2019 RFNL SEASON RESULTS

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PLAYER TRANSFERS

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).

 RICHARDS RETURNS TO HOMETOWN SIDE - By Liam Warren 

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).

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 IUDICA STAYS WITH SWANS - By Matt Malone  

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).

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 GEORGIA FULLER RETURNS - By Kenji Sato 

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).

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 NORTHEY RE-SIGNS WITH THE SWANNIES  - Matt Malone 

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 over Guy Orton and how much he'll be able to play, we need another experienced body." Orton, a two-time Jim Quinn Medallist, is awaiting results on a scan on his back and could be sidelined for the year. 
Griffith will open their season with a trip to Crossroads Oval on Saturday week for a grand final rematch against Collingullie-Glenfield Park. The Swans have reappointed James Toscan as captained and elevated teenager Isaac Campbell to vice-captain after a breakout 2018 season. He won runner up best and fairest last year playing on the wing and has a lot of promise," Griggs said. The decision of Northey to return means the Swans have only lost two players from last year's campaign in Riley Irvin and Sam Foley. Ben King will be a late starter, while Orton's season is up in the air. ((The Area News - Friday April 5, 2019).

SWANS WOMEN'S TEAM SHOW SPIRIT - By Liam Warren

THE Griffith Swans women's team showed plenty of fight in their Southern NSW AFL grand final encounter with Charles Sturt University, but it wasn't quite enough as they fell to a 6.3 (39) to 1.5 (11) defeat at Exies Oval. The CSU side put pressure on the Swans early in the first quarter, but it took until six minutes into the first term for them to make an impact on scoreboard as they went in with a 1.0 (6) lead at the first change. The Swans had the momentum in the second quarter with Mel Bonetti, Lauren Marshall and Jenna Richards all having attempts on goal however were only able to come away with three behinds. CSU coach Clinton Black praised the effort of his defence as they stood up to the Swans charge. "I gave credit to the back six at halftime they really just held on," he said. "I think there was four points in a row and six minutes of going flat out and they held their own." 
Weary of the pressure the Swans exerted heading into halftime, the CSU side used pep talk at halftime to their advantage to kick three unanswered goals to take a 30-point lead heading into the final term. Richards kicked the Swans first goal in the final term, but that was as close Swans got as CSU kicked a late goal to take a 28-point win. 
Blake was pleased to see the changes made after their meeting with the Swans earlier in the season coming into effect. "We came over here three weeks ago and had a really tough game, and we went back to the drawing board and started from scratch and started with some new things,' he said. "They came out tonight and executed really well." Swans coach Trevor Richards praised the way his side didn't give up the fight. "CSU played really well tonight and were deserved winners," he said."We had a great season . It wasn't the results we were aftr, and we probably didn't play our best game tonight, but we had a crack, and I'm proud of every single one of them." It was a packed house at Exies Oval on Friday night, and Richards gave thanks to those who turned out to cheer the girls on. "The girls had a real crack, and they love it, so it was good to see them (the crowd) get behind us," he said. (The Area News - Monday April 8, 2019). 

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 AT THE BAR with Speedy and Liam 

With the Riverina Football League getting underway this weekend, Michael  'Speedy' Stratton and The Area News' sports journalist Liam Warren sit down to discuss the upcoming season in the latest edition of 'At The Bar.' 
Liam: The RFL season is just a couple of sleeps away.
Speedy: I'm looking forward to it especially the performance of Griffith who came up just short last season in the grand final against Collingullie. They will be a better team for the experience last year and barring ant injuries it could be the year of the Swans. What do you think?
Liam: I think the Swans will go well. They have recruited pretty well, and the return of Nathan Richards will be a big boost for them to have another big body in the middle.
Speedy: He is a good young player, and he can be as good as his father Trevor, who was pretty handy, it will be a big boost to the Swans.
Liam: Well he was running around for the Giants for a couple of seasons in the junior ranks and played for the Canberra Demons last season and decided to pull the red and white back on which is excellent.
Speedy: Will Griggs knows what it's going to take this year and all those younger players coming through last year has got a feel of grand final footy, and they will be well prepared I'm sure. Now the hardest to beat they tell me Leeton is looking alright.
Liam: Leeton will probably put up a fair fight this season. 
Speedy: What about Collingullie?
Liam: Well the Demons are always going to be there or thereabouts. 
Speedy: I think they have lost one or two players.
Liam: Yeah one of the Klemke brothers headed to play in South Australia.
Speedy: Being in the position they are I'm sure they will be able to cover their losses. Now to Leeton, I hear they have changed their coach.
Liam: Daniel Muir has taken over from Jade Hodge, but Muir has been around the club for a few years, so I don't think there will be too many changes at this stage and I'd back them to make the finals.
Speedy: It would be good to have a derby in the decider. That would add some spice.

(The Area News - Wednesday April 10, 2019).

 Griffith Swans Notes 

It is not really surprising that many are tipping us for the Riverina Football Netball League premiership this season. When one considers the heights we reached last season in coming so close to major honours I suppose it is to be expected that we will be classed as favourites this time around.

But no one at Griffith is going to say we will win anything. That would not be fair to the other eight clubs in RFNL.

Of course there is confidence in the camp. There is also a marvellous team spirit, a willingness on the part of each and everyone of the players to give 100 per cent for their team mates.

Jordan Iudica decision to stay at the club, along with Ben King and Heath Northey, who have all signed up again, means the continuity hasn’t been interrupted and our aim is simply to repeat the form of last season.

But it is never easy. In many ways we where the Team of the Year for 2018 but never at any stage was it less than hard work to stay at the top.

The RFNL is as much a test of endurance as it is of footballing ability. Club’s have to play up to 19 games in all types of condition and there are so many additional factors like injuries, loss of form, etc., that have a part to play.

No team with serious title ambition can afford a really slack period. It takes a good start, a solid spell in the middle and a rousing finish when the other challengers are snapping at your heels come finals time.

But hopefully our players are tried and tested and most have been through it all over. They are nearly all senior members now who have played at a very good level for a number of years. They know exactly what is required of them.

There were times during the close season when the club thought about dipping into the player market. There were players anyone would have fancied – but not at the asking price. And in any case would one have spent dollars to pay players of the quality of some of our reserves without being able to guarantee them a place in the team.

We cannot make promises or look into a crystal ball and say what the season holds in store. But we can tell you that everyone at Exies Sports Oval is determined to have something to celebrate with our fans.

Welcome back for what we hope will be another enjoyable season. Give all the players the reception they deserve and take it from there. Up the Swans! (By Trevor Harrison).

RFNL Round 1 – Saturday April 13, 2019 at Crossroads Oval, Collingullie 2.10pm

Collingullie G-P …. 2.1 .. 2.2 .. 5.6 .. 6.8 (44)

Griffith …………….... 1.4 .. 8.5 .. 9.5 .. 13.7 (85)

Goals: Collingullie-GP: N Perryman 2, J Ainsworth, D Frawley, S Macklan, B McMillan

Griffith: J Conlan 3, N Richards 3, J Iudica 2, H Northey 2, K Spencer 2, C Cunial

Best: Collingullie-GP: B Harper, M Hobbs, J Ainsworth, L Murray, H Radley, Z Billingham

Griffith: J Toscan, D Peruzzi, H Northey, J Conlan, K Spencer, C Cunial

Collingullie- Glenfield Park: Luke Murray, Matthew Hobbs, Zac Billingham; Sean Keith, Dustin Rogers, Harry Radley; Blake Harper, Nick Perryman, Sam Macklin; Joshua Gunning, Luke Geister (c-c), Daniel Frawley; Jason Ainsworth, John Buchanan, Michael Anderson; Ben Klemke, Bradley McMillan, James Kennedy; Zac Burkinshaw, Zane Bolger, Brenden Bettess

Griffith: Kahlan Spencer*, Daniel Peruzzi, Dean Catanzariti; Jonathon Gastin, James Toscan (capt.), Michael Duncan; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Tom Valeri; Sam Daniel, Jacob Conlan, Theo Valeri; Heath Northey, Charlie Cunial, Isaiah Potts*; Nathan Richards, Will Griggs (coach), Alex Overs; Reece Matheson, Mitchell Irvin*, Daniel Andreatta

Umpires: Alex Manley, Brett McDonald (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 10.6 (66) d Collingullie-GP 6.9 (45)

Goals: K Duncan 3, C Bock 2, N Witherspoon 2, B Watt, R Perre, B Tarr

Best: D Schmetzer, J Crowe, R Perre, O Herrmann, J Fallon, C Bock

Under 17.5’s: Griffith 10.8 (68) d Collingullie-GP 9.6 (60)

Goals: J Whitworth 3, B Rowston 3, B Jamieson, N Schmetzer, A Brown, D. Cosson

Best: I Testoni, J Whitworth, A Ray, B Jamieson, J Best, I Piva

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Match Report: Griffith proved they will again be a force to be reckoned with in this year's competition with a resounding 41-point victory over Collingullie-Glenfield Park on Saturday. The Swans did the damage with a sizzling second quarter performance, piling on seven unanswered goals to blow the game open. The reigning premiers fought back but it was only short-lived as Griffith ran out comfortable winners, 13.7 (85) to 6.8 (44). Griffith had the majority of the ball early but were unable to capitalise on the advantage, as the Demons took a three-point lead into quarter time.  The second quarter belonged to Griffith, as 15-year-old Kahlan Spencer announced his arrival to senior footy with a couple of opportunistic goals in the space of five minutes. The half-time siren could not come soon enough for the Demons as Griffith raced to a 39-point lead. Collingullie-GP then responded and controlled the third term. They closed within 18 points at one stage late in the term and could have got closer if it wasn't for a couple of wasted opportunities. Griffith got the all-important first goal of the final term, and four of the five majors for the quarter to run out impressive winners. Griffith coach Will Griggs was pleased to start the year in such positive fashion and was particularly pleased with the team's second and fourth quarters, where they ran in 11 goals to one.

Alex Overs strained a hamstring in the third quarter of the Swans win, while Reece Matheson picked up a minor ankle injury. Overs started the game well and was ferocious around the contest, while Nathan Richards was another to impress in his first game back at the club, ending with three goals. Griggs said the win did very little to ease the pain of last year's grand final defeat to the Demons. For Collingullie-GP, Blake Harper was by far and away their best. (By Matt Malone - Monday April 15, 2019). 

 DUNCAN REACHES 300 GAMES MILESTONE - By Matt Malone 

GRIFFITH champion Mick Duncan will become just the second Swans player to reach 300 senior games at Exies Oval on Saturday. Duncan will further entrench himself as one of Griffith's greats when he celebrates his 300-game milestone against Turvey Park. The 36-year-old is a-seven times best and fairest winner at the Swans and was named in Griffith's Team of the Century in 2014. Only the late Sid Robins played more games for Griffith. Duncan is glad that he always stayed loyal to the Swans. "When we had the 100 year centenary year a couple of years ago there were 1100 or 1200 people who had played footy for the footy club so that number 's probably up to 1250 now. So to be second to 300, obviously I'm proud it's happened," Duncan said. "It does make it worthwhile that I never did go back in the day, when I had opportunities to go and play elsewhere. "I never chose to play footy to play a certain amount of games, it's just worked out like that. Yes, it's a great achievement maybe but I've never really thought about it."
Duncan did most of his damage for Griffith through the midfield and as a small forward. These days, he finds himself across half-back. He said he still thoroughly enjoys playing, despite getting on in age. "Even now, I'm getting enjoyment out of the things like playing with a 15-year-old kid in round one," he said. "I played footy with Rowdy (Phil Rowston) and Rowdy's son. There is three or those that I have played with the old man, and now I'm playing with their son. It makes me feel old, but it's pretty enjoyable as well. "It's going to be hard to walk away." 
Griffith's 2003 premiership is Duncan's career highlight, but he hopes to soon be able to add to that.  He said the current environment at the club makes it easy to enjoy. "Without a doubt. We went through a time there where we didn't play finals for 10 years now when we're there or thereabouts, and winning games, it's a lot more enjoyable place to be," he said. "The club now right through from Auskick to seniors is a very professionally run organisation. We've got two junior teams, who then merge at under 17s and you get to training and there is 80 people there, between the three grades. It's definitely a lot more enjoyable. Griffith go into Saturday's contest as favourites after a 41-point win over reigning premier Collingullie-Glenfield Park in the opening round. Duncan would love nothing more than to celebrate the milestone with a win over the Bulldogs. (The Area News - Friday April 26, 2019).
 

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RFNL Round 2 – Saturday April 27, 2019 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ………....… 2.2 .. 5.3 .. 6.3 .. 9.3 (57)

Turvey Park …… 0.3 .. 1.7, .. 4.11 .. 5.15 (45)

Goals: Griffith: J Conlan 4, J Iudica 2, H Northey, W Griggs, Tom Valeri,

Turvey Park: B Ashcroft 2, C Shields, B Lewington, D Leary

Best: Griffith: J Toscan, J Iudica, M Duncan, I Potts, S Daniel, D Peruzzi

Turvey Park: J Haggar, H Woods, C Grintell, N Byrne, M Sykes, B Glanvill

Griffith: Kahlan Spencer, James Toscan, Alex Overs; Jonathon Gastin, Mitchell Irvin, Michael Duncan; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Daniel Peruzzi; Sam Daniel, Charlie Cunial, Theo Valeri; Heath Northey, Jacob Conlan, Isaiah Potts; Nathan Richards, Will Griggs (coach), Reece Matheson; Dean Catanzariti, Daniel Andreatta, Thomas Valeri

Turvey Park: Ryan Shaw, Chase Grintell, Thomas Crakanthorp; Harrison Stapleton, Daniel Leary, Mathew Bailey; Harry Woods, Jeremy Sykes, Billy Glanvill; Jack Hagger, Bradley Ashroft, Lachlan Leary; Riley Browning, Clint Shields, Ben Lewington; Nathan Byrne, Josh Ashcroft, Luke Cuthbert; Mitchell Sykes, Lachlan Quilter, Brendan Bryce

Umpires: Mark Rowe, Rob Johnston, Joel Fairman (RUA)

Milestone: Michael Duncan 300th senior game.

