2022 RFNL SEASON RESULTS 

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2022 GRIFFITH FNC COMMITTEE

President: Paul Rogerson; Vice-President: Karen Conlan; Netball President: Sarah McCluskey; Secretary: Anna Melvin
Treasurer / Publicity Officer: Jeff Harris; Junior Football President Red: Chris Forwood; Junior Netball Co-ordinator Red: Michelle Fall
Auskick Co-ordinator: Andrew Cappello & Mikey Whelan; Sponsorship: Joel Spencer; Senior Canteen Co-ordinator: Ron Irvin & Cara Connor 
White game day manager: Guy Kelly; Net Set-Go Co-ordinator: Michelle Fall 
Coaching Staff: Seniors: Greg Dreyer; Reserves: Michael Duncan; Under 17.5: Phillip Rowston 

PLAYER TRANSFERS

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).

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 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 everyone, 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.
A new era is already starting to take place with Jeff Harris replaced as president by Paul Rogerson after opting to stand aside after a nine-year tenure. Reigning best and fairest winner Jack Rowston has also taken over from long-time predecessor James Toscan as captain as the Swans look to build on last year, where they finished second-last ahead of Narrandera. 
Dreyer took over as coach after the Swans took 2020 off due to COVID, and said the 'gap year' had taken some time to re-emerge from. A reluctance for players who were a chance to win a flag with their incumbent clubs, only for a season cancellations to deny them, is also making recruitment tougher for all clubs.
The Swans made the 2018 and 2019 grand finals, but have lost some players who headed elsewhere the following year when the club didn't play.
"We're talking to people, but nothing you'd say is concrete. We're trying our best to get a couple of recruits," Dreyer said. "Having a season off, it doesn't happen (for footballers) does it. Guys in those grand final teams have moved on to stronger comps and better footy, blokes aren't just going to sit still. "We have a chance to have a real reset on everything and it's going to take a bit of time.

The young blokes have some talent, it's getting the senior team back up to scratch."
The Swans have most boxes ticked in their bid for inclusion in next year's Premier League and Dreyer is confident the cyclical nature of football will ensure they'll return as an on-field threat. "We've had limited conversations about that, but we've made a concerted effort to shore up our committee, and we've filled those spots pretty well," Dreyer said.
"We're concentrating on what the guidelines say about off field criteria, but we need to get a stronger senior team. "Our other grades were fairly strong last year and our netball's strong.
We were always going to do that (build from within). Our juniors have always been nice and strong with numbers, we've got to try and develop them. "We've got the crop we played last year as well and they'll be a year older and wiser. We'll be using them again, but we probably need to top up with a couple a mature boys.
"From what I gather from those conversations we are keen to be involved in the Premier League."
Dreyer said Jack Rowston is ready to step up as their on-field leader. "Tosco (Toscan) was keen to step aside, he's done the job for a numbers of years. We offered it to Jack and he was very keen," Dreyer said. "He's very passionate about his footy, he's well respected and the boys will follow him."

(The Daily Advertiser -Tuesday, February 01, 2022).

 SWANS SIGN FORMER SUPER NETBALL DEFENDER JOHANNAH MUNRO - By Jon Tuxworth 

GRIFFITH'S netball resurgence has received another major boost after the club signed former Super Netballer Johannah Munro (nee Curran) for the coming season. The 35-year-old, who generally plays goal defence or wing defence, has moved to Griffith from Melbourne to be closer to her extended families of husband Clint, and children Tom and Ruby.
The Swans finished second on the Riverina League table last year in coach Georgie Fuller's first season as coach, before the finals series was abandoned.
Munro began her Super Netball career in 2004 with Melbourne Phoenix, before joining the Melbourne Vixens as part of their inaugural team in 2008. She spent the next three years as captain of West Coast Fever, before returning to the Vixens for a swansong season in 2013.
Griffith vice-president Karen Conlan said Munro's knowledge of the game will be just as valuable as her playing talent. "You've got a very experienced and capable leader on the court with Georgie Fuller, as Swans coach so they can share the responsibility there," Conlan said. 
"We're gained plenty with her playing ability, but her coaching knowledge is going to be a huge asset. "She's keen to be part of our club and is also interested in doing clinics with our juniors, which she has done here in the past. "Her sister Stephanie played for us a few years ago and her brother Shaun as well, She's got connections here at Griffith." 
Munro who will be an invaluable sounding board for Fuller, given she has filled specialist coaching roles with the Vixens since her retirement. Fuller will have her hands full this season also juggling an assistant coaching role with the Southern Sports Academy.    (The Daily Advertiser, Wednesday, February 09, 2022).

Southern NSW Womens League  Pool A Round 1 - Friday February 4, 2022 at Griffith Exies No 1 Field 8.00pm
Griffith Swans Womens ..... 0.2 .. 1.3 .. 2.4 .. 3.7 (25)  
CSU Bushpigs Womens ..... 0.1 .. 1.3 .. 2.4 .. 4.4 (28)

Goals: Griffith: B Everett, L Marshall, J Richards
CSU: K Tyack 2, A Laing, G O'Neill
Best players: Griffith: J Richards, L Marshall, M Johnstone, M Jackson, J Hill, B Everett
CSU: S Parobiec, K Tyack, A Laing, I Kirkby
Griffith Swans:  Hayee Bellato, Abbey Brill, Abbey Campbell, Megan Dunn, Brittany Everett, Jessica Hill, Mary Jackson, Meagan Johnstone, Rebecca Marquardt, Lauren Marshall, Jenna Richards, Nicole Ruberto, Ella Veenhuizen
CSU Bushpigs: Lucy Bindon, Georgie Butt, Bree Gardoll, Isabella Kirkby, Annabel Laing, Abbey Logan, Jaime O'Connor, Georgie O'Neill, Sinead Parobiec, Jess Roe, Kendra Tyack
Other matches - Pool A: EWK Hawks 0.6 (6) def by North Wagga Saints 4.1 (25), GGGM Lions 7.8 (50) def Brookdale Bluebells 0.0 (0). Pool B: Collingullie-GP Demons 3.4 (22) def Turvey Park 1.0 (6), Marrar Bombers 1.0 (6) def by MCUE Goannas 8.16 (64), Narrandera Eagles 2.2 (14) def Coolamon Rovers 1.2 (8)     
Match report: The Griffith Swans AFLW side can take plenty of positives from their narrow defeat at the hands of CSU last Friday. It was a tough contest between the two evenly matched teams, but it was the Bushpigs who were able to come out on top with a 28 to 25 win. The Swans were ahead by a point at the first change before the side went in level at the main break at 9-all. The sides were inseparable at the end of the third term sitting at 16-16, but it was the CSU side who were able to hang on at the final siren
In the act of sportsmanship, which some may feel came back to bite the Swans, coach Trevor Richards chose to look at the big picture and help the CSU side who were short of numbers. "They only had 12 players to start with, so we gave them two players for the whole game and swapped it each quarter," he said.
"Have had a few people had a go at me afterwards, but it's girls footy and I want everyone to get a go. If I didn't give them any players, then I have girls sitting on the sidelines watching instead of playing. "Yes, in hindsight, maybe I should have just taken two girls off for the last quarter to make sure we get the win, but I'm trying to make all the girls get a run so hopefully they enjoy it and keep coming back."
"I feel a lot of the girls learnt a lot from the weekend because a lot of them had never played footy before and in some cases never really watched too much footy. "Having that one game under their belt, they still have a lot to learn, but they have a better idea of what to do and the rules."

