2015 SEASON RESULTS
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Round 18 - Saturday August 22, 2015
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Robertson Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Richard Krenz, Andrew Touvi and Isaac Bloomfield (RUA)
Wagga Tigers ...... 5.0 .. 9.5 .. 16.5 .. 21.8 (134)
Griffith ................. 1.2 .. 4.6 .. 7.11 .. 7.11 (53)
WAGGA TIGERS: Lachlan Myers, Xavier Brennan, James Richards; Campbell Lovell, John Anstee, Charles Bance; Nathan Cooke, Pat Delaney, Brendan Myers; Brady Morton, Angus Durnan, Matt Rava (c-c); Scott Pearce, Fergus Inglis, John Buchanan; Brad Graham, Shaun Flanigan, Jacon Osbeiston; Damien Papworth, Nick McCormack, Jake Gaynor
GRIFFITH: James Keenan, Richard Malone, Kieran Hume; Jacob Conlan, Tom Groves, Tim Matheson; Ben Tarr, Sam Daniel, Daniel Peruzzi; Jonathon Gastin, James Toscan, Kieran Ruyg; Dean Crack, Henry Delves, Chris Cerato; Steven McCanna, Will Griggs, Ben King; Riley Holland, Dean Villata, Luke Peruzzi
Wagga: J Buchanan 6, F Inglis 6, A Durnan 3, B Morton 2, J Osbeiston, B Myers, B Graham, S. Pearce
Griffith: S Daniel 2, J Gastin 2, T Groves, J Toscan, H Delves
Wagga: S Flanigan, J Anstee, B Graham, J Osbeiston, J Buchanan, B. Morton
Griffith: D Crack, W Griggs, K Hume, R Malone, S Daniel, B King
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans couldn’t produce any heroics in the final round on Saturday as their Riverina Football League campaign ended with an 81-point loss to minor premiers Wagga Tigers. The Swans trailed by a retrievable 29 points at half-time, but the Tigers dominated the final two quarters to register a 21.8 (134) to 7.11 (53) victory at home. Swans coach Brandon Mathews said his team was guilty of wasting possession.
“We didn’t make the most of our opportunities in the end,” he said. We got enough of the ball, but we didn’t use it properly and didn’t capitalise. “We put our backs under so much pressure that every time they (Wagga) went forward they were able to score. “In the last quarter they went on with it a little more. I don’t think we stopped, but we probably threw blokes around a little.” The defeat left the Swans seventh on the ladder with a record of six wins, seven losses and a draw. It was a disappointing end to the campaign that promised plenty in the summer, but the Swans haven’t given up hope of earning silverware this season.
The club’s reserve graders locked up second on the ladder on Saturday with a 68-53 victory. The Griffith under 17s were just as impressive in winning 93-61, which secures them third. Mathews said there was plenty for the Swans to get excited about heading into September.
“While we’ve not in it (finals), we’re only one part of the club,” he said. “The twos have given themselves a good opportunity so have the 17s. “With the 17s, we’ve been able to get a few more games into them, which will hold them in good stead when they go back.
“It’s a silver lining with injuries we’ve had. With the guys we had out, we were able to play them a little more than they would’ve expected in the top grade.” Mathew is backing the Swans to win flags in the reserve grade and under 17 competitions, but he believes the premiership is wide open in the seniors. “In the end, I think it’ll come down to whatever team has the least number of injuries,” Mathews said.
(By Andrew Piva – The Area News, Monday August 24, 2015).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Coolamon 15.8 (98) def Collingullie-GP 9.13 (67), Leeton-Whitton 21.15 (141) def Narrandera 3.4 (22), Mangoplah-CUE 31.20 (206) def Turvey Park 5.6 (36); Ganmain-GGM, bye
Reserves: Griffith 10.8 (68) def Wagga Tigers 8.5 (53)
Goals: C Cunial 4, T Howard 3, Tom Valeri, D Puntoriero, C Moore
Best Players: M. Johns, J Schirripa, Tom Valeri, B Testoni, B French, E Faiva
Under 17: Griffith 14.9 (93) def Wagga Tigers 9.7 (61)
Goals: J Favell 4, L O'Dwyer 3, E Faiva 2, N Richards 2, L Butcher, A McDermott, A Coldwell
Best Players: J Villata, N Richards, L Testoni, E Faiva, L O''Dwyer, S Foley