remain in fifth with a 61-19 win. The second chance in finals has become a possibility for C Grade A after 34-10 win pushing them into third while the 17s are still within reach of the top three after a 20-0 win.  (The Area News - Friday, July 27, 2018).


Round 14 - Sunday July 29, 2018 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .............. 2.1 .. 5.4 .. 6.10 .. 10.13 (73) 
Turvey Park .... 0.3 .. 3.5 .. 4.7 .. 4.7 (31)

Goals: Griffith: J Iudica 4, L Conlan 2, T Blissett, J Conlan, H Northey, R Irvin
Turvey Park: C Shields 2 J Campbell, J. Sykes
Best: Griffith: J Iudica, J Toscan, I Campbell, B King, S Foley, G Orton
Turvey Park: J Sykes, J Haggar, M Bailey, T Carroll, J Campbell, H Stapleton
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Taylor, Dean Catanzariti; Will Griggs (coach), James Toscan, Guy Orton; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Jacob Conlan; Toby Blissett, Charlie Cunial, Theo Valeri; Ben King, Lucas Conlan, Reece Matheson; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Dean Bennett, Michael Agnew, Oswald Herrmann
Turvey Park: Mackenzie Harmer, Joshua Donaldson, Lachlan McRae; Harrison Stapleton, Jack Hagger, Jackson Weidemann; Myles Carroll, Mathew Bailey, Daniel Hitchens; Josh Campbell, Bradley Ashcroft, Truman Carroll (coach); Alex Carroll, Clint Shields, Cooper Deissel; Josh Ashcroft, Bryce McPherson, Jeremy Sykes; Ethan Andrews, James Clarke, Harry Woods, Benson Ochieng
Umpires: Cain Davey, Craig Fletcher, Tony O'Halloran (RUA)

Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 12.9 (81) def Mangoplah-CUE 11.8 (74),  Wagga 20.12 (132) def Narrandera 8.7 (55), Ganmain-GGM 14.10 (94) def Collingullie-GP 11.10 (76); Coolamon, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 11.11 (77) d Turvey Park 4.3 (27)
Goals: B Chambers 3, K Duncan 3, T Howard, N Witherspoon, D Andreazza, J Evans, A Cappello
Under 17.5: Turvey Park 23.18 (146) d Griffith 0.1 (1) 
Netball - A grade: Griffith 32 d Turvey Park 31; A reserve: Turvey Park 35 d Griffith 29; B grade: Griffith 27 d Turvey Park 26; C grade: Turvey Park 24 d Griffith 16; Under 17's: Turvey Park 24 d Griffith 21.

Match report: The Griffith Swans will go into the bye weekend with their 13th win of the season after defeating Turvey Park by 42 points at Exies Oval on Sunday afternoon. It was a four-goal to none final term which secured the Swans a 10.13 (73) to 4.7 (31 win in blustery conditions. Jordan Iudica was the primary goal scorer with four goals while Lucas Conlan kicked two and Heath Northey, Toby Blissett, Jacob Coonlan and Riley Irvin picked one apiece. Swans coach Will Griggs said Iudica's performance came as little surprise.
"He played midfield and kicked four goals today," He said. "There is a reason why he is on top of the Riverina votes counts. He's played fantastically again." With a lot riding on the results for the visitors, Griggs knew it was going to be a tight encounter. "They came to play, and it was their chance to keep their final hopes alive a little bit," he said. "We knew they were going to come out firing and I think they were first to the footy for three-quarters of the day. "We put it to the boys at half time said it's not going to come from our more experienced players it's going to come from our next generation, the younger crew that is going to lead the way for the future who needs to step up now." Griggs made a couple of positional changes and was pleased with how one of his youngsters tackled the task at hand. "We moved a few things around and put young Reece Matheson in the midfield," he said. He's only 17-year-old kid, and he is a little bull who is only going to get better and better every game, so really happy with that and some of the younger blokes in the last half." The most pleasing aspect for Griggs was his sides ability to grind out a win when Turvey Park closed to within six points late in the third term. "We can just grind out a win I guess when things aren't really working for us, just being able to find away to get it done," he said. The week off has come at a good time for the Swans with a couple of players nursing knocks. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday July 30, 2018). 

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Round 15 - Saturday  August 4, 2018

Griffith, bye

Other matches: Collingullie-GP 16.15 (111) def Coolamon 9.12 (66), Leeton-Whitton 12.7 (79) def Wagga 8.4 (52);  Mangoplah 16.8 (104) def Narrandera 11.4 (70), Turvey Park 9.8 (62) def by Ganmain-GGM 15.16 (106).   '

Round 16 - Saturday August 11, 2018 at Crossroads Oval 2.10pm 
Collingullie-GP .... 0.1 .. 2.3 .. 3.5 .. 7.6 (48)
Griffith .................. 3.3 .. 3.4 .. 5.6 .. 7.8 (50) 

Goals: Collingullie-GP: M Geppert 3, L Gestier 3, B McMillan 
Griffith: J Conlan 2, M Duncan, L Conlan, R Irvin, J Iudica, D Bennett
Best: Collingullie-GP: B Klemke, D Frawley, D Singe, T Keogh, C Cool, B Harper
Griffith: B King, J Iudica, J Toscan, D Peruzzi, T Blissett, M Duncan
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Sean Keith, Dustin Rogers, Luke Murray; Daniel Kennedy, Cody Cool, Blake Harper; Ed Perryman, Nick Perriman, Lachlan Moore; Dereck Singe, Luke Gestier (coach), James Kennedy; Daniel Frawley, Marc Geppert, Tim Beckmans; Ben Klemke, Tom Keogh, Matthew Klemke; Kallan Sykes, Bradley McMillan, Ben Keith, Sam Macklan
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; James Taylor, Guy Orton, Will Griggs (coach); Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Toby Blissett; Theo Valeri, Charlie Cunial, Jacob Conlan; Michael Duncan, Lucas Conlan, Dean Bennett; Riley Irvin, Ben King, Sam Foley; Sam Daniel, Oswald Herrmann, Kris Duncan, Reece Matheson
Umpires: Jake O'Halloran, Tony O'Halloran, Brian Robinson (RUA)

Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 9.6 (60) def Turvey Park 4.6 (30), Ganmain-GGM 8.11 (59) def Leeton-Whitton 6.4 (40); Coolamon 10.13 (73) def Wagga Tigers 9.8 (62); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Collingullie-Glenfield Park 6.10 (46) d Griffith 3.3 (21)
Goals: T Howard 2, R Patey
Under 17.5: Collingullie-Glenfield Park 19.20 (134) d Griffith 4.3 (27)
Goals: Z Whitworth, J Kirby, C Thompson-Gardener, H Stockton
Netball - A grade: Collingullie-GP 29 d Griffith 17; A reserve: Collingullie-GP 69 d Griffith 22; B grade: Collingullie-GP 40 d Griffith 20; C grade: Griffith d Collingullie-GP 33 d Griffith 20; Under 17's: Griffith 39 d Collingullie-GP 28.

Match report: Griffith are one step closer to going through the home and away season undefeated after holding off Collingullie-Glenfield Park in a thriller on Saturday. The Swans survived their first close call all year by outlasting the Demons by two points on their home turf, 7.8 (50) to 7.6 (48) at Crossroads Oval. It confirms the minor premiership for the Swans and the performance showed they are also just as capable in wet weather football, should it arrive in September. But the Demons will take a lot of confidence from the clash, knowing they went seriously close to downing the Swans without a couple of key players, most notably dual Jim Quinn Medallist, Jayden Klemke. Griffith led all day. They started strongly in the wet conditions and opened up a 20-point lead by quarter time before the Demons kicked the only two goals of the second term to reduce the margin to seven points by the main break. Griffith kicked the first two goals of the second half to clear out to a 20-point lead and then lead by 19 points again when kicking the first goals in the final term. The Demons kept coming however and led by a three goal final term from coach Luke Gestier, they clawed back to get within two points, twice, before the final siren sounded. Griffith coach Will Griggs was craving a finals-like game and was pleased to get it. "They're a quality team. We started very well. I couldn't have been happier with our first quarter but a team of their quality, they're always going to bounce back, on their home ground," Griggs said. They responded very well and from here on, it was a lot of back and forth. They had momentum, then we got it back. It was just a very good hit-out, really." It was the first time anyone finished within three goals of Griffith. Griggs was pleased to see how his team handled the pressure late in the game. "The boys showed a lot of maturity. We tried to chip it around a little bit towards the end just to try and milk the clock," he said. "Games like that, you've just got to force stoppage after stoppage, lock it in and the boys did that fantastically." It was the first time the Swans have finished the season on top since 2002. Ben King was the Swans' best  on Saturday. He was closely followed by fellow midfielder Jordan Iudica. Tom Keogh won a heap of footy in midfield for the Demons, while Marc Geppert and Luke Gestier kicked three goals each. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday August 13, 2018).

