Nomads beat Swans under the Lights

A seventeen-man New England Nomads side defeated the Swans on Saturday in a game that started in daylight at 4.30 and ended under lights. Young guns Clarrie Barker and Cameron Graham revelled in the twilight, gaining disposals at will while Paddy Tobias was at the bottom of every contest. Steve Wilson dominated on the half-backine, Mitch Darton made a welcome return to green and black and newcomer Will Reynolds showed that he will be a player to watch with his clever leading and strong marking. Finals scores were 19.16.130 to 3.5.23.

The game began with the Nomads missing a few of their stars including Tom Hunt, Harry Wakefield, Rambo Raymond, Jeremy Ratcliffe, Wulu Hall and Ethan Karpany. Luckily Chaks was able to make it in double time to be there just as the first whistle was blown. It was also good to see Tex Walker playing his second game for the year after a series of debilitating injuries.

The Nomads kicked westward to the swimming pool end and soon had control in the midfield with Tim Keys winning every ruck and Paddy Tobias and Jesse Petrascu dominating. Clazz Barker was unstoppable at centre half back as was Steve ‘ambidextrous’ Wilson. The ball was moved rapidly into the forward line a number of times though the forwards did not take full advantage of their opportunities. At the end of the first quarter scores were 6.2.38 to 0.1.1.

The second quarter saw the Nomads kicking away from the setting sun and again the same culprits (e.g. Graham, Darton,Petrascu, Richards, Tobias and Barker) were dominant. Scores at half time were 12.7.79 to 1.3.9.

By the third quarter the temperature was cooling down (apparently it also gets cold in Tamworth) and the Nomads really needed to keep moving to avoid a bit of winter chill. Mitch Darton moved to full forward and made some excellent leads – in a field with more space he could be quite deadly in that position. Scores at the final change were 16.10.106 to 2.4.16.

The final quarter saw the Nomads press home their advantage, kicking three more goals to win by 107 points.

While there were lots of excellent individual performances it was not perhaps the best effort in recent times. it’s unfortunate that the Nomads have a week off and then play the Saints at Inverell. At times it has felt like a permanent pre-season waiting for the season to start. However there are a few big games coming up and everyone needs to work together at training for the final push. We have some big challenges ahead.

Round 14 2017

Swans def. by Nomads
Q1011 6238
HT139 12779
Q32416 1610106
FT3523 1916130


  • C. Barker,
  • E. Bray,
  • V. Chakalisa,
  • L. Cudmore,
  • M. Darton,
  • C. Graham,
  • T. Keys,
  • P. Mitchell,
  • J. Petrascu,
  • W. Reynolds,
  • D. Richards,
  • A. Shem,
  • P. Tobias,
  • J. Treweeke,
  • M. Walker,
  • A. Walsh,
  • S. Wilson.


  • D. Richards (3),
  • J. Petrascu (3),
  • J. Treweeke (3),
  • C. Barker (2),
  • L. Cudmore (2),
  • P. Mitchell (2),
  • A. Shem,
  • C. Graham,
  • S. Wilson,
  • T. Keys.

Award winners:

  • C. Barker (Players' Player),
  • M. Darton (Coach's),
  • P. Tobias (President's),
  • T. Keys (Captain's),
  • S. Wilson (Meehan's Plumbing Services').

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