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." (11-4-2022).

 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 goal 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 onward 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.  

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, (1 goal extra)
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 rung 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. 

RFNL 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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RFNL 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 Bulldogs' were undoubtedly the better team 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. 

RFNL Round 6 - Saturday May 21, 2022
Griffith, bye
Other matches:
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 19.16 (130) def Leeton-Whitton 7.3 (45), Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes 15.8 (98) def Narrandera 10.8 (68), Wagga Tigers 7.7 (49) def by Collingullie-Glenfield Park 16.9 (105); Coolamon Rovers 14.7 (91) def Turvey Park 11.6 (72).

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RFL Round 7 - Saturday May 28, 2022 at Robertson Oval 2.10pm
Wagga Tigers .......... 5.9 .. 11.12 .. 15.14 .. 23.15 (153) 
Griffith ....................... 0.1 .. 0.5 .. 2.7 .. 2.8 (20) 

Goals - Wagga Tigers: C Pavitt 5, B Morton 4, M Stephenson 4, J Manton 2, C Wadley 2, S Flanigan, B Gould, J Cornell, J Larwood, T McCoullough, I Lyons
Griffith: K Spencer, J Nancarrow
Best players - Wagga Tigers: J Cornell, M Stephenson, S Flanigan, T McCoullough, J Manton, C Pavitt
Griffith: J Girdler, J Best, S Foley, D McDermott, J Nancarrow, T Moraschi
Wagga Tigers: Isaac Bennett, Lewis Waters, Cayleb Dunne-Angus; Ash Bennett, Murray Stephenson (c-c), Crawford Wadley; Josh Staines, Jock Cornell, Jeremy Lucas; Iggy Lyons, Brady Morton, Patrick Ryan; Ben Gould, Cooper Pavitt, Brayden Bingham; Tom McCoullough, Shaun Flanigan, Jesse Manton; Will Morley, Josh Larwood, Hainsworth Cock

Griffith: James Nancarrow, Sam Foley, Michael Agnew; Charlie Cunial Jamie Best, Jay Summers;  Nicholas Conlan, Reece Matheson, Mason Rosengreen;  Jordan Whitworth, James Toscan, Kahlan Spencer; Angus Brown, Darcy McDermott, James Girdler; Nathan Richards, Jack Rowston (capt), Taine Moraschi; Ryan Best, Connor Bock, Lachlan Wallace. 
Umpires:  Tony O'Halloran and Rob Johnston (AUL). Rating:
*****
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 12.7 (79) def Mangoplah-CUE 7.9 (51), Coolamon Rovers 17.23 (125) def Leeton-Whitton 0.3 (3), Turvey Park 8.6 (54) def by Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 9.16 (70); Narrandera, bye 
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 14.9 (93) def Griffith 8.7 (55) 
Goals: N Witherspoon, J Neyland, R Marando, D Crack, M Bennett, K Ruyg, S Daniel, A Ray
Best players: J Crowe, J Neyland, C Harrison, R Malone, D Crack, N Witherspoon
Under 17.5:  Griffith 13.11 (89) def Wagga Tigers 8.9 (57)
Goals: T Bartter 4, B Evans 4, B Morrissey 4, O Bartter
Best players: O Bartter, J Neyland, B Evans, B Spencer, T Bartter, R Spencer

Reports: Tom Bartter for unduly rough conduct - On appeal down graded from four to two games suspension.

NETBALL vs Wagga Tigers - A Grade: lost 45-25, A Reserve: won 40-45, B Grade: lost 37-33, C Grade: lost 47-23, U17: won 14-39. 

Match report: Wagga Tigers are finally off the mark for the year after they took out some early season frustration on Griffith in a 23.15 (153) to 2.8 (20) belting at Robertson Oval on Saturday. After losing their first five games, including tight ones against Narrandera (four points) and Coolamon (six), the Tigers could not afford to lose at home against the Swans. The result was never in doubt from the onset, with the Tigers pilling on 11 unanswered goals in the first half. Griffith's only two goals came in the third quarter, and they have plenty of work to do given their only victory was against winless Leeton-Whitton. "Today we played good footy but we're not getting carried away," Tigers coach Murray Stephenson said. "It's not the position we want to be in, but we took a step in the right direction."We tried a few different players down back doing different rolls, and being comfortable doing different things." (By Jon Tuxworth - The Daily Advertiser, Monday May 30, 2022).

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 FLAT SWANS OVERWHELMED BY TIGERS - By The Man on the Fence 

The Griffith Swans played an away fixture against Wagga Tigers at Robertson Oval, a typical Wagga venue, extremely neat and tidy but almost sole-less, last Saturday. The lack of atmosphere, no passion among the players or spectators may have something to do with the end result but I'll leave that to your own imagination.

The home team cruised to an utterly effortless victory like it was a picnic in the park for them whereas our Swans was curiously flat; nothing like what I had witnessed in previous games this season.

Even though we were overwhelmed by a Tigers team that would sweep any opposition off their feet on this form, even though the more the boys tried the more hopeless the position became, at least they never gave up trying.

I would like to point out that when a team is losing, the game becomes ten times harder to play and correspondingly takes out ten times as much energy. So even though all Supporters will feel downcast about the result, spare a thought for the players and coaching staff who feel the defeat more keenly.  (June 1, 2022).

RFNL Round 8 - Saturday June 4, 2022 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith .................. 3.1 .. 5.2 .. 7.5 .. 8.6 (54) 
Coolamon ............ 6.3 .. 11.10 .. 13.12 .. 21.15 (141) 

Goals - Griffith:  J Toscan 4, J Rowston, K Spencer, O Bartter, J Whitworth
Coolamon: J Maslin 5, J Redfern 5, S Darcy 2, A Macauley 2, H Wakefield 2, J Barrett, M McGowan, W Graetz, J Sykes, B Leary
Best players - Griffith: J Rowston, O Bartter, R Malone, K Spencer, J Whitworth, S Foley
Coolamon: J Sykes, J Maslin, S Darcy, A Macauley, B Glyde, J Carroll 
Griffith: James Nancarrow, Sam Foley, Michael Agnew; Richard Malone, Patrick Payne, Will Ellis; Lachlan Wallace, Charlie Cunial, Mason Rosengreen; Jordan Whitworth, Darcy McDermott, James Girdler; Oliver Bartter, James Toscan, Reece Matheson; Nathan Richards, Kahlan Spencer, Jack Rowston (capt.); Connor Bock, Angus Brown, Broden Spencer.
Coolamon Rovers: Mitch Robinson, Zachary Oliver, Patrick Bray; Nick Buchanan, Josh Buchanan, Luke Gerhard; Ryan Cox, Jake Barrett (co-coach), Aiden Macauley; Shae Darcy, Will Graetz, Jayden Carroll; Campbell Mattingly, Joe Redfern, Jeremiah Maslin; Will McGowan, Jeremy Sykes, Braeden Clyde; Bayden Leary, Matt McGowan, Hugh Wakefield 
Umpires: Ryan Dedini and Brayden McClintock (RUA). Rating:
****
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 6.4 (40) def by Collingullie-GP 17.16 (118), Narrandera 7.3 (45) def by Ganmain-GGM 15.7 (97),  Turvey Park 14.10 (94) def Wagga Tigers 8.4 (52); Mangoplah-CUE bye.
Reserves: Coolamon Rovers 7.8 (50) def Griffith 6.2 (38)
Goals: R Bullus 2, M Duncan, T Argus, T Shannon, J Rogerson
Best players: A Verhagen, D Catanzariti, J Keenan, J Crowe, D McKenzie, Z DeMamiel
Under 17.5:  Griffith 12.11 (83) def Coolamon Rovers 4.6 (30)
Goals: B Morrissey 7, B Evans 4, M Ashcroft
Best players: N Conlan, B Morrissey, R Best, B Spencer, J Rogerson, W Vaessen
NETBALL vs Coolamon Rovers: A Grade: won 53-39, A Reserve: won 36-33, B Grade: won 44-14, C Grade: won 38-19, U17: won 26-25. 
Match report:  It was another tough day at the office for the Griffith Swans as the Coolamon Hoppers came home strong to condemn the Swans to an 87-point defeat at Exies Oval.
 It was a high-scoring start to the game, with Coolamon taking a 20-point lead into the first break and continuing that momentum with the first two goals of the second quarter. The Swans were able to kick back to back goals through James Toscan and Oliver Bartter before Coolamon restored their advantage with two late in the term to see their lead sitting at 44 at half-time. 

