MATCH REPORT: GRIFFITH vs NARRANDERA - ROUND 1 APRIL 21, 2018
Dominant start for Swans
BY LIAM WARREN
THE Griffith Swans have put down a marker with their first game of the season after a convincing win over Narrandera under lights at Exies Oval on Saturday.
In a commanding final term where the Swans kicked 10 goals which saw them come away with a massive 24.11 (155) to 6.10 (46) win.
It was a tireless effort from his side which pleased coach Will Griggs the most.
"Definitely didn't expect a scoreline like that but I couldn't be prouder of the effort," he said.
"We thought we were in pretty good stead and from the start, we backed our young blokes, and we knew we were going to run over the top of them, and I think that showed.
"We started like a bull in a china shop straight out of the gate and just kept the ball rolling really. Our young blokes and first gamer's were terrific and I couldn't be prouder of them."
Griggs praised his defenders for their work in getting the side moving forward while also restricting Narrandera to just six goals.
"Our backline was sensational," he said.
"We set about not wanting them to kick more than two goals in a quarter, and I don't think they did that. I think in the second quarter they kicked two, and that was it, and we were pretty disappointed with that, to be honest."
Griggs was quick to point out the performance of his young ruckman as the one who really stood tall.
"Riley Irvin was sensational," he said.
"We threw him in the deep end really he wasn't ready for the ruck he had never played there, but we were a bit low on the tall stocks, so we chucked him in there.
"He is one of the fittest at the club and most athletic, and as a ruckman, you can't ask for much more than that."
Griggs was also pleased to report that his side had a clean bill of health after the game and the side will now look ahead to a trip to Ganmain next weekend.
"It just shows that we are match fit," he said.
"We pulled up very well so once we do recovery, we should be fully fit and ready for next week too, so the selection is going to be pretty tough after a 109-point win.
Results of other RFNL opening round games saw reigning premiers Leeton-Whitton 8.7 (55) defeated by Collingullie-Glenfield Park 17.20 (122), Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes 13.4 (82) beat Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong 3.10 (28), and Turvey Park 12.9 (81) upset Coolamon 12.5 (77).
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