Reserves: Griffith 23.16 (154) d Turvey Park 0.4 (4)

Goals: K Duncan 6, D Schmetzer 3, L Peruzzi 2, B Watt 2, N Witherspoon 2, G Orton 2, M Agnew 2, J Crowe, C Bock, R Perre, T Argus

Best: N Witherspoon, B Watt, G Orton, K Duncan, B Tarr, R Patey

Under 17.5’s: Griffith 9.8 (62) d Turvey Park 7.14 (56)

Goals: B Rowston 2, I Testoni 2, D Bennett 2, I Piva, A Brown, D Cosson
Best: B Jamieson, I Testoni, D Bennett, I Piva, J Whitworth, J Best

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Match report: The Griffith Swans were able to pick up the points in a meaningful game despite a scrappy third quarter as they picked up a 12-point win over Turvey Park at Exies Oval. In Michael Duncan's 300th game, the Swans took out the four points with a 9.3 (57) to 5.15 (45) despite the Bulldogs closing to within four points heading into the final term. Jordan Iudica kicked the first goal of the last quarter before the game took a spiteful turn with Luke Cuthbert given a yellow card after what Swans coach Will Griggs described as a cheap shot on Theo Valeri. The Swans went up a gear after the incident, and two goals to Jacob Conlan helped the Swans regain the momentum to take out the 12-point win. Griggs knows his side have plenty to work on after a scrappy performance.

"There was a lot of hype during the week with the big milestone for Mick, and I think the boys were a bit eager at the start of the game and got into our groove in the second," he said. "The third quarters at the moment we are struggling to respond after the break. Sometimes you have to win ugly". Griggs was happy to see his side respond after a 'spray' during the three-quarter time break. "I don't normally do it that much it was good to see they can take it," he said. In his 300th game, Duncan was among the best for the Swans while James Toscan had a strong day at fullback. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday April 29, 2019). 

RFNL Round 3 – Saturday May 4, 2019 at Narrandera Sportsground 4.10pm

Narrandera ……. 1.1 .. 2.5 .. 5.7 .. 8.10 (58)

Griffith ……......… 5.1 .. 7.2 .. 10.6 .. 13.7 (85)

Goals: S Irons 2, C Baxter 2, S Quilter, H Grintell, M Renet, K Bull

Griffith: J Conlan 4, J Iudica 2, K Spencer 2, D Schmetzer 2, T Valeri, I Potts, C Cunial

Best: Narrandera: B Renet, J Grinter, M Renet, J Grintell, I Williams, S Quilter

Griffith: J Conlan, J Toscan, M Duncan, I Potts, C Cunial, K Spencer

Narrandera: Connor Vearing, Luke Paterson, Shaun Quilter; Isaac Williams, Nicholas O’Brien, Blake Renet; Joe Grinter, Jack Grintell, William Jacobson; Cory Baxter, Kyle Bull, Connor Bloomfield; Thomas Savage, Macauley Smith, Harrison Grintell; Ben Perry, Ryan Price, Matthew Renet; James Sullivan, Dale Quilter, Stephen Irons

Griffith: Dean Catanzariti, James Toscan, Daniel Peruzzi; Jonathon Gastin, Mitchell Irvin, Michael Duncan; Daniel Andreazza, Jordan Iudica, Thomas Valeri; Kahlan Spencer, Jacob Conlan, Sam Daniel; Isaac Campbell, Charlie Cunial, Isaiah Potts; Nathan Richards, Rocky Perre; Dean Schmetzer*, Michael Agnew, Jordan Crowe.

Umpires: Symon Tardrew, Ryan Wolter, Rob Johnston (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 15.21 (111) d Narrandera 2.6 (18)

Goal: K Duncan 4, B Watts 2, J Bertacco 2, C O’Reilly 2, L Killalea, C Fuchs, C Bock, M Peruzzi, G Orton

Best: B Watts, J Fallon, G Orton, J Bertacco, K Duncan, C Fuchs

Under 17.5: Griffith 15.12 (102) d Narrandera 5.8 (38)

Goals: D Bennett 7, A Brown 2, N Schmetzer 2, B Rowston, A Bartter, L Gilbert, D Cosson

Best: D Bennett, I Piva, B Jamieson, J Whitworth, B Mirtschin, A Brown 

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Match report: Griffith coach Will Griggs is not entirely happy with how the Swans are travelling despite their undefeated start to the season. The Swans made it three straight wins to the start the year on Saturday when they scored a 27-point win over Narrandera, 13.7 (85) to 8.10 (58) at Narrandera Sportsground. Griffith played their best footy to begin, kicking five goals to one in the opening quarter but there was not a great deal between the two teams after that. The Eagles never got in a winning position but matched it with the Swans for the last three quarters. Jacob Conlan booted four goals for Griffith in a strong performance, while Swans teenager Kahlan Spencer kicked two goals and impressed again with another good game. James Toscan continued his strong start to the year at full-back and Mick Duncan won plenty of the football. Meanwhile, Narrandera ruckman Ben Perry played another good game for Narrandera, while Blake Renet and Joe Grinter were others to shine on Saturday. Griffith now have two weeks odd with the bye followed by the representative bye where Griggs said the Swans will embark on a 'mini pre-season'. (By Matt Malone - Monday May 6, 2019).

RFNL Round 4 – Saturday May 11, 2019

Griffith, bye

Rep. Match - Saturday May 18, 2019 at Phillip Oval 4.00pm

FL Canberra …… 2.5 .. 5.6 .. 10.12 .. 12.16 (88)

Riverina FNL .…. 2.2 .. 7.5 .. 8.6 .. 10.7 (67)

Goals: Canberra: M Grocott 6, A Page 2, W Spencer, C Palombi, H Delves, L McKay

Riverina: J Buchanan 2, L Conlan 2, T Keogh, N Ryan, J Iudica, M Geppert, L Delahunty, J Kennedy

Best: Canberra: B Walker, M Grocott, S Camp, C Lovell, G Gillian, W Spencer

Riverina: J Conlan, J Olsson, W Griggs, J Manton, T Keogh, D Morton

FL Canberra: Ben McGuiness, Gerard Gillian, Matt Hambleton; Campbell Lovell, Alex Wilson, James McCabe; Christian Palombi, Beau Walker (capt.), Luke McKay; Jack Adamson, Henry Delves, Liam Lupton; Alex Page, Daniel Jordan, Matt Grocott; Matt Channon, Stephen Camp, Luke Andreatta; Matt Teasdale, Billy Clarke, William Spencer, Perry Cole. Coach – Anthony Bourke.

Riverina FNL: Ryan Grey, Will Wakeman, Reid Gordon; Dylan Morton, Jacob Conlan, Will Griggs (capt.); James Kennedy, Brendan Myers, Jesse Manton; Tom Keogh, Liam Delahunty, Will Keogh; Nick Ryan, Marc Geppert, John Buchanan; Jacob Olsson, Jordan Iudica, Nick McCormack; Josh Ashcroft, Ben Walsh, Lucas Conlan, Ryan Dunn. Coach - Jade Hodge.

Umpires: Tim O'Shea, Damian Hill, James Forwood

Netball - Seniors: Riverina 69 d Canberra 61

Best on Court – Jess Conlan (RFNL)

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 Griffith Swans Notes 

The visit of Coolamon Rovers today signals the start of a hectic period which leaves us in no doubt that the season is well and truly under way. At stake this afternoon are four competition points and since both sides have definite premiership ambitions an interesting clash is in prospect.

Games between these two sides over the years have had that something extra that separates them from other fixtures and I see no reason why today’s game should not follow a similar pattern.

Hopefully we will be able to field a near to full strength side and of course, I am keeping my fingers crossed that our four selected players returned from their representative match in Canberra unscathed and looking forward to today’s game.

Since my first column of the season we have won all of our three League fixtures, not perhaps the five star start we hoped for but nevertheless something on which to build.

Can our boys win today, I personally think so but we have to kick at least six goals while our visitors look on! Go to it boys!  There was never a finer slogan for a football side. The men who go to it get the ball, and the other chaps can’t play without it.

We give a hearty welcome to our sporting visitors, Coolamon Rovers. One of the oldest clubs in the area. Founded in 1894. There are none better in the game - and if they put “paid” to us we shall be first to congratulate them. Up the Swans! (By Trevor Harrison).

RFNL Round 5 – Saturday May 25, 2019 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ……….…. 3.2 .. 5.4 .. 10.7 .. 11.9 (75)

Coolamon ……… 2.0 .. 6.0 .. 8.2 .. 8.6 (54)

Goals: Griffith: C Cunial 2, J Conlan 2, S Daniel 2, Theo Valeri, R Perre, L Conlan, I Potts, B King

Coolamon: J Redfern 4, N Pleming, C McKelvie, S Charlie, M McGowan

Best: Griffith: W Griggs, J Iudica, I Campbell, G Orton, L Conlan, J Toscan

Coolamon: R Allen, N Pleming, J Redfern, J Barrett, W Graetz, J Maddox  

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Alex Overs; Michael Duncan, Lucas Conlan, Isaac Campbell; Jonathon Gastin, Jordan Iudica, Theo Valeri; Isaiah Potts, Jacob Conlan, Guy Orton; Ben King, Charlie Cunial, Sam Daniel; Nathan Richards, Will Griggs (coach), Rocky Perre; James Taylor, Jordan Crowe, Ben Watts*.

Coolamon: Zach Bradley, Will Graetz, Luke McLoughlin; Connor Neyland (co-coach), Matt McGowan, Josh Buchanan; Braeden Clyde, Jake Barrett, Kyle Woods; Tom Stubbs, Joe Redfern, Cooper McKelvie; Jamie Maddox (co-coach), Nick Pleming, Shannon Charlie; Anthony Aiken, Ryan Allen, Hayden Bradley; Ben Gillett, Nick Buchanan, Lachlan Crawford

Umpires: Nathan Brookes, Tim Beard, Peter Alexander (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 11.12 (78) d Coolamon 5.3 (33)

Goals: K Duncan 4, D Andreazza 2, B Tarr 2, B Chambers, S McGinn, C Bock

Best: D Andreazza, B Tarr, L Peruzzi, S McGinn, C. Verri, J. Keenan

Under 17.5: Coolamon 4.11 (35) d Griffith 4.8 (32)

Goals: B Rowston 3, B Argus

Best: J Whitworth, Q Stevenson, D Jamieson, B Argus, J Best, B Jamieson

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Match report: A strong finish to the third quarter has helped the Griffith Swans remain undefeated after a 21-point victory over Coolamon at Exies Oval on Saturday. There was little to separate the two sides for most of the game before the Swans kicked away to pick up the 11.9 (75) to 8.6 (54) win. Griffith coach Will Griggs praised the work rate of his players, especially after the half-time break. "It was a bit of a tug of war contest in the first half. I put it on the boys at half-time saying it's not up to me to say so much it's up to them how they respond," he said. "They Coolamon are a fantastic team and have some great players, and they are really starting to gel as a team."I said to the boys if they wanted to win it they would have to put in their best efforts and I think we really showed that in the second half." Griggs was quick to praise the performance of young Isaac Campbell who was given the task of looking after Coolamon's dangerman Jake Barrett. "Obviously he (Barrett) is an ex-AFL player and is a pretty handy footballer," he said. "Isaac is only 18-year-old kid and our vice-captain, and I thought he held him pretty well today." The game marked a milestone for Daniel Peruzzi, who lead the Griffith side out in his 100th first grade game for the club. (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday May 27, 2019). 

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 Griffith Swans Notes 

Local derby games are a highlight of any season and meetings between Griffith and Leeton Whitton have always been a bit special. Today’s clash is no exception and both sides need the points for different reasons.

In our case to bolster the challenge at the top and, as far as Leeton Whitton are concerned, to climb away from the danger zone at the other end.

With home game advantage we have more than an excellent opportunity to consolidate our position as the only undefeated team in this season’s Riverina FNL competition.

That’s not meant as disrespect for our visitors today, the Crows, but merely to emphasise how important it is that we do not slip up front of our own supporters.

Having said all that, however, we will go into the game confident because of our displays this season. We have no need to fear any opponents although we do respect them and there is never a question of us under estimating anyone.

It was a marvellous feeling to emerge victorious from last week’s game against Coolamon Rovers which lived up to its billing as the match of the round. It was everything we expected it to be and I felt we deserved our win.

The action hardly stopped for the entire 100 minutes and there was some marvellous, typically Aussie Rules, football to be admired. Both sets of players deserve credit for putting on such a show.

We never expected anything less from the Hoppers than a solid fighting performance and I can sympathise with them at losing out. But I am delighted for our boys because they worked extremely hard for the result. Up the Swans! (By Trevor Harrison).

RFNL Round 6 – Saturday June 1, 2019 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10 pm

Griffith …………….... 8.4 .. 10.10 .. 12.15 .. 17.17 (119)

Leeton-Whitton … 0.2 .. 3.2 .. 4.5 .. 6.7 (43)

Goals: Griffith: J Conlan 5, J Iudica 4, I Potts 2, M Duncan 2, W Griggs, L Conlan, H Northey, C Cunial

Leeton-Whitton: G Commins 2, J Hodge 2, T Van Buuren, M Rainbird

Best: Griffith: M Duncan, J Conlan, I Potts, H Northey, J Iudica,  N Richards

Leeton-Whitton: J Hodge, M Dryburgh, T Sidebottom, R Grey, T Van Buuren, R Oldershaw

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Alex Overs; Michael Duncan, James Taylor, Guy Orton; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Jonathon Gastin; Ben Watts, Jacob Conlan, Isaiah Potts; Will Griggs (coach), Charlie Cunial, Lucas Conlan; Nathan Richards, Heath Northey, Rocky Perre; Jordan Crowe, Dean Schmetzer, Michael Agnew.

