Nomads have 214 point turnaround against the Roos

The New England Nomads avenged an earlier 133 point loss against the Tamworth Kangaroos in July with an 81 point victory on Saturday. Was this the same side? To see more of the details of this remarkable turnaround, read Lachy Ewart’s report below.

On Saturday 4th of August, the Armidale Nomads did battle with the Tamworth kangaroos.

This was to be an important as both teams were pushing their finals campaigns.

It was also to be Armidale’s last scheduled home game and our ball night.

The ball was bounced and Armidale wasted very little time, looking attacking from the get go.
The boys knew their task early on and were keen to put the embarrassment of the loss when the last time these two teams met behind them.
Armidale looked to lock the ball in early and build the pressure on Tamworth, which worked keeping Roos to the one point.
It was Armidale 4.11. 35 playing Roo’s 0.1. 1 at quarter time.

Armidale were keen to put to bed the rumours and the chatter that this team is not as strong as past years and keep the foot on the throat of Tamworth. The start of the quarter was brilliant with Nick Locke and Quaily switching full forward and starting to rack them up. Frost turned back the clock and was linking beautifully with Shem and Noah on the wings. The pressure did start to fall away before half time and allowed three late goals to Tamworth. This was a negative to end a clinic half.
It was Armidale 10. 15, 75 to Roo’s 3. 3, 21.

The message was clear at half time, to keep playing and developing our game by using the width of the ground and getting it in quick.
The young fella Boyd stood up with hands that made nick Locke even question his spot in the side.
Tommy Hunt was back and attempting to replace Choc’s missing voice across halfback.
The Robb subbies Gards and Larritt were back, with Larritt playing a shut down roll whilst Gards was attempting to kick a bag.
It was Armidale 14.19, 103 playing 4.5, 27 Tamworth Roo’s.

The nomads were to attempt to run out the game strong. However goal kicking inaccuracy continued to mar the side’s efforts finishing with another impressive 26 points.
Jeremy Ratcliffe was back and like a prestige AU commodore, the distance between workouts hadn’t effected at all. The ill named ‘General’ Harry Wakefield was at his silky best off the halfback.
The nomads finished happy with their overall effort for the day.
The end score was 16.26, 122 defeated Tamworth 6.5, 21

Armidale looks forward to the challenge against Inverell next week.

The ball
A few quick highlights / facts from the ball
• Ru Browne proved why we love him and was ‘best on’ again.
• Harry Wakefield moves better on the field better then on the dance floor, shock.
• Hamish Morgan won his first competition ever, coach’s pet.
• Amelia Ewart rocked the tunes
• Snow doesn’t understand the basic rules of ovens.
• Nick Locke looked puss in sunglasses. ha ha
• Liam rates Nomads ball over Duval.
• Carson went back to his rugby roots, kinda….

Round 16 2018

Nomads def. Roos
Q141135 011
HT101575 3321
Q31419103 4529
FT1626122 6541


  • D. Boyd,
  • C. Carson,
  • L. Cudmore,
  • I. Dowabobo,
  • L. Ewart,
  • J. Frost,
  • W. Gardner,
  • A. Gray,
  • T. Hunt,
  • D. Larritt,
  • N. Locke,
  • H. Morgan,
  • C. Nest,
  • S. Ogilvie,
  • N. Piper,
  • A. Quail,
  • J. Ratcliffe,
  • L. Raymond,
  • D. Richards,
  • A. Shem,
  • S. Snowden,
  • H. Wakefield.


  • A. Quail (4),
  • W. Gardner (3),
  • D. Boyd (2),
  • N. Locke (2),
  • N. Piper (2),
  • A. Gray,
  • D. Richards,
  • I. Dowabobo.

Award winners:

  • A. Gray (Players' Player),
  • N. Piper (Coach's),
  • N. Locke (President's),
  • D. Larritt (Captain's),
  • H. Wakefield (Meehan's Plumbing Services').

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