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Match Report

Match Report: Round 23, 2019

By Stu Warren - AFL.com.au August 24, 2019 5:59 PM

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A clutch last-minute snap from Shaun Higgins has given North Melbourne a nail-biting five-point win over Melbourne in Hobart on Saturday afternoon.

Higgins kicked truly on his left to give the Kangaroos a narrow buffer, which was extended to six points when Jared Polec missed from long range from the ensuing centre bounce, but the luckless Demons had one last chance to draw the game only for Alex Neal-Bullen to skid his running shot into the base of the goal post with nine seconds remaining in the match.

Having trailed by 15 points midway through the third quarter, the Kangaroos hung on to consign Melbourne to a 17th loss in 2019, eventually winning 13.10 (88) to 12.11 (83)

Scores were tied as late as the 22nd minute of the final term before Bayley Fritsch (three goals) snapped a behind to give Melbourne the narrowest of leads with just under five minutes to play.

Jake Melksham (two goals) could only add another behind for the Demons before Higgins stepped up to win it at the death.

While it was tight throughout, it was far from a classic as both sides struggled to string together any kind of free-flowing football.

It did however provide one last chance to sing the club song in 2019 and to farewell veteran campaigners Scott Thompson and Jordan Lewis.

Having produced a combined 10 goals to the long break, the game came to life during an 11-goal third quarter that saw the lead see-saw on several occasions.

Quick Melbourne goals to Corey Wagner and Nathan Jones had cancelled out Higgins’ reviewed snap, nudging Melbourne into a narrow lead which then flip-flopped as both sides traded majors midway through the third quarter.

Star ruckman Max Gawn showed composure in front of goal to boot a couple of neat set-shots in the third.

He kicked another from long range in the final term to finish with three for the match and cap off an outstanding afternoon that saw him rack up 26 disposals, including 21 contested, as well as 41 hit-outs and 10 clearances.

Taylor Garner kicked two of his own in the third, the second - a running snap over his left shoulder - bringing the Roos back to within nine points, before Nick Larkey added his first deep in time-on to further close the margin and set up the thrilling final term.

Earlier, the Demons had attempted to extend their four-point quarter-time lead by kicking long and often indiscriminately with the wind, but it was North Melbourne who managed to impact the scoreboard first, slick finishes by both Jared Polec (28 disposals and two goals) and Jack Ziebell pushing them into a seven-point lead early in the second quarter.

Coming into the match with a four-goal cushion over Jeremy Cameron in the race for the Coleman Medal, Ben Brown was arguably the major victim of North’s battles to find any rhythm going into their forward half, the big Roo held goalless to the long break and only able to access the ball way up the field and too far from goal to impact the scoreboard.

Brown capitalised on his first real sight of goal – 11 minutes into the third quarter – with a clever checkside from deep in the right forward pocket and added a second in the final term to give him a six-goal advantage over Cameron who faces the Suns on Saturday evening.

NORTH MELBOURNE 3.4 5.4 10.9 13.10 (88)
MELBOURNE 4.2 5.4 11.4 12.11 (83)

GOALS
North Melbourne: Ziebell 2, polec 2, Garner 2, Brown 2, Higgins 2, Larkey, Williams, Wood
Melbourne: Fritsch 3, Gawn 3, Melksham 2, Hunt, Neal-Bullen, C.Wagner, Jones

BEST
North Melbourne: Higgins, Polec, Dumont, Atley, Durdin
Melbourne: Gawn, Oliver, Harmes, Fritsch, Frost

INJURIES
North Melbourne: Macmillan (head)
Melbourne: TBC

Reports: Nil
Umpires: Deboy, Gavine, Mollison
Official crowd: 8,202 at Blundstone Arena

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Shaun Higgins
    Shaun Higgins
    34
  • Melbourne
    Clayton Oliver
    33
  • Melbourne
    James Harmes
    32
  • North Melbourne
    Jared Polec
    29
  • Melbourne
    Max Gawn
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Max Gawn
    Max Gawn
    154
  • North Melbourne
    Jared Polec
    124
  • Melbourne
    Clayton Oliver
    112
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    110
  • Melbourne
    James Harmes
    103
Scoring Leaders
  • Bayley Fritsch
    Bayley Fritsch
    3.2
  • Melbourne
    Max Gawn
    3.1
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Brown
    2.3
  • North Melbourne
    Jared Polec
    2.2
  • Melbourne
    Jake Melksham
    2.2

