The Nomads Goal Feast Continues with Rampaging Dave

In an impressive display of fast running football at Gunnedah’s Wolseley Oval, the Nomads won easily scoring 34.18.222 to their opponent’s 4.5.29. The chief goal scoring culprit was “Rampaging” Dave Richards who scored 13 goals but he was only able to do so thanks to the dominance of the Nomads right across the field. It was a disciplined effort from the team as a whole.

The Nomads arrived in Gunnedah to be greeted by warm conditions – certainly much warmer than those recently encountered in Armidale. The Nomads had three fifteen year olds in the team with Dan Davies’ son Ryan joining Cameron Graham and Clarrie Barker. And for the first time in a while, they were without the ever reliable skipper, Weston Whitby.

Acting Captain Frosty won the toss and the Nomads kicked away from the main drag and to the east. They were dominant from the get-go. Modra was clearly in a mood for scoring goals and had 4 by the end of the quarter. in this quarter Matt ‘Media-Star’ Foley was everywhere and Shannon Macdonald was extremely active on the wide flanks and wings of the Gunnedah ground. At the first change, the score was 7.4.46 to 1.3.9. It was a good position to be in but one couldn’t help but feel that perhaps the forward line had been a little complacent.

In the second quarter the Nomads kicked towards the highway end and had plenty of movement from the wings. Velani Chakalisa was starting to get his hands on a lot of the ball. In the middle Matty Woodward and Johnathan Frost were feeding off the the tap work of ruckman Andre Garraud and Zac Old was starting to gather plenty of possessions on the wing (the wide open spaces seem to suit the boy from Dubbo). Mark Spencer was also showing his skills across the middle. The backline, lead by Coach Economou was as rock sold as ever, although they did not have a lot to do. At half time the score was 12.9.81 to 2.4.16.

The third quarter saw the Nomads move Zac Economou to the forward line and with the Dogs tiring it was a goal a minute for the first 5 or 6 minutes, with Zac, Tom Hunt and Modra taking part in what appeared to be some slightly bizarre goal-kicking ritual (if not a ritual it was certainly a feast). The Nomads kicked 69 points for the quarter. By the final change the score was 23.12.150 to 3.5.23.

In the final quarter the Nomads scored another 72 points with Modra taking his tally to 13 goals. Although the Bulldogs were certainly tiring, the Nomads deserve credit for keeping the pressure on and not relaxing.

Best for the Nomads was The Rampaging One but Velani Chakalisa, Matt Foley, Matty Woodward, Zac Economou, Tom Hunt and Shannon Macdonald gathered a lot of possessions. Particularly pleasing was the form of the younger players, especially Rhino, Clarrie and Cammy; one can’t help but feel positive about the future of the Nomads when one sees how well they played.

Go the Nomads.

Round 4 2014

Bulldogs def. by Nomads
Q1139 7446
HT2416 12981
Q33523 2312150
FT4529 3418222


  • C. Barker,
  • V. Chakalisa,
  • D. Davies,
  • R. Davies,
  • T. Dickson,
  • Z. Economou,
  • M. Evans,
  • M. Foley,
  • J. Frost,
  • A. Garraud,
  • C. Graham,
  • I. Graham,
  • T. Granleese,
  • T. Hunt,
  • S. Macdonald,
  • Z. Old,
  • D. Richards,
  • J. Shirley,
  • M. Shirley,
  • M. Spencer,
  • A. Walsh,
  • M. Woodward.


  • D. Richards (13),
  • M. Foley (4),
  • Z. Economou (4),
  • I. Graham (3),
  • T. Hunt (3),
  • V. Chakalisa (3),
  • A. Walsh,
  • C. Graham,
  • M. Evans,
  • M. Woodward.

Award winners:

  • D. Richards (Players' Player),
  • V. Chakalisa (Coach's),
  • M. Foley (President's),
  • M. Woodward (Captain's),
  • B. Nolan (Gleeson's).

2 Responses to “The Nomads Goal Feast Continues with Rampaging Dave”

  1. Gleeson's Ghost Says:

    What about Spencer’s two long bomb goals in two minutes in the third quarter?

  2. #29 Says:

    What about Spencer’s two long bomb goals in two minutes in the third quarter?

    You’ll have to take that up with the club president. Following the failure of Gunnedah to fulfil their Sporting Pulse requirements he was lumbered with providing the details.

    Or are you just taking the Micky?

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