TAMWORTH Swans swooped for a “sensational” win over Narrabri Eagles that not only produced the first win of the season for the Swans but also lifted them off the bottom of the Tamworth AFL table.
Winless before Saturday, the Andrew Donoghue-coached Swans delivered a dominant 14.17 101 to 4.11 35 decimation of the Eagles.
Fourth-placed Narrabri were coming off wins over Tamworth Roos and Gunnedah Bulldogs but were no match for their fellow feather flutterers.
“It was disappointing,” Eagles captain-coach Todd Dunn said.
“But they deserved their win.
“They played over the top of us today.
“ We might have had six out but that was no excuse.
“They were much the better team on the day and beat us all over the park.”
Swans coach Andrew Donoghue reckoned it a sensational win.
“We had 22 standouts out there today.
“I can’t single any one out,” he said
“ It was sensational.
“But we had clicked in that final quarter against the Roos when we outscored them 32-12 the week before.
“We took a big run up out of that.
“Having James Molony home for a few games helped too and he also helped with training during the week.
“He helped me mix it up.
“We had good numbers at training too and that gave us a good preparation for today.
“But all 22 played four quarters of good football today.”
Thomas Byrnes booted four goals for the Swans, with Chris Wilson and stalwart Gavin Knee three apiece.
Todd Dunn (2) was the only multiple goalkicker for the Eagles who were best served by Dunn, Mark Barrow, Daniel Hughes, Matthew McConnell, Shane Murphy and Joe Skuse.
David Richards booted nine goals and captain-coach Zac Economou five as the Nomads continued their unbeaten TAFL run with a 62-point win over Gunnedah Bulldogs.
The Nomads kicked 20.13 133 to the Bulldogs’ 11.5 71 to retain their eight-point lead over an Inverell Saints who beat Tamworth Kangaroos by 35 points at Varley Oval on Saturday.
Inverell Saints consolidated second spot on the TAFL ladder.
The Saints kicked 12.15 87 to the Roos’ 7.10 52 in a tight game they blew open at the end of the third quarter.
“It had been a tight game all day,” Saints coach Nick Baird said.
“We led by five points at one stage of the third quarter.
“The Roos came at us hard but the boys responded well and kicked three or four goals to take control.”