Nomads Underwhelm the Swans down in Tamworth

The Nomads defeated the Swans at Tamworth by 74 points in a convincing but rather lacklustre display; the final scores being 17.9.111 to 5.7.37.

The first quarter saw the Swans come out firing, keen to avenge the humiliating defeats handed out earlier in the season. They hit the ball hard and ran in numbers and took the Nomads by surprise; only 5 points separated the teams at the end of the quarter. Aided and abetted by the 2013 Nomads’ tendency to slow starts, and also by a tendency to overuse short disposals, the Swans had control of the game for much of the quarter. If it was not for the fine defensive work by Benji Julien, Tim Snelling , Zac Economou and Zac Wells amongst others, the Nomads might have found themselves trailing at the first break.

In the second quarter the Nomads had the win and played much more direct football. Luke “Rambo” Raymond was providing lots of drive on the wing and James Boatfield, Modra Richards and Jed Ellis-Cluff were looking extremely dangerous and providing plenty of movement up forward. The more direct approach worked and by the end of the quarter the margin was 25 points.

The third quarter was disappointing in one sense and saw the Nomads play to the Swans strengths by kicking to congested parts of the ground and failing to really capitalise on their running strengths. Nonetheless, the lead was extended yet again and by this stage the result was beyond doubt.

In the final quarter, the Nomads finally started to play some good running football, despite the football becoming a little more rugged. Jed Ellis-CLuff shone in this last quarter as did Zac Economou who took some fine marks in back 50.

Hoani Morrell, Charlie Bender and Weston Whitby impressed in the middle with lots of hard work getting balls out of packs and out to running players. Luke Raymond, inhis first game back after the university break, was very busy on the wing, with his accurate left-foot disposals causing headaches for the Swans defenders. Jed scored five and Modra quietly snuck in scoring 4 majors, with a couple of trade-mark runaway goals to please the crowd.

However, more work needs to be done if the Nomads are to continue their winning ways. The delivery into the forward line was often haphazard with players in the middle and the back half over-using the ball, and the forwards also need to move more and provide more options. The boys also need to work harder at stoppages. Lots of work on the track this week!

Nonetheless it was good to win in the cramped confines of Number 1 Oval. Well done.

The goal kickers: Jed Ellis-Cluff 5, Modra Richards 4, James Boatfield 3, Toby Machant 2. Weston Whitby, Riley Connor and Tony Dickson one apiece.

Round 11 2013

Swans def. by Nomads
 GBP GBP
Q12214 3119
HT3220 7345
Q34630 11470
FT5737 179111

Team:

  • C. Ballagh,
  • C. Bender,
  • J. Boatfield,
  • V. Chakalisa,
  • R. Connor,
  • S. Dickson,
  • T. Dickson,
  • Z. Economou,
  • J. Ellis-Cluff,
  • G. Elson,
  • J. Frost,
  • T. Granleese,
  • B. Julien,
  • T. Machart,
  • H. Morrell,
  • L. Raymond,
  • D. Richards,
  • T. Snelling,
  • O. Temoso,
  • A. Walsh,
  • Z. Wells,
  • W. Whitby.

Goalscorers:

  • J. Ellis-Cluff (5),
  • D. Richards (4),
  • J. Boatfield (3),
  • T. Machart (2),
  • R. Connor,
  • T. Dickson,
  • W. Whitby.

Award winners:

  • B. Julien (Players' Player),
  • O. Temoso (Coach's),
  • C. Bender (President's),
  • L. Raymond (Captain's),
  • Z. Economou (VC's).

One Response to “Nomads Underwhelm the Swans down in Tamworth”

  1. Brendan Nolan Says:

    Nomads,

    Pleased to see a return to the winning form. We always have difficulties in the middle of the season. Hard work on the training track, plenty of sausages and rissoles will see you go from strength to strength!

    All the best,

    Brendo

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