Match Stats

  • 371 Disposals 385
  • 71.2 Disposal Eff 69.9
  • 139 Contested Pos 155
  • 79 Marks 77
  • 20 Free Kicks 16
  • 30 Clearances 47
  • 56 Inside 50s 51
  • 39 Rebound 50s 42
  • 58 Tackles 62
  • 26 Hit-outs 50
  • 85 Interchanges 87

Breakdown

  • 3.4 (22)
    4.2 (26)
  • 5.4 (34)
    5.4 (34)
  • 10.9 (69)
    11.4 (70)
  • 13.10 (88)
    12.11 (83)

Player Stats

North Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jared Polec 22 7 29 3 0 1 0 5 2 2 124
2Shaun Higgins 11 23 34 3 0 1 1 3 2 0 110
3Jack Ziebell 7 12 19 4 0 1 0 6 2 0 94
4Kayne Turner 11 6 17 7 0 1 2 7 0 1 90
5Trent Dumont 13 10 23 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 87
6Ben Brown 11 6 17 6 0 2 0 1 2 3 84
7Jasper Pittard 11 11 22 6 0 1 1 2 0 0 79
8Robbie Tarrant 15 4 19 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 74
9Mason Wood 8 9 17 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 72
10Shaun Atley 13 9 22 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 67
11Taylor Garner 8 5 13 5 0 0 1 2 2 0 66
12Marley Williams 7 12 19 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 64
13Todd Goldstein 3 9 12 4 24 1 4 2 0 0 60
14Sam Durdin 8 5 13 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 56
15Nathan Hrovat 5 12 17 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 55
16Scott D. Thompson 6 8 14 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 55
17Nick Larkey 5 5 10 3 2 2 0 2 1 1 53
18Jamie Macmillan 7 6 13 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 47
19Ben Cunnington 6 8 14 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 39
20Jy Simpkin 9 2 11 0 0 1 3 4 0 0 39
21Cameron Zurhaar 6 3 9 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 38
22Tarryn Thomas 3 4 7 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 38

Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Max Gawn 17 9 26 8 41 4 1 0 3 1 154
2Clayton Oliver 11 22 33 2 0 2 2 8 0 1 112
3James Harmes 16 16 32 3 0 1 1 4 0 0 103
4Christian Petracca 8 17 25 3 0 1 1 7 0 0 93
5Nathan Jones 8 10 18 6 0 0 1 6 1 0 89
6Jordan Lewis 17 7 24 4 0 1 0 2 0 1 87
7Angus Brayshaw 5 16 21 3 0 0 1 8 0 0 85
8Jack Viney 9 12 21 3 0 2 2 5 0 0 76
9Bayley Fritsch 10 2 12 6 0 2 0 0 3 2 74
10Billy Stretch 10 11 21 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 70
11Michael Hibberd 11 7 18 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 69
12Christian Salem 12 6 18 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 61
13Alex Neal-Bullen 8 7 15 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 55
14Jake Melksham 10 3 13 2 0 0 2 1 2 2 54
15Jayden Hunt 6 6 12 5 0 0 1 1 1 0 52
16Jake Lever 8 6 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 51
17Charlie Spargo 7 2 9 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 48
18Jay Kennedy Harris 8 7 15 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 48
19Sam Frost 7 6 13 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 44
20Corey Wagner 4 5 9 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 38
21Braydon Preuss 5 1 6 3 9 1 1 1 0 1 38
22Marty Hore 4 6 10 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 36

Team Lineups

Melbourne

B

  • Michael Hibberd,
  • Sam Frost,
  • Christian Salem

HB

  • Jordan Lewis,
  • Jake Lever,
  • Nathan Jones

C

  • James Harmes,
  • Angus Brayshaw,
  • Charlie Spargo

HF

  • Jay Kennedy Harris,
  • Bayley Fritsch,
  • Jake Melksham

F

  • Alex Neal-Bullen,
  • Braydon Preuss,
  • Christian Petracca

Fol

  • Max Gawn,
  • Jack Viney,
  • Clayton Oliver

I/C

  • Billy Stretch,
  • Jayden Hunt,
  • Marty Hore,
  • Corey Wagner

No Late Change

In

  • Braydon Preuss,
  • Jayden Hunt

Out

  • Kyle Dunkley (Omitted),
  • Kade Chandler (Injured)

Last updated: 5:05PM Saturday, August 24, 2019

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