Clarrie Barker wins Nomads Best and Fairest Award

November 7th, 2017

The winner of the Best and Fairest for 2017 is Clarrie Barker with the Runners Up award going to Luke ‘Rambo’ Raymond. Clarrie, born and bred in Armidale, is the first of our Auskickers to win the best and fairest. He also won the Players’ Player award. Along with Cameron Graham he has had a stellar year representing NSW Under 17’s and playing for an under 19’s Sydney Swans team. We shall watch their future careers with great anticipation.

The runner up Luke Raymond has also had a brilliant year; probably the lightest player in the team he is fearless in his attack on the ball. Third place went to Paddy Tobias, another player willing to venture where even angels are loathe to go. He was awarded the most consistent award. The most determined went to another fearless Nomad, Tim Keys, who unfortunately will not be around in 2018. He will be sorely missed

The goal kicking award went to another local favorite, David ‘Modra’ Richards. Modra had another brilliant year but was unfortunately injured during the Grand Final.

The most improved for 2017 was Sam Bioletti, another one of our Auskickers who has been around the club for many years. It was very pleasing to see how much he improved this year to become a strong player whether in the forward line or the backs.

The best first year was a recruit who came all the way from Bright in Victoria, Alex Shem. Masquerading as a forward initially (or was the the selectors’ misapprehension?) he shone in the backline. Like Modra, Shemmy was unavailable in the Grand Final through injury which was a great shame.

Finally the club person award this year has gone to Amy Pittman who organized the women’s team (and often the men’s as well) and was tireless in her efforts to promote football in the region. The award was very well deserved.
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Nomads Dream Run of Flags Comes to an End in Gunnedah

November 6th, 2017

The Nomads’ Gilded Age of consecutive premierships came to an end on September 9 in Gunnedah. However, midway thorough the last quarter, as the Nomads surged to the lead it look like Flag #6 was on its way, but injuries to key players in the Nomads’ camp and determination on the part of the Dogs meant that it was not to be. Clarrie Barker kicked 3 while Nick Locke and Ethan Karpany kicked 3 apiece. Best for the Nomads were Clarrie Barker, Paddy Tobias, Luke Raymond, Tim Keys and Nick Locke all of whom played brilliantly and nearly pulled off an upset. Final scores were Gunnedah 15.16.106 to Nomads 13.8.86.

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Grand Final Team vs Gunnedah Bulldogs

September 8th, 2017

The team to play the Gunnedah Bulldogs at Wolseley Oval on September 9th at 2.00 pm is:

B Harriot Mitchell Wilson
HB Tobias Hunt Snowden
C Graham Locke Chakalisa
HF Petrascu Barker Treweeeke
F Richards Karpany Wakefield
R Keys Locke Raymond

Interchange: Cudmore, Darton, Ratcliffe, S. Bioletti

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Nomads Win their way to a 6th Consecutive Grand Final

September 4th, 2017

In defeating the Inverell Saints on Saturday at the Bellevue Cathedral in what was a tightly fought contest (and Wulu Hall’s 50th game), the New England Nomads have won the right to play in the Grand Final next Saturday in Gunnedah. It was a pleasing return to form for the Nomads. The team was lead in the forward line by Harry Wakefield who kicked a lazy seven goals sauntering around casually in the forward pocket, while Ethan Karpany kicked 4 and Clarrie Barker 3. In the backline Paddy Tobias was a standout and Tim Keys, Jesse Petrascu and Luke Raymond were too strong in the middle for the Saints. The final score was 18.4.112 to 10.12.72. More »

Round PF 2017

Nomads def. Saints
Q15131 2214
HT9256 6743
Q312274 9963
FT184112 101272


  • C. Barker,
  • S. Bioletti,
  • E. Bray,
  • V. Chakalisa,
  • L. Cudmore,
  • W. Hall,
  • M. Harriot,
  • T. Hunt,
  • E. Karpany,
  • T. Keys,
  • N. Locke,
  • S. Macdonald,
  • P. Mitchell,
  • J. Petrascu,
  • L. Raymond,
  • D. Richards,
  • A. Shem,
  • S. Snowden,
  • P. Tobias,
  • J. Treweeke,
  • H. Wakefield,
  • S. Wilson.


  • H. Wakefield (7),
  • E. Karpany (4),
  • C. Barker (3),
  • N. Locke (2),
  • D. Richards,
  • T. Keys.

Award winners:

  • H. Wakefield (Players' Player),
  • W. Hall (Coach's),
  • L. Raymond (President's),
  • T. Keys (Captain's),
  • P. Tobias (Meehan's Plumbing Services').

Preliminary Final vs Inverell Saints

September 2nd, 2017

The team to play the Inverell Saints at Bellevue Oval on September 2nd at 2.00 pm is:

B Harriot Mitchell Wilson
HB Tobias Hunt Hall
C Shem Petrascu MacDonald
HF Richards Barker S. Bioletti
F Karpany Treweeke Wakefield
R Keys Locke Raymond

Interchange: Cudmore, Snowden, Chakalisa, Bray

Be at Bellevue by 12.30

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