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Round 13 - Saturday 16 July, 2016
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Matt Tom, Wayne Sanbrook and Tim Beard (RUA)
Griffith ....................... 2.3 .. 5.4 .. 6.6 .. 7.9 (51) 
Leeton-Whitton ...... 0.2 .. 4.3 .. 10.10 .. 14.14 (98) 

GRIFFITH: Michael Johns, James Toscan, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Jacob Conlan, Beau Rees: Sam Daniel, Jordan Iudica, Daniel Peruzzi; Ben Tarr, Alex Birch, Thomas Clarke; Michael Duncan, Will Griggs, Casey Moore; Nathan Richards, Guy Orton, Ben King; Andrew Cappello, Ben McRae, Dean Villata
LEETON-WHITTON: Jayden Lemann, Will Wakeman, Joel Crowhurst; Michael Wescombe, Jade Hodge, Sam Cooper; Mitchell Hardie, Tyh Evans, Tom Meline; Ben Curley, Luke Potter, Sean Browning; Cam Griggs, Neil Irwin, Jimmy Nancarrow; Joshua Grant, Toby Conroy, Bryce O'Garey; Mitchell Conlan, Isaac Houghton, Tom Handsaker
Griffith: J Iudica 3, C Moore, W Griggs, A Birch, B King
Leeton-Whitton: J Hodge 7, L Potter 3, T Evans 2, T Meline, S Browning
Griffith: W Griggs, J Toscan, B King, D Peruzzi, N Richards, J Iudica 
Leeton-Whitton: J Hodge, C Griggs, N Irwin, T Evans, M Conlan, J Nancarrow 

A summary of match report, with thanks
The Riverina Football League first grade match between Griffith Swans and Leeton-Whitton Crows on Saturday was very much a tale of two halves. In the first half, the Swans produced what director of coaching Adrian Pavese described as their “best half of footy for the year” and the eight-point buffer at half-time, only to surrender the lead and go down 14.14 (98) to 7.9 (51). Pavese was at a loss to how Griffith let the game slip after starting off so promisingly. “I don’t know, I wish I had the answers,” Pavese said. “We were terribly disappointed with the second half. “Not so much that they got back in the game, more so that we didn’t show any fight in the second half.” 
Following two quarters of controlled football, the Swans came unstuck in the third. The Crows kicked six goals to Griffith’s one to turn the eight-point deficit into a 28-point lead. A 4.4 last quarter sewed up a 47-point win for the Crows. Leeton-Whitton coach Jade Hodge led by example and bagged seven goals in a best on ground performance. Jordan Iudica was the Swans’ best with three goals to his name whilst Will Griggs, James Toscan and Sam Daniel put in strong performances in a losing side.

The Jekyll and Hyde performance was the Swans’ third loss for the year and their second against the Crows for 2016. A finals spot is fairly well locked in already for the Swans, but Pavese wanted more out of his players heading into the final stages of the regular competition.

He said the week ahead would be used to iron out their problems. “The demons we need to deal with, we need to figure out why we drop off so hard,” Pavese said. “We’ll go back to the drawing board and try to put in place mechanisms that will help us stay in the game longer.”

The Swans drop down to third on the ladder after Mangoplah CUE beat the previously unbeaten Wagga Tigers on Saturday. Leeton-Whitton now sit just four points behind the Swans on the ladder. (By Ben Jaffrey – The Area News, Monday July 18, 2016).

OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Ganmain-GGM 23.26 (164) def Narrandera 6.7 (43), Mangoplah-CUE 9.4 (58) def Wagga 7.13 (55); SUN: Coolamon 4.4 (28) def by Collingullie-GP 17.18 (120); Turvey Park, bye.

Reserves: Leeton-Whitton 10. 5 (65) def Griffith 7.3 (45) 
Goals: K Hume 2, T Bruns, T Argus, D Crack, K Ruyg, C Cunial
Best Players: T Bruns, J Keenan, B Testoni, C Harrison, D Crack, S McCanna
Under 17: Griffith 16.14 (110) def Leeton-Whitton 7.5 (47)
Goals: I Potts 3, R Matheson 3, J Favell 2, R Greenaway 2, L Conlan 2, B Chambers, L Butcher, A Coldwell, G Rovere
Best Players: D Schmetzer, J Favell, A Kennedy, A Coldwell, J Spencer, L Conlan

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