Leeton-Whitton: Tim Sidebottom, Kyle Pete, Ryan Oldershaw; Joshua Thomas, Will Wakeman, Tom Meline; Kobe Shaw, Nathan Ryan, Bailey Wood; Tomas Van Buuren, Angus Boulton, Ryan Dunn; Jade Hodge, Grant Commins, Hayden Mahalm; Mason Dryburgh, Matt Rainbird (capt), Ryan Grey; Isaac Houghton, Josh Lanham, Jye Doyle

Umpires: Ryan Dedini, Dallas McKelvie (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 22.14 (146) d Leeton-Whitton 2.2 (14)

Goals: K Duncan 6, C Bock 5, B Tarr 4, D Andreazza 2, B Chambers, S McGinn, M Irvin, R Matheson, D Catanzariti

Best: D Andreazza, B Chambers, B Tarr, L Fabris, M Irvin, L Peruzzi

Under 17.5: Griffith 11.8 (74) d Leeton-Whitton 8.8 (56)

Goals: B Clifford 3, A Brown 2, B Jamieson 2, B Rowston 2, A Ray, K Bennett

Best: B Jamieson, K Bennett, J Whitworth, Q Stevenson, B Rowston, B Clifford 

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Match report: An eight-goal opening term for the Griffith Swans saw them take a big win in the local derby against Leeton-Whiiton at Exies Oval on Saturday afternoon. The 52-point opening term set the wheels in motion to see the Swans come away with a 17.17 (119) to 6.7 (43) victory over their arch-rivals. A three-goal opening term for Jordan Iudica and two from Isaiah Potts saw the Swans leading into the quarter time break with all the momentum. The Crows were finally able to kick their first major of the day through Jade Hodge but was quickly answered by Lucas Conlan to see the Swans extend their lead. Hodge and Griffith's Guy Orton were then given an enforced stint on the sideline after a melee saw the two looking ready to fight and Matt Rinbird was able to convert the following free kick. Jacob Conlan was able to kick his second before Leeton's Grant Commins kicked the Crows third for the term to see the Swans up by 51 at the main break. After an arm wrestle to start the second half Will Griggs was able to pop up and open the scoring 11 minutes in the third term before Commins answered with his second. A fourth goal to Iudica saw the lead extend to 58 points heading into the final break. A five-goal to two final term saw the Swans wrapped the game up with a 76-point victory with Jacob Conlan finishing with five goals for the afternoon. Swans assistant coach Mick Duncan felt the strong start was the determining factor. "The situation they are in and the situation we are in we didn't take them lightly but to come out in the first quarter and assert dominance was great," he said. "In the end, the first quarter was the difference. It set up the whole game. After quarter time they hit back at us a little bit, but we had their measure."  (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday June 3, 2019).

 Griffith Swans Notes 

A visit to our old “bogey” team, Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong always is a highlight in any season but the respective positions of the two clubs adds extra spice to today’s encounter. We go into the game as the RFNL competition leaders but I don’t want anyone at Exies Sports Club getting carried away about our position.

After all, only six rounds of matches have been played and while we are all delighted to have accumulated 24 points in that spell we cannot afford to ignore the facts that there are another twelve rounds of games remaining before the final series begins. The Lions have done well again this season and we congratulate them and look forward to a good game.

I hope you enjoyed the game last week with Leeton Whitton. I’m afraid I played “truant” from this game as I went on a journey to Berrigan. My first-hand information is that we won comfortably, but I understand after obtaining a substantial first quarter lead our players eased up – unfortunately - and the next three quarters of the game were very tame. I hear Mick Duncan played well and again showed his superiority over our Crows' visitors. Up the Swans! (By Trevor Harrison).

RFNL Round 7 – Saturday June 8, 2019 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm

Ganmain-GGM … 0.0 .. 5.6 .. 11.9 .. 14. 15 (99)

Griffith ……………. 0.0 .. 11.5 .. 16.6 .. 21. 9 (135)

Goals: GGGM: D Foley 4, J Lander 2, B Walsh 2, J Finucane, M Hamblin, J McCaig, A Proctor, J Anderson, B Wiencke

Griffith: J Conlan 10, J Iudica 5, C Cunial 2, H Northey, L Conlan, I Campbell, N Richards

Best: GGGM: J Olsson, D Foley, A Proctor, M Rothnie, J Finucane, M Hamblin

Griffith: J. Conlan, J. Iudica, H. Northey, A. Overs, I. Campbell, N. Richards

Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Jacob Anderson, Dylan Cook, Bradley Hare; Matthew Knagge, Joshua Walsh, Edward Daniher; Zac Wiencke, Michael Rothnie, Bryce Wiencke; Matthew Hamblin, Ben Walsh, Jack McCaig; Jesse Lander, Daniel Foley, James Finucane; Jacob Olsson, Thomas Anderson, Aaron Proctor; Matthew Angel, Jake Angel, Sam McCready

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Alex Overs; Michael Duncan, James Taylor, Guy Orton; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Jonathon Gastin; Isaiah Potts, Jacob Conlan, Theo Valeri; Will Griggs (coach), Charlie Cunial, Lucas Conlan; Nathan Richards, Heath Northey, Rocky Perre; Ben Watts, Dean Schmetzer, Kahlan Spencer.

Umpires: Ryan Wolter, Troy Edwards, Nathan Brookes (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 6. 12 (48) d Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 2.5 (17)

Goals: K Duncan 2, S Foley, D Andreazza, M Agnew, B Tarr

Best: M Irvin, B Chambers, D Andreazza, R Matheson, L Peruzzi, J Crowe

Under 17.5: Griffith 10. 13 (73) d Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 2.4 (16)

Goals: D Bennett 3, B Jamieson 2, B Rowston 2, K Bennett, B Clifford, J Whitworth

Best: B Argus, B Jamieson, D Bennett, K Bennett, B Mirtschin.

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Match Report: A couple of brilliant individual efforts helped Griffith to a 36-point win over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong on Saturday.

A 10-goal haul to Jacob Conlan and a Jordan Iudica clinic proved the difference as Griffith continued their undefeated start to the season with a 19.9 (135) to 14.15 (99) victory at Ganmain Sportsground.

The Swans started strongly and opened up a 35-point lead at half time.

GGGM closed within three goals during the third term but the Swans finished with a five-goal final term to run out comfortable winners.

Griffith coach Will Griggs said the performance of Iudica and the Conlan brothers were the highlight of the day.

“There were some individual that were pretty outstanding,” said Griggs.

“Jacob Conlan kicked 10.2 and just the space we were able to create inside 50 for him was really good. Jordan Iudica kicked five as well, as a midfielder, and would have had close to 40 touches. Lucas Conlan was very good as well.

It was Griffith’s sixth consecutive win to start the year and Griggs is happy with how the Swans are situated.

“Today at some stages we were our own worse enemies. We made some silly mistakes, which cost us a couple of goals, he said. “I think that our best footy is still ahead of us.” (By Matt Malone -The Area News – Monday June 10, 2019). 

RFNL Round 8 – Saturday June 15, 2019 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm

Mangoplah-CUE … 6.2 .. 10.2 .. 14.6 .. 17.12 (114)

Griffith ……………….. 3.0 .. 3.0 .. 6.1 .. 8.1 (49)

Goals: MCUE: R Price 5, G Kendall 5, E Schiller 2, T Cohalan 2, D Bunyan, A Dickins, C Chambers

Griffith: J Conlan 3, W Griggs 2, J Iudica, D Schmetzer, C Cunial

Best: MCUE: E Schiller, P Griffin, G Kendall, R Price, T Cohalan, T Smith

Griffith: L Conlan, J Gastin, N Richards, J Toscan, R Perre, W Griggs

Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes: Pat Killalea, Blake Chapman, Jesse Cunningham; Jack Carey, Tim Smith, Padric Griffin; Elliott Winter, Nick McCormack, Charlie Chambers; Trent Cohalan, George Kendall, Ethan Schiller; Jack Collins, Ryan Price, Andrew Dickins; James Scott, Dominic Bunyan, Lachlan Kendall; Harrison Whitley, Jacob Taylor, Harry Dew

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Theo Valeri; Michael Duncan, James Taylor, Guy Orton; Jonathon Gastin, Jordan Iudica, Dean Schmetzer; Isaiah Potts, Jacob Conlan, Brady Chambers*; Isaac Campbell (coach), Charlie Cunial, Lucas Conlan; Nathan Richards, Will Griggs (coach), Rocky Perre; Daniel Andreazza, Michael Agnew, Ben Watts.

Umpires: Tim Beard, Peter Alexander, Rob Johnston (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 6.10 (46) d Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes 5.4 (34)

Goals: K Duncan 2, C Bock 2, D Bennett, B Argus

Best: M Irvin, B Argus, S McGinn, J Paton, O Herrmann

Under 17.5: Griffith 15.10 (100) d Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes 6.4 (40)

Goals: B Jamieson 3, K Spencer 3, B Argus 3, J Whitworth 2, A Ray, D Bennett, K Bennett, L Gilbert

Best: B Argus, D Bennett, K Spencer, B Jamieson, Q Stevenson, I Testoni

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Match Report: Mangoplah-CUE gave their final chances a huge boost by becoming the first team to down Griffith this season, prevailing 17.12 (114) to 8.1 (49) at Mangoplah Sportsground. The Swans finished with no fit players on the bench with Nathan Richards and Mick Duncan among those unable to finish the game. Griggs was not going to use that as an excuse, however, and said the Goannas ‘wanted it more’. “Hopefully it’s a wake up call,” he said.   (The Area News – Monday June 17, 2019)

 Griffith Swans Notes 

Well Swannies, here we are again fresh from a darn good hiding at Mangoplah last Saturday. What a day. President Graeme Killalea and the Mango spectators thoroughly enjoyed themselves. How their crowd roared! Not many of them but they knew how to cheer too. It is hard to believe, unless you have seen it, that our boys could have played so badly. There is no excuse to offer, little fight was shown, and unless our players put more energy into their game and go for the ball, and not wait till it comes to them, we shall be in a very serious position of not qualifying for the top spot on the competition ladder.

The famous Wagga Tigers are our guests today, so lets give them some real Griffith welcome! It would be a waste of time for me to tell you all that they have won – I should think everything bar the ‘old’ South West League premiership. A Club steeped in tradition and always a hard team to beat.

Well boys, our President Jeff Harris and supporters like to enjoy themselves and have something to cheer about too. Give us that pleasure today even if we don’t win by a big margin we are still 'king of the castle'. Come on boys do your stuff.  Up The Swans! (By Trevor Harrison). 

RFNL Round 9 – Saturday June 22, 2019 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ……………... 3.7 .. 5.8 .. 6.10 .. 6.12 (48)

Wagga Tigers ….. 1.3 .. 1.8 .. 8.11 .. 8.16 (64)

Goals: Griffith: M Duncan 2, I Potts, L Conlan, B Argus, K Spencer

Wagga: W Keogh 3, J Manton, S Pearce, J Osbeiston, B Myers, N Ryan

Best: Griffith: J Toscan, L Conlan, H Northey, C Cunial, B Argus, A Overs

Wagga: B Kelly, N Ryan, B Myers, W Keogh, T Keogh, L Shepherd

Griffith: Alex Overs, James Toscan (capt.), Jonathon Gastin; Will Griggs (coach), James Taylor, Guy Orton; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Dean Schmetzer; Isaiah Potts, Jacob Conlan, Theo Valeri; Kahlan Spencer, Lucas Conlan, Michael Duncan; Charlie Cunial, Heath Northey, Rocky Perre; Blake Argus*, Jordan Crowe, Dean Bennett.

Wagga Tigers: Lahn Shepherd, Pat Gaynor, Xavier Lyons; Reid Gordon, Dylan Morton, Sam Ryan; Jesse Manton, Brendan Myers, Bailey Wileman; Nick Ryan, Ben Kelly, Nathan Cooke; Tom Keogh, Louis Beard, Will Keogh; Tom Osmotherly, Jacob Osbeiston, Jackson Kelly; Scott Pearce, Cooper Pavitt, Grant Daly

Umpires: Troy Edwards, Dallas McKelvie (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 14.9 (93) d Wagga Tigers 6.7 (43)

Goals: C Bock 7, K Duncan 3, D Catanzariti 2, O Herrmann, M Agnew

Best: C Bock, O Herrmann, M Irvin, B Tarr, B Rees, R Johns

Under 17.5: Wagga Tigers 19.17 (131) d Griffith 2.7 (19)

Goals: F Velis, A Brown

Best: B Jamieson, K Bennett, I Piva, B Mirtschin, A Ray, L Gilbert

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Match Report: The Griffith Swans have fallen to their second defeat in as many matches after a 16-point defeat at the hands of top of the table rivals Wagga Tigers on Saturday afternoon. The Swans had the better of the play in the first quarter with goals to Lucas Conlan, Mick Duncan and Isaiah Potts seeing the Swans head into the first quarter break with a 14-point advantage. The home side were then able to hold the Tigers goal-less in the second term while goals to Blake Argus and a second to Duncan just before halftime saw the Griffith side up by 24 points. The Swans kicked the first goal of the second half through Kahlan Spencer but the game swung from that point with the Wagga side kicked seven unanswered goals before the third quarter siren to lead by 13 points. Neither side was able to make a real impact on the scoreboard in the final term as the Tigers came away with a 8.16 (64) to 6.12 (48) victory.  (The Area News – Monday June 24, 2019).

 Griffith Swans Notes 

No excuses need to be made for our boys second defeat of the season by Wagga Tigers last Saturday. For the opening term during which Isaiah Potts scored first with a nice goal, we looked like running the away team off its feet, but for some reason or other, part of our side closed up like a book. Our boys all played hard enough (some of them too hard!), but without combining and consequently became a thing of bits and pieces. Unfortunately for us our defence broke down during the third term and we gave away seven  goals. One must pay tribute to the Wagga players for their fight back. It was a no mean feat after being down five goals at the 4th minute mark of the third term, and Wagga deserves credit for their performance. I think most people at the game thought we should have had a few more frees throughout the game – I certainly did, but the umpires didn’t, and they are the only one’s that counts. And I also think that is enough of a game thrown away!

Our visitors today - They say “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good” - and so we are able to welcome our old friends from Collingullie. They have had great difficulties, like ourselves in raising a win lately. Great record – six RFL Grand Final appearances since 2012, three of which were won. Hard luck to their coach Luke Gestier suspended for swearing at the umpire last week. So here’s to a good game. Up the Swans! (By Trevor Harrison).

