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 2023 SEASON 

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Preliminary Final - Sunday 10 September 2023 @ 2.25pm
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Robertson Oval
Umpires: Ryan Dedini, Symon Tardrew and Craig Fletcher (RUA)
Turvey Park .......... 0.1 .. 3.4 .. 5.5 .. (11.6 (72)   
Ganmain-GGM .... 2.3 .. 7.6 .. 7.6 .. 10.10 (70) 

TURVEY PARK: Darcy Irvine, Tim Doyle, Lachlan McRae; Jack Haggar, Andrew Emery, Josh Ashcroft (capt); Luke Mazzocchi, Ethan Weidemann, Harry Stapleton; Jack Granvill, Rhett Weidemann, Jesse Margosis; Baxter Wallett, Bradley Ashcroft, Hayden Smith; Antony Forato, Luke Fellows, Callum Dooley; Matthew Ness, Joel Peters, Lachlan Leary, Ben Lewington 
GANMAIN-GRONG GRONG-MATONG: Tom Quinn, Joshua Walsh, Jack Sase; Sam Martyn (coach), Harry Carr, Kai Watts; Jakob Taylor, Kirk Mahon, Connor Krebser; Jack McCaig, Ben Walsh (capt), Jesse Lander; Shannon Butterfield, Daniel Foley, Jackson Connolly; Jacob Olsson, Matt Hamblin, Aaron Proctor; Zachary Burhop, Seb Hamblin, Jake Sullivan, Lachlan Parker.
Turvey Park - E Weidemann 2, C Dooley 2, J Peters 2, B Ashcroft 2, L Fellows, H Smith, H Stapleton
Ganmain-GGM - J McCaig 3, D Foley, J Connolly, C Krebser, J Taylor, J Olsson, M Hamblin, S Hamblin

Turvey Park - A Forato, L Mazzocchi, C Dooley, J Peters, J Ashcroft, E Weidemann
Ganmain-GGM - T Quinn, M Hamblin, K Mahon, J Sase, J McCaig, Z Burhop

A summary of match report, with thanks - by Jimmy Meiklejohn
A REMARKABLE 41-point turnabout in a thrilling preliminary final saw Turvey Park secure their spot in the Riverina League grand final.

The Bulldogs trailed as much as 39 points halfway through the third term against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong but then kicked eight of their last nine goals to clinch an unlikely two-point win.
It was a spectacular comeback in a big game, and in addition to a lot of guts and heart Bulldogs coach Michael Mazzocchi believed an uplift in midfield performance led to the victory. "It's our biggest weapon and I thought we were being badly beaten, I put it on them, and they certainly lifted," he said. "I felt like the third quarter wasn't a massive uplift, we came back and probably levelled them in all areas in the third quarter and slightly got a bit of momentum. "But then certainly in the last quarter was where they got on top and they really started to win clearances. "There was a lot of individual moments in that last quarter, and I think it was our fitness as much as anything in the end."
The Lions had control of the going early and went into quarter time with a 14-point lead after kicking the only two goals of the opening term. Jack McCaig then further extended the Lions' lead early in the second quarter before Ethan Weidemann was able to finally to kick the Bulldogs' first goal of the game. GGGM responded strongly and then kicked four goals of the next five goals to head into halftime with a 26-point lead.

Goals to Matt Hamblin and McCaig at the start of the third opened up a game high 39-point lead for the Lions before comeback started for the Bulldogs. Weidemann and Joel Peters started the revival at the end of the third quarter, and when Brad Ashcroft kicked his first early in the fourth term the margin was back to 21 points. Callum Dooley and Hayden Smith then kicked truly to reduce the margin back to 10, before Seb Hamblin replied for the Lions. Hamblin looked to have a second just minutes later, however it was ruled to have hit the post.

The Bulldogs then transitioned the ball down the field where Harry Stapleton kicked a long bomb to bring the margin back to 10 again.

Peters calmly slotted his second minutes later, and then it was Ashcroft who kicked the sealer to lead the Bulldogs to the grand final. 
Mazzocchi has achieved a lot in his football career as a player and coach and said that the victory was right up there with the best moments he's experienced. "It's massive," he said. "I mean I would still have my premierships above this, but to be that far down in such a big game and to have so many individuals that just wasn't playing well. "For them to then turn that around it's just an amazing achievement and it's a really, really good win. "But you are always mindful of we want to go one more, we want to take this momentum ... and make sure we start that way next week." (The Daily Advertiser - Monday September 11, 2023).

Collingullie-GP .... 2.2 .. 3.4 .. 7.5 .. 10.5 (65)
Turvey Park ......... 1.0 .. 7.2 .. 11.2 .. 13.6 (84)

Goals - Collingullie-GP: Marc Geppert 5, T Banks 2, D de Jong, Z Burkinshaw 
Turvey Park: S Jones 3, D Smith 2, R Leary 2, B Ochieng, C Harmer, J Brooks, O Jenkins, J Moroney, B Harmer
Best players - Collingullie-GP: Z Billingham, Z Burkinshaw, Marc Geppert, M Ryan, T Banks, Matt Geppert
Turvey Park - B Harmer, J Cunningham, H Voss, S Jones, D Smith, L Quilter
Umpires: Michael Jones, Shannon Waterman and Brian Robinson (RUA)

Under 17.5
Wagga Tigers ..... 0.2 .. 1.2 .. 2.7 .. 5.8 (38)
Turvey Park ....... 2.2 .. 4.2 .. 5.5 .. 7.6 (48)

Goals - Wagga Tigers: B Browning, D Howard, A Lyons, B Walker, O Whalan
Turvey Park: H Isaac 2, L Livio 2, J Butt, A Wolter, J Wallett
Best players - Wagga Tigers: C Wadley, M Ryan, A Lyons, E Middleton, O Whalan, J Hinds
Turvey Park: B Toohey, N Wetherill, W Voss, H Isaac, A Weightman, A Wolter
Umpires: Jacob McClintock, Gavin Hofert and Keiran Collins (RUA)

NETBALL: A Grade: Coolamon 36 def by Griffith 42, A Reserve: Turvey Park 37 def by Wagga Tigers 45, B Grade: Turvey Park 34 def Mangoplah-CUE 28, C Grade: Coolamon 34 def Wagga Tigers 19, U17: Wagga Tigers 39 def Griffith 36.

A summary of match report, with thanks - by Talia Sinclair
GRIFFITH is off to the Riverina League A grade grand final after a six-goal win over Coolamon on Sunday. After being down by three goals at the end of the first quarter, the game finished each term with scores tied before a late run of breaks in the fourth quarter set the Swans up for a 42-36 win. It was the first time the Swans have defeated Coolamon this season after they had drawn in round 14 and went down by three in round seven.  Coach Joh Munro said she couldn't be prouder of her team in what was a hard-fought win.
"It was a really hard-fought game, and we knew it was going to be for 60 minutes so there was really a lot of pressure from both sides," Munro said. "We just had to remain composed, and try and stick to our game plan, and I thought the defensive pressure today was excellent, and that's something that we really focused on leading into the game, our full court pressure.

 "I thought players like Jasmin Gilmour, our young centre she played an excellent game today, got a lot of crucial turnovers, our goalkeeper Noel Barone did a great job as well, and got a lot of great turnovers."
After losing shooter Tess Henley in the first quarter to a knee injury, Lauren Pound moved into the circle. Munro said that mental tenacity her team showed after losing a player so early in the game was outstanding. With Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes their opponents in next weekend's grand final, Munro is confident spectators are in for an entertaining game. (The Area News - Monday, September 11, 2023).

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