Nomads win Redemption……sort of….

The Nomads were victorious in the Grand Final rematch against the Gunnedah Bulldogs on Saturday out at Wolesley Oval. Last year the Bulldogs were the winners but this year the Nomads won by 88 points. Angus Quail kicked 6 goals in his first game with the Nomads while Nicke Locke kicked 3 – and standout players were Nick Locke, Rambo Raymond. the aforementioned Quailey, Modra, Johnathan Frost and Steve Ogilvie. The final scores were 18.16.124 to 4.12.36.

A new year and a new Nomads team playing together for the first time. A few changes were in the wind such as the boys arrived early, the Coach had not put himself at full forward asnd so on and so forth on what was promising to be a very very warm day. Amongst the new recruits this year are Angus Quail from North Shore, Charles Carson, Locke Ewart from Murchison, Matt Henman from the improbably named Cobba da Mana road Omanama, Steve Ogilvie (from the badlands of Guya and replete with bad advice from Sportspower), Rualri Brawne/Browne, Conor Nest, Jez Bourchier from Billabong FC, and Luke Palmer. The club also had acquired a trainer in the form of Abbottsford’s own Catherine Lobbe.

Another notable inclusion was the Guyra Ghost, Fat Buddy Frost …returning from a year away and thankfully back where he belongs in Nomads colors.

And it was very hot when the game started. There had been much hype about the rematch of the grand finalists prior to the game but when the sides ran onto the ground, there were many leading faces missing. So on the Nomads side, Tom Hunt, Phill Mitchell. Paddy Tobias, Jesse Petrascu, Clarrie Barker and Tim Keys were no absent from the green and black and on the Gunnedah side of the equation Scotty Hardy, ruck man Badger and coach Piggott were all just as absent.

The first quarter was a torrid affair with a lot of hard fought football. Nick Locke, Rambo Raymond and Jez Ratcliffe were hard at it in the midfield struggling with the talented bulldog midfielders. Coach Treweeke was dominating in the ruck. A pleasing feature of the first quarter was the hard work and game sense of players who had never played before such as the Man from Cobba da HenMana road Omanama and Charlie Carson (who did a great job of shutting down one of their danger men) . Less pleasing was the kicking for goal which was most kindly described as awful and wasteful. Nick Locke decided to show the boys how to do it and nailed the one Nomads goal of the quarter. The score at the end of the first quarter was Nomads 1.7.12 to the Doggies 1.3.10.

The second quarter saw the Nomads kicking to the Eastern end and starting to fire. In the first quarter it had been fairly close but although the score did not really reflect it, the feeling was that the Nomads were beginning to wear down their opponents.Frosty took some great intercept marks in the backline….and Alex Shem was running riot across the half back. At the other end, Gussy was making his opponents wish they had Quääludes to ease their football pain – from the distance he looks like a more talented version of the Jeddacutta Man (are you still out there?). Snowy was also doing a great job as a Shutdown Man (as opposed to Piltdown Man) At the end of the quarter the scores were 3.11.29 to 2.8 20.

The Nomads came out really running hard int he third quarter….it must have been something that Coach Treweeke said and, significantly. the kicking was far more accurate (helped in part by a certain Jilbi’s 100% accuracy). The boys poured on 6 goals in this quarter to the Bulldogs single major. As well as having the new phenomenon of a trainer, other changes were under way – this quarter was marked by runners and trainers bringing out Powerade, of all things, rather than water. As Big Tom Hunt said in exactly these circumstances….’what IS the world coming to?”.

In the final quarter the Nomads piled on 9 goals. It was an impressive effort against the Dogs. Quaaily kicked 3 straight goals towards the end of the quarter. Nick Locke continued his domination in the middle. And up back, Harry the Backman Wakefield provided an exhibition of his prowess as a defender. Overall it was very good effort and well done to the boys for their hard work in the sun

Round 1 2018

Bulldogs def. by Nomads
 GBP GBP
Q11410 1713
HT2820 31129
Q33826 91468
FT41236 1816124

Team:

  • S. Bioletti,
  • J. Bourchier,
  • R. Brawne,
  • C. Carson,
  • L. Cudmore,
  • J. Frost,
  • W. Gardner,
  • W. Hall,
  • M. Henman,
  • N. Locke,
  • S. Ogilvie,
  • L. Palmer,
  • A. Quail,
  • J. Ratcliffe,
  • L. Raymond,
  • W. Reynolds,
  • D. Richards,
  • A. Shem,
  • S. Snowden,
  • J. Treweeke,
  • H. Wakefield,
  • A. Walsh.

Goalscorers:

  • A. Quail (6),
  • N. Locke (3),
  • D. Richards (2),
  • H. Wakefield (2),
  • A. Walsh,
  • J. Bourchier,
  • J. Ratcliffe,
  • L. Raymond,
  • W. Hall.

Award winners:

  • A. Quail (Players' Player),
  • H. Wakefield (Coach's),
  • N. Locke (President's),
  • J. Frost (Captain's),
  • S. Snowden (Meehan's Plumbing Services').

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