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Match Report

Match Report: North dominant over Lions

By Marc McGowan, AFL.com.au Exclusive to lions.com.au June 3, 2018 2:57 PM

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North Melbourne has comfortably beaten an injury-stricken Brisbane Lions outfit by 54 points at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Kangaroos blew the Lions away with a five-goals-to-none opening term – the fifth time this year they've conceded one or fewer – on their way to a 21.15 (141) to 12.15 (87) triumph.

The difference was 55 points by half-time despite North having only seven more inside 50s in a ruthless display of efficiency.

However, they may rue not putting the Lions to the sword after the main break.

The same sides met in the final round last year knowing the loser would claim the wooden spoon, putting context into North Melbourne's remarkably rapid return to relevance.

Preventing a perfect afternoon was Jarrad Waite's calf injury in the warm-up and resultant late withdrawal, as well as Jed Anderson (hamstring tightness) sitting out all bar five minutes.

Second-year Roo Jy Simpkin also looks in trouble for catching Allen Christensen high with a glancing blow in the first quarter that saw the Lion's head hit the ground hard.

Christensen (concussion) took no further part, joining Charlie Cameron (right ankle) and Hugh McCluggage (right calf) in being ruled out by half-time on a nightmare day at Etihad Stadium.

Jarrod Berry (hamstring soreness), like Waite, didn't even make it to the first bounce.

Chris Fagan's men fought out the final two quarters and won them by a point to add some scoreboard respectability.

"In the first quarter they dominated us, so it was always going to be tough to come back from 33 points down," Fagan said afterwards.

"(But) we won the second half, which was a mighty courageous performance from our players. We played hard and committed footy."

BID ON TONIGHT'S MATCH WORN GUERNSEYS

The AFL's No.2 contested-ball team blitzed the Lions in that area in the first half (72-56), thumped the visitors 24-15 in clearances in that time and used handball to release teammates for searching runs.

Dayne Beams shook off Ben Jacobs' best defensive efforts to easily be the Lions' leading light with 32 touches and five goals, four of them in the last quarter.

Young defender Harris Andrews did well to keep Coleman Medal frontrunner Ben Brown to two majors, with Luke Hodge and Zac Bailey among the rare few who can hold their head high.

MEDICAL ROOM

North Melbourne: Veteran Jarrad Waite hurt a calf in the warm-up and was a very late withdrawal after the Roos prepared to go in as selected. The in-form forward has had calf problems throughout his career. Jed Anderson (hamstring tightness) was also done inside five minutes despite undergoing a fitness test at quarter-time, with coach Brad Scott saying it wasn't worth risking him.

Brisbane: Jarrod Berry failed to overcome hamstring soreness in time to play and was a late out from the Lions' selected side. It got worse from there for Brisbane, which lost Allen Christensen (concussion) before the first break then Charlie Cameron (right ankle) late in the second term. Second-year Roo Jy Simpkin caught Christensen high with a glancing blow in an incident that is sure to have match review officer Michael Christian's attention, and the former Cat struck his head hard on the ground. Cameron emerged from the rooms at half-time on crutches. Hugh McCluggage also hurt his right calf in the second quarter.

NEXT UP

The Roos face a stern test of their credentials next Saturday against fellow finals aspirant Geelong at GMHBA Stadium. They've lost eight of their past 10 visits to the Cattery. Brisbane has an extra day's recovery before hosting Essendon at the Gabba on Sunday.

NORTH MELBOURNE      5.7   12.9    16.14   21.15 (141)
BRISBANE           0.4   3.8      7.11   12.15 (87)

GOALS

North Melbourne: Ziebell 3, Brown 2, Atley 2, McDonald 2, Wright 2, Jacobs 2, Higgins, Wood, Simpkin, Goldstein, Williams, Hartung, Tarrant, Cunnington
Brisbane: Beams 5, McStay 2, McInerney, Bailey, Keays, Taylor, Zorko

BEST 

North Melbourne: Cunnington, Higgins, McDonald, Ahern, Tarrant, Atley, Goldstein
Brisbane: Beams, Andrews, Hodge, Bailey

INJURIES 

North Melbourne: Waite (calf soreness) replaced in selected side by Tom Murphy, Anderson (hamstring)
Brisbane: Berry (hamstring soreness) replaced in selected side by Keays, Christensen (concussion), Cameron (foot), McCluggage (Achilles)

Reports: Mitch Robinson (Brisbane) for rough contact on Shaun Higgins in the third quarter.

