It was a much happier trip back up the highway for the New England Nomads on Saturday night.
Pumped by 133 points by the Tamworth Kangaroos their last visit to Tamworth, albeit severely depleted, the Nomads kept alive their hopes of finishing second with a hard-fought 14.14-98 to 11.5-71 AFL North West win over the Tamworth Swans.
“I was expecting a tough game and we definitely got one,” Nomads coach James Treweeke said.
Leading by only a goal at quarter-time the Nomads exploded in the second quarter booting five goals to the Swans’ one to kick out to a 30 point lead at the main break.
“At quarter time we had to change a few things around, obviously they worked,” Treweeke said.
He made a few personnel adjustments, but it was more about being clean with their skills and making sure they manned up.
Subsequently he was a bit disappointed they weren’t able to carry it on in the third quarter.
”I thought our third quarter was particularly bad coming off that second quarter,” he said.
“I always drill in that I like to play our brand of football. We started to fall into how they wanted to play.”
Fortunately whenever the Swans scored a goal they scored one back, not allowing them to get on a roll.
In his first game back for a while Treweeke said Angus Quail was very dominant up front early on.
“In the second half they actually put two people on him, sat someone in front of him,” he said.
He finished with four goals, as did Dave Richards and Nick Locke.
“Nick Locke was a standout in the midfield along with Jeremy Bourchier,” Treweeke said.
Richards and Wulu Hall, off the half-back, also had strong games but “everyone chipped in and did their bit”, he said.