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Back at the fortress

North Melbourne will look to improve its formidable record at Blundstone Arena when it faces off with the GWS Giants in Hobart on Saturday.

The Roos will be full of confidence in Hobart, having run out 86-point winners against the Blues back in Round 4. 

Since its first match at the Bellerive venue six years ago, North has played 16 games in Hobart, winning 12 and losing just four at a win rate of 75%.

Individually, Ben Cunnington and Shaun Atley have made the most appearances at Blundstone Arena, and will be looking to play in their 16th games at the venue, missing just one a piece. Scott Thompson, Todd Goldstein and Jack Ziebell are one back, coming up for their 15th appearances.

Blundstone is a historically high scoring venue for North, with the Roos reaching triple a triple-digit score in eight of their 16 games (50%) of their games down south, and scoring 85-plus in a further four. 

Victory often comes at a good margin too, and a scoring percentage of 132.73 across the 16 games illustrates this fact.

Brent Harvey leads the way for goals kicked at Blundstone Arena, kicking 25 goals from just 9 games. Home-state hero Ben Brown will again be looked to as a source of goals, with his 21 from 12 games the best record from the current crop.

North has met with this weekend’s opponents, GWS, twice at Blundstone Arena, with extremely contrasting results.

In their first meeting with the Giants, the first AFL game played at Blundstone Arena, the Roos scored a whopping 28.15.183 to GWS’ 8.6.84, recording their highest score, and biggest winning margin (129 points) at the venue. 

Their most recent meeting in Tasmania’s capital went the other way however, with the Giants winning 15.19.109 to 10.7.67. In doing so, GWS inflicted North’s biggest loss at Blundstone Arena (42 points), and limited the Roos to their lowest score.

Saturday’s game will no doubt be another exciting clash between the two sides, with both teams looking to push their finals credentials.

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