The second game for the day sends us back through the city centre and into the leafy surrounds of the inner north, the Roosters and the Bulldogs facing off in the Northern Derby at Prospect Oval. Like the southerners before them, these sides traded blows in their two outings last year. In their season opener, the Dogs outlasted the Roosters by nine points at Elizabeth, but couldn't do it again at Prospect in Round 14 where they went down by eight goals. In that game, the Roosters bagged five goals unanswered in first quarter added time to set up their win. North's third term seemed as if they were toying with the then ninth-placed Centrals, kicking three behinds. Last weekend, the Bulldogs denied the Bloods at Elizabeth, down by as much as seven straight kicks before running out 20-point winners. The Roosters were brought back to earth by the Crows, who inflicted a 38-point defeat at Prospect.
The Bulldogs had a sterling start to the afternoon, while the Roosters were having a hard time finding the big sticks. Centrals would be 20 points ahead at quarter-time, with the scoreboard reading 5.2 to 2.6. But then the pendulum swung right back into the Roosters' favour, they slammed through 7.4 to the comparably paltry 2.1 for the Bulldogs. At the half-time break, North were ahead by 13 points. Centrals started off the second half with a rushed behind and then a goal for a seven-point play in the first couple of minutes, but despite frustrating North for the bulk of the term, a couple of late goals would put the visitors back behind the eight-ball going into the final change. The Roosters would add 4.2 to the Dogs' 2.3 to take their lead out to four goals come three quarter-time. In the end, the Dogs would stay well behind the pace, the home side running away with very little resistance. North added a further 4.2 to 1.1, running out 43-point victors. Here's some stats for you. North had 55 more kicks, over 30 more marks and 17 more hitouts. Centrals playing Jekyll and Hyde again?
North's best all-round player was Aaron Young, with 37 disposals, eight marks and 11 clearances. For the Dogs, it was Rhett Montgomerie with 24 disposals and 12 marks.