Round 12: Roos on the up

The Tamworth Kangaroos became the fourth team to beat the Nomads this season, as the Nomads poor run of results continued at Tamworth No.1 Oval. Although the Nomads lead after the first quarter, the Roos dominated throughout to finish 14.12 (96) to 7.9 (51) winners.

The majority of the damage was done in the second quarter, in which the Roos scored 5.4 to the Nomads two behinds. This was disappointing as the Nomads had started brightly, showing good commitment and effort in the first quarter, although the quarter time lead owed a lot to the Roos wayward early shooting.

The Nomads improved in the second half, particularly in the final quarter, but never managed to get control of the game. Giving away possession lightly cost them good positions and the strong, direct Kangaroos side took full advantage, especially Dan Overeem up front who bagged an eight goal haul.

The game finished with the Nomads beaten for a fourth consecutive game, but more importantly nursing serious-looking injuries to Joel Webber (shoulder) and Matt Maxwell (ankle), with Adrian Walsh also off to hospital for stitches in his brow.

Overall, a bad result but an improved performance from the Nomads in terms of endeavour. They will be hoping that the return of their missing players for the new university term will give them back their missing edge.

Brendan Meehan, winner of the Player’s Player award, put in an outstanding performance for the Nomads. Other notable performers including Glen Northway, Weston Whitby, Anthony Reid, Tom Hunt (Red Rooster Endeavour award winner) and Adrian Walsh.

The goal kickers for the Nomads were Warwick Richardson (3), Glen Northway (2), Adrian Walsh and Jack Sartor.

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