Swans survive Lions test
                                                                                                            By LIAM WARREN
THE Griffith Swans have survived a tough test from Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong to come away with a 19-point win at Exies Oval on Sunday afternoon.
The Swans were able to hold off a charging Lions outfit who closed within a point before a Jacob Conlan goal just before the siren sounded gave the home side a 14.14 (98) to 12.7 (79) victory.
Conlan led the way up forward with three goals while Sam Daniel, Heath Northey, Theo Valeri and Dean Bennett picked two a piece. Meanwhile for the visiting side Daniel Foley, Riley Corbett and Aaron Proctor kicked two goals each.
Ill-discipline from the Swans saw the Lions get right back into the game with a six-goal third term to see them down by seven heading into the final term.
The uncharacteristic issues left Swans' coach Will Griggs a little disappointed.
"We were very undisciplined today I think we gave away three or four fifties which never helps and we have been so good at that all year," he said.
"It wasn't so much our new players but some of our older more experienced blokes and at this stage of the year you can't to afford to do that.
"We thought that we had it in the third quarter we stuck to it pretty well and then they got a few goals late in the quarter to level it up a bit heading into the final term. But when you have got the wind it always helps a little bit." 
The Lions were already without star ruckman Jacob Olsson for the clash due to suspension and had young gun Riley Corbett backing up after receiving a call up to play for Greater Western Sydney reserves in the NEAFL competition.
However after going goal-less in GWS on Saturday, the schoolboy was kept to his lowest tally for the season.
GGGM have now dropped to fifth on the Riverina League ladder, behind Leeton-Whitton on percentage and just a win clear of Turvey Park and Coolamon.
The win now means the Swans winning start to the season has now extended to ten games but Griggs isn't getting ahead of himself.
"It is very hard to go through the year undefeated so we aren't thinking that at all," he said.
"We know there is going to be a lull and we think we are in that lull at the moment. Teams are testing us and lucky enough we can respond. "We always knew was going to be a tough game, we rate them very highly they are probably a top three team.
The Swans will now prepare themselves for a trip to Leeton to take on their arch rivals who have won three of their last four games while the Lions will take on Wagga Tigers at home.
Results of Round 11 RFNL games all played on Saturday were: Leeton-Whitton 13.10 (88) beat Narrandera 4.7 (31), Mangoplah-CUE 6.6 (42) beat Coolamon 3.11 (29), while the home side Wagga Tigers 8.4 (52) were defeated by arch-rival Turvey Park 11.11 (77).    

                                                                                                 The Area News - Monday July 9, 2018