Nomads look to consolidate position

From the Armidale Express, 18/06/2010
New England Nomads can book a place in the Tamworth AFL finals series with two wins in the next eight days.  That’s what coach Brendan Meehan reckons, anyway.

Tomorrow the Nomads host Narrabri before travelling to Gunnedah next Saturday. With a home game against the lowly Muswellbrook after that, it means the Nomads would virtually be cemented in the top four.  After beating the Tamworth Swans in their last outing, the Nomads should have no trouble accounting for Narrabri, Meehan said.  “It’s a game we should and must win,” he said.  “If we can get a bit of a roll going we’ll be hard to beat at the business end of the season.

“It was a good win against the Swans but that’ll be wasted if we drop the ball against Narrabri.”  The Eagles, new to the competition this season, have been far from disappointing, despite sitting second last with two wins from eight matches. “If we take them lightly we’ll lose. If we turn up to play we should win comfortably,” Meehan said.

The Nomads will have extra motivation tomorrow with hardnosed defender Clint Ballagh celebrating his 50th game. “It might not seem like many games but 50 is a lot in our club and competition,” he said. “That’s five seasons just about and ‘Rowdy’ has been a great clubman for us. “In last week’s interleague game he was about their best defender.  His man never got a cheap kick.”

Weston Whitby returns to the Nomads side tomorrow after visiting family interstate and will be a key target when New England go forward.

Play starts at 2pm at Bellevue Oval.

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