The sides traded goals in the third term, Jordan Whitworth and Toscan getting the majors for the Swans, but the Hoppers took a 43-point lead into the final term.

Coolamon kicked two goals to start the term, but Toscan kept the margin under 50 with his fourth of the afternoon. The Hoppers then kicked six straight goals, with four coming in time on as the Swans faded out of the game, and the visitors made the most of it to secure a 141 to 54 win.
The way the Swans finished the game, left a little to be desired for coach Greg Dreyer. "We spoke about it in the dressing rooms, and Jack Rowston spoke about it at length. It was disappointing" he said. 
"The Wagga Tigers game showed a real lack of effort, and we didn't turn up, so we wanted to compete today, and we did for the bulk of the day. Dreyer said his side will continue to work on the areas of concern identified from the two heavy defeats. "The score will look after itself if we are able to compete hard enough, and if we can cut out the skill errors, it will show on the scoreboard," he said. 
Hoppers co-coach Jake Barrett said their greater ability to run out games this year has been notable. "The fitness side is the thing we've been working on and it's been helping us," he said.

"I still find Griffith a danger game, because they've definitely stuck well with some of the good teams and we weren't sure what to expect today. "There was some ebbs and flows in the game and they got on top a bit in the third quarter, but we adapted to that a lot better this year and learning how to turn that around." 

(By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday June 6, 2022). 

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 NO NEED TO EXPLAIN THE HOPPERS WERE FAR TOO GOOD - By The Man on the Fence 

Following our Swans 141-54 defeat at Exies Oval against Coolamon Rovers last Saturday afternoon, you will probably be saying to yourselves - "Well, how is 'The Man on the Fence' going to explain it away this week?".

First of all let me tell you that I have no intention of explaining why we lost. Those of you that saw the game will understand how the fates were against us. I have every admiration for our players who, without  exception have done all possible to win though. This is no time for players to get into their heads that they are out of their class because on this occasion the opposing team happens to have a better list of senior footballers.

The Grasshoppers are a darn good side. They have youth blended with experience in Jake Barrett, Jeremy Sykes, Joe Redfern and Jeremiah Maslin, and have had the advantage of having played together week after week.

I was told by Coolamon Rovers club legend 'Barty', they still have two decent defenders in Marshal Macauley and Alister Clarke to come into the side. Watch out for the 'Green's' come finals time, you have been warned!

RFNL Round 9 - Saturday June 18, 2022 at Narrandera Sportsground 2.10pm (Screened Live)

Narrandera .......... 4.1 .. 7.4 .. 12.6 .. 13.8 (86)

Griffith .................. 3.3 .. 5.7 .. 7.10 .. 10.12 (72)

Goals - Narrandera: I Bunge 3, Luke McKay 3, F Inglis 2, T Metcalfe, Leigh McKay, L Jamieson, T Absolom, J Burke

Griffith: J Toscan 6, O Bartter, N Richards, J Girdler, K Spencer

Best players - Narrandera: Luke Mckay, B Hutchison, C Vearing, S Randell, I Bunge, J Grinter

Griffith: N Richards, J Toscan, S Foley, T Moraschi, J Best, C Cunial

Narrandera: James Smith, Nick O'Brien, Tomas Van Buuren; Cooper Irons, Kyle Bull, Joe Grinter; Ben Jamieson, Shannon Randell, Brandon Hall; Jaiden Burke, Fergus Inglis, Lachlan Jamieson; Kyle Bloomfield, Isaac Bunge, Theo Metcalfe; Bradley Hutchison, Luke McKay, Connor Vearing; Ben Grinter, Jack Absolom, Leigh McKay.

Griffith: James Nancarrow, Jamie Best, Michael Agnew; Taine Moraschi, Sam Foley, Reece Matheson; Broden Spencer, Charlie Cunial, Mason Rosengreen; Jordan Whitworth, Darcy McDermott, Todd Argus; Nicholas Conlan, James Toscan, Oliver Bartter; Nathan Richards, Kahlan Spencer, Jack Rowston (capt); Lachlan Wallace, James Girdler, Ryan Best. 

Umpires: Joel Fairman, Boyd Kendall, Luke Bell (AUL).   Rating: *****:

Other matches: Collingullie-GP 9.10 (64) drew Coolamon Rovers 9.10 (64), Leeton-Whitton 6.8 (44) def by Wagga Tigers 14.7 (91), Mangoplah-CUE 10.9 (69) def by Turvey Park 10.10 (70); Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, bye.

Reserves: Griffith 18.16 (124) def Narrandera 2.1 (13)

Goals: C Bock 6, D Catanzariti 2, S Daniel 2, Z DeMamiel 2, A Ray, T Shannon, S Robinson, J Burley, J Crowe, C Harrison

Best players: S Daniel, S Irvin, C Bock, Q Stevenson, Z DeMamiel, J Crowe

Under 17.5: Griffith 15.9 (99) def Narrandera 3.8 (26)

Goals: M Bennett 3, D Paterson 2, W Vaessen 2, B Devery 2, K Stevenson, M Vardanega, R Best, T Jamieson, Z Connor, N Singh

Best players: M Bennett, D Paterson, J Menegazzo, K Stevenson, M Vardanega, R Spencer

NETBALL vs Narrandera - A Grade: won 34-86, A Reserve: won 20-61, B Grade: won 28-58, C Grade: won 24-53, Under 17: lost 48-30.

Match report: Narrandera has already eclipsed last year's win tally at the halfway mark of the season after outlasting a plucky Griffith by 14 points at Narrandera Sportsground on Saturday. The 13.8 (86) to 10.12 (72) win was the sixth-placed Eagles' third win of the season after picking up two victories last year.  All three have come against sides below them on the ladder, but Narrandera coach Shaun Brooker is relatively pleased with the progress.  "It was ugly but we won. We're happy with that," he said. "We're moving in the right direction. We've still got a lot of work to do, but they're committed to the cause. "At the halfway mark of the season to have three wins is good, but there's still a long way to go. "I think they're starting to play to their rolls better, our fitness is a lot better. We're slowly ticking a few boxes." Luke McKay was again brilliant for the Eagles, while the ruck contest between Brad Hutchison and Nathan Richards was a highlight. James Toscan kicked six goals for Griffith.   (By Jon Tuxworth - The Daily Advertiser, Monday June 20, 2022). 

Match report (edited): In an entertaining round nine contest, the Narrandera Eagles led 4.1 (25) to Griffith Swans 3.3 (21) after one quarter before taking a 7.4 (46) to 5.7 (37) lead into the main break. A five-goal third term gave the Eagles some breathing space when going ahead by 27 points at three quarter time before the home side eventually held on for a 14-point win. Luke McKay, who has been one of the Eagles best in 2022, said his side entered Saturday's game with the belief they could beat Griffith, although he admitted the game itself was "messy". "Against Griffith, we really spoke about needing to win all week, and going into it; it was one we really wanted to win," McKay said. "We put a little bit of expectation on ourselves to beat Griffith, and it was messy but I was happy we won. "Plus you really have to win messy sometimes and learn how to win tough games like that. "We felt the pressure, and credit to Griffith, because they did really well to keep coming back. "We would kick away, and they would come back, but in the end, we did well to beat them." McKay said the Shaun Brooker-led side wouldn't be resting on their laurels either, and he wanted to see Narrandera push for a final position in the second half of the season.  (By Jeff Hanson - Narrandera Argus, 23-06-22).