(By Liam Warren -The Area News, Friday February 11, 2022).

Southern NSW Womens Pool A Round 2 - Friday February 11, 2022 at Ganmain Sportsground 7.00pm
GGGM Lions Womens ....... 7.15 (57)
Griffith Swans Womens ... 0.0 (0)  

Goals: GGGM: L Anderson 2, G Guthrie 2, B Walsh 2, O Hall
Best players: GGGM: Brooke Walsh, Lucy Anderson, Meg Jolley, Courtney Menzies, Olivia Hall, Isabelle Inch
Griffith: n/a
Ganmain-GGM Lions: Abbey Anderson, Lucy Anderson, Halle Derrick, Gemma Guthrie, Olivia Hall, Abbey Hamblin, Amy Hart, Ineka Hart, Isabelle Ince, Hannah Jackson, Meg Jolley, Alice Kenny, Courtney Menzies, Bella Reid, Holly Scatchard, Hannah Walker, Brooke Walsh, Emma Walsh, Prue Walsh, Kassandra Williams 
Griffith Swans: Hayee Bellato, Abbey Brill, Abbey Campbell, Brittany Everett, Jessica Hill, Meagan Johnstone, Rebecca Marquardt, Lauren Marshall, Jenna Richards, Nicole Ruberto, Ella Veenhuizen
Other matches - Pool A: CSU Bushpigs 1.4 (10) def by EWK Hawks 6.5 (41),  North Wagga Saints 2.4 (16) def Brookdale Bluebells 0.0 (0). Pool B: Coolamon Rovers 1.0 (6) def by Collingullie-GP Demons 3.7 (25),  MCUE Goannas 7.12 (54) def Turvey Park 2.1 (13), Marrar Bombers 3.1 (19) def Narrandera Eagles 1.0 (6).

Southern NSW Womens Pool A Round 3 - Friday February 18, 2022
North Wagga Saints Womens def Griffith Swans Womens on forfeit 

Other matches - Pool A: EWK Hawks 4.3 (27) def Brookdale Bluebells 0.1 (1), GGGM Lions 7.10 (52) def CSU Bushpigs 2.2 (14). Pool B: Collingullie-GP Demons 2.7 (19) def MCUE Goannas 1.1 (7), Marrar Bombers 1.5 (11) def by Coolamon Rovers 7.6 (48), Narrandera Eagles 1.3 *9( def by Turvey Park 6.6 (42)

 NEW BEGINNING - By Matt Malone 

A SPECIALLY-FORMED assessment group will decide the fate of AFL Riverina clubs for the new-look premier league. The new league will be known as AFL Riverina Premier Division and was unveiled at a special lunch at The Rules Club (Wagga) on Wednesday.
The Riverina and Farrer League names will be dumped as part of the brand new era for Australian Rules in the region. The 'old' Farrer League will now become AFL Riverina Community Division One, while there will also be AFL Community Division Two (reserve grade) and AFL Riverina Community U17.5s. The premier division will have their own reserve grade and under 17.5s.
AFL Riverina released their timeline for the switch at the launch with applications for all leagues to close on June 30, with clubs to learn their fate on August 6. A six-person assessment group will determine how many clubs from AFL Riverina Premier Division and will mark applications against a weighted criteria list.

The weighted criteria list will be sent to clubs on April 15, as part of communication inviting clubs to nominate for the competition.  
AFL Riverina hope to finalise the make-up of the six-person assessment group by the end of the month. It will consist of an independent chair,  two AFL representatives, an AFL board member, an AFL Riverina Competition Management Committee member and an AFL Riverina netball representative.
As part of the new structure, new names for premiership trophies, best and fairest awards and leading goalkickers will be introduced.
AFL Riverina also confirmed the two leagues have different salary caps and player point allocations. It also explained that the clubs to each competition will be reviewed annually for the first three years.
After applications close on June 30, the assessment group will hand their recommendations to AFL Riverina on August 1.  (The Daily Advertiser, Thursday, February 24, 2022). 

Southern NSW Womens Pool A Round 4 - Friday February 25, 2022 at Griffith Exies No. 1 Field 7.30pm
Griffith Swans Womens ....... 0.1 .. 1.1 .. 1.1 .. 1.1 (7) 

EWK Hawks Womens ........... 2.2 .. 4.4 .. 4.8 .. 7.10 (52)

Goals: Griffith: n/a

EWK: Kyra Jackson 2, Holly Conroy, Emma Kelly, Jess Foster, Emma Petrovic, Anneka Piercy 

Best players: Griffith: n/a

EWK:  Cassidy Cox, Kyra Jackson, Kate Opolski, Keely Bloomfield, Anneka Piercy, Emma Kelly
Other matches - Pool A: Brookdale Bluebells 1.0 (6) def by CSU Bushpigs 6.4 (40), GGGM Lions 6.9 (45) def North Wagga Saints 0.4 (4). Pool B: Marrar Bombers 2.1 (13) def Turvey Park 1.1 (7), MCUE Goannas 1.1 (7) def Coolamon Rovers 0.6 (6), Narrandera Eagles 2.4 (16) drew Collingullie-GP Demons 2.4 (16).

 WHAT HAS THE SEASON IN STORE FOR SWANS? - By The Man on the Fence 

ANOTHER football season has come round, and for the past sixty years many of us have had the opportunity of witnessing our mighty Swans perform at Griffith's Ex-Servicemen's Oval against the various clubs which go to make up the Leagues. Years may come and years may go, but enthusiasm for the Australian Rules code all over the Riverina seems to be on even par rather than diminishing, as some of our critics would have us believe. 
Supporters of our club can rest assure the players are keen on doing their best, and if they can climb to the top of the table they will do so. But we must recognise that this season at any rate Griffith Swans is starting near the bottom of the ladder. To climb to the top is not an insurmountable task, but handicapped like the club has been, it will be well to recognise the difficulties in the way, and not expect too much.

The club has got together a band of young and enthusiastic players, keen not only in making reputations for themselves but for the welfare of the club to which they have come allied.
Next year (2023) will in all probability see two new leagues, (proposed names) Riverina Premier and Riverina Community? The so called 'powers to be' must have probably thought the Riverina League and 'old' Farrer League, good, no doubt, had served it purpose. But very much depends on how things shake down! Hopefully clubs have shown a desire to progress, sentiment has been done away with,  and now after some heart-burning it has come to be recognised that clubs must stand or fall by their merits. (March 1, 2022)

Southern NSW Womens Pool A Round 5 - Friday March 4, 2022 at Griffith Exies No. 1 Field 7.30pm
Griffith Swans Womens .............. 2.2 .. 3.4 .. 4.5 .. 4.7 (31) 
Brookdale Bluebells Womens ... 0.0 .. 0.1 .. 0.1 .. 0.2 (2)

Goals: Griffith Swans: n/a
Best players: Griffith Swans: Jenna Richards, Lauren Marshall, Abbey Brill, Haylee Bellato
Brookdale Bluebells: n/a
Other matches - Pool A: CSU Bushpigs 1.2 (8) def by North Wagga Saints 7.3 (45), EWK Hawks 1.7 (13) def by GGGM Lions 2.9 (21). Pool B: Collingullie-GP Demons 12.5 (77) def Marrar Bombers 0.0 (0)  Coolamon Rovers 1.2 (8) def by Turvey Park 5.2 (32), MCUE Goannas 3.5 (23) def Narrandera Eagles 3.2 (15).

