GRIFFITH NOTES: "Riverina Football Record" September 29, 1991 - No. 24
It has been a long time since we have had a 1st Grade side in the grand final, but oh how sweet it is. After trying for almost twenty years we have finally reached the big one. Les Parish must take a lot of the credit not only for the club's on-field performance, but also for the club's promoting the game at all levels, will most certainly reap awards for the club in years to come. Another tireless worker who must be thanked for is Mr. Roy Agresta and the committee who have put in countless hours of work for the club, and for the supporters who make it all worthwhile.
Terry Bennett's Under 18's play in their second grand final in three years and the young lads have done the club proud this year. The 2nds and netballers were eliminated in the preliminary finals last week but it was a marvellous effort to get so far after a sluggish start to the season. A lot of hard work by everyone associated with the club has gone into having the two sides play off for football's ultimate prize. I'm sure the players have the best wishes of the whole City of Griffith with them as they run onto the ground today. Post Grand Final Social will be held at Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club. All supporters will be welcome as celebrations will go till the wee hours of Monday morning.
President's Grand Final Message
It gives me great pleasure to be president of the Griffith Australian Football Club, but I am only a small cog in a big wheel which has got the Swans this far in the competition.
Les Parish has done most of the work over the past three years to get the side to the Narrandera Sportsground today and if any a man is deserving of a premiership, it is Les. He has put many hours into the three teams and lifted the club from the bottom of the ladder to be premiership contenders, as well as the work he has done with the juniors throughout the Riverina.
He, along with Allan Parr, who coaches the 2nds and was prepared to travel from Wollongong every week after being transferred in his work, and Terry Bennett, who has the future of the club in the Under 18's grand final today.
To the girls who worked so hard to make the netball grand final, only to go down by four goals to East Wagga last week, thank you for putting Griffith to the fore.
Secretary Greg Wade has worked hard all year and spent many long hours for the club, and Marty O'Donnell has kept the finances in check. We have only a small committee this year, but those who have been on it have worked hard to fill all the gaps and to all the people, I thank them.
Last, but not least, the women's auxiliary, who have kept the canteen going and like last year, has lessened the financial burden on the club.
The players have done everything that has been asked of them, and for that the Griffith Football Club has become one big family.
Finally I would like to thank all supporters who have travelled to cheer our teams today and have stuck through the season, and hopefully football is the winner today and both sides come through the match injury free.