Nomads go down to undefeated Roos

by Nick Schultz
We travelled to Tamworth on Saturday to take on the undefeated Tamworth Roos. We’ve matched up well against the Roos over the last couple of years, and with a fairly strong line up we expected to make it hard for them. However, the experience and class difference between the two sides was obvious, and we were soundly beaten.

The Roos got off to a flyer – the Douglas bothers were causing their usual headaches for us in the middle, and Ash Cruickshank was damaging up forward. A pleasing aspect for us was that we were spoiling most marking contests around the ground – something that was lacking from in earlier rounds. However, the Roos mopped up most of the crumbs, and took the ball forward too easily. We had our past captain and Nomads B&F winner Glen ‘Norm’ Northway at full forward (on what will hopefully be one of his frequent
drives south from Bris Vegas). He got on the end of a nice pass from Anthony Reid and kicked truly, and we were on the board, but we didn’t get it up there enough to keep pace with the Roos.  

The Roos won every quarter for the day and had winners over most of the ground. We fought the game out better than against the Saints last week, and learnt a lot about the competition and the deficiencies of our fairly inexperienced side. We were certainly disappointed with the our game, but we will hit the track again this week with a good idea of the work that needs to be done before we come up against the league’s strongest teams next time around.

Notable Nomads included another bruising performance from Hamish Pearce, who is really establishing himself as one of the league’s top midfielders. He also showed off his increasingly regular ability to kick goals from the centre. Jonathan Frost did each of his jobs as forward, midfielder and defender with class. Young Tom Walsh took some great grabs and controlled the ball nicely on the wing. Matt Bourke excited the crowd with some Road Runner impersonations, and Gavin Nelson and Joe Harland gave strong performances and look to be growing into their positions.

Fitness was an issue once again, and I really hope everyone can get to training prepared to put in some hard weeks on the track. We will never bridge the gap between us and the top teams without four quarters of footy in our legs. We have the Tamworth Swans next week at home, and really need a win to stay in touch with the top sides.

Round 7 2010

Roos def. Nomads
 GBP GBP
Q15434 117
HT81159 2315
Q3121385 3523
FT1515105 41236

Team:

  • A. Baillie,
  • C. Ballagh,
  • M. Bourke,
  • M. Clayton,
  • M. Dowdle,
  • D. Dunlop,
  • J. Frost,
  • J. Harland,
  • M. Maxwell,
  • L. McLeod,
  • G. Nelson,
  • G. Northway,
  • B. Page,
  • H. Pearce,
  • A. Reid,
  • N. Schultz,
  • O. Temoso,
  • G. Wagstaff,
  • A. Walsh,
  • T. Walsh,
  • J. Wright.

Goalscorers:

  • H. Pearce (3),
  • G. Northway.

Award winners:

  • H. Pearce (Players' Player),
  • M. Bourke (Coach's),
  • G. Nelson (President's),
  • T. Walsh (Captain's),
  • J. Harland (VC's),
  • A. Walsh (Red Rooster).

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