Nomads lose to the Swans by the Riverside

Despite the best efforts of Clarrie Barker, Wulu Hall and new Nomad Noah Connick the Nomads lost their second game of the year in Tamworth versus the Tamworth Swans by 24 points. In the first half, until a hamstring hindered his movement Rampaging David Riochards was unstoppable. Up front Tom Moscou (returning from a sojourn in Sydney) kicked 4 goals and Ira-the-forwzard Sulzberger kicked 3 goals. One pleasing feature of the game, was the way that the team fought back in the final quarter to reduce the margin to 24 points. The final scores were the Swans 18.12-120 to the Nomads 14.12-96.

The Nomads arrived at the Riverside oval with 19 players. There were some significant outs with Tom Hunt and Conor Nest still yet to play a game. But Big Phill Mitchell returned to play in the ruck and Tom Moscou to play resident4 goal-sneak.. Also returning to the Nomads’ ranks were the hardmen, Benji Dutaillis and The Metaphysical Jester Mark Yep (aka Charlie Paine); with the added benefit of a big increase in the amount of ink on the paddock. Jai Farrell also made the journey south to play his first game of Australian Rules.

Modra won the toss and kicked to the southern end. Noah Connick, a new recruit from Nelson Bay, immediately showed his class with his high marking game – leaping high and allowing his Go-Go Gadget arms to extend skyward and pluck the ball out of the air. Modra and Clarrie were dominant in the middle, taking advantage of Phill’s ruck-work and Jetski was on the bottom of every pack (and giving the additional benefit of commentary on the state of the aforesaid pack). Wulu Hall was providing plenty of run off the half back flank. Unfortunately up forward the Nomads didn’t advantage of all of the opportunities that were in the offing. If the chances had been taken we might well have (in principle at least) been 5 goals up. As it was the Nomads went to the first change ahead, the scores being Nomads 3.3-21 to the Swans 2.12-13.

Things changed in the second quarter and the Nomads let the Swans take the momentum. Modra sustained a hamstring injury in this quarter which affected the matchups in the middle, although Clarrie continued his dominance. Some of the run seemed to fall away. Nick Buckland and Lewis Wheatley were leading well, with Nick taking a lot of strong overhead marks. Tom Moscou was looking dangerous up forward snapping a couple fo goals. Lindsay Brown was doing well down back and Benji Dutaillis was doing a lot of hard work in stoppages on the flanks and wings. The Swans’ movement of the ball though was good and they kicked 6 goals to the Nomads 2. The scores at half-time were Swans 8.5.53 to the Nomads 5.6.36.

At half time the Nomads were within striking range of the Swans but the third quarter was where it was lost. The Swans kicked 7 goals to the Nomads 4. The Swans were able to get the overlap and find forwards on their own. The X-Man was strong in the back but often left on his own competing against two or more Swans. Towards the end of the quarter Phill moved to the backline and steadied the ship (an excellent pice of tactical coaching on Ira’s part who engineered a move forward!)…hmmm. Noah Connick went into the ruck and showed that he is just as good in that role as he is at CHF. At three quarter time the scores were the Swans 15.10-100 to the Nomads 9.7-61.

At the three quarter time huddle, Das Super Coach demanded that the Nomads show some heart and show some heart they did. They began the quarter 39 points down and clawed it back to 24 points. Modra and Clarrie were inspirations in this but players all around the ground lifted.

Although this is the second loss in a row, there are a lot of positive sign, especially the run of some of the younger players. Next week we play reigning premiers Gunnedah in what is a must-win game.

Thanks again to Harri Munday for his work driving the bus and the inspired decision to stop at Kootingal.

Players Player: Noah Connick
President’s award: Tom Moscou
Captains award: Mark Yep
Meehans Plumbing award:
Coach’s award: Ira Sulzberger

Round 2 2021

Swans def. Nomads
 GBP GBP
Q12113 3321
HT8553 5636
Q31510100 9761
FT1812120 141296

Team:

  • C. Barker,
  • L. Brown,
  • N. Buckland,
  • N. Connick,
  • E. D’Gluyas,
  • B. Dutaillis,
  • J. Farrell,
  • W. Hall,
  • A. Herrera,
  • I. Jessep,
  • P. Mitchell,
  • T. Moscou,
  • H. Munday,
  • C. Paine,
  • D. Richards,
  • I. Sulzberger,
  • A. Walsh,
  • X. Walsh,
  • L. Wheatley.

Goalscorers:

  • T. Moscou (4),
  • I. Sulzberger (3),
  • C. Barker (2),
  • D. Richards (2),
  • L. Wheatley,
  • N. Connick,
  • W. Hall.

Award winners:

  • N. Connick (Players' Player),
  • I. Sulzberger (Coach's),
  • T. Moscou (President's),
  • C. Paine (Captain's).

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