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Qualifying Final - Saturday 19 August 2023 @ 2.15pm
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Narrandera Sportsground
Umpires: Tim Beard, Ryan Dedini and Symon Tardrew (RUA)
Ganmain-GGM .... 0.4 .. 4.7 .. 8.7 .. 9.12 (66)
Griffith ................. 4.2 .. 4.4 .. 10.5 .. 12.9 (81)
GANMAIN-GRONG GRONG-MATONG: Jack Sase, Joshua Walsh, Tom Quinn; Sam Martyn (coach), Harry Carr, Kai Watts; Jakob Taylor, Aaron Proctor, Connor Krebser; Jesse Lander, Ben Walsh (capt), Jack McCaig; Shannon Butterfield, Jacob Olsson, Jackson Connolly; Daniel Foley, Kirk Mahon, Matt Hamblin; Zachary Burhop, Seb Hamblin, Jake Sullivan, Shaun Foley.
GRIFFITH: Sam Foley, Charlie Cunial, Taine Moraschi, Nicholas Conlan), Patrick Payne, Dean Simpson; Jay Summers, Jack Rowston (capt), Mason Rosengreen; Oliver Bartter, Henry Delves, Kahlan Spencer; James Girdler, James Toscan, Bailey Morrissey; Nathan Richards, Rhys Pollock, Alex Page; Broden Spencer, Daniel Peruzzi, Jordan Whitworth, Kieran Ruyg
Ganmain-GGM - M Hamblin 3, B Walsh 2, J Olsson 2, D Foley, C Krebser
Griffith - H Delves 3, K Spencer 2, B Morrissey 2, R Pollock 2, P Payne, A Page, J Toscan
Ganmain-GGM - S Martyn, K Mahon, M Hamblin, J Walsh, B Walsh, J Connolly
Griffith - H Delves, J Rowston, S Foley, R Pollock, J Toscan, A Page, D Simpson
A summary of match report, with thanks - by Jimmy Meiklejohn
A FAST start and a strong finish guided Griffith to a 15-point win over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in the Riverina League qualifying final at Narrandera Sportsground. The importance of the start was talked about in the lead up to the match and it was the Swans who got off to a flyer as they kicked the opening four goals of the game to head into quarter time with a 22-point lead.
The second term however saw the Lions mount a comeback as they rallied to kick the only four goals of the quarter which had them narrowly ahead going into halftime. There was shootout between the two sides in the third term as they wrested momentum and the lead, however three consecutive goals to the Swans late in the quarter saw them carry a 10-point lead heading into the last change.
Then with the game on the line it was the Swans who made the most of their opportunities late in the day as they kicked two goals to one to run out 12.9 (81) to 9.12 (66) winners of the Lions.
It was an impressive performance from the young Griffith side and coach Greg Dreyer was thrilled with their efforts against such a quality opponent. "They're the reigning premiers and they built into their season now," Dreyer said. "They had a little bit of a slow start and they've come good so that was a huge challenge for us. "For a lot of our boys that was their first senior final so their was a bit of unknown there but I thought we handled it well and it was pleasing.
The Swans got off to a perfect start with Kahlan Spencer kicking a crafty goal to start the proceedings before Henry Delves delivered back-to-back majors to further Griffith's lead early in the contest. Dreyer admitted that getting off to a good start had been the major focus heading into the clash and he was pleased the side was able to achieve that in such a massive game. "We talked about our starts," he said. "I thought we had a slow start against Gullie when they beat us so that's been a bit of a focus but also just controlling the play, competing and matching the inside forward and that's a big aim as well over the last month or so. "It came together well today in a good quality game of footy."
Delves was instrumental in setting up the Swans win early and he was one of a number of standout performers for Griffith alongside captain Jack Rowston and key defender Sam Foley. Dreyer was pleased with Delves' early efforts and noted that he continued to play an important role throughout the remaining three quarters. (The Daily Advertiser - Monday August 28, 2023).
Turvey Park ........... 0.2 .. 4.3 .. 5.5 .. 6.8 (44)
Collingullie-GP ..... 4.3 .. 6.4 .. 11.7 .. 15.7 (97)
Goals - Turvey Park: Bensen Ochieng 2, Baxter Harmer, Harry Voss, Hayden Cook, Rhys Leary
Collingullie-GP: Marc Geppert 4, Brodi Williams 4, Rhys Davis 2, Ryan Kemp 2, Zac Burkinshaw, Zac Billingham, Doug de Jong
Best players - Turvey Park: Rhys Leary, Oscar Jenkins, Kynan Smith, Jack Armstrong, Joseph Cole, Geordie Charleson
Collingullie-GP: Sam Durnan, Will Hughes, Zachery Burkinshaw, Matthew Geppert, Zak Edwards, Pat Woods
Umpires: Boyd Kendall, Gavin Hoffert and Jason McClintock (RUA)
Ganmain-GGM ...... 1.1 .. 1.1 .. 2.3 .. 4.6 (30)
Wagga Tigers ........ 3.5 .. 4.7 .. 8.10 .. 10.12 (72)
Goals - Ganmain-GGM: Samuel Taylor 2, Nate Hamblin, Joseph Foley
Wagga Tigers: Reece Hulm 4, Masyn Pavitt 2, Crawford Wadley, Carter Chobdzynski, Henry Heazlewood, Brodie Barac
Best players - Ganmain-GGM: Nate Hamblin, Sidney Lenton, Jarvis Pritchett, Thomas Kerrisk, Jake Fairman, Samuel Taylor
Wagga Tigers: Dougal Howard, Reece Hulm, Jake Hinds, Augustine Lyons, Matt Ryan, Crawford Wadley
Umpires: Cam O'Hare, Shannon Waterman and Brock Piltz (RUA)
NETBALL: A Grade: Coolamon 54 def Griffith 42, A Reserve: Griffith 40 def by Turvey Park 56, B Grade: Griffith 53 def Wagga Tigers 35, C Grade: Coolamon 36 def Wagga Tigers 20, U17: Wagga Tigers 46 def Griffith 34.