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North Melbourne vs Richmond

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Round: 11   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 03-06-2017 7:25 pm   Crowd: 36,100  
North Melbourne 2.4.167.6.488.9.579.12.66 C:  Brad Scott
Richmond 3.4.226.10.4612.13.8514.17.101 C:  Damien Hardwick
  RICH by 6NTH by 2RICH by 28RICH by 35  
Weather
min temp  9.9°C      max temp  14.3°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  91%    air pressure  1031.3mb
wind speed 0km/h      wind direction  CALM
Brownlow Medal 3 Dustin Martin (RICH)2 Trent Cotchin (RICH)1 Bachar Houli (RICH)

Match Report

Having edged out Essendon the previous week and thereby broken the curse of the last gasp killer, Richmond fans could have been forgiven for going into Saturday night’s clash with North Melbourne in supreme confidence. Such was not the case. Seven defeats in the last eight encounters against the Roos, coupled with three successive losses at Docklands, meant that nothing was certain as far as the Tigers were concerned.

Added to that concern was the recent form of North Melbourne, resurgent after a sluggish start to the season. Having lost their first five games, including three by less than a kick, the Northerners new focus on youth seemed to be paying off with four wins in their past five games. The stage was therefore set for a tight hard contest. And that’s exactly what transpired in the first half of football.

North was quickest out of the blocks, dominating early possession and posting the first two majors courtesy of the most reliable kicks for goal in the team, Ben Brown and Shaun Higgins. The Tigers fought back, applying more pressure on the ball carrier resulting in an ever increasing number of turnovers for the Kangaroos. That intensity finally bore fruit, and within a space of five minutes, three goals – to Jason Castagna, to Trent Cotchin, streaming out of the centre, and to Kane Lambert – had put the Tigers in front, a lead they maintained to quarter time.

The second quarter continued much like the first, with the ball pinballing from one end to another in a fast-paced, albeit error-ridden, contest. Mason Wood for the Roos scored within 30 seconds of the restart, popping up again for a second six minutes later. That was followed soon after by a run and goal by Shaun Atley, making it three of the first four majors of the quarter to North, a Shane Edwards mark/free kick and conversion being the Tigers contribution.

A clanger from the kick in by Aaron Mullet resulted in another turnover goal, this time to Brandon Ellis, and the Tigers appeared to have steadied, until Jarrod Waite, to that point blanketed by the unsung David Astbury, marked and goaled for North. That was followed by a major from Sam Gibson, putting on another solid display in what was his 119th consecutive game – equaling a North Melbourne record - to give his side a seven-point break.

The Tigers were still winning plenty of the ball, with midfielders Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, and Dion Prestia standouts, but had begun to suffer from North’s affliction, 'turnoveritis'. Poor shooting at goal wasn’t helping, until a true shot from Dan Butler, celebrating his 21st birthday, steadied the ship. A Waite miss after the siren left the Roos two points in front at the long break.

The question of whether one side could break clear of the other in what had been a tightly contested struggle in the first half, was answered almost immediately on resumption. Renewed Tiger vigour at the contest, poor discipline on the part of several North players, and a healthy sprinkling of ‘Martin magic’, set the tone for the third quarter.

From the North perspective, the rot started early when Jack Riewoldt was awarded a free kick against Robbie Tarrant for holding. As Jack went back to kick, Scott Thompson slung Josh Caddy to the ground in front of goal. A 50-metre penalty resulted and Jack didn’t miss. Worse was to follow a few minutes later when Tarrant infringed again on Riewoldt while Shaun Grigg was about to take a kick. The outcome was the same, a 50m penalty and a Tiger goal. But Tarrant’s nightmare wasn’t quite over. The otherwise reliable defender was caught in a Riewoldt tackle close to goal, and the Richmond stalwart, reasonably well held in the first half, kicked his second, and the Tigers third, in five minutes. North appeared to be crumbling.

Dominant during this section of play was Dustin Martin. Subject to rumours during the week that North Melbourne was after his services for 2018, the explosive midfielder helped split the game open in a manner that would only have made his North suitors more convinced that this was the man they needed to take the club to the next level. He capped off his early work with a superb run and goal at the seven-minute mark that gave the Tigers a lead of 22 points, a lead that was gradually extended to 28 points at the final change, including another major from Martin.

The Tigers could have been even further ahead had it not been for some sloppy conversion attempts, but the clanger of the game belonged to Waite, who, having out marked Alex Rance at the back, no mean feat in itself, opted for a dribble kick from 30 metres out and in front of the big sticks when an ‘old fashioned’ drop punt should have been the order of the day. Needless to say, it dribbled the wrong way, symbolic of North’s poor decision making in the third quarter.

As Richmond supporters well know, a 28-point lead going into the last change guarantees nothing, but while North did pressure the Tigers early on, and goaled through Lachie Hansen, a steading goal to Kane Lambert at the 13-minute mark was enough to ease any anxieties. The intensity of play eased off, and the error rate increased, enough to bring a rye smile to Brad Scott’s face.

In the end, Richmond won the game by 35 points, a result essentially set up in the first seven minutes of the third quarter. Dustin Martin was the standout player of the match, with most of his 38 disposals being put to good effect. Other outstanding contributors were skipper Trent Cotchin and Dion Prestia through the midfield, Bacher Houli off half back, David Astbury and Alex Rance in defence, and Jack Riewoldt up forward. For North, good players were more difficult to find. Sam Gibson and Jamie MacMillan were solid as usual, as was Trent Dumont who is emerging as a fine footballer. Despite a horror patch, Robbie Tarrant tried plugged away manfully all evening.

For both clubs, the match concludes the first half of their season, with the bye next week. Richmond, at 7-4, can feel content with the season’s progress, notwithstanding the sense of what could have been had those three narrow losses been averted. North, at 4-7, can also feel a sense aggrieved after three narrow losses, but considering the wealth of experience that departed the club at the end of 2016, things could have been worse.


