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Preliminary Final - Sunday September 13, 2009
Riverina Football Netball League. Gate: $12,226
Venue: Narrandera Sportsground
Umpires: Brian Robinson, Ryan Dedini and Paul Smith (RUA)   
Coolamon .......... 4.2 .. 5.4 .. 7.9 .. 11.11 (77)
Wagga Tigers .... 1.4 .. 5.5 .. 7.6 .. 10.7 (67)

Coolamon: L Maloney 2, M Hard 2, J Brown 2, R Chamberlain, S Keenan, G Worner, Z Robinson, B Garrett
Wagga Tigers: N Irvin 4, A Priest 3, A Van Ruiswyk, M Colvin, S Terlich
Coolamon: R Chamberlain, B Garrett, M Robinson, B Munro, M Hard, J Maddox
Wagga Tigers: C Jackson, D Davey, D Papworth, N Irvin, T Garner, A Dikkenberg

Ganmain-GGM ....... 3.5 .. 4.5 .. 6.12 .. 7.14 (56)
Mangoplah-CUE ..... 2.4 .. 4.9 .. 4.10 .. 11.13 (79)

Goals - Ganmain-GGM: G Higgins 2, S Noble, J Lander, J Evans, S Kefford, P Walsh
Mangoplah-CUE: C Zelinski 5, B Heydon 2, J Collins, B Roberson, M Byrne, R Cohalan
Best players - Ganmain-GGM: P Lucas, D Karlburg, J Evans, L Ferguson, J Lander, D Gawne
Mangoplah-CUE: N Lawson, B Roberson, B Pattison, M Byrne, M Roberson, K Peeters

Under 17
Wagga Tigers........ 2.2 .. 6.6 .. 11.10 .. 16.17 (113)
Leeton-Whitton .... 7.4 .. 19.4 .. 15.5 .. 16.6 (102)

Goals: Wagga Tigers: T Bentley 5, J Buchanan 4, P Bannon, 3, L Shephard, P Gaynor, Z Graham, S Flanigan
Leeton-Whitton: G Commins 5, J Townsend 3, D McMaster 3, Z Hopper, N Tennison, Crittenden, M Irvin, M Brown
Best players: Wagga Tigers: T Bentley, J Gregurke, L Shephard, Z Keogh, S Flanigan, J Buchanan
Leeton-Whitton: G Commins, B Killea, M Irvin, B Crittenden, H Maguire, Z Hopper

Netball - B grade Turvey Park 36 d Griffith 32; Juniors: Narrandera d Griffith

A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans B grade netball side battled bravely to cause an upset win, but the plucky team just fell short of securing the club's only grand final appearance, losinf by just four goals. Final nerves took some time to settle before either side could start to put points on the board, but Rachel Tyndall and Carolyn Burgess soon settled to bag eight goals to Turvey's by 10 by quarter time.

Turvey's shooters found confidence and accuracy early and continued through to the second quarter, with the shooting stats at 81 per cent. The Swans' defence of Maddie Tyson and Peta Larkin set up chances for new shooting combination of Lynette Dennis and Burgess.

Together Dennis and Burgess added 10 more goals for the quarter, but Turvey managed to outscore them by one goal, taking the lead to 21-18 at the half-time break. The premiership quarter saw the pressure mount, with Turvey eventually taking control and stretching the lead out to 30-24 as they worked well to earn more scoring opportunities.

A refocused Griffith Swans took the court in the final quarter, realising they potentially faced their last quarter of netball for the season if they couldn't make up the six-point deficit. Alison Ward played tight defence to deny and pressure Turvey's shooter, damaging her accuracy. Larkin pressured passes took several intercepts. Together they kept Turvey to just six goals with Bianca Vardanega contributing heavily to wing defence with several deflections, which allowed Carolyn Burgess to lead the way in attack.

However, Griffith could only add eight goals leaving them short of a place in the decider next week, where Turvey Park face Leeton-Whitton. The club's juniors were hamstrung against the minor premiers after losing their regular goal attack and wing attack, and Narrandera used its height in defence to its advantage. Wing attack Eliza Tyndall combined well with centre Georgia Fuller to get the ball to goal shooter Jess Dillon, who was consistent all game.

Trailing by only two goals at half-time, thanks to Amy Perez and Jacinta Scott, some positional changes in the last two quarters did not work in favour of the Swans, with the more experienced and taller Narrandera side hitting their straps to win by 14 goals.

(The Area News - Wednesday September 16, 2009).

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