At home, Nomads aim for back-to-back wins

From the Armidale Express, 30/04/2010.
At home for the first time this season, the New England Nomads are gunning for back-to-back wins when they host Gunnedah at Bellevue Oval tomorrow.

After returning from a hard-fought win over Narrabri last week, the Nomads will be keen to build momentum as they look to secure a place in the top four of the Tamworth AFL competition in 2010.

While the Armidale-based side still have plenty of improvement to come, coach Brendan Meehan was hopeful his team would get over the line against the Bulldogs tomorrow.

“They are a pretty hard team to beat at home so I’m glad we’ve got them in Armidale first-up,” he said.

“We’ll have to play a lot better than what we did against Narrabri to take the points.”

Gunnedah have won just one of their three matches to date, with their only victory coming against the lowly Muswellbrook in round two.

Last week the Bulldogs were beaten by 49 points against Inverell, although that form line might not be as bad as it looks on paper, with the Saints expected to be one of the top contenders this season.

Gunnedah coach Dave Chapman was disappointed with the loss, especially after his side started well to lead at quarter-time.

“I thought we might have finished a bit closer,” he said after the game.

Andrew George was a standout for the Bulldogs, with support coming from Pat Le Broux, Peter Chapman and Josh Edwards.

Tomorrow, New England will look to the likes of Weston Whitby and Matt Maxwell to get the job done after the pair starred against Narrabri.

Whitby kicked six goals in a best on field display, while Maxwell bobbed up for two as the pair rotated between the midfield and forward line.

At training on Tuesday night, club stalwart Ben Page moved well across the paddock to indicate his best form is not too far away, while the likes of Hamish Pearce and livewire Johnathon Frost were also impressive.

Play starts at 2pm tomorrow, with a bar and canteen running at Bellevue Oval.

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2 Responses to “At home, Nomads aim for back-to-back wins”

  1. Dave MacLellan Says:

    Have a good game Nomads and Good Luck to Ron in his final Nomads game.

  2. Curran Says:

    I second dave’s comment. You have been a great ambassador for the club Ronny. Best of luck for life in the home land and I hope the boy’s do the right thing and make you player’s player for your last game!

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