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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)
LEETON-WHITTON: 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).
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.