2022 RFNL SEASON
Apr 8 MCUE (h) Apr 23 LW (a) Apr 30 CGP (h) May 7 GGGM (h) May 14 TP (a) May 21 bye May 28 WT (a) Jun 4 CR (h) Jun 18 NI (a)
Jun 25 MCUE (a) Jul 2 LW (h) Jul 9 CGP (a) Jul 16 GGGM (a) Jul 23 TP (h) Jul 30 bye Aug 6 WT (h) Aug 13 CR (a) Aug 20 NI (h)
Finals - Aug 27 QF Aug 28 EF Sep 3 SF2 Sep 4 SF1 Sep 11 PF Sep 17 GF The Man on the Fence
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IN: Jordan Crowe (Coleambally), Sam Foley (Barellan United), James Girdler (Waratah Tigers RL), Darcy McDermott (Barellan United), Guy Orton (Coleambally).
OUT: Blake Argus, Dean & Kyle Bennett (Coleambally), Angus Bartter (CSU Bushpigs), Brady Chambers (Barellan United), Henry Delves (Ainslie), Lucas, Mitchell & Riley Irvin, Lachlan Killalea (Barellan United), Jack & Tom Powell (Ainslie), Dean Schmetzer, Jack Whitehead (Barellan United).
HARRIS CALLS TIME 0N TENURE - By Matt Malone
OUTGOING Griffith president Jeff Harris is confident the Swans are well-positioned for a bright future after stepping down following nine years in the job. The reign of the Riverina League's longest-serving current club president came to an end at Griffith's annual general meeting last week.
Former junior club president Paul Rogerson has stepped into the top job but Harris won't be lost to the Swans after deciding to stay on the committee and accepting the treasurer's role.
While he narrowly missed out on senior premiership success with two grand final defeats during his tenure, Harris was in the president's chair as Griffith strengthened their position as one of the biggest clubs in the competition. Harris believes it benefits all parties for a change at the top. "I think it's good to share it around a bit," Harris said. "I've taken a seat at the Office Choice national board and with two young kids at home, it's a good time to lighten the workload and let someone else step in and reinvigorate it. "There is good people who have taken seats and they put their own spin on it and take the club to another level again".
Harris enjoyed his time as president. "Like most people, I've got more out of it than I've put in," he said. "I've learnt a lot over the time and I really enjoyed the footy and netball club environment, the social aspect and culture. It's been a very rewarding job."
The Swans players numbers have grown from around 350 to about 750 across football and netball, in juniors and seniors, during that time.
The club has been a force, particularly, in reserve grade and under 17 football in recent times and are undergoing a rebuild in seniors where the focus has shifted back to locals and club juniors. "I was lucky, I inherited a great junior program and we've seen great growth and are starting to see the rewards of that in our seniors," Harris said. "Our focus is on locals and blooding those juniors into senior group now."
Rogerson, in that regard, is the perfect man to take over from Harris given he has overseen the junior club for the past five years. He paid tribute to Harris' work and said it was exciting times moving forward at Griffith.
"I'm hoping to carry on from Jeff's good work," Rogerson said. "The club is still focused on young local talent and filling the first grade side up with that. Having been across the juniors, it's going to be good as senior president to watch them progress into senior teams. "It is quite a new committee so it will be nice to have some new energy on the committee but we also want to recognise the amazing work done by Jeff over the last nine years, he's laid the base for the club and I'm looking forward to providing some vigor into the place."
Griffith has also appointed club legend Mick Duncan as reserve grade coach. His appointment means the Swans have three life members leading their three football teams in 2022.
(The Daily Advertiser - Thursday December 16, 2021).
PROSPECTS OF THE COMING SEASON - By The Man on the Fence
IT is early yet to speak of the new committee, but if enthusiasm goes for anything, the Griffith Swans Football Netball club is bound to succeed. The present committee are putting their backs into the work, and if success is not achieved it will be no fault of theirs.
What are the season's prospects? This is a question which cannot, just at the present, be answered with any certainty. It is too early to predict what the "Swannies" will do during the season. But if good wishes and luck go for anything then the club should have a satisfactory season.
I have come to the conclusion that Griffith will have an abundance of youth on their side. It is not what may be termed a "finals combination" as it was the case, pre "covid" days. But is a team which has the appearance of improving as it goes along the way. That is what is essential if success is to be achieved. They are, each and every one, animated with the desire to do their best for their club and themselves.
The players and the committee will do their little bit, of that I have no doubt. But the team cannot be run unless the followers of our great footy code come forward and support the team by attending matches at Exies Oval. Do not leave it all to the players and the committee. That will not keep the ball rolling.
So, in conclusion let me urge upon everyone connected with the Swans to play the game straight in every way, do your duty by the club and may the 2022 season be the brightest in the history of the Griffith club.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
SWANS REBOOTED - By Jon Tuxworth
GRIFFITH coach Greg Dreyer admits the club has been given a chance to hit the reset button as they continue their quest to replace recruits who won't return this season. Canberra recruits Tom and Jack Powell and Henry Delves have departed the club, and ensuring the senior team returns as a strong unit will be a deliberate process. "They were good players and they'll be sorely missed, but it's a long way to travel and we understand that" Dreyer said.