Umpires: Margetts, Brown, Donlon

Official crowd: 22,133 at Etihad Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Shaun Higgins
    Shaun Higgins
    38
  • North Melbourne
    Luke McDonald
    34
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Beams
    32
  • North Melbourne
    Paul Ahern
    29
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Cunnington
    28
Fantasy Leaders
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    137
  • North Melbourne
    Luke McDonald
    133
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    128
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    119
  • North Melbourne
    Jack Ziebell
    109
Scoring Leaders
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    5.1
  • North Melbourne
    Jack Ziebell
    3.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Daniel McStay
    2.2
  • North Melbourne
    Luke McDonald
    2.1
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Brown
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 417 Disposals 375
  • 77.9 Disposal Eff 74.1
  • 135 Contested Pos 135
  • 83 Marks 100
  • 16 Free Kicks 25
  • 42 Clearances 35
  • 57 Inside 50s 51
  • 38 Rebound 50s 35
  • 50 Tackles 58
  • 43 Hit-outs 38
  • 89 Interchanges 61

Breakdown

  • 5.7 (37)
    0.4 (4)
  • 12.9 (81)
    3.8 (26)
  • 16.14 (110)
    7.11 (53)
  • 21.15 (141)
    12.15 (87)

Player Stats

North Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Luke McDonald 18 16 34 6 0 0 0 4 2 1 133
2Shaun Higgins 15 23 38 3 0 3 2 4 1 0 119
3Jack Ziebell 15 4 19 6 0 1 1 5 3 2 109
4Jy Simpkin 11 10 21 5 0 2 2 6 1 3 97
5Paul Ahern 13 16 29 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 92
6Todd Goldstein 4 10 14 2 36 1 2 3 1 0 87
7Ben Cunnington 6 22 28 4 0 2 1 1 1 0 83
8Mason Wood 10 10 20 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 80
9Robbie Tarrant 13 8 21 5 0 1 2 1 1 0 75
10Jamie Macmillan 11 11 22 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 72
11Ben Jacobs 7 15 22 2 0 2 5 4 2 0 72
12Sam Wright 7 11 18 4 0 0 0 1 2 0 71
13Shaun Atley 9 7 16 4 0 0 1 1 2 0 66
14Billy Hartung 5 13 18 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 66
15Marley Williams 8 5 13 2 0 1 1 3 1 0 56
16Ben Brown 8 6 14 5 0 1 3 0 2 0 55
17Trent Dumont 6 14 20 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 55
18Tom Murphy 8 6 14 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 54
19Kayne Turner 4 10 14 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 54
20Scott D. Thompson 8 3 11 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 50
21Majak Daw 6 4 10 5 7 0 3 1 0 0 43
22Jed Anderson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
23Jarrad Waite 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Brisbane Lions

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dayne Beams 20 12 32 6 0 2 2 2 5 1 137
2Dayne Zorko 16 6 22 8 0 3 1 9 1 2 128
3Cameron Rayner 14 7 21 6 0 4 0 7 0 2 108
4Daniel Rich 13 11 24 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 95
5Stefan Martin 7 14 21 5 28 2 1 1 0 0 95
6Ryan Lester 9 6 15 9 0 1 0 6 0 0 91
7Luke Hodge 14 12 26 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 86
8Harris Andrews 11 7 18 5 0 2 0 5 0 0 84
9Daniel McStay 9 1 10 8 0 1 0 3 2 2 80
10Mitch Robinson 11 13 24 4 0 0 3 4 0 1 79
11Alex Witherden 11 11 22 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 78
12Tom Cutler 12 7 19 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 73
13Nick Robertson 12 10 22 6 0 0 2 1 0 0 72
14Lewis Taylor 9 8 17 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 72
15Ben Keays 7 10 17 4 0 1 2 4 1 1 71
16Zac Bailey 6 8 14 5 0 2 1 3 1 0 66
17Oscar McInerney 8 4 12 1 10 1 0 0 1 1 53
18Eric Hipwood 10 6 16 4 0 2 2 0 0 2 52
19Darcy Gardiner 6 4 10 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 36
20Hugh McCluggage 4 5 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
21Charlie Cameron 1 3 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 14
22Allen Christensen 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -3

Team Lineups

North Melbourne

B

  • Marley Williams,
  • Robbie Tarrant,
  • Jamie Macmillan

HB

  • Shaun Atley,
  • Scott D. Thompson,
  • Luke McDonald

C

  • Jack Ziebell,
  • Ben Jacobs,
  • Trent Dumont

HF

  • Kayne Turner,
  • Jy Simpkin,
  • Majak Daw

F

  • Mason Wood,
  • Ben Brown,
  • Shaun Higgins

Fol

  • Todd Goldstein,
  • Ben Cunnington,
  • Jed Anderson

I/C

  • Tom Murphy,
  • Paul Ahern,
  • Sam Wright,
  • Billy Hartung

Late Change:

  • INS: T.Murphy OUTS: J.Waite(Injured)

In

  • Majak Daw,
  • Tom Murphy,
  • Paul Ahern

Out

  • Ryan Clarke (Omitted),
  • Jarrad Waite (Injured),
  • Sam Durdin (Omitted)

New

  • Tom Murphy,
  • Paul Ahern

Milestones:

  • Trent Dumont  - Played 50th game,
  • Tom Murphy  - Played 1st game,
  • Paul Ahern  - Played 1st game

Last updated: 10:41AM Tuesday, June 5, 2018