Finals fever hits town

The Narrandera Sportsground is looking in top class condition for the 2019 Riverina Football & Netball grand finals on Saturday. Photo: Kieren Tilly.

Narrandera Sportsground is set to host the 2019 Riverina FNL Grand Finals in both netball and Australian football on Saturday and the ground is looking in spectacular condition for the big event.

Narrandera has hosted the RFNL grand final since the league’s inception in 1982, except for two grand finals (1998 & 2016) which were both played at Robertson Oval in Wagga.

Contenders for the 2019 seniors football championship are Griffith Swans and Wagga Tigers.

The kick off for the seniors game between Griffith and Wagga is 2.30pm this Saturday and the A grade netball between Mangoplah Cookardinia United Eastlakes and Collingullie Glenfield Park is expected to start at 2.10pm at Narrandera Sports Stadium.

Three AFL matches and five netball matches will be played on grand final day, which is the culmination of an exciting season for all teams involved and their respective supporters. Wagga Tigers will be taking part in no less than four grand finals this year across both football and netball.

Officials and fans alike are hoping for all games on the day to be a tight affair, in particular the senior football game between Griffith and Wagga Tigers.

Expectations are that the quality of both teams that take to the field for the grand final, Griffith Swans and Wagga Tigers, will need to take their games to the next level in order to walk away with bragging rights for the 2019 Riverina Football season.

Expecting an exciting clash to end the season is President of the RFNL Chris Flanigan, who believes that both teams are matched in both skills and ability.

“Griffith has had a very consistent couple of years,” he said. “They have had an exceptional season this year and have learned a lot from last year.

“Their coach Will Griggs has got them firing at the right time of the year so I think they are primed and ready to go.”

Flanigan believes that Griffith will have a good spread of quality players across the field on the day, describing them as a “well coached, well drilled side” and a lot more prepared this year. He also rates Wagga Tigers as a good chance on the day.

“Wagga Tigers are a young side and very quick, if they can get their running game going they will do well. Their back line has been their strength during the season and once again they are a team full of talent across the field.”

Flanigan believes the Tigers are as truly capable as any team of great things on the right day.

The Narrandera Sportsground was hailed by Flanigan as “absolutely sensational” and a credit to those responsible for the care and development of the ground.

“You cannot fault the Narrandera Sportsground – the facilities are second to none,” he said.

Flanigan has also extended an invitation to sports fans to attend the netball grand finals taking place in the adjacent Narrandera Sports Stadium.

The A grade netball grand final features MCUE against Collingullie GP also promises some great action and Flanigan regards this season as one of the strongest competitions he has seen.

“I think we have ended up with the two best teams for the season squaring off against each other.

“This weekend I am expecting to see some very worthy teams in action. It will be I am sure a very exciting ending to the 2019 season for these talented athletes and their supporters,” Flanigan said.

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