RFL Round 10 – Saturday June 29, 2019 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ………………. 3.1 .. 8.5 .. 12.9 .. 14.15 (99)

Collingullie-GP …. 3.7 . 3.7 .. 5.7 .. 8.8 (56)

Goals: Griffith: L Conlan 5, J Conlan 3, J Iudica, J Toscan, G Orton, J Rowston, C Cunial, K Spencer

Collingullie-GP: B Harper 4, J Buchanan 2, B Bettess, B Klemke

Best: Griffith: L Conlan, C Cunial, J Toscan, T Valeri, G Orton, J Conlan

Collingullie-GP: J Ainsworth, B Harper, B McMillan, C Fuller, M Anderson

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Mitchell Irvin, Alex Overs; Jack Rowston, Jordan Iudica, Jonathon Gastin; Blake Argus, Jacob Conlan, Theo Valeri; Will Griggs (coach), Lucas Conlan, Brady Chambers; Charlie Cunial, Heath Northey, Guy Orton; Kahlan Spencer, Isaiah Potts, Sam Daniel

Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Chad Fuller, Dustin Rogers, Michael Anderson; Zac Billingham, Sean Keith, Daniel Frawley; James Pope, Daniel Kennedy, Brenden Bettress; James Kennedy, Blake Harper, Bradley McMillan; John Buchanan, Edward Perryman, Nick Perryman; Will Dejong, Jason Ainsworth, Ben Klemke; Luke Powell, Zac Burkinshaw, Joe Perryman

Umpires: Mark Rowe, Peter Alexander (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 9.14 (68) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 3.4 (22)

Goals: K Duncan 4, L Killalea, R Johns, B Tarr, J Taylor, B Watts

Best: B Watts, B Tarr, C Harrison, R Matheson, J Taylor, K Duncan

Under 17.5: Griffith 12.9 (81) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 6.15 (51)

Goals: D Bennett 4, A Ray 2, K Bennett 2, I Testoni, B Jamieson, B Clifford, J Whitworth

Best: D Bennett, A Ray, B Mirtschin, I Testoni, I Piva, J Whitworth

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Match Report: Griffith got their season back on track with a 43-point win over Collingullie-Glenfield Park on Saturday. The Swans recorded their second win over the Demons for the year but more importantly, returned to winning ways with a 14.15 (99) to 8.8(56) victory at Exies Oval. A five-goal haul from Lucas Conlan led the way for the Swans, who began to get their mojo back after consecutive defeats for the first time in Will Griggs’ tenure.

Five unanswered goals in the second term put Griffith 28 points clear at half-time but it was their work against the breeze in the third quarter that proved the difference. The Swans kicked four to two against a strong breeze that set up a match-winning 44-point advantage at three quarter time.

The return of Jack Rowston for his first game since a knee reconstruction was a big positive for the Swans and his goal from outside 50 was one of the highlights for Griffith. Lucas Conlan was brilliant up forward and he and his older brother Jacob caused plenty of headaches for the Collingullie-GP defence. (The Area News – Monday July 1, 2019)

 Griffith Swans Notes 

What a day at Exies Oval last Saturday! Rain and a gale of wind. Hardly fit to send your wife out? Under the conditions, some excellent football. We faced the tide and wind in the first term, and did well to be only six points down at quarter time. Our boys did take advantage of the elements in the second term scoring five goals to zip, and then out-scored the undermanned ‘Gullie’ Demons in the third term when going into the wind by four goals to two. Cruised home in the final quarter to take the four premiership points 99-56.

We visit our friends from Turvey Park today. We have had some real battles with them in the past – in every sense of the word. They once beat us for the premiership flag back in 2002 but we beat them up in grand style the following year. They have really struggled in recent years and have had their ups and downs but still come up smiling. Wally Sykes' son Jeremy is a boy who has made big strides – and still makes them – watch him! Particularly our players!! Just a word to the Griffith boys – Don’t let success fly to your heads – every team will be out to lower your colours – see they don’t!  Up the Swans! (By Trevor Harrison).

RFL Round 11 – Saturday July 6, 2019 at Maher Oval 2.10pm

Turvey Park …. 1.3 .. 6.6 .. 7.10 .. 8.10 (58)

Griffith …………. 3.3 .. 6.4 .. 10.9 .. 17.13 (115)

Goals: Turvey Park: L Cuthbert 3, J Sykes, C Shields, J Hughes, N Byrne, A Grigg

Griffith: J Conlan 3, B Argus 2, R Matheson 2, K Spencer 2, W Griggs 2, H Northey 2, S Daniel, C Cunial, J Rowston, G Orton

Best: Turvey Park: N Byrne, L Cuthbert, H Stapleton, J Sykes, C Grintell, B Ashcroft

Griffith: J Rowston, H. Northey, B Argus, J Iudica, C Cunial, K Spencer

Turvey Park: Darcy Irvine, Chase Grintell, Harrison Stapleton; Mathew Bailey, Daniel Leary, Harry Woods; Billy Granvill, Jeremy Sykes (co-coach), Keenan Flood; Alex Carroll, Bradley Ashcroft, Jackson Hughes; Angus Grigg, Clint Shields, Matthew Howe; Nathan Byrne, Josh Ashcroft, Luke Cuthbert; Ben Lewington, Lachlan Quilter, Rhett Weidemann

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Mitchell Irvin, Isaac Campbell; Jack Rowston, Jordan Iudica, Jonathon Gastin; Blake Argus, Jacob Conlan, Isaiah Potts; Sam Daniel, Will Griggs (coach), Brady Chambers; Charlie Cunial, Heath Northey, Guy Orton; Theo Valeri, Kahlan Spencer, Reece Matheson

Umpires: Nathan Brookes, Craig Fletcher (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 16.11 (101) d Turvey Park 6.4 (40)

Goals: K Duncan 4, D Schmetzer 4, C Bock 2, B Tarr 2, S McGinn, D Bennett, M Agnew

Best: D Schmetzer, L Killalea, B Tarr, R Perre, C Harrison, J Paton

Under 17.5: Turvey Park 8.8 (56) d Griffith 5.6 (36)

Goals: D Bennett 2, A Ray, K Bennett, C Thompson-Gardener

Best: B Mirtschin, J Whitworth, D Bennett, A Bartter, I Testoni, Q Stevenson

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Match Report: Griffith produced some of their best football of the season to run over the top of Turvey Park at Maher Oval on Saturday. The Swans came from behind at half-time to record a 57-point victory over the Bulldogs, 17.13 (115) to 8.10 (58).

Turvey Park turned it on in the second quarter to go into half-time with a two-point lead. It was only short lived as Griffith flicked on the switch after the break and kicked 11 goals to two in the second half. Griffith coach Will Griggs described it as the Swans’ best football of the year. “Our second half was really good. Probably our best football we’re played all year,” Griggs said. “The first half was a bit shaky. We did some silly things with the ball and was not good enough with our defence.” In his second game for the year, Jack Rowston was the best for the Swans, while Blake Argus and Heath Northey were others to shine in a solid team performance. Lucas Conlan was a late withdrawal after being called up for the Giants in the NEAFL. (The Area News – Monday, July 8, 2019). 

 Griffith Swans Notes 

It was a very different Griffith Swans we saw last Saturday at Maher Oval for the return match with Turvey Park, and whilst there is still some room for improvement among the side, it was nice to see the team amongst the goals again. It was in the last quarter that the Griffith boys clicked to bring home victory, 115 to 58. We had some fine players on the day, but the most brilliant of all was young Jack Rowston, who gave a display on his wing that must surely rank with his best ever.

The Narrandera Imperial Club, who are our opposition today and comrades of misfortune near the bottom of the ladder, have one of most colourful records of any club in the area. One of the original members of the old South West League. They were premiers in 1913 and 1914. A further 13 premiership were won until the South West League was no more. Twice in succession on three occasions, last time in 1966-67. Since 1982 when the Riverina Football League came about only two premierships 1986 and 2012 have been won. Welcome to our old friends from Narrandera, not one of the most fashionable sides these days, but always amongst the triers - Here’s to another good game!  Up The Swans! (By Trevor Harrison).

RFNL Round 12 – Saturday July 13, 2019 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ………….. 2.2 .. 5.5 .. 10.12 .. 12.16 (88)

Narrandera …. 0.2 .. 1.5 .. 3.7 .. 3.10 (28)

Goals: Griffith: J Conlan 5, S Daniel 3, L Conlan, G Orton, I Potts, J Iudica

Narrandera: J Grintell, C Baxter, M Dillon

Best: Griffith: J Conlan, H Northey, S Daniel, I Campbell, M Duncan, J Iudica

Narrandera: J Hedington, I Bunge, J Grintell, M Smith, J Grinter, I Williams

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Charlie Cunial; Dean Catanzariti, Michael Duncan, Isaac Campbell; Jack Rowston, Jordan Iudica, Jonathon Gastin; Blake Argus, Jacob Conlan, Isaiah Potts; Will Griggs (coach), Lucas Conlan, Heath Northey; Mitchell Irvin, Guy Orton, Alex Overs; Sam Daniel, Kahlan Spencer, Reece Matheson,

Narrandera: Connor Vearing, Luke Paterson, Stuart Bull; Jordan Hedington, Nicholas O’Brien, Thomas Savage; Kyle Bull, Jack Grintell, Blake Renet; Dale Quilter, Isaac Bunge, Joe Grinter; Isaac Williams, Cory Baxter, Bradley Cussans; Macauley Smith, Cooper Irons, Matthew Renet; Shaun Quilter, Jack Absolom, Matthew Dillon

Umpires: Symon Tardrew, Joel Fairman (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 19.17 (131) d Narrandera 1.0 (6)

Goals: K Duncan 6, M Agnew 3, S McGinn 2, O Herrmann 2, B Tarr 2, B Disson 2, C Harrison, C Bock

Best: D Schmetzer, B Tarr, K Duncan, O Herrmann, J Crowe, L Peruzzi

Under 17.5: Griffith 20.15 (135) d Narrandera 3.2 (20)

Goals: D Bennett 8, I Testoni 3, B Jamieson 2, J Whitworth, D Cosson, B Rowston, L Wallace, B Mirtschin, A Brown, K Bennett

Best: I Testoni, B Mirtschin, A Bartter, J Whitworth, B Jamieson

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Match Report: Griffith ensured they will go into the final block of their season with momentum after a big win over Narrandera on Saturday. The Swans proved a class above the struggling Eagles, running out easy winners 12.16 (88) to 3.10 (28) at Exies Oval.

Jacob Conlan continued his strong season with a five-goal haul, while Heath Northey, Isaac Campbell, Mick Duncan and Sam Daniel were others to shine in a big win. Griffith has the bye next week before they embark on the final five rounds and a final campaign. Griffith coach Will Griggs was happy enough with the way the Swans played. “It was a pretty close battle in the first half, they stuck it to us, and we were our own worst enemy at bit with the way we overused the ball,” Griggs said. “We fixed up some areas and ended up getting on top.” Isaac Bunge, Macauley Smith and Jordan Hedington were the pick of the Narrandera players.  (Matt Malone, The Daily Advertiser- Monday July 15, 2019)

RFNL Round 13 – Saturday July 20, 2019

Griffith, bye

RFL Round 14 – Saturday July 27, 2019 at Kindra Park 2.10pm

Coolamon …… 3.2 .. 8.4 .. 11.9 .. 17.12 (114)

Griffith ……….. 2.2 .. 5.7 .. 9.9 .. 10.15 (75)

Goals: Coolamon: J Redfern 7, L Redfern 2, J Barrett 2, B Glyde, M Hillier, W Graetz, M McGowan, A Atkin, H Bradley

Griffith: J Conlan 5, J Iudica 3, K Spencer, J Rowston

Best: Coolamon: J Redfern, J Barrett, L Redfern, J Buchanan, A Atkin, C Neyland

Griffith: J Conlan, M Irvin, C Cunial, R Matheson, J Toscan, A Overs

Coolamon Rovers: Ryan Allen, Will Graetz, Connor Neyland (co-coach); Josh Buchanan, Zach Bradley, Cooper McKelvie; Nick Buchanan, Nick Pleming, Max Hillier; Braeden Glyde, Joe Redfern, Hayden Bradley; Jeremiah Maslin, Matt McGowan, Luke Redfern; Anthony Atkin, Jake Barrett, Hayden Leary; Benjamin Gillett, Marly McGregor, Bayden Leary

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Mitchell Irvin, Isaac Campbell; Jack Rowston, Jordan Iudica, Jonathon Gastin; Blake Argus, Jacob Conlan, Sam Daniel; Alex Overs, Heath Northey, Kris Duncan; Charlie Cunial, Guy Orton, Will Griggs (coach); Jordan Crowe, Kahlan Spencer, Reece Matheson.

Umpires: Joel Fairman, Tim Beard, Cain Davey (RUA)

Reports: Jonathon Gastin (Griffith) for low-level striking charge - Accepted reprimand.

Reserves: Griffith 10.12 (72) d Coolamon 4.5 (29)

Goals: J Burley 3, L Killalea 3, B Tarr 2, S McGinn, Tom Valeri

Best: J Keenan, B Tarr, J Taylor, J Paton, L Killalea, Tom Valeri

Under 17.5: Coolamon 12.11 (83) d Griffith 6.16 (52)

Goals: L Gilbert 2, A Ray, J Kirby, J Whitworth, I Testoni

Best: J Whitworth, D Bennett, I Testoni, L Gilbert, B Mirtschin, A Ray

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Match Report: A seven-goal haul from Joe Redfern inspired Coolamon to an exciting 39-point victory over Griffith on Saturday. The Hoppers put up their hand for premiership favouritism with their first win over Griffith since 2015, 17.12 (114) to 10.15 (75) at Kindra Park. Coolamon were on from the first minute, bringing ferocious pressure and great intensity to the contest that had the Swans under the pump. In an entertaining contest, Coolamon led by a goal at quarter time, 15 points at the main break and two goals at the final change before running away with the game in the final term.