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Round 17 - Saturday August 18, 2018 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ........................... 3.2 .. 8.6 .. 11.12 .. 12.16 (88) 
Mangoplah-CUE .... .... 0.3 .. 0.4 .. 4.5 .. 7.6 (48)

Goals: Griffith: J Iudica 2, L Conlan 2, Thomas Valeri 2, L Peruzzi, T Blissett, K Duncan, S Foley, Theo Valeri, D Bennett
MCUE: A McLay 2, A Dickins, G Kendall, W Clark, P Killalea, N McCormack
Best: Griffith:  T Blissett, I Campbell, J Iudica, L Conlan, J Toscan, D Peruzzi
MCUE: C Griffin, N McCormack, J Collins, J Whitley, I Damme, W Clark
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Jordan Crowe; Will Griggs, Guy Orton, Dean Catanzariti; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Thomas Valeri; Theo Valeri, Charlie Cunial, Dean Bennett; Michael Duncan, Lucas Conlan, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Ben King, Sam Foley; James Taylor, Daniel Andreazza, Luke Peruzzi, Kris Duncan

Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: Elliott Winter, Alex McCormack, Mark Roberson; Connor Griffin, George Kendall, Isaac Damme; Jake Whitley, Jack Collins, Ethan Schiller; Lachlan Kendall, Angus McLay, Will Keogh; Wesley Clark, Brent Arho, Pat Killalea; Andrew Dickins, Nick McCormack, Tom Keogh; Mitchell Bloomfield, Lachlan Johnson, William Seymour, Steve Marsden
Umpires: Ryan Dedini, Paul McKelvie (RUA)

Other matches: Narrandera 8.11 (59) def by Turvey Park 15.11 (101), Wagga 4.6 (30) def by Collingullie-GP 16.15 (111), Leeton-Whitton 10.12 (72) def by Coolamon 11.8 (74); Ganmain-GGM, bye. 
Reserves: Griffith 8.16 (64) d Mangoplah-CUE 7.1 (43)
Goals: T Howard 2, T Argus 2, O Herrmann, N Witherspoon, J Evans, A Cappello
Under 17.5: Griffith 20.13 (133) d Mangoplah-CUE 3.4 (22)
Goals: O Herrmann 4, C Bock 4, I Testoni 3, H Stockton 2, S Robinson 2, M Irvin 2, C Verri, L Fabris, B Rowston
Netball - A grade: Mangoplah-CUE 41 d Griffith 29; A reserve: Mangoplah-CUE 43 d Griffith 19; B grade: Mangoplah-CUE 27 d Griffith 24; C grade: Griffith 30 d Mangoplah-CUE 25; Under 17's: Griffith 33 d Mangoplah-CUE  32.

Match report: Griffith have moved their winning streak to 15 games and have now equalled a club record for most consecutive by a senior side following a dominant display against Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes. The Swans were able to hold the Goannas goalless in the first half before taking out a 12.16 (86) to 7.6 (48) win at Exies Oval on Saturday afternoon. Lucas Conlan, Jordan Iudica and Theo Valeri led the goal scoring for the Swans wth two goals each, while for Mangoplah-CUE, Angus McLay was the only multiple goal kicker. In blustery conditions at Exies Oval, Swans coach  Wills Griggs was happy to see his side getting their running game working to good effect. "In conditions with that kind of wind we just had to tuck it under our arm and run a bit and allow us to run by putting blocks on and spreading out of the stoppages," he said. The boys on the outside of the stoppages and congestion were fantastic today. They were always on the move." With Griggs happy with the 44-point win over the third-placed Mangoplah side he still didn't feel it was an accurate reflection of the game. "I thought we were pretty dominate for the majority of the game," he said. "We kicked 12.16 so still a bit of work to be done with our accuracy. The boys were fantastic just a few lapses and decisions that didn't go our way." It was a milestone game for young gun Sam Foley as he brought up his 50 games with the Swans in style. "He kicked a fantastic goal on the run from the boundary," he said. "It just goes to show when everyone got around him how much he has an impact  on this team. The boys love playing with him and having him here, and he has a big future ahead of him." The other standouts for the Swans were Toby Blissett, Lucas Conlan, Jordan Iudica and Isaac Campbell. "I thought Toby Blissett probably had his best game. He was used as a bit of a utility for us, and he was fantastic," he said. "Isaac Campbell another young kid who keeps stepping up and obviously Jordy Iudica was great again. Connor Griffin, Nick McCormack and Jack Collins were best on a tough day for the Goannas. MCUE will finish the home and away season with a bye and prepare for an elimination final clash on Sunday, September 2, that will likely be against Leeton-Whitton. Griffith finish their home and away season at home against Wagga Tigers. A win over the eight placed Tigers will give the Swans a perfect 16 for the year. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday August 20, 2018). 

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Round 18 - Saturday August 25, 2018 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................ 4.5 .. 10.8.. 15.13 .. 20.16 (136)
Wagga Tigers ... 0.2 .. 1.5 .. 3.7 .. 4.7 (31)

Goals: Griffith: L Conlan 6, D Bennett 2, J Iudica 2, K Duncan 2, R Irvin, T Blissett, J Conlan, W Griggs, Theo Valeri, J Toscan, N Witherspoon, B King
Wagga: S Campbell 2, M Griffin, N Ryan
Best: B. King, I. Campbell, L. Conlan, H. Northey, D. Peruzzi, R. Irvin
Wagga: S Schirmer, S Campbell, J McCoullough, L Beard, J Mascini, H Bennett
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; James Taylor, Guy Orton, Will Griggs; Toby Blissett, Jordan Iudica, Isaac Campbell; Theo Valeri, Charlie Cunial, Jacob Conlan; Heath Northey, Lucas Conlan, Dean Bennett; Riley Irvin, Ben King, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Kris Duncan, Nick Witherspoon, Reece Matheson
Wagga Tigers: Lahs Shephard, Benjamin Kelly, Matthew Griffin;  Mitchell Wadley, Jake Mascini, Xavier Lyons; James McCoullough, Trent Driscoll, Harry Bennett; Nick Ryan, Lewis Gooden, Riley Green; Mitchell Castles, Shaun Campbell (c-c), Sam McGowan; Louis Beard,  Ashley Bennett, Samuel Schirmer;  Scott Pearce, Matthew Noonan, Thomas McCoullough, Jeffrey Mannell
Umpires: Braydon McClintock, Mark Rowe (RUA)

Other matches: Ganmain-GGM 23.14 (152) def Coolamon 13.13 (91), Narrandera 10.9 69) def by Collingullie-GP 21.21 (147),  Turvey Park 6.8 (44) drew with Leeton-Whitton 5.14 (44), Mangoplah-CUE, bye.  
Reserves: Griffith 24.16 (160) d Wagga Tigers 3.7 (25)
Goals: S Daniel 5, J Evans 3, T Argus 3, D Andreazza 3, Tom Valeri 2, R Perre 2, J Ryan 2, D Spratt, I Testoni, M Peruzzi, L Peruzzi
Under 17.5's: Wagga Tigers 9.7 (61) d Griffith 8.10 (58)
Goals: J Whitworth 3, B Rowston 2, O Herrmann, L Wallace, C Bock
Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 66 d Griffith 41; A reserve: Wagga Tigers 54 d Griffith 23; B grade: Wagga Tigers 41 d Griffith 34; C grade: Griffith 38 d Wagga Tigers 14; Under 17's: Griffith 49 d Wagga Tigers 16.

