Nomads won’t back down!

Dave MacLellan

This week the New England Nomads travelled to Inverell’s Varley Oval to meet the inform Saints in front of a cordial local crowd. The result was ugly for the Nomads, the hard work that led to a close first quarter result was undone when the Nomads were obliterated in the second quarter. The half time siren could not sound quickly enough for coach Brendan Meehan as the Saints piled on eight goals to nil, with physicality around the stoppages allowing them more attacking possessions. Down by ten goals at half time, the New England lineup could have been expected to submit to a demoralising hundred point slaughter and yet they fought on.

The Second half was again won by the Saints, but the margin was much closer as (tied) Players’ Player Josh Keogh branched out in the ruck ably supported by the other Players’ Player Anthony Reid. Matt Maxwell, Caleb Dobos and Lahl Jenkins continued their recent good form, with the latter receiving a match day award. Full-forward Weston Whitby topped the Nomads scoring with four goals while his brother Reece impressed with his pace often too much for his direct opponent. The final score was Inverell 18-17-125 to the Nomads 8-12-60. The Nomads should be proud as they significantly slowed the Saints scoring in the Second half and scored more goals in the final quarter than the rampaging home side.

Special mention should also go to the final match day award winner, forward pocket Sol Hanks. Sol has been a consistent goal-scorer for the Nomads from his first game in 2005 and has just returned to the Nomads and Australia after serving a full tour of duty with the Australian Army in Iraq. The Nomads are honoured to have him back.

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