Nomads outshine the Suns

The New England Nomads Women’s team defeated the Moree Suns by 71 points. The final scores were 12.6.78 to 1.1.7.

After a sobering defeat at the hands of the Roos in their last match, the Nomads were keen to show their fans what they’ve got when they faced the Suns on Saturday. The Suns arrived in Armidale but the weather was still as cold as a gold-digger’s heart.

Thanks to Leah for this report. Read more below

The girls have been training hard and the first quarter saw them reap the reward. It was a dream start with a goal on the scoreboard within minutes of the first ball-up. It was stuff the crowd may have even paid money to see. The Nomad supremacy continued throughout the quarter, with the girls in the middle integral in accumulating Armidale’s 31 unanswered points. Armidale Tourism so frequently assures visitors they will “Experience the Highs”, but it was the locals who were well on top.

An ignition problem, which some may call complacency, saw the Nomads misfire in the second quarter. On the other hand, Moree had come to play and weren’t going to allow for a repeat of the first quarter. The Nomad backs showed why they wouldn’t be out of place working for the Australian Department of Defence, but it was Moree who won the battle of Q2, finishing a behind in front. Nevertheless, the Nomads had the upper hand heading into half time, with the hosts leading 37-7.

Some half-time oranges, party mix lollies and a Coach Cudmore motivational speech saw the Nomads re-energised heading into the second half. The wind had also gained momentum, leading to the eastern boundary becoming a ball magnet during the third quarter. The benefits of nomadic endurance started to become evident as Moree struggled without subs. The Armidale girls continued to fight hard, reminiscent of their best friend – diamonds, and were rewarded with another 3 unanswered goals. Feeling confident the home team were up 56-7 with a quarter to go.

The northern posts finally saw some decent action in the last quarter, with the Nomads finishing with 3 goals and 4 behinds. The Armidale girl’s physicality continued until the final horn, and has been increasing each game this season. Team morale is high, with the likelihood of a win during finals football ever-increasing. The girls finished the day on a high note, with what was surely the most unique rendition of the team song ever performed. The win puts the Nomads in front of the Suns on the ladder.

A big thank you to all the guys who helped with umpiring and running water. Next week the Nomads have a bye due to the Interleague weekend. Good luck to the girls playing for North West against North Coast, Eliza, Sam, Leah and Darcia.

Round 9 June 16
Q1 5 1 31 – – –
HT 1 6 1 1 7
Q3 3 1 19 – – –
FT 3 4 22 – – –

Team: K. Aistrope, N. Bignell, K. Brown, B. Ciancio, S. Dickson, A. Dyason, C. Gray, R. Jeyamohan, L. Macdonald, D. McRae, L. Morand, K. Philip, L. Raymond, K. Willis.
Goal scorers: L. Macdonald 8, L. Raymond 3, S. Dickson

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