Match report: Griffith became the first team in seven years to go through the home and away season undefeated after defeating Wagga Tigers on Saturday. The Swans ensured they go into finals in red hot form after blasting Tigers away by 105 points, 20.16 (136) to 4.7 (31) at Exies Oval. Griffith teenager Lucas Conlan booted six goals in the win, while Ben King, Jordan Iudica and Isaac Campbell continued their good form with strong performances. Griffith coach Will Griggs said it took the Swans a little while to settle. "The first quarter was tight, well the first half of it was," Griggs said. "We were that excited to finish the home and away season that sometimes you're that excited you do silly things. Once we settle it was smooth sailing, which was good."
The only concern for Griffith was a minor knee injury to Nick Witherspoon. Griggs said he was proud of a clean sheet but declared the Swans have bigger fish to fry. "Obviously it doesn't mean anything if we don't win our last few," he said. "I can't be any happier leading into the finals. We've broke the club record for most consecutive wins and became the first Swans team to go undefeated throughout the home and away season.
"It's these little things that give us confidence going into the finals." Sam Schirmer and Shaun Campbell were the Tigers best in a disappointing end to the season for the Wagga team. The Swans will now have the first week of finals off since they were able to finish at the top of the table. They now have to wait to play the winner of the qualifying final between Collingullie-Glenfield Park and Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in the second semi final on Saturday September 8 to have a shot at advancing straight into the grand final on Saturday September 22. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday August 27, 2018).

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2018 RFNL NETBALL Ladders
A grade:
Collingullie-GP 183.13% 56, Wagga Tigers 134.58% 56, Mangoplah-CUE 137.02% 44, Turvey Park 123.89% 40, Griffith 106.54% 36; Narrandera 103.47% 28, Leeton-Whitton 64.49% 16, Ganmain-GGM 66.09% 8, Coolamon 46.96% 4.

A Reserve: Collingullie-GP 178.96% 60, Turvey Park 172.07% 56, Leeton-Whitton 118.37% 44, Narrandera 97.47% 44, Mangoplah-CUE 101.07% 28; Ganmain-GGM 90.90% 28, Wagga Tigers 90.59% 28, Wagga Tigers 90.59% 20, Griffith 61.59% 8, Coolamon 50.87% 0.

B grade: Turvey Park 211.43% 60, Wagga Tigers 136.73% 52, Collingullie-GP 157.46% 44, Leeton-Whitton 128.79% 44, Griffith 109.04% 28, Mangoplah-CUE 105.45% 28, Narrandera 75.35% 16, Coolamon 67.36% 16, Ganmain-GGM 23.04% 0.

C grade: Turvey Park 279.15% 60, Collingullie-GP 183.43% 54, Mangoplah-CUE 189.46% 50, Griffith 139.60% 42, Leeton-Whitton 111.98% 34; Narrandera 71.49% 24, Wagga Tigers 72.71% 16, Coolamon 42.58% 8, Ganmain-GGM 23.65% 0. 

Under 17's: Turvey Park 176.05% 58, Mangoplah-CUE 141.94% 50, Leeton-Whitton 157.45% 48, Griffith 128.00% 42, Collingullie-GP 141.07% 36; Ganmain-GGM 110.20%, Wagga Tigers 79.57% 20, Coolamon 34.76% 4, Narrandera 27.12% 4.  

Qualifying Final - Saturday  September 1, 2018 at Robertson Oval 2.15pm
Collingullie-GP ...... 2.1 .. 4.1 .. 8.5 .. 10.6 (66)
Ganmain-GGM ..... 1.4 .. 4.7 .. 5.8 .. 8.13 (61)

Goals Collingullie-GP : M Geppert 3, B Harper 2, E Perryman, D Frawley, M Klemke, N Perryman, D Kennedy
Ganmain-GGM: R Corbett 2, J Lander 2, M Hamblin 2, B Walsh, T Anderson
Best: J Kennedy, M Klemke, M Geppert, N Perryman, D Rogers, D Frawley
Ganmain-GGM: J Bubnich, J Lander, J Olsson, A Proctor, J Sase, J Walsh
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Luke Murray, Joe Byrnes, Daniel Kennedy; Sean Keith, Dusty Rogers, Blake Harper; Ed Perryman, Jayden Klemke, Lachlan Moore; Tom Keogh, Kallan Sykes, Matt Klemke; Bradley McMillan, Marc Geppert, Daniel Frawley; Ben Klemke, James Kennedy, Nick Kennedy; Ben Keith, Dereck Singe, Tom Byrnes, Joshua Gunning
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Nathan Kember, Joshua Walsh, Andrew Roberts; Jack Sase, James Wilson, Fraser Menzies; Thomas Anderson, Josh Bubnich, Zac Wienche; Jacob Dyer, Ben Walsh, Daniel Foley; Lachlan Parker, Riley Corbett, Matthew Hamblin; Jacob Olsson, Jessie Lander, Aaron Proctor; Jack McCaig, Jethro Peck, Matthew Knagge, Angus Cumming
Umpires: Nathan Brookes, Alex Manley, Brayden McClintock (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 8.10 (58) d Turvey Park 7.10 (52)
Goals: Griffith: T Argus 3, K Duncan 2, B Chambers, J Evans, Tom Valeri
Best: Griffith: B Chambers, J Crowe, B Rees, J Evans, T Valeri, M Agnew
Griffith: Jordan Crowe, Beau Rees, Luke Peruzzi; Blake Testoni, Jordan Burley, Cameron Harrison; Michael Agnew, Royce Johns, Daniel Andreazza; Mathew Peruzzi, Brady Chambers, Jesse Ryan; Kris Duncan, Todd Argus, John Evans; Dean Spratt, Rocco Perre, Tom Valeri; Andrew Cappello, Jake Villata, Rowan Patey, Lachlan Killalea
Umpires: Andrew Tough, Troy Mavroudis, Cris Fitzhardinge (RUA)
Under 17.5's: Collingullie-Glenfield Park 13.8 (86) d Leeton-Whitton 9.6 (60)
Umpire: Walter, Cain Davey, Troy Edwards (RUA)
Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 45 d Mangoplah-CE 44; A reserve: Turvey Park 56 d Leeton-Whitton 36; B grade: Leeton-Whitton 32 d Collingullie-GP 22; C grade: Collingullie-GP 39 d Mangoplah-CUE 18; Under 17's: Mangoplah-CUE 40 d Leeton-Whitton 28.

Match report: COLLINGULLIE-GLENFIELD Park is one win away from another grand final after outlasting Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in an epic qualifying final on Saturday. A Blake Harper goal deep inside the final quarter handed the Demons back the lead and they hung on for a brave five-point win, 10.6 (66) to 8.13 (61) at Robertson Oval. In a game that had it all, GGGM teenager Matt Hamblin nailed a set shot from the boundary line to put the Lions up by one point at the 21 minute mark of the final term. The Lions were then forced to rush a behind to level the scores, before Harper marked on the lead and kicked truly to put Collingullie-GP six point up at the 24 minute mark. GGGM went forward again and Hamblin narrowly missed a quick shot on goal. The siren sounded shortly after with the ball inside the Lions' attacking 50. It was a big effort from the Demons, who lost two-time Jim Quinn Medal winner Jayden Klemke and key defender Joe Byrnes to hamstring injuries in the first half. GGGM, despite missing a lot of opportunities, led by a goal at half time before the Demons turned the game on it's head. Collingullie-GP kicked three goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter to open up a 13-point lead and went into three-quarter-time 14 points up. The Lions came hard and looked like they might have it for a moment, but the Demons held their nerve to claim a brilliant finals win. Sidelined Collingullie-GP coach Luke Gestier had nothing but praise for his team. "We were up against it and it was just good character and that's what this club is built on the back of," Gestier said. "Whether it's a final or just a round match, this club has got some bloody good characters and it showed in that last five or 10 minutes. "Footy's a strange thing and some may say we didn't deserve it but at the end of the day we got the win and we move on to have a good crack at Griffith now."  Gestier said the early prognosis did not look good for Klemke or Byrnes, who were having their first game back from hamstring injuries. Marc Geppert, who kicked three goals, was instrumental in the win for the Demons. He moved to centre-half-forward in the second half and had a hand in the first three goals of the third quarter. Jimmy Kennedy, Matt Klemke and Nick Perryman got on top in the middle, while Dusty Rogers moved onto Riley Corbett and kept him to two goals. Josh Bubnich was brilliant for the Lions, closely followed by Jacob Olsson and Jesse Lander. 

