Brayden George looks for a teammate during North Melbourne's VFL clash with the Bullants. Picture: Maddie Green

North Melbourne opened its VFL season with a thumping 39-point win over the Northern Bullants on Saturday.

Speaking to NMFC Media after the match, head coach Tom Lynch highlighted the Kangaroos' impressive tackling pressure, as well as the room for improvement with ball in hand.

Here are Lynch's four takeaways from the clash.


There's work to do, but the young backs looked dangerous

"Winning any game of football is hard work. Credit to the Bullants, their contest work was really strong, and they really challenged us," Lynch said.

"We created plenty of scoring opportunities for ourselves which, at times, we couldn’t connect and finish our work on. There were also other times where if we had five or six more goes (at those chances) there's no way in the world we would stuff them up ... our fundamentals need to be better.

"I was really pleased with some of our younger players and guys across half-back, in particular Brayden George, Riley Hardeman and Miller Bergman. They were outstanding and gave us a chance to have a good day."

Tyler Sellers pushes his case after bag of six

"He competed strongly ahead of the ball for us all day. I felt all our tall forwards provided a really strong target for us to kick to," Lynch said.


"We'll keep looking to improve our midfield-forward connection and see if we can finish our work.

"That’s something (Sellers) certainly did today. When he got his opportunities he finished his work - it was really pleasing."

Roos bring the heat across half-back

"We weren’t at our very best, which is a pleasing thing to still get the result," Lynch said.

“When you're not at your best and you are turning the ball over, to continue to apply that pressure (is important).

"I think we had 75-80 tackles so to put them under all sorts of pressure was terrific, and we gave our backs an opportunity to be aggressive and intercept the ball across half-back."

Miller Bergman rebounds from defence against the Bullants. Picture: Maddie Green

'Mature' Charlie Comben handles Bullants' attention

The key defender was targeted early in the contest at Arden Street Oval, but composed himself well to finish with 16 disposals and seven marks.

"I thought he dealt with it really well, it was really mature from him," Lynch said.

"I loved the spirit from our players to stick up for a mate as well."


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