Match report: The Griffith Swans Womens side was able to pick up their first victory of the season in front of a vocal crowd on Friday night. After coming close in their opening round of the season (with CSU Bushpigs), there were a couple of tough games against GGGM Lions, North Wagga and East Wagga-Kooringal Hawks, the Swans were able to get the breakthrough with a 31 to 2 win over the Brookdale Bluebells. 
Coach Trevor Richards said it was a nice boost for the side to be able to pick up the four points. "It is good for the confidence levels," he said. "I think we have played pretty well in all our games, we have just come across stronger teams."
In what was likely to be the Swans final home game of the season, Richards said the girls enjoyed playing in front of a strong crowd (about 100). "It was good to see so many people down here to support them," he said. "They all came down here to have a crack and a good time, and it is good to have people yelling out their names from the sideline supporting them." 
While saying the points were a nice bonus, the more pleasing aspect for Richards was seeing what the team had been working on starting to be shown on the field. "We have plenty of girls who aren't afraid to go into a tackle," he said. "It is something that we have been working on between that and working on the girls running off and looking to receive handballs. "Things like that started to show up a bit tonight."
The Swans will have one concern heading into their final game of the regular season with CSU after Lauren Marshall came from the field late against Brookdale with a knee injury.

(By Liam Warren - The Area News, Friday March 11, 2022).

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 AFL RIVERINA READY TO LISTEN TO CLUBS - By Peter Doherty 

AFL RIVERINA is ready to listen to clubs - and a backflip on changing the names of the Riverina and Farrer League competitions isn't out of the question - at Sunday's annual general meeting.
After a week of emotional debate, including arguments that Farrer League clubs should go their own way, senior AFL NSW-ACT official Marc Geppert said he hopes clubs and the governing body find common ground.
"I think a lot of the feedback is very valid and the AFL Riverina board will need to consider that feedback and decide whether or not there's be some slight changes," Geppert said. "But there's still some fundamental issues, especially in the Farrer League, that regardless of a restructure need to be addressed.

The under 17.5s competition is a great example of that." Geppert said registration numbers declined across Farrer League club in recess years while Riverina League numbers have grown. He doesn't believe the tidal wave of opinion should spell the end of the review nearly four yeas in the making.
Most clubs appear united in anger right now but, by their nature, have conflicting priorities when it comes to matters most. "It doesn't throw the whole process out the window. I suppose it provides opportunities for the AFL Riverina board to look at things a little bit differently and tinker with a few things," Geppert said.
"The issue we're got is there are 18 (senior) clubs all with individual needs and none of them are the same. "Some of them are big clubs, some of them are small clubs. "Some want same day (seniors and juniors), some can't play same day footy. To have a structure that lines up with all those needs is basically impossible."
Geppert isn't surprised by the passionate reaction, saying the proposed changes are the biggest in 40 years. 
Farrer League concerns began with the tiered community league. A new name, wiping 60 years of history (and 40 years for the Riverina League), saw it explode.

"I think that's something the AFL Riverina board needs to take into account, (considering) how we retain the history of these competitions while planning for the future?" Geppert said.
Geppert said it was not AFL NSW-ACT calling the shots but the independent AFL Riverina board. As the state's regional manager he is one of six members, alongside five volunteers Michael Irons (chairman), Phillip Rowston (vice-chairman), Janine Fitzsimmons, James McLeod and  Jacinta Murphy.
"The AFL can't make these decisions under the governance model... Ultimately the AFL Riverina board will make the decisions," he said. "The AFL Riverina board is elected by the clubs and they are representatives of the clubs. The best way to get change is to either form part of a board or be in constant consultation with that board around the challengers that the clubs have." 
Geppert said the review had a set out to look after clubs by offering a flexible league if some struggle for numbers in the coming years, while also catering for thriving clubs keen to keep raising the bar.

He agrees small clubs need to be able to recruit and said the overriding concern has been numbers in the under 17.5 age group. (The Daily Advertiser - Saturday, March 5, 2022).

Southern NSW Womens Pool A Round 6 - Friday March 11, 2022 at Apex Park, Lake Albert 7.30pm
CSU Bushpigs Womens ... 1.5 .. 2.8 .. 4.10 .. 6.11 (47)
Griffith Swans Womens ... 0.0 .. 0.2 .. 1.2 .. 1.3 (9)  

Other matches - Pool A: EWK Hawks 3.2 (20) def North Wagga Saints 1.5 (11), Brookdale Bluebells 0.0 (0) def by GGGM Lions 12.7 (79). Pool B: Coolamon Rovers 3.4 (22) def Narrandera 1.4 (10), MCUE Goannas 7.6 (48) def Marrar Bombers 2.2 (14), Turvey Park forfeit to Collingullie-GP Demons.

Southern NSW Womens Ladder - Pool A: GGGM Lions 980.65% 24, North Wagga Saints 241.77% 16, EWK Hawks 212.00% 16, CSU Bushpigs 82.58% 12; Griffith Swans 29.09% 4, Brookdale Bluebells 3.70% 0.

Pool B:  Collingullie-GP Demons 711.42% 22, MCU Goannas 260.26% 20, Coolamon Rovers 98.98% 8, Turvey Park 51.02% 8; Marrar Bombers 25.20% 8, Narrandera Eagles 57.58% 6. 

Southern NSW Womens Semi Finals - Friday March 18, 2022  6.30pm
GGGM Lions 9.8 (62) def Turvey Park 0.0 (0) at Ganmain Sportsground, Collingullie-GP Demons 4.0 (24) def CSU Bushpigs 3.3 (21) at Crossroads Oval; North Wagga Saints 16.10 (106) def Coolamon Rovers at Apex Park;  MCUE Goannas 3.1 (19) def EWK Hawks 1.1 (7) at Mangoplah Sportsground.  

 SWANS SET TO REPLY ON LOCAL TALENT FOR 2022 - By Jon Tuxworth 

GRIFFITH will bank on their local talent to steer the ship this season after struggling to attract recruits, but were encouraged by what they saw in Saturday's first trial against East Wagga-Kooringal. 

A handful of late withdrawals, a couple due to COVID, meant the Swans travelled to Gumly Oval with just 17 players and were forced to borrow a Hawks player for the contest.

