North West AFL: New England Nomads thrash understrength Moree

DOMINANT: Jeremy Ratcliffe contests the ball against Moree players in the round 18 game.
DOMINANT: Jeremy Ratcliffe contests the ball against Moree players in the round 18 game.

The New England Nomads are once again bound for the North West AFL finals. 

The Nomads trounced the Moree Suns in their final regular season outing in Tamworth on Saturday 45.18-288 to 1.2-8 and will be aiming to keep their momentum going when they face the Roos in the minor semi-final. 

Against the understrength Suns in blustery conditions, the Nomads executed everything they had been aiming to do. 

“It was quite windy and because we were out on the number two oval there the scoreboard blew over in the second quarter so we didn't know what the score was,” coach James Treweeke said. 

“It probably did [work in our favour] and for once we actually kicked straight and I don't know how, especially when it was the windiest day of the year.

“It was a good hit out for the boys.

“Obviously they were very understrength but were very good in actually managing to get a team which I was quite impressed with because usually a lot of teams forfeit if they have low numbers.” 

Treweeke said that while they dominated, the Nomads didn’t get in over their heads and play reckless football. 

“Most of the game we stuck to our structures a little bit which I was quite impressed with,” he said. 

“Towards the end a few boys started to get a bit goal hungry which you can't really blame them.

“It was a good hit out, get a bit of a run around especially for some of the boys like those Albies rugby boys who haven't played for a while.”

While they have been in scintillating form, the Nomads are under no illusions this Saturday’s semi-final against the Tamworth Roos will be an easy game. 

“It is going to be a bit interesting. The weather forecast too is for a bit of rain and might be a bit of a miserable day,” Treweeke said. 

“It might create a bit more of a contest, might bring the teams a bit closer.

“I am looking forward to it.

“I think a few of the boys are starting to believe, especially off the Inverell win.”