By Ellen Dunger (Armidale Express, 11/04/2017)
A newcomer to the New England Nomads, Ethan Karpany, was the standout in Saturday’s grand final rematch against the Tamworth Kangaroos.
Karpany was moved to the forwards at the start of the third quarter and kicked a game-high four goals, alongside captain Dave Richards.
Coach Tom Hunt called for the reshuffle after the home side only landed one six-pointer before the halftime break.
The switch payed off as the reigning premiers went on to nail 11 more in the second stanza.
“In the first half we had a lot of possession and a lot of the football but we weren’t converting that into points so at halftime we spoke about our forward delivery and giving our forwards a better chance at kicking goals,” Hunt said.
“Then we made a few structural changes and then implemented that in in the second half.
“Ethan Karpany went to full forward and ended up kicking four for the day.
“He was really good for us.”
The home side was missing a number of key players for the match up and called on some of their new members to fill the void.
“We have the uni holidays at the moment which always knocks us around a little bit and takes a lot of blokes away,” Hunt said.
“We had a couple of blokes playing their first game of Aussie Rules ever so that was a positive and it was good to get a win because there were a number of changes since last week.”
The league takes a break over the Easter long weekend before resuming on April 22.
The Nomads will have to wait two weeks to get back on the park with a bye scheduled before they travel to Inverell.
Hunt anticipates the clash against the Saints will be a tough one with Inverell claiming two massive wins in their opening matches against Moree and Narrabri.
He said his team will be closer to full strength for the encounter with players back from holidays.
“They have been a strong side for a number of years and there is a bit of a rivalry between the two clubs so it is always good to play them, particularly at home, they are always hard to beat, they get a good crowd and are pretty vocal so we are looking forward to that one,” he said.
“Skills are looking pretty good for this time of year, it is still pretty early but they are still looking pretty sharp.”
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Round 2 2017
|Nomads def. Roos|
- V. Chakalisa,
- L. Cudmore,
- D. Gorry,
- W. Hall,
- M. Harriot,
- T. Hunt,
- E. Karpany,
- T. Keys,
- S. Macdonald,
- P. O'Connell,
- J. Petrascu,
- T. Phillips,
- J. Ratcliffe,
- L. Raymond,
- D. Richards,
- S. Snowden,
- O. Temoso,
- P. Tobias,
- M. Walker,
- A. Walsh,
- S. Wilson.
- D. Richards (4),
- E. Karpany (4),
- A. Walsh,
- O. Temoso,
- S. Wilson,
- T. Phillips.
- E. Karpeny (Players' Player),
- P. Tobias (Coach's),
- D. Richards (President's),
- W. Hall (Captain's),
- S. Snowden (Meehan's Plumbing Services').