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Match Report

Match Report: Round 6

By Marc McGowan - AFL.com.au April 30, 2017 12:17 AM

Rd 6, 2017: Match highlights
PRESS PLAY above to watch the match highlights. All the highlights from the clash against the Suns.

Six-goal hero Ben Brown helped North Melbourne snap its five-game season losing streak on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.

The Kangaroos won 16.11 (107) to 14.10 (94) over the Gold Coast in front of a crowd of 15,341.

Brown kicked two majors in almost as many minutes in the fourth quarter – the first after a questionable free kick against Brandon Matera for a throw – to bring up his first career five-goal haul.

The lead blew out to 24 points once the recalled Jed Anderson blasted through his first from close range, also after a free kick.

Callum Ah Chee gave the Suns hope with his second goal of the night, but Brown's sixth, from the goal square after a string of handballs, gave North the breathing space it needed.

The Roos three times coughed up five-goal leads this season to lose by five points or fewer and had also conceded at least five majors in the final quarter in each of the opening five rounds.

"It was good reward, not just for the effort tonight but the first six weeks of the season," North coach Brad Scott said.

"We've certainly played better this year than we did tonight, but the result went our way, so it obviously makes you feel a fair bit better.

"I'm really pleased for everyone involved … even though it won't be one we probably look back on and think, 'Gee, we were fantastic tonight', but we did what we had to do to win."

Gary Ablett (45 disposals and a career-high 18 clearances) put on a midfield masterclass, doing everything but carry the Suns to a fourth win in five matches against the blue and white.

North kicked three of the last four goals of the first half to snatch a two-point lead, only for the Suns – through Michael Barlow and Matera – to be back in front inside six minutes of the third term.

But the Roos responded again, and there was no better moment to illustrate the changing momentum than Marley Williams catching Ablett in a tackle 15 metres out from goal.

Williams managed a similar rundown a week earlier, late in the five-point loss to Fremantle, so was at least rewarded this time around.

Shaun Higgins (28 possessions), back after being a late withdrawal last week because of a hamstring injury, was pivotal with his line-breaking dash and sublime skills in what was an at-times haphazard contest.

Nathan Hrovat (22), Ziebell (24) – after a quiet opening quarter – and impressive youngster Taylor Garner (23) also did their bit.

Gold Coast was a man down from early in the second quarter, when Matt Rosa, in his desperation to win a ball on the wing, collected his head on a North opponent's knee.

Tom Lynch booted three goals in an entertaining duel with veteran Roos defender Scott Thompson, who took the honours after half time.

"We just shot ourselves in the foot. I was proud of their effort, proud of their courage," Suns coach Rodney Eade told reporters.

"I thought some players were unbelievable in what they had to do against big odds, but we just shot ourselves in the foot with our ball use.

"The turning point was probably Jarryd Lyons missing that goal (at the start of the fourth term) and then they kicked the next three."

MEDICAL ROOM

North Melbourne: The Roos came through unscathed and could have some reinforcements back next week.

Gold Coast: Separate accidental knees to the head saw Matt Rosa (second quarter) and Aaron Hall (fourth) leave the match for good. Late withdrawal Kade Kolodjashnij should be right for next week after falling ill on Wednesday and not making the trip south.

NEXT UP

North's bid for back-to-back wins will see it travel to Tasmania to 'host' unbeaten ladder-leader Adelaide on Saturday, while the Suns welcome Geelong to the Gold Coast that night as they seek a third triumph.

NORTH MELBOURNE 3.4 7.8 12.9 16.11 (107)
GOLD COAST 4.4 7.6 11.8 14.10 (94)

GOALS
North Melbourne: Brown 6, Hrovat 2, Gibson, Turner, Higgins, Simpkin, Williams, Hansen, Anderson, McDonald
Gold Coast: Lynch 3, Wright 2, Matera 2, Barlow 2, Ah Chee 2, Sexton, Ablett, Bowes

BEST 
North Melbourne: Brown, Higgins, Ziebell, Garner, Tarrant, Mullett
Gold Coast: Ablett, Sexton, Lynch, Miller

INJURIES 
North Melbourne: Nil
Gold Coast: Kade Kolodjashnij (illness) replaced in the selected side by Matt Shaw, Matt Rosa (concussion)

Reports: Nil
Umpires: Donlon, Williamson, Pannell
Official crowd: 15,431 at Etihad Stadium

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Gary Ablett
    Gary Ablett
    45
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    28
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Alex Sexton
    26
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Jarryd Lyons
    25
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Touk Miller
    25
Fantasy Leaders
  • Gary Ablett
    Gary Ablett
    162
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    117
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Brown
    115
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Jarrod Harbrow
    104
  • North Melbourne
    Nathan Hrovat
    103
Scoring Leaders
  • Ben Brown
    Ben Brown
    6.2
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Tom J. Lynch
    3.1
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Brandon Matera
    2.1
  • North Melbourne
    Nathan Hrovat
    2.0
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Michael Barlow
    2.0
North Melbourne

