Aussie Rules moves through round six

From the Armidale Express, 05/06/2006
Round six action in the Tamworth Australian Football League saw the Inverell Saints host the Cats, and the encounter again proved that the Cats aren’t great travellers when the Saints handed them a 78 point defeat.

The Nomads made the long trip to Narrabri and accounted for the Eagles by 44, and in the local derby the Swans thumped the Roos convincingly by 65 points.

After a steady start, the Saints, always strong at home, kicked away in the 2nd quarter, booting 4 majors to 1 against the Cats.

A strong seven-goal haul in the 3rd quarter sealed the win, and after a slow start to the season the Saints now jump into 3rd place on the ladder.

Mick Viney kicked five goals for the Saints and was one of their best players, while John Elphick was named best player and chipped in with four six-pointers.

For the Cats, Ryan McEvoy landed four goals while Grant Ellis kicked one and was their best player.

The New England Nomads have stayed on top of the TAFL ladder with a steady win over the slightly improved Narrabri Eagles at Leitch Oval in Narrabri.

The Nomads started the game well, leading at the first break by 28 points.

The Eagles rallied in the 2nd quarter and closed the gap to 21 points.

Wayward kicking kept the score line down and at the end of the 3rd quarter, the Eagle had clawed their way back to within 10 points.

But the Nomads sealed the win with a 6 goal to 1 last quarter, winning the match 14-21-105 to 9-7-61.

Solomon Hanks, Adrian Walsh and Glen Northway scored three goals, while Tom Hunt and John Mahy were named as best players.

Mark Barrow kicked three for the Eagles while Leon Ryman played particularly well.

In the final game of the round, the Tamworth Swans took on the Tamworth Kangaroos in the local derby at No.1 Oval.

These games are usually very close, but the Swans dominated the match from the second quarter on.

The Roos could not build upon their good opening quarter and 7 point lead.

The Swans lead by 20 points at the main break and a four goal to three behinds third quarter set up the win, with the Roos only scoring four behinds for the entire second half.

Daniel Quinn and Gavin Knee kicked four goals each for the Swans, and Luke Ferguson won the best player tag, while Damien Buchanan kicked three for the Roos.

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