Nomads hope to get on a roll

From the Armidale Express, 22/03/2010.
New England Nomads are looking to tomorrow’s clash with Tamworth Swans to trigger a revival in the Tamworth Australian Football League.

Coach Brendan Meehan believes the game can mark a turnaround for the Nomads, who are still short of top form.

“It would be great to notch a win this weekend as we then have two byes followed by Narrabri at home, so we will be looking to get on a bit of a roll,” he said.

The Nomads are coming off two big losses to Inverell Saints and the Tamworth Roos, but Meehan is not too disappointed.

“They are the two top teams, so we have a better idea of where we’re at and where we need to get to,” he said.

“The Swans got us down in Tamworth in round one, fielding much the same team that won the grand final last year and we were short of a few players.

“But we came back to win the second half so that gives us a bot of confidence for tomorrow.”

Meehan is a little apprehensive, however, about meeting the Swans a week after they were trounced by Inverell by more than 100 points.

The Swans were under strength and will be keen to erase memories of that flogging.

The Nomads will field a similar line-up to that beaten 105-36 by the Kangaroos last week.

Leigh Holmes is the only likely absentee.

Meehan will be looking to onballer Hamish Pearce to continue his good form of recent weeks, along with Clinton Ballagh, ‘who puts in every week’.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard and I’m confident the results will come,” Meehan said.

Tomorrow’s game kicks off at Bellevue Oval at 2pm.

In other games, Gunnedah Bulldogs tackle the Tamworth Kangaroos and the Muswellbrook Cats are at home to the Narrabri Eagles, while the Inverell Saints have the bye.

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