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2024 Toyota AFL Premiership
West Coast Eagles v North Melbourne
Round 13 •
65 8.17
Full Time
74 11.8
Kangaroos Won By 9
Optus Stadium,  Perth  • Whadjuk

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    AFL R13 gameday guide: What you need to know

    Everything you need to know for our trip to Perth

    Here's everything you need to know for our Round 13 clash with the Eagles at Optus Stadium.

    Where: Optus Stadium, Perth, WA
    When: Saturday, June 8 at 4.35pm AEST (2.35 AWST)
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    AFL R13 preview: Roos go west to face Eagles

    North Melbourne will head to Perth this week to take on a 3-9 West Coast outfit

    North Melbourne will head to Perth this week to take on a 3-9 West Coast outfit.

    Coming off a Round 12 bye, the Roos should be feeling refreshed going into Saturday as they look to claim their first win of 2024.

    Round 13, West Coast v North Melbourne
    Where: Optus Stadium, Perth, WA
    When: Saturday, June 8 at 4.35pm AEST (2.35pm AWST)
    How to watch: Foxtel, Kayo Sports

    The opposition

    Despite just three wins from nine games, the Eagles have been able to pick-up some notable scalps so far this season.

    They brushed off Melbourne and Fremantle at Optus Stadium in Rounds 6 and 10 but suffered a disappointing 99-point defeat to the Crows in Round 11 before falling short against the Saints at home last weekend.

    They'll challenge the Roos without powerful youngster Harley Reid, who is suspended, but are likely to regain key forward Jake Waterman, who is putting together a stellar campaign having booted 30 goals from 10 games.

    What the coaches have said

    North Melbourne senior coach Alastair Clarkson, post-game v Port Adelaide: "There's still some things we're really pleased with. Our first quarter in particular was terrific. We just need to learn when to take our chances when they present, and Port Adelaide took theirs at crucial stages. Good sides make the most of their opportunities."

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    West Coast senior coach Adam Simpson, post-game v St Kilda: "We couldn't stop the transition piece and unfortunately the work rate that was required to finish the game off wasn’t there for us, (but) we'll learn a lot from it."

    Last time we met

    The Eagles edged out the Roos by five points when the clubs last met, despite North Melbourne surging home with four goals to zero in the final quarter at Optus Stadium in Round 20, 2023.

    A four-goal second term from Paul Curtis got North Melbourne back on level pegging after a slow start, but another lapse in the third quarter made things difficult for the travelling Kangas, despite having the upper hand at stoppages.

    Luke Davies-Uniacke was the visitors' best afield with 30 touches, a goal and eight clearances, while Harry Sheezel racked up 31 possessions.

    In the mix

    Co-captain Jy Simpkin hasn't featured since Round 8 but is available for selection after overcoming a quad strain and should slot back into the line-up.

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    Recruit Brynn Teakle is a chance to make his debut for the club after he was taken by the Roos with the 15th overall selection of the mid-season draft. The versatile tall would be a welcome addition to the forward and ruck stocks, offering support for spearhead Nick Larkey and main big man Tristan Xerri.

    Will Phillips put in a strong shift in North Melbourne's most recent VFL bout, collecting 26 disposals and six clearances, while half-back Riley Hardeman (22 disposals, 10 marks) also raised his hand in the reserves despite a tough loss to Werribee.

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    AFL R13 match report: Roos break through for first win of season

    North Melbourne has finally broken through for its long-awaited first win of the season following the Kangaroos' best performance of the year against West Coast at Optus Stadium

    North Melbourne has won its first game of the season in thrilling circumstances, with co-captain Jy Simpkin wrenching back the lead late to help seal a nine-point win in an Optus Stadium ambush that was laced with controversy. 

    The Kangaroos looked destined for heartbreak after letting a 33-point lead slip in the fourth quarter and falling three points behind late, but Simpkin was paid a free kick when he tackled Elliot Yeo inside 50 and converted his set shot with less than two minutes left. 

    Forward Paul Curtis made certain of the result one minute later when he snapped the match-sealing goal, giving Alastair Clarkson's team its first win of a difficult season, 11.8 (74) to 8.17 (65). 

