The Under 18 Nomads kick 18 goals at Moree

It was very pleasing on Saturday that the three youngest Nomads — Clarrie Barker, Cameron Graham and Tom Lashlie — kicked 18 goals between them in what was a very one-sided clash at Moree. Cammy’s older brother Rampaging Dave Richards also kicked a lazy 6 while Hamish Pearce, Jed Ellis-Cluff, James Treweeke and Mitch Darton played out of their skins. The final score was 34.14.218 to 0.5.05.

Heavy rain had been predicted across the state for Saturday and as the Nomads headed out on the Western plains there was some doubt as to what state the ground would be in when they arrived. Indeed very heavy rain fell as they traveled through the Inverell region. However, about 50kms from Moree the weather cleared and no rain was to be seen around Taylor Oval.

The Nomads kicked to the Woolworths end with Zac and Clarrie standing the goal square. The midfielders quickly stamped their authority on proceedings and the ball was in the Nomads 50 for most of the quarter. However, the forwards must be all fans of Aldi or some other supermarket chain because no one seemed able to hit the Woolworths sign and shots were sprayed all over the place. Eventually the supermarket phobia was overcome and the Nomads began kicking straight. At the first break the “official” scores were 10.2.62 to 0.0.0. Hmmm. We certainly kicked 10 goals.

The second quarter saw similar events unfold. The most pleasing part of this period of play was the way in which players looked for the wide options and didn’t over-use the ball. The Jeddacutta Man, Coach Ellis-Cluff, was in fine form in this quarter gathering kicks in the midfield and sending the ball forward into the hands of the forwards. Cameron Graham scored a number of brilliant crumbing goals in this quarter while Clarrie was leading and marking strongly. Shannon Macdonald and Rambo were running rampant on the wing. At half time the scores were 17.8.110 to 0.1.1.

In the third quarter Phill Mitchell took on the role of ruckman and replicated the drive that Big Jim Treweeke had been providing in the first half. In games like this it is often hard for the backmen – though they did see some action. It is a small oval and so it only takes one kick for the backs to find themselves under serious pressure. The backs did brilliantly. Mitch Darton directed traffic and showed his football smarts as only someone who has played for Quantong can. Snowy was hard at every contest and John Shirley showed plenty of judgment and used his speed at the right moments. Chaks was getting a lot of ball on the flanks. At the final change scores were 19.10.124 to 0.1.1.

The final quarter saw the Nomads kicking away. Hamish, Modra and Jed dominated in the middle and the Nomad kicked 15 goals. It was a good effort on the part of the Noeys.

One final point worth mentioning. When the team arrived, play was under way between a Moree under 15’s side and the Nomads under 15s. 16 Nomads juniors had made the trio out in a bus with coach Neil Dunn. It’s wonderful to see how much the junior competition has come on. Great work on the part of all involved.

Round 9 2016

Suns def. by Nomads
 GBP GBP
Q1000 10262
HT011 178110
Q3011 1910124
FT055 3414218

Team:

  • C. Barker,
  • D. Bioletti,
  • S. Bioletti,
  • V. Chakalisa,
  • M. Darton,
  • Z. Economou,
  • J. Ellis-Cluff,
  • J. Frost,
  • C. Graham,
  • B. Grant,
  • T. Lashlie,
  • S. Macdonald,
  • P. Mitchell,
  • H. Pearce,
  • L. Raymond,
  • D. Richards,
  • C. Roe,
  • J. Shirley,
  • S. Snowden,
  • J. Treweeke,
  • A. Walsh.

Goalscorers:

  • C. Barker (7),
  • C. Graham (6),
  • D. Richards (6),
  • T. Lashlie (5),
  • J. Ellis-Cluff (3),
  • J. Treweeke (2),
  • Z. Economou (2),
  • J. Shirley,
  • M. Darton,
  • P. Mitchell.

Award winners:

  • C. Barker (Players' Player),
  • J. Treweeke (Coach's),
  • M. Darton (President's),
  • B. Grant (Captain's),
  • J. Ellis-Cluff (Meehan's Plumbing Services').

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