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 SWANS FALL SHORT IN DEFEAT -  By The Man on the Fence 

I suppose you will be wondering what has happened to our Swans last Saturday at Narrandera Sportsground - following the RFNL's general bye for the Queen Elizabeth Birthday holiday weekend (The Queen's birthday is actually on 21st April).  We congratulate Narrandera Imperial on their win, I think you will agree this was a good game but I am afraid we only have ourselves to blame for our 14-point defeat.  We had our chances but failed to take them. Inexperience had a great deal to do with our shortcomings but other than that we are not making any excuses, for I told you before the season even commenced we are facing many difficulties.

Finally, in Greg Dreyer we have a coach whose passion for the club and commitment is unquestionable. I am confident 'Fifty' will lead us to the dawn of a new era, but lets not forget these things take time and he needs our support. So lets get behind the team and keep believing, as things can only get better.

RFNL Round 10 - Saturday June 25, 2022 at Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Mangoplah-CUE ..... 5.3 .. 9.4 .. 15.6 .. 19.9 (123) 
Griffith ...................... 4.0 .. 4.4 .. 6.5 .. 7.9 (51)

Goals - MCUE: T Castles 5, T Keogh 4, J Male 3, F Collins 2, D Arthur, W Clark, H Collins, R Turnbull, L Pulver
Griffith: P Payne 3, K Spencer 3, T Moraschi
Best players - MCUE: T Keogh, R Turnbull, J Male, T Smith, N Collins, H Collins
Griffith: C Cunial, N Conlan, J Best, K Spencer, J Girdler, P Payne
Mangoplah-CUE: Pat Killalea, James Scott, Dom Bunyan; Nick Collins, Timothy Smith, Harry Collins; Jonathan Male, Ethan Schiller, Doug Arthur; Lewis Pulver, Connor Quade, Flynn Collins; Wesley Clark, Trent Castles, Alex McCormack; Jake Whitley, Tom Keogh, Ryan Turnbull; Charlie Chambers, Isaac Damme, James Godde
Griffith: James Nancarrow (capt.), Jamie Best, Michael Agnew; Charlie Cunial, Sam Foley, Nicholas Conlan; Jay Summers, Taine Moraschi, Lachlan Wallace; Todd Argus, Oliver Bartter, Leigh Owen; Broden Spencer, Patrick Payne, Sam Daniel; Nathan Richards, Kahlan Spencer, James Girdler; Connor Bock, Reece Matheson, Jack Neyland. 
Umpires: Craig Fletcher, Simon Tardrew & Drew Raynes (RUA).  Rating:
*****
Other matches: Turvey Park 8.5 (53) def by Collingullie-GP 22.9 (141), Wagga Tigers 10.10 (70) def  Ganmain-GGM 5.13 (43);  Coolamon Rovers 22.15 (147) defv Narrandera 5.9 (39); Leeton-Whitton, bye. 
Reserves: Griffith 12.8 (80) def Mangoplah-CUE 8.4 (52)
Goals: A Brown 3, D Crack 2, A Ray 2, K Ruyg 2, M Cornish, M Bennett, Z DeMamiel
Best players: A Brown, D Catanzariti, S Robinson, J Crowe, A Ray, A Verhagen
Under 17.5: Griffith 9.10 (64) def Mangoplah-CUE 7.8 (50) 
Goals: T Bartter 5, M Rosengreen 2, B Morrissey 2 
Best players: T Bartter, M Ashcroft, L DeMamiel, B Burns, M Vardanega, K Stevenson

NETBALL vs Mangoplah-CUE: A Grade: lost 68-37, A Reserve: lost 49-41, B Grade: lost 51-32, C Grade: won 23-24, U17: won 26-32.

Match report: The Griffith Swans suffered another heavy defeat, this time to the Goannas, after making a trip to Mangoplah on Saturday. After a close first quarter, the home side was able to gain the ascendancy to take a 19.9 (123) to 7.9 (51) victory. The Swans were well in the game at the first break to only be trailing by nine points at the first break, but were held goalless in the second quarter, and the Griffith side were unable to find a way back into the game. Patrick Payne kicked three goals for the Swans, with Kahlan Spencer chipping in for two, while Taine Moraschi and Leigh Owen kicked a major each. It was more successful day on the field for the reserves and under 17.5s. The reserve graders were able to pick up a 28-point win over the Goannas to stay within striking distance of the top five. Five goals to Tom Bartter and two each to Bailey Morrissey and Mason Rosengreen helped the under 17.5. come away with a 64 to 50 win.  (By Liam Warren - The Area News).
Match report: Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes solidified their place in the Riverina League top five with a 72-point win over Griffith at Mangoplah Sportsground on Saturday. Looking to bounce back from last week's one-point home loss to Turvey Park, the Goannas led from start to finish to secure their fifth win. The result allowed MCUE to move to equal fourth with the Bulldogs, although Turvey Park's 88-point loss to Collingullie-Glenfield Park has dropped them to fifth on percentage. After missing last week's game due to COVID, full forward Trent Castles made an impact with five goals, while Tom Keogh was best on ground with four. Jonathan Male continued his consistent season with three goals.  (By Jon Tuxworth -The Daily Advertiser).

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 DON'T WORRY OUR SWANS WILL BOUNCE BACK - By The Man on the Fence 

YOU die if you worry - You die if you don't - So why worry at all?  The words of the old song came into my mind as I sat down to write these notes. There is a great deal of logic in them, but I am afraid if some of us did not worry we should not get very far. Well then, congratulations to our Swans on their display at Mangoplah last Saturday. The score against us reads as though we received a good hiding. This is not the case.  I say this in spite of the score being 123 to 51 against them. Most of you that saw the game will agree, I feel sure, that we were just about as unlucky as we could be - hitting the goal post on four separate occasions and from point-blank range. Despite the Senior team current position, our Swans still have plenty going for them, even if it is not all on the field. The committee led by club president Paul Rogerson undoubtedly have the club's best interest at heart. They may appear a little muted at times, but they are all working flat out to get us home.  

 McPHERSON TO CHAIR ASSESSMENT GROUP - By Matt Malone 

FORMER Southern NSW AFL regional manager Jason McPherson will chair AFL Riverina's nomination assessment group for the premier league. AFL Riverina received nominations from 13 clubs when applications closed on Sunday night for next year's restructured  'premier' Riverina League competition. All nine existing Riverina League clubs have applied to remain in the competition, along with four Farrer clubs in Marrar, East Wagga-Kooringal, North Wagga and Northern Jets.  The applications will now be handed over to AFL's David Burgess, who will prepare the information for a specially formed nomination assessment group to mark.
McPherson, who worked for the AFL for 15 years, has been selected as the independent chair. He will be joined by AFL staff members Marc Geppert and Joel Robinson, AFL Riverina vice-president Phil Rowston, Farrer League president Greg Fox and former Hume Netball League president Julianne Clancy.
AFL Riverina chairman Michael Irons said McPherson was a perfect fit. "Jason has a well-rounded experience and knowledge of the local area but also what we've worked through with the review," Irons said. 
He is also happy with the diversity of the nomination assessment group. "Yes we think we've covered as many bases as we could and have a variety of people involved going through the assessment process," he said.
Irons believes the fact 13 clubs have applied to enter the new-look premier league is a positive for the review. "We're happy with the response," he said. "Obviously it was a decision for each club to make, whether they wanted to apply or not. We'll obviously go through a process now to assess those applications."
The assessment group is expected to have about a month before they deliver their recommendations to the AFL Riverina board. "David Burgess is going through compiling all the information to provide to the assessment committee and they'll work through and undertake their scoring and make a recommendation to the board for a final decision for the board to make."   (The Daily Advertiser - Wednesday June 29, 2022).

