BOOSTED by some key new recruits, the Griffith Black and Whites have sent a warning to the rest of Group 20’s league tag competition by taking out the Darlington Point knockout on Saturday.
Griffith beat crosstown rivals Yenda and the Waratahs before tackling Leeton in the final, winning 10-6 to claim the crown at the Darlington Point Sportsground.
Skipper Shailyn Williams said she was pleased to see her side bounce back from their defeat in last year’s grand final and praised the performance of new additions Erin Bonetti and Katrina Scarfone.
“It all worked out better than I expected, actually. It all fell into place,” she said.
“Defensively, that aspect was what I was impressed with the most, and our attack, when you look across the park now we’ve got options all over. That’s a really good thing.
“I’m really happy.
“We can take a bit from it, but we’ve still got a lot to work on, all across the park – it was only 10-minute halves.”
Williams said she was disappointed the Black and Whites did not have an opportunity to face premiers West Wyalong, who were committed to the annual John Kelly Cup clash with Temora the following day.
“It would have been good to have that rematch happen, but we’ll just have to wait for during the season now for that one,” she said.
Tullibigeal-Lakes United also didn’t field a side, pulling out on Friday due to a lack of numbers.
But the spirit of local league tag was praised as a combined side was slapped together at the eleventh hour to fill the space in the draw.
The Black and Whites will now turn their attention towards preparations for the round one clash away to the Hurricanes on April 13.
“They look like they had a young side too, so that should be interesting,” Williams said.