GANMAIN-GRONG Grong-Matong coach Christin Macri blamed the Lions poor third quarter for their five-point loss to Collingullie-Glenfield Park. The Lions had their chances in the first half and led by six points at half time before the Demons broke the game in the third quarter. "The way we played in the first 12-15 minutes of the third quarter cost us the game," Macri said. "Because, they're a good football side, but they just ran rings around us. We had no response. "It was really poor and disappointing because we had been so strong in those areas in the first half and we got totally dominated. That's where we lost the game but they're a good footy side so they were always coming." To make matters worse, GGGM lost Zac Wiencke to what appeared to be a serious ankle injury. The Lions now must become the first team since 2002 to bounce back from a qualifying final to win the premiership. (By Matt Malone).

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Elimination Final - Sunday  September 2, 2018 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.15pm
Mangoplah-CUE ...... 4.2 .. 7.4 .. 9.7 .. 10.10 (70)
Leeton-Whitton ....... 2.2 .. 7.5 .. 12.7 .. 13.11 (89)

Goals: MCUE: B Arho 3, R Price 3, N McCormack, T Keogh, G Kendall, W Clark
Leeton-Whitton: D Muir 3, J Hodge 3, J Nancarrow 2, C Sharman, N Tang, B Boots, H Collins, R Dunn
Best: MCUE: T Cohalan, G Kendall, J Carey, I Damme, T Keogh, N McCormack
Leeton-Whitton: J Nancarrow, S Hopper, B Wood, M Dryburgh, B O'Garey, J Hodge
Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: Elliott Winter, Jack Collins, Padric Griffin; Connor Griffin, Alex McCormack, Isaac Damme; Jacob Whitley, Trent Cohalan, Ethan Schiller; Wesley Clark, George Kendall, Will Keogh; Tom Keogh, Brent Arho, Ryan Price; Andrew Dickins, Nick McCormack, Lachlan Kendall; Angus McLay, Steve Marden, Pat Killalea, Jack Carey
Leeton-Whitton: Hugh Collins, Will Wakeman, Kyle Pete; Tyh Evans, Tom Meline, Samuel Hopper; Bailey Wood, Matthew Rainbird, Danyan Evans; Ryan Dunn, Cooper Sharman, Bradley Boots; Coopa Steele, Daniel Muir, Jade Hodge; Mason Dryburgh, Bryce O'Garey, Isaac Houghton; James Nancarrow, Jacob Chant, Nathan Tang, Josh Helson
Umpires: Mark Rowe, Rob Johnston, Andrew Tuovi (RUA)
Reserves: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 14.14 (98) d Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes 6.4 (40)
Umpires: Brayden McClintock, Andrew Tough, Craig Kefford (RUA)
Under 17.5's: Coolamon 19.11 (125) d Griffith 9.6 (60)
Goals: Griffith:  J Whitworth 2, S Robinson, B Clifford, D Bennett, B Jamieson, T Baker, L Parmenter, B Rowston
Best: Griffith: M Irvin, K Spencer, O Herrmann, B Jamieson, T Beitaki, L Fabris
Griffith: Jordon Whitworth, Blake Jamieson, Dean Bennett, Luke Parmenter, Ben Rowston, Thomas Baker, Sam Robinson, Brady Clifford, Luke Fabris, Tyrone Beitaki, Oswald Herrmann, Kahlan Spencer, Mitchell Irvin, Connor Bock, Kyle Bennett, Isaac Testoni, Bill Geddes, Riley Townsend, Jesse Paton, Zac Whitworth, Chase Verri, Quade Stevenson, Connor Thompson
- Gardener, Hayden Stockton.
Umpires: James Forwood, John Bedding, Ryan Dedini (RUA)
Netball - A grade: Turvey Park 48 d Griffith 43; A reserve: Mangoplah-CUE 47 d Narrandera 42; B grade: Wagga Tigers 51 d Griffith 48; C grade: Griffith 29 d Leeton-Whitton 15; Under 17's: Griffith 46 d Collingullie-GP 37.

Match report: LEETON-WHITTON kept their premiership aspirations alive with an impressive 19-point win over Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes on Sunday. The Crows produced some of their best football of the year to come from 30 points down and end the Goannas' season, 13.11 (89) to 10.10 (70) at Narrandera Sportsground. With Brent Arho firing early and Ryan Price threatening, MCUE started strongly and opened up a 30-point lead early in the second quarter. But the Cows responded with some of the best football of the season, kicking five goals in the space of eight minutes to take a narrow one-point lead into half-time. Both teams went goal for goal early in the third term, before a couple of Jimmy Nancarrow goals helped the Crows establish an 18-point lead at three-quarter-time. When Jade Hodge kicked his third in the fifth minute of the final term, it stretched the margin to 22-points, which proved too much for the Goannas. Hodge, Leeton-Whitton's coach, was not surprised by the Crows comeback. "Coming into today, I knew our best was good enough," Hodge said. "We've had the wood over these blokes, I just think we match up really well on them and we can stretch them forward because they're not overly tall down back. I think we used the space of the ground, in particular, to the best of our ability and really isolated their forwards which helped. "I'm really proud of the boys and for such a young group, to respond after the way Mango started was a fantastic effort."
The Crows' forwards and the way they moved the ball forward proved the difference in the end. Hodge, Daniel Muir, Brad Boots and Cooper Sharman all had a influence on the contest, on the back of some brilliant supply through the second and third quarters. Leeton-Whitton's youngsters also shone with Sam Hooper, Bailey Wood, Hugh Collins and Tyh Evans all bringing some pace and excitement to the Crows' game. Mason Dryburgh also dominated in the ruck and took several marks around ground, while Bryce O'Garey and Matt Rainbird were influential. Arho and Price finished with three goals apiece for the Goannas, and they were the two most dangerous players. Trent Cohalan and Nick McCormack also battled hard for four quarters. The Crows will now take plenty of confidence into next Sunday's first semi-final with Ganmain-Grong-Matong at Narrandera Sportsground.

TRAVIS Cohalan's tenure as Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes coach came to a close with an elimination final loss to Leeton-Whitton. The Goannas led by 30 points early in the second quarter but had  coughed up that advantage by half-time. The Crows then edged ahead to record a 19-point win. Cohalan, who was finishing up after three years in charge, said he felt for the players most. "It's disappointing to finish up with a loss any year but I suppose when you're not going around next year it's definitely disappointing," Cohalan said. "It's not about me, I actually thought the boys deserved better than that. I couldn't have asked any more from them. They've worked their butts off from November until now and I just feel sorry for them because I thought they deserve better. "A few things didn't go our way today and with injuries all year, they are excuses but they are also valid reasons, I just feel they deserve better but it is disappointing." (By Matt Malone).

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Talented midfielder Heath Northey says there is "an air of confidence" at Griffith as the Swans look to end the club's 15-year premiership drought. Griffith will begin their finals campaign with a second semi-final showdown against Collingullie-Glenfield Park at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday. It has already been a special season for Griffith, going through the home and away season undefeated for the first time in the club's history. The task is now to turn special into spectacular by winning the club's first premiership since 2003. "There is an air of confidence at the club at the moment," Northey said. "The week off has freshened us up but we're under no illusions as to how tough Collingullie will be. They have been a bit of a powerhouse for a while now and it's always a tough challenge against them. "We know it will be tough but there's a real confidence among the group. We know if we can play the way we know we can play and bring that effort, then we can get the job done."
Northey, whose home club is Wahgunyah, made his senior debut as a 17-year-old at Corowa-Rutherglen in the Ovens and Murray League. He moved to Griffith for work at the start of last year and signed up with the Swans, despite a strong friendship with Narrandera's coach Jarred Lane. I really like the competition actually, it's pretty free-flowing style of footy," he said. "I love it at Griffith. They have been really welcoming and that's one of the reasons I couldn't not play at the Swans. It felt like home straight away. The 27-year-old restricted himself to 10 games last season in a bid to get through the year. Northey has taken his game to a new level this year, kicking 14 goals and being named in the Swans best on six occasions from 13 games. "Although I'm only 27, I've got a pretty old body and I've always had issues with my hip," he said.

I only played 10 games last year and that was deliberate to get through a season of footy. After I got through those games and with the group we had this year, you could sense there was a real opportunity to achieve something so I spoke to Will (Griggs) and said that I want to play every game this year." Northey is confident the Swans can pick up in finals where they left the season. "The key is bring that real intensity to the contest, like any final," he said. (The Area News - Friday September 17, 2018).