 Leeton-Whitton lining up against Griffith Swans for second time in 2022 - By Talia Pattison 

"REDEMPTION" is the key word for Leeton-Whitton heading into their clash this weekend with the Griffith Swans.

The first clash between the old enemies resulted in a win for Griffith in round two earlier this season, but this weekend could provide a real chance for Leeton-Whitton to pick up their maiden win of 2022. 

That victory for the Swans was their only one so far this year. The two MIA sides sit at the bottom of the Riverina League table, with Leeton-Whitton in ninth and Griffith eighth. "We shot ourselves in the foot last time with our inaccuracy (against Griffith) and our finishing in front of goal," Leeton-Whitton coach Tom Groves said.

"There's a bit to play for this weekend. There's that rivalry there, but we want to get that redemption from the game earlier in the season.  "It's a big week for us. I want the boys to start off the back end of the year well, so hopefully we can go over to Griffith and get the choccies."

The Crows come into the clash following the club bye last weekend, while the Swans will be searching for their second win after they were handed another heavy defeat by MCUE last Saturday.

Groves was expecting to take a similar side into the clash as they have had in the past couple of rounds, with the finer details to be ironed out on Thursday night. "We trained as usual despite the bye, we worked on a few things," he said. "There's no outs at this stage, we'll have a couple of uni students back, so we'll set that out on Thursday night after training." On paper, Leeton-Whitton and Griffith appear to be similarly matched.

Despite what scorelines may have suggested, both teams have been able to give some of the top teams in the competition a shake throughout the season, they just haven't been able to maintain that momentum and style of play for a full four quarters of football.

Griffith's Jack Rowston and James Toscan will be two players the Crows will be looking to lock out of the match, but that will depend on if they take the field after both missed last weekend's game. (The Irrigator - June 30).

 READY FOR DERBY - By Liam Warren 

THE Griffith Swans will be heading into the derby, hoping they can pick up their second win of the season. This weekend will see the Swans take on their arch-rivals, Leeton-Whitton at Exies Oval and the Crows are the only side the Swans have taken points off this season. The Swans are hopeful of getting captain Jack Rowston back after he missed the heavy defeat at Mangoplah last weekend, while Reece Matheson and Jimmy Nancarrow will both have to prove their fitness at training on Thursday.
It has been a difficult month for the Swans, with heavy defeats to Coolamon and Mangoplah on either side of a tight loss to Narrandera. Despite the difficult season so far for the Swans, coach Greg Dreyer said the players heads are still in the right place. "Pretty good we have had a good chat about all that," he said. "The Coolamon game, they got a lot in the last 15 minutes and blew it out a bit. Narrandera was a better effort, and we spoke about the consistency and pressure. "Against Mango, we got well beaten, but we competed and had footy down our end plenty of times, we just aren't converting. That is the main issue. 
"Effort is good, and their intent and they are still training well, so they are still trying hard."
Despite the weekend being a derby game, Dreyer won't be approaching this game any differently. "From our point of view it doesn't matter who we are playing, we have been talking about our pressure and doing that consistently," he said. "It has been improving, we can see by the stats we take that our tackle rate is up.

"Execution is obviously a big issue, and we are still practising, and that is just time, and we have to get reward for effort. "The ball is getting forward we just aren't converting and not holding it in our forward 50 well enough."

(The Area News - Friday July 1, 2022).

RFNL Round 11 - Saturday July 2, 2022 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ..................... 2.2 .. 7.2 .. 9.4 .. 10.11 (71) 
Leeton-Whitton ..... 3.1 .. 5.4 .. 8.4 10.7 (67)

Goals - Griffith: J Nancarrow 2, S Daniel 2, P Payne 2, T Bartter, J Girdler, N Richards, J Summers
Leeton-Whitton: T Meline 3, N Ryan 2,  A Crelley 2, T Handsaker, L Mahalm, J Lanham 
Best players - Griffith: P Payne, C Cunial, T Moraschi, N Conlan, J Nancarrow, L Owen
Leeton-Whitton: J Lanham, T Meline, N Ryan, B O'Garey, Jye Doyle, M Rainbird
Griffith: Nicholas Conlan, Jamie Best, Michael Agnew; Taine Moraschi, Sam Foley, Charlie Cunial; Jay Summers, Jack Rowston (capt.), Lachlan Wallace; Patrick Payne, Oliver Bartter, Leigh Owen; Broden Spencer, Tom Bartter, Sam Daniel; Nathan Richards, Kahlan Spencer, James Girdler; Todd Argus, James Nancarrow, Jack Neyland.
Leeton-Whitton: Jake Turner, Hayden Mahalm, Jake Norman; Dan Hillam, Darcy Cullen, Will Wakeman; Jay Tang, Tom Groves (coach), Jye Doyle; Ryan Dunn, Josh Lanham, Matt Rainbird; Tom Meline (capt.), Logan Mahalm, Angus Crelley; Mason Dryburgh, Nathan Ryan, Bryce O'Garey; Tom Handsaker, Harry Steele, Jack Coelli. 
Umpires: Joel Fairman, Mark Rowe & Craig Tilston (RUA). Rating:
*****
Other matches: Turvey Park 15.10 (100) def Narrandera 8.5 (53), Wagga Tigers 10.11 (71) def by  Mangoplah-CUE 10.12 (72); Ganmain-GGM 11.14 (80) def Coolamon Rovers 7.11 (53); Colligullie-Glenfield Park, bye. 
Reserves: Griffith 7.11 (53) def Leeton-Whitton 4.7 (31)
Goals: G Orton 3, Z DeMamiel, A Ray, C Bock, R Malone
Best players: G Orton, A Ray, W Ellis, S Irvin, D McKenzie, C Harrison

Reports: Dylan McKenzie (Griffith) cited by Leeton-Whitton for striking Cooper Boardman - 3 games suspension!  
Under 17.5: Griffith 6.10 (46) def Leeton-Whitton 1.2 (8)
Goals: M Bennett 3, B Signor 3 
Best players: Mason Ashcroft, Luke DeMamiel, Sean Culgan, Ben Signor, Mason Rosengreen, Mark Bennett
NETBALL vs Leeton-Whitton: A Grade: won 69-37, A Reserve: won 51-34, B Grade: lost 31-38, C Grade: won 30-27, U17: lost 34-46.

Match report: The battle in the west in the Riverina Football League went down to the wire at Exies Oval on Saturday. The lead ebbed and flowed throughout the game, but the Griffith Swans were able to hold on to take a 10.11 (71) to 10.7 (67) victory over arch-rivals Leeton-Whitton.
The Crows were able to make a strong start to the game kicking the first two goals through Nathan Ryan and Angus Crelley before two in quick succession to Jimmy Nancarrow saw the Swans hit the front before the Crows hit back through Tom Handsaker to take a one-point lead into the first change. It went goal-for-goal in the early stages of the second before the Crows were able to pile on the pressure, but the Swans weathered the storm and, with goals to James Girdler and Patrick Payne, saw the Swans leading by 10 at the main break.
The contest was brewing well with the sides trading goals with Payne being an influence for the Swans, but goals to Josh Lanham and Tom Meline saw the margin at just six points heading into the final term.
The Crows pinned the ball in their forward fifty once again but were only able to bring one goal from their pressure, with Meline giving his side a three-point lead. The Swans then kicked seven straight points to take a four point lead before Jay Summers kicked a major for the Swans to see them leading by 10 late in the game.

