The New England Nomads defeated the Inverell Saints in AFL finals

DEVASTATING LOSS: The Nomads took advantage of the injury depleted Saints team. Photos: Kaitlyn Beveridge
DEVASTATING LOSS: The Nomads took advantage of the injury depleted Saints team. Photos: Kaitlyn Beveridge

Men

The Inverell Saints men’s team have lost the ‘do or die’ preliminary final in devastating fashion to the inform New England Nomads.  The Nomads were strengthened by the return of key players whilst the Saints were struck hard by injuries to 3 key players early in the game.  The Nomads snuck to a 10 point lead at quarter time, but scores were level pegging for the next two quarters. It was the Nomads that came home with the wet sail and took advantage of the injury depleted Saints team – crushing their Grand Final hopes. Final Score: Nomads 18.4.112 to Saints 10.12.72 Goal Kickers: R. Woolley 3, B. Gregory 2, L. Selig 1, D. Baldwin 1, K. Marchant 1, M. Gould 1, K. Te Velde 1. Best Players: L. Selig, H. Chappel, B. Gregory, L. White, S. Kimmince, K. Te Velde

DO OR DIE. Nomads were strengthened by returned players and managed to defeat the Saints.

DO OR DIE. Nomads were strengthened by returned players and managed to defeat the Saints.

Women

CRUSHED. Grand final hopes were crushed despite a great effort.

CRUSHED. Grand final hopes were crushed despite a great effort.

A determined Saints Womens team won their way to Saturdays Grand Final.  The Saints went out firing piling on 7 goals to lead the Nomads by 33 points at ½ time.  Saints captain, Sam Barber and young gun Kyla Hamilton were outstanding up forward kicking 10 majors between them.  Again, the Saints defence held tight keeping the opposition to only 7 scoring shots. All in all, a fantastic team effort that sees the Women progress to the Grand Final at Gunnedah on Saturday to take on the Tamworth Kangaroos. Final Score: Inverell Saints 11.8-74 to New England Nomads 4.2-26 Goal Kickers: S. Barber 6, K. Hamilton 4, C. Whitton 1.