|Brownlow Medal||3 Todd Goldstein (NTH)||2 Josh Jenkins (ADEL)||1 Jarrad Waite (NTH)|
Two of last year's finalists - North Melbourne and Adelaide - met first up at Docklands on Saturday night and both did enough to suggest that they won't be far off the mark in 2016. In the end it was the Kangaroos who got the chocolates, a seven-goal third term helping them overcome a three-goal half-time deficit to sneak home by 10 points.
The Roos got away to a good start, with a pass from Lindsay Thomas to Nick Dal santo giving them their first goal within two minutes. Big Josh Jenkins responded for the Crows and another from Matt Crouch saw Adelaide ahead by four points at the 11-minute mark. The two sides traded behinds for the next 15 minutes before ex-Magpie Paul Seedsman kicked his first goal in Crows' colours to give Adelaide a two-goal lead. The Crows added two further behinds but a late goal to Jarrad Waite saw North within eight at the first break.
Wait followed up with the first goal of the second term but the Crows skipped away to a 15-point lead with majors to Tom Lynch and Jenkins before Drew Petrie pulled one back for North. Mackay kicked his first for Adelaide at the 12-minute mark and when Sam Jacobs followed up with another eight minutes later, the Crows were out to a 20-point lead. Waite kicked his second but Jenkins responded with his second also and the two sides then added one further goal each for the term to leave Adelaide 18 points to the good at the half.
Alarm bells started to ring for North when Walker kicked his second early in the third quarter to give the Crows a four-goal buffer but this proved to be a catalyst for the Kangaroos, who answered with majors to Shaun Higgins and Thomas. Jenkins steadied Adelaide with his fourth but the goals began to flow after that as the game opened right up. Ben Brown kicked his second for North, Jenkins kicked his fifth and then the Roos struck again with a major to veteran Brent Harvey. As the quarter ticked into time on, it was the still the Crows by 13 but two further time-on goals to Harvey saw North within one-point at the final break.
A missed snapshot by Ben Cunnington levelled the scores early in the last term before big Todd Goldstein received a handball from Thomas and goaled to give North the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter. After a quiet night, Eddie Betts levelled the scores with his first at the eight-minute mark but thereafter, goals proved hard to come by for both sides. Halfway through the term, Perie marked and kicked a big goal to restore a six-point lead for North. Debutant Mitch McGovern had a chance to level the scores again soon after but missed. With under three minutes to go, a soccer off the ground from Taylor Garner gave the Roos an 11-point buffer and settled the result, North hanging on to win by 10.
For North, Cunnington (27 possessions) and Goldstein (44 hitouts, seven tackles) were standouts, while Adelaide was well served by Jenkins (five goals) and the evergreen Scott Thompson (15 kicks and 15 bandpasses).
Round two will see North travel to the Gabba to take on Brisbane, the Kangaroos strong favourites to make it 2-0, while the Crows will seek their first win for 2016 in Saturday's Showdown against Port at the Adelaide Oval.
North Melbourne: Waite, Harvey 3; Brown, Garner, Petrie 2; Goldstein, Higgins, Dal Santo, Thomas
Adelaide: Jenkins 5, Walker 2, Betts, M.Crouch, Douglas, Jacobs, Lynch, Mackay, Seedsman
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North Melbourne: Cunnington, Goldstein, Tarrant, Ziebell, Waite, Dal Santo, Harvey
Adelaide: Jenkins, Thompson, Laird, Smith, M.Crouch, Walker
BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
North Melbourne: Cunnington, Tarrant, Waite, Ziebell, Gibson, Dal Santo
Adelaide: Thompson, Jenkins, Laird, Smith, M Crouch, Walker
North Melbourne: Thomas (shoulder), Anderson (hamstring)
REPORTS: Matt Crouch (Adelaide) reported for rough conduct against Jarrad Waite in the third quarter
UMPIRES: Foot, Farmer, Rosebury
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.
