The New England Nomads smash the Swans


By Ellen Dunger (Armidale Express, 07/06/2018)
The New England Nomads notched up back-to-back victories with a thrashing of Tamworth Swans on Saturday. 

After downing reigning AFL North West premiers Gunnedah Bulldogs in round eight, the Nomads travelled to Tamworth and were at their best against the Swans, scoring a 99-point win. 

At the end of the first quarter the visitors were up 6.3-39 to 2.2-14.

They nearly doubled that score by half-time to lead 9.7-61 to 4.5-29 but it was the third quarter where they grabbed the game. 

The Nomads added seven goals to the Swans’ one in the third period before going on to win the game 21.17-143 to 6.8-44.

Angus Quail topped the goal-scorers list with five.

New England coach James Treweeke described the triumph as “pretty convincing.”

“We turned our season around since our Narrabri loss a few weeks ago so, as a coach, I am bloody ecstatic to be honest,” he said.

“A lot of individuals are starting to come back into form, coming back from injuries too.

“We have had numbers at training so we can work on game plans for the whole teams and I think it is starting to show at games, especially on the weekend, a lot of things worked for us.”

The 2018 Nomads line-up is vastly different to previous years and Treweeke said they are starting to gel and believe they have the potential to take out the competition.


“Confidence is a big thing too, we are starting to get a bit of confidence back into us,” Treweeke said.

“We are starting to realise we can go all the way this year and we are starting to play like that.”


While they are starting to find their feet, the Nomads will be hampered by the university holidays with a large number of the squad made up of students.

“Holidays are coming up soon which may not be good for us but I am hoping after that we should be good,” Treweeke said.

“We are the only team this year to beat Gunnedah both times so I am hoping that says something to the rest of the comp.

“We are yet to play Inverell though – that game is in the holidays so it will be a big test for us.”

The competition takes a break over the long weekend before resuming on June 16 with the Nomads hosting Moree.

The following week will see the annual representative fixture between the North West and North Coast zones.

Four New England players will be represented in the North West side – Dave Richards, Wulu Hall, Angus Quail and Luke Raymond.

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Round 9 2018

Swans def. by Nomads
 GBP GBP
Q12214 6339
HT4529 9761
Q35737 1614110
FT6844 2117143

Team:

  • S. Bioletti,
  • J. Bourchier,
  • R. Brawne,
  • C. Carson,
  • L. Cudmore,
  • L. Ewart,
  • J. Frost,
  • M. Harriot,
  • E. Karpany,
  • N. Locke,
  • T. McDermott,
  • H. Morgan,
  • C. Nest,
  • N. Piper,
  • A. Quail,
  • L. Raymond,
  • D. Richards,
  • A. Shem,
  • S. Snowden,
  • H. Wakefield,
  • A. Walsh.

Goalscorers:

  • A. Quail (5),
  • E. Karpany (3),
  • D. Richards (2),
  • L. Raymond (2),
  • N. Locke (2),
  • A. Walsh,
  • C. Carson,
  • H. Morgan,
  • J. Bourchier,
  • J. Frost,
  • N. Piper,
  • T. McDermott.

Award winners:

  • C. Nest (Players' Player),
  • E. Karpany (Coach's),
  • N. Locke (President's),
  • A. Quail (Captain's),
  • T. McDermott (Meehan's Plumbing Services').

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