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Round 8 - Saturday. June 16, 2018
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Mangoplah Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: Ryan Dedini and Dallas McKelvie (RUA)
Mangoplah-CUE .... 0.1 .. 1.3 .. 1.5 .. 1.9 (15)
Griffith ..................... 2.1 .. 3.4 .. 5.6 .. 5.8 (38)
MANGOPLAH-COOKARDINIA UNITED-EASTLAKES: Connor Griffin, Matt Collins, Elliot Winter; Jack Carey, Isaac Damme, Padric Griffin; Jake Whitley, Tom Keogh, Lachlan Kendall; Will Keogh, George Kendall, Pat Killalea; Angus McLay, Brent Arho, Ryan Price; Andrew Dickins, Trent Cohalan, Nick McCormack; Jack Collins, Mitch Bloomfield, Kyle Chandler, Will Seymour
GRIFFITH: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; Michael Duncan, Guy Orton, Will Griggs; Nick Witherspoon, Jordan Iudica, Isaac Campbell; Sam Daniel, Charlie Cunial, Daniel Andreazza; Toby Blissett, Lucas Conlan, Ben King; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Reece Matheson, Jonathon Gastin, Michael Agnew, Kris Duncan
Mangoplah-CUE: W Keogh
Griffith: J Iudica, S Daniel, T Blissett, K Duncan, L Conlan
Mangoplah-CUE: W Keogh, M Collins, G Kendall, P Griffin, C Griffin, J Carey
Griffith: J Iudica, H Northey, D Peruzzi, R Irvin, T Blissett, R Matheson
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith continued their sensational start to the Riverina League season by ending a seven-year drought at Mangoplah Sportsground on Saturday. The Swans proved they are just as capable in wet conditions by outlasting the Goannas in a low-scoring slog, 5.8 (38) to 1.9 (15).
It was Griffith's first win at Mangoplah Sportsground since 2011 and the Goannas' first loss at the ground in three years.
It gave the Swans a seventh straight victory to start the season. Griffith kicked the only two goals of the first quarter to gain the ascendancy and as the conditions got worse that lead become more important. MCUE kicked their only goal of the game in the second term to go to the half-time 13 points down. Griffith virtually sealed the win by kicking the only two goals in the third quarter to stretch the margin to 25 points before both teams played out a goalless final term.
Griffith coach Will Griggs was pleased to see his team end the Mangoplah drought. "Absolutely, I think most people knew we hadn't won over there in seven years," Griggs said. "We hit 102 tackles today, which is the most we've hit in a long time," he said. "You know if you get that many tackles in a game that your pressure's on and it goes a long way to winning the game, especially in these conditions."
It was an even performance across the board from the Swans. Heath Northey continued his fine season with another strong game in the midfield, while young ruckman Riley Irvin also impressed. Daniel Peruzzi and Reece Matheson also enjoyed fine games.
For MCUE, Tom Keogh and Jack Carey were strong on a dirty day for the Goannas. Griffith now only have Wagga Tigers remaining to complete a clean sweep of the first half of the season. Griggs could not be happier with how the Swans are placed.
"We've got another big road trip next week to Wagga, and then we've got Narrandera away again and then we're lucky enough to have a few home games in a row to finish the season so I couldn't be happier at this stage," he said. MCUE have the bye next week so will turn the half-way mark in third position with six wins and two losses. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday June 18, 2018).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Collingullie-GP 12.8 (80) def Wagga 5.5 (35), Coolamon 6.11 (47) def by Leeton-Whitton 11.10 (76), Turvey Park 9.13 (67) def Narrandera 10.3 (63); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 9.6 (60) def Mangoplah-CUE 4.3 (27)
Goals: T Argus 2, B Chambers, K Hume, L Killalea, R Johns, R Perre, R Patey, J Evans
Best Players: J Taylor, B Testoni, J Evans, M Peruzzi, R Johns, K Hume
Under 17.5's: Griffith 14.4 (88) def Mangoplah-CUE 6.10 (46)
Goals: C Thompson-Gardner 3, C Bock 2, G Rovere, D Cosson, B Clifford, B Potts, D Bennett, B Rowston
Best Players: I Testoni, O Herrmann, D Bennett, Q Stevenson, Z Whitworth, B Potts
Netball - A grade: Mangoplah-CUE 30 d Griffith 25; A reserve: Mangoplah-CUE 33 d Griffith 25; B grade: Mangoplah-CUE 34 d Griffith 33; C grade: Mangoplah-CUE 21 d Griffith 17; Under 17's: Mangoplah-CUE 38 d Griffith 31.