Nomads out to stay on top

By James Polson (Armidale Express, 15/05/2009)
The table-topping New England Nomads will head into tomorrow’s away clash with Inverell ready for some game time after the Muswellbrook Cats forfeited last week’s encounter.

But it wasn’t a dead loss for the Nomads, with a 15-a-side game hastily organised to keep the skills and fitness levels up.

Coach Brendan Meehan said the training run was almost as useful as a game for a side still coming to grips with playing together as a team.

“It was good for the blokes to keep them working together,” he said.

“We’re so much stronger with the local players this year so it didn’t make much of a difference that the students were back, another runaround was good.”

Meehan said he had seen the Saints in action briefly earlier in the season and expected another tough game.

“I saw a little bit of their game against the Kangaroos,” he said.

“It was a lot like our first game, a bit scratchy at the start but once they got into it they improved.

“They seem very similar to the side they’ve been for the past few years.”

While the Saints went down to the Tamworth Swans recently, and the Nomads had a good win over the same opposition, Meehan wasn’t reading too much into that fact.

“It doesn’t always mean something,” he said.

In other Tamworth Australian Football League action tomorrow the Swans will play host to the Gunnedah Bulldogs, while the Cats host the Kangaroos in Muswellbrook.

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