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Round 2 - Sunday April 29, 2018
Riverina Football Netball League
Venue: Ganmain Sportsground 2.10pm
Umpires: Rob Wilson, Andrew Tuovi and Craig Fletcher (RUA)
Ganmain-GGM .... 2.0 .. 2.1 .. 4.2 .. 6.2 (38)
Griffith .................. 1.2 .. 2.8 .. 6.10 .. 10.12 (72)
GANMAIN-GRONG GRONG-MATONG: Nathan Kember, Joshua Walsh, Max McCaig; Brad Hare, Ben Walsh, Jack Sase; Angus Cumming, Jesse Lander, Nicholas Thomas; Hugh Templeman, Jack McCaig, Zac Wiencke; Lachlan Parker, Jethro Peck, Matthew Hamblin; Jacob Olsson (capt.), Nicholas Cooke, Aaron Proctor; Nicholas Anderson, Michael Daniher, Jacob Dyer, Cameron Linsell
GRIFFITH: Dean Catanzariti, James Taylor, Daniel Peruzzi; Guy Orton, James Toscan, Will Griggs (c-c); Isaac Campbell, Jordan Iudica, Reece Matheson; Sam Daniel, Lucas Conlan, Theo Valeri; Ben King, Charlie Cunial, Toby Blissett; Riley Irvin, Heath Northey, Sam Foley; Jonathon Gastin, Daniel Andreazza, John Evans, Nick Witherspoon
Ganmain-GGM: M Hamblin 2, M Daniher, A Cumming, B Walsh, H Templeton
Griffith: S Daniel 2, R Irvin 2, C Cunial, S Foley, H Northey, J Gastin, J Iudica, T Blissett
Ganmain-GGM: J Sase, J Lander, Z Wiencke, A Proctor, J Walsh, J McCaig
Griffith: G Orton, J Iudica, H Northey, T Blissett, R Irvin, R Matheson, I Campbell
A summary of match report, with thanks
IT took until midway through the final quarter, but Griffith eventually overcame a gallant Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong to record their second win for the year on Sunday. The Swans were put under the pump by a hard-working home team before they eventually broke the game open late, finishing 10.12 (72) to 6.2 (38) winners at Ganmain Sportsground.
In a scrappy affair, the Lions threatened when 15-year-old Matt Hamblin kicked his second goal on debut to narrow the margin to nine points eight minutes into the final term. But Griffith got a quick reply through Jordan Iudica and then finished full of running to bag the final three goals and seal an important win. The Swans were made to work a lot harder than in the opening round annihilation of Narrandera and new coach Will Griggs described it as a "wake up call" for the Swans.
"They kind of clogged us up a bit, Ganmain, wouldn't let us get that free-flowing style but we weren't working near hard enough. "It was a bit of a wakeup call to the boys, we had an interrupted week on the track, and it shows when we train well, we play well.
I think it highlighted that we need to come ready to go at training on Tuesday." Griffith started the better of the two teams but were inefficient going forward, while GGGM made the most of their chances to take a three-point lead at quarter time.
The Swans continued to be wasteful in front of goals but had enough opportunities to ensure they went into half-time in front by eight points, despite having eight more shots than the Lions. Griffith kicked the first two goals after the break to extend the margin and went into the three-quarter-time 20 points clear.
While the Lions challenged briefly, Griffith finished full of running to remain undefeated. "Ganmain at home is always a tough battle, they seem to grow a leg playing at home no matter where they are on the ladder, so we knew we couldn't let them get a jump on us early and unfortunately they did," Griggs said. "Their pressure was fantastic all day and to be honest, we were happy to get away with four points.
Griggs was happy with the way his team finished the game. "They kicked two quick ones but to our credit, we stuck true and ran away with it in the end," he said. Guy Orton was very good for the Swans off half-back, while Heath Northey got a lot of the footy through the midfield. Young ruckman Riley Irvin completed all day and went forward late to kick two goals. For GGGM, Jack Sase was good across half-back, while Jack McCaig worked hard at centre-half-forward. GGGM picked up another injury concern with Lachie Parker hurting his shoulder.
(By Matt Malone - The Area News Monday April 30, 2018).
OTHER MATCHES - SAT: Coolamon 11.10 (76) def by Mangoplah-CUE 17.10 (112), Turvey Park 14.8 (92) def Wagga 8.11 (59), Narrandera 10.7 (67) def by Leeton-Whitton 16.12 (108); Collingullie-GP, bye.
Reserves: Griffith 20.12 (132) def Ganmain-GGM 1.2 (8)
Goals: K Duncan 5, M Peruzzi 3, B Rees 3, B Chambers 2, R Perre 2, T Argus, R Johns, J Ryan, M Agnew, A Blissett
Best Players: M Agnew, M Peruzzi, K Duncan, R Johns, R Perre, D Villata
Under 17.5's: Griffith 18.13 (121) def Ganmain-GGM 9.5 (59)
Goals: D Bennett 5, C Bock 4, G Rovere 3, K Spencer 3, T Baker, O Herrmann, J Paton
Best Players: D Bennett, B Jamieson, C Thompson-Gardener, Q Stevenson, K Spencer, G Rovere
Netball - A grade: Griffith 39 d Ganmain-GGM 20; A reserve: Ganmain-GGM 49 d Griffith 27; B grade: Griffith 57 d Ganmain-GGM 29; C grade: Griffith 33 d Ganmain-GGM 6; Under 17's: Ganmain-GGM 44 d Griffith 28.