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    North Melbourne vs. St Kilda

    Etihad Stadium
    AFL Home and Away June 16, 2017
    North Melbourne 72, St Kilda 89
    North Melbourne St Kilda
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q12517   5333
    Q22618   8856
    Q34933   91569
    Q4101272   121789

    Two seasons hang in the balance on as the North Melbourne Kangaroos play host to the St Kilda Saints at Etihad Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEST).

    North Melbourne find themselves 15th on the ladder, but they’ve probably been better than their 4-7 record suggests.

    A number of close losses has their season teetering on the edge, but their best is certainly good enough to surprise a few sides (see Adelaide Crows). The Kangaroos had the bye last weekend, but they’ll want to make amends for a lacklustre second half against the Tigers two weeks ago.

    The Saints were touted as a finals chance throughout the pre-season, but their performance hasn’t backed up those accolades through the first 12 rounds.

    Their 5-6 record is a pretty good indicator of their season to this point, as they’ve mixed some good wins (Greater Western Sydney Giants, Hawthorn Hawks) with some really bad losses (Sydney Swans, Western Bulldogs).

    The Saints are staring down the barrel of a fourth straight loss, one that would almost certainly end their season prematurely.

    The Kangaroos have only made one change from a fortnight ago, with youngster Ed Vickers-Willis missing this clash with a knee injury. Declan Mountford will come into the side to play his first game at AFL level.

    The Saints have made three changes, and they’re all very handy ins. Nick Riewoldt will come back into the side, alongside Luke Dunstan and Jack Lonie. Paddy McCartin and Nathan Wright will both miss through injury, while recruit Jack Steele has been dropped after a number of indifferent performances.

    The Saints should have this game on paper, but the Kangaroos have certainly been extremely competitive so far this season. Although both sides face an uphill battle to play in September, a win in this one would be the first step on that journey.

    Prediction
    There’s a reason the bookies have these two sides at even money: it’s almost impossible to split the two. A braver man would tip a draw, but I’ll go the Saints in a thriller.

    St Kilda by 2.

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    Events
    Quarter 1
    2' GOAL - Jarrad Waite (North Melbourne)
    5' BEHIND - Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
    7' GOAL - Josh Bruce (St Kilda)
    9' GOAL - Jack Billings (St Kilda)
    11' BEHIND - Shaun Higgins (North Melbourne)
    12' BEHIND - Jarrad Waite (North Melbourne)
    15' GOAL - Dylan Roberton (St Kilda)
    17' GOAL - Blake Acres (St Kilda)
    20' GOAL - Jack Billings (St Kilda)
    23' BEHIND - Tim Membrey (St Kilda)
    26' BEHIND - Jack Billings (St Kilda)
    27' BEHIND - Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
    29' BEHIND - Luke McDonald (North Melbourne)
    31' BEHIND - Robbie Tarrant (North Melbourne)
    32' GOAL - Ryan Clarke (North Melbourne)
    Quarter 2
    7' BEHIND - Jack Lonie (St Kilda)
    12' BEHIND - Jack Billings (St Kilda)
    13' BEHIND - Jack Lonie (St Kilda)
    15' BEHIND - Luke Dunstan (St Kilda)
    17' GOAL - Tim Membrey (St Kilda)
    20' BEHIND - Shaun Higgins (North Melbourne)
    26' GOAL - Jack Steven (St Kilda)
    28' GOAL - Jack Steven (St Kilda)
    29' BEHIND - Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
    Quarter 3
    3' BEHIND - Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
    5' BEHIND - Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
    6' BEHIND - Koby Stevens (St Kilda)
    7' GOAL - Ryan Clarke (North Melbourne)
    8' BEHIND - Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
    10' BEHIND - Rushed (North Melbourne)
    13' GOAL - Todd Goldstein (North Melbourne)
    16' BEHIND - Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
    22' BEHIND - Jack Billings (St Kilda)
    24' BEHIND - Rushed (St Kilda)
    25' GOAL - Jack Sinclair (St Kilda)
    26' BEHIND - Rushed (North Melbourne)
    28' BEHIND - Mason Wood (North Melbourne)
    Quarter 4
    1' GOAL - Tim Membrey (St Kilda)
    5' GOAL - Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne)
    9' BEHIND - Shaun Higgins (North Melbourne)
    13' BEHIND - Maverick Weller (St Kilda)
    15' GOAL - Josh Bruce (St Kilda)
    17' GOAL - Aaron Mullett (North Melbourne)
    20' GOAL - Nathan Hrovat (North Melbourne)
    21' BEHIND - Jarrad Waite (North Melbourne)
    22' GOAL - Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
    23' GOAL - Mason Wood (North Melbourne)
    25' GOAL - Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
    27' BEHIND - Jack Billings (St Kilda)
    30' BEHIND - Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
    33' GOAL - Kayne Turner (North Melbourne)

