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Round 3 - Saturday April 26, 2008
Riverina Football League
Venue: Robertson Oval 2.10pm
Umpires: Duncan Potts, Greg Walsh and Scott Bechaz (RUA) 
Wagga Tigers ...... 2.2 .. 7.5 .. 12.8 .. 17.11 (113)
Griffith ................... 0.2 .. 2.4 .. 4.5 .. 8.7 (55)

WAGGA TIGERS: Ryan Miller, Matthew Noonan, Pat Noonan; Joshua Gaynor, Trent Garner, Jacob Osbeiston; Pat Delaney, Steven Priest, Jackson Oehn; Warren Bartlett, Chris Jackson, Matthew Etchells; Lucas Denton, Mitch Colvin, Alex Van Ruiswyk; Shannon Terlich, Jacob Powell, Simon Hillier; John Wakefield, Sam Gaynor, Brenton Crawford 
GRIFFITH: Dean Catanzariti, Simon Spiers, Dan McGreal; Myles Bunn, James Smith, Jason Bertacco; Matthew Kenny, Ben Ford, Michael Johns; Jonathon Gastin, Jeff Mickan, Michael Tyndall; Kris Duncan, Shaun Curran, Brett Davis; Jack Geddes, Craig Conlan, Michael Duncan; Ryan Bull, Luke Piccolo*, Glen Snaidero 
Wagga: M Colvin 4, M Etchells 2, S Hillier 2, C Jackson 2, S Terlich 2, A Van Ruiswyk 2, W Bartlett, L Denton, J Orbeiston 
Griffith: B Ford 2, M Duncan, G Snaidero, L Piccolo, M Johns, C Conlan, B Davis 
Wagga: S Terlich, J Powell, S Hillier, P Noonan, C Jackson, L Denton 
Griffith: C Conlan, J Mickan, J Smith, D Catanzariti, M Duncan, M Bunn
SENIOR DEBUT: Luke Piccolo
A summary of match report, with thanks
The Griffith Swans returned home battered and bruised after a humiliating 58-point defeat to reigning premiers Wagga Tigers.

The under-prepared Swans went down to the undefeated Wagga side 17.11 (113) to 8.7 (55). After a tight opening term, Tigers gradually put the foot on the accelerator, kicking five goals in each of the remaining quarters to record a comfortable victory.

Swans coach Gerard Toscan said the early pressure applied by Griffith didn't translate into points. "We started not too bad, but we couldn't put a lot of scoreboard pressure on them early," Toscan said. "We had the bulk of the play in the first quarter, but they ran a lot harder than we did." Craig Conlan was the standout player for the Swans, putting in his usual solid performance.

Toscan named Mick Duncan and centre half-back James Taylor as impressive performers in the match. But they just couldn't get ahead of the Tigers, who gained over whelming momentum in the last three quarters of the game. Unfamiliar with the surface of Wagga's Robertson Oval, the Swans struggled to keep hold of the ball. "One thing that was really glaring was we fumbled the ball a hell of a lot," Toscan said.

But the big loss won't result in more intensive training, according to Toscan. "We're being pushing them pretty hard, and a few guys were probably a bit heavy in the legs by the end of the game," he said. Wagga Tigers coach Troy Maiden admitted he was slightly worried entering the game with such a young team but said he could not have been prouder with their efforts.

"It was exciting for me to stand here and watch these young blokes play," Maiden said. "I'll admit, I thought it might have been a danger game because we were so inexperienced, but they really stood up and got the job done. "I kept telling them to put their head over the footy and to their credit they continue to and there are some really good signs."

While applauding the efforts of his younger guys, Maiden asked for big efforts off his senior players and they delivered. "Chris Jackson was very good today, I asked him to step up and he along with Steven Priest and Shannon Terlich did that," Maiden said.

(The Area News - Monday April 28, 2008).

OTHER MATCHES - FRI: 25/4 Turvey Park 26.11 (167) def Eastern Hawks 13.10 (88); SAT: North Wagga 8.7 (55) def by Mangoplah-CUE 36.20 (236); SUN: Coolamon 13.8 (86) def Leeton-Whitton 11.11 (77), Narrandera 6.18 (54) def by Ganmain-GGM 15.11 (101).

Reserves: Griffith 11.13 (79) def Wagga Tigers 5.5 (35) 
Goals: N Campbell 4, C McGann 2, D Pasin, R Bridgen, B Jaffrey, M Keenan, B Woolner
Best players: N Campbell, O Delves, R Bridgen, N Kite, C Harrison, B Woolner
Under 18: Griffith 18.10 (118) def Wagga Tigers 7.12 (54)
Goals: W McLean 3, H Heath 3, G Snaidero 3, O Delves 2, B Jaffrey 2, S Wood, J Taylor, T Bottcher, J Tyrell, J Wade
Best players: B Jaffrey, H Heath, J Wade, J Taylor, O Delves, G Snaidero

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