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    The free kick to Simpkin will be debated after Yeo laid a crunching tackle that spilled the ball free before taking possession himself. The midfielder was tackled immediately by Simpkin and penalised, resulting in the crucial goal. 

    West Coast had all the momentum up to that point after a run of six unanswered final-quarter goals that had brought the home crowd to life and given them a wave of energy that looked destined to deliver victory. 

    The Kangaroos' ability to turn the game back in their favour late, despite the controversial circumstances, was a credit to the young team, which outplayed the Eagles for the majority of the game and deserved its first win since the final round last year.

    Simpkin was excellent all day but particularly late, also kicking a 50m goal to open the final quarter and finishing with 28 disposals and five clearances. 

    Luke Davies-Uniacke (25) led a dominant midfield and was influential in big moments, while half-back Zac Fisher (36 and 11 rebounds), midfielder Harry Sheezel (30 and a goal) and ruckman Tristan Xerri (32 hitouts and nine clearances) were on top of their game. 

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    North Melbourne had only won a single first quarter this season, but the team started brightly on Saturday with its pressure and midfield work, winning the first 10 clearances of the game and out-tackling the Eagles 25-11. 

    It still resulted in a frustrating first-quarter deficit, however, when Eagles forward Jack Darling won a free kick in the ruck with one minute left and kicked the first goal of the game, breaking the drought after a defensive armwrestle. 

    The Kangaroos had set a clear platform to compete, however, as Davies-Uniacke and George Wardlaw made an early impact at stoppages and Fisher gave them bounce from the back half. 

    Reward on the scoreboard finally came in the second term as the Kangaroos' stoppage dominance went to a new level, winning the clearances for the quarter 15-4 and getting on a three-goal run after Harry Edwards made a goalline error that set up Nick Larkey's first. 

    Cam Zurhaar used his strength inside 50 to convert and capitalise on the Kangaroos' best period of ball movement before Larkey marked unopposed inside 50 to give the visitors an eight-point lead at the halfway mark and their seventh quarter won of the season. 

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    The Kangaroos' dominance went to a new level in the third as Larkey stamped himself on the game with three goals, including two from snaps in general play and then an excellent set shot from the boundary.  

    Davies-Uniacke made a brilliant start to the quarter and was involved in everything as he danced around the Eagles and delivered the ball inside 50, while Sheezel looked more and more natural as a midfielder before pushing forward and kicking his team's seventh consecutive goal. 

    The Eagles went goalless and were again outpointed in clearances (9-6), with the 27-point deficit at the last change looking unassailable for a team that had kicked a wayward 2.15 to that point. 

    The game flipped as key forward Jake Waterman came to life with three final-quarter goals, but it was ultimately for nothing as the Kangaroos got the points they so desperately wanted and deserved. 

    A stoppage rout 

    The early stats were damning for West Coast as North Melbourne won the first 10 clearances of the game, and the first six centre clearances up to half-time. The hole left by young star Harley Reid and club champion Tim Kelly was not being filled, and frustration became evident as free kicks were given away at stoppages. Ruck pair Matt Flynn and Bailey Williams were struggling to go with Kangaroos big man Tristan Xerri, and Dom Sheed was the only Eagle to win multiple clearances, compared to eight Kangaroos, led by Xerri and George Wardlaw (five each).  

    WEST COAST                       1.4   2.9   2.15   8.17 (65)
    NORTH MELBOURNE       0.1   4.5   8.6   11.8 (74)  

    GOALS
    West Coast: Waterman 3, Cripps, Darling, Flynn, Witherden, Yeo
    North Melbourne: Larkey 5, Simpkin 2, Curtis, Sheezel, Stephenson, Zurhaar 

    BEST
    West Coast: Waterman, McGovern, Barrass, Yeo, Witherden
    North Melbourne: Simpkin, Davies-Uniacke, Larkey, Sheezel, Xerri, Wardlaw, Fisher 

    INJURIES
    West Coast: Nil 
    North Melbourne: Nil   

    SUBSTITUTES
    West Coast: Ryan Maric (replaced Harry Edwards in the third quarter) 
    North Melbourne: Eddie Ford (replaced Wil Dawson in the second quarter)

    Crowd: 43,276 at Optus Stadium

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