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Round 18 - Saturday August 25, 2018
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Griffith Exies Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Braydon McClintock and Mark Rowe (RUA)
Griffith .................. 4.5 .. 10.8.. 15.13 .. 20.16 (136)
Wagga Tigers ..... 0.2 .. 1.5 .. 3.7 .. 4.7 (31)
GRIFFITH: Daniel Peruzzi, James Toscan, Dean Catanzariti; James Taylor, Guy Orton, Will Griggs; Toby Blissett, Jordan Iudica, Isaac Campbell; Theo Valeri, Charlie Cunial, Jacob Conlan; Heath Northey, Lucas Conlan, Dean Bennett; Riley Irvin, Ben King, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Kris Duncan, Nick Witherspoon, Reece Matheson
WAGGA TIGERS: Lahn Shephard, Benjamin Kelly, Matthew Griffin; Mitchell Wadley, Jake Mascini, Xavier Lyons; James McCoullough, Trent Driscoll, Harry Bennett; Nick Ryan, Lewis Gooden, Riley Green; Mitchell Castles, Shaun Campbell (c-c), Sam McGowan; Louis Beard, Ashley Bennett, Samuel Schirmer; Scott Pearce, Matthew Noonan, Thomas McCoullough, Jeffrey Mannell
Griffith: L Conlan 6, D Bennett 2, J Iudica 2, K Duncan 2, R Irvin, T Blissett, J Conlan, W Griggs, Theo Valeri, J Toscan, N Witherspoon, B King
Wagga: S Campbell 2, M Griffin, N Ryan
B. King, I. Campbell, L. Conlan, H. Northey, D. Peruzzi, R. Irvin
Wagga: S Schirmer, S Campbell, J McCoullough, L Beard, J Mascini, H Bennett
A summary of match report, with thanks
Griffith became the first team in seven years to go through the home and away season undefeated after defeating Wagga Tigers on Saturday. The Swans ensured they go into finals in red hot form after blasting Tigers away by 105 points, 20.16 (136) to 4.7 (31) at Exies Oval.
Griffith teenager Lucas Conlan booted six goals in the win, while Ben King, Jordan Iudica and Isaac Campbell continued their good form with strong performances. Griffith coach Will Griggs said it took the Swans a little while to settle. "The first quarter was tight, well the first half of it was," Griggs said. "We were that excited to finish the home and away season that sometimes you're that excited you do silly things. Once we settle it was smooth sailing, which was good."
The only concern for Griffith was a minor knee injury to Nick Witherspoon. Griggs said he was proud of a clean sheet but declared the Swans have bigger fish to fry. "Obviously it doesn't mean anything if we don't win our last few," he said. "I can't be any happier leading into the finals. We've broke the club record for most consecutive wins and became the first Swans team to go undefeated throughout the home and away season.
"It's these little things that give us confidence going into the finals." Sam Schirmer and Shaun Campbell were the Tigers best in a disappointing end to the season for the Wagga team. The Swans will now have the first week of finals off since they were able to finish at the top of the table. They now have to wait to play the winner of the qualifying final between Collingullie-Glenfield Park and Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in the second semifinal on Saturday September 8 to have a shot at advancing straight into the grand final on Saturday September 22. (By Matt Malone - The Area News, Monday August 27, 2018).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Ganmain-GGM 23.14 (152) def Coolamon 13.13 (91), Narrandera 10.9 69) def by Collingullie-GP 21.21 (147), Turvey Park 6.8 (44) drew with Leeton-Whitton 5.14 (44), Mangoplah-CUE, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 24.16 (160) def Wagga Tigers 3.7 (25)
Goals: S Daniel 5, J Evans 3, T Argus 3, D Andreazza 3, Tom Valeri 2, R Perre 2, J Ryan 2, D Spratt, I Testoni, M Peruzzi, L Peruzzi
Best Players: S Daniel, J Crowe, C Harrison, R Johns, M Agnew, I Testoni
Under 17.5's: Wagga Tigers 9.7 (61) def Griffith 8.10 (58)
Goals: J Whitworth 3, B Rowston 2, O Herrmann, L Wallace, C Bock
Best Players: O Herrmann, J Whitworth, I Testoni, J Paton, C Verri, B Rowston
Netball - A grade: Wagga Tigers 66 d Griffith 41; A reserve: Wagga Tigers 54 d Griffith 23; B grade: Wagga Tigers 41 d Griffith 34; C grade: Griffith 38 d Wagga Tigers 14; Under 17's: Griffith 49 d Wagga Tigers 16.