THE Inverell Saints have sent a message to the rest of the AFL North West competition with a 125-point win over the New England Nomads.
The Nomads were within 28 points of the Saints at half-time, before a nine-goal third quarter guided Inverell to a 24-15-159 to 5-4-34 victory.
Marli Gobbert (five goals) continued to enjoy his recent return to the forward line, while Mathew Penberthy (four goals), Joseph Kimmince (three goals and Michael Gould (three goals) starred in the win.
Isaiah Graham (three goals) and Johnathon Frost were the Nomads best.
Despite the loss, the Nomads remain in third position on the AFL North West ladder, a game clear of the Tamworth Kangaroos.
Meanwhile, the win over the depleted Nomads outfit has given the Saints a much-need percentage boost.
The reigning premiers have lost just one game this season, to the Gunnedah Bulldogs, but now have a superior percentage to the ladder leaders.
The Saints will now have a bye before returning for their next clash against the Tamworth Kangaroos on July 20.
The Nomads will next take on the Roos this Saturday.