2017 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 15 - Saturday 5 August, 2017
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Robertson Oval 4.30pm
Umpires: Tim Beard, Andrew Jackman and James Forwood (RUA)
Wagga Tigers ... 1.2 .. 5.5 .. 7.6 .. 8.8 (56)
Griffith ............... 2.2 .. 3.2 .. 7.3 .. 9.4 (58)
WAGGA TIGERS: Nathan Angel, Harvey Daniher, Nicholas McCormack; Lachlan Myers, Dylan Morton, Campbell Lovell; Ben Farrell, Nick Ryan, Nathan Dowdle; Rob Tuohey, Jim Carroll, Shaun Campbell (c-c); Nathan Cooke, John Buchanan, Jake Hodge; Justin Jenkins, Jackson Kew, Lahn Shephard; Jacob Osbeiston, Ben Kelly, Louis Beard, Ash Bennett
GRIFFITH: Jonathon Gastin, Lucas Conlan, James Keenan; Sam Daniel, Ash Verhagen, Toby Blissett; Sam Foley, Will Griggs, Luke Shannon; Guy Orton, Casey Moore, Reece Matheson; James Toscan (c), Brent Arho, Michael Duncan; Jacob Barrington, Jordan Iudica, Ben King; Tyler Bruns, Riley Irvin, Jack Rowston, Tom Valeri
Wagga: J Buchanan 5, B Kelly 2, N Ryan
Griffith: B Arho 4, J Toscan, J Iudica, C Moore, J Rowston, M Duncan
Wagga: S Campbell, N Ryan, J Hodge, N Angel, B Cooke, L Myers
Griffith: S Foley, L Conlan, M Duncan, B Arho, B King, J Toscan
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith kept their faint top three chances alive and virtually sunk Wagga Tigers' season with a thrilling two-point win on Saturday night. The Swans enjoyed a rare win at Robertson Oval as the Tigers gave up a three-quarter time lead for the second consecutive week, gong down 9.4 (58) to 8.8 (56). Like in last week's loss to Coolamon, Tigers broke the game open in the second quarter and went into the half-time with a handy 15-point lead. But that was virtually it, as Griffith narrowed the margin to three points by the final change, before kicking the first two goals of the final term to establish a match-winning buffer. John Buchanan kicked his fifth goal with 10 seconds remaining on the clock, but it was all too late for the reigning premiers, who now drop outside the top five with just three weeks remaining.
For Griffith, it was an impressive win. It shows how far they have come, and the Tigers have fallen, in 12 months.
Their last trip to Robertson Oval in round 18 last year resulted in a 125-point shellacking, where the Swans were held goalless. With no love lost between the two teams, it was a win to savour for Griffith coach Adrian Pavese. "Absolutely, (Tigers) are such a great club and have been at the top for so many years, ever since the (Terry) Daniher era and obviously growing up in that era, to come to Tigers was always tough to get a win," Pavese said. "Shauny Campbell is doing a great job with them but we're happy we managed to grind out a win.
"I said to them after the game, that's the difference with the last two years. "Normally that would have been a loss and we would have walked away and thought we had a crack at Tigers but they're just too good. "But tonight, the belief mechanisms really kicked in and took us to another level, I think. "For the first time, in a long time, we mentioned (top three) during the week," he said. "We lost our way in the first five round, not enjoying the victories we were having and probably being a bit highly strung over the list that we had.
We didn't handle the expectation well." It was an even team performance from Griffith, with youngsters Sam Foley and Lucas Conlan impressing. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday August 7, 2017).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Ganmain-GGM 8.6 (54) def by Mangoplah-CUE 17.12 (114), Leeton-Whitton 16.10 (106) def Turvey Park 5.12 (42), Narrandera 13.8 (86) def by Coolamon 18.12 (120); Collingullie-GP, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 7.17 (59) def Wagga Tigers 6.6 (42)
Goals: K Duncan 3, J Ryan 2, A Cappello, T Howard
Best Players: J Ryan, A Cappello, K Hume, R Marando, R Johns, N Witherspoon
Under 17: Griffith 8.11 (59) def Wagga Tigers 6.4 (40)
Goals: G Rovere 3, R Townsend, R McWhirter, I Campbell, B Argus, R Greenaway
Best Players: G Rovere, I Campbell, C Verri, J Paton, M Agnew, R Townsend