James Toscan, Kahlan Spencer, Sam Daniel and Sam Foley, were the only senior players in the side.
All things considered, Swans coach Greg Dreyer was pleased with the hit-out, in particular from younger players Nick Conlan and Mason Rosengreen. The versatile Conlan played in every third of the ground while Rosengreen played in the uncustomary position of ruck.
"Considering the group we had there was some good positives there. The young blokes played pretty well and we were well beaten, but we got better as the game got on," Dreyer said.
"We had cricket finals on so a lot of the senior boys were out. It was basically just a mix up team we could get and had a couple pull out through COVID. "The intention was there, we started the week with about 24 players and ended up with 17. 
"Conlan and Rosengreen were pretty good. We asked Mason to play in the ruck and it's not his spot he's athletic and did some good things. "His best spot is on the wing as he has pace and is lean. Who knows with round one, but they'll be in the mix as the year goes in if they keep improving."
Dreyer said it was a difficult exercise to lure players from their incumbent clubs this year, give they have unfinished business after last year's seasons were cancelled. "We haven't had much luck with recruiting this year. It's one of those years, we've spoken to a lot of people but no one of note really, although Sam Foley has returned to the club from Barellan. 
"We could have some lined up for the year after, we'll keep talking to them. A lot of blokes want to stay put because their comps got called off, we found that a lot. "There was some initial interest for 2023, but not 2022."

The Daily Advertiser - Wednesday March 23, 2022.

Southern NSW Womens Preliminary Finals - Friday March 25, 2022  at Bolton Park, Wagga 6.30pm & 7.30pm
North Wagga Saints 3.2 (20) def Collingullie-GP Demons 2.2 (14)

Ganmain-GGM Lions 18.10 (118) def MCUE Goannas 2.0 (12). 

 SUMMERS MAKING EVERY POST A WINNER - By Jon Tuxworth 

GREATER Western Sydney Giants Academy coach Cameron Bernasconi has backed the Riverina's "really strong" player group to capitalise on an overdue chance to showcase themselves in front of Melbourne recruiters.
The side will play its third and final Academy Series game against Gold Coast on Sunday. It will be followed by four NAB League games all against Victorian sides. 

Griffith's Jay Summers, a newcomer to the program, kicked one of his two goals after the siren to seal a 6.10 (46) to 6.7 (43) win over Brisbane Lions in Queensland last weekend.
Bernasconi said the Riverina talent this year, headlined by Summers, Osborne's Nick Madden and Turvey Park's Luke Fellows is particularly healthy. The Riverina has a really strong talent crop this year, most of our top end talent is from there," he said. "Ruckman Nick Madden has been unbelievable, a step above. "His ruck craft and marking around the ground and kicking goals each week, he's been super impressive.

"Luke's been great with his running patterns on the wing and his ability to help in defence. "He got voted into leadership, he's a pretty shy kid but has really come out of his shell this season."
Bernasconi said he was excited by how quickly Summers had stepped up to the level after he played a handful of Riverina League senior games for Griffith Swans last year. "He's been a great little addition. 
He turned up this year at our trial and has played every game," he said. "He had six scoring involvement and finished with two goals. He's been impressive in how he adapted to the level immediately, and has some exciting traits with his speed and competitiveness. "He's a small forward hybrid midfielder, a super versatile kid."
COVID has robbed young talent of some chances to put their names up  to light in recess years, which means the NAB League games in Victoria are a huge opportunity. "It's an opportunity for the boys to be exposed to recruiters down there against their top end talent," Bernasconi said.

(The Daily Advertiser - Saturday March 26, 2022).

Southern NSW Womens Grand Final - Friday April 1, 2022  at Apex Park, Lake Albert 6.30pm
Ganmain-GGM Lions ...... 2.3 .. 4.3 .. 7.5 .. 8.6 (54)
North Wagga Saints ....... 0.1 .. 1.3 .. 1.3 .. 2.5 (17)

Goals - GGGM: Prue Walsh 2, Brooke Walshe 2, Courtney Menzies, Ruben Bennett, Meg Jolley
North Wagga: Emily Pollard, Darcie Manning
Best players - GGGM: Brooke Walsh, Lucy Anderson, Abbey Hamblin, Meg Jolley, Alice Kenny, Hannah Jackson
North Wagga: Jordan Barrett, Kelsey Leaver, Sarah Harmer, Kacie Quade, Susie Balchin, Skye Davey
Goals - GGGM: Prue Walsh 2, Brooke Walshe 2, Courtney Menzies, Ruben Bennett, Meg Jolley
North Wagga: Emily Pollard, Darcie Manning
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong Lions: Abbey Anderson,  Lucy Anderson, Ruben Bennett, Georgia Booth, Halle Derrick, Gemma Guthrie, Abbey Hamblin, Amy Hart, Isabelle Ince, Hannah Jackson, Meg Jolley, Alice Kenny, Courtney Menzies, Phoebe Quinn, Bella Reid, Holly Scatchard, Lucy Steinfort, Hannah Walker, Brooke Walsh, Emma Walsh, Prue Walsh, Kassandra Williams.
North Wagga Saints: Liberty Skeers, Melinda Hyland, Emily Pollard, Nat Creed, Kacie Quade, Sarah Harmer, Serena Mcdonough, Kelsey Leaver, Darcie Manning, Skye Davy, Meg Davies, Susana Piltz, Emma McClelland, Kelsey Muller, Susie Balchin, Melanie Flanagan, Bianca Terlich, Jordan Barrett.

 AFL RIVERINA BACKDOWN - By Peter Doherty 

AFL Riverina has bowed to history, tradition and a wave of public sentiment, agreeing to reinstate the Riverina League and Farrer League names for next year. Chairman Michael Irons told The Daily Advertiser on Thursday evening that their plan to start afresh would be reversed, following an outcry over the proposal AFL Riverina Premier League and AFL Riverina Community League rebrandings.
"The strong desire of the clubs to retain the names and identities made us reconsider," Irons said.
The Riverina League Football and Netball League will include all three grades of football. 

The Farrer Football and Netball League will formally be Division One (first grade) and Division Two (reserves) as well as a Farrer League Under 17.5s.
AFL Riverina says the separate tiers offer options in case clubs can't field all three grades. It's been a sticking point since Cootamundra applied to join in second grade only this year but Irons reassured clubs it's about flexibility for the future. "Their may not be a situation for next year or for the next five years but we want to at least have that plan of options on the table for clubs, not react every year when there's an issue with a club and the playing numbers they can support," he said. 
Irons said the backflip on names doesn't mean they've lost the confidence of clubs. "No, it's about taking on board the feedback. Obviously some clubs weren't clear on what the recommendations of the independent Burgess review included, and we'd said we were proceeding with those changes for 2023 and made a decision," he said. "But once we made a decision and have seen the reaction from clubs and their strong desire to retain the identities we/re been able to consider that."
AFL Riverina is confident the review remains on track, with clubs to apply for leagues by June 30 and decisions by August 8.  (The Daily Advertiser - Friday April 8, 2022).

 SWANS FACING DIFFICULT START - By Liam Warren 

THE Griffith Swans will get their 2022 Riverina Football League season underway this weekend when they face Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes at Exies Oval.

