Nomads record important win over Cats

From the Armidale Express, 30/07/2007
The New England Nomads recorded an important win over the Muswellbrook Cats at Bellevue on Saturday.

Exact scores were unavailable at time of printing.

The Cats are above the Armidale side on the Tamworth Australian Football League ladder, and the game was a must win match for the Nomads after their disappointing showing against Tamworth last week, in which the Nomads went down by 83 points.

Muswellbrook remain in second place behind the undefeated Inverell Saints, though the Nomads victory narrows the gap to third to just four points.

Nomads president Ben Page was impressed with the New England performance, which was the first time in quite a while that the Nomads had been able to field something resembling a full-strength side.

“I can’t remember the exact score but we won by about 20 points,” he said.

“It was a good game, the boys pulled together very well.

“It was very hard fought but we ended up getting there in the end, we played some pretty good footy at some stages in what turned out to be pretty atrocious conditions so it was good.”

Page named a number of standouts from the Nomads side.

“Matty Maxwell was best on ground – he was outstanding,” he said.

“Clint Ballagh had a wonderful game as well as did our ruckman Anthony Reid and Anthony Alderuccio was also great.”

The Cats have the bye next week, while the Nomads will travel to Narrabri, an assignment that should give them little trouble.

“We’d be pretty confident of coming away with a victory going into that match,” Page said.

“We’ve got a few little niggling injuries but nothing major that I’m aware of this week.”

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