GOALS
North Melbourne: Wood, Atley 2; Brown, Waite, Higgins, Gibson, Hansen
Richmond: Riewoldt, Martin, Butler, Lambert 2; Castagna, Cotchin, Edwards, Ellis, Grigg, Rioli

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North Melbourne: Gibson, Dumont, Macmillan, Tarrant, Hrovat
Richmond: Martin, Riewoldt, Prestia, Rance, Houli, Lambert, Ellis, Cotchin

BEST - THE AGE
North Melbourne: Macmillan, Gibson, Tarrant, Ziebell, Dumont
Richmond: Martin, Houli, Cotchin, Prestia, Lambert, Rance

INJURIES
North Melbourne: Garner (leg)
Richmond: Nil

UMPIRES: Foot, Rosebury, Hosking, Schmitt

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Luke Darcy, Basil Zempilas, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling

Source

Match Report by Adam Cardosi

Match stats

North Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
18 Atley, Shaun 8 2 8 16 2 0 0 3 0 1 24y 263d 143 22
50 Brown, Ben 7 2 5 12 1 1 6 1 0 1 24y 195d 66 119
13 Clarke, Ryan 6 3 15 21 0 0 0 2 1 0 19y 351d 12 2
10 Cunnington, Ben 5 1 15 20 0 1 0 1 0 1 25y 338d 155 63
14 Dumont, Trent 12 3 12 24 0 0 0 2 0 0 21y 338d 30 13
27 Garner, Taylor 8 3 6 14 0 0 0 2 0 1 23y 146d 24 16
43 Gibson, Sam 10 4 15 25 1 2 0 4 0 1 31y 7d 119 49
22 Goldstein, Todd 5 0 9 14 0 0 33 4 0 0 28y 337d 181 98
6 Hansen, Lachlan 6 4 8 14 1 0 0 2 0 2 28y 290d 149 81
4 Higgins, Shaun 12 5 9 21 1 1 0 1 2 3 29y 91d 172 189
8 Hrovat, Nathan 4 0 13 17 0 0 0 3 1 0 22y 361d 41 21
34 Macmillan, Jamie 17 5 9 26 0 1 0 1 0 0 25y 253d 115 42
11 McDonald, Luke 11 5 7 18 0 1 0 3 0 1 22y 114d 63 8
17 Mullett, Aaron 9 2 12 21 0 0 0 1 1 1 25y 100d 75 26
25 Tarrant, Robbie 15 8 9 24 0 0 0 2 3 2 28y 39d 95 42
16 Thompson, Scott 9 4 9 18 0 0 0 3 1 0 31y 25d 189 6
28 Turner, Kayne 4 3 5 9 0 1 0 3 2 0 21y 154d 32 30
33 Vickers-Willis, Ed 7 2 5 12 0 0 0 2 0 1 21y 67d 7 0
30 Waite, Jarrad 6 3 6 12 1 3 0 1 0 1 34y 119d 226 332
2 Williams, Marley 5 2 13 18 0 0 0 2 1 0 23y 316d 79 9
32 Wood, Mason 5 2 9 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 23y 263d 23 26
7 Ziebell, Jack 16 0 8 24 0 0 0 5 2 1 26y 95d 158 95
  Totals 187 63 207 394 9 12 39 48 14 17 25y 244d 2154 1289
Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Astbury, David 7 4 13 20 0 0 0 2 1 0 26y 97d 71 8
29 Bolton, Shai 5 5 6 11 0 1 0 1 0 1 18y 177d 3 0
40 Butler, Dan 9 4 4 13 2 1 0 1 2 1 21y 0d 9 11
22 Caddy, Josh 11 9 11 22 0 0 0 3 0 0 24y 248d 105 85
46 Castagna, Jason 7 3 1 8 1 0 0 2 0 0 20y 326d 16 14
9 Cotchin, Trent 17 5 15 32 1 1 0 12 0 1 27y 57d 184 109
10 Edwards, Shane 7 4 9 16 1 1 0 1 1 1 28y 221d 193 134
5 Ellis, Brandon 18 7 12 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 23y 304d 121 43
6 Grigg, Shaun 8 7 13 21 1 0 0 3 1 0 29y 45d 178 86
2 Grimes, Dylan 4 5 3 7 0 0 0 5 0 1 25y 322d 90 3
14 Houli, Bachar 17 7 14 31 0 0 0 7 1 0 29y 22d 160 35
23 Lambert, Kane 13 5 12 25 2 1 0 3 0 0 25y 189d 38 20
27 Lloyd, Sam 9 7 2 11 0 1 0 5 1 1 27y 92d 46 61
4 Martin, Dustin 25 8 13 38 2 1 0 6 5 1 25y 342d 164 166
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 15 4 9 24 0 0 0 5 0 1 23y 61d 39 8
37 Menadue, Connor 5 4 9 14 0 1 0 1 1 0 20y 257d 24 10
25 Nankervis, Toby 4 3 10 14 0 0 26 3 1 0 22y 295d 22 7
3 Prestia, Dion 20 9 15 35 0 2 0 5 1 1 24y 234d 104 31
18 Rance, Alex 7 4 7 14 0 0 1 3 0 0 27y 237d 161 8
8 Riewoldt, Jack 15 10 6 21 2 2 1 2 2 3 28y 215d 213 512
17 Rioli, Daniel 9 4 3 12 1 1 0 4 0 1 20y 48d 29 25
15 Short, Jayden 12 2 2 14 0 0 0 1 0 1 21y 130d 26 7
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 244 120 189 433 14 17 28 75 17 14 24y 244d 1996 1383

Footnotes

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