Australian Football

AustralianFootball.com Celebrating the history of the great Australian game

 

North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs

Scoreboard | Match report | Match statistics

Round: 6   Venue: Docklands   Date: Fri, 29-04-2016 7:50 pm   Crowd: 47,622  
North Melbourne 4.1.255.4.348.6.549.7.61 C:  Brad Scott
Western Bulldogs 2.1.133.4.226.6.426.9.45 C:  Luke Beveridge
  NTH by 12NTH by 12NTH by 12NTH by 16  
Weather
min temp  16.9°C      max temp  22.2°C
rainfall  0.4mm    humidity  83%    air pressure  1013.9mb
wind speed 11km/h      wind direction  N
Brownlow Medal 3 Jarrad Waite (NTH)2 Lachie Hunter (WBULL)1 Scott Thompson (NTH)

Match Report

North Melbourne remains a game clear at the top of the ladder after it defeated the Western Bulldogs in a tough, low-scoring encounter in front of more than 47,000 fans at Docklands Stadium on Friday night. The match pitted the highest-scoring team of 2016 - the Kangaroos - against the best defensive side - the Bulldogs - and if most pundits had been told that the Dogs would restrict the Roos to a total of just 67 points for the evening, they would have predicted a comfortable Bulldogs win.

That was far from the case, however, as the Kangaroos intense pressure, particularly in the Bulldogs' forward line, restricted the Dogs' ability the deliver the ball with any precision and this severely hampered their scoring capability. In the end, the Dogs could manage a paltry 6.9.45, as they fell 16 points short of North and slipped back to fourth on the ladder with a 4-2 record. 

Early indications were that this match would be the shoot-out that many had anticipated. Ex-Bulldog marked and goaled before the three-minute mark, while Lin Jong did the same four minutes later. North's Ben Brown took his turn to do the same at the nine-minute mark, while Marcus Bontempelli did the same very soon after and both sides had two goals on the board just 10 minutes in. The complex of the game changed after that, as defences got on top and errors became common. North made fewer in latter stages of the term, and two goals to Jarrad Wait saw the Kangas ahead 4.1 to 2.1 at quarter time. 

Goals were extremely hard to come by in the second quarter, the result of intense pressure applied by both sides and some poor kicking for goal. Bulldog ruckman had an early shot at goal after a free kick but missed a gettable shot, and then had a second chance but kicked out of bounds after a mark. North made the Dogs pay when Jack Ziebell marked and goaled from outside 50 to put the Roos 16 points clear. The Dogs attacked heavily after that but could not find an avenue to goal until Toby McLean pounced on a loose ball and kicked a beautiful long goal at the 19-minute mark. It was the final goal of the quarter and North was two goals clear at the long break as it had been at the first. 

The Dogs came out firing in the third term, Tory Dickson goaling after just one minute. But North cleared immediately from the resultant centre bounce and Lindsay Thomas kicked his first at the two-minute mark. Defensive domination resumed after that and the next quarter of an hour saw each side register just one behind each. The game broke open brief in the last 10 minutes of the quarter, each team scoring two goals. At the last change of ends, the margin was 12 points yet again. 

If anything, the intensity and defensive pressure actually increased in the final term. Neither side gave an inch, and by halfway through the quarter, neither team had managed so much as a behind. Jarrad Waite finally broke the deadlock with a mark and his fourth goal at the 15-minute mark, putting North three goals clear. The Bulldogs had their chances after that, with many forays forward, but could not capitalise. Jordan Roughead and Jake Stringer both had very gettable shots, but both missed. Waite's goal proved to be the last of the match, the Roos hanging on to win by 16 points and take their record to 6-0.

Waiter was the difference between the two sides, his four goals making him the match's only multiple goalkicker. For the Dogs, Lachie Hunter, with a career-high 44 possessions, was outstanding. 

North will be favourites to make it 7-0 as it takes on St Kilda at Docklands on Sunday, while the Bulldogs will look to return to the winners' list against Adelaide at the same venue the night before. 

GOALS
North Melbourne: Waite 4; Higgins, Brown, Ziebell, Thomas, Petrie
Western Bulldogs: Jong, Bontempelli, McLean, Dickson, Stevens, Dahlhaus

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
North Melbourne: Waite, Swallow, Wells, Thompson, Cunnington, Petri
Western Bulldogs: Hunter, Biggs, Dahlhaus, Stevens, Boy

BEST - THEAGE.COM.AU
North Melbourne: Waite, Wells, Swallow, Thompson, Petrie, Cunnington
Western Bulldogs: Hunter, Biggs, Macrae, Dahlhaus, Stevens, Boyd

INJURIES
North Melbourne: Kayne Turner (hamstring), Sam Wright (ankle)
Western Bulldogs: Tom Liberatore (corked leg)

