Nomads surge to victory

From the Armidale Express, 21/06/2010

Rising star Tom Walsh

Rising star Tom Walsh

Trailing by 14 points heading into the final quarter, the New England Nomads came home with a wet sail to win their Tamworth AFL match by 13 points against Narrabri on Saturday.

Livewire forwards Weston Whitby and Johnathon Frost turned the game on its head in the final stanza, with the Nomads overrunning the visiting Eagles at Bellevue Oval.

Coach Brendan Meehan was a relieved man on Saturday night.

“It was a tough game and they’ve got some good players. It was just good to get the points,” he said.

New England started the game strongly to lead by 15 points at the first break, but a dominant second quarter gave Narrabri a handy buffer at half time.

Meehan said the Nomads’ performance in the second half was ‘pleasing’.

“Obviously we didn’t want to be in the position we were in at half time but all the boys lifted when the game was up for grabs,” he said.

“The last quarter they were switched on and ate into the deficit quickly.”

Meehan said Frost was his side’s standout player, but reserved mentions for Hamish Pearce, Clint Ballagh and Whitby.

The final score was 11.13 (79) to 8.16 (66).

New England travel to Gunnedah this Saturday in what could be a season defining match.

A victory against the Bulldogs would all but guarantee the Nomads a place in the finals.

Gunnedah, also playing for a place in the final, are sure to come out firing after they were hammed by 158 points against Inverell on Saturday.

In the other match on the weekend, Muswellbrook were beaten by 91 points against the Tamworth Kangaroos.

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Round 10 2010

Nomads def. Eagles
 GBP GBP
Q14529 2214
HT4731 61046
Q361046 81260
FT111379 81664

Team:

  • C. Ballagh,
  • M. Bourke,
  • M. Clayton,
  • M. Dowdle,
  • D. Dunlop,
  • J. Frost,
  • M. Hamilton,
  • J. Harland,
  • L. Holmes,
  • C. Murray,
  • G. Nelson,
  • B. Page,
  • H. Pearce,
  • A. Reid,
  • N. Schultz,
  • O. Temoso,
  • P. Tobias,
  • A. Walsh,
  • T. Walsh,
  • W. Whitby,
  • J. Wright.

Goalscorers:

  • B. Page (3),
  • J. Frost (3),
  • W. Whitby (2),
  • A. Reid,
  • D. Dunlop,
  • T. Walsh.

Award winners:

  • J. Frost (Players' Player),
  • G. Nelson (Coach's),
  • D. Dunlop (President's),
  • J. Harland (Captain's),
  • P. Tobias (VC's),
  • W. Whitby (Red Rooster).

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