Saintly task ahead

By Ben Lonergan (Armidale Express, 19/06/2015)
It’s a case of new rivals one week, old ones the next for the New England Nomads at the moment.

After toppling the Tamworth Kangaroos last weekend in a top of the table clash, the Nomads welcome old foes the Inverell Saints to Armidale tomorrow.

“It’s going to be a good one I think,” Nomads’ player-coach Zac Economou said.

“It was good to get pushed last week and hopefully we will get the same this week.”

Economou was having none of the suggestions his team may struggle to get up for the Saints visit after putting so much into last weekend’s memorable win.

“The guys really enjoyed playing at that intensity,” he said.

“I’m sure they will be looking forward to that again.” The Saints are widely renowned for their skilled ball distributors and Economou said that’s the main facet where the Nomads’ would focus the majority of their attention on stopping.

“They have fantastic mid-field players,” he said.

“We need to ensure they don’t get a run on.”

The Nomads may have jumped above the Kangaroos to the top of TAFL ladder, but Economou said their job is far from finished.

“We have to win every game if we want that major semi at home,” he said.

“Home ground advantage is so important in this competition with all the different size grounds.”

In a huge boost for the club, star goal kicker Weston Whitby returns to the line-up tomorrow after a number of months away.

“His last game was against Inverell too and he kicked 12 goals,” Economou said.

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