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    • Roar Guru

      11:21pm
      Joel Erickson said | 11:21pm | ! Report

      The Saints have withstood a late North Melbourne rally to record a 17-point victory at Etihad Stadium on Friday Night.

      It was the Kangaroos fans who had first cheering rights, as Jarrad Waite kicked the first goal of the match after only a couple of minutes.

      However, they didn’t have much more to cheer about from that point forward, as the Saints piled on the next five goals to help build a 16-point quarter time lead.

      The Saints continued dominating the second quarter, however they were struggling to put the score on the board.

      Their inaccuracy in front of goal kept the Kangaroos in the contest, and it wasn’t until the 18th minute that Tim Membrey kicked their first goal of the second quarter.

      However, two late goals to Jack Steven helped the Saints build a deserved 38-point lead at the main break.

      Brad Scott can’t have been happy with the Kangaroos first half efforts, especially those of Lachie Hansen, who seemed to be playing sans confidence for much of the first half.

      Whatever Scott said at half time seemed to work, as the Kangaroos came out a much improved side in the second half.

      However, they also wasted a lot of opportunities in front of goal in the third quarter, and probably should have been closer than the 36-point deficit they faced at three quarter time.

      The fourth quarter started well for the Saints, as Tim Membrey kicked a goal within the first minute.

      After that though, the Kangaroos were all over them, and there was a very slim chance of a major upset midway through the fourth quarter.

      However, the Saints did enough to hold on for their 17-point win.

      The win sees the Saints even their ledger at 6-6, but they haven’t done much to shake the doubts that many have over them this season.

      For the Kangaroos, their season is effectively over, as they drop to 4-7.

    • 10:36pm
      me too said | 10:36pm | ! Report

      awful game, but we’ll take the win and hope we improve next week.

    • 10:32pm
      Swannies said | 10:32pm | ! Report

      Saints probably ran out of legs in the final 10 minutes. They made a great start so we shouldn’t be too harsh on them. The scoreboard flattered North in the end.

    • Roar Guru

      10:28pm
      Joel Erickson said | 10:28pm | ! Report

      FULL TIME

      A bit of a troubling final term, but the Saints do enough to record a 17-point victory over the Kangaroos on a Friday Night.

      FINAL SCORE
      North Melbourne 10.12 72
      St. Kilda 12.17 89

      STATS
      Disposals: Saints 382-377
      Free Kicks: Saints 19-17
      Clearances: Kangaroos 33-31
      Inside 50: Saints 56-49
      Contested Possessions: Kangaroos 139-131
      Tackles: Saints 71-67
      Hit Outs: Kangaroos 38-31

      AFL FANTASY TOP 5
      1. Sebastian Ross 115
      2. Sam Gibson 113
      3. Leigh Montagna 111
      4. Nick Riewoldt 106
      5. Jack Ziebell 106

    • Roar Guru

      10:25pm
      Joel Erickson said | 10:25pm | ! Report

      GOAL KANGAROOS

      0′ Marley Williams dances around a man on the wing, and sends a long kick inside 50. Turner will come in hard for the mark, and he nails the goal.

      Kangaroos 10.12 72
      Saints 12.17 89

    • Roar Guru

      10:23pm
      Joel Erickson said | 10:23pm | ! Report

      BEHIND KANGAROOS

      2′ Lonie attempts the hanger, but his hands were on the shoulders. The Kangaroos take advantage of the free, but Brown can’t finish in the pocket.

      Kangaroos 9.12 66
      Saints 12.17 89

    • Roar Guru

      10:20pm
      Joel Erickson said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      BEHIND SAINTS

      3′ Jack Ziebell kicks it straight into Lachie Hansen’s face, and Billings should swoop here. He stumbles with the kick, and misses to the right.

      Kangaroos 9.11 65
      Saints 12.17 89

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