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Round 11 - Saturday July 2, 2022

Riverina Football Netball League

Venue: Griffith Exies Oval

Umpires: Joel Fairman, Mark Rowe and Craig Tilston (RUA).

Griffith ........................ 2.2 .. 7.2 .. 9.4 .. 10.11 (71)

Leeton-Whitton ........ 3.1 .. 5.4 .. 8.4 10.7 (67)

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; Matt Rainbird, Tom Handsaker, Harrison Steele, Jack Coelli.


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


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

A summary of match report, with thanks
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 instrumental 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). 


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 Club does not occupy that position at the moment, but I think you will recall that on one occasion this season I had warned you to be prepared for the worse. Well, I take that all back after Saturday local derby win against the Leeton-Whitton Crows as I feel sure it won't be our Griffith Swans in 2022.
On to our exciting game with the Crows - finished almost like a grand final.  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 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. Earlier in the season we only just sneaked home to beat the Crows at Leeton Showgrounds on the 23rd of April.  

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Turvey Park 15.10 (100) def Narrandera 8.5 (53), Wagga Tigers 10.11 (71) def by  Mangoplah-CUE 10.12 (72); SUN: Ganmain-GGM 11.14 (80) def Coolamon Rovers 7.11 (53); Collingullie-GP, bye. 
Reserves: Griffith 7.11 (53) def Leeton-Whitton 4.7 (31)
Goals: G Orton 3, Z DeMamiel 2, 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.'