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   2024 RFNL SEASON 

Apr 13 MCUE (h)   Apr 20 LW (h)   Apr 27 bye   May 4 NI (a)   May 11 TP (h)   May 18 GGGM (a)    May 25 CR (h)   Jun 1 WT (a)   Jun 15 CWD (h)
Jun 22 MCUE (a)    Jun 29 LW (a)   Jul 6 bye   Jul 13 GGGM (h)    Jul 20 TP (a)   Jul 27 NI (h)    Aug 3 CR (a)    Aug 10 WT  (h)    Aug 17 CWD (a) 
Finals - Aug 24 QF   Aug 25 EF    Aug 31 SF2   Sep 1 SF1   Sep 8 PF   Sep 14 GF 

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In: Tom Baxter & Cooper Kilpatrick (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs), Zachary Dart (Northern Jets), Riley Lucas (Sydney University), Tom Powell (Narrandera), Heath Northey (London Swans), Cooper Purtill (Leeton-Whitton), Tom Trevaskis (Manly Warringah Wolves), Tom Tyson (East Wagga-Kooringal).
Out: Toby Blissett, Connor Bock & Kris Duncan (Coleambally), Nicholas Conlan (St Bernards, VAFA), Michael Cudmore (Queanbeyan), Sam Daniel (retired), Sam Foley (Glen Eira Gryphons), Samuel Irvin, Alec McCormick, Alex Page, Rhys Pollock & Dean Simpson (Queanbeyan), Taine Moraschi (UTS Bats), Patrick Payne (University study), Jay Summers (Utah-USA), James Toscan (retired), James Treweeke (Hillston).


THERE will be more than four points on the line on Saturday as Griffith plays Leeton-Whitton at Exies Oval.
Both sides went down in their opening games of the year, and they will be desperate to bounce back strongly with a win.
Teenage Swans wingman Mason Rosengreen is no stranger to tough games against the Crows and he revealed there's always a lot more than just the four points on the line when Griffith plays Leeton.
"Oh 100 per cent, it's all about bragging rights when it comes to these sorts of games," Rosengreen said.
"We are going to put our heads down and I think this is a good game to build on the relationship between the new players and the original team from last year.
"It just gives us the chance to work on those positioning roles and build the team stronger and really work with those Sydney boys to create a stronger team."
The Swans were no match for Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes over the weekend as the Goannas travelled to Exies Oval and departed with the four points in hand after claiming a 32-point win.
Rosengreen believed crucial execution errors and unfamiliarity with their new teammates were a couple of areas that caused the Swans to lose to the Goannas. "I think it just came down to skill errors," he said.
We were having skill errors and we ended up relying on them to make errors for us to attack rather than us taking advantage of the time we had the ball.
"We've got a very new team, five of the blokes we did play with we'd never played with them before. "So, I think the next few weeks is going to be building up the team and trying to come together and gel a bit more."
The teenager made his senior debut in 2022 and is entering his third year of senior footy after playing 24 first grade games over the past two seasons.
He said that's he's really enjoying his footy and believes that's it become a key part of who he is as a person.
"Every year that comes around I get keener for the season to start," he said.
"It's become my home really; I look for to it every week and it's really becomes part of me."
Rosengreen has played the majority of his senior footy on the wing so far, however he revealed he's not against change in position if the opportunity or need arises. "I really enjoy the wing due to my pace," he said.
"Over the past few years, I've got my eye in for it, and I've been able to figure out what not to do, what to do and how to get in the right positions.
"But on the weekend, I did play a bit of a backman role at one stage and it's hard getting moved into a new position because you want to play how you usually play, but you know you can't. "Being a backman I would not turn down that offer, I just need to get that bit more experience to that position that's all." 
"The wingman has a new number for 2024 after playing the last couple of seasons in the number 66 guernsey.
He's come down to number five which was worn by star Queanbeyan recruit Rhys Pollock last season and Rosengreen admitted there's a bit of pressure taking on the single digit guernsey.
"Yeah, they're big shoes to fill 100 per cent," he said.
"It's a big jump from number 66 to number five and you are going to be looked at more being number five."  (The Daily Advertiser - Thursday April 18, 2024).