The Swans will head into the game with almost a full squad with only the GWS Giants Academy squad members missing, but coach Greg Dreyer knows his side will be up against this weekend. "They were very good last year, and I'm expecting much the same," he said. "I expect them to be one of the top two again this season. Fingers cross we don't have any COVID cases at the moment, so that's nice, but it's still early."

Dreyer is happy with how the side has approached the season in what started out as a bit of interrupted preparation. "We have had a few interruptions, but the preseason camp (at Moama) was well attended, and generally, training has been pretty good," he said.
"They have put a lot of work in where they can, and we have had the odd COVID cases here and there as well, so we are a bit stop start in the first six to eight weeks, but since then, it has been nice and consistent.

"I think everyone else is in the same boat, and the first three or four weeks will be basically part of the preseason anyway."
The club has welcomed back Jordan Crowe, Sam Foley and Guy Orton to the club but has lost some of their younger group to Coleambally and Barellan, with the likes of Dean and Kyle Bennett and Lucas, Mitchell and Riley Irvin deciding to play in the Farrer League.
Another change in the off-season has been the leadership group, with Jack Rowston taking over from long-serving captain James Toscan. Dreyer said Rowston had taken the added responsibility in his stride.
"I think he is enjoying it and learning on the run because it is a big job for a young bloke," he said. "He gets involved in training and talks to the group, and he has that respect from around the group and the club."
The Rowston name has a long association with the club with his father Phil, now coaching the under 17.5s side, inducted as life member in 2021.  (The Area News - Friday April 8, 2022). 

RFNL Round 1 - Saturday April 9, 2022 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ....................... 0.2 .. 3.4 .. 6.4 .. 7.5 (47)
Mangoplah-CUE ..... 1.7 .. 5.8 .. 6.10 .. 9.12 (66)

Goals - Griffith: J Toscan 2, R Best 2, T Argus, L Owen, K Spencer 
Mangoplah-CUE: J Male 3, B Ambler 2, M Collins, J Dore, C Chambers, I Damme 
Best players - Griffith: C Cunial, S Foley, J Rowston, K Spencer, R Best, N Conlan
Mangoplah-CUE: T Cohalan, R Turnbull, J Male, E Schiller, T Smith, T Keogh 
Griffith: James Girdler*, Charlie Cunial, Nicholas Conlan*; Jamie Best, Sam Foley, Darcy McDermott*; Lachlan Wallace*, Jack Rowston (capt.), Angus Brown; Jordan Whitworth, James Toscan, Ryan Best; Leigh Owen, Connor Bock, Sam Daniel; Todd Argus*, Kahlan Spencer, Reece Matheson; William Ellis*, Nathan Richards, Oliver Bartter. 
Mangoplah-CUE: Pat Killalea, Timothy Smith, Dom Bunyan; Jack Collins, Tom Keogh, Padric Griffin; Charlie Chambers, Nick McCormack, Jonathan Male; Ethan Schiller, Max Hanrahan, Brayden Ambler; Matt Collins, Issac Damme, Flynn Collins; James Scott, Trent Cohalan (capt.), Ryan Turnbull; Mitchell Sykes, Justin Dore, Doug Arthur.    
Umpires: Rob Johnston and Callum Logan (RUA).  Rating: 
*****

Other matches: Collingullie-GP 17.11 (113) def Turvey Park 10.7 (67), Narrandera 5.4 (34) def by Coolamon Rovers 15.20 (110); Ganmain-GGM 17.10 (112) def  Wagga Tigers 6.9 (45); Leeton-Whitton, bye 
Reserves: Mangoplah-CUE 10.7 (67) def Griffith 5.8 (38)
Goals: A Ray 3, S Robinson, G Orton
Best players: G Orton, A Ray, A Verhagen, S Irvin, C Harrison, R Malone
Under 17.5: Griffith 8.16 (64) def Mangoplah-CUE 9.4 (58)
Goals: B Evans 2, B Burns, Z Connor, L DeMamiel, J Neyland, M Rosengreen, B Signor
Best players: M Rosengreen, B Morrissey, B Signor, K Stevenson, Z Connor, B Burns

LADIES NETBALL vs MCUE: A Grade: lost 33-47, A Reserve: lost 34-38, B Grade: lost 23-36, C Grade: lost 19-37, Under 17: lost 23-34. 

Match report: Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes coach Jeremy Rowe was full of praise for Griffith after the Goannas were forced to dig deep to start the season with a 19-point win at Exies Oval on Saturday.

Griffith came hard at MCUE in the third quarter and momentarily hit the front before the Goannas steadied and came away against the breeze in the final term to grab a 66-47 win. MCUE made the longest trip in the Riverina League without five of their best players and were given a scare by a young and determined Griffith outfit.
The performance from the Swans earned high praise from Rowe. "I know it's politically correct to compliment your opponent but I'm very sincere and genuine when I say Griffith were a genuine credit to themselves today," Rowe said. "The way that they hunted the footy and the way they competed, just when it came to energy, was certainly on another level. "In the third quarter when they were coming at us, and put on the most scoreboard pressure that they had all day, their ability to get first to the footy and win 50-50 contests were very, very impressive." 
 An honest Rowe admitted he was happy to secure the win but was disappointed in the overall performance from his team.

"At the end of the day when you pick up the paper on Monday morning and you've got the four points in your column it is really a good feeling but when we talk about good feelings, we didn't really get too many of them out of the way that we performed today," he said. (By Matt Malone - The Daily Advertiser, Monday April 11, 2022).

 PLEASING START TO 2022 SEASON FOR SWANS - By The Man on the Fence 

HOW pleasing was it with the way Griffith Swans season has started at our home ground against RFNL premiership contenders, Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes. The visiting Goannas team should have won the game with something to spare but our Swans throughout gave a meritorious display, playing with all the vigour of youth - full of dash and enthusiasm - and at one brief stage during the game they looked like claiming all four points. When it is recalled how spiritedly the boys attacked in that period after half-time. Many times during the third quarter were definitely on top, and had the Goannas team repeatedly under hot pressure. Good play from Mangoplah when running into the breeze in the final quarter proved the visitors were no doubt superior to our own. The words of an old saying, "Be chivalrous in victory, and sportsman in defeat."

 SWANS SHOW EARLY PROMISE - By Jon Tuxworth 

IT was an encouraging start against the expected contender, but Griffith coach Greg Dreyer is confident his squad has more to give after 19-point loss to Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes. Although missing some of their prime movers, the Goannas were tipped to comfortably account for the Swans, but the hosts briefly held the lead before the visitors steadied. Their intensity and energy drew praise from rival coach Jeremy Rowe, and Dreyer said it was a solid foundation to start the season.

The Swans won just two games last year and avoided the wooden spoon on percentage, but the early signs were strong they have improved. "The boys certainly had a good go. Generally it was pleasing, but their were a few areas we could do with some practise," Dreyer said. "We worked pretty hard through summer on the way we move the ball, and there were some glimpses of that.  We controlled possession a bit better than last year and our backline was pretty solid. "They kept us in it in the first half, and the mids had a good third quarter to get us back level pegging."
Dreyer said being more patient and deliberate with the football, as well as intensity, were the big focuses over summer. "Just the way we moved the footy was better I thought, rather than just kick it and hope which happened a bit last year," he said. 

