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Round 18 - Saturday August 24, 2013
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm 
Umpires: Rob Neighbour, Paul Smith and Cameron Warner (RUA)
Griffith ...................... 2.4 .. 3.5 .. 7.6 .. 12.6 (78)
Mangoplah-CUE .... 6.4 .. 14.8 .. 18.9 .. 24.12 (156)

GRIFFITH: Royce Johns, James Taylor, Joshua Foley; Jonathon Gastin, James Fallon, Tom West; Mathew Peruzzi, Michael Duncan, Ben Tarr; Daniel Moysey, Jordan Burley, Dean Crack; Riley Holland, Trevor Richards, Kieran Ruyg*; James Toscan, Guy Orton (c-c), Tim Matheson; Joel Gordon, Dillon Evans*, Connor Heffernan*, Steven McCanna
MANGOPLAH-COOKARDINIA UNITED-EASTLAKES: Nick Baggio, Jeff Millar, Matt Collins; Tom Keogh, Hunter Lloyd, Trent Cohalan; Jack Collins: Stace Creasy, Dean Jones; Joe Scott, Reece Cohalan, Jake Phillips; Ryan Price, Andrew Dickens, Harry Himmelberg; Scott Purcell, Harry Collins, Pat Killalea; James Scott, Zachary Williams, Scott Burge, Adam Carey 
Griffith: G Orton 2, K Ruyg 2, T Richards 2, J Burley 2, D Moysey, J Toscan, M Duncan, J Foley
Mangoplah-CUE: R Price 4, J Phillips 4, S Purcell 4, Joe Scott 3, H Himmelberg 3, A Dickens 2, Z Williams, S Creasy,

J Collins, R Cohalan
Griffith: J Toscan, M Duncan, G Orton, J Foley, T Matheson, J Taylor
Mangoplah-CUE: P Killalea, S Creasy, J Phillips, R Price, H Himmelberg, Joe Scott
SENIOR DEBUT: Dillon Evans, Connor Heffernan, Kieran Ruyg.

A summary of match report, with thanks
A long season for Griffith Swans is finally over after a youthful line-up slumped to a 78-point defeat to Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes on Saturday. The loss was the fifth-straight for the team, who finish the season in seventh place with four wins for the season, after the loss to the finals-bound Goannas.

The Swans were never a threat in the game, down four goals at quarter time and taking a 73-point deficit into the main break.

The opportunity to give some of the club’s juniors more experience in senior football was one of few highlights for the Swans. “We played a lot of kids, with a few having their first game, so it was a good experience for them,” coach Guy Orton said.

“They are obviously starting to play some good footy leading into the finals and we were a little bit under done with who we had. 
Kieran Ruyg and Connor Heffernan both made their first-grade debuts with Ruyg in particular impressing the coach. “Kieran kicked a couple of goals and got up and about so that was good to see, "Orton said. They are going to learn against a team like that, who are going into finals.”
Another positive from the match was how the team responded in the second half, making it more of a contest.

The Swans outscored their opponents five goals to four in the third term and were competitive in the final quarter, limiting Mangoplah’s scoring opportunities after a disastrous first half. 
Orton thought that a change of mentality discussed at half-time to have a bit more fun was the catalyst for the change and proved that the team can compete against the top sides in the competition. “That’s the point we brought up after the game, we obviously can stand up and play against those top five teams, but we need more experience. It is hard as we don’t have a lot of senior guys in our team’’ he said.

There were some good signs with our kids and Josh Foley attacked the ball really well again. “It would have been nice to win the game and finish on a high, but it wasn’t to be. (By Courtney Rees – The Area News, Monday August 26, 2013).


OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Collingullie-AK 17.20 (122) def Turvey Park 5.3 (33), Leeton-Whitton 10.10 (70) def by Wagga 13.10 (88); SUN: Coolamon 11.13 (79) def by Ganmain-GGM 13.9 (87); Narrandera, bye.

Reserves: Griffith 12.7 (79) d Mangoplah-CUE 2.5 (17)
Goals: T Shannon 5, K Hume 3, T Webb 3, A Cappello
Best: D Catanzariti, D Dunbar, T Shannon, K Farrell, K Hume, A Cappello
Under 17: Griffith bye

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