Griffith run riot in 104-point thrashing of Coolamon

UP FOR GRABS: Joe Redfern, Riley Irvin, Matt McGowan and James Toscan compete during Coolamon and Griffith at Kindra Park. Picture: Les Smith

UP FOR GRABS: Joe Redfern, Riley Irvin, Matt McGowan and James Toscan compete during Coolamon and Griffith at Kindra Park. Picture: Les Smith

Premiership favouritism may lie with Griffith after they produced the performance of the season so far to destroy Coolamon by 104 points on Sunday.

The Swans produced a near-perfect performance to run rings around a terribly disappointing Coolamon team, 19.22 (136) to 4.8 (32) at Kindra Park.

Griffith may not have recruited much over the off-season but the changes new coach Will Griggs has made to the game plan have the Swans firing on all cylinders.

The Swans linked up brilliantly, ran in waves and moved the ball quickly in a performance that resembled a training run at times.

It was Coolamon’s worst performance in years and their first loss by more than 100 points since May 5, 2012, when going down to Collingullie by 115 at Crossroads Oval.

While Griffith were right on top in the middle, they were at their most dangerous when the run started from half-back with Guy Orton, Mick Duncan and Will Griggs the chief destroyers.

Lucas Conlan had a day out at full-forward but only finished with four goals as he struggled with accuracy in front of goal.

In fact, the damage could have been much worse for Coolamon had Griffith not put six shots on goal out on the full.

Griggs admitted it was the best his team had played this season.

“Best overall performance I think,” Griggs said.

“A four quarter effort. Every game previously we have been a little slow to start but today we seemed to click into gear pretty early.”

Griffith started with the breeze but it did not matter as the margin grew as the day went on, regardless of who had the wind.

The Swans in previous seasons played a possession based game but have now flicked the switch into a team that moves the ball quickly and takes the game on.

Griggs said the transition has been seamless.

“We kind of tinkered with it a little bit towards the end of last year,” he said.

“If you move the ball quickly it makes it very unpredictable for the other team. We’re lucky enough now that our core group has played with each other now for two, three years so we kind of know exactly what each other is going to do and I think it’s really starting to show now.”

The win maintains Griffith’s unbeaten start to the year and they sit on top of the ladder after four rounds.

Coolamon, however, have been unable to live up to the hype and sit in seventh position with just one win from their opening four games.

To add injury to insult, Jamie Maddox picked up a glute injury early and played very little part.

All the Swans were good but it was Conlan, Orton, Griggs and Duncan that led the charge. 

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