"It probably wasn't as consistent as we know that we can do it, but it was certainly an improvement on last year that's for sure. "Everyone played their part through the game, just getting it more consistent effort from everyone is the goal. "When we put it together we can compete with other teams."
Dreyer said he hasn't made major overhauls to the game plan as the young side, missing all their Canberra recruits from the past couple of seasons, looks to develop. "It's more about talking to the boys about lowering their eyes and controlling it, and being aware where we are in game situations. "Do we slow it down, do we speed it up? We only played at one speed last year. "We're trying to build on last year and expand. You can't revamp the whole thing with a young squad like ours. "We did talk a lot in preseason about intensity, so it's pleasing to see the opposition coach notice it."  
(The Daily Advertiser - Monday April 18, 2022).

RFNL Round 2 - Saturday April 23, 2022 at Leeton Showground 2.10pm
Leeton-Whitton ..... 2.8 .. 2.8 .. 6.12 .. 11.14 (74)  
Griffith ..................... 2.5 .. 5.12 .. 8.16 .. 13.17 (95) 

Goals - Leeton-Whitton: Taj Doyle 6, T Handsaker 3, N Ryan, W Wakeman, B O'Garey
Griffith: J Toscan 6, R Best 2, J Girdler 2, R Matheson, K Spencer, B Spencer
Best players - Leeton-Whitton: M Dryburgh, B O'Garey, T Doyle, N Ryan, J Lanham, J Norman
Griffith: J Rowston, R Matheson, J Toscan, C Cunial, S Foley, J Best
Leeton-Whitton: Jack Coelli, Hayden Mahalm, Isaac Houghton; Jake Norman, Darcy Cullen, Will Wakeman; Jhi Gundy, Bryce O'Garey, Tom Handsaker; Jake Turner, Josh Lanham, Brad Boots; Logan Mahalm, Taj Doyle, Dan Hillam; Mason Dryburgh, Nathan Ryan, Tom Groves (coach); Mark Salafia, Dillon McGillivray, Luke Trembath
Griffith: James Girdler, Charlie Cunial, Nicholas Conlan; Jamie Best, Sam Foley, Darcy McDermott; Lachlan Wallace, Jack Rowston (capt.), Will Ellis; Jordan Whitworth, James Toscan, Ryan Best; Broden Spencer*, Connor Bock, Angus Brown; Nathan Richards, Kahlan Spencer, Reece Matheson; Michael Agnew, Samuel Irvin, Mason Rosengreen*
Umpires: Ryan Dedini and Craig Tilston (RUA). Rating:
*****
Other matches: Mangoplah-CUE 13.10 (88) def Wagga Tigers 10.7 (67),  Narrandera 4.8 (32) def by Turvey Park 20.11 (131); Coolamon Rovers 6.11 (47) def by Ganmain-GGM 15.15 (105); Colligullie-GP, bye. 
Reserves: Griffith 13.16 (94) def Leeton-Whitton 1.3 (9) 
Goals: K Duncan 4, D Crack 2, B Morrissey 2, J Crowe 2, D Catanzariti, R Bullus, Z DeMamiel 
Best players: R Hill, R Marando, K Duncan, M Cudmore, J Crowe, R Malone
Under 17.5: Griffith 11.6 (72) def Leeton-Whitton 4.6 (30) 
Goals: B Evans 4, M Bennett 3, M Rosengreen, B Morrissey, W Vaessen, 1 goals short
Best players: M Rosengreen, W Vaessen, J Rogerson, M Bennett, R Spencer, K Stevenson

NETBALL vs Leeton-Whitton: A Grade: won 51-42, A Reserve: won 48-26, B Grade: draw 38-38, C Grade: lost 20-28, U17: lost 37-49. 

Match report: Griffith forward James Toscan booted three of his six goals in the dying stages to help the Swans overcome a spirited Leeton-Whitton in Saturday's MIA Derby at Leeton Showgrounds.

Leading by 14 points at three quarter time, the Swans surrendered the lead to the Crows in the last quarter before Toscan nailed the last three goals of the game to secure Griffith's first win.

The Swans were under pressure early in their 95 to 80 win as they struggled to get out of their defensive fifty, but the home side didn't capitalise due to wayward kicking. The Crows hit the lead for the first time since the early stages of the second quarter, after Taj Doyle kicked his fourth goal. Toscan gave his side the lead as the game entered time-on, and went on to kick another two to seal the win.
Swans captain Jack Rowston paid credit to his predecessor. "Tosco up forward kicking six goals goes a long way to winning," he said. "I think Reece Matheson in the middle had probably his best game of first grade in a while. It helps when blokes like that stand up like that."
With the Crows seemingly getting on top in the fourth term, Rowston was proud of his side's fight to get back into the contest.  "It was pretty tight, and they came back hard," he said. "They would have kicked five or six goals, and they had us in the clearances, but for the boys to fight back the way they did."

"Next time we come against Leeton, lucky we have that at home, but we were lucky to get them first up, and I think they will be similar to us, and a lot of people will come over here and expect to roll over the top of us," he said. I think, like us, they will push a lot of sides." (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday April 25, 2022).

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 SWANS WIN LOCAL DERBY - By The Man on the Fence  

INTO battle once again against Leeton-Whitton last Saturday - And what a battle! Naturally, we are in a happy mood, having won our first game of the new season, and we sincerely hope our boys will still continue to play the right type of football, which not only produces goals, thirteen in fact, but is entertaining to the supporters. 
There is no doubt that this type of football, means extra burden is thrown on the backline; and with this in mind, there is great credit due to Charlie Cunial and Sam Foley. It also throws extra work on the midfield brigade alike, but Skipper Jack Rowston and all his lads enjoy the extra work entailed by this method.

James Toscan had one of his best games to date. His worrying of the Crows defence had them going all ways, and his high marking was far above any that the Crows defence could muster. Tosco also found time to keep his forward line together, and rounded up a good afternoon's work by booting six goals.
In a match that every Swans and Crows player is awarded a credit tag, but I would mention four young Swans' players in particular. Jamie Best did all that required of him at half back and has infused that "never-say-die" spirit into the defence, sibling Ryan, with his fearless tackling, and his constructive football has improved above all knowledge, and congrats to  Broden Spencer and Mason Rosengreen on making their senior debut. 
I would like to extend thanks to supporters who made the trip to Leeton. It is a good omen for the future, when I note the enthusiasm of those who did not make the journey, by reason of the fact that from 6 o'clock onwards there were incessant inquires on arrival back at Griffith as how the Griffith Swans sides had fared at Leeton.
One of our best victories seen at Leeton Showgrounds was my comment, and besides that if they can produce the football played in their first two games, a good game is sure to be witnessed against our visitors Collingullie Demons,  Saturday next.  (Monday, April 25, 2022)

RFNL Round 3 - Saturday April 30, 2022 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ..................... 1.0 .. 3.1 .. 4.6 .. 6.5 (41) 
Collingullie-GP ...... 3.5 .. 6.9 .. 8.12 .. 10.13 (73)

