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Round 3 - Saturday May 5, 2018
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 6.10pm
Umpires: Rob Johnston and Mark Rowe (RUA)
Griffith ...................... 1.5 .. 4.7 .. 7.12 .. 9.14 (68)
Leeton-Whitton ..... 2.2 .. 3.3 .. 5.6 .. 5.6 (36)
GRIFFITH: Daniel Peruzzi, James Taylor, Dean Catanzariti; Guy Orton, James Toscan, Michael Duncan; Isaac Campbell, Will Griggs (c-c), Nick Witherspoon; Sam Daniel, Lucas Conlan, Reece Matheson; Ben King, Charlie Cunial, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Daniel Andreazza, Theo Valeri, Kris Duncan
LEETON-WHITTON: Kyle Pete, Will Wakeman, Hugh Collins; Tom Meline, Jade Hodge (c-c), Danyan Evans; Sam Hopper, Scott Rainbird, Bailey Wood; Josh Thomas, Cooper Sharman, Brad Boots; Josh Helsen, Daniel Muir, Reece Maguire; Mason Dryburgh, Nathan Tang, Bryce O'Garey; Angus Boulton, Ryan Dunn, Ben Gaynor, Nathan Jones
Griffith: L Conlan 4, B King 2, I Campbell, T Blissett, C Cunial
Leeton-Whitton: M Dryburgh, C Sharman, B O'Garey, J Thomas, D Muir
Griffith: M Duncan, H Northey, L Conlan, N Witherspoon, G Orton, I Campbell
Leeton-Whitton: T Meline, S Hopper, H Collins, K Pete, N Jones, M Dryburgh
MILESTONE: Guy Orton 100th senior game.
A summary of match report, with thanks
THE bragging right belongs to the Griffith Swans following a 32-point win over their local rivals and defending champions in Leeton-Whitton in front of a vocal crowd at Exies Oval on Saturday night. In Guy Ortons 100th game, the Swans stood tall and kept the Crows goal-less in the final term to come away with the 9.14 (68) to 5.6 (36) victory. Swans' coach Will Griggs said it was no surprise his boys were up for the game. "He (Orton) is a hugh part of our team, and if you can't get up for a guy like that then we would have a few troubles, but everyone was pumped for it," he said. "Everyone just played their role, and in the last quarter, we made mention if once you get tired just look at him.
"He has been doing this for near 15 years, and he is the heart and soul of the team." Griggs paid credit to the way his backline performance knowing they would need a four-quarters performance to get the win. "We were able to get a lot of run and drive out of there and switching the play and making the right decisions," he said. "I think that was one thing last week where we fell down a little bit just our decision making out of the backline. "We changed a few things around, and it was good having Mick Duncan back there to set us up. "James Taylor on Daniel Muir did a fantastic job, I think. Not sure how many he (Muir) kicked but he kicked nine last week, and we thought we kept him pretty accountable."
Lucas Conlan had a strong game with four goals while Ben King kicked two and a strong performance in the final term, along with 17-year-old Isaac Campbell who drew praise from Griggs. "Isaac had his best game yet." he said. "Benny King in the last quarter lead the way in and under, probably had six or seven clearances in a row." While those two were standout, Griggs praised his side's work effort which he felt was a big step up from last week against GGGM. "Our work to isolate the free player and get the overlap out in space I thought was a lot better than last week," he said. "We didn't work hard enough last week and that's what it comes down to. If you are standing still in open play, then you are probably not doing your job." (By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday May 7, 2018).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Collingullie-GP 9.17 (71) def Mangoplah-CUE 5.9 (39), Narrandera 11.10 (76) def by Coolamon 16.12 (108), Wagga 11.9 (75) def by Ganmain-GGM 11.12 (78); Turvey Park, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 12.9 (81) def Leeton-Whitton 1.3 (9)
Goals: M Peruzzi 3, L Killalea 2, T Argus 2, D Spratt, R Perre, J Evans, B Rees, M Agnew
Best Players: B Chambers, M Peruzzi, M Agnew, J Ryan, L Killalea, T Argus
Under 17.5's: Leeton-Whitton 20.7 (137) def Griffith 12.6 (78)
Goals: G Rovere 6, C Bock 2, Z Whitworth, T Beitaki, O Herrmann, D Bennett
Best Players: T Beitaki, O Herrmann, C Bock, R Townsend, D Bennett, B Clifford
Netball - A grade: Griffith 64 d Leeton-Whitton 34; A reserve: Leeton-Whitton 46 d Griffith 35; B grade: Griffith 38 d Leeton-Whitton 35; C grade: Griffith 32 drew Leeton-Whitton 32; Under 17's: Griffith 38 d Leeton-Whitton 35.