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North Melbourne vs St. Kilda

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Round: 19   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 30-07-2016 7:25 pm   Crowd: 44,287  
North Melbourne 2.4.164.7.317.8.5012.13.85 C:  Brad Scott
St. Kilda 1.4.102.7.193.10.288.14.62 C:  Alan Richardson
  NTH by 6NTH by 12NTH by 22NTH by 23  
Weather
min temp  9.1°C      max temp  13.8°C
rainfall  2.4mm    humidity  75%    air pressure  1014.8mb
wind speed 24km/h      wind direction  N
Brownlow Medal 3 Drew Petrie (NTH)2 Ben Cunnington (NTH)1 Daniel Wells (NTH)

Match Report

It was a night for celebration for North Melbourne at Docklands on Saturday night as the Kangaroos celebrated Brent Harvey's record-breaking 427th AFL match with a 23-point win over St Kilda on Saturday night. In a match that never reached any great heights, North narrowly won all four quarters against the Saints to mark Harvey's milestone match with a win and, more importantly, establish a three-game break inside the top eight with only four games of the home-and-away season remaining. 

Trent Dumont got North off to a perfect start, with a centre clearance finding Daniel Wells whose pass to Dumont ending in a goal inside the first minute. When St Kilda's Blake Acres marked and goaled barely a minute later, scores were level and the match looked like being a shoot-out. Defences tightened right up after that, though, which - along with inaccuracy in front of the sticks - stemmed the flow of goals from both sides. The only other major of the term was kicked by Jarrad Waite, who gave North a seven-point lead with a great snap at the 11-minute mark. The two sides traded in behinds after that and it was the Roos by an even goal at quarter time. 

Each side added a further behind to start the second quarter before Ben Brown was awarded a free kick and kicked accurately to record the match's first goal in almost a quarter. St Kilda's Mav Weller responded almost immediately after a he marked a pass from Jack Steven and converted so keep the Saints within a goal. The Kangaroos got their third soon after with a mark and goal to Aaron Mullett  but the goals dried up once more after that, each side adding just a couple of behinds as North took a 12-point lead into the long break. 

The first 22 minutes of the third term proved decisive. In that period Saints Tim Membrey, Dylan Roberton and Nick Riewoldt all missed gettable shots and, after each one of those misses, North Melbourne kicked accurately at the other end of the ground, with Waite, Drew Petrie and Brown all goaling to North 27 points ahead - 7.7 to 2.10 - despite having had only two more scoring shots. Leigh Montagna kicked truly to finally give the Saints a goal late in the term but North took a comfortable 22-point lead into the final break. 

Brent Harvey's longtime friend Drew Petrie virtually sealed the match within 18 seconds of the start of the last quarter, breaking three tackles and kicking a great goal. From then on it was more or less party time for the Kangaroos, Lindsay Thomas and Brown adding further goals over the next 10 minutes to take the lead out to 40 points. Nick Riewoldt clawed one back for the Saints but then Lindsay Thomas marked and gave a present to Harvey, hand balling off to give 'Boomer' a goal in his milestone match. Jamie Macmillan added another North goal before the Saints finished the match off with three 'junk time' goals to cut the final margin to 23 points. 

Macmillan was amongst North's best, taking eight marks and collecting 31 possessions, while Sebastian Ross (25 disposals and seven tackles) was a standout for the Saints.

North will look to make certain of its place in the finals with a win over the seventh-placed Western Bulldogs at Docklands next Saturday night. St Kilda is no more than a mathematical chance of featuring in September action, but will look to keep that chance alive with a win over Carlton (15th) at the MCG on Sunday. 

GOALS
North Melbourne: Brown 3; Waite, Petrie 2; Thomas, Harvey, Macmillan, Dumont, Mullett
St Kilda: Riewoldt, Bruce 2; Montagna, Acres, Weller, Dunstan

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North Melbourne: Cunnington, Petrie, Macmillan, Wells, Swallow, Gibson, Brown
St Kilda: Riewoldt, Ross, Acres, Montagna, Roberton

BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
North Melbourne: Macmillan, Petrie, Cunnington, Gibson, Brown, Wells, Tarrant, Harvey
St Kilda: Ross, Riewoldt, Montagna, Acres, Roberton