Goals - Griffith: J Rowston, J Toscan, C Cunial, J Whitworth, W Ellis, J Girdler, 
Collingullie-GP: S Jolliffe 3, S Stening 2, B McMillen, H Wichman, A Clifford, E Perryman, B Harper 
Best players - Griffith: T Moraschi, N Richards, J Rowston, S Foley, K Spencer, J Whitworth
Collingullie-GP: M Klemke, S Jolliffe, M Inglis, H Wichman, S Stening, B McMillan

Griffith: Michael Agnew, Charlie Cunial, Nicholas Conlan; Jamie Best, Sam Foley, Darcy McDermott; Lachlan Wallace, Jack Rowston (capt.), Mason Rosengreen; Jordan Whitworth, Kahlan Spencer, Jay Summers; Ryan Best, James Toscan, Connor Bock; Nathan Richards, James Girdler, Taine Moraschi; Angus Brown, Will Ellis, Broden Spencer 
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Josh Gunning, Tom Crackenthorp, Harry Radley; Dan Frawley, James Pope, Joe Perryman; Harry Wichman, Nick Perryman (co-coach), Blake Harper; Chad Fuller, Sam Stening, Spencer Small; Edward Perryman, Andrew Clifford, Brad McMillen; Monty Inglis, Steven Jolliffe, Matt Klemke; James Kennedy, Jackson Hughes, Will Hughes
Umpires: Andrew Tough and Mark Rowe (RUA).  Rating:
*****
Other matches: Narrandera 15.17 (107) def Leeton-Whitton 11.9 (75), Wagga Tigers 6.5 (41) def by  Coolamon Rovers 5.17 (47); Ganmain-GGM 16.14 (110) def Mangoplah-CUE 1.9 (15); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 3.6 (24) def by Collingullie-Glenfield Park 6.11 (47)
Goals: N Witherspoon 2, M Duncan
Best players: M Cudmore, R Malone, N Witherspoon, A Ray, K Ruyg, J Burley
Under 17.5: Griffith 15.8 (98) def Collingullie-Glenfield Park 10.8 (68)
Goals: T Bartter 10, B Morrissey 3, B Evans, S Culgan, T Jamieson
Best players: R Spencer, K Stevenson, J Rogerson,  Bennett, B Morrissey, M Ashcroft
NETBALL vs Collingullie-Glenfield Park: A Grade: won 55-28, A Reserve: won 41-23, B Grade: won 44-22,

C Grade: lost 9-18, U17: won 45-7. 
Match report: Griffith Swans again showed promise against a well-drilled Collingullie-GP side as they fell to a 32-point defeat at Exies Oval on Saturday.  The Demons were able to kick the first three goals of the game, having had the ball pinned in the Swans defensive 50 for much of the opening stage before Swans' captain Jack Rowston converted from their first forward 50 entry to trail by 17 at the first change.

A sloppy turnover from the visitors gave James Toscan the chance to reduce the margin before the sides traded goals to see the Demons leading by 26 at the main break. The Swans came out with plenty of intensity to start the second half, and Jordan Whitworth was able to pull the margin back to 17 points, before Gullie kicked two goals through Andrew Clifford and Steven Jolliffe in time-on to make it a 30-point difference at the final change.

The sides traded goals in the final term, with Swans' William Ellis and James Girdler, and Demons' Ed Perryman and Blake Harper kicking majors, before the final siren blew to hand the Demons' a 32-point win.
"We felt like we had most of the play but at the end of each quarter they kept nagging away and they had a solid third quarter against the breeze." Demons co-coach Nick Perryman said. "We were lucky to kick a couple of goals in the last quarter to close the game out. They've got some good young players there who play tough, and they're quick on the outside too." Steven Jolliffe kicked three goals for the Demons, while young key forward Sam Stening kicked two. Midfielder Matt Klemke was the Demons best.
Swans coach Greg Dreyer said their were plenty of positives to take from the defeat. "They were a slick well-drilled and ran the footy well, so to be able to stay with them for the bulk of the game was pleasing," he said.

"That is pretty much the standard now for the year, we know we can challenge, but it is our execution that is the issue." In his first game of the season for the Swans, Taine Moraschi, along with ruckman Nathan Richards were among the sides best. "Taine played very well, and Jay Summers as well back from the Giants," he said. It gives us a couple more options through the midfield." (By Liam Warren and Jon Tuxworth - Monday May 2, 2022).

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 SWANS SHOW "NEVER-SAY-DIE" SPIRIT  - By The Man on the Fence 

THE season is still very young, but in the three matches to date, our Swans have surely convinced us all that they are playing the football that will keep us above the bottom rungs of the Riverina Football League ladder.
While it is hardly necessary for me to say how pleased we all were with last Saturday's game against Collingullie-Glenfield Park; not only for our 41 to 73 loss point of view, but also with the "never-say-die"  spirit played by our boys. It would not be fair of me to select any one of the lads for special praise, they played football as a team, the right type of football, and we are all pleased and proud of their display against a good Demons team widely predicted to achieve big things come finals time. 
I was also impressed with the vocal encouragement given to the players by all supporters which play no small part in the present achievement of our players. I have purposely mentioned "our" players as I want all supporters to feel when they cheer the boys, that they are part of a happy circle, and win, lose or draw you still remain your confidence in our players. (Sunday May 1, 2022). 

RFL Round 4 - Saturday May 7, 2022 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ..................... 1.1 .. 2.4 .. 3.8 .. 3.10 (28) 
Ganmain-GGM ...... 5.3 .. 8.8 .. 10.9 .. 13.15 (93)
 
Goals - Griffith: J Whitworth 2, J Toscan
Ganmain-GGM: K Watts 5, J McCaig 3, L Parker 2, L Walsh, 2 short
Best players - Griffith: S Foley, R Matheson, J Best, J Rowston, J Nancarrow, A Brown
Ganmain-GGM: L Walsh, S Hamblin, K Watts, J McCaig, S Butterfield, L  Parker 
Griffith: James Nancarrow, Sam Foley, Michael Agnew; Connor Bock, Jamie Best, Nicholas Conlan; Lachlan Wallace, Jack Rowston (capt.), Will  Ellis; Jordan Whitworth, James Toscan, Angus Brown; Ryan Best, Charlie Cunial, Leigh Owen; Nathan Richards, Reece Matheson, Kahlan Spencer; Darcy McDermott, Archie Ray*, Broden Spencer. 
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Jack Sase, Josh Walsh, Luke Walsh; Sam Martyn (c), Ben Walsh, Seb Hamblin; Jakob Taylor, Aaron Proctor, Mitch Taylor; Jack McCaig, Mark Foley, Shannon Butterfield; Lachlan Parker, Kai Watts, Tom Anderson; Shaun Foley, Matt Hamblin, Jesse Lander; Dylan Cooke, Connor Krebser, Zac Forostenko
Umpires: Ryan Wolter and Rob Johnston (RUA).  Rating:
*****
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 25.17 (167) def Narrandera 10.4 (64), Mangoplah-CUE 6.12 (48) def by Coolamon Rovers 7.11 (53), Turvey Park 18.12 (120) def Leeton-Whitton 4.5 (29); Wagga Tigers, bye.
Reserves: Griffith  10.11 (71) def Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 3.4 (22)
Goals: G Orton 3, J Burley 2, R Marando 2, D Crack, K Duncan, B McRae
Best players: A Verhagen, G Orton, K Hume, R Malone, J Crowe, R Marando
Under 17.5: Griffith 15.15 (105) def Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 1.6 (12)
Goals: T Bartter 9, B Evans 2, B Morrissey 2, M Bennett, D Paterson
Best players: R Spencer, T Bartter, B Signor, J Rogerson, M Bennett, K Stevenson
NETBALL vs Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: A Grade: won 49-34, A Reserve: won 34-33, B Grade: won 40-32,

C Grade: lost 19-32, U17: lost 33-43.

