Nomads smash Moree

By Ellen Dunger (Armidale Express, 06/05/2017)
New England Nomads have proved unstoppable this season and this was the case once again when they demolished Moree Suns at home on Saturday. 

A nine-goal haul from returning player Harry Wakefield ensured the Nomads’ dominance in the North West AFL competition would continue.

Jesse Petrascu also had a big impact on the outcome of the match with five goals.

At the end of the first quarter, the hosts held a comfortable 5.5-35 lead over the Suns 1.6-12.

By halftime they were well out in front, leading 16.10-106 to Moree’s 1.7-13. 

The match didn’t get any easier for the visiting side as the reigning champions lead 26.18-174 to 1.8-14 at three quarter time. 

By fulltime, the Nomads had hit the 200-mark, with a 34.25-229 rout of Moree 5.9-39.

New England coach Tom Hunt said it was his side’s pace which has left opposition teams scrambling to score points. 

“We are moving the ball pretty well, carrying on from last week, that run and spread, using the whole ground,” he said.

“We are starting to continue doing that and opening up the opposition pretty well.

“It was a good win to win by that many points.”

Hunt highlighted Wakefield’s performance as being one of the standouts for the day.

“Harry Wakefield, it was his first game back for the year,” he said.

“He was really good, he played up in the forward pocket and ended up with nine goals at the end of the day.

“Really skillful and really quick, he was fantastic.”

The Nomads’ next task comes in the form of an away match against Narrabri. 

Hunt said he isn’t sure what sort of danger the Eagles possess but his team will have to adjust their playing style to the constraints of the ground. 

“I am not sure what they are going to produce,” he said.

“They have a really small ground, probably the smallest ground in the competition so it is probably the hardest ground for us, because we like to play a big expansive game, and when you get on to those little fields it becomes pretty tricky so it will be a bit of a test there.”

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Round 5 2017

Nomads def. Suns
Q15535 1612
HT1610106 1713
Q32618174 1814
FT3425229 5939


  • L. Bettington,
  • S. Bioletti,
  • L. Cudmore,
  • W. Hall,
  • M. Harriot,
  • T. Hunt,
  • E. Karpany,
  • T. Keys,
  • P. Mitchell,
  • J. Petrascu,
  • J. Ratcliffe,
  • L. Raymond,
  • D. Richards,
  • A. Shem,
  • S. Snowden,
  • P. Tobias,
  • H. Wakefield,
  • A. Walsh,
  • T. Walsh,
  • S. Wilson.


  • H. Wakefield (9),
  • J. Petrascu (5),
  • D. Richards (4),
  • E. Karpany (4),
  • A. Walsh (2),
  • L. Bettington (2),
  • S. Wilson (2),
  • A. Shem,
  • J. Ratcliffe,
  • S. Bioletti,
  • S. Snowden,
  • T. Hunt,
  • T. Keys.

Award winners:

  • H. Wakefield (Players' Player),
  • L. Bettington (Coach's),
  • L. Raymond (President's),
  • J. Ratcliffe (Captain's),
  • T. Hunt (Meehan's Plumbing Services').

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