Meline kicked his third with 20 seconds remaining to reduce the margin to four points, but the Swans were able to hold on to take only their second win of the year. 
On a milestone game for captain Jack Rowston and Nathan Richards, coach Greg Dreyer said it was good to put some points on the board. "It is the icing on the cake. It is just good to have a win full stop," he said. "It has been four wins in two years at the moment." 
 The Swans coach admitted his side were their own worst enemies at times with poor execution and decision making. "Whether it is trust in each other or confidence in themselves to give the first option, we still aren't doing it, and our decision-making needs to improve, as does our skill level," he said. "We should know that Leeton is always going to come back, They are a proud club. We are pretty evenly matched, and it was a good game of footy."  The Swans will now turn their attention to a tough fortnight on the road.  (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday July 4, 2022). 

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 SOMEONE'S AT THE BOTTOM OF LEAGUE BUT NOT OUR SWANS - By The Man on the Fence 

SOMEONE must be at the bottom of the Riverina League ladder, but I suppose the supporters of that Club, whichever it may be, will grumble and say "Why must it be us?'. Fortunately, our own senior Griffith Swans team does not occupy that position at the moment, but I think you will recall that on more than one occasion this season I had warned you to be prepared for the worse. Well I'll take that all back after Saturday's local derby win against Leeton-Whitton Crows as I feel sure it wont be our Swans who finish in last place for season 2022.
On to our exciting game with the Crows - finished almost like a grand final win.  All credit to the players on both sides and a draw, in my opinion, would have been a fair result. I expect Leeton people took it (loss) in  a sporting way and were full of congratulations. Personally I look forward to my Saturday afternoon and the enjoyment of the game, but do you realise that our senior Swans had only won one match this season before Saturday's win. 

RFNL Round 12 - Saturday July 9, 2022 at Crossroads Oval 2.10pm

Collingullie-GP ....... 4.6 .. 5.8 .. 9.10 .. 14.16 (100)

Griffith ..................... 1.1 .. 4.3 .. 5.3 .. 6.4 (40)

Goals - Collingullie-GP: S Stening 4, B Harper 2, N Harper 2, S Small, B McMillan, J Hughes, H Wichman, J Perryman, A Clifford

Griffith: S Daniel 2, K Spencer, N Richards, O Bartter, J Toscan

Best players - Collingullie-GP: S Small, M Inglis, B McMillan, J Hughes, B Harper, T Crakanthorp

Griffith: S Daniel, J Best, T Moraschi, N Conlan, S Foley, N Richards

Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Chad Fuller, James Pope, Tom Crakanthorp; Josh Gunning, Harry Radley, Joe Perryman; Blake Harper, Nick Perryman (co-coach), Harry Wichman; Brad McMillan, Andrew Clifford, Jayden Klemke; Spencer Small, Sam Stening, Noah Harper; Monty Inglis, Matt Klemke, Steven Jolliffe; Joshua Conlan, Jackson Hughes, James Kennedy

Griffith: Nicholas Conlan, Jamie Best, Taine Moraschi; Sam Foley, Richard Malone, Charlie Cunial; Jay Summers, Leigh Owen, Lachlan Wallace; Sam Daniel, James Toscan, Oliver Bartter; Kahlan Spencer, Patrick Payne, Tom Bartter; Nathan Richards, Jack Rowston (capt.), James Girdler; Todd Argus, Broden Spencer, Michael Agnew. 

Umpires: Andrew Tough, Tony O'Halloran  & Troy Mavroudis (RUA).   Rating: *****

Other matches: Coolamon Rovers 15.9 (99) def Wagga Tigers 3.10 (28), Leeton-Whitton 10.13 (73) def by Narrandera 12.7 (79), Mangoplah-CUE 6.15 (51) def Ganmain-GGM 6.9 (45); Turvey Park, bye.

Reserves: Collingullie-Glenfield Park 12.8 (80) def Griffith 5.4 (34)

Goals: A Brown 2, M Cudmore, C Bock, Z DeMamiel

Best players: A Verhagen, C Bock, N Witherspoon, D Catanzariti, W Ellis, A Ray

Under 17.5: Collingullie-Glenfield Park 10.15 (75) def Griffith 9.11 (65)

Goals: T D'Aquino 3, M Rosengreen, B Morrissey, J Menegazzo, D Paterson, B Burns, W Vaessen

Best players: M Rosengreen, L DeMamiel, T D’Aquino, D Paterson, B Morrissey, K Stevenson

NETBALL vs Collingullie-Glenfield Park: A Grade: won 38-56, A Reserve: won 39-41, B Grade: won 32-53,

C Grade: won 18-40, U17: won 6-51.

Match report: Collingullie-Glenfield Park are closing in on top spot of the ladder after a dominant second half led them to a 60 point win over Griffith. The 14.16 (100) to 6.4 (40) win over the Swans is the Demons eighth of the year however, they struggled to break clear of a competitive Griffith side during the first half. After going into quarter time 23 points down, the Swans rallied during the second quarter kicking three goals and narrowed the margin to just 11 at half-time. From there however, Collingullie got on top kicking nine goals to two during a dominant second half. 
Coach Nick Perryman was happy with how his side rose to the challenge to take the four points. "It's good to come away with a win," Perryman said. "We got off to a good start but then we had a few lapses through the middle of the game. "But to come away with the win against a good team is pleasing."  (By Jimmy Meiklejohn - The Daily Advertiser).

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 SWANS LOST BUT BY NO MEANS DISGRACED - By The Man on the Fence 

THE game on Saturday at Collingullie, our Swans met with defeat but by no means disgraced. The game at times was a real ding-dong affair - even the keenest 'Gullie' partisan would admit our Swans side was worth a clap or two. For the first twenty five minutes of the game our hosts were more or less giving us a lesson in how to move the ball quickly but to our credit we held firm.  Everyone of our boys played well in the second term - continuous pressure put the opposition side back on their heels. We started to play the game that counts -  making the ball do the work. These methods soon brought their reward - out scoring the home team by 11 points.
Starting the second half on equal terms, our Griffith boys played like League leaders and again swept down onto the 'Gullie' defence but for little reward. From the ten minute mark on, our Swans were never in the picture, 'Gullie' took control, piling on nine to two second half goals. We just gave away too many silly goals!  I can fully understand why the consistent 'Gullie' team have carried all before them lately. They have a good blend of youth and experience and have in the person of Matt Klemke, who can still give the youngsters a good start.

 ROWSTON NAMED MVP FOR THE ALLIES - By Matt Malone 

GRIFFITH teenager Harry Rowston is satisfied he's done all he can to impress prospective AFL clubs after a stellar Under 18 National Championships. Rowston was crowned most valuable player for the Allies after they finished their championships in style with a two-goal win over Western Australia, 11.7 (73) to 9.7 (61), in Adelaide on Saturday.  Rowston produced another polished display to finish and was rewarded with the MVP award for the Allies, a team made up of the best talent from NSW-ACT, Queensland, Tasmania and Northern Territory. The 17-year-old was happy with how he performed on the big stage. "I was pretty happy.

Obviously it would have been nice to get a few more wins but it was pretty good.," Rowston said. 

The Allies lost their opening three games to South Australia (37 points), Victoria Metro (16 points) and Victoria Country (33 points) before finishing off with a win over WA. Rowston had 17 disposals in the final game and was named his team's second best. Rowston was given the licence to play a Dusty Martin type role and was pleasantly surprised with the result he produced. "I was a little bit surprised. 

I had a little bit of self confidence. I just tried to tell myself I was good enough to play at that level and do well and it was nice to actually play well," he said. 

Me and the coach, Cam Bernasconi, had a bit of a joke going on, playing a Dusty role, play in the midfield and then try and roll forward and kick some stags, which is pretty good,. I got my hands on the footy inside the contest and got to push forward and kick a few goals so it worked pretty well."
Those watching Rowston have been impressed by significant improvement in his game over the past two years. He puts that down to hard work. "Mostly through fitness," he said. "Over the last two pre-seasons, I realised I wasn't quite up to scratch with that sort of thing, so I put in a lot of hard work over the summer on my fitness, which has allowed me to get around the ground a bit better and get my hands on it, and improved my footy all round." Rowston hopes his performances proves enough to draw interest from AFL clubs.

