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Match Report

Match Report: Round 8

May 14, 2017 8:08 PM

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North Melbourne has fallen to Sydney by 42 points in Sunday's clash at Etihad Stadium.

Missing Jarrad Waite in attack, due to a one-week suspension for a dangerous tackle, the Kangaroos' forward line lacked the bite that set up their upset 59-point win over Adelaide in Hobart last weekend.

Lachie Hansen spent time down there alongside Ben Brown, but the two North key forwards managed just three goals between them as the Kangaroos struggled to find a main avenue to goal.

North's midfield also lacked the spread that was so clearly present against the Crows, with Ben Cunnington (27 disposals), Sam Gibson (25) and Jack Ziebell (22) winning a bit of the footy but exerting little influence.

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott was disappointed with his team's ability to nullify Sydney's best ball winners.

"We got obliterated around the ball and then we allowed Sydney to control it (the football)," Scott said.

"There were a few patches of the game where we played it the way we wanted it to be played and the rest, Sydney, to their credit, set it up well – won the ball in the contest and dictated terms.

"It could've been a lot worse to be honest."

Shaun Higgins (21 disposals and six inside 50s) was creative but had few teammates able to produce in similar fashion.

Key defender Robbie Tarrant was probably North's best player, as his ability to hold his own in one-on-one contests against Swans superstar Lance Franklin (who kicked one opportunist goal in the final term) stood out.

Josh Kennedy (37 disposals), Luke Parker (36) and Dan Hannebery were dominant through the midfield for the Swans.

MEDICAL ROOM
North Melbourne: Top draftee Jy Simpkin received treatment on his right shoulder in the first quarter. He returned with his shoulder taped, but it was clear he was not right. The Kangaroos ruled him out of the game late in the second term. Simpkin was seen after the game in a sling, meaning he may miss a significant amount of time.

Sydney: Swans veteran Jarrad McVeigh spent a lot of time forward after appearing to tighten up in the hamstring early in the first quarter. McVeigh had more treatment on his right hamstring at the start of the second term. Defender Nick Smith copped a significant corked leg late in the second term. Ruckman Sam Naismith was also sporting an ice pack on his left knee on the bench in the final term.

NEXT UP
The Swans fly back to Melbourne to face the in-form Saints in what will be an intriguing contest at Etihad Stadium next Saturday. North Melbourne face the Demons, coming off a 41-point win over ladder-leader Adelaide.

NORTH MELBOURNE 3.3 7.5 8.8 11.12 (78)
SYDNEY 5.2 11.7 15.9 18.12 (120) 

GOALS
North Melbourne: Turner 2, Brown 2, Goldstein 2, Higgins, Anderson, Cunnington, Hrovat, Hansen
Sydney: Reid 3, Heeney 2, Parker 2, Hannebery 2, McVeigh 2, Papley 2, Jones, Franklin, Hewett, Kennedy, Hayward 

BEST 
North Melbourne: Cunnington, Higgins, Tarrant, Atley, Turner
Sydney: Kennedy, Parker, Hannebery, Mills, Heeney, Newman, Reid 

INJURIES 
North Melbourne: Simpkin (right shoulder)
Sydney: McVeigh (right hamstring)

Reports: Nil 
Umpires: Stephens, Ryan, Pannell 
Official crowd: 21,589 at Etihad Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Josh P. Kennedy
    Josh P. Kennedy
    37
  • Sydney Swans
    Luke Parker
    36
  • Sydney Swans
    Nic Newman
    35
  • Sydney Swans
    Dan Hannebery
    33
  • Sydney Swans
    George Hewett
    29
Fantasy Leaders
  • Nic Newman
    Nic Newman
    135
  • Sydney Swans
    Josh P. Kennedy
    122
  • Sydney Swans
    Luke Parker
    121
  • Sydney Swans
    Isaac Heeney
    118
  • Sydney Swans
    Dan Hannebery
    117
Scoring Leaders
  • Sam Reid
    Sam Reid
    3.0
  • Sydney Swans
    Isaac Heeney
    2.2
  • North Melbourne
    Kayne Turner
    2.1
  • Sydney Swans
    Tom Papley
    2.1
  • Sydney Swans
    Luke Parker
    2.1
North Melbourne