|North Melbourne||Match Stats||Career|
|3||Anderson, Jed||4||1||1||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||22y 53d||11||4|
|18||Atley, Shaun||10||5||7||17||0||0||0||1||0||0||23y 195d||110||15|
|50||Brown, Ben||9||6||2||11||2||0||2||2||0||1||23y 127d||34||52|
|10||Cunnington, Ben||7||1||20||27||0||1||1||7||1||1||24y 270d||124||54|
|15||Dal Santo, Nick||12||2||9||21||1||1||0||2||2||0||32y 33d||301||151|
|11||Firrito, Michael||10||9||7||17||0||0||0||1||0||2||32y 120d||254||29|
|27||Garner, Taylor||5||5||6||11||2||0||0||5||0||0||22y 78d||14||8|
|43||Gibson, Sam||11||3||14||25||0||0||0||6||1||0||29y 304d||86||33|
|22||Goldstein, Todd||8||4||5||13||1||0||44||7||0||1||27y 269d||150||71|
|29||Harvey, Brent||12||5||4||16||3||0||0||2||0||0||37y 317d||410||485|
|4||Higgins, Shaun||8||5||10||18||1||0||0||9||1||0||28y 22d||154||168|
|34||Macmillan, Jamie||11||4||4||15||0||0||0||1||0||0||24y 185d||82||33|
|21||McDonald, Luke||8||4||4||12||0||1||0||2||0||2||21y 46d||38||1|
|20||Petrie, Drew||5||3||1||6||2||1||0||4||0||4||33y 163d||294||403|
|9||Swallow, Andrew||9||1||8||17||0||0||0||10||1||1||28y 298d||187||76|
|25||Tarrant, Robbie||16||8||8||24||0||1||0||2||2||3||26y 336d||62||41|
|12||Thomas, Lindsay||10||4||4||14||1||2||0||3||2||1||28y 26d||175||284|
|16||Thompson, Scott||7||5||6||13||0||0||0||1||2||1||29y 322d||161||6|
|30||Waite, Jarrad||14||7||6||20||3||1||0||6||2||1||33y 51d||208||297|
|8||Wells, Daniel||14||5||4||18||0||0||0||7||2||0||31y 52d||225||145|
|19||Wright, Sam||8||2||7||15||0||0||0||0||2||1||25y 255d||109||56|
|7||Ziebell, Jack||16||2||10||26||0||0||0||4||0||3||25y 27d||125||72|
|21||Atkins, Rory||9||3||9||18||0||0||0||2||0||1||21y 258d||9||4|
|18||Betts, Eddie||11||3||4||15||1||3||0||8||3||1||29y 121d||230||405|
|16||Brown, Luke||9||4||4||13||0||0||0||2||0||0||23y 186d||70||3|
|25||Cheney, Kyle||5||1||6||11||0||0||0||2||2||0||26y 214d||54||2|
|2||Crouch, Brad||12||2||8||20||0||0||0||9||2||3||22y 72d||26||9|
|44||Crouch, Matt||14||3||9||23||1||0||0||2||2||1||20y 340d||26||6|
|26||Douglas, Richard||14||2||6||20||1||0||0||3||1||0||29y 49d||172||115|
|24||Jacobs, Sam||4||3||6||10||1||0||35||1||0||0||27y 351d||128||29|
|4||Jenkins, Josh||8||5||2||10||5||0||5||1||1||1||27y 47d||70||126|
|29||Laird, Rory||14||9||10||24||0||0||0||1||0||1||22y 88d||58||5|
|6||Lever, Jake||7||2||4||11||0||0||0||0||1||2||20y 21d||13||0|
|27||Lynch, Tom||10||4||1||11||1||0||0||2||3||1||25y 193d||61||84|
|14||Mackay, David||8||2||5||13||1||0||0||4||0||1||27y 245d||145||45|
|41||McGovern, Mitch||7||5||2||9||0||3||0||3||0||1||21y 167d||1||0|
|30||Milera, Wayne||4||2||3||7||0||1||0||2||2||1||18y 194d||1||0|
|11||Seedsman, Paul||6||3||5||11||1||0||0||4||0||0||24y 64d||50||18|
|9||Sloane, Rory||5||1||14||19||0||1||4||7||0||0||26y 9d||119||73|
|33||Smith, Brodie||16||5||8||24||0||0||0||1||0||0||24y 72d||98||28|
|12||Talia, Daniel||7||3||9||16||0||0||0||3||0||0||24y 176d||99||5|
|5||Thompson, Scott||15||3||15||30||0||1||0||2||2||2||33y 12d||286||158|
|7||Van Berlo, Nathan||5||0||4||9||0||0||0||3||1||0||29y 294d||203||68|
|13||Walker, Taylor||13||10||5||18||2||3||0||1||2||2||25y 336d||108||258|