Second Semi Final  - Saturday  September 8, 2018 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.15pm
Griffith ................... 1.3 .. 4.7 .. 7.10 .. 8.12 (60)
Collingullie-GP .... 1.6 .. 4.6 .. 5.11 .. 10.13 (73)

Goals: Griffith: J Iudica 2, R Matheson 2, C Cunial, H Northey, Tom Valeri, L Conlan
Collingullie-GP: M Geppert 4, D Singe 3, N Perryman, C Cool, D Frawley
Best: Griiffith: J Toscan, I Campbell, J Iudica, B King, H Northey, G Orton
Collingullie-GP: D Singe, M Klemke, D Rogers, N Perryman, M Geppert, S Keith
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Will Griggs; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Toby Blissett; Jacob Conlan, Charlie Cunial, Theo Valeri; Heath Northey, Lucas Conlan, Sam Daniel; Riley Irvin, Sam Foley, Ben King; Jonathon Gastin, Kris Duncan, Thomas Valeri, Reece Matheson
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Luke Murray, Dusty Rogers, Sean Keith; Daniel Kennedy, Kallum Sykes, Tom Byrnes; Ed Perryman, Nick Kennedy, Lachlan Moore; Tom Keogh, Marc Geppert, Matt Klemke; Dereck Singe, Blake Harper, Daniel Frawley; Ben Klemke, Nick Perryman, James Kennedy; Ben Keith, Bradley McMillan, Dereck Singe, Cody Cool, Joshua Gunning
Umpires: Ryan Dedini, Alex Manley, James Forwood (RUA)
Reserves: Collingullie-GP 8.7 (55) d Griffith 2.17 (29)
Goals: Griffith: R Perre, B Chambers
Best: Griffith: B Rees, D Andreazza, L Peruzzi, C Harrison, R Perre, N Witherspoon
Griffith: Blake Testoni, Beau Rees, Michael Johns; Jordan Crowe, Jordan Burley, Cameron Harrison; Michael Agnew, Royce Johns, Luke Peruzzi; Jesse Ryan, Brady Chambers, Daniel Andreazza; John Evans, Todd Argus, Todd Howard; Rowan Patey, Rocco Perre, Nick Witherspoon; Andrew Cappello, Jake Villata, James Keenan, Ben McRae
Umpires: Richard Kreuz, Mark Rowe, Tony O'Halloran (RUA) 
Under 17.5's: Turvey Park 8.12 (60) d Collingullie-GP 9.1 (55) 
Umpires: Brayden McClintock, Craig Fletcher, Lee Barclay (RUA)

Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 50 d Collingullie-GP 46; A Reserve: Collingullie-GP 60 d Turvey Park 31; B grade: Turvey Park 40 d Leeton-Whitton 35; C grade: Turvey Park 41 d Collingullie-GP 32; Under 17's: Mangoplah-CUE 44 d Turvey Park 34.

Match report: COLLINGULLIE-GLENFIELD Park are through to another Riverina League grand final after upstaging Griffith by 13 points on Saturday. The Demons found another level when it mattered, coming from 11 points down at three quarter time to down the Swans, 10.13 (73) to 8.12 (60) at Narrandera Sportsground. Griffith's undefeated  start to season came to an end in their first final as the Swans struggled to reproduce their best football when it mattered. They took an 11-point lead into three-quarter-time after kicking three goals in six minutes in a quarter that was otherwise dominated by the Demons, who could not convert. Collingullie-GP started the fourth quarter with two goals inside the opening two minutes and kicked five of their six goals for the term to book their sixth grand final appearance in the past eight years. Dereck Singe was the unlikely hero for the Demons, kicking three goals, two in the final term, to help the Demons to victory. Marc Geppert also stood tall with two final quarter goals to finish with four in a match-winning display. Collingullie-GP coach Luke Gestier never doubted his team for a minute. "Their effort was fantastic and across the board , I couldn't fault them. It was fantastic," Gestier said. "I kept saying to them, we've just got to stay in the contest. It's not as if I'm not backing them in, but we just had to stay in the contest, as long as we're in the contest, we're in the game. "At three quarter time we were only 11 points down and we kept coming and coming and coming and eventually we got our nose in front. "I know we're a great last quarter side, even last year's grand final we kept coming and coming and coming, we lost it, but it's the fight in us that I know the boys will keep giving. They're fantastic." The was little between the two teams all day. The Demons led by three points at quarter-time, then worked hard to stick with Griffith in the second quarter, going into half-time two points down. Collingullie-GP had all the play in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter but failed to capitalise before the Swans went up the other end and nailed three goals in six minutes. The Demons' midfield got on top for most of the second half, working hard both ways as Collingullie-GP's defence proved rock solid and rebounded efficiently. With a fortnight off before the grand final, the Demons now face the dilemma as to how many players they bring back for the decider. 

GRIFFITH coach Will Griggs is confident the Swans can recover quickly from their first loss of the year in Saturday's semi-final. The Swans were overrun by Collingullie-Glenfield Park and get a second chance to qualify for the decider in next Sunday's preliminary final. "It's never ideal to have a loss towards the end of the season." Griggs said. "It was far from our best performance today but credit to Gullie, they're a great team and it takes four quarters to beat them and once you switch off towards the end of the last, they ran over the top of us. "We talked at the end of the game and I'm pretty confident we'll respond." To make matters work worse for Griffith, they lost on-baller Sam Foley to what appears to be a season-ending hamstring injury. Griggs said the most disappointing aspect of the loss was they got overworked by Collingullie-GP, something the Swans have prided themselves on throughout the year. (By Matt Malone) - The Area News, September 10, 2018). 

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First Semi Final - Sunday September 9, 2018 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.15pm
Ganmain-GGM ..... 0.6 .. 1.7 .. 6.9 .. 8.11 (59) 
Leeton-Whitton .... 0.1 .. 2.4 .. 7.5 .. 8.8 (56)

Goals: Ganmain-GGM: R Corbett 3, J McCaig 2, T Anderson 2, M Hamblin
Leeton-Whitton: C Sharman 3, J Hodge 2, D Muir, B O'Garey, J Nancarrow
Best: Ganmain-GGM: J Bubnich, J Lander, T Anderson, D Foley, J Walsh, J Wilson
Leeton-Whitton: T Meline, S Hopper, W Wakeman, C Steele, M Dryburgh, R Dunn
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Nathan Kember, Joshua Walsh, Andrew Roberts; Daniel Foley James Wilson, Jack Sase; Matthew Knagge, Josh Bubnich,Thomas Anderson; Jacob Dyer, Ben Walsh, Jack McCaig; Lachlan Parker, Riley Corbett, Matthew Hamblin; Jacob Olsson, Jessie Lander, Aaron Proctor; Fraser Menzies, Jethro Peck, Angus Cumming, Bradley Hare
Leeton-Whitton: Hugh Collins, Will Wakeman, Kyle Pete; Tyh Evans, Tom Meline, Samuel Hopper; Bailey Wood, Matthew Rainbird, Danyan Evans; Ryan Dunn, Cooper Sharman, Bradley Boots; Coopa Steele, Daniel Muir, Jade Hodge; Mason Dryburgh, Bryce O'Garey, James Nancarrow; Joshua Thomas, Jacob Chant, Nathan Tang, Josh Helson
Umpires: Tim Beard, Paul McKelvie, Peter Alexander (RUA)
Reserves: Ganmain-GGM 13.10 (88) d Turvey Park 5.13 (43)
Umpires: Jake O'Halloran, Andrew Tuovi, Andrew Tough (RUA)
Under 17.5's: Coolamon 18.15 (123) d Leeton-Whitton 2.5 (17)
Umpires:​ Cris Fitzhardinge, Lee Barclay, Cain Davey (RUA)
Netball - A grade: Turvey Park 53 d Mangoplah-CUE 47; A reserve: Mangoplah-CUE 32 d Leeton-Whitton 21; B grade: Wagga Tigers 46 d Collingullie-GP 38; C grade: Griffith 32 d Mangoplah-CUE 27; Under 17's: Griffith 40 d Leeton-Whitton 35.