Match Stats

Gold Coast Suns
  • 379 Disposals 390
  • 73.6 Disposal Eff 76.7
  • 138 Contested Pos 131
  • 97 Marks 91
  • 20 Free Kicks 20
  • 34 Clearances 39
  • 61 Inside 50s 55
  • 41 Rebound 50s 44
  • 61 Tackles 59
  • 33 Hit-outs 40
  • 85 Interchanges 85
North Melbourne

Breakdown

North Melbourne
  • 3.4 (22)
    4.4 (28)
  • 7.8 (50)
    7.6 (48)
  • 12.9 (81)
    11.8 (74)
  • 16.11 (107)
    14.10 (94)

Player Stats

North Melbourne

North Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Shaun Higgins 17 11 28 5 0 2 1 6 1 0 117
2Ben Brown 13 4 17 8 3 2 1 1 6 2 115
3Nathan Hrovat 15 7 22 4 0 3 1 5 2 0 103
4Jack Ziebell 12 12 24 6 0 1 2 5 0 1 94
5Todd Goldstein 7 9 16 6 30 4 1 1 0 1 93
6Taylor Garner 15 8 23 11 0 0 2 1 0 0 92
7Kayne Turner 8 8 16 8 0 0 1 4 1 2 85
8Aaron Mullett 15 9 24 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 79
9Sam Gibson 11 10 21 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 77
10Luke McDonald 11 5 16 4 0 2 0 3 1 1 76
11Jamie Macmillan 10 7 17 3 0 1 1 5 0 1 72
12Mason Wood 7 7 14 5 0 1 0 5 0 1 72
13Lachlan Hansen 8 8 16 8 0 0 1 0 1 0 67
14Robbie Tarrant 10 7 17 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 65
15Trent Dumont 8 14 22 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 64
16Marley Williams 6 10 16 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 56
17Scott D. Thompson 8 5 13 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 50
18Ed Vickers-Willis 2 12 14 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 47
19Jed Anderson 5 5 10 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 45
20Jy Simpkin 6 2 8 3 0 0 1 2 1 1 43
21Shaun Atley 5 8 13 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 41
22Ben Cunnington 3 9 12 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 41
Gold Coast Suns

Gold Coast Suns

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Gary Ablett 26 19 45 3 0 3 3 9 1 1 162
2Jarrod Harbrow 17 7 24 7 0 1 0 4 0 1 104
3Jarryd Lyons 11 14 25 4 0 2 0 5 0 1 96
4Alex Sexton 15 11 26 7 0 0 1 1 1 0 95
5Michael Barlow 11 13 24 4 0 0 1 2 2 0 88
6Touk Miller 10 15 25 3 0 2 0 4 0 1 88
7Peter Wright 10 4 14 8 6 0 0 0 2 0 80
8Tom J. Lynch 8 3 11 7 0 2 0 2 3 1 80
9Jack Martin 12 9 21 5 0 0 2 3 0 2 77
10Brayden Fiorini 8 13 21 4 0 1 1 4 0 0 76
11Brandon Matera 8 6 14 6 0 1 1 2 2 1 73
12Jack Bowes 7 14 21 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 71
13Jarrod Witts 1 7 8 1 34 0 3 4 0 0 61
14Callum Ah Chee 5 6 11 3 0 0 1 4 2 0 61
15Sean Lemmens 8 5 13 4 0 3 1 3 0 0 58
16Adam Saad 7 8 15 2 0 2 1 4 0 0 58
17Aaron Hall 9 9 18 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 54
18Jack Leslie 8 4 12 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 50
19Jesse Joyce 7 5 12 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 45
20Matt Shaw 7 2 9 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 42
21Jesse Lonergan 6 7 13 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 40
22Matt Rosa 2 6 8 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 25

Team Lineups

Gold Coast Suns

B

  • Jarrod Harbrow,
  • Jack Leslie,
  • Matt Rosa

HB

  • Sean Lemmens,
  • Jesse Joyce,
  • Adam Saad

C

  • Matt Shaw,
  • Gary Ablett,
  • Touk Miller

HF

  • Jarryd Lyons,
  • Tom J. Lynch,
  • Alex Sexton

F

  • Brandon Matera,
  • Peter Wright,
  • Jack Martin

Fol

  • Jarrod Witts,
  • Aaron Hall,
  • Michael Barlow

I/C

  • Jesse Lonergan,
  • Brayden Fiorini,
  • Callum Ah Chee,
  • Jack Bowes

No Late Change

In

  • Matt Shaw,
  • Jesse Lonergan

Out

  • David Swallow (Rested),
  • Kade Kolodjashnij (Omitted)

Milestones:

  • Jack Martin  - Played 50th game

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