Nomads no match for Roos

by Geoff Newling (Armidale Express, 24/05/2010)
Tamworth Kangaroos and Inverell Saints swamped New England Nomads and Tamworth Swans in lopsided Tamworth AFL games on Saturday while Gunnedah Bulldogs came from 30 points down to beat Narrabri Eagles in a thriller at Leitch Oval, Narrabri.

The Bulldogs booted eight goals in the final term to overrun the Eagles, 17.9 121 to 13.11 89.

“It was extremely disappointing,” said Eagles coach Phil Dennis.

“They came home with a wet sail. Credit to them though, they never gave up and kept coming at us.”

Gunnedah coach Dave Chapman was delighted with his team’s second half.

“We were down 5.5 to 10.5 at half time but kicked 12 goals to three in the second half,” Chapman said.

“We didn’t play well the first half. The Eagles were more determined but we decided to play the second half, especially the final quarter when we kicked eight goals to their one.”

Andrew George was a standout for Gunnedah with Paul Brown, Scott Hardy and Pat Lebreux also outstanding.

Clint Vessey was best for the Eagles and kicked eight goals while Dwayne Shawcross, Mark Barrow and Paul Bushby also played strongly.

In Inverell the Saints handed under-strength Tamworth Swans a hiding, winning 23.18 156 to 4.5 29.

“They came up with just 17 men and we played a 16 a-side game,” said Saints coach Nick Baird.

“They were obviously missing a few stars but we still had to get the job done and get the four points and that’s what we did.”

Jono Elphick was Inverell’s best as he ‘ran riot across halfback’, according to Baird.

“Mick Viney also kicked nine goals, had a good day out,” he said.

While the Saints won by 127 points the Kangaroos also had a big win, kicking 15.15 105 to the New England Nomads’ 4.12 36 at No 1 Oval, Tamworth.

“Considering the injuries we’ve had this week it was a very good win,” said Roos coach Tony Bishop.

“And it was against a team I do rate. It was a full team effort.”

Cameron and Mitchell Douglas teamed with Daniel Ray in the middle to create plenty of attacking opportunities.

Ryan Painter, Ash Cruickshank and Bishop’s backline also earned the coach’s praise while Dan Overeem and Tim Cotter also earned Bishop’s plaudits.

Nomads coach Brendan Meehan was disappointed with his side’s effort.

“I just finished saying to the boys this game showed us what we’ve got to do to be a premiership threat,” Meehan said.

“They showed us what it takes. They just waited for the ball to bounce their way, the hard work to win it, like the Roos, wasn’t there.”

Meehan thought Hamish Pearce, who kicked three of the four Nomad goals was his best with Anthony Reid, Gavin Nelson, Glen Northway, Jonathon Frost and Adrian Walsh also working heavily to try and turn around the big 69-point loss.

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Round 7 2010

Roos def. Nomads
Q15434 117
HT81159 2315
Q3121385 3523
FT1515105 41236


  • A. Baillie,
  • C. Ballagh,
  • M. Bourke,
  • M. Clayton,
  • M. Dowdle,
  • D. Dunlop,
  • J. Frost,
  • J. Harland,
  • M. Maxwell,
  • L. McLeod,
  • G. Nelson,
  • G. Northway,
  • B. Page,
  • H. Pearce,
  • A. Reid,
  • N. Schultz,
  • O. Temoso,
  • G. Wagstaff,
  • A. Walsh,
  • T. Walsh,
  • J. Wright.


  • H. Pearce (3),
  • G. Northway.

Award winners:

  • H. Pearce (Players' Player),
  • M. Bourke (Coach's),
  • G. Nelson (President's),
  • T. Walsh (Captain's),
  • J. Harland (VC's),
  • A. Walsh (Red Rooster).

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