INJURIES
North Melbourne: Waite (hip)
St Kilda: Nil

UMPIRES: Bannister, Stevic, Findlay

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

North Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
3 Anderson, Jed 4 1 3 7 0 1 0 6 1 1 22y 179d 15 6
18 Atley, Shaun 8 3 7 15 0 0 0 2 1 0 23y 321d 127 16
50 Brown, Ben 9 4 2 11 3 1 0 0 4 0 23y 253d 51 85
13 Clarke, Ryan 2 2 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 19y 43d 4 0
10 Cunnington, Ben 9 2 17 26 0 0 0 4 0 2 25y 30d 140 57
15 Dal Santo, Nick 16 6 10 26 0 0 0 3 4 0 32y 159d 317 154
14 Dumont, Trent 9 2 7 16 1 0 0 6 0 0 21y 30d 15 7
11 Firrito, Michael 5 4 5 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 32y 246d 270 29
43 Gibson, Sam 14 6 14 28 0 0 0 3 1 0 30y 64d 103 44
22 Goldstein, Todd 6 4 8 14 0 1 36 3 2 0 28y 29d 166 85
29 Harvey, Brent 13 5 11 24 1 1 0 2 0 0 38y 77d 427 512
34 Macmillan, Jamie 16 8 15 31 1 1 0 2 1 0 24y 311d 99 41
2 McKenzie, Brad 15 9 8 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 23y 62d 34 5
17 Mullett, Aaron 5 3 8 13 1 1 0 4 0 0 24y 158d 62 26
20 Petrie, Drew 11 12 7 18 2 1 3 0 0 4 33y 289d 311 424
9 Swallow, Andrew 5 4 13 18 0 1 0 6 1 1 29y 58d 203 76
25 Tarrant, Robbie 10 6 5 15 0 0 0 4 1 1 27y 96d 79 41
12 Thomas, Lindsay 7 2 1 8 1 2 0 3 1 3 28y 152d 191 315
16 Thompson, Scott 8 6 2 10 0 0 0 2 3 3 30y 82d 177 6
30 Waite, Jarrad 6 2 4 10 2 0 0 3 2 0 33y 177d 221 323
8 Wells, Daniel 12 3 12 24 0 0 0 3 2 2 31y 178d 238 149
7 Ziebell, Jack 8 2 5 13 0 1 0 5 0 0 25y 153d 142 87
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 198 96 173 371 12 13 39 62 24 19 27y 243d 3392 2488
St. Kilda Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
8 Acres, Blake 11 4 11 22 1 0 0 4 2 0 20y 297d 22 6
20 Armitage, David 4 1 11 15 0 0 0 6 1 3 28y 44d 146 86
15 Billings, Jack 11 6 11 22 0 0 0 3 0 0 20y 347d 38 24
27 Bruce, Josh 5 3 2 7 2 2 5 4 0 5 24y 52d 64 88
24 Dempster, Sean 6 4 4 10 0 0 0 1 1 1 32y 192d 218 20
7 Dunstan, Luke 7 0 5 12 1 0 0 3 1 3 21y 183d 52 26
14 Geary, Jarryn 9 3 4 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 28y 37d 138 23
19 Gilbert, Sam 3 1 4 7 0 0 0 1 0 2 29y 346d 175 35
22 Gresham, Jade 8 2 9 17 0 1 0 4 0 1 18y 341d 15 10
1 Hickey, Tom 5 4 3 8 0 1 21 2 1 2 25y 146d 59 19
36 McKenzie, Daniel 4 2 5 9 0 0 0 1 1 1 20y 74d 13 0
28 Membrey, Tim 8 7 4 12 0 1 0 2 0 0 22y 65d 26 43
41 Minchington, Darren 5 0 10 15 0 1 0 4 2 0 22y 234d 21 18
11 Montagna, Leigh 7 2 15 22 1 0 0 1 1 0 32y 271d 267 149
16 Newnes, Jack 5 1 8 13 0 0 2 4 1 0 23y 157d 87 22
12 Riewoldt, Nick 13 8 3 16 2 2 3 0 1 0 33y 287d 315 677
17 Roberton, Dylan 11 5 4 15 0 2 0 2 1 1 25y 39d 98 13
6 Ross, Sebastian 10 5 15 25 0 0 1 7 0 1 23y 84d 55 8
5 Savage, Shane 7 2 5 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 25y 207d 107 53
3 Steven, Jack 13 1 8 21 0 0 0 4 2 1 26y 124d 130 87
44 Weller, Maverick 10 5 6 16 1 1 0 2 2 1 24y 168d 86 40
34 Wright, Nathan 5 5 10 15 0 1 0 1 1 0 22y 165d 26 3
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 167 71 157 324 8 14 32 56 19 24 25y 42d 2158 1450

Match highlights

Brent Harvey set a new AFL games record in North Melbourne vs. St. Kilda (AFL, Premiership Season, R19)

Footnotes

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