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GRIFFITH NOTES: "Riverina Football Record" April 6, 2002 - No. 1
A new re-vamped comp, new jumpers and a new coach sees the Griffith Swans all fired up for a big one. No-one around the club is getting carried away with all the 'paper talk'.
Good luck to Wagga Tigers in their endeavours in the Canberra comp. It's a big jump. As a club we were sorry to see them go as they have been the 'yardstick' in the RFL, and we have always tried to lift ourselves to their level.
A very warm welcome to Cian and Jane Ebert, and the kids. Cian has already shown with the pre-season training and trial games that he's totally committed to taking the Swans to the finals this year - building on the base that Jon O'Dwyer created over the past two seasons. This year Jon and Phillip Rowston will be his deputies and the Reserves will be coached jointly by the two Greg's - Collins and Dreyer. And it may be the elder of the two could actually put the boots on again if they were ever short. The arduous task of getting the Under 18's team on the paddock each week has been taken on by Andrew Hill and Shayne Driscoll. Once again, this year we will struggle for numbers.
We have a few new faces around the club and also some old ones. The new players are Craig Conlan, Warwick Armstrong, Anthony Freyer, Josh Fisher, David Kidman and Wes Armor. Former players back to the club are Matt Olney, Gavin Hill, Michael Johns, Jonathan Gifford and Trevor Clarke.
We lost a few. Dean Jamieson to Ardlethan, Adrian Pavese and Gary Argus to Hillston, Brent Hathaway to Barellan and Hamish Munro to Victoria, where he moved with his job. We wish them all well with their new clubs.
Many thanks to our major sponsor, the Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club for their continued support. Once more we have associate sponsors in McDonald's who are sponsoring the three grades and the Griffith Newsagency have also come on board, sponsoring all three sides, whilst Riverina Watertek have taken over the sponsorship of the warmup tops.
We have also secured weekly awards winners and we wish to thank the following businesses for their continued support: Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club, Snuggle-In, McDonald's (3 grades), Ron's Auto One, Fred & Rod McNabb, Area Hotel, Autobarn, Halls Butchery, Synergee and Video Ezy.
Last year the 'Player of the Year' competition was well received and has been implemented again. Run in conjunction with Alf Trefilo from Traveland and the Area News, the competition is eligible to all players. Last year saw Rod Duncan win by one vote over Gary Argus with Daniel Best third. Three individual judges will vote 3, 2 and 1 for each grade and these will be collated with the results being published in Wednesday's Area News with the progressive totals. In the event of a draw there will be a countback. The winner will receive a Gold Coast Holiday with 3 nights' accommodation and plane fare.
For the first time ever the Club this year will have four teams in the Netball competition. And they will once again be sponsored by the Griffith Newsagency, Danny's Store and the Griff Hotel.
Again, there are many businesses and individuals that have agreed to be game sponsors for the Seniors and today's game sponsors are Mim and Kevin Rowston and we thank them for their continued support.
We drew the short straw this year by getting MCUE on a Saturday for our first game as it is our furthest trip, however, we at least get most of our Saturday away games out of the way early. Let's start the season with the clean sweep. Up The Swans.
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