Coolamon six goals to one against a tiring Griffith to move into second position and sound a warning to the remainder of the competition. Redfern was the star as he kicked 7.1 in a match-winning performance at centre half forward. Griffith struggled to go with all three of Coolamon’s forwards and it was Redfern who got off the chain. He marked virtually everything that came his way and was deadly in front of goals, kicking a couple of beauties from tight angles. Luke Redfern and Jake Barrett were dynamic through the midfield and both went forward to kick two goals each. Griffith had winners in James Toscan, Jacob Conlan, Heath Northey, Mick Duncan and Will Griggs. Conlan kicked 5.3 in a dominant display in attack. The Swans lost Jono Gastin to a yellow card in the second term, while Alex Overs injured his hamstring. The win, Coolamon’s fifth in succession, keeps them in the hunt for the minor premiership with four rounds remaining.   (Matt Malone, The Daily Advertiser - Monday July 29, 2019)

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RFL Round 15 – Saturday August 3, 2019 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm

Leeton-Whitton …. 2.1 .. 3.7 .. 6.8 .. 6.8 (44)

Griffith ………………. 2.2 .. 3.8 .. 5.10 .. 9.15 (69)

Goals: Leeton-Whitton: J Hodge 2, B Wood, G Commins, M Dryburgh, M Rainbird

Griffith: J Conlan 2, M Duncan 2, S Daniel, C Cunial, I Potts, Theo Valeri, W Griggs

Best: Leeton-Whitton: M Dryburgh, N Ryan, M Rainbird, J Thomas, T Meline, B Wood

Griffith: M Duncan, J Toscan, G Orton, J Rowston, D Peruzzi, K Spencer

Leeton-Whitton: Joshua Thomas, Will Wakeman, Ryan Oldershaw; Tom Meline, Isaac Houghton, Coopa Steele; Hayden Mahalm, Matt Rainbird, Bailey Wood; Ryan Dunn, Grant Commins, Angus Boulton; Tomas Van Buuren, Jade Hodge, Kyle Pete; Mason Dryburgh; Nathan Ryan Grey, Ryan; Mark Salifia, Kobe Shaw, Nathan Jones

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, James Taylor, Jonathon Gastin; Kahlan Spencer, Jordan Iudica, Isaac Campbell; Isaiah Potts, Jacob Conlan, Sam Daniel; Blake Argus, Charlie Cunial, Will Griggs (coach); Mitchell Irvin, Guy Orton, Jack Rowston; Jordan Crowe, Reece Matheson, Theo Valeri.

Umpires:  Symon Tardrew, Craig Tilston (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 14.16 (100) d Leeton-Whitton 2.6 (18)

Goals: S. McGinn 4, K Duncan 3, C Bock 2, L Killalea, B Disson, J Paton, D Schmetzer, M Agnew

Best: O Herrmann, S McGinn, R Perre, L Peruzzi, Tom Valeri

Under 17.5: Leeton-Whitton 7.15 (57) d Griffith 5.3 (33)

Goals: S Robinson, K Bennett, A Brown, D Bennett, B Mirtschin

Best: B Mirtschin, J Whitworth, I Testoni, D Bennett, L Wallace, Q Stevenson

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Match Report: Griffith produced a big last quarter to run over the top of Leeton-Whitton on Saturday. The Swans kicked the last four goals of the contest to win the local derby by 25 points, 9.15 (69) to 6.8 (44) at Leeton Showground.

Leeton-Whitton led by four points at three-quarter time but the Swans finished full of running with the breeze to bounce back with a hard fought victory. Griffith coach Will Griggs said the Crows certainly made his team work hard for the four points.

“It was a tight contest until the last quarter,” Griggs said. “I said at the start of game, we knew we were a bit depleted, we didn’t have to do it pretty, we just had to get the points and we did, which was good.”

Leeton-Whitton injuries worries continued with Jade Hodge taken to hospital after a heavy concussion. Jacob Conlan and Mick Duncan were Griffith’s best. (Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday August 5, 2019) 

RFL Round 16 – Sunday August 11, 2019 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm (Pink Day)

Griffith ……………..… 2.4 .. 3.5 .. 7.6 .. 9.9 (63)

Ganmain-GGM ….. 1.3 .. 6.7 .. 8.8 .. 13.13 (91)

Goals: Griffith: J Conlan 3, K Spencer 2, W Griggs, I Potts, L Conlan, Theo Valeri

Ganmain-GGM: B Walsh 5, M Rothnie 2, L Parker 2, A Proctor 2, J Peck, J McCaig

Best: Griffith: J Toscan, W Griggs, I. Campbell, J Rowston, L Conlan, I Potts

Ganmain-GGM: J Olsson, D Foley, B Walsh, S Proctor, J McCaig, A Proctor

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Guy Orton; Michael Duncan, James Taylor, Jonathon Gastin; Reece Matheson, Will Griggs (coach), Isaac Campbell; Theo Valeri, Jacob Conlan, Kahlan Spencer; Isaiah Potts, Lucas Conlan, Tom Valeri; Charlie Cunial, Jack Rowston, Jordan Crowe; Mitchell Irvin, Rocky Perre, Oswald Herrmann

Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Max McCaig, James Wilson, Dylan Cook; Bradley Hare, Joshua Walsh, Edward Daniher; Sam McCready, Lachlan Parker, Matthew Angel; Daniel Foley, Ben Walsh, Jack McCaig; Michael Rothie, Jethro Peck, Thomas Anderson; Jacob Olsson, Scott Proctor, Aaron Proctor; James Finucane, Jack Sase, Jake Angel

Umpires: Andrew Tough, Tim Beard, Nathan Brookes (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 13.9 (87) d Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 4.1 (25)

Goals: S McGinn 4, K Duncan 2, C Bock 2, T Blissett 2, M Agnew 2, M Peruzzi

Best: S McGinn, C Harrison, J Villata, J Burley, J Fallon, T Blissett

Under 17.5: Griffith 23.12 (150) d Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 0.1 (1)

Goals: A Brown 6, B Jamieson 4, D Bennett 3, B Rowston 3, A Ray 2, J Kirby, B Mirtschin, K Bennett, J Whitworth, Q Stevenson

Best: S Robinson, A Brown, I Testoni, L Wallace, K Bennett, D Cosson

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Match Report: A fiery game erupted between the Griffith Swans and GGGM Lions at the Exies Oval on Sunday. It was a hard-hitting, highly physical game between the two teams, but once the smoke cleared the Lions emerged victorious with a decisive 91-63 win. Swans coach Will Griggs said Sunday’s game had not been the team’s best performance of the season. “We were very patchy. Too many of us were off our game today,” Griggs said. “There were a few blokes who won there positions, but their were too many who didn’t. “It doesn’t help when you have seven of your top players out, but we welcome them back over the next few weeks.” Griggs did, however, give a special shout-out to Jacob Conlan whose fearsome performance as a forward earned his team three goals.

The Swans started the game off on the front foot, but then allowed a couple of easy points to slip past them in the second quarter of the match. However in the third quarter, the Swans shored up their defence’s and it was looking as though they might just have a shot at turning things around. After some clever play the Swans managed to narrow the gap between them, but still finished the third quarter behind 48-56. The Swans momentum was short-lived, and by the time the fourth quarter rolled around the Lions had secured a sizeable lead 91 to 63.   (Kenji Sato – The Area News, Monday August 12, 2019)

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 Griffith Swans Notes 

How times flies – four weeks since I wrote my last notes. Much water has passed under the bridges since then, and we passed over many bridges, (in-between a bye), having hosted Narrandera, visited Coolamon and Leeton-Whitton.

Well, my hopes of a victory over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong Lions last Sunday did not mature, and we said good-bye to our chances of winning the minor premiership. I feel sure you enjoyed the game and I also feel sure that you were satisfied that our boys put up a good show under the circumstances. We were beaten by the better side on the day and had some of our absentee players been there, the result might have been different. The two high-flyers for Ganmain-GGM – Jacob Olsson and Ben Walsh – are probably the best duo in the League. This opinion will no doubt start an argument, and you will compare others with them, who, in your opinion, are better. Are these arguments not part of the spice of our great game? You will find quite a number of our one-eyed Swans fans, say the Conlan brothers would be right up there!

Now I wonder as I am sitting writing these lines – what are our chances of winning against the Mangoplah Goannas on Saturday. If I could only tell you at this stage who is likely to play it would be something, but I am afraid we are to have some disappointments. We are certain to be without Ben King for good - owing to him failing to play four games required to qualify for the finals. There are others who we may have to manage without, but we shall do our best, and we just ask your indulgence at such a difficult time. Up the Swans! (By Trevor Harrison).

RFL Round 17 – Saturday August 17, 2019 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith ……………….... 3.1 .. 6.3 .. 10.8 .. 11.12 (78)

Mangoplah-CUE ….. 2.3 .. 3.4 .. 4.7 .. 5.12 (42)

Goals: Griffith: S Daniel 3, J Conlan 2, L Conlan 2, K Spencer, W Griggs, B Argus, J Rowston

MCUE: G Kendall 3, R Price, N McCormack

Best: Griffith: W Griggs, G Orton, S Daniel, J Toscan, J Gastin, B Argus

MCUE: J Carey, T Cohalan, D Bunyan, L Kendall , J Whitley, N McCormack

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, Guy Orton, James Taylor; Michael Duncan, James Toscan (capt), Jordan Iudica; Isaac Campbell, Will Griggs (coach), Jonathon Gastin; Blake Argus, Jacob Conlan, Sam Daniel; Charlie Cunial, Lucas Conlan, Isaiah Potts; Nathan Richards, Heath Northey, Jack Rowston; Reece Matheson, Mitchell Irvin, Kahlan Spencer

Mangoplah-Cookardinia United- Eastlakes: Jacob Whitley, Blake Chapman, Jack Carey; Jake Hindmarch, Tim Smith, Lachlan Kendall; Jacob Taylor, Nick McCormack, Charlie Chambers; Ethan Schiller, George Kendall, Trent Cohalan; Padric Griffin, Ryan Price, James Scott; Andrews Dickins, Dom Bunyan, Nick Collins; Alex McCormack, Elliott Winter, Pat Killalea

Umpires: Rob Johnston, Andrew Tough (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 10.10 (70) d Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes 4.8 (32)

Goals: C Bock 2, Tom Valeri 2, J Crowe, S. McGinn, O Herrmann, S Foley, L Peruzzi, M Agnew
Best: D Schmetzer, O Herrmann, J Keenan, S Foley, M Agnew, J Paton

Under 17.5: Griffith 16.17 (113) d Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes 3.2 (20)

Goals: B Rowston 5, S Robinson 2, A Brown 2, D Cosson 2, J Whitworth, L Wallace, D Bennett, J Best, Z DeMamiel

Best: D Bennett, J Whitworth, B Rowston, K Bennett, A Bartter, A Ray

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Match Report: Griffith cemented a top three finish with a six-goal win over Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes on Saturday. The Swans guaranteed themselves third spot but just as importantly got back into form with a 11.12 (78) to 5.12 (42) victory at Exies Oval. Griffith welcomed back a number of key personnel just two weeks out from finals and it paid an instant dividend as the Swans produced one of their best performance in the last two months. They got one back over the fifth-place Goannas, who embarrassed them earlier in the year to the tune of 65-points. The Swans got on top in the second quarter, kicking three goals to one to open up a 17-point lead. They then stamped their authority on the contest with another four goals to one in the third term.

Griffith ruckman Nathan Richards’ return made an immediate difference for the Swans as he provided a strong contest in his first game in two months. James Toscan continued his strong season with a big game on MCUE forward George Kendall, the return of Jordy Iudica and Heath Northey made a significant difference, while Sam Daniel ha a big game and finished with three goals.

The win also ensured Griffith celebrate Jono Gastin’s 200th game with a win. Griffith coach Will Griggs, who was one of the best players on the ground himself, was pleased to see his team back at their best. Griggs believes the return of key personnel played the biggest part in Griffith’s turn-around. Griggs said the beauty of the win over MCUE meant it was all about preparing for the their qualifying final with Coolamon the week after. “We can rest a few now,” he said. “It’s nice to be confidence going in but we’re not going to risk anyone who’s sore.”  (Matt Malone - The Daily Advertiser, Monday August 19, 2019)

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 Griffith Swans Notes 

Our boys certainly wrecked the Mango Goannas good run of games without defeat at Exies Oval last Saturday. This was a game of thrills – mainly happy ones for us. Young Nathan Richards, promoted from the injured list, gave a good display in the engine room – in spite of being hampered by a lack of match practice. Keep it up, Baby Huey! A strong half-back line is the key to success of most sides – Micky Duncan, Jimmy Toscan and Jordy Iudica certainly proved this. Once his nerves settled Jono Gastin, our latest 200 senior game member certainly proved his worth with a sparkling second half display. Although we won handsomely by six goals Mangoplah proved  worthy opponents and should do well come finals time.  

We have now practically reached the end of the home and away season, and on Saturday we play what is our last away match. It is fitting that we should meet our old foeman and the endorsed favourites for premiership honours from Wagga. We shall have an opportunity of avenging that last competition defeat at Exies Oval, after we looked like having the match won at half-time. I hope that our boys will not take any liberties with these doughty Wagga Tigers. It’s commitment and goals that count. Up The Swans! (By Trevor Harrison).

