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Grand Final - Saturday September 22, 2018
Riverina Football Netball League. Gate: $28,020.
Venue: Narrandera Sportsground 2.45pm
Umpires: Alex Manley, Tim Beard and Troy Edwards (RUA)
Collingullie-GP ...... 2.0 .. 5.4 .. 11.6 .. 12.8 (80)
Griffith ..................... 2.2 .. 4.2 .. 7.4 .. 12.6 (78)
COLLINGULLIE-GLENFIELD PARK: Luke Murray, Dusty Rogers, Tom Byrnes; Daniel Kennedy, Kallan Sykes, Blake Harper; Ed Perryman, Daniel Frawley, Lachlan Moore; Dereck Singe, Marc Geppert, Tom Keogh; Nick Perryman (co-capt.), Luke Gestier (coach), Jayden Klemke; Ben Klemke, Matt Klemke, Jimmy Kennedy; Nick Kennedy, Bradley McMillan, Joshua Gunning, Sean Keith
GRIFFITH: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan (capt.), Dean Catanzariti; Jonathon Gastin, Lucas Conlan, Guy Orton; Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Toby Blissett; Sam Daniel, Charlie Cunial, Theo Valeri; Heath Northey, Jacob Conlan, Kris Duncan; Riley Irvin, Will Griggs (coach), Ben King; Michael Duncan, Thomas Valeri, Reece Matheson, Daniel Andreazza
Collingullie-GP: E Perryman 2, J Klemke 2, L Gestier 2, N Perryman, N Kennedy, J Kennedy, M Geppert, M Klemke, B Harper
Griffith: J Conlan 4, S Daniel 2, W Griggs 2, J Iudica, Tom Valeri, B King, H Northey
Collingullie-GP: D Kennedy, E Perryman, J Klemke, J Kennedy, L Murray, N Perryman, L Moore
Griffith: J Conlan, H Northey, S Daniel, G Orton, J Toscan, W Griggs, B King.
A summary of match report, with thanks
COLLINGULLIE-GLENFIELD PARK are back on top of the Riverina League, courtesy of a thrilling two-point win over Griffith on Saturday. The Swans kicked five goals to one in the final quarter only to fall two points short of a fairy tale comeback at Narrandera Sportsground.
The Demons, who led by 32 points late in the third quarter, fought doggedly for the final three and a half minutes to hang on and claim a famous premiership win, 12.8 (80) to 12.6 (78). It gave Collingullie-GP a third Riverina flag in five years and cemented their position as the competition powerhouse after joining from the Farrer League in 2011. The victory eased the pain of last year's six-point grand final defeat.
"It's bloody great. My first premiership and to bring it up in this fashion and to get there with this bunch of boys, there's no better bunch, I just love it," Collingullie-GP coach Luke Gestier said. "I thought we played the better footy throughout the day, but we just couldn't get that extra goal to nail it, to really put the nail in the coffin. "When we let them back in, they're a good side, they came hard, momentum's a great thing but we just bloody held on." After an even first quarter, the Demons edged clear in the second quarter only for Griffith to kick two late goals, one after the siren, to draw back within eight points. The Swans kicked two goals within the first two minutes of the third quarter to hit the front before Collingullie-GP responded and kicked into overdrive. The Demons kicked six consecutive goals to blow the game apart and open up a 32-point lead. Again, Griffith kicked a crucial late goal to narrow the margin to 26 points at three-quarter time. Will Griggs booted the first goal of the term seven minutes into the quarter, before Luke Gestier replied to moments afterwards to put the margin back to 25 points.
Jacob Conlan's fourth goal 14 minutes into the final term ignited the Swans, as Griggs and Ben King followed suit to cut the margin to seven points at the 19-minute mark. Heath Northey then snapped a goal to close the lead to two points with three minutes 40 seconds remaining on the clock. The Swans continue to attack and went deep inside 50 on a couple of occasions only for the Collingullie-GP defence to hold strong. Ron Hutchins Medal winner Dan Kennedy's sensational pack mark in the Demons defensive goal square inside the final two minutes typified Collingullie-GP's resolve. Gestier never lost faith. "I was pretty confident with where we sat. Throughout the year we were the best four-quarter side but gees' you just never, never know and lucky we had a bit of a breather because they were coming hard," he said.
"It was just like last year, but roles were reversed, and the siren went at the right time. That last mark there pretty much summed it up." Dan Kennedy, Jayden Klemke, Ed Perryman, Luke Murray, Sean Keith, Nick Perryman and Matt Klemke were among those to shine for the Demons.
GRIFFITH coach Will Griggs was left wondering what could have been after the final siren in Saturday's Riverina League grand final.
The Swans almost pulled off a fairy tale finish, kicking five goals to one in the last quarter to fall two points short of an amazing comeback. Griggs, along with the rest of the Swans players and supporters, was left devastated as the siren beat Griffith in frantic finish.
