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IN: James Fallon (Coleambally), Sam McGinn (West Aust.), Alex Overs (Congupna), Isaiah Potts (Yenda RL), Nathan Richards (Canberra Demons), Ben Tarr (Qld), Ashley Verhagen (Wynyard), Ben Watts (Hillston Swans).

OUT: John Evans (Barellan), Kieran Hume (Barellan), Riley Irvin (St George Dragons).


AFTER two years out of the red and white, the Griffith Swans have revealed Nathan Richards will be back out on the park for the 2019 Riverina Football League season. The talented footballer has been working away at Greater Western Sydney academy before playing a season with the Canberra Demons in the North Eastern Australian Football League last season but decided now was the time to return to his boyhood club. "It's one of those things where it doesn't matter how long it has been or where you have played you always want to come back to your own club again," Richards said. "I have been away for two years now. There were just a few family reasons to come home."
The signing will bolster a strong roster who fell in the Riverina Football League decider against Collingullie-Glenfield Park after going through the season undefeated. Richards was on the sideline for the Swans' first grand final in over a decade and said it was tough just to be watching from the bench. "It was hard to watch, not saying the boys played badly, they did really well just couldn't quite go that extra step," he said. "I was devastated for them, and I had seen how hard they worked all year and how well they went. It has put a bit of fire in the belly for the start of preseason. "I'd just like to contribute to hopefully the boys going further next season. If I can have any part in that, I'd be satisfied."

The return of the talented ruckman has come at a good time for the Swans who may have been searching for a ruckman heading into the 2019 season with Riley Irvin potentially leaving town. "I think Riley Irvin was outstanding. I feel he had an unreal year," he said. "Unfortunately I think he is heading off to university. If I can fill his role and do half the job he did, I think we will go alright." Richards spoke fondly of his experiences over the last two years, and the dream of playing on the big stage will always be on his mind. "Over the last two years I have had an unbelievable experience, and I feel I have come out of that not only a better footballer but a better person as well," he said. "It is something that stays in the back of your mind, and whatever footy takes me now, I'd say I'd be satisfied with what I have done." (The Area News - Friday October 19, 2018).



GRIFFITH'S chances to going one better in next year's Riverina League competition has been boosted by the re-signing of premier midfielder Jordan Iudica. The Swans went through this year's home and away season undefeated only to fall to Collingullie-Glenfield Park by two points in the grand final. Griffith feared the grand final may have been Iudica last game for the club after three years of travelling from Canberra but the classy midfielder has committed to another season at the Swans. Iudica won Griffith's best and fairest for the second time this year, and was named Riverina League's Player of the Year, as voted each week by coaches. He was a big part of the Swans' climb to their first grand final appearance in14 years and Griffith coach Will Griggs is stoked Iudica is staying. "The boys are pretty excited by that," Griggs said.

"That was the main priority. We were waiting to get him on board before we started chasing anyone else. "It was pretty important, especially when you've got someone like Nathan Richards coming in, that's going to make our midfield a bit more potent now. Riley (Irvin) did a great job but he was a better around the ground. We expect Nathan will be pretty dominant in the ruck and give (Jacob Olsson) a shake up." Richards is Griffith's only new signing as they go about trying to retain the majority of their squad from this season. They are set to lose young guns Sam Foley and Riley Irvin to university, while Heath Northey looks set to depart to Sydney due to employment. "We knew we were losing Riley and Sam since about halfway through the year," he said. "Losing Heath is a bit of a shame but that's life."

Griffith's main priority at the moment is re-signing midfielder Ben King, who juggled fly in, fly out work commitments this season. Griggs is looking forward to working with a number of the club's juniors next season. "They showed this year that if you back them a little bit, it can do wonders," he said. "There's a lot of good kids coming through our 15s and 17s." One teenager Griggs is looking forward to blooding is Blake Argus, who missed this year due to knee surgeries. (The Area News - Friday, November 23, 2018).



GEORGIA Fuller began her netball as a Griffith Swans junior player, and now she has returned to the flock as the club's newly appointed senior head coach. The team ended last season on a high note, but Fuller is determined to take the club to even greater heights. She will have big shoes to fill when she takes the reins from outgoing head coach Bridgette Keely, who managed to take the team into the finals for the first time in years. "Bridgette did a great job building the club as a whole, so I would like to work with Swannies to keep improving and building it up," Fuller said. Fuller has strong credentials, having proved herself repeatedly on the court both as a player and as a coach. She played junior representative netball at both Griffith netball association and was a key part of the inaugural Barellan and District Rep 17s team.

She then donned league representative for both RFNL and Farrer, being judged best on court in the Farrer league in 2017 and went on to work as the coach of Narrandera in RFNL last season. Now she's back with the Swans she said she is looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with the young Griffith players, who will hit the courts for the 2019 preseason on Tuesday. "They're gutsy girls and they all get along well, which is important for having a strong team," Fuller said. All the grades will be getting together on Tuesday for a quick preseason hustle before going off to work on some basic drills, fitness and footwork technique. Ms Fuller said the team has solid fundamentals that she can work with, and that they have an especially strong attack side which they can take advantage of.

 Griffith Swans netball co-president Sarah McCuskey said she is completely confident that Ms Fuller would take the club from strength to strength. "Griffith Swans look forward to her return, having earned respect across the district as both a player, and coach, with particular strength in junior development," McCluskey said. "Her passion and nurturing nature will see her further develop the Swans building success and club culture." (The Area News - January 30, 2019).


GRIFFITH have received a massive boost just a week out from the start of the Riverina League season with the return of Heath Northey. The classy midfielder looked lost to the Swans after moving to Sydney but decided this week to re-sign with the club. Northey will travel from Sydney to line-up for a third season with the Swans, who hope to go one better and break Griffith's 16-year premiership drought. Griffith coach Will Griggs was excited by Northey's decision."It's a very handy get," Griggs said. "He was fantastic for us last year and it's very hard to come by a big-bodied midfielder like him so we're very excited by that. "He's a very classy player and especially with a question mark