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Round 4 - Sunday May 13, 2018
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Kindra Park 2.10pm
Umpires: Jake O'Halloran, Andrew Tough and Craig Fletcher (RUA)
Coolamon ....... 1.1 .. 2.3 .. 2.6 .. 4.8 (32)
Griffith ............ 5.8 .. 10.13 .. 15.17 .. 19.22 (136)
COOLAMON ROVERS: Sylvani Babui, Marshal Macauley, Will Alchin; Hayden Bradley, Will Graetz, Tom Stubbs; Luke Redfern, Nick Pleming, James Milne; Jamie Maddox, Matthew McGowan, Zac Robinson; Jack Mason, Joe Redfern, Braeden Glyde; Ben Edyvean, Max Hillier, Connor Neyland (c-c); Ben Gillett, Tim Garrett, Jake Oram, Kyle Woods
GRIFFITH: Daniel Peruzzi, Sam Daniel, Dean Catanzariti; Guy Orton, James Toscan, Michael Duncan; Daniel Andreazza, Will Griggs (c-c), Nick Witherspoon; Theo Valeri, Charlie Cunial, Toby Blissett; Ben King, Lucas Conlan, Jordan Iudica; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Reece Matheson, Kris Duncan, Michael Agnew
Coolamon: C Neyland 2, J Maddox, L Redfern
Griffith: L Conlan 4, T Blissett 3, J Iudica 2, H Northey 2, C Cunial 2, K Duncan, R Irvin, G Orton, W Griggs, D Catanzariti, N Witherspoon
Coolamon: N Pleming, M Macauley, L Redfern, C Neyland, B Glyde, B Edyvean
Griffith: L Conlan, S Foley, G Orton, T Valeri, B King, J Toscan
A summary of match report, with thanks
Premiership favouritism may lie with Griffith after they produced the performance of the season so far to destroy Coolamon by 104 points on Sunday. The Swans produced a near-perfect performance to run rings around a terribly disappointing Coolamon team, 19.22 (136) to 4.8 (32) at Kindra Park. Griffith may not have recruited much over the off-season, but the changes new coach Will Griggs has made to the game plan have the Swans firing on all cylinders. The Swans linked up brilliantly, ran in waves and moved the ball quickly in a performance that resembled a training run at times. It was Coolamon's worst performance in years and their first loss by more than 100 points since May 5, 2012, while going down by 115 at Crossroads Oval. While Griffith were right on top in the middle, they were just as dangerous when the run started from half-back with Guy Orton, Mick Duncan and Will Griggs the chief destroyers.
Lucas Conlan had a day out at full-forward but only finished with four goals as he struggled with accuracy in front of goals. In fact, the damage could have been much worse for Coolamon had Griffith not put six shots out on the full. Griggs admitted it was the best his team had played this season. "Best overall performance I think," Griggs said. "A four-quarter effort. Every game previously we have been a little slow to start but today we seemed to click into gear pretty early." Griffith started with the breeze, but it did not matter as the margin grew as the day went on, regardless of who had the wind. The Swans in previous seasons played a possession-based game but have now flicked the switch into a team that moves the ball quickly and takes the game on. Griggs said the transition has been seamless.
"We kind of tinkered with it towards the end of last year," he said. "If you move the ball quickly it makes it unpredictable for the other team. We're lucky enough now that our core group has played with each other for two, three years so we kind of know what each other is going to do and I think it's starting to show now." The win maintains Griffith's unbeaten start to the year, and they sit on top of the ladder after four rounds. Coolamon, however, have been unable to live up to the hype and sit in seventh position with just one win from their opening four games. To add injury to insult, Jamie Maddox picked a glute injury early on.
All the Swans were good, but it was Conlan, Orton, Griggs and Duncan who led the charge.
(By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday May 14, 2018).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Collingullie-GP 9.14 (68) def Turvey Park 6.9 (45), Mangoplah-CUE 14.11 (95) def Wagga 3.2 (20), Ganmain-GGM 12.13 (85) def Narrandera 7.7 (49), Leeton-Whitton, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 18.10 (118) def Coolamon 4.1 (25)
Goals: M Peruzzi 5, L Peruzzi 3, R Perre 3, R Johns 2, M Johns, E Murphy, T Argus, B Chambers, D Spratt
Best Players: J Evans, M Peruzzi, L Peruzzi, L Killalea, R Johns
Under 17.5's: Coolamon 16.9 (105) def Griffith 8.9 (57)
Goals: G Rovere 4, B Clifford 2, C Verri, D Bennett
Best Players: I Testoni, D Bennett, O Herrmann, C Bock, G Rovere, J Paton
Netball - A grade: Coolamon 42 d Griffith 36; A reserve: Griffith 40 d Coolamon 24; B grade: Griffith 28 d Coolamon 20; C grade: Griffith 53 d Coolamon 14; Under 17's: Griffith 48 d Coolamon 11.