Nomads lose to the Swans at home for the first time in ten years

A complacent Nomads outfit lost on Saturday to a young Swans outfit that was more willing to take the game on, run in packs and make the second and third efforts. The Swans kicked 6 goals in the first quarter and after that the Nomads were playing catch up all day. In the final quarter it looked like the Nomads would chase down the Swans but alas it was not to be. For the home side, Luke Raymond, Conor Nest, Andy Gray and Clarrie Barker were standouts around the ground while Angus Quail kicked 5 goals and David “Modra” Richards kicked 3. The final scores were Tamworth Swans 14.13.97 to the Nomads 12.13.85.

It was a fine sunny day at the Bellevue – excellent for football. The Nomads kicked to the Uralla end. The team was pleased to have Andy Gray back amongst the ranks who won most of his ruck contests all day. However, despite winning the centre clearances, the Nomads were soon in trouble with Swans keeping the Nomads defenders busy with their run out fo the centre. Their forwards were very quick to pounce upon any opportunities and kicked 6 goals from 10 shots. In the Nomads forward line, David Richards and Angus Quail were both making much of limited opportunities. At the end of the first quarter the scores were Nomads 3.2.20 to the Swans 6.4.40.

The second quarter saw some re-arrangement of the team structure with Clarrie moving to centre half back and immediately having an effect with strong marking and continual rebounding of the Swans forays forward. Darcy Larrit was also having an effect playing as a defensive forward helping shut down some fo the Swans run from the backline. Out on their respective wings, Dylan Moore and Tom Moscou were providing plenty fo attack and carry. At half-time the scores were Nomads 5.8.38 to the Swans 8.7.55. (It should be noted that some of the Nomads’ goal kicking was very poor.)

After the half-time break the Nomads out the pressure on with Angus Quail, Modra and Izzie looking very dangerous up forward. Rambo Raymond was at the bottom of every pack getting the hard ball-gets. However, the Swans were able to maintain their advantage although it had now been whittled down to 11 points. The scores at three quarter time were Nomads 9.10.64 to the Swans 11.9.75.

So to the final quarter and the Nomads were coming back. Scores were level and then the Nomads were a point ahead BUT then the Swans scored two quick goals and it was game over. It was disappointing but you can’t play catch up football all the time.

The boys need to ensure everyone is switched on before the game if the team is to go anywhere this year.

Players’ player – Clarrie Barker
Coach’s award – Jesse Petrascu
Captain’s award – Luke Raymond
President’s award – Darcy Larrit
Meehan’s Plumbing Award – Dylan Moore

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