Match Report: GANMAIN-GRONG Grong-Matong kept their premiership dream alive with a gritty come from behind win over Leeton-Whitton on Sunday. The Lions set up a tantalising preliminary final showdown with Griffith next Sunday after downing the Crows in a thriller, 8.11 (59) to 8.8 (56) at Narrandera Sportsground. After a scrappy first half, Leeton-Whitton set the third quarter alight with five goals in six minutes against the breeze to open up a 25-point lead. The Lions were able to respond immediately through opportunist goals to Tom Anderson, then a further two through Riley Corbett and Matt Hamblin had GGGM back in the contest at three-quarter-time, down by two points. Leeton-Whitton had the breeze to finish with but the Lions hit the front through Jack McCaig in the sixth minute, before he goaled again 10 minutes later to stretch GGGM's lead to 10 points. Jimmy Nancarrow marked and goalled truly with 90 seconds remaining to put the Crows back within a kick, then they almost jagged it moments later when a Cooper Sharman snap sailed just wide of the post for a behind. It was a big win from the Lions after finding themselves 25 points down midway through the third quarter and coach Christin Macri could not have been prouder of his men. "It's huge, especially because they put it on us going into the breeze as well," Macri said. "It could have been quite easy to go, you know what this is going to be a bit too hard now, we're really tried our hardest for a quarter and a half with the wind and nothing's really happened but our boys have got character and they're a tight group and they get on really well and that's the only way you get out of situations like that. "You dig in, and a couple of goals from Tommy Anderson, it just gets a little spark and another goal from Matty Hamblin and things start to happen. Then the quality of the players to stand up in the last quarter was amazing. Everyone did their bit...and I'm just so proud, rapt to get out out it." It took an even performance from the Lions to get the job done. Jesse Lander was excellent through the midfield, working hard defensively and also winning plenty of the footy. Riley Corbett was kept quite for most of the day but finished with 3.2, while Anderson and McCaig bobbed up with two goals each at crucial times. The Lions will get Zac Wiencke back from an ankle injury to face Griffith, while Scott Proctor is only a 50-50 proposition to return from a hamstring injury. Tom Meline, Mason Dryburgh and Ryan Dunn were among the Crows' better players, while Cooper Sharman kicked three goals.

GANMAIN-GRONG Grong-Matong coach Christin Macri paid tribute to out-going Leeton-Whitton coach Jade Hodge after the Crows' premiership defence came to a close on Sunday. Hodge's three-year tenure as Leeton-Whitton coach finished with Sunday's three-point first semi-final loss to the Lions. Hodge led the Crows as they ended a 39-year premiership drought last season and Macri said the Tasmanian deserves to be congratulated. "They were outstanding today, they really put it to us," Macri said. "Hodgey is an excellent coach, clearly, I'd like to congratulate him on what he's done with the club. "To go so close a couple of years ago and to have that character to regroup and win a tight one last year and break a 39-year premiership drought with all that pressure, and the grand finals they lost leading into that as well, that's a lot of pressure for a coach to carry. "He's a great fella and he's done a great job there."  (By Matt Malone).

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Griffith coach Will Griggs will back his team to outrun Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in Sunday's preliminary final. The Swans' 16-game winning streak came to an end last Saturday when they went down to Collingullie-Glenfield Park by 13 points in the second semi-final. It suddenly leaves Griffith to defeat the Lions on Sunday to make the grand final, or face a straight sets exit from finals. Griggs is not about to panic or make wholesale changes and will back his team to bounce back. While respectful of the football the Lions are capable of, Griggs believes Griffith can run their opponents off their feet. "They pride themselves on congestion, whacking it forward and putting the heat on pretty quick," Griggs said. "If we bring our pace and ability to move the ball quickly then I think we can find a few of their bigger bodies out. That's been our plan all year, to try and run and move quickly. We believe it's stacked up well against most sides all year. "It's just when you have 80 percent of your team individually having their worst game of the year in a semi-final like we did last week, it doesn't help.
Griffith's slip up at the start of the final series, along with the club's lack of finals experience over the past decade, prompted questions of the Swans this week. Griggs said it was simple a matter of the Swans playing to their ability. "I've said all year that if we don't play our best footy where a very mediocre side and that any side can beat us on our day and Collingullie showed that," he said.  "But what it showed on the weekend is that if you're not prepared to work hard for four quarters then you'll easily turn yourself out of form pretty quickly. "In saying that, we felt we didn't play well and we still led for most of the day and didn't get beaten by much. So we've tried to keep things positive this week and back ourselves to work hard and turn it around." In bad news for the Swans, teenage on-baller Sam Foley will miss Sunday's final with hamstring injury. He is unlikely to return for the grand final, should Griffith be successful this weekend. Foley has enjoyed an outstanding season and established himself as one of Griffith's starting on-ballers before injury struck early in the loss to the Demons last Saturday. (The Area News - Friday, September 14, 2018).


Preliminary Final - Sunday September 16, 2018 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.15pm
Griffith ................. 5.3 .. 7.5 .. 11.7 .. 15.7 (97) 
Ganmain-GGM ... 6.0 .. 9.5 .. 10,6 .. 12.8 (80)

Goals: Griffith: K Duncan 3, H Northey 2, W Griggs 2, J Conlan 2, L Conlan, Theo Valeri, C Cunial,  S Daniel, J Iudica, T Blissett
Ganmain-GGM: J Peck 4, R Corbett 4, B Walsh 2, L Parker, T Anderson
Best: Griffith: H Northey, W Griggs, J Toscan, L Conlan, K Duncan, B King
Ganmain-GGM: J Olsson, M Knagge, J Walsh, B Walsh, A Roberts, J Peck
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Jacob Conlan, Guy Orton; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Toby Blissett; Kris Duncan, Charlie Cunial, Theo Valeri; Heath Northey, Lucas Conlan, Sam Daniel; Riley Irvin, Will Griggs, Ben King; Jonathon Gastin, Thomas Valeri, Reece Matheson, Daniel Andreazza
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Nathan Kember, Joshua Walsh, Andrew Roberts; Daniel Foley, James Wilson, Jack Sase; Matthew Knagge, Josh Bubnich, Zac Wienche; Thomas Anderson, Ben Walsh, Jack McCaig; Lachlan Parker, Riley Corbett, Matthew Hamblin; Jacob Olsson, Jessie Lander, Aaron Proctor; Fraser Menzies, Jethro Peck, Angus Cumming, Bradley Hare

Reports: Jordan Iudica for using abusive language towards umpire Troy Edwards - Reprimand.
Umpires: Tim Beard, Troy Edwards, Alex Manley (RUA)
Reserves: Griffith 11.3 (69) v Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 9.8 (62)
Goals: Griffith: T Argus 3, N Witherspoon 3, T Howard, L Peruzzi, R Patey, J Evans, M Johns
Best: Griffith: M Johns, J Crowe, N Witherspoon, R Johns, T Argus, C Harrison
Griffith: Chris Niven, Beau Rees, Jake Villata; Jordan Crowe, Jordan Burley, Cameron Harrison; Michael Agnew, Royce Johns, Luke Peruzzi; Jesse Ryan, Brady Chambers, Nick Witherspoon; John Evans, Todd Argus, Todd Howard; Rowan Patey, Rocco Perre, Michael Johns; Andrew Cappello, James Keenan, Ben McRae, Blake Testoni
Umpires: Andrew Tuovi, Tony O'Halloran, Paul McKelvie (RUA)
Under 17.5's: Coolamon 12.11 (83) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 9.13 (67)
Umpires: Joel Fairman, Brayden McClintock, Andrew Tough (RUA)
Netball - A grade: Collingullie-GP 43 d Turvey Park 34; A reserve: Turvey Park 45 d Mangoplah-CUE 34; B grade: Leeton-Whitton 35 d Wagga Tigers 32; C grade: Collingullie-GP 30 d Griffith 24; Under 17's: Turvey Park 40 d Griffith 34.

