TAMWORTH Kangaroos found its elusive best form to turn their Tamworth AFL clash against Narrabri Eagles into a cakewalk at Tamworth’s No. 1 Oval on Saturday.
After kicking six goals in the opening quartter to lead 6.7 43 to the Eagles 3.1. 19, the home side allowed just one more point from the Eagles in three quarters as the Brett Douglas-coached side went on a goalkicking rampage.
The Roos booted another 18 goals in three quarters, plus a total of 32 behinds, while keeping the Eagles to just one behind. It was an amazing result on a day where the Gunnedah Bulldogs made the Inverell Saints earn every point in their clash at Wolseley Park, Gunnedah.
The Saints prevailed 18.16 124 to 12.13 85 with captain-coach Nick Baird and Dallas Baldwin both kicking four goals and “retired” president Dick Gleeson and Lachlan McDonald both kicking three.
Mitchell Swain booted four goals and Jared Smith two goals for the Bulldogs in a side best served by Andrew George, Jake Vigor, Andy Mack and captain-coach John Woolaston. However Swain’s good day turned sour when he left the field with an ankle injury late in the game.
The Saints also lost Peter Dunlop to an ankle injury early in the game, leaving the side with 18 and no reserves.
“The Bulldogs made us earn it,” said captain-coach Nick Baird, who kicked four goals for the visitors.
He said Justin Pay, Dallas Baldwin, Jeremy Budda-Dean, Sam Kimmince and Tom Williams were best for the Saints.
“We kicked 10 goals to two in the second quarter,” Baird said.
“That was the only quarter we won.” Up in Armidale the New England Nomads beat the Tamworth Swans kicking 18.17 125 to 6.6 42.
The Swans now have a huge local derby against the Roos at Tamworth’s No. 1 Oval this Saturday.
They will face a rampant Roos who had 13 different goalkickers.
Dan Overeem led the way with four, Drew Murden returned to form with a hat trick along with Matt Hodge and Chris Pollock, Daniel Leon also booted two goal and Matt Hopson also booted his first goal of the season, the big defender sneaking forward during the Roo
“Beware the wounded Roo,” Brett Douglas joked.
“We hadn’t been playing well but have had a few away and injured. Today we had a lot of them back and had 13 different goalkickers. A bit of a change for us. We were a different side.”