Nomads crush Gunnedah

NEW England Nomads continued their rampaging run though the Tamworth AFL with a 193-point demolition of Gunnedah Bulldogs at  Wolseley Park, Gunnedah on Saturday as Narrabri Eagles soared to a second successive win and Inverell Saints overcame a staunch Tamworth Roos test at Varley Oval, Inverell.

The Saints kicked 14.9 93 to the Roos’ 8.10 58 for a 35-point win where where Chris Whitton booted four goals and wingman Peter Dunlop for the home side.

Recuperating coach Nick Baird thought his side produced a “good, gutsy win”.

“We couldn’t put them away. They kept coming back but we finished off well,”  Baird said.

Sam Kimmence, and brothers Nick and Simon Reid were three of his best against a Roos side where Daniel Leon kicked four goals and was impressive along with Luke Robinson, Brad Rees, Drew Murden, Matt Hughes and Ben Coombes.

At Narrabri, the Eagles swept to a second successive win under new captain-coach Todd Dunn, kicking 16.17 113 to the Tamworth Swans’ 9.6 60.

Dunn thought Shane Murphy, Matty McConnel and Joe Skuse played dominant, controlling roles, with both Dunn and Michael Miskle kicking four goals apiece.

Best for the Swans were Gavin Knee, Steve Fairless, Dean Finlay and Nathan Bradburn who also kicked two goals.

At Gunnedah, the reigning premiers, New England Nomads, continued on their merry way at the top of the TAFL table when they booted 34 goals against the home side Bulldogs in their 34.18 222 to 4.5 29 win at Wolseley Park.

Dave Richards kicked 11 goals for the Nomads.

“We copped a flogging,” Bulldogs captain-coach John Woolaston said.

“They showed why they are the reigning premiers. 

“Dave Richards kicked a bag-full – 11. 

“We couldn’t shut him down – he couldn’t miss today.”

However, Woolaston was pleased with the application.

“We kept pushing forward.

“Andrew George was great in the middle and Al Hillard, our ruckman, won a lot of tap- downs but we couldn’t get there first.”

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