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Round 2 - Saturday 23 April 2022
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Leeton Showground

Umpires: Ryan Dedini and Craig Tilston (RUA)
Leeton-Whitton ..... 2.8 .. 2.8 .. 6.12 .. 11.14 (74)  
Griffith ..................... 2.5 .. 5.12 .. 8.16 .. 13.17 (95) 
Jack Coelli, Hayden Mahalm, Isaac Houghton; Jake Norman, Darcy Cullen, Will Wakeman; Jhi Gundy, Bryce O'Garey, Tom Handsaker; Jake Turner, Josh Lanham, Brad Boots; Logan Mahalm, Taj Doyle, Dan Hillam; Mason Dryburgh, Nathan Ryan, Tom Groves (coach); Mark Salafia, Dillon McGillivray, Luke Trembath
GRIFFITH: James Girdler, Charlie Cunial, Nicholas Conlan; Jamie Best, Sam Foley, Darcy McDermott; Lachlan Wallace, Jack Rowston (capt.), Will Ellis; Jordan Whitworth, James Toscan, Ryan Best; Broden Spencer*, Connor Bock, Angus Brown; Nathan Richards, Kahlan Spencer, Reece Matheson; Michael Agnew, Samuel Irvin, Mason Rosengreen*
Leeton-Whitton: Taj Doyle 6, T Handsaker 3, N Ryan, W Wakeman, B O'Garey
Griffith: J Toscan 6, R Best 2, J Girdler 2, R Matheson, K Spencer, B Spencer

Leeton-Whitton: M Dryburgh, B O'Garey, T Doyle, N Ryan, J Lanham, J Norman
Griffith: J Rowston, R Matheson, J Toscan, C Cunial, S Foley, J Best

SENIOR DEBUT: Mason Rosengreen, Broden Spencer

 A summary of match report, with thanks 

Griffith forward James Toscan booted three of his six goals in the dying stages to help the Swans overcome a spirited Leeton-Whitton in Saturday's MIA Derby at Leeton Showgrounds.

Leading by 14 points at three quarter time, the Swans surrendered the lead to the Crows in the last quarter before Toscan nailed the last three goals of the game to secure Griffith's first win.

The Swans were under pressure early in their 95 to 80 victory as they struggled to get out of their defensive fifty, but the home side didn't capitalise due to wayward kicking. The Crows hit the lead for the first time since the early stages of the second quarter, after Taj Doyle kicked his fourth goal. Toscan gave his side the lead as the game entered time-on and went on to kick another two to seal the win.
Swans captain Jack Rowston paid credit to his predecessor. "Tosco up forward kicking six goals goes a long way to winning," he said. "I think Reece Matheson in the middle had probably his best game of first grade in a while. It helps when blokes like that stand up like that."
With the Crows seemingly getting on top in the fourth term, Rowston was proud of his side's fight to get back into the contest.  "It was pretty tight, and they came back hard," he said. "They would have kicked five or six goals, and they had us in the clearances, but for the boys to fight back the way they did."

"Next time we come against Leeton, lucky we have that at home, but we were lucky to get them first up, and I think they will be similar to us, and a lot of people will come over here and expect to roll over the top of us," he said. I think, like us, they will push a lot of sides."

(By Liam Warren - The Area News, Monday April 25, 2022).

 SWANS WIN LOCAL DERBY - By "The Man on the Fence"  

INTO battle once again against Leeton-Whitton last Saturday - And what a battle! Naturally, we are in a happy mood, having won our first game of the new season, and we sincerely hope our boys will still continue to play the right type of football, which not only produces goals, thirteen in fact, but is entertaining to the supporters. 
There is no doubt that this type of football, means extra burden is thrown on the backline; and with this in mind, there is great credit due to Charlie Cunial and Sam Foley. It also throws extra work on the midfield brigade alike, but Skipper Jack Rowston and all his lads enjoy the extra work entailed by this method.

James Toscan had one of his best games to date. His worrying of the Crows defence had them going all ways, and his high marking was far above any that the Crows defence could muster. Tosco also found time to keep his forward line together and rounded up a good afternoon's work by booting six goals.
In a match that every Swans and Crows player is awarded a credit tag, but I would mention four young Swans' players in particular. Jamie Best did all that required of him at half back and has infused that "never-say-die" spirit into the defence, sibling Ryan, with his fearless tackling, and his constructive football has improved above all knowledge, and congrats to Broden Spencer and Mason Rosengreen on making their senior debut. 
I would like to extend thanks to supporters who made the trip to Leeton. It is a good omen for the future, when I note the enthusiasm of those who did not make the journey, by reason of the fact that from 6 o'clock onward there were incessant inquires on arrival back at Griffith as how the Griffith Swans sides had fared at Leeton. One of our best victories seen at Leeton Showgrounds was my comment, and besides that if they can produce the football played in their first two games, a good game is sure to be witnessed against our visitors Collingullie Demons, Saturday next.  


OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Mangoplah-CUE 13.10 (88) def Wagga Tigers 10.7 (67),  Narrandera 4.8 (32) def by Turvey Park 20.11 (131); SUN: Coolamon Rovers 6.11 (47) def by Ganmain-GGM 15.15 (105); Colligullie-GP, bye. 
Reserves: Griffith 13.16 (94) def Leeton-Whitton 1.3 (9) 
Goals: K Duncan 4, D Crack 2, B Morrissey 2, J Crowe 2, D Catanzariti, R Bullus, Z DeMamiel 
Best players: R Hill, R Marando, K Duncan, M Cudmore, J Crowe, R Malone
Under 17.5: Griffith 11.6 (72) def Leeton-Whitton 4.6 (30) 
Goals: B Evans 4, M Bennett 3, M Rosengreen, B Morrissey, W Vaessen, (1 goal short)
Best players: M Rosengreen, W Vaessen, J Rogerson, M Bennett, R Spencer, K Stevenson

NETBALL vs Leeton-Whitton: A Grade: won 51-42, A Reserve: won 48-26, B Grade: draw 38-38, C Grade: lost 20-28, U17: lost 37-49.