SWANS SIGN FORMER SUPER NETBALL DEFENDER JOHANNAH MUNRO - By Jon Tuxworth
GRIFFITH'S netball resurgence has received another major boost after the club signed former Super Netballer Johannah Munro (nee Curran) for the coming season. The 35-year-old, who generally plays goal defence or wing defence, has moved to Griffith from Melbourne to be closer to her extended families of husband Clint, and children Tom and Ruby.
The Swans finished second on the Riverina League table last year in coach Georgie Fuller's first season as coach, before the finals series was abandoned.
Munro began her Super Netball career in 2004 with Melbourne Phoenix, before joining the Melbourne Vixens as part of their inaugural team in 2008. She spent the next three years as captain of West Coast Fever, before returning to the Vixens for a swansong season in 2013.
Griffith vice-president Karen Conlan said Munro's knowledge of the game will be just as valuable as her playing talent. "You've got a very experienced and capable leader on the court with Georgie Fuller, as Swans coach so they can share the responsibility there," Conlan said.
"We're gained plenty with her playing ability, but her coaching knowledge is going to be a huge asset. "She's keen to be part of our club and is also interested in doing clinics with our juniors, which she has done here in the past. "Her sister Stephanie played for us a few years ago and her brother Shaun as well, She's got connections here at Griffith."
Munro who will be an invaluable sounding board for Fuller, given she has filled specialist coaching roles with the Vixens since her retirement. Fuller will have her hands full this season also juggling an assistant coaching role with the Southern Sports Academy.
(The Daily Advertiser, Wednesday, February 09, 2022).
FOUR OF FIVE NETBALL TEAMS QUALIFY - By Liam Warren
THE Griffith Swans will be well represented on the netball courts when the RFNL finals get underway on Saturday. The Swans will have four of the five grades take to the courts at either Robertson Oval or Narrandera Sportsground, with the under 17s only missing out on percentage.
The A graders were able to secure their second chance in the final series after coming away with a convincing 62-31 victory over Narrandera. This weekend the A graders will have their work cut out for them when they take on the Wagga Tigers in Narrandera on Saturday. The Tigers have two wins against the Swans already this season, the second of which was a tight tussle at Exies Oval.
A reserve was able to secure third place heading into the finals after they dominated on court to take a 64-9 victory over Narrandera. A clash with Mangoplah is what awaits the Swans, and much like the A graders, they will need to overturn their regular season record against the Goannas.
Despite picking up a win on the weekend, the B graders fell one point short of reaching the top three after the Tigers defeated Leeton. It was another pretty convincing performance from the Swans as they were able to see off the challenge from Narrandera with a 58-16 victory and now ready themselves for a do-or-die clash with GGGM Lions at Robertson Oval on Sunday. The Swans have a good record against the Lions in the regular season and will be looking to replicate that and keep their season alive.
The C graders were able to get the job done against Narrandera with a 44-point victory over the Eagles, which saw them leapfrog GGGM into fifth spot, after the Lions had a bye. It has set up a do-or-die local derby with old enemies Leeton-Whitton set for the opposition at Robertson Oval. It has been a mixed season for the C graders against the Crows, with both sides taking a win on their respective home courts in two evenly matched games.
Unfortunately, the under 17s needed to take the points against Narrandera if they were to leapfrog GGGM into fifth, but it was the fourth placed Eagles who came away with a 38-33 victory and seeing the Swans miss out.
(The Area News - Friday August 26, 2022).