Round 2 Around The Grounds
A torn up pitch at Number 1 oval saw the Tamworth Swans take on the Armidale Nomads over at Riverside. The Swans women’s team took on an understrength Nomads, coming out eventual winners – final score 9.17 (71) to 1.3 (9). Erin Allan booted 4 goals, with Kathleen Voon taking out best on for the Swans. Isabelle Grave kicked the single goal for the Nomads and Charlotte Star took out best on for her formidable form in the backline.
The men’s saw the Nomads dominate most of the opening quarter before the Swans took control through the middle of a fast and physical game, with direct play from both teams on the smaller confines of the Riverside keeping the goal umpires busy. Final score 18.12 (120) to 14.12 (96).
Best on: Adam Cruickshank (Swans), Noah Connick (Nomads)
The first U14s game of the season kicked off with the Gunnedah Bulldogs hosting the Tamworth Roosters.
The Moree Suns Women’s side travelled to take on the Poochettes, with the home side lending a few player to boost Moree’s numbers. Bulldogs’ ran out eventual winners with a really consistent player effort across the field.
Gunnedah men also ran out winners on the day, taking on the joint venture of NEMS. The Bulldogs were well set up with great work in the middle from Des Tuckerman, and the usual operators in Benny Maher and Andrew George. Branden Barker and Ben Crawley had best on performances for NEMS
The first U17s game of the season had the Tamworth Roosters travel to Inverell to take on the saints. In a 2020 grand final rematch, the Saints turned the tables on the Roosters. Final score: 14.15.99 to 7.10.52
The Saint’s women had a strong win against the Tamworth Kangaroos 12.9.81 – 1.3.9. Kat Doak was consistent in the forward line kicking 4 goals, while Madeline Ball lead the way of a solid backline defence. Young Naomi Sparke was best on for the Roo’s and was well supported by captain Mackenzie Barton and fullback Savannah Shepherd.
Inverell’s men’s side bounced back from their first round loss with a hard fought 15.11-101 – 8.7-55 win. 2020’s rising star Rhyley Thom continued his impressive form booting 4, with Jake Cannon cleaning up a lot of ball in the back line. Matthew Hall was best on for the Roo’s, while William Tydd provided an even contribution of goals and best player points.