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VFL: Campbell taps in

Each week, the best VFL player will be crowned MVP – Presented by the Limerick Castle; a country-style pub located in the heart of North Melbourne.

Round 7: Tom Campbell.

Former Bulldog Tom Campbell stood tall in testing conditions at Whitten Oval on Saturday night, using his strength and physicality to impact the game.

The 27-year-old gave first use to the Roos’ on-ballers all night, ending the match with 52 hit-outs and collecting 22 disposals.

With the rain teeming down, the match was a tough slog, which played right into the ruckman’s hands.

“Coming out in these conditions at the Whitten Oval is something that I’ve done a lot of times before, and I felt really comfortable on the ground,” Campbell told North Media.

“There were a lot of stoppages, so in my position there were a lot of opportunities to get involved into the game.

“My role in the side is to be a physical presence and help the younger players feel more comfortable around the ball.”

Playing against his old side was a unique experience, but coach David Loader couldn’t be happier with the big man’s performance.

“Individually there are guys playing some terrific footy, none more so than Tom Campbell,” Loader said.

“He’s been outstanding for us and he’s just so good for the group because he can lead, he wants to help everyone and he’s playing good footy as well.”

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