"Obviously that's the end goal but I haven't really spoken to too many people just yet," he said. "I think it will start to ramp up in the next couple of weeks when all of the games have finished. Fingers crossed I've done I could."
For now, Rowston has returned to school at Kilmore's Assumption College and will focus on helping them to the Associated Grammar Schools Victoria title. After that, he hopes to return home to Griffith and get at least one game in in with his older brother Jack at the Swans. "I've got four weeks of school footy to go. We haven't lost a game of school footy so it's looking like we should make the grand final hopefully," he said.

"Then I'll go back and play for Calder Cannons in the NAB League. Towards the back end of the year, hopefully I'll get back and play a few games for Griffith, maybe."   (The Daily Advertiser - Wednesday July 13, 2022).

RFNL Round 13 - Saturday July 16, 2022 at Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Ganmain-GGM ....... 4.4 .. 5.8 .. 11.13 .. 16.14 (110) 
Griffith ..................... 2.1 .. 5.5 .. 5.10 .. 6.10 (46) 

Goals - Ganmain-GGM: G Alexander 4, J Olsson 3, J McCaig 3, L Parker 2, J Lander, K Watts, A Proctor, B Walsh 
Griffith: J Girdler 2, P Payne, O Bartter, J Nancarrow, J Toscan
Best players - Ganmain-GGM: B Walsh, J Lander, S Martyn, G Alexander, L Parker, J Sase
Griffith: J Girdler, T Moraschi, J Best, S Foley, J Rowston, P Payne
Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: Jack Sase, Joshua Walsh, Seb Hamblin; Kirk Mahon, Ben Walsh, Matthew Knagge; Zachary Burhop, Luke Walsh, Sam Martyn (c); Lachlan Parker, Kai Watts, Jack McCaig; Connor Krebser, George Alexander, Jacob Olsson; Dylan Cook, Jesse Lander, Aaron Proctor; Shaun Foley, Shannon Butterfield, Connor Smith.
Griffith: Nicholas Conlan, Jamie Best, Michael Agnew, Taine Moraschi; Sam Foley, Charlie Cunial; Jay Summers, Leigh Owen, Broden Spencer; Sam Daniel, Patrick Payne, James Girdler; James Nancarrow, James Toscan, Oliver Bartter; Nathan Richards, Jack Rowston (capt.), Kahlan Spencer; Todd Argus, Lachlan Wallace, Archie Ray. 
Umpires: Peter Alexander & Craig Fletcher (RUA).  Rating:
*****
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 3.2 (20) def by Turvey Park 18.13 (121), Narrandera 0.5 (5) def by Collingullie-Glenfield Park 22.22 (154); Coolamon Rovers 7.8 (50) def by Mangoplah-CUE 10.9 (69); Wagga Tigers, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 12.11 (83) def Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 4.9 (33)
Goals: C Bock 4, K Ruyg, 2, J Craven 2, B McRae, A Brown, N Poole, (1 goal short). 
Best players: C Bock, C Harrison, A Verhagen, R Patey, A Brown
Under 17.5: Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 12.12 (84) def Griffith 6.12 (48)
Goals: B Morrissey 2, M Vardanega, Z Connor, J Neyland, B Signor
Best players: R Best, M Bennett, M Vardanega, J Rogerson, M Rosengreen, Z Connor 
NETBALL vs Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong: A Grade: won 43-58, A Reserve: won 33-40, B Grade: won 34-45,

C Grade: drew 37-37, U17: lost 44-42.
Match report (edited): A dominant second half has led Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong to their 10th win of the season over a competitive Griffith side. The Lions kicked 11 goals to one during the second half on their way to a 16.14 (100) to 6.10 (46) win over the Swans. 
 GGGM coach Sam Martyn was happy to get the win, but admitted that they were far from their best during the first half. "It's been a bit of a trend of ours to start games off really well with our first quarters," Martyn said. "But then we found ourselves under the pump in the second. "Griffith sort of rectified a few things that they weren't doing and I think pressure was the number one thing that they beat us at." After being 15 points down at quarter time, the Swans rallied during the second quarter kicking three goals and narrowing the margin to three at half time. The Lions came out a different side after the half time break and kicked six goals to none extending their narrow three point margin to 39 when the teams came in for the last change. Martyn said it was addressing some football basics that led his side getting on top during the third quarter. "I think our pressure lifted first and foremost which was definitely important because they we were definitely out-hunting us," he said.  Martyn was impressed with the effort of his whole team during the second half but singled out a few players who he thought had impressive performances. "I felt Lachie Parker was sensational today, he provided a lot of pressure up in the forward line," he said. "He got his rewards by listening to instructions and getting to that position that we asked him to. "I thought Jesse Lander was fantastic in the middle, just when we needed someone to lift that pressure and be that one to stand up in the contest he was the man we looked to.   (By Jimmy Meiklejohn - The Daily Advertiser, Monday July 18, 2022). 

 SECOND HALF FADE OUT - By The Man on the Fence 

I did not see our Swans match at Ganmain last Saturday, but I was none the less half pleased, though the final result was a predicted ten goal loss to the competition leaders. It would have been difficult to forget what ever happened after such a 'first class' opening half of footy, but it is all best forgotten. And if the lesson has been learned good may now come from the evil memory of yet another second half fade out which would have been heart-breaking to our Committee, our supporters and, we hope, to our players. 

 SWANS OUT TO END SEASON ON HIGH NOTE - By Liam Warren 

THE Griffith Swans will be out to make the most of three home games to finish the season, the first of which comes this weekend against Turvey Park.  The Swans ended a tough part of the season with three of the top four over the last month with a road trip to Ganmain last weekend. 
While the scoreline blew out a bit in the end, there were plenty of positives to take from the match. Swans coach Greg Dreyer said it was a case of not being able to match the Lions intensity in the second half that let the side down and the lack of first grade experience the squad has in those situations. 
"We were only four points down at halftime against the Lions, and they were obvious going to lift being the top side, and they are a big side as well," he said. "They didn't get any smaller in the second half, and their intensity increased, and we fell into a few bad habits, and we didn't execute cleanly and gave them opportunities that they didn't have in the first half. "It probably comes down to the experience of staying composed when you are under pressure."
Coming up against a Turvey side who will be looking to find their feet before heading into finals. Dreyer knows his side will be in for a tough test. "We want to try and finish the season on a high," he said. "We don't want to just run the season out and go through the motions we still want to be pushing and competing. We spoke about Ganmain, Collingullie and Coolamon, which are the top three, we had them all away in the last part of the year, and then we have three sides at home that are fifth or lower. "We wanted to get out and have a real dig at the top three sides at see where we sit, and we played some good footy." (Edited - The Area News - Friday July 23, 2022).'

RFNL Round 14 - Saturday July 23, 2022 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Griffith ................. 3.4 .. 11.4 .. 11.4 .. 14.5 (89) 
Turvey Park ....... 3.1 .. 5.4 .. 7.6 .. 9.7 (61)

Goals - Griffith: J Toscan 4, J Nancarrow 3, K Spencer 3, J Rowston, O Bartter, J Summers, S Daniel
Turvey Park: B Wallett 2, J Granvill 2, A Emery, W Ashcroft, C Baxter, E Grigg, C Dooley
Best players - Griffith: T Moraschi, N Conlan, S Foley, K Spencer, J Rowston, J Summers
Turvey Park: S Jones, E Grigg, C Dooley, D Irvine, L Mazzocchi, A Emery
Griffith: Nicholas Conlan, Jamie Best, Michael Agnew, Taine Moraschi; Sam Foley, Charlie Cunial; Jay Summers, Leigh Owen, Broden Spencer; Sam Daniel, Patrick Payne, James Girdler; James Nancarrow, James Toscan,  Todd Argus; Nathan Richards, Jack Rowston (capt.), Kahlan Spencer; Oliver Bartter, Lachlan Wallace, Archie Ray. 
Turvey Park: Zac Randal, Tim Doyle, Lachlan McRae; Ben Lewington, Darcy Irvine, Harry Woods; Jack Haggar, Sam Jones, Luke Mazzocchi; Jack Granvill, Andrew Emery, Will Ashcroft; Edouard Grigg, Baxter Wallett, Corey Baxter; Rhett Weidemann, Callum Dooley, Will O'Connor; Chase Grintell, Jesse Margosis, Henry Jenkins
Umpires: Rob Johnston & Brian Robinson (RUA).  Rating: *****

Other matches: Collingullie-GP 8.8 (56) def Ganmain-GGM 5.10 (40), Mangoplah-CUE 12.14 (86) def Leeton-Whitton 5.3 (33), Wagga Tigers 20.12 (132) def Narrandera 4.6 (30); Coolamon Rovers, bye
Reserves: Turvey Park 9.8 (62) def Griffith 9.5 (59)
Goals: K Ruyg 6, C Bock, G Orton, T Shannon
Best players: A Verhagen, C Bock, K Ruyg, J Crowe, B McRae, A Brown
Under 17.5: Turvey Park 8.5 (53) def Griffith 5.10 (40)
Goals: T Bartter 2, B Morrissey 2, M Rosengreen 
Best players: R Best, L DeMamiel, W Vaessen, J Rogerson, M Rosengreen, J Neyland
NETBALL vs Turvey Park: A Grade: won 71-27, A Reserve: lost 37-48, B Grade: won 41-38, C Grade: won 36-35, U17: lost 25-40.

Match report: Griffith have secured their third win of the season after beating Turvey Park by 28 points at Exies Oval. After a tight first quarter, the Swans kicked eight goals to two in the second and eventually ran out 14.5 (89) to 9.7 (61) victors over the Bulldogs. Swans coach Greg Dreyer was thrilled to get the win after a couple of good performances against Collingullie-Glenfield Park and Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong. "I've felt we've played well in the last couple of weeks against Collingullie and Ganmain," Dreyer said. "Obviously they just had a bit too much class for us but the boys have competed well. "We had a good game against Turvey in the first round so there was an opportunity if we could string it together for a four quarter effort and we managed to play pretty well. "They did challenge us pretty hard in the second half though." Griffith young gun Taine Moraschi was a clear best on ground for the Swans.  (By Jimmy Meiklejohn - The Daily Advertiser, Monday July 25, 2022).   

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 KEEP IT UP GRIFFITH SWANS  - By The Man on the Fence 

OUR Swans staged a great victory over the Turvey Park Bulldogs at Exies Sport Oval with their 89 - 61 win. The visitors were no mean team, and that makes the victory all the more pronounced. I cannot remember having a stronger combination this year, and although one would like to pay tribute to Nathan Richards, whose play as ruckman was most impressive, it was a great team effort with every member of the side pulling his weight.

Keep up that standard and many teams will go the same way, that being Wagga Tigers, Coolamon Rovers and Narrandera Eagles. The task is not an easy one, but if the boys can aspire to the heights attained last Saturday, plus that little bit of luck which good sides are entitled to, we will come out of this competition with credit.

 AFL RIVERINA APPROVE CHANGES TO POINTS - By Matt Malone 

AFL RIVERINA have given the green light for major changes to the Player Points Systems for next year. Riverina League clubs will have 39 points at their disposal, while Farrer League clubs will work will work with 37.
The changes were approved by the AFL Riverina board on Wednesday night after the changes came recommended from AFL NSW-ACT. The most significant change will see first grade players recruited from the Riverina League worth four points, with the value of Farrer League players to drop to three points. 
AFL Riverina chairman Michael Irons said the board was unanimous in their support of the changes. "Yes we were in favour based on the recommendation and the information by AFL NSW-ACT," Irons said. 
Irons said the changes to the points system was in line with the changes been made to senior competition as part of the competitions review. "Based on the model that has been adopted through other parts of the country with the points system and having an established premier and leagues under that, it fits with the direction that we wanted to head under our competitions review and you will see that the major leagues do have a point of difference between that and the district leagues," Irons explained.
While the changes are another blow to Farrer League clubs, Irons' reminded clubs that there are still avenues for assistance. "The gap is a small gap," Irons said. "Clubs are still entitled to apply to the LEP (League Equalisation Panels) if they are seeking additional points or a review of players, that doesn't change. "So there are still opportunities for the Farrer League clubs, where they are in a certain situations or have certain circumstances that may put them at a disadvantage to other clubs to seek dispensation."
The Farrer League is not alone in the changes, with the Hume League in the same boat. First grade footballers from the Hume League will also on be worth three points upon a transfer, while Riverina League players will be four upon arrival there. 

Meantime, the 13 clubs that applied for entry into the new-look 'premier' Riverina League competition next season are expected to learn their fate as soon as next week. AFL Riverina's nomination assessment group met this week to work through the applications and the board was given an update on Wednesday night.

(The Daily Advertiser - Saturday, July 30, 2022). 

RFNL Round 15 - Saturday July 30, 2022
Griffith, bye
Other matches:
Collingullie-Glenfield Park 13.19 (97) def Wagga Tigers 7.11 (53); Leeton-Whitton 3.4 (22) def by Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 20.17 (137), Narrandera 6.3 (39) def by Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes 17.14 (116), Turvey Park 9.8 (62) def by Coolamon Rovers 11.9 (75).

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RFNL Round 16 - Saturday August 6, 2022 at Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm

Griffith .................. 1.3 .. 3.5 .. 6.8 .. 7.14 (56) 
Wagga Tigers ...... 2.0 .. 4.1 .. 6.1 .. 8.2 (50) 

Goals - Griffith: P Payne 3, S Daniel, O Bartter, K Spencer, T Argus
Wagga: M Stephenson 2, H Wooden 2, B Bigham, J Cornell, C Pavitt, X Heeney
Best players - Griffith: J Best, J Rowston, S Foley, P Payne, N Richards, J Girdler
Wagga: B Morton, L Shepherd, M Stephenson, A Bennett, J Cornell, J Scarr
Griffith: Charlie Cunial, Jamie Best, Michael Agnew; Sam Foley, Nicholas Conlan, Jack Rowston (c); Jay Summers, Leigh Owen, Lachlan Wallace; James Nancarrow, Patrick Payne, James Girdler; Oliver Bartter, Sam Daniel, Todd Argus; Nathan Richards, Taine Moraschi, Kahlan Spencer; Jordan Whitworth, Archie Ray, Broden Spencer.
Wagga Tigers: Iggy Lyons, Brady Morton, Tom McCoullough, Arshpreet Singh, Murray Stephenson (c-c), Lahn Shepherd, Ashley Bennett, Xavier Heeney, Will Morley, Ben Gould, Cooper Pavitt, Fraser Yates, Justin Scarr, Nathan Cooke, Brayden Bigham, Hayden Wooden, Jock Cornell, Patrick Ryan; Nathan Dohl, Josh Larwood, Isaac Bennett.
Umpires: Luke Bell, Craig Fletcher & Craig Tilston (RUA).  Rating:
*****
Other matches: Leeton-Whitton 0.0 (0) def by Coolamon Rovers 11.12 (78), Mangoplah-CUE 8.8 (56) def by Collingullie-GP 8.12 (60); Ganmain-GGM 14.9 (93) def Turvey Park 9.2 (56); Narrandera, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 14.6 (90) def Wagga Tigers 3.5 (23)
Goals: R Matheson 4, R Marando 3, A Brown 2, D Crack 2, C Bock 2, C Munro, K Ruyg, (1 goal extra). 
Best players: C Munro, S Irvin, R Matheson, T Shannon, A Brown, C Bock

Under 17.5: Griffith 12.19 (91) def Wagga Tigers 5.2 (32)
Goals: T Bartter 4, O Bartter 2, B Morrissey 2, B Spencer 2, M Bennett, M Rosengreen
Best players: J Neyland, T Bartter, S Culgan, R Best, B Signor, J Rogerson
NETBALL vs Wagga Tigers: A Grade: lost 32-36, A Reserve: lost 35-36, B Grade: won 49-43, C Grade: won 29-28,

Under 17: won 30-16.

Match report: Griffith have won their second game in a row after narrowly defeating the Wagga Tigers by six points. The Swans inaccuracy nearly cost them dearly, however they were able to do enough to record the 7.14 (56) to 8,2 (50) win. Griffith coach Greg Dreyer said it was good to get another win in the back half of the season and they had a point to prove after losing heavily to the Tigers earlier in the year.

"We want to finish the year off strongly," Dreyer said. "We felt this game was a genuine chance, they beat us easy the first round so we had a bit of a point to prove. "Our training and our build up has been good, so it was nice to put it together."  The win against the Tigers adds to the victory over Turvey Park before the bye for the Swans, and Dreyer said it had been great for momentum to have this success in the final rounds.

Jamie Best, Jack Rowston, Sam Foley and Nathan Richards were brilliant for the Swans while Patrick Payne kicked three goals. (By Jimmy Meiklejohn - The Daily Advertiser, Monday August 8, 2022).: 

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 SWANS TAME TIGERS IN RETURN BOUT - By The Man on the Fence 

IN a troublesome wind, and a greasy ground, our Swans had a tremendous fight with Wagga Tigers at Exies Sports Oval. Not only that, but we played football that was definitely on a slightly higher plane than that of our visitors, and with a little bit of luck, would have secured half a dozen more goals. 
Apart from a few anxious moments during the match there never appeared much likelihood that a weakened Wagga Tigers side would create a surprise. They were keen and persevering, but the longer the game lasted the brighter became the prospects of the Griffith boys. It took us some time, however, to get that final goal, a 'speculator' from villain turned hero Toddy Argus late in the game, but after that the issue was never in doubt.  
The boys are now going strong - touch wood - and last Saturday's return 'bout' was extremely satisfying to everyone concerned. Indeed, it is quite a change to find people taking a keen interest in the Club.  When matters are not going too well everyone, except the more loyal supporters, avoid football topics entirely. But now, wherever one goes, the Swans' future prospects are discussed with real keenness!

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 NO CHANGE - FARRER CLUBS DENIED ENTRY - By Matt Malone 

AFL RIVERINA chairman Michael Irons has launched a staunch defence of the review process after they announced there will be no change to the make-up of the two senior competitions next year.  AFL Riverina unveiled the successful applicants for the new-look 2023 Riverina League competition on Tuesday and it was all nine existing clubs that were successful.
AFL Riverina's nomination assessment group recommended that the applications from four Farrer League clubs - North Wagga, East Wagga-Kooringal, Marrar and Northern Jets - be rejected, a decision that was ratified by the board. This means both the Riverina and Farrer leagues will remain nine-club competitions next season, ending months of conjecture and concern about what impact any changes would make.

 Irons stood by the review process and backed that it had been a worthwhile exercise despite the lack of change. "Yes we believe it has," Irons said. "It has provided an opportunity for clubs to review where they were at and where they want to be and it's developed some tools for them to set a course for their club over the next few years and also to be able to measure the criteria or goals that they want to obtain that they can review that year on year. "It helps with new people coming on to the committee that they can see the direction the club is going as well."

Irons added that the AFL Riverina board was satisfied with the recommendations made to them by the assessment group, that was chaired by Jason McPherson. 

"The Riverina Football Netball League will have nine teams. We have four clubs who have missed out and we will go through some feedback with them about their applications should they wish to submit again in 12 months time that will be considered then."   (The Daily Advertiser - Wednesday August 10, 2022).

RFNL Round 17 - Saturday August 13, 2022 at Kindra Park 2.10pm

Coolamon ........... 5.2 .. 9.9 .. 16.10 .. 21.14 (140)
Griffith ................ 3.4 .. 5.4 .. 7.9 .. 9.10 (64) 

Goals - Coolamon: J Redfern 4, J Sykes 4, J Barrett 2, A Clarke 2, J Maslin 2, C McKelvie, R Cox, A Macauley, S Darcy, B Leary, W Graetz, H Bradley
Griffith: J Toscan 2, J Summers 2, S Daniel 2, J Whitworth,  O Bartter, B Spencer
Best players - Coolamon: J Sykes, J Barrett, A Clarke, J Redfern, L Gerhard, R Cox
Griffith: J Rowston, J Girdler, K Spencer, S Foley, N Richards, J Summers
Coolamon Rovers: Patrick Bray, Marshal Macauley, Zac Oliver, Hayden Bradley, Josh Buchanan, Luke Gerhard; Ryan Cox, Jake Barrett (co-coach), Aiden Macauley; Jeremiah Maslin, Matt McGowan, Cooper McKelvie; Will Graetz, Joe Redfern, Allister Clarke; Will McGowan, Jeremy Sykes, Shae Darcy; Mitch Robinson, Bayden Leary, Bailey Hilton
Griffith: Charlie Cunial, Jamie Best, Michael Agnew; Sam Foley, Nicholas Conlan, Taine Moraschi; Jordan Whitworth, Jack Rowston (capt), Lachlan Wallace; Oliver Bartter, James Toscan, James Nancarrow; Jay Summers, Todd Argus, Sam Daniel; Nathan Richards, James Girdler, Kahlan Spencer; Archie Ray, Broden Spencer, Ryan Best.
Umpires: Troy Mavroudis, Braydon McClintock & Drew Raynes (RUA).  Rating:
*****
Other matches: Collingullie-GP 20.10 (130) def Leeton-Whitton 5.6 (36), Ganmain-GGM 25.14 (164) def Narrandera 3.6 (24), Wagga Tigers 7.8 (50) def by Turvey Park 7.18 (60), Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Coolamon Rovers 14. 10 (94) def Griffith 5.4 (34) 
Goals: R Matheson 3, N Zappala, A Brown
Best players: M Cudmore, R Matheson, S Irvin, C Bock, R Malone, Z DeMamiel
Under 17.5: Griffith 7.9 (51) def Coolamon Rovers 6.5 (41)
Goals: T Bartter 4, M Rosengreen 2, B Morrissey
Best players: M Rosengreen, O Bartter, J Rogerson, R Best, T Bartter, L DeMamiel

NETBALL vs Coolamon Rovers:  A Grade: won 37-46, A Reserve: won 30-66, B Grade: won 16-59,

C Grade: won 19-45, Under 17: won 25-54.

Match report: The good fortune at home hasn't followed the Griffith Swans in their final away game of the season. The Swans headed to Kindra Park to take on third-place Coolamon, and it was the Rovers who were able to take the points with a 21.14 (140) to 9.10 (64) victory. It was an evenly matched start in the game, with the margin sitting at just 10 points at the first change. The Coolamon side built on their lead, kicking four goals to two in the second to take a 29-point lead into the main break. It was in the third quarter where the home side blasted away, kicking seven goals to two, and the Swans weren't able to close the gap in the final term as the Rovers came away with a 76-point win. Sam Daniel, Jay Summers and James Toscan kicked two majors each for the Swans, while for the Rovers, Jeremy Sykes and Joe Redfern got four each. It was a tough day for the reserve grade side, who fell to a 60-point defeat which sees them drop out of the top five, while the 17.5s picked up second win on the bounce.

(By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday August 15, 2022).

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