Nomads concentrating on basics

By James Polson (Armidale Express, 22/05/2009)
The New England Nomads will be out to erase the disappointment of last week’s loss to Inverell when they travel to Tamworth to take on the Kangaroos tomorrow.

The Nomads currently lead the way in a four-way tie at the top of the Country Energy Tamworth Australian Football League table (TAFL), predominantly due to the 150-point boost to their differential after Muswellbrook forfeited a match a fortnight ago.

While the squad wasn’t finalised at time of press, with the picture becoming clearer after training last night, coach Brendan Meehan said two players were under injury cloud – newcomer Paul Harris and veteran Matt Maxwell.

Harris only played his first game for the club last week.

“It would be disappointing if he had to miss this week through injury after only playing one game,” Meehan said.

Meehan said he expected a tough match from the Kangaroos.

“I saw most of their first game against Inverell,” he said.

“It’s a very close competition and there’s not much between the teams, the side that does the right thing on the day will come out on top.”

The coach said his troops were confident of coming away with a win.

“They were disappointed with last week,” he said.

“We’re looking good so far, we had a good turnout to training on Tuesday.

“And the new fellas are showing they’re really keen and improving every week.”

Meehan said getting the basics right was the key to victory for the Nomads.

“We need to just be patient and not rush things,” he said.

“If we can do that we’ll be right.”

The Nomads and Kangaroos match will be the first of a double-header in Tamworth tomorrow, with the Swans and Muswellbrook to face off in the second game.

Inverell will play host to Gunnedah in tomorrow’s other TAFL fixture.

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