Nomads Win Way out West

The Nomads have maintained their unbeaten record after a 100 point defeat of the Narribri Eagles in Narribri. This had loomed as a danger game but large hauls from Weston Whitby and David Richards and excellent team play right across the park, ensured that the Nomads won comfortably. The final scores were 27.15.177 to 9.10.64.

On the long journey out to Narribri it rained torrentially at various points (especially around the Moonbi hills) and there was some concern amongst the travellers that the game would once again be played in wet and difficult conditions. However, just past Boggabri the weather became much more pleasant and by the time the caravan of Nomads reached the Narribri township, the skies were blue and the fields dry underfoot. Perfect weather for playing football.

In the first quarter the Nomads kicked to the eastern end and gained early possessions and good drive from Weston Whitby, Jon Freund and Charlie Bender in the middle. Bender soon moved to the backline to cover the Eagle’s talented coach and Matt ‘Torrie-time’ Woodward moved into the middle where he held sway all day. Zac Economou was providing plenty of movement in his role as full-forward. Around the flanks, Rambo, Choco and Mark E. Spencer were providing headaches for the Eagles By the end of the first quarter the Nomads were ahead 4.6.30 to 1.2.8.

The second quarter started well for the Nomads with the High Countrymen kicking six quick goals and it looked like the wheels might fall off for the Eagles. But some clever play on the part of the Eagles and some lazy football on the part of the Nomads saw them kick the next five goals, to be only 27 points down at the half-time break. It seemed for a while that the Nomads did not want to run and at a number of stoppages there were insufficient players around the contest. If this continued then the Nomads would be in trouble,

However, the third term saw the Nomads erect an epitaph over the Eagles’ dreams which were buried with an 11 goal quarter. Weston Whitby and Dr. Flexo Freund were unstoppable in the middle – while Big Tom Hunt was taking marks all around the ground. It was an excellent team effort. Isaiah Graham lifted in this quarter and showed the Eagles a clean pair of heels on a number of occasions and Choco made many great runs out of the backline to propel the Nomads into attack. At the final change the scores were 21.13.139 to 7.7.49.

Of course, after a quarter of football like that there is a danger that the boys might have taken the foot off the pedal, but this was not how it turned out. Dr. Flexo and Rampaging Dave Richards were unstoppable and a number of goals were kicked on the run after breaking tackles. One remarkable feature of the day was the ferocity of the Nomads’ tackling and the inability of the Eagles to tackle key Nomads’ forwards. Weston, in particular seemed immune to their attempts to tackle him. Most of his goals came on the run after the Eagles failed to stop him. The final scores were 27.15.177 to 9.10.64. Although the scores might well indicate otherwise, the Eagles played some good football and clearly they are going to be a force in the competition over the next few years.

Best players included Weston Whitby, Jon Freund, Tom Hunt, Charlie Bender, Tom Graneese, Modra and King Bong Woodward. Highlight of the day was Gleeso’s demonstration of the little-known fact that kikuya grass falls straight (as straight as a plumb bob really) when there is no wind blowing. Long after the game had finished, some players with less knowledge of the mysteries of agricultural science remain puzzled as to its ultimate meaning.

Next week the Nomads take on the Swans at home. One question worth considering at this point – have the Luke Breust training balls improved the Nomads goal kicking accuracy? Worth a thought.

Go the Green.

Round 11 2014

Eagles def. by Nomads
Q1128 4630
HT6743 101070
Q37749 2113139
FT91064 2715177


  • C. Ballagh,
  • C. Barker,
  • C. Bender,
  • V. Chakalisa,
  • Z. Economou,
  • M. Evans,
  • J. Freund,
  • C. Graham,
  • I. Graham,
  • T. Granleese,
  • W. Hall,
  • T. Hunt,
  • Z. Old,
  • L. Raymond,
  • D. Richards,
  • N. Sanders,
  • J. Shirley,
  • M. Spencer,
  • O. Temoso,
  • A. Walsh,
  • W. Whitby,
  • M. Woodward.


  • W. Whitby (9),
  • D. Richards (6),
  • Z. Economou (4),
  • J. Freund (2),
  • T. Hunt (2),
  • C. Barker,
  • I. Graham,
  • M. Spencer,
  • N. Sanders.

Award winners:

  • W. Whitby (Players' Player),
  • J. Freund (Coach's),
  • C. Bender (President's),
  • M. Woodward (Captain's),
  • T. Hunt (Gleeson's).

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