UMPIRES: Donlon, Bannister, Pannell

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Dennis Cometti, Wayne Carey, Cameron Ling, Tim Watson

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

North Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
18 Atley, Shaun 3 4 11 14 0 0 0 5 0 0 23y 229d 115 15
50 Brown, Ben 7 3 3 10 1 1 2 2 0 1 23y 161d 39 63
10 Cunnington, Ben 9 2 11 20 0 0 0 14 2 3 24y 304d 129 55
15 Dal Santo, Nick 7 2 7 14 0 0 4 3 0 0 32y 67d 306 153
11 Firrito, Michael 7 3 8 15 0 0 0 1 1 1 32y 154d 259 29
43 Gibson, Sam 9 1 6 15 0 1 0 4 0 0 29y 338d 91 41
22 Goldstein, Todd 4 2 4 8 0 0 40 1 0 2 27y 303d 155 79
29 Harvey, Brent 9 4 11 20 0 1 0 2 1 1 37y 351d 415 494
4 Higgins, Shaun 9 3 7 16 1 0 0 6 2 1 28y 56d 159 174
5 Jacobs, Ben 7 4 10 17 0 0 0 1 0 0 24y 111d 75 9
34 Macmillan, Jamie 10 2 11 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 24y 219d 87 36
21 McDonald, Luke 10 3 7 17 0 0 0 2 0 2 21y 80d 43 1
20 Petrie, Drew 10 6 7 17 1 1 1 2 1 1 33y 197d 299 409
9 Swallow, Andrew 7 1 16 23 0 0 0 14 1 2 28y 332d 192 76
25 Tarrant, Robbie 11 5 5 16 0 0 1 1 1 1 27y 4d 67 41
12 Thomas, Lindsay 9 5 2 11 1 0 0 7 0 3 28y 60d 180 288
16 Thompson, Scott 16 9 10 26 0 0 0 5 3 1 29y 356d 165 6
40 Turner, Kayne 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 20y 120d 21 16
30 Waite, Jarrad 11 7 2 13 4 1 0 4 0 2 33y 85d 213 316
8 Wells, Daniel 12 3 15 27 0 2 0 6 0 1 31y 86d 230 145
19 Wright, Sam 8 2 7 15 0 0 0 5 1 0 25y 289d 114 56
7 Ziebell, Jack 14 4 4 18 1 0 1 5 1 1 25y 61d 130 79
  Totals 189 75 166 355 9 7 49 92 14 23 27y 330d 3484 2581
Western Bulldogs Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
33 Adams, Marcus 6 5 6 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 22y 304d 6 0
44 Adcock, Jed 1 2 8 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 30y 166d 209 60
24 Biggs, Shane 18 4 9 27 0 0 0 6 0 1 24y 268d 22 5
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 9 2 12 21 1 0 2 4 2 1 20y 157d 43 40
5 Boyd, Matthew 21 8 12 33 0 1 0 1 2 0 33y 246d 264 83
15 Campbell, Tom 5 3 9 14 0 1 18 3 1 0 24y 179d 28 17
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 10 2 18 28 1 0 0 6 0 1 23y 252d 100 91
31 Dale, Bailey 2 1 8 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 19y 282d 12 6
29 Dickson, Tory 6 3 12 18 1 0 0 1 3 1 28y 216d 59 101
7 Hunter, Lachie 23 6 21 44 0 0 0 1 3 1 21y 138d 42 18
46 Jong, Lin 14 5 3 17 1 1 1 1 0 0 22y 330d 27 15
21 Liberatore, Tom 4 0 9 13 0 0 0 7 1 0 23y 349d 83 23
11 Macrae, Jack 17 7 16 33 0 0 0 3 1 1 21y 270d 61 18
16 McLean, Toby 11 4 9 20 1 0 0 2 1 0 20y 89d 10 10
38 Morris, Dale 5 3 10 15 0 0 0 2 1 0 33y 122d 213 3
42 Picken, Liam 17 3 8 25 0 0 0 4 4 1 29y 272d 156 48
18 Roberts, Fletcher 4 3 5 9 0 0 0 3 1 1 22y 331d 20 0
23 Roughead, Jordan 1 2 2 3 0 1 11 3 0 0 25y 178d 94 19
25 Stevens, Koby 14 4 14 28 1 1 0 5 0 1 24y 316d 68 32
9 Stringer, Jake 9 2 8 17 0 2 0 2 0 2 22y 4d 56 105
3 Wallis, Mitch 10 1 16 26 0 1 1 5 1 1 23y 188d 82 34
10 Wood, Easton 8 4 4 12 0 0 0 2 2 1 26y 238d 91 12
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 215 74 219 434 6 9 33 66 23 14 24y 321d 1746 740

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.