RFL Round 18 – Saturday August 24, 2019 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm

Wagga Tigers …. 2.6 .. 7.9 .. 10.12 .. 11.14 (80)

Griffith …….....….. 4.2 .. 7.2 .. 8.3 .. 14.6 (90)

Goals: Wagga Tigers: N Cooke 2, N Ryan 2, J Manton, S Ryan, B Wileman, S Driscoll, J Kelly, L Shepherd, T Keogh

Griffith: J Conlan 7, L Conlan 4, J Gastin, B Argus, H Northey

Best: Wagga Tigers: X Lyons, L Beard, T Keogh, P Gaynor, R Gordon, N Ryan

Griffith: H Northey, N Richards, J Conlan, J Taylor, L Conlan, O Herrmann

Wagga Tigers: Sam Ryan, Louis Beard, Xavier Lyons; Lahn Shepherd, Reid Gordon, Shaun Driscoll; Jake Mascini, Dylan Morton, Bailey Wiseman; Will Keogh, Ben Kelly, Jesse Manton; Nick Ryan, Will Keogh, Nathan Cooke; Tom Osmotherly, Jackson Kelly, Tom Keogh; Jim McCoullough, Jake Osbeiston, Scott Pearce

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt), James Taylor; Oswald Herrmann, Michael Duncan, Jordan Iudica; Isaac Campbell, Will Griggs (coach), Jonathon Gastin; Blake Argus, Jacob Conlan, Charlie Cunial; Sam Daniel, Lucas Conlan, Isaiah Potts; Nathan Richards, Heath Northey, Jack Rowston; Mitchell Irvin, Alex Overs, Kahlan Spencer

Umpires: Dallas McKelvie, Paul McKelvie, Peter Alexander (RUA)

Reserves: Griffith 12.11 (83) d Wagga Tigers 0.7 (7)

Goals: K Duncan 3, C Bock 2, D Catanzariti 2, R Johns, L Fabris, Tom Valeri, S Foley, M Agnew

Best: L Fabris, J Paton, L Peruzzi, J Villata, J Keenan, M Agnew

Under 17.5: Wagga Tigers 14.16 (100) d Griffith 8.6 (54)

Goals: S Robinson 2, B Rowston 2, B Jamieson, A Brown, D Cosson, D Bennett

Best: I Testoni, D Bennett, I Piva, L Wallace, K Bennett

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Match Report: Griffith will go into finals full of confidence after running over the top of Wagga Tigers to record a 10-point victory on Saturday. The Swans set up a re-match with Tigers in next week’s qualifying final after a come-from-behind victory, 14.6 (90) to 11.14 (80) at Robertson Oval. Tigers led by 21 points at three quarter time but Griffith’s Conlan brothers turned it on in the final quarter to help the Swans overrun the home team. The loss drops Tigers to second position on the ladder, with Coolamon leaping into top spot to claim the minor premiership.

Jacob Conlan was the star for the Swans, kicking seven goals, including four in the final term to lead Griffith to victory. Younger brother Lucas also kicked two in the final term to finish with four goals for the day. Griffith coach Will Griggs was rapt with the way his team finished off the game with plenty of hunger to get the points. Griggs believes the win will give his team plenty of confidence heading into the qualifying final showdown with Tigers again next Saturday.

Guy Orton missed the final round clash with a neck injury but will be right for next week, while Mick Duncan and Sam Daniel didn’t finish the game but are expected to be available for finals.

Wagga Tigers coach Troy Maiden said he expects Tom Osmotherly, Jesse Manton (groin), and Jackson Kelly (cork) all to be right for next week, as well as Brendy Myers and Josh Gaynor, who missed Saturday’s loss. Heath Northey and Nathan Richards were strong for Griffith, while Tom Keogh was one of Tigers’ best.     (Matt Malone – Daily Advertiser, Monday August 26, 2019)

2019 RFNL NETBALL Ladders

A grade: Collingullie-GP 173.9% 56, Mangoplah-CUE 149.9% 54, Wagga Tigers 133.2% 50, Coolamon 122.6% 36, Griffith 106.9% 32, Leeton-Whitton 76.6% 26, Ganmain-GGM 83.8% 22, Turvey Park 63.4% 8, Narrandera 53.0% 4.

A Reserve: Collingullie-GP 202.6% 56, Turvey Park 155.1% 56, Wagga Tigers 161.0% 52, Ganmain-GGM 99.0% 34, Leeton-Whitton 105.0% 30, Griffith 103.8% 24, Mangoplah-CUE 86.3% 20, Coolamon 61.5% 12, Narrandera 34.7% 4.

B grade: Collingullie-GP 151.5% 54, Wagga Tigers 137.1% 52, Turvey Park 149.3% 50, Mangoplah-CUE 126.6% 46, Leeton-Whitton 97.0% 30, Griffith 90.1% 24, Coolamon 94.8% 20, Ganmain-GGM 79.1% 12, Narrandera 40.1% 0.

C grade: Griffith 211.5% 52, Collingullie-GP 157.9% 50, Turvey Park 159.8% 48, Leeton-Whitton 124.7% 40; Wagga Tigers 120.8% 40, Mangoplah-CUE 120.9% 34, Coolamon 90.3% 12, Ganmain-GGM 53.9% 8, Narrandera 26.4% 4.

Under 17's: Turvey Park 189.2% 56, Leeton-Whitton 152.7% 56, Mangoplah-CUE 148.9% 48, Ganmain-GGM 121.8% 40, Collingullie-GP 106.2% 36; Wagga Tigers 97.7% 28, Coolamon 66.5% 12, Griffith 62.1% 8, Narrandera 40.1% 4.

RFL Qualfying Final – Saturday August 31, 2019 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.30pm

Wagga Tigers …. 2.3 .. 3.6 .. 5.7 .. 7.9 (51)

Griffith ………….... 4.2 .. 6.3 .. 9.3 .. 12.4 (76)

Goals: Wagga Tigers: N Ryan 3, J Manton 2, J Gaynor 2

Griffith: L Conlan 6, B Argus 3, J Conlan, J Rowston, J Gastin

Best: Wagga Tigers: B Kelly, L Shepherd, R Gordon, L Beard, D Morton, B Myers

Griffith: L Conlan, J Rowston, N Richards, W Griggs, J Iudica, H Northey

Wagga Tigers: Jake Mascini, Pat Gaynor, Xavier Lyons; Reid Gordon, Ben Kelly, Dylan Morton; Tom Keogh, Lahn Shepherd, Bailey Wiseman; Jackson Kelly, Sam Ryan, Will Keogh; Nick Ryan, Jesse Manton, Josh Gaynor; Louis Beard, Jake Osbeiston, Brendan Myers; Shaun Driscoll, Nathan Cooke, Scott Pearce, Hamish Gilmore

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt), Guy Orton; Oswald Herrmann, James Taylor, Jordan Iudica; Isaac Campbell, Will Griggs (coach), Kahlan Spencer; Blake Argus, Jacob Conlan, Charlie Cunial; Theo Valeri, Lucas Conlan, Isaiah Potts; Nathan Richards, Heath Northey, Jack Rowston; Jonathon Gastin, Mitchell Irvin, Alex Overs, Sam McGinn

Umpires: Alex Manley, Brett McDonald, Nathan Brookes (RUA)

Reserves: Collingullie-Glenfield Park 12.11 (83) d Coolamon 2.6 (18)

Under 17.5: Turvey Park 14.10 (94) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 12.11 (83)

Netball - A grade: MCUE 60 d Wagga Tigers 45; A reserve: Wagga Tigers 37 d Turvey Park 33; B grade: Wagga Tigers 66 d Turvey Park 52; C grade: Collingullie-GP 33 d Turvey Park 25; Under 17: MCUE 50 d Leeton-Whitton 49

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Match report: A six-goal performance from Griffith forward Lucas Conlan guided the Swans to a 25-point victory over Wagga Tigers in Saturday’s qualifying final. The Swans moved one win away from another grand final appearance with their second victory over Tigers in a week, 12. 4 (76) to 7.9 (51) at Narrandera Sportsground. Conlan was on fire with three goals in the opening quarter and he finished with 6.2 in a best-on-ground performance that helped move the Swans through to a second semi-final showdown with Coolamon next week.

Griffith got on top in the midfield early and with Conlan on song in attack, they were apply scoreboard pressure to Tigers. The Swans led by 11 points at quarter time and 15 points at the main break. Josh Gaynor kicked the first two goals in the third quarter to put the Tigers within three points and it looked as if the Wagga team were making their run. But Griffith replied through Jack Rowston, Jono Gastin and Conlan to extend the margin to a game-high 20 points at three quarter time. Any chance of a Tigers comeback was quickly slammed shut in the last quarter as Griffith piled on three goals in the opening six minutes to lead by 39 points.

Griffith coach Will Griggs was rapt with the pressure his team brought, which forced Tigers into making a number of uncharacteristic errors. Aside from Conlan, Jack Rowston was brilliant in the midfield for Griffith and set the tone early with a lot of bullocking work in the middle. Nathan Richards won the ruck battle, while Jordan Iudica and Oswald Herrmann gave the Swans plenty of drive from defence. Wagga Tigers were best served by Ben Kelly and Lahn Shepherd, while Jake Mascini was the spark that helped get them going in the third term. Kelly kept Griffith forward Jacob Conlan to one goal, while Shepherd ran with Griggs and worked tirelessly all day. (Matt Malone – Daily Advertiser, Monday September 2, 2019) 

RFL Elimination Final – Sunday September 1, 2019 at Robertson Oval 2.30pm

Ganmain-GGM …..… 3.0 .. 4.1 .. 7.5 .. 10.8 (68)

Mangoplah-CUE ….. 2.2 .. 7.4 .. 13.6 .. 18.6 (114)

Goals: GGGM: J Olsson 3, Z Wiencke 2, J Lander 2, M Rothnie, B Walsh, D Foley

MCUE: G Kendall 8, J Scott 2, E Schiller 2, A Jones, J Whitley, P Griffin, C Chambers, L Kendall, N McCormack

Best: GGGM: J Olsson, Z Wiencke, J Lander, B Walsh, A Proctor, B Hare

MCUE: G Kendall, J Scott, T Smith, N McCormack, E Schiller, P Griffin

Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Bradley Hare, James Wilson, Dylan Cook; Jack Sase, Joshua Walsh, Edward Daniher; James Finucane, Lachlan Parker, Zac Wiencke; Daniel Foley, Ben Walsh, Jack McCaig; Michael Rothnie, Jethro Peck, Matthew Hamblin; Jacob Olsson, Aaron Proctor, Scott Proctor; Sam McCready, Jesse Lander, Max McCaig, Matthew Knagge

Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes: Jacob Whitley, Blake Chapman, Alex McCormack; Jake Hindmarch, Tim Smith, Patric Griffin; Jack Collins, Nick McCormack, Elliott Winter; Ethan Schiller, George Kendall, Trent Cohalan; Charlie Chambers, Andrew Dickins, Dominic Bunyan; James Scott, Ryan Price, Lachlan Kendall; Pat Killalea, Jacob Taylor, Jeremy Rowe, Alex Jones

Umpires: Tim Beard, Dallas McKelvie, Ryan Dedini (RUA)

Reserves: Mangoplah-Cookardinia Utd-Eastlakes 11.6 (72) def Ganmain-GGM 9.11 (65)

Under 17.5: Leeton-Whitton 16.19 (115) def Griffith 3.5 (23)

Goals: A Brown 2, B Rowston

Best: D Bennett, B Mirtschin, I Testoni, A Brown, J Whitworth, D Cosson.

Griffith: Dylan Jamieson, Angus Bartter, Bradley Clifford; Isaac Testoni, Isaac Piva, Jamie Best; Quade Stevenson, Dean Bennett, Lachlan Wallace; Blake Jamieson, Sam Robinson, Archie Ray; Liam Gilbert, Ben Rowston, Angus Brown; Brodie Mirtschin, Kyle Bennett, Jordan Whitworth; Mitch Salvestro, Zac Demamiel, Jordan Kirby, Damien Cosson.

Netball – A grade: Coolamon 45 d Griffith 40; A reserve: GGGM 42 d Leeton-Whitton 39; B grade: MCUE 34 d Leeton-Whitton 33; C grade: Wagga Tigers 31 d Leeton-Whitton 29; Under 17: GGGM 32 d Collingullie-GP 26.

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RFL Second Semi Final – Saturday September 7, 2019 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.30pm

Coolamon …….. 1.2 .. 3.4 .. 6.4 .. 7.7 (49)

Griffith ……….... 2.3 .. 4.6 .. 9.8 .. 10.11 (71)

Goals: Coolamon: J Redfern 6, H Bradley

Griffith: L Conlan 2, B Argus 2, J Conlan 2, I Campbell, I Potts, J Iudica, W. Griggs

Best: Coolamon: J Redfern, N Pleming, A Atkin, S Charlie, H Bradley, M Hillier

Griffith: I Campbell, N Richards, H Northey, J Rowston, G Orton, L Conlan

Coolamon: Ryan Allen, Zach Bradley, Shannon Charlie; Joshua Buchanan, Connor Neyland (co-coach), Cooper McKelvie; Benj Gillett, Nick Pleming, Max Hillier; Braeden Glyde, Matthew McGowan, Hayden Bradley; Marly McGregor, Joe Redfern, Jeremiah Maslin; Anthony Atkin, Jake Barrett, Luke Redfern; Jamie Maddox (co-coach), Haydn Leary, Will Graetz, Nick Buchanan

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt), Guy Orton; Oswald Herrmann, James Taylor, Jordan Iudica; Isaac Campbell, Will Griggs (coach), Kahlan Spencer; Blake Argus, Jacob Conlan, Charlie Cunial; Sam Daniel, Lucas Conlan, Isaiah Potts; Nathan Richards, Heath Northey, Jack Rowston; Jonathon Gastin, Mitchell Irvin, Alex Overs, Theo Valeri

Umpires: Tim Beard, Ryan Dedini, Troy Edwards (RUA)

Reserves: Collingullie-Glenfield Park 10.9 (69) d Griffith 3.5 (23)

Goals: K Duncan, D Andreazza, M Agnew

Best: J Keenan, T Valeri, B Tarr, M Agnew, J Crowe, L Fabris

Griffith: Cameron Harrison, James Keenan, Jordan Crowe (co-capt); Lucas Fabris, Beau Rees, Michael Agnew; Daniel Andreazza, Dean Schmetzer, Luke Peruzzi; Sam Foley, Dean Catanzariti (coach), Tom Valeri; Ben Tarr, Connor Bock, Kris Duncan; Brady Chambers, Rocky Perre (co-capt), Royce Johns; Jesse Paton, Jake Villata, Reece Matheson, Lachlan Killalea

Under 17.5: Wagga Tigers 9.5 (59) d Turvey Park 7.8 (50)

Netball - A grade: Mangoplah-CUE 63 d Collingullie-GP 46; A reserve: Wagga Tigers 42 d Collingullie-GP 39; B grade: Wagga Tigers 44 d Collingullie-GP 39; C grade: Collingullie-GP 35 d Griffith 27; Under 17: Turvey Park 32 d Mangoplah-CUE 22

Match report: Griffith are through to their second consecutive Riverina League grand final courtesy of a 22-point win over Coolamon on Saturday. The Swans moved within one win of ending the club’s 16-year premiership drought with an impressive second semi-final victory over the Hoppers. Griffith withstood a couple of serious challenges from Coolamon to run out winners 10.11 (71) to 7.7 (49) at Narrandera Sportsground. It was the Swans’ high-pressure football that again brought their opposition undone, as their frantic chasing and ferocious tackling proved too much for Coolamon to handle.

