North Melbourne stuns Hawthorn to take a top-four spot

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    The North Melbourne Kangaroos have stunned the Hawthorn Hawks with a win by 28 points in front of 27,981 at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

    The Kangaroos came out fast to lead by 35 points at quarter-time thanks to Ben Brown opening his account with three goals before the first siren.

    A spirited comeback from the Hawks made Roos fans nervous throughout the second half, but a goal to youngster Cameron Zurharr in the final 10 minutes helped calm the scoreline for home side.

    The Roos led at every change, as the second quarter was all one way traffic again for the Roos who took a 57-point lead into half time — but not without a comeback, the Hawks kicked six goals to one in the third in what would have been the greatest comeback from half-time in history. However, it wasn’t to be.

    Ben Cunnington (30 disposals, 6 tackles) was instrumental all day for the Roos, supported by Ryan Clarke (26 disposals, 10 marks), Majak Daw was solid in defence, and Ben Brown leading the forward line with a four-goal haul to hit the front of the Coleman Medal race with 19 total.

    The Roos had 13 marks inside 50 in the first half to just the single for the Hawks in what was a sign of sheer dominance to start the match.

    For the Hawks there were too many passengers relying too heavily on James Sicily (28 disposals, 11 marks), Ricky Henderson (26 disposals, 9 marks), and Isaac Smith (25 disposals, 10 marks), while Luke Breust kicked 5 goals to give Hawthorn some hope in the second half.

    Superstar player Tom Mitchell had a quiet day by his standards with just 20 disposals and 6 tackles. However, he may come under the match review with a high hit on Roos ruckman Todd Goldstein which will be looked at overnight. Liam Shiels had signs of a sore back, but played out the match.

    Midfielder Shaun Higgins (concussion) was sent to hospital after a clash with Ryan Burton in the third quarter. The incident halted play for six minutes, ending the Hawks momentum for a patch to start the third quarter in what could be reviewed by tomorrow. Ed Vickers-Willis (concussion) was also sidelined for the game from the clash.

    To add to the Roos’ woes, Zurharr appeared to have bumped sophomore-gamer David Mirra into the fence at a rough pace, however the defender got back up soon enough to warrant no injury.

    There was plenty found out about the Roos today as they showed a lot of grit and built on a large win over Carlton last week but for the Hawks, they’ll wonder what could have been after a stunning win last week over the Demons, but a no-show in the first half today.

    North Melbourne will line up next week against a revengeful Port Adelaide while Hawthorn will look to get their season back on track against St Kilda in what could become a big clash for both sides.

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • April 22nd 2018 @ 8:33pm
      Kangajets said | April 22nd 2018 @ 8:33pm | ! Report

      It’s only a surprise to the so called experts on the roar , who rated Hawthorn so highly

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        April 22nd 2018 @ 9:57pm
        Sachit Dassanayake said | April 22nd 2018 @ 9:57pm | ! Report

        Well, considering how Hawthorn dismantled Melbourne the week before, I think the high rating of Hawthorn was fair.
        However full credit to the Roos, it was a very enjoyable game to watch, and I look forward to see whether they can continue with the brand of footy they displayed today 🙂

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        April 23rd 2018 @ 8:49am
        Penster said | April 23rd 2018 @ 8:49am | ! Report

        What’s interesting is that Adelaide, grand finalists who knocked off Richmond were completely undervalued due to missing Betts & Sloane, yet Hawthorn, missing Rioli, Burgoyne & Poppy and ostensibly regrouping as a competent team, were rated so highly. North’s structures held particularly off half back, they looked organised and disciplined.

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        April 23rd 2018 @ 12:21pm
        Paul Dawson said | April 23rd 2018 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

        I must admit I went Hawks on this one, simply because they always used to bash North off the paddock but evidently the worm has turned somewhat. I never mind being wrong when Hawthorn wind up losing as a result

        Also, nasty comments about other people’s tips is a really boring form of debate. You’re boring kanga

        • April 23rd 2018 @ 4:06pm
          Kangajets said | April 23rd 2018 @ 4:06pm | ! Report

          Good
          You’re welcome 👍🏼

    • April 22nd 2018 @ 8:48pm
      RooBoy18 said | April 22nd 2018 @ 8:48pm | ! Report

      Was a great effort by North today and we are putting together a handy side. The back half looks settled and that is allowing Browny and Waite to dominate. The future is looking good and great to see Scott finally getting the side’s balance right.

    • April 22nd 2018 @ 10:21pm
      Doctor Rotcod said | April 22nd 2018 @ 10:21pm | ! Report

      I had North down for the win and for the 8, the GWS/Saints draw and Lions down by 5 have ruined my picking.

      Brown is getting better year by year.It’s good to see.

    • April 22nd 2018 @ 11:51pm
      Pope Paul VII said | April 22nd 2018 @ 11:51pm | ! Report

      Cunnington is a gun.

    • April 23rd 2018 @ 9:14am
      PhