Nomads beat Roos on 3rd most miserable day EVER at the Bellevue

Nobody could say, for sure, what was the worst or the second most miserable day but everyone who was there was adamant that Saturday was definitely the 3rd most miserable day of weather at the Bellevue EVER. Sleet, snow, sago and other words that begin with ‘s’ fell for much of the day making everyone’s lives—– even the plover in the midfield—difficult. After the first quarter it was very difficult to hold the ball and the only person who seemed to be able to mark was Mr Grippo, Conor Nest. Hard to know what to say about football in such weather. Up forward Jesse Petrascu and Charlie Pain scored two goals apiece and both were in the best players along with Morgan Dunn, Phill Mitchell and Ira Sulzberger (who was, as is his want, enjoying playing football). The final scores were Nomads 10.10.70 to the Tamworth Kangaroos 1.5.11.

On Frostman’s birthday – very different we imagine to many earlier milestone days in Norseman – the team began with a few late outs including Clarrie “Great Hops” Barker and Luke “Rambo” Raymond – pretty substantial late scratchings. The game’s start was very delayed. Even the umpires seemed reluctant to heaqd out onto the oval which resembled Siberia rather than Australia. The Roos were still waiting on some players to arrive from down in the swamplands of Tamworth and so ‘The Whale Whisperer’, Eric ‘D’Gluyas, and Nicko Buckland generously volunteered to don the Blue and White guernsey for a quarter. The Nomads soon started dominating proceedings and scoring goals with even back pocket Tommy Moscou-Moscou chipping in for a sneaky 6 pointer. The Nomads were having some trouble with a “dapper-chap” with a long wax moustache in the Roos’ forward line until some fearsome clashes occurred. (Sol – mate – I reckon you owe someone a beer or two). The scores at the end of the first quarter were Nomads 6.9.39 to the Roos 0.2.2.

The second quarter saw the weather get worse – if this was possible – and much of the football was scrappy. Modra was winning plenty of ball in the middle, as were Jesse and Morgan. The real highlight of the quarter was Frosty scoring a good goal from a set shot 35 metres out. The scores at half-time were 7.4.47 to 0.4.4.

The third quarter continued on in the same fashion. The break was short and the players keen to get on with the game. Ira managed to take a few solid marks and in the backline Lindsay was hitting the contests hard and demonstrating an excellent ability to shrug tackles and keep his feet. At the final change scores were 8.7.55 to 1.5.11.

The final quarter was not much different. Up forward Lord Mayor, Harri Munday, and Taidgh O’Loughlin had chances to score but it seems to this outside observer that a certain ink-challenge might have encouraged some waywardness.

Special thanks to Kayla Hall, Brendan Meehan, Andrew Corbett, and Gus Barker for all of their work in what were really difficult conditions. Footy wouldn’t happen without you.

We must apologise for the rather brief descriptions but what can you say about a day which already hasn’t been said. It’s hard to discern what was good and where improvements could be made when the wind is blowing a gale and the air is full of ice. (That which of one cannot speak, thereof one should remain silent). Windy Hill had nothing on this.

All that can be said meaningfully is that next week we play the Swans and this is a make or break game. So everyone get down to training and get behind Big Jim.

Players Player: C. Nest
President’s award: J. Petrascu
Coach’s award: J. Frost
Captain’s award: L. Brown
Frosty’s Birthday Award (better known as the Meehan’s Plumbing Award): C. Paine

Round 6 2020

Nomads def. Roos
Q16339 022
HT7446 044
Q38755 1511
FT101070 1511


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


  • C. Paine (2),
  • J. Petrascu (2),
  • D. Richards,
  • J. Frost,
  • M. Dunn,
  • P. Mitchell,
  • S. Hanks,
  • T. Moscou.

Award winners:

  • C. Nest (Players' Player),
  • J. Frost (Coach's),
  • J. Petrascu (President's),
  • L. Brown (Captain's),
  • C. Paine (Meehan's Plumbing Services').

One Response to “Nomads beat Roos on 3rd most miserable day EVER at the Bellevue”

  1. David Deal Says:

    I remember 1978 and the wind was taking the sleet sideways across ‘Consett Davis’, where we played footy in the day… – July and a big game between ‘City’ and ‘United’.’Sleet’ and rain as well as the fiercest of winds. When you were not on the ball… Waiting in the ‘forward line’, you just kept your hands behind your back. – Big wind chill and the ‘freeze’ was on that Sunday. The ground was rock hard and remember one of the ‘United’ boys going in for the ball, falling and instantly breaking his arm,,, All players bones ‘brittle’ that day !!
    (The photo of spectators -last weekend and the ‘menacing’ skies started me thinking of one of the ‘bleakest’ weather days in ‘NEAFL’ history.)
    – Thanks for the ‘weekend wrap’ publication. – Still following the ‘NEAFL’ over 40 years later !!
    – Dave Deal

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