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   Jul 05

Swans flog Narrandera in vital win

IN FORM: Mick Duncan has proven his worth to the Swans again by booting eight goals against Narrandera. Picture: Anthony Stipo
Nanjing Night Net

The Griffith Swans demolishedthe Narrandera Eagles by 72 points away from home on Saturday to stay in touch with the Riverina Football League top five.

The Swans dominated from the opening siren and led at every change to prevail 23.9 (147) to 11.9 (75).

Mick Duncan was a force in the forward line and finished with eight majors, while Josh Hamilton and Will Griggs each booted three goals.

The Swans were heavyfavouritesto win the round 11 clash, butGriffith assistant coach Tom Groves was still pleased to see hisside perform tothe level expected, especially after the previous week’s four-point loss to Leeton-Whitton.

He said the Swans never looked in danger of losing.

“We had a bit of alapse inthe thirdquarter, and they (Narrandera) kicked back, but throughout thewhole day we were on top,” Grovessaid.

“It stemmed from our midfield. They were pretty exceptional.

“We really set it up with our inside 50s.Everyonewas workinghard and was very disciplined over the ground for most of the game.”

The Swans have a big chance to make it two wins in a row when they host bottom-placed Turvey Park at Exies Ovalthis Saturday.

It’s a game they can’t afford to drop.Griffith arein a battle with the Wagga Tigers, Collingullie-Glenfield Park, Coolamonand Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong for the last three spots in the top five.

With another seven rounds to play, anything can happen, but Groves said the Swans still controlled their destiny.

“I think we’ve been playingpretty goodfooty the last few weeks,” he said.

“We’re feeling reallyconfidentgoing into the second halfof the year and believe if wekeep on playing the way we have,we can beat mostsides.

“If wekeepwinning, itdoesn’t leave anything tochance for us.”

Groves, however, could be on the sideline for the next couple of gamesafter injuring his hamstring in the first quarter against Narrandera.

“I’m not sure how bad it is yet,” he said.“But it might be one or two games.”

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