Match Stats

Sydney Swans
  • 337 Disposals 435
  • 73.0 Disposal Eff 72.2
  • 133 Contested Pos 170
  • 61 Marks 117
  • 19 Free Kicks 12
  • 35 Clearances 38
  • 49 Inside 50s 57
  • 38 Rebound 50s 37
  • 83 Tackles 54
  • 43 Hit-outs 38
  • 88 Interchanges 89
North Melbourne

Breakdown

North Melbourne
  • 3.3 (21)
    5.2 (32)
  • 7.5 (47)
    11.7 (73)
  • 8.8 (56)
    15.9 (99)
  • 11.12 (78)
    18.12 (120)

Player Stats

North Melbourne

North Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jack Ziebell 11 11 22 2 0 3 0 12 0 1 113
2Ben Cunnington 10 18 28 3 0 0 0 6 1 0 105
3Sam Gibson 17 10 27 5 0 1 0 3 0 2 101
4Todd Goldstein 6 5 11 2 41 2 0 2 2 0 97
5Shaun Higgins 12 9 21 6 0 1 2 4 1 1 90
6Kayne Turner 8 1 9 2 0 1 0 10 2 1 86
7Jed Anderson 4 7 11 2 0 2 0 8 1 0 72
8Robbie Tarrant 10 10 20 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 70
9Scott D. Thompson 8 9 17 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 68
10Shaun Atley 11 6 17 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 67
11Ed Vickers-Willis 6 15 21 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 66
12Jamie Macmillan 9 10 19 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 63
13Nathan Hrovat 5 7 12 3 0 1 0 4 1 1 62
14Marley Williams 8 11 19 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 60
15Luke McDonald 7 4 11 0 0 1 1 8 0 0 59
16Ryan Clarke 7 9 16 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 58
17Lachlan Hansen 7 6 13 4 0 1 1 2 1 0 57
18Trent Dumont 6 6 12 1 0 0 0 5 0 1 54
19Ben Brown 3 4 7 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 35
20Mason Wood 3 8 11 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 33
21Sam Durdin 5 4 9 2 0 1 2 1 0 1 29
22Jy Simpkin 3 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 12
Sydney Swans

Sydney Swans

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Nic Newman 19 16 35 11 0 0 1 4 0 0 135
2Josh P. Kennedy 11 26 37 2 0 1 0 6 1 0 122
3Luke Parker 19 17 36 3 0 0 4 5 2 1 121
4Isaac Heeney 14 11 25 9 0 0 1 4 2 2 118
5Dan Hannebery 11 22 33 5 0 0 1 4 2 0 117
6Sam Reid 14 8 22 12 0 0 0 0 3 0 112
7Jake Lloyd 20 8 28 8 0 1 0 1 0 1 106
8George Hewett 15 14 29 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 103
9Lance Franklin 20 1 21 8 0 2 2 2 1 3 99
10Dean Towers 11 9 20 6 0 2 0 5 0 1 92
11Heath Grundy 15 7 22 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 89
12Callum Mills 16 7 23 7 0 2 1 1 0 0 86
13Tom Papley 10 5 15 5 0 1 0 3 2 1 81
14Zak Jones 8 7 15 5 0 1 2 5 1 0 74
15Harry Cunningham 6 6 12 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 56
16Harry Marsh 8 6 14 5 0 0 1 1 0 1 53
17Nick Smith 6 7 13 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 48
18Jarrad McVeigh 4 1 5 2 0 1 0 3 2 0 45
19Callum Sinclair 5 2 7 2 15 0 0 0 0 0 40
20Will Hayward 6 4 10 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 33
21Lewis Melican 3 3 6 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 32
22Sam Naismith 2 5 7 0 23 0 3 0 0 0 30

Team Lineups

Sydney Swans

B

  • Nick Smith,
  • Heath Grundy,
  • Harry Marsh

HB

  • Jarrad McVeigh,
  • Lewis Melican,
  • Callum Mills

C

  • Isaac Heeney,
  • Josh P. Kennedy,
  • Zak Jones

HF

  • Harry Cunningham,
  • Sam Reid,
  • Will Hayward

F

  • Callum Sinclair,
  • Lance Franklin,
  • Tom Papley

Fol

  • Sam Naismith,
  • Luke Parker,
  • Dan Hannebery

I/C

  • Dean Towers,
  • Nic Newman,
  • George Hewett,
  • Jake Lloyd

No Late Change

In

  • Nic Newman

Out

  • Oliver Florent (Omitted)

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