Match report: GRIFFITH almost lifted the roof off their dressing room at Narrandera Sportsground on Sunday afternoon with a stirring rendition of the team song after booking the club's first grand final appearance in 14 years. It was an equally stirring performance on the paddock to earn it - a dramatic comeback to beat Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 15.7 (97) to 12.8 (80) in the preliminary final, after being 23 points down in the second quarter and 17 points behind early in the third. "We've been talking a lot about belief throughout the last few weeks - well, this team's got fantastic character and resilience," Swans coach Will Griggs said. "It's fantastic for the town, great for the club with the reserves going through as well - two very spirited wins." The Swans celebrations were tempered after learning star midfielder Jordan Iudica was reported for umpire abuse in the third quarter. He faces an anxious wait to learn on Monday the severity of the charge and potential penalty. Iudica blew up after a free kick against him 15 minutes into the third quarter with the Swans down by 10 and pressing forward. His reaction saw it escalate to a 50 metre penalty and a yellow card. Ironically, the incident lifted the Swans, who kicked three goals in five minutes shortly afterwards to hit the front for the first time since the end of the first quarter. A seven-point lead wasn't a match-winning though, with GGGM to enjoy the breeze in the last and the Lions had tied it up after Riley Corbett's fourth goal four minutes in. But Griffith showed great composure, recovering with goals to Jacob Conlan and Griggs. GGGM were back within a goal midway through the term but Iudica made sure the Swans capitalised on a Lions turnover coming out of defence. His goal and the last of the game to Toby Blissett sealed the deal. It had been a freewheeling start with 11 goals before quarter-time as the Swans went from 15 points up to a goal down with GGGM's Jethro Peck kicking three beauties in a quarter. Peck then had his fourth early in the second term before Riley Corbett bomb opened up an almost-four-goal-lead. But the Swans had the luxury of swapping Lucas Conlan back and brother Jacob forward. And while they were hanging on in the second quarter, Kris Duncan found two important goals to ensure they went to the main break just 12 points down. Griggs said they refused to panic about a potential straight sets exit and backed their game plan and fitness to finish strongly. Griggs, Heath Northey and Ben King were strong while Duncan's three goals were invaluable. Mick Duncan went off early in the first quarter with a high quad concern but did return in the final quarter and is confident he'll be right for the grand final.

GANMAIN-GRONG Grong-Matong coach Christin Macri said it hurt enormously to see his side work so hard to get in a strong position only to fall victim to a Griffith fightback. The Lions worked their way back from an early 15-point deficit to dominate much of the first three quarters, only to let a 23-point lead - and grand final appearance - get away. "We had an opportunity today, there's no doubt about it, and we put ourselves in a strong position at times and we made a couple of really crucial errors that allowed them to get their hands on the footy," Macri said. "Whether it was a few discipline things or not being clean enough with the footy. We spoke a lot about composure and at times today we just lacked a little bit. And that's hurt us." The Lions were confident heading into the last quarter but were overrun by a seasoned and composed Swans. Jacob Olsson was outstanding, while Jethro Peck's four goals in 15 minutes early was a highlight. (By Matt Malone).

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 GRIFFITH ABUZZ - By Matt Malone  

Griffith is abuzz as the club attempts to end a 15-year premiership drought in the Riverina League grand final at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday. The Swans, on the back of an undefeated home and away season, have won through to their first decider since 2004. Griffith coach Will Griggs said the western edge of the competition is pumping this week ahead of the showdown against Collingullie-Glenfield Park. "There's a few shops around town that have got the red and white everywhere," Griggs said. "It's been a while between drinks, not just for us but for the reserves as well so it's going to be a big day for the club playing in both grades so hopefully we can get the job done." 
Griggs moved from Canberra to Griffith in 2015, alongside good mates Ben King and Sam Daniel. At a time when weekly trips from Canberra to play bush footy was in vogue, the trio committed wholly to the Swans by going one step further and packing up their lives to move to Griffith. After three seasons as a player at Griffith, Griggs stepped up to the coaching duties this year and said it would mean an enormous amount to him if he could lead the Swans to a long-awaited premiership. "We moved here, myself, Ben King and Sam Daniel, all moved from Canberra," he said. "We had a plan that we wouldn't leave until we had some success so that puts it to you right here, it would be pretty big." While Griggs will lead the Swans into battle on Saturday, he gives a lot of credit for Griffith's rise to the man he replaced, Adrian Pavese. 
"I'm not going to take all the credit," he said. "It's been a three-year process with the coach before me, Adrian Pavese, who I'm good friends with. "We sat down and basically started again at the start. Taught them how to play senior footy again, the tricks of the trade and we've steadily been getting better. "Obviously we've played finals the last two years, made the preliminary last year and to go down to Collingullie hurt and we've still got the memory in our heads so hopefully we can get a bit of payback." (The Area News - Friday, September 21, 2018).



Griffith champion Mick Duncan has declared himself a certain starter for the Swans in Saturday's Riverina League grand final. Duncan sustained a grade one tear to his quadriceps during last Sunday's preliminary final win over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. He sat out Griffith's training on Tuesday night but is feeling fit and has declared it is 'all systems go' for the decider against Collingullie-Glenfield Park at Narrandera Sportsground. "It's a grade one tear but on the lighter end of the scale. I could have trained Tuesday night," Duncan said. "I was amazed by the amount of improvement in the first 24 to 48 hours so I'll train on Thursday night. "It feels better now than my right one did a couple of weeks ago and I played with it so it's all systems go." Duncan is the only member of the Griffith 2003 premiership team still playing at the Swans. He played in three consecutive grand finals from 2002-to 2004. Duncan has not played in another grand final since and admits the drought certainly makes him appreciate what lies ahead of him on Saturday. "Without a doubt. I had played three grand finals by the time I was 21 and you do take it for granted," he said. "We had a period of 10 years where we didn't play finals so that makes me realise how hard they are to come by and how quickly you can go from playing in a grand final to not even playing in finals. "It's a good learning curve and we've made sure to make a point of that to our younger blokes." At 35, Duncan has done it all at Griffith. He is a premiership player, seven-time best and fairest winner and Team of the Century member. He is also keen not to make Saturday his last game. "After this week I'll be be on 298 games," he said. "The bodies is feeling OK and once again, after not playing finals for 10 years it's hard to walk away while you're having some success."  Duncan believes the stability of the current Griffith playing group is what makes it stand out from the rest. "Through the 10 years we didn't make the finals, we would get good recruits that would stay one year and go," he said. "The next year we would have to start from scratch again. Our recruits now are the same blokes we've had for a few years. "Our kids are another year older and have all started to get 30, 40, 50 games under their belt and are maturing a lot. "At the start of the year, we did change a few things up but the processes have been put in place since Adrian Pavese had come on board. Will (Griggs) just tinkered things a little bit." Duncan understands Collingullie-GP won't be easy on Saturday but he is confident they can get the job done. "We know our best is good enough," he said.  (The Area News - Friday, September 21, 2018). 


Grand Final - Saturday September 22,  2018 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.45pm            
Collingullie-GP ..... 2.0 .. 5.4 .. 11.6 .. 12.8 (80)
Griffith .................... 2.2 .. 4.2 .. 7.4 .. 12.6 (78)
Goals: Collingullie-GP: E Perryman 2, J Klemke 2, L Gestier 2, N Perryman, N Kennedy, J Kennedy, M Geppert, M Klemke, B Harper
Griffith: J Conlan 4, S Daniel 2, W Griggs 2, J Iudica, Tom Valeri, B King, H Northey 
Best: Collingullie-GP: D Kennedy, E Perryman, J Klemke, J Kennedy, L Murray, N Perryman, L Moore
Griffith: J Conlan, H Northey, S Daniel, G Orton, J Toscan, W Griggs,  B King
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Luke Murray, Dusty Rogers, Tom Byrnes; Daniel Kennedy, Kallan Sykes, Blake Harper; Ed Perryman, Daniel Frawley, Lachlan Moore; Dereck Singe, Marc Geppert, Tom Keogh; Nick Perryman (co-capt.), Luke Gestier (coach), Jayden Klemke; Ben Klemke, Matt Klemke, Jimmy Kennedy; Nick Kennedy, Bradley McMillan, Joshua Gunning, Sean Keith
Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Dean Catanzariti; Jonathon Gastin, Lucas Conlan, Guy Orton; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Toby Blissett; Sam Daniel, Charlie Cunial, Theo Valeri; Heath Northey, Jacob Conlan, Kris Duncan; Riley Irvin, Will Griggs (coach), Ben King; Michael Duncan, Thomas Valeri, Reece Matheson, Daniel Andreazza
Umpires: Alex Manley, Tim Beard, Troy Edwards (RUA). Gate: $28,020.
Reserves: Collingullie-Glenfield Park 10.10 (70) d Griffith 7.9 (51)
Goals: Collingullie-GP: Z Billingham 2, J Dowling 2, M Mullins 2, J Pope, M Geppert, L Powell, C Cool
Griffith: A Cappello 2, J Burley, T Howard, L Peruzzi, D Bennett, T Argus
Best: Collingullie-GP: L Powell, C Cool, J Bryce, J Dowling, B Keith, B Ryan
Griffith: J Crowe, N Witherspoon, B Rees, R Perre, L Peruzzi, D Bennett
Griffith: James Keenan, Beau Rees, Jake Villata; Jordan Crowe, Chris Niven, Cameron Harrison; Michael Agnew, Royce Johns (capt.), Luke Peruzzi; Jesse Ryan, Brady Chambers, Nick Witherspoon; John Evans, Todd Argus, Todd Howard; Rowan Patey, Rocco Perre, Dean Bennett; Andrew Cappello, Jordan Burley, Ben McRae, Blake Testoni
Umpires: Tony O'Halloran, Andrew Tuovi, Paul McKelvie (RUA)
Under 17.5's: Coolamon  d Turvey Park 18.17 (125) d Coolamon 6.10 (46)
Goal: Turvey Park: A Grigg 4, A Carroll 4, T Richards 2, R Browning 2, J Hughes, C Bramich, B Lewington, R Hubbard, H Woods
Coolamon: R Allen 3, C McKelvie 2, J Reid
Best: Turvey Park: B Lewington, A Carroll, L Grigg, R Hubbard, J Hughes, T Crakanthorp
Coolamon: R Allen, M. Bradley, B Glyde, L Delahunty, B Leary, N Buchanan 
Umpires: Joel Fairman, Nathan Brookes, Cain Davey (RUA)
Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 48 d Collingullie-GP 46, Lana Duff (Wagga Tigers); A Reserve: Turvey Park 44 d Collingullie-GP 38, Alex Byrne (Turvey Park); B grade: Turvey Park 43 d Leeton-Whitton 32, Joanne Wade (Turvey Park); C grade: Collingullie-GP 28 d Turvey Park 17, Olivia Harper (Collingullie-GP); Under 17.5's:  Turvey Park 33 d Mangoplah-CUE 32, Alice Toohey (Turvey Park).

