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First Semi Final - Sunday September 10, 2017
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Ryan Dedini, Luke Olsen and Andrew Tuovi (RUA)
Mangoplah-CUE ..... 2.2 .. 5.3 .. 9.3 .. 11.5 (71)
Griffith ...................... 0.2 .. 3.6 .. 7.11 .. 11.13 (79)

MANGOPLAH-COOKARDINIA UNITED-EASTLAKES: Connor Griffin, Matt Collins, Alex McCormack; Isaac Damme, Padric Griffin, Jack Carey; Tom Keogh, Harry Collins, Lachlan Kendall; Angus Mclay, Dylan de Britt, Pat Killalea; Will Keogh, Andrew Dickens, Ryan Price; Nathan Byrne, Trent Cohalan, Jack Killalea; Ethan Schiller, Jack Collins, Connor Huthwaite, Zac Walgers, 
GRIFFITH: Jonathon Gastin, Richard Malone, Sam Foley; Jack Rowston, Lucas Conlan, Sam Daniel; Luke Shannon, Will Griggs, Guy Orton; Jacob Conlan, James Toscan (c), Toby Blissett; Michael Duncan, Brent Arho, Heath Northey; Jacob Barrington, Jordan Iudica, Ben King; Casey Moore, Daniel Peruzzi, Reece Matheson, Thomas Valeri
Mangoplah-CUE: A Dickens 3, R Price 2, W Keogh 2, D deBritt, E Schiller, T Cohalan, H Collins
Griffith: B Arho 3, J Conlan, T Blissett, J Barrington, W Griggs, H Northey, J Toscan, J Iudica, B King 
Mangoplah-CUE: M Collins, T Cohalan, N Byrne, A Dickens, W Keogh, J Killalea
Griffith: L Conlan, G Orton, H Northey, B King, J Rowston, J Iudica.

A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith is through to their first preliminary final in 11 years after upsetting Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes by nine points on Sunday. The Swans booted four goals to two in the final term to run over the Goannas in front of a vocal local crowd, winning the first semi-final 11.13 (79) to 11.4 (76) at Exies Oval. Griffith produced some of their best football of the year to set up a preliminary final showdown with minor premiers Collingullie-Glenfield Park next week. The Swans trailed for the majority of the day.

MCUE gallantly held the Swans off until the dam walls eventually burst in the final term. Trailing by three points at three-quarter time, Griffith came out and kicked four of the first five goals of the last quarter to clinch victory. The result delivered brutal straight sets exit for MCUE.

The Goannas went from the form team of the competition and only missing out of the minor premiership by percentage, to season over in the space of a fortnight. On Saturday, however it was the Swans Day as they produced a brilliant team performance to keep their season alive.

Griffith coach Adrian Pavese was ecstatic with the win and could not have been prouder of his team. "On top of the world," Pavese said. "Again, the resilience of the group and the want to stay in the contest. Mango are a quality side and just to grind them down like that was really, really impressive."

While MCUE led most of the day, the writing was on the wall as Griffith continued to pepper their forward 50. Missed opportunities in front of goal had Pavese worried but he knew the Swans would finish strong, as they did in downing Coolamon in last weekend's elimination final.

"You're never confident when you miss shots," he said. "At three quarter-time we really did draw on last week. If we can just stay in the contest, stay in the fight, we knew that we would have some good run in the last quarter and thankfully they did it. "We travel every second week. We don't bat an eyelid because we're in the competition and that's what the competition serves up. If we want to be part of the competition then we've got to make those sacrifices so to actually get the chance to play at home, we had a chance last year and we didn't take that chance, this week we got the opportunity and thankfully we rewarded such a big crowd. "What we'll do is we'll enjoy tonight and then we'll start tomorrow. I'll let the boy's savour this, it's a wonderful effort by the group and we'll do our homework tomorrow night.

"At the moment, we'll focus on celebrating." (The Area News - Monday September 11, 2017).


Collingullie-GP ........ 1.0 .. 2.0 .. 7.5 .. 12.5 (77)
Mangoplah-CUE ...... 4.3 .. 5.7 .. 6.9 .. 10.12 (72)

Goals - Collingullie-GP: D Koop 3, M Pilon 2, Z Burkinshaw 2, J Wild 2, L Murray, L Powell, S Dawson
Mangoplah-CUE:  S Barlin 2, S Marsden 2, J Tancredi 2, Z Jones, L Matthews, S Hoffman, C Chambers
Best players - Collingullie-GP: S Dawson, L Murray, L Powell, N Cooper, D Koop, D Fuller
Mangoplah-CUE:  Z Jones, C Chambers, T Metcalfe, J Tancredi, M Roberson, E Nickell

Under 17
Collingullie-GP ..... 2.2 .. 5.6 .. 8.7 .. 15.12 (102)
Narrandera ........... 3.5 .. 5.5 .. 6.7 .. 7.10 (52)

Goals - Collingullie-GP: B Harper 5, T Tsipiras 3, H Lane 3, B McMillan 2, C Krebser, M Inglis
Narrandera: D Williams 2, C Irons, I Williams, M Smith, H Grintell, T Savage
Best players - Collingullie-GP: J Pope, B Harper, B Ryan, B McMillan, T Tsipiras, X Mamo
Narrandera:  I Williams, M Smith, C Vearing, C Irons, D Quilter, L Argus

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