Nomads’ campaign begins with a humungous loss

The Nomads first game of the year against the Swans was a disaster with the Nomads losing by 145 points to a vastly vastly improved Tamworth Swans, with the final scores being Tamworth Swans 28.20.188 to the Nomads 6.7.43. It was not so much that the Nomads played badly but that the Swans, with a number of new recruits, played a very different brand of football to what we have seen from them before. This was the first time the Nomads had lost to the Swans in Tamworth for nigh-on 10 years.

Our best players were Morgan Dunn, Luke ‘Rambo’ Raymond, Big Tom Hunt, the irrespressible and ubiquitous Clarrie-#4-Barker and David Rampaging Richards. Another bright light in an otherwise gloomy afternoon was Coach Jame Treweeke’s 4 goals.A big few weeks on the track working together is obviously required.

It was drizzly weather down in Tamworth. The surface of no.1 looked very schmick – presumably as a consequence so little football having been played thus far. The team were excited to be playing football together again. The team had a number of new players including Sam Feltham from Walcha, Lindsay Brown from Wagga Wagga, the Taswegian Ira Sulzberger, Ben Fleming (venerable member of the Flunt Crew) and Taidgh O’Loughlin (from Armidale).

The game started with the Nomads kicking to the Armidale end. There were a number of early forays forward by the Nomads but they resulted in points until the Big Dawg snaffled an overhead within his range and made no mistake. Then he repeated the very same trick soon afterwards. However, the Nomads were shocked by the Swans’ hardness at the contest and quick ball movement. By the end of the first quarter the scores were Tamworth 6.3.39 to the Nomads 2.3.15.

Now you might have been tempted to think this was just first game jitters and the second quarter would see the Nomads reassert their long-standing dominance over the Swans but it wasn’t to be. The Swans were in complete control rebounding the ball out of the Nomads forward line to score time and time again. The mid-field with Jesse Petrascu, the Everywhere Man Clarrie, Rambo and Tom Hunt were working hard but the ball was not staying long in half. And scores would have been worse if it were not for Conor Nest taking multiple intercept marks. By half-time the scores were 12.9.81 5o 4.4.28.

At the half-time break Tommy Moscou convinced the coaching team to put him up forward and he did remarkably well, providing lots of movement. Kicked one goal for the game (don’t believe everything you read) and should have kicked 3. Modra got more kicks in this quarter than a milkman with a mob of cranky cows but it was to no avail (or little avail at least). At the final break the scores were 22.14.146 to 5.6.36. The Swans had had a 10 goal quarter.

The final quarter proceeded in much the same way as the previous three. To their credit the boys battled it out to restrict the Swans to “only” 6 goals. Obviously we are in a new world and Nomads are going to have to step up and start playing more precision football. Admittedly this was a first hit out and there were some cobwebs that need to be blown away but not 145 points worth!

Players’ Player: L. Raymond
Coach’s award: M. Dunn
President’s award: C. Barker
Captain’s award: T. Hunt
Meehan’s Plumbing award: L. Brown.

Round 2 2020

Swans def. Nomads
Q16339 2315
HT12981 4428
Q32214146 5636
FT2820188 6743


  • C. Barker,
  • L. Brown,
  • N. Buckland,
  • E. D’Gluyas,
  • M. Dunn,
  • S. Feltham,
  • B. Fleming,
  • A. Gray,
  • W. Hall,
  • S. Hanks,
  • T. Hunt,
  • T. Moscou,
  • H. Munday,
  • C. Nest,
  • T. O’Loughlin,
  • J. Petrascu,
  • L. Raymond,
  • D. Richards,
  • I. Sulzberger,
  • J. Treweeke,
  • A. Walsh,
  • X. Walsh.


  • J. Treweeke (4),
  • C. Barker,
  • T. Moscou.

Award winners:

  • L. Raymond (Players' Player),
  • M. Dunn (Coach's),
  • C. Barker (President's),
  • T. Hunt (Captain's),
  • L. Brown (Meehan's Plumbing Services').

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