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Round 9 - Saturday 17 June 2023 @ 2.10pm
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Robertson Oval, Wagga Wagga
Umpires: Tony Halloran, Ryan Dedini and Ben Dehlsen (RUA)
Wagga Tigers ..... 0.0 .. 2.0 .. 4.0 .. 6.2 (38)
Griffith ................ 3.5 .. 5.8 .. 8.12 .. 10.12 (72)
WAGGA TIGERS: Kobe Priest, Brady Morton, Tom McCoullough; Jeremy Piercy, Harry Kelly, Lahn Shephard; Nicholas Gorman, Shaun Flanigan, Jeremy Lucas; Pat Ryan, Sam McNaughan, Crawford Wadley, Cooper Pavitt, Nathan Cooke; Carl Schwenke, Jackson Kelly, Jock Cornell; Ignatius Lyons, Sam Schirmer, Arshpreet Singh
GRIFFITH: Sam Foley, Charlie Cunial, Dean Simpson; Jack Rowston (capt), Alec McCormick, Taine Moraschi; Jay Summers, Oliver Bartter, Mason Rosengreen; James Girdler, Patrick Payne, Kahlan Spencer; Alex Page, Henry Delves, James Toscan; Nathan Richards, Rhys Pollock, Nicholas Conlan; Bailey Morrissey, Daniel Peruzzi, Sam Daniel
Wagga - C Pavitt 2, B Morton 2, J Kelly, J Cornell
Griffith - R Pollock 4, P Payne 2, S Daniel 2, H Delves, A Page
Wagga - K Priest, J Piercy, B Morton, C Pavitt, T McCoullough, S Flanigan
Griffith - K Spencer, R Pollock, J Rowston, N Conlan, D Simpson, O Bartter, S Foley
A summary of match report, with thanks
GRIFFITH claimed their fifth win of the season after defeating Wagga Tigers by 34 points at Robertson Oval. The win sees the Swans finish the first half of the season in second position on the ladder with a record of five wins, two losses and a draw.
Griffith coach Greg Dreyer was pleased to be in the position that they are in and was confident his side still has a lot of improvement in their performances. "You are never going to be happy as a coach all the time, but there is a lot of improvement in us to go," he said.
"It's halfway through the year and we've finished the first round, second so we've got to be pleased with that. "If you said that to me at the start of the year, I'd take that no worries and I'm very pleased with that. "
The Swans back six were outstanding all afternoon against the Tigers with Jack Rowston and Dean Simpson both having excellent games.
"They are gelling well those six," he said. "We've been lucky with the backline as they've been injury free for most of the year and they've got a real combination happening. "We just need to improve up the field a little bit more. "But we will get better definitely."
Rhys Pollock continued his superb season at the Swans with another impressive performance that included four goals. Dreyer was impressed with his efforts while also noting the performance of Kahlan Spencer who has been terrific over the past two weeks.
"Rhys is good everywhere," he said. "He's a very good player and that's our luxury this year with someone like Rhys who plays in the middle but when he rests forward, he's dangerous. Then you bring in guys like Kahlan Spencer, Ollie Bartter and Alex Page so we've got a good depth in our rotations."
The Swans have now won their last two after a disappointing performance at home against Coolamon. Dreyer said it was pleasing that his side had responded positively from the loss and felt they were getting themselves back on the track.
"We didn't really go away and train harder," he said. "We just had a chat, had a video review and just talked about what we are trying to achieve. It was good that they all responded positively, and we are getting better, it's all about building now."
It was a pretty average performance from the Tigers who never really looked like they were in the contest. But despite the loss there were a couple of positives to take out of the contest with young defenders Kobe Priest, Tommy McCoullough and Jeremy Piercy all showing a lot of fight despite the enormous pressure they were under. Brady Morton and Cooper Pavitt were also good in patches, and both finished with a pair of goals. (Edited - by Jimmy Meiklejohn - The Daily Advertiser - Monday June 19, 2023.)
Other matches - SAT: Collingullie-GP 17.10 (112) def Leeton-Whitton 5.2 (32), Turvey Park 16.16 (112) def Narrandera 7.5 (47); SUN: Coolamon Rovers 10.8 (68) def Mangoplah-CUE 10.4 (64); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Reserves: Wagga Tigers 6.6 (42) def by Griffith 9.9 (63)
Goals - C Bock 4, K Ruyg 2, J Crowe, M Ashcroft, R Matheson
Best players - J Crowe, L DeMamiel, C Bock, M Cudmore, K Ruyg
Griffith: Sam Irvin, Ash Verhagen (capt), Cameron Harrison; Ben Signor, Luke DeMamiel, Michael Cudmore; Max Vardanega, Reece Matheson, James Rogerson; Mason Ashcroft, Sam Robinson, Archie Ray; Kieran Ruyg, Connor Bock, Jordan Crowe; Jack Neyland, Jordan Whitworth, Lachlan Wallace; Gary Charles, Billy Evans, Sean Culgan, Willem Vaessen
Griffith umpire: Paul Rogerson
Other matches - SAT: Collingullie-GP 26.7 (163) def Leeton-Whitton 2.1 (13), Turvey Park 20.18 (138) def Narrandera 0.2 (2); SUN: Coolamon Rovers 10.18 (138) def Mangoplah-CUE 2.2 (14); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
Under 17.5: Wagga Tigers 5.8 (38) def Griffith 5.7 (37)
Goals - B Evans 2, B Aloisi, T Jamieson, A Minato
Best players - B Spencer, W Vaessen, B Aloisi, S Culgan, B Kenny, T Jamieson
Griffith: Lucas Stevenson, Bede Kenny, Riley Andreazza; Oliver Young, Willem Vaessen, Sean Culgan; Navieen Singh, Broden Spencer, Jai Menegazzo; Mason Salvestro, Alex Minato, Archie Forwood; Zac Spiers, Billy Evans (capt), Xavier Quarisa; Blake Aloisi, Ryan Irvin, Tom Jamieson; Beau Cooper, Lau Tietie.
Other matches - SAT: Collingullie-GP 1.1 (7) def by Leeton-Whitton 15.16 (106)), Turvey Park 20.7 (127) def Narrandera 4.3 (27); SUN: Coolamon Rovers 3.5 (23) def by Mangoplah-CUE 15.10 (100); Ganmain-GGM, bye.
NETBALL vs Wagga Tigers: A Grade: won 34-46, A Reserve: won 41-51, B Grade: won 40-45, C Grade: won 21-50, U17: lost 48-46.