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Round 2 - Saturday April 25, 2015
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 6.30pm
Umpires: Tim Beard and Mark Rowe (RUA)
Griffith ............... 2.0 .. 4.2 .. 7.8 .. 9.13 (67)
Narrandera ...... 4.0 .. 5.0 .. 6.1 .. 8.1 (49)

GRIFFITH: James Keenan, Tom Groves, Richard Malone; James Fallon, James Taylor, Che Jenkins; Kieran Ruyg, Ben King, Kieran Hume; Sam Daniel, James Toscan, Jonathon Gastin; Will Griggs, Michael Griffiths, Dean Crack; Josh Hamilton, Chris Cerato, Michael Duncan; Royce Johns, Ben McRae, Riley Holland
NARRANDERA IMPERIAL: Logan Smith, Luke Paterson, Damon Burdon; Stephen Irons, Mitchell Gorman, Mitchell Staite; James Sullivan, Adam Sangston, Reece Borg; Dylan Choy, Anton Francia, Nic Hetherington; Brent Rose, Ben Grant, Daniel Smith; Lachlan Hunter, Alex Lawder, Shaun Light; Stewart James, Michael Cummins, Brendan Knagge
Griffith: M Duncan 3, W Griggs 2, S Daniel, C Cerato, J Toscan, J Gastin
Narrandera: L Hunter 2, B Grant 2, S Light, R Borg, A Lawder, S James
Griffith: W Griggs, C Cerato, B King, M Duncan, K Hume, J Gastin
Narrandera: D Burden, L Hunter, A Lawder, M Cummins, A Francia
Reports: Josh Hamilton (Griffith) for head butt on Reece Borg (1st quarter), and for alleged rough conduct on Logan Smith (2nd quarter) - suspended for 3 games.
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans earned their first win of the Riverina Football League season at the Exies Oval on Saturday, despite playing a man down for the majority of the clash after Josh Hamilton was sent from the field. Hamilton earned two yellow cards in the first quarter against Narrandera, the second incident resulting in the Eagles' Logan Smith being stretchered off from the field after a heavy collision.

The Swans went on to win 9.13 (67) to 8.1 (49), the display earning plenty of praise from coach Brandon Mathews following the club's disappointing loss to Leeton-Whitton in round one. "To be able to win one, the way we did was fantastic," Mathews said. "It was a really gutsy effort to get the win the way we did. "It was certainly character building." Hamilton, who plays in the ruck and forward line, was the Swans' best on ground against Leeton-Whitton, and his absence was always going to be noticed. Compounding his loss was an ankle injury suffered by Queanbeyan recruit Sam Daniel during the match, which further reduced the Swans' inter-chance bench.

The home side trailed by two goals at the first break and four points at halftime but never panicked and rallied when play resumed. Mathews said everyone shared the extra workload. "The boys dug in and worked hard to cover him (Hamilton)." he said. "The most pleasing thing was that it was hard to pick out individuals from the game because of the way we played. "A lot of the new guys played really well, but in saying that so did everybody, I thought. "Narrandera are a tough, physical footy side, but the young boys stood up."

The Eagles' biggest concern after the match was the well-being of Smith. Narrandera coach Tim Sullivan told The Area News on Sunday that the teenager was doing all right. "After the game he still had a pretty bad headache and memory loss and wanted to know how he got in the change rooms," Sullivan said. "He came around afterwards, but he was pretty rattled from the incident."

(By Andrew Piva -The Area News, Monday April 27, 2015).  

OTHER MATCHES - SAT 18/4  Mangoplah-CUE 6.12 (48) def Leeton-Whitton 3.8 (26); SUN 19/4 Coolamon 17.8 (10) def Ganmain-GGM 15.13 (103); SAT 25/4 Wagga 6.11 (47) def by Collingullie-GP 16.6 (102); Turvey Park, bye.

Reserves: Griffith 14.7 (91) def Narrandera 0.0 (0)
Goals: G Argus 4, J Schirripa 3, C Cunial 2, S McCanna 2, M Peruzzi 2, D Villata
Best Players: D Peruzzi, L Vogan, J Schirripa, S McCanna, D Puntoriero, L Peruzzi
Under 17: Griffith 8.9 (57) def Narrandera 2.2 (14)
Goals: J Favell 2, A Coldwell 2, B Chambers 2, L O'Dwyer, T Clarke
Best Players: J Conlan, J Spencer, A Coldwell, T Clarke, B French, N Richards

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