Griffith coach Will Griggs believes the Swans are in a much better position than 12 months ago to break the club’s drought. “It’s good. It’s a bit different this year. Last year was a bit of an unknown, a lot of blokes didn’t have much final experience but this year we can be a bit more relaxed and enjoy the next two weeks.” Griggs said there was no secret to the Swans’ success. “It was just pressure. It was super,” he said. “Our forward-line pressure was really good. Young Blakey Argus, you don’t want to get tackled by him. He’s a strong kid. It was pressure across the park.

Despite playing in a losing team, Coolamon forward Joe Redfern was the best playing on the ground, kicking six of their seven goals. Max Hillier and Josh Buchanan also had strong games for the Hoppers. (Matt Malone – Daily Advertiser, Monday September 9, 2019)

RFL First Semi Final – Sunday September 8, 2019 at Kindra Park, Coolamon at 2.30pm

Wagga Tigers …….. 3.3 .. 4.8 .. 8.10 .. 13.14 (92)

Mangoplah-CUE …. 0.2 .. 3.5 .. 4.6 .. 6.9 (45)

Goals: Wagga Tigers: B Myers 3, N Ryan 3, J Manton, W Keogh, B Wileman, L Shepherd, T Keogh, S Pearce, S Ryan

Mangoplah-CUE: R Price 2, J Collins, A Jones, E Schiller, G Kendall

Best: Wagga Tigers: D Morton, S Ryan, S Driscoll, B Myers, L Shepherd, R Gordon

Mangoplah-CUE: T Smith, P Griffin, R Price, N McCormack, P Killalea, N Collins

Wagga Tigers: Lahn Shepherd, Louis Beard, Xavier Lyons; Reid Gordon, Dylan Morton, Sam Ryan; Jake Mascini, Tom Keogh, Bailey Wileman; Josh Gaynor, Ben Kelly, Will Keogh; Nick Ryan, Nathan Cooke, Jesse Manton; Tom Osmotherly, Jackson Kelly, Brendan Myers; Jim McCoullough, Shaun Driscoll, Scott Pearce, Jacob Osbeiston

Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes: Patric Griffin, Blake Chapman, Alex McCormack; Jake Hindmarch, Tim Smith, Pat Killalea; Nick Collins, Nick McCormack, Charlie Chambers; Ethan Schiller, George Kendall, Jack Collins; Trent Cohalan, Andrew Dickins, Dom Bunyan; James Scott, Ryan Price, Lachlan Kendall; Jacob Whitley, Alex Jones, Will Seymour, Elliott Winter

Umpires: Nathan Brookes, Cain Davey, Dallas McKelvie (RUA)

Reserves: Coolamon 12.8 (80) d Mangoplah-Cookardinia-Utd-Eastlakes 7.2 (44)

Under 17.5: Leeton-Whitton 13.14 (92) d Collingullie-Glenfield Park 6.8 (44)

Netball – A grade: Coolamon 37 d Wagga Tigers 36; A reserve: Turvey Park 59 d Ganmain-GGM 26; B grade: Turvey Park 36 d Mangoplah-CUE 33; C grade: Turvey Park 24 d Wagga Tigers 15; Under 17: Leeton-Whitton 27 d Ganmain-GGM 20.

RFL Preliminary Final – Sunday September 15, 2019 at Robertson Oval 2.30pm

Coolamon …...…… 0.3 .. 2.4 .. 2.7 .. 7.8 (50)

Wagga Tigers …. 6.2 .. 9.5 .. 11.6 .. 15.8 (98)

Goals: Coolamon: J Redfern 4, J Maslin, J Barrett, B Gillett

Wagga Tigers: J Manton 9, S Pearce 2, S Driscoll 2, J Gaynor, B Wileman

Best: Coolamon: J Redfern, A Atkin, M McGregor, L Redfern, S Charlie, C McKelvie

Wagga Tigers: J Manton, D Morton, R Gordon, S Driscoll, T Keogh, J Osbeiston

Coolamon: Ryan Allen, Zach Bradley, Shannon Charlie; Joshua Buchanan, Connor Neyland (co-coach), Haydn Leary; Kyle Woods, Nick Pleming, Max Hillier; Jamie Maddox (co-coach), Matthew McGowan, Hayden Bradley; Marly McGregor, Joe Redfern, Jeremiah Maslin; Anthony Atkin, Jake Barrett, Luke Redfern; Cooper McKelvie, Braeden Glyde, Benj Gillett, Will Graetz,

Wagga Tigers: Lahn Shepherd, Louis Beard, Xavier Lyons; Reid Gordon, Dylan Morton, Sam Ryan; Jake Mascini, Tom Keogh, Bailey Wileman; Josh Gaynor, Ben Kelly, Shaun Driscoll; Nick Ryan, Jesse Manton, Jacob Osbeiston; Tom Osmotherly, Jackson Kelly, Brendan Myers; Nathan Cooke, Will Keogh, Jim McCoullough, Scott Pearce

Umpires: Brett McDonald, Ryan Dedini, Troy Edwards (RUA)

Reserves: Griffih 10.11 (71) d Coolamon 6.2 (38)

Goals: B Tarr 3, B Chambers 2, S McGinn 2, K Duncan 2, R Perre

Best: B Tarr, D Schmetzer, L Peruzzi, T Valeri, J Crowe, B Watts

Griffith: Cameron Harrison, James Keenan, Michael Agnew; Jordan Crowe (co-capt), Sam Foley, Royce Johns; Daniel Andreazza, Dean Schmetzer, Luke Peruzzi; Sam McGinn, Brady Chambers, Tom Valeri; Reece Matheson, Mathew Peruzzi, Kris Duncan; Doug Patey, Rocky Perre (co-capt), Ben Tarr; Jordan Burley, Lucas Fabris, Jesse Paton, Ben Watts

Under 17.5: Turvey Park 17.10 (112) d Leeton-Whitton 7.7 (49)

Netball – A grade: Collingullie-GP 37 d Coolamon 34; A reserve: Collingullie-GP 46 d Turvey Park 35; B grade: Turvey Park 35 d Collingullie-GP 29; C grade: Turvey Park 24 d Griffith 23; Under 17: MCUE 36 Leeton-Whitton 28.

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Match report: The Griffith Swans reserve grade side have secured a place in the decider for the third straight season after defeating Coolamon in the preliminary final at Robertson Oval. The Swans have put last weekend first loss of the season behind them as a strong final quarter saw them able to secure their place in the reserve grade grand final with a 10.11 (71) to 6.2 (38) win over the Rovers. The Swans headed into the game without coach Dean Catanzariti who hurt his ankle in the major semi-final against Collingullie while Jake Villata also didn’t pull up from a shoulder injury.

The Griffith side were able to bury the demons of last weekend as they got out to a 20-point lead at the first interval. The Rovers were able to make more of an impression in the second quarter but with both teams kicking three goals in the term to see the Swans leading by 16 points at the major break. The Swans were able to maintain their lead of around three goals heading into the final term before closing the game out with another three in the final term while restricting the Rovers to just one goal saw the Griffith side book their place with a 33-point win. Assistant coach Trevor Richards paid credit to the way his side approached the contest. “Our pressure all around the ground was great,” he said. “We just kept hunting and hunting and didn’t let them have any time on the ball. “They had their moments, but the boys kept their heads and played really well.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news for the Swans as their C grade netballers season came to a close. After finishing the season on top of the table, the Griffith side bow out in straight sets after a narrow 24- 23 loss to Turvey Park. (Liam Warren – The Area News, Monday September 16, 2019)

RFL Grand Final – Saturday September 21, 2019 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.30pm

Griffith ………......... 2.2 .. 4.4 .. 5.5 .. 8.7 (55)

Wagga Tigers ….. 1.3 .. 2.3 .. 5.7 .. 11.9 (75)

Goal: Griffith: L Conlan 5, J Conlan 2, K Spencer

Wagga Tigers: J. Manton 3, J. Kelly 2, W. Keogh 2, B. Myers 2, N. Cooke, N. Ryan

Best: Griffith: L Conlan, J Toscan, J Iudica, H Northey, I Campbell, N Richards 

Wagga Tigers: B. Myers, R Gordon, D Morton, S Driscoll, N Ryan, J Kelly 

Griffith: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Guy Orton; Oswald Herrmann, James Taylor, Jordan Iudica; Isaac Campbell, Will Griggs (coach), Kahlan Spencer; Blake Argus, Jacob Conlan, Charlie Cunial; Michael Duncan, Lucas Conlan, Isaiah Potts; Nathan Richards, Heath Northey, Jack Rowston; Sam Daniel, Jonathon Gastin, Mitchell Irvin, Alex Overs

Wagga Tigers: Lahn Shepherd, Louis Beard, Xavier Lyons; Reid Gordon, Dylan Morton, Sam Ryan; Jake Mascini, Tom Keogh, Bailey Wileman; Josh Gaynor, Nathan Cooke, Shaun Driscoll; Nick Ryan (capt.), Jesse Manton, Jacob Osbeiston; Tom Osmotherly, Jackson Kelly, Brendan Myers; Will Keogh, Jim McCoullough, Matthew Noonan, Scott Pearce.

Reports: James Taylor for rough contact on Tom Keogh in fourth quarter - Reprimand. Heath Northey cited by Wagga Tigers for striking Tom Keogh in fourth quarter - Accepted 3 games suspension.  Umpires: Brett McDonald, Ryan Dedini, Troy Edwards (RUA).  Gate: $22,534.

Reserves

Collingullie-GP …… 0.2 .. 3.5 .. 5.9 .. 6.9 (45)

Griffith ………….....…. 1.1 .. 4.6 .. 5.7 .. 7.8 (50)

Goal: Collingullie-GP: M McGrath 6

Griffith: K Duncan 3, S McGinn 2, R Matheson, Tom Valeri

Best: Collingullie-GP: K Sykes, M Mcgrath, B Ryan, T Banks, J Gunning, T Keogh

Griffith: D Schmetzer (Ryan-Stuart medal), B Watts, Tom Valeri, J Crowe, S McGinn, B Tarr

Griffith: Cameron Harrison, James Keenan, Michael Agnew; Jordan Crowe (co-capt), Sam Foley, Royce Johns; Daniel Andreazza, Dean Schmetzer, Luke Peruzzi; Theo Valeri, Brady Chambers, Tom Valeri; Ben Tarr, Sam McGinn, Kris Duncan; Jordan Burley, Rocky Perre (co-capt), Ben Watts; Todd Argus, Dean Catanzariti (coach), Lucas Fabris, Reece Matheson.

Under 17.5

Wagga Tigers ……. 4.3 .. 5.3 .. 6.4 .. 8.4 (52)

Turvey Park …….… 2.4 .. 8.5 .. 11.10 .. 16.13 (109)

Goals: Wagga Tigers: W Kirkup 2, Z Cornell 2, T McCoullough, C Pavitt, J Lucas, N Simons

Turvey Park: M Von Marburg 4, L Grigg 3, T Richards 2, R Weidemann 2, E Grigg, B Glanvill, J Mattingly, W O''Connor, P Voss

Best Wagga Tigers: T McCoullough, N Simons, J Heeney, W Adams, D De Jong, Z Cornell

Turvey Park: A Grigg (B.O.G.), R Weidemann, P Voss, B Duffy, C Harmer, B Robbins

Netball - A grade: Mangoplah-CUE 60 d Collingullie-GP 51, Best on Court - Sophie Fawns (MCUE); A reserve: Collingullie-GP 40 d Wagga Tigers 33, BOC – Josie Thomas (CGP); B grade: Wagga Tigers 51 d Collingullie-GP 41, BOC – Eliza Parker (WT); C grade: Turvey Park 26 d Collingullie-GP 24, BOC – Alice Fitt (TP); Under 17: Mangoplah-CUE 39 d Turvey Park 26, BOC – Jessica Myers (MCUE).

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2019 RIVERINA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE AWARDS

Football: Senior Best & Fairest - Jim Quinn Medal

24 – Jesse Manton (Wagga Tigers); 21 – Luke Redfern (Coolamon; 17 – Jacob Olsson (Ganmain-GGM); 15 – George Kendall (Mangoplah-CUE), 14 – Jordan Iudica (Griffith); 13 – Matthew Hamblin (Ganmain-GGM); 12 – Will Griggs (Griffith), Nicholas McCormack (Mangoplah-CUE), Nathan Byrne (Turvey Park); 11 – Jake Barrett (Coolamon), Lahn Shepherd, Nick Ryan (Wagga Tigers); 10 - Jacob Conlan (Griffith), Matthew Rainbird (Leeton-Whitton), Lachlan Kendall (Mangoplah-CUE), Jeremy Sykes (Turvey Park); 9 - Joe Redfern (Coolamon), Andrew Dickins (Mangoplah-CUE), Isaac Bunge (Narrandera); 8 – Nicholas Perryman (Collingullie-GP), Heath Northey (Griffith); 7 - Aaron Proctor (Ganmain-GGM), James Toscan (Griffith); 6 – Michael Duncan (Griffith), Bryce O’Garey (Leeton-Whitton); 5 - Daniel Frawley, James Kennedy (Collingullie-GP), Max Hillier (Coolamon), Matthew Renet (Narrandera), Shaun Driscoll, Jackson Kelly (Wagga Tigers); 4 – Blake Harper (Collingullie-GP), Lochlan Dhurrkay, Matthew McGowan, Nicholas Pleming (Coolamon), Daniel Foley (Ganmain-GGM), Sam Daniel (Griffith), Matthew Bailey (Turvey Park), Dylan Morton, Brendan Myers (Wagga Tigers); 3 – Ben Klemke (Collingullie-GP), Shannon Charlie, Ben Gillett (Coolamon), Lachlan Parker, Michael Rothnie, Ben Walsh (Ganmain-GGM), Lucas Conlan (Griffith), Mason Dryburgh (Leeton-Whitton), Mitchell Bloomfield (Mangoplah-CUE), Chase Grintell, Patrick Voss, Harry Woods (Turvey Park), Tom Osmotherly (Wagga Tigers); 2 – Edward Perryman (Collingullie-GP), Joshua Buchanan (Coolamon), Thomas Anderson, Thomas Sase (Coolamon), Jade Hodge, Bailey Wood (Leeton-Whitton), Trent Cohalan, Jake Hindmarsh (Mangoplah-CUE), Jack Grintell, Ben Perry (Narrandera), Clint Shields (Turvey Park); 1 – Daniel Kennedy, Dustin Rogers (Collingullie-GP), Hayden Bradley, Ben Edyvean, Braeden Glyde, Connor Neyland (Coolamon), Jesse Lander, Scott Proctor (Ganmain-GGM), Alex Overs (Griffith), Thomas Meline, Nathan Tang, Tomas Van Buuren (Leeton-Whitton), Wesley Clark, James Scott (Mangoplah-CUE), Stephen Irons, Luke Paterson, Ryan Price, Macauley Smith (Narrandera), Jack Haggar, Daniel Leary (Turvey Park), Ben Kelly, Tom Keogh (Wagga Tigers).

Reserves - Frank Gaynor Medal

23 - Kallan Sykes (Collingullie-GP); 17 – Matthew McGrath (Collingullie-GP); 16 – Ben Tarr (Griffith); 13 – Keenan Flood (Turvey Park); 12 – Ryan Dean (Collingullie-GP), Sam Robinson (Coolamon); 10 – Ben Edyvean (Coolamon). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 7 – Rocky Perre, Dean Schmetzer; 6 – Guy Orton; 5 – Daniel Andreazza, Sam McGinn; 4 – Mitchell Irvin; 3 – Dean Catanzariti, Sam Foley, Oswald Herrmann 2 – Jordan Burley, Cameron Harrison, Jesse Paton, Luke Peruzzi, Ben Watts; 1 - Kris Duncan, Royce Johns, Reece Matheson, James Taylor.

Under 17.5's - Lou Brown Medal

22 – Josh Lanham (Leeton-Whitton); 16 – Hamish Gilmore (Wagga Tigers); 13 – Isaac Testoni (Griffith), Samuel McNaughton (Wagga Tigers); 12 – Alliance Irishura (Ganmain-GGM), Harry Wichman (Collingullie-GP); 10 – Nicholas McCorry (Turvey Park). Other Griffith players to receive votes were: 9 - Dean Bennett, Blake Jamieson, 7 – Brodie Mirtschin, 4 – Blake Argus, 3 – Kyle Bennett, Lachlan Wallace, Jordan Whitworth; 2 – Isaac Piva.

Netball: Best & Fairest

A grade: 26 - Hannah Finemore (Collingullie-GP) & Sarah Hooper (Coolamon); 24 – Jessica Allen (Wagga Tigers); 23 – Claudia Barton (Coolamon); 18 - Jessica Conlan (Griffith), 16 – Olivia Tilyard (Wagga Tigers); 13- Sophie Fawns (Mangoplah-CUE).

A Reserve grade: 24 – Bridget Webster (Wagga Tigers); 21 – Tracy Schulz-Cole (M,angoplah-CUE); 20 – Shervawn Channell (Turvey Park); 19 – Page Colenso (Collingullie-GP); 14 - Daneka Hatty (Ganmain-GGM); 13 – Jessica Barrow, Kaitlyn Weller (Wagga Tigers). 

B grade: 22 – Maggie Maguire (Leeton-Whitton); 21 – Madison Blackburn (Mangoplah-CUE); 20 – Shannon Seaman (Mangoplah-CUE); 18 – Bettina Goolagong (Collingullie-GP); 16 – Monique McKinley (Coolamon); 15 – Emily McCaig (Ganmain-GGM), Pippa McPherson (Turvey Park). 

C grade: 29 – Jasmine Boyland (Griffith); 26 – Emma Conlan (Collingullie-GP); 19 - Katie Conroy (Leeton-Whitton), Sonya Leddin (Mangoplah-CUE); 15 – Mackenzie Dodwell (Collingullie-GP), Lauren McClurg (Turvey Park). 

Under 17's: 21 – Tamsyn Goolagong (Collingullie-GP); 20 – Phoebe Wadley (Wagga Tigers); 19 – Kasey Aliendi (Leeton-Whitton); 17 – Annabelle Mortensen (Ganmain-GGM); 15 – Eliza Smith (Mangoplah-CUE); 14 - Jessica Myers (Mangoplah-CUE).

 

Top Goalkickers (h/a)

Seniors - Stewart Fraser Trophy

61 – Jacob Conlan (Griffith); 55 – Joe Redfern (Coolamon); 49 – Ben Walsh (Ganmain-GGM); 44 – Bradley Ashcroft (Turvey Park); 40 – Marc Geppert (Collingullie-GP), 39 – John Buchanan (Collingullie-GP); 37 – George Kendall (Mangoplah-CUE); 33 – Clint Shields (Turvey Park).

Reserves - Neil Griggs Trophy

52 - Kris Duncan (Griffith); 32 – Ryan Dean (Collingullie-GP); 30 – Connor Bock (Griffith); 28 – Dylan Koop (Collingullie-GP); 25 – Luke Powell (Collingullie-GP); 24 – Matt Geppert (Collingullie-GP); 23 – Tim Garrett (Coolamon), Scott Barlin (Mangoplah-CUE).

Under 17.5's - Dalco Trophy

45 – Max Von Marburg (Turvey Park); 33 – Dean Bennett (Griffith); 32 - Harry Wooden (Collingullie-GP); 28 – Hamish Gilmore (Wagga Tigers); 24 – Ben Rowston (Griffith), Mclean Crompton (Leeton-Whitton).

 

AFL Riverina Football Rising Star: Matthew Hamblin (Ganmain-GGM)

AFL Riverina Netball Rising Star: Sophie Fawns (Mangoplah-CUE)

AFL NSW/ACT Merit Awards: Les Wall (Ganmain-GGM) & Lloyd Bullock (Leeton-Whitton)

Volunteer of the Year: Stuart Seymour (Coolamon)

AFL NSW/ACT Coach of the Year: Dean Catanzariti (Griffith)

Netball Coach of the Year: Tanya Sykes (Turvey Park)

Most Valuable Player: Jacob Olsson (Ganmain-GGM)

Club Championship (Football): Griffith

Club Championship (Netball): Collingullie-Glenfield Park

 Griffith - Games / Goals 2019 

Seniors: Michael Agnew 3 / 0, Daniel Andreazza 4 / 0, Blake Argus 11 / 10, Dean Bennett 1 / 0, Isaac Campbell 18 / 2, Dean Catanzariti 8 / 0, Brady Chambers 3 / 0, Jacob Conlan 19 / 66, Lucas Conlan 12 / 30, Jordan Crowe 7 / 0, Charlie Cunial 19 / 11, Sam Daniel 13 / 10, Kris Duncan 1 / 0, Michael Duncan 16 / 6, Jonathon Gastin 19 / 2, Will Griggs 19 / 10, Oswald Herrmann 5 / 0, Mitchell Irvin 14 / 0, Jordan Iudica 18 / 22, Ben King 1 / 1, Reece Matheson 8 / 2, Sam McGinn 1 / 0, Heath Northey 14 / 8, Guy Orton 15 / 3, Alex Overs 13 / 0, Rocky Perre 7 / 1, Daniel Peruzzi 18 / 0, Isaiah Potts 18 / 9, Nathan Richards 12 / 4, Jack Rowston 11 / 5, Dean Schmetzer 5 / 3, Kahlan Spencer 16 / 13, James Taylor 12 / 0, James Toscan 19 / 1, Theo Valeri 12 / 3, Thomas Valeri 4 / 2, Ben Watts 4 / 0.

 

Reserves: Michael Agnew 16 / 14, Daniel Andreazza 9 / 6, Blake Argus 1 / 1, Todd Argus 8 / 1, Dean Bennett 2 / 2, Jason Bertacco 1 / 2, Jamie Best 1 / 0, Toby Blissett 1 / 2, Connor Bock 17 / 30, Jordan Burley 14 / 3, Dean Catanzariti 7 / 5, Brady Chambers 7 / 4, Jordan Crowe 10 / 2, Brandon Disson 8 / 3, Kris Duncan 18 / 58, Lucas Fabris 15 / 1, James Fallon 4 / 0, Sam Foley 10 / 3, Chris Fuchs 7 / 1, Trent Harrington 6 / 0, Cameron Harrison 19 / 1, Oswald Herrmann 13 / 4, Mitchell Irvin 5 / 1, Royce Johns 12 / 2, James Keenan 16 / 0, Lachlan Killalea 12 / 6, Reece Matheson 9 / 2, Sam McGinn 12 / 19, Cory O’Reilly 1 / 2, Guy Orton 2 / 3, Rowan Patey 13 / 0, Jesse Paton 16 / 1, Rocky Perre 11 / 2, Luke Peruzzi 15 / 3, Mathew Peruzzi 9 / 2, Beau Rees 8 / 0, Quade Stevenson 1 / 0, Dean Schmetzer 12 / 8, Ben Tarr 13 / 18, James Taylor 3 / 1, Isaac Testoni 1 / 0, Theo Valeri 2 / 0, Tom Valeri 7 / 5, Chase Verri 11 / 0, Jake Villata 6 / 0, Ben Watts 7 / 6, Adam Wilson 5 / 0, Nick Witherspoon 3 / 4.

 

Under 17.5: Blake Argus 3 / 4, Angus Bartter 17 / 1, Dean Bennett 14 / 34, Kyle Bennett 15 / 8, Jamie Best 16 / 1, Angus Brown 14 / 21, Brady Clifford 13 / 5, Damen Cosson 15 / 7, Zac Dal Broi 4 / 0, Zac Demamiel 15 / 1, William Geddes 7 / 0, Liam Gilbert 11 / 4, Blake Jamieson 14 / 16, Dylan Jamieson 17 / 0, Jordan Kirby 13 / 2, Brodie Mirtschin 16 / 3, Archie Ray 13 / 8, Sam Robinson 16 / 5, Ben Rowston 16 / 25, Isaac Piva 17 / 1, Mitch Salvestro 9 / 0, Noah Schmetzer 11 / 3, Kahlan Spencer 1 / 3, Quade Stevenson 17 / 1, Thomas Terrazas 9 / 0, Isaac Testoni 13 / 7, Connor Thompson-Gardener 12 / 1, James Tilston 4 / 0, Frank Velis 8 / 1, Lachlan Wallace 16 / 2, Jordan Whitworth 17 / 11.       

  2019 SENIOR DEBUTS & FINAL SENIOR GAMES / GOALS  

Debut: April 13 – Mitchell Irvin, Isaiah Potts, Kahlan Spencer; May 4 - Dean Schmetzer; May 25 – Ben Watts; June 15 – Brady Chambers; June 22 – Blake Argus; August 31 - Sam McGinn.

Final Games / Goals: Jacob Conlan 65 / 123; Lucas Conlan 48 / 75;  Jordan Crowe 9 / 0, Sam Foley 52 / 8, Jordan Iudica 69 / 83, Ben King 70 / 53, Reece Matheson 33 / 8, Sam McGinn 1 / 0, Heath Northey 44 / 35, Guy Orton 130 / 79, Jack Rowston 26 / 11, Theo Valeri 44 / 22, Thomas Valeri 21 / 8.

 Griffith Australian Football Netball Club Awards 

Saturday October 12, 2019 at Griffith Exies Main Club

Major Sponsors: Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club, Owen Toyota, Berton Vinyard, Flavourtech

FOOTBALL

First grade

Best & Fairest: James Toscan

Runner-up: Jacob Conlan

Most Improved: Charlie Cunial

Most Consistent: Jordan Iudica

Best in Finals: Lucas Conlan

Most Goals Kicked: Jacob Conlan

Coach’s Award: Jack Rowston

Reserve grade

Best & Fairest: Benjamin Tarr

Runner-up: Dean Schmetzer

Most Consistent: James Keenan

Most Improved: Lucas Fabris & Jesse Paton

Best in Finals: Samuel McGinn

Most Goals Kicked: Kris Duncan

Coach’s Award: Connor Bock

Under 17.5's

Best & Fairest: Dean Bennett

Runner-up: Jordan Whitworth

Most Improved: Sam Robinson

Most Goals Kicked (Brian Files Memorial): Dean Bennett

Most Promising Player (Ronnie Williams Memorial): Isaac Testoni

Coach's Award (Fred Owen Memorial Shield): Brodie Mirtschin

NETBALL

A grade

Best & Fairest: Jess Conlan

Players’ Player: Jess Conlan

Coach’s Award: Louise Robertson

Best in Finals: Markala Johnson

A reserve grade

Best & Fairest: Giordan Pastro

Players’ Player: Giordan Pastro

Coach's Award: Alyssa Quinn

B grade

Best & Fairest: Meghan Brumby

Players’ Player: Meghan Brumby

Coach’s Award: Sarah Young

C grade

Best & Fairest: Jasmine Boyland

Players’ Player: Brittany James & Hayley Foscarini

Coach’s Award: Heidi Campbell

Best in Finals: Brittany James

Under 17 grade

Best & Fairest: Julia Forner

Players’ Player: Maddie Casey

Coach’s Award: Liv Fattore & Tara Robinson

SPECIAL AWARDS

Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson Netball (Bob & Brenda Spears): Meghan Brumby

Most Conscientious Player/Clubperson Football (Joan Hicks Memorial): Trevor Richards

Most Courageous Player (Phil Rowston): Daniel Peruzzi

RFNL Rising Star Football Nominee: Isaac Campbell

ANZ Rising Star Netball Nominee: Jenna Richards

AFL Club Volunteer Nominee: Trevor Richards

Player Milestone Games: Dan Peruzzi – 100, Jono Gastin – 200, Michael Duncan – 300.

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