THE man after whom the most prestigious regional schoolboy Australian football competition in the nation is named was not one to merely make up the numbers during his playing days.
The Most Reverend Francis Patrick Carroll DD DCL, who passed away on March 14 aged 93, was an accomplished first grader in the fabled South Western District Football League.
Although born in the famous football town of Ganmain on September 9, 1930, second of seven children of Patrick and his wife Rose (nee Naughtin), the late Archbishop Emeritus made his mark with Griffith, a club he joined when he became Parish Priest in the irrigation town in 1955, the year after he was ordained.
Father Frank would say Mass at the Sacred Heart Church before swapping his religious robes for a white jumper with a red V and No. 18 on the back. 
In 1956 he played seven first grade games, kicking six goals.
One of his appearances that year must have been especially nostalgic as well as somewhat daunting, as Fr Frank returned to Ganmain.
It was a Sunday, June 3 and the home team, top of the ladder, undefeated and wearing its traditional maroon and white V, was clearly the one to beat for the flag.
Ganmain was captained-coached by the mighty Mick Grambeau, greatly feared by all.
This was an era when local clubs were often led by former leading lights from the Victorian Football League.
North Melbourne hard-man Grambeau had taken over at Ganmain from ex-Carlton premiership star Clinton Wines (who had gone to Grong Grong-Matong) and was being paid £40 a week as well as a house and a job.
It was massive money in those days, so much so the Melbourne press made a huge fuss of Grambeau's signing which came at a height of his playing prowess.
At 26, Grambeau certainly was in the peak of condition. Ganmain won the hotly contested race for his signature after the VFL enforcer was involved in a contract dispute with North Melbourne, which had refused his clearance to St Kilda.
At 187 centimetres (six foot, two inches) tall and weighing 99.7 kilograms (15 stone, 10 pounds), Grambeau was, by all accounts, a terrifying sight coming at you on the field.
The fact Fr Frank was a much-loved favourite son of Ganmain would have meant absolutely nothing to Grambeau who would have relished taking out the footballing priest as much as any other opponent ... perhaps more so, given his penchant for courting controversy.
"He was a very tough follower who was a man of few words and completely ruthless," Ged Guthrie wrote of Grambeau in his 2007 book History of the South West District Football League 1913-81 including Ganmain Football Club 1893-1981. 
Another anecdote was Grambeau would sometimes play VFL with a horse racing form guide tucked into his sock and when he wasn't knocking opponent over, he'd be checking the race results on the scoreboard!
It was not recorded whether Fr Frank said a little prayer for safety's sake before the opening ball-up at Ganmain, but you could not blame him if he had done so.
Divine intervention was not going to help Griffith that afternoon, as Ganmain won by 130 points - 25.18 (168) to 6.2 (38) - with Tom "Turkey" Carroll kicking 11 goals.
Grambeau booted two goals and was in Ganmain's best players and Fr Frank, too, was also named amongst the best on the ground.
Eight of the Carroll clan - Bill, Brian known as Mick, Garry ("Curl"), Gerald, John ("Digger"), Lawrence ("Dooley"), Tom and Tony - featured in Ganmain's senior premiership side that year. Bill, Dooley, Mick, Tony and Turkey were sons of James whilst Curl, Digger and Gerald were sons of John. James and John were brothers of Fr Frank's Dad, Patrick, making the eight Ganmain Carrolls from the '56 team all Fr Frank's first cousins.
On the winter's afternoon at Ganmain, Carrolls kicked 20 of Ganmain's 25 goals! 
Fr Frank managed to play on the biggest stage in local football - Narrandera Sportsground on grand final day - albeit in reserves, after Griffith played a thrilling 6.6 (42) all 1956 preliminary final draw with Ganmain in the seconds.
The replay was held on the day of the senior decider.
Although Fr Frank was amongst Griffith's best, Ganmain prevailed by four points but would fall to Leeton in the grand final a week later.
For good measure, Grambeau led Ganmain to premiership success again in 1957; his two years at the helm seeing the club win a remarkable 37 of its 40 games, with two draws and a solitary loss (by three points to Narrandera in the first game of the 1957 season). 
Fr Frank was not in Griffith's list in 1957 and later served at Saint Patrick's at Albury before being called on for higher duties.
Pope Paul V1 appointed Fr Carroll, just 37, Bishop of 45,000 Catholics in the Wagga Diocese on February 24, 1968, upon the death of Bishop Francis Augustin Henschke, aged 76. 
Later the same year Bishop Carroll made his farewell football appearance in a unique match at Ganmain when he led a family team comprising players with the surname Carroll against "The Rest".
The game, before a large crowd despite a rainy day on October 6, was held to fund a new swimming pool in town.
Bishop Carroll celebrated Mass on the morning of the match, opened the new classroom at St Maria Goretti School at noon and then travelled to Ganmain for the footy.
It was the only game in the traditional maroon and white strip so proudly worn by Ganmain until 1981 when the club merged with Grong Grong-Matong for the start of the Riverina League the following year.
The bishop, a fit 38-year-old, led the Family XV111 on to the field for that memorable 1968 charity match and duly won the tap from the opening bounce against Graham Buchanan, later the RFL president, for the benefit of the television cameras from the Australian Broadcasting Commission program, This Day Tonight. He then trotted off to great applause, thus ending his playing days. 
For the record, the Carrolls won the contest 8.6 (54) to 6.9 (45), with $600 (a lot of money in those days) raised for the pool project.
Early in 1969 Bishop Carroll received a visit from two leading Australian Rules identities, John Braid and Tim Robb.
They were not trying to coax Bishop Carroll out of retirement but, rather, seeking his "blessing" for something they knew was close to his heart ... schoolboy football.
Braid was secretary of the Wagga Australian Football Promotions Committee and Robb was non-playing coach of Wagga Tigers, having earned a big reputation as a 74-gamer in the VFL with Footscray and North Melbourne from 1947-51.
They had in mind an open age schoolboy competition, to give the code a footing at secondary school level, which at the time was a Rugby League stronghold. Such a series would complement the Robb Cup, which had been organised for Fourth Formers (Year 10).
It was a marvellous idea in theory ... but would need something, or someone really special to give it that impetus it needed.
Getting Bishop Carroll's support, they felt, was essential for the success of the concept.
The bishop liked the idea and readily agreed to allow his name to be used.
His endorsement was a masterstroke for the enormously popular throughout the wider community, the Carroll name being then as it had always been, synonymous with Australian Rules and for the competition to have a future it needed Catholic school participation.
Thus, the Carroll Cup was born, and it has grown into something truly quite special with the 56th series due to start on May 1.
At the time of the 40th Carroll Cup, the Emeritus Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn had this to say about the treasured competition. "Not only has it helped promote Australian Rules Football and perhaps furthering the careers of some of the outstanding participants, but its healthy competition has encouraged active participation in sport which is so valuable for the general welfare of young people.
"It has certainly strengthened school spirit and loyalty within the individual high school communities of Wagga Wagga together to co-operate in its promotion and administration."
Bishop Carroll became Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn on June 27, 1983, a position he held until June 19, 2006, when he retired, returning to live in Wagga Wagga.
He retained a keen interest in football right up until his passing, especially the competition which bears his name and his favourite VFL-AFL team, South Melbourne-Sydney Swans. (The Daily Advertiser - Wednesday March 20, 2024).
Michael McCormack is the Federal Member for Riverina and author of And the Big Boys Fly - History of the Carroll Cup 1969-2008). Fr Frank officiated at his parents' wedding in 1960.

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