Griggs was proud of his players but could not help but rue wasted opportunities. "We had our chances," Griggs said. "We had a lot of inside 50's, sometimes they just don't go through the big sticks, but I can't doubt the effort from the boys, it was fantastic. "You can analyse it a bunch of ways when you lose by two points. There's not much in it." Griggs believes the Swans were far from their best on the day but had nothing but admiration for the way they never gave in. "Absolutely, I think that the last quarter really epitomised what the season was, just pure ticker," he said. "we said before the game that you could have three bad quarters and one good quarter and win a game and you can have three good ones and one bad one and lose the game. We almost had three bad ones, one good one and stole one today but it wasn't to be." It was a disappointing finish to what had been an outstanding season from Griffith.
The Swans went through the home and away season undefeated before losing two out of their finals, both to Collingullie-GP. Griggs who has re-signed for next year, vowed to return bigger and better next season. "Absolutely. We'll learn a lot from today and hopefully regroup and be back next year," he said. Jacob Conlan was outstanding for Griffith on Saturday. He kicked four goals and took an enormous number of marks in the Swans' comeback. Griffith teenager Isaac Campbell was good on a wing, while James Toscan was strong in defence. (By Matt Malone).
Collingullie-GP ...... 1.2 .. 6.5 .. 9.9 .. 10.10 (70)
Griffith .................... 2.3 .. 5.4 .. 6.5 .. 7.9 (51)
Goals - Collingullie-GP: Z Billingham 2, J Dowling 2, M Mullins 2, J Pope, M Geppert, L Powell, C Cool
Griffith: A Cappello 2, J Burley, T Howard, L Peruzzi, D Bennett, T Argus
Best - Collingullie-GP: L Powell, C Cool, J Bryce, J Dowling, B Keith, B Ryan
Griffith: J Crowe, N Witherspoon, B Rees, R Perre, L Peruzzi, D Bennet
Collingullie-Glenfield Park: Joe Dowling, Mitchell Mullins, Zac Billingham, Luke Powell, Cody Cool, Matthew Geppert, James Pope, Blake Ryan, Ben Keith, Josh Bryce, Brodie Neville, Corey Graetz, Zane Bolger, Monty Inglis, Drew Matthew, Damien Koop, Geoff Spriggs, Jesse Cool, Glen Pritchard, Michael Cooke, Brenden Bettess, Mathew Gardiner
Griffith: James Keenan, Beau Rees, Jake Villata; Jordan Crowe, Chris Niven, Cameron Harrison; Michael Agnew, Royce Johns, Luke Peruzzi; Jesse Ryan, Brady Chambers, Nick Witherspoon; John Evans, Todd Argus, Todd Howard; Rowan Patey, Rocco Perre, Dean Bennett; Andrew Cappello, Jordan Burley, Ben McRae, Blake Testoni
Umpires: Tony O'Halloran, Andrew Tuovi and Paul McKelvie (RUA)
Turvey Park .........4.1 .. 5.9 .. 12.12 .. 18.17 (125)
Coolamon ........... 0.2 .. 2.6 .. 3.8 .. 6.10 (46)
Goals - Turvey Park: A Grigg 4, A Carroll 4, T Richards 2, R Browning 2, J Hughes, C Bramich, B Lewington, R Hubbard, H Woods
Coolamon: R Allen 3, C McKelvie 2, J Reid
Best - Turvey Park: B Lewington, A Carroll, L Grigg, R Hubbard, J Hughes, T Crakanthorp
Coolamon: R Allen, M. Bradley, B Glyde, L Delahunty, B Leary, N Buchanan
Turvey Park: Alex Carroll, Angus Grigg, Tom Richards, Riley Browning, Jackson Hughes, Riley Hubbard, Ben Lewington, Harry Woods, Cody Bramich, Tom Crakanthorp, Louis Grigg, Matthew Howe, Lachlan Quilter, Nicholas Simons, Kai Flagg, Darcy Irvine, Rhett Weidemann, Keenan Flood, Will Ashcroft Nicholas McCorry, Harry Voss, John Orr, Ryan Shaw, Denzil Noack
Coolamon Rovers: Ryan Allen, Cooper McKelvie, John Reid, Nicholas Buchanan, Bayden Leary, Liam Delahunty, Braeden Glyde, Matthew Bradley, Jarrod Maclead, Archer Buchegger, Brody Guthrie, Jack Foster, Mitchell Stibbard, Callum Burns, Richard Fifield, Gerald Okerenyang, Will McGowan, Zac Power, Jake Neale, Tom O'Brien, William Doyle, Lachlan Crawford, Lachlan Owens, Peter McCallum
Umpires: Joel Fairman, Nathan Brookes and Cain Davey (RUA)
Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 48 d Collingullie-GP 46, Lana Duff (Wagga Tigers); A Reserve: Turvey Park 44 d Collingullie-GP 38, Alex Byrne (Turvey Park); B grade: Turvey Park 43 d Leeton-Whitton 32, Joanne Wade (Turvey Park); C grade: Collingullie-GP 28 d Turvey Park 17, Olivia Harper (Collingullie-GP); Under 17.5's: Turvey Park 33 d Mangoplah-CUE 32, Alice Toohey (Turvey Park).