It rained goals at Tamworth on Saturday as Gunnedah beat the Kangaroos 22.14 (146) to 12.10 (88).
The Bulldogs hit the lead from the start and kept extending their buffer throughout the match with the second quarter being the most detrimental to Tamworth, according to Kangaroos coach Ben Mitchell.
“We had a poor second quarter which let us down but the other three quarters, we were happy with how we played,” Mitchell said.
Heading into Tamworth’s last match a fortnight ago, numbers had been low at training but that has since picked up.
It showed on the field with Mitchell saying the match felt a lot closer than the scoreboard read and quality running games from both sides contributed to plenty of points.
“It was a fast-scoring game, there was a lot of end-to-end footy,” Mitchell said.
“The run and carry from both sides was good which creates those high-scoring contests.”
The match was the first for Andrew Weymer in Kangaroo colours after moving over from the Narrabri Eagles.
Weymer impressed Mitchell in his first outing, amongst others.
“Boe Gilmour played pretty well along with our new ruckman Andrew Weymer and young Callum Fleming,” Mitchell said.
“It’s a position [ruckman] we’ve been struggling to fill so far. It certainly helped out the other tall guys who can settle into their positions.”
In the other AFL North West NSW match, Inverell punished an undermanned Swans outfit 33.21 (219) to 0.3 (3) at Varley Oval.