Match report: Kai Watts took the chance to be Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong's main man up forward with a five goal haul in Saturday's comfortable win at Griffith. With George Alexander, Daniel Foley and Jacob Olsson sidelined through injury, small forward Kai Watts played out of the goal square in his best game of this season thus far. The 13.15 (93) to 3.10 (28) victory over the Swans extended the Lions' unbeaten start to four games, with a percentage of more than 300, before they host fellow unbeaten side Collingullie-Glenfield Park next Sunday. GGGM's Michael Rothnie was a late withdrawal after hurting his calf in the warm-up, and coach Sam Martyn hoped it's only minor. "We were pleased with the manner we went about our footy. Griffith are very competitive and they'll take a few scalps this year, because they can stay in the games for long periods of time," he said. "It was great to see Kai find some form." (By Jon Tuxworth - The Daily Advertiser, Monday May 9, 2022). 

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RFL Round 5 - Saturday May 14, 2022 at Maher Oval 2.10pm
Turvey Park .......... 5.5 .. 8.5 .. 11.8 .. 15.11 (101)
Griffith ................... 3.1 .. 4.4 .. 7.5 .. 10.7 (67) 

Goals - Turvey Park: B Wallett 5, J White 2, A Emery 2, L Fellows 2, S Camp, C Baxter, E Weidemann, L Mazzocchi 
Griffith: J Toscan 3, T Argus 2, J Summers, J Girdler, A Brown, J Rowston, N Richards
Best players - Turvey Park: C Dooley, J Ashcroft, B Wallett, S Allan, L Fellows, A Emery
Griffith: J Toscan, J Rowston, J Best, C Cunial, D McDermott, K Spencer
Turvey Park: Harry Woods, Tim Doyle, Lachie McRae; Jack Haggar, Josh Ashcroft, Jesse Margosis; Ben Lewington, Luke Fellows, Luke Mazzocchi; Jack Granvill, Andrew Emery, Ethan Weidemann; James White, Baxter Wallett, Corey Baxter; Shaun Allan, Stephen Camp, Callum Dooley; Lachlan Leary, Rhys Leary, Sam Jones.  
Griffith: Connor Bock, Jamie Best, Michael Agnew; Charlie Cunial, Sam Foley, Nicholas Conlan; Lachlan Wallace, Kahlan Spencer, Will  Ellis; Jordan Whitworth, James Toscan, Angus Brown; Jay Summers, Darcy McDermott, James Girdler; Nathan Richards, Taine Moraschi, Jack Rowston (capt); Archie Ray, Ryan Best, Todd Argus.

Reported: Kahlan Spencer for rough conduct during final quarter. Verdict:  Griffith accepted a reprimand.  
Umpires: Dallas McKelvie and Symon Tardrew (RUA). Rating: 
*****
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 8.1 (49) def by Mangoplah-CUE 21.12 (138), Narrandera 10.10 (70) def Wagga Tigers 9.12 (66); Ganmain-GGM 15.12 (102) def Collingullie-GP 15.2 (92).
Reserves: Turvey Park 12.8 (80) def Griffith 8.6 (54)
Goals: K Ruyg 3, B McRae, K Duncan, G Orton, R Perre, J Burley
Best players: Q Stevenson, G Orton, K Ruyg, R Malone, D Catanzariti, B McRae
Under 17.5: Turvey Park 11.7 (73) def Griffith 7.9 (51) 
Goals: B Evans 2, B Morrissey 2, B Spencer, D Paterson, B Devery
Best players: M Vardanega, T Bartter, L DeMamiel, J Rogerson, B Evans, M Bennett
NETBALL vs Turvey Park - A Grade: won 44-52, A Reserve: won 43-52, B Grade: won 32-47, C Grade: lost 39-27, U17: lost 45-21. 

Match report: Turvey Park coach Michael Mazzocchi believes his team is ready to take up the challenge of a tough month to come after a fast start set up a 101 to 67 win over Griffith at Maher Oval on Saturday.

On a day where the club's 2002 premiership reunited, the current Bulldogs secured their third straight win after building a six goal lead early in the third quarter. To their credit the Swans rallied to get within 16 points midway through the final term, but some ill discipline and lack of focus cost them dearly as the Bulldogs booted clear. 
"We were challenged and fought back. Now at 3-1 we can go into a little stretch now, test ourselves and see where we're at," Mazzocchi said. "Shaun Allan going down (hamstring injury) turned the game. In the third quarter  we got to a five to six goal break and it felt like we were about to run away  and when he went down they won their share of the centre clearances."
Mazzocchi made a point to commend his team for rallying behind young teammate Ethan Weidemann after he was hit in the back by Kahlan Spencer late in the game. Weidemann was unhurt and Spencer wasn't reported, but the incident which saw a number of Bulldogs players take issue with the Swans player resulted in a 50-metre penalty and a goal. Those ill-disciplined acts, combined with allowing Turvey Park to score three goals from marking set shots on the goal line, contributed to the Swans demise. "Ethan's alright and we won't take further action, but it's something you don't like seeing," Mazzocchi added.  
Griffith coach Greg Dreyer said the same lapses  are costing them badly. "We're constantly chasing. We had our chances, but again our consistency hurt," he said. "I speak about the same things every week, it's passages of play where we link up and run quite well but then we lose focus. "We were four goals down at half time, got back into the game and some frustration and poor discipline cost us. "That was a winnable game. That was really disappointing, the challenge is to not be happy with an honourable loss."  (By Jon Tuxworth -  May 16, 2022.) 

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  NO SHAME IN DEFEAT - By The Man on the Fence 

P5. W1. L4. D0. This is not a secret code, but the results of our Swans team matches played so far. It certainly does not look over good, but although we have lost each match, except one, they all have been splendid games.

I feel sure you will all agree. You probably need a good memory to remember our last home game v. Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. Our 28-93 defeat against the all-conquering Lions was probably "just one of those things" that happens to most clubs at some time or other!

Reflecting on last Saturday's away game with Turvey Park, what a feast of good football was served up by both teams. The Dogs' were undoubtedly the better craftsmen and controlled the play splendidly, but our Swans' were a team of fighters and never gave up. To sum up, whilst the result was disappointing to all concerned, the standard of our play, if kept up, will assure that when the breaks come our way, we will win more games than we lose. Their is no shame in defeat, and providing the boys keep up the same style of football as already shown, I am sure, win, lose or draw, club patrons will have a kind word for the Players. (May 17, 2022).