Match report: COLLINGULLIE-GLENFIELD PARK are back on top of the Riverina League, courtesy of a thrilling two-point win over Griffith on Saturday. The Swans kicked five goals to one in the final quarter only to fall two points short of a fairy tale comeback at Narrandera Sportsground. The Demons, who led by 32 points late in the third quarter, fought doggedly for the final three and a half minutes to hang on and claim a famous premiership win, 12.8 (80) to 12.6 (78). It gave Collingullie-GP a third Riverina flag in five years and cemented their position as the competition powerhouse after joining from the Farrer League in 2011. The victory eased the pain of last year's six-point grand final defeat. "It's bloody great. My first premiership and to bring it up in this fashion and to get there with this bunch of boys, there's no better bunch, I just love it," Collingullie-GP coach Luke Gestier said. "I thought we played the the better footy throughout the day but we just couldn't get that extra goal to nail it, to really put the nail in the coffin. "When we let them back in, they're a good side, they came hard, momentum's a great thing but we just bloody held on." After an even first quarter, the Demons edged clear in the second quarter only for Griffith to kick two late goals, one after the siren, to draw back within eight points. The Swans kicked two goals within the first two minutes of the third quarter to hit the front before Collingullie-GP responded and kicked into overdrive. The Demons kicked six consecutive goals to blow the game apart and open up a 32-point lead. Again, Griffith kicked a crucial late goal to narrow the margin to 26 points at three-quarter time. Will Griggs booted the first goal of the term seven minutes into the quarter, before Luke Gestier replied moments afterwards to put the margin back to 25 points. Jacob Conlan's fourth goal 14 minutes into the final term ignited the Swans, as Griggs and Ben King followed suit to cut the margin to seven points at the 19 minute mark. Heath Northey then snapped a goal to close the lead to two points with three minutes 40 seconds remaining on the clock. The Swans continue to attack and went deep inside 50 on a couple of occasions only for the Collingullie-GP defence to hold strong. Ron Hutchins Medal winner Dan Kennedy's sensational pack mark in the Demons defensive goal square inside the final two minutes typified Collingullie-GP's resolve. Gestier never lost faith. "I was pretty confident with where we sat. Throughout the year we were the best four-quarter side but gees' you just never, never know and lucky we had a bit of a breather because they were coming hard," he said. "It was just like last year but roles were reversed and the siren went at the right time. That last mark there pretty much summed it up." Dan Kennedy, Jayden Klemke, Ed Perryman, Luke Murray, Sean Keith, Nick Perryman and Matt Klemke were among those to shine for the Demons.

GRIFFITH coach Will Griggs was left wondering what could have been after the final siren in Saturday's Riverina League grand final. The Swans almost pulled off a fairy tale finish, kicking five goals to one in the last quarter to fall two points short of an amazing comeback. Griggs, along with the rest of the Swans players and supporters, was left devastated as the siren beat Griffith in frantic finish. Griggs was proud of his players but could not help but rue wasted opportunities. "We had our chances," Griggs said. "We had a lot of inside 50's, sometimes they just don't go through the big sticks but I can't doubt the effort from the boys, it was fantastic. "You can analyse it a bunch of ways when you lose by two points. There's not much in it." Griggs believes the Swans were far from their best on the day but had nothing but admiration for the way they never gave in. "Absolutely, I think that the last quarter really epitomised what the season was, just pure ticker," he said. "We said before the game that you could have three bad quarters and one good quarter and win a game and you can have three good ones and one bad one and lose the game. We almost had three bad ones, one good one and stole one today but it wasn't to be." It was a disappointing finish to what had been an outstanding season from Griffith. The Swans went through the home and away season undefeated before losing two out of their finals, both to Collingullie-GP. Griggs who has re-signed for next year, vowed to return bigger and better next season. "Absolutely. We'll learn a lot from today and hopefully regroup and be back next year," he said. Jacob Conlan was outstanding for Griffith on Saturday. He kicked four goals and took an enormous amount of marks in the Swans' comeback.  Griffith teenager Isaac Campbell was good on a wing, while James Toscan was strong in defence. (By Matt Malone).

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                                                                                 2018 RIVERINA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS 
                                                                                  Football: Senior Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal
20 - Jarred Lane (Narrandera; 19 - Matthew Rainbird (Leeton-Whitton; 18 - Will Griggs (Griffith); 17 - Jordan Iudica (Griffith), Jayden Klemke (Collingullie-GP); 15 - Riley Irvin (Griffith), Nick Ryan (Wagga Tigers); 14 - Jacob Olsson (Ganmain-GGM); 12 - Riley Corbett (Ganmain-GGM); 11 - Lachlan Kendall (Mangoplah-CUE), Josh Ashcroft (Turvey Park), Shaun Campbell (Wagga Tigers); 10 - Mitchell McKelvie (Coolamon), Mason Dryburgh (Leeton-Whitton); 9 - Matt Klemke (Collingullie-GP); 8 - James Kennedy (Collingullie-GP), Lucas Conlan (Griffith), Jeremy Sykes (Turvey Park); 7 - Scott Proctor (Ganmain-GGM); 6 - Nick Pleming, Joe Redfern (Coolamon), Thomas Anderson, Josh Bubnich, Aaron Proctor (Ganmain-GGM), Andrew Dickins (Mangoplah-CUE), Mathew Bailey (Turvey Park); 5 - Daniel Fawley, Nick Perryman Collingullie-GP), Jacob Conlan, Heath Northey (Griffith), George Kendall (Mangoplah-CUE); 4 - Daniel Kennedy, Ed Perryman (Collingullie-GP), Jack Sase (Ganmain-GGM), Ben King (Griffith), Bryce O'Garey (Leeton-Whitton), Nick McCormack, Ethan Schiller (Mangoplah-CUE), Jackson Weidemann (Turvey Park); 3 - Luke Gestier, Blake Harper (Collingullie-GP), Marshal Macauley, Luke Redfern (Coolamon), Matthew Hamblin, Lachlan Parker (Ganmain-GGM), Sam Foley (Griffith), Tom Meline, Josh Thomas  (Leeton-Whitton), Matt Collins, Tom Keogh, Ryan Price, Jacob Whitley (Mangoplah-CUE), Chris Cerato, Matthew Ness, Clint Shields (Turvey Park), Campbell Lovell, Lahn Shepherd (Wagga Tigers); 2 - Dustin Rogers (Collingullie-GP), Hayden Bradley, Sam Glyde, Max Hillier, Matthew McGowan (Coolamon), Jade Hodge, Daniel Muir, Kyle Pete, Cooper S