Nomads back on home turf

By James Polson (Armidale Express, 12/06/2009)
After more than a month of well and truly living up to their moniker of transience the New England Nomads are back on home turf tomorrow for their round six match against the table-topping Tamworth Swans.

The Nomads had a hard-fought five-point win against the Swans in the first round of the Tamworth Australian Football League (TAFL) competition last month.

Since that win the Nomads’ only joy has been a win by forfeit over Muswellbrook, before they hit the road, going down to Inverell, the Tamworth Kangaroos and Gunnedah in successive weeks.

The Nomads are in desperate need of a win.

They had an equal share of the competition lead in round three but in the two rounds since then have dropped to fifth, while the Swans are out in front on 16 points.

Only a win separates first from fifth however, with Inverell, the Kangaroos, Gunnedah and the Nomads all level on 12 points.

Nomads coach Brendan Meehan agreed that now was the time for the Nomads to turn the corner, with four of their next five games to be played at home.

“We need to get going and start having some wins,” he said.

“We don’t want to be too far out of that top four.”

While the Nomads won’t be at full strength for tomorrow’s match, they will be bolstered by the return of a number of players.

While Meehan said the side wouldn’t be confirmed until after training tomorrow night he expected Paul Harris to return to the backline, as well as Hamish Pearce and Will Hamilton.

He said that if his charges could perform like they did in the opening round it would go a long way to earning the win.

“Hopefully we play like we did in that first game,” he said.

In tomorrow’s other TAFL action the Kangaroos travel to the Saints and Gunnedah host the Muswellbrook Cats.

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One Response to “Nomads back on home turf”

  1. Brendo Says:

    Nomads,

    Very sad to read the results of the last two games. Typically the season in New England tends to be played in two parts. We are coming into the second part of the season when we need to have some wins. Time to get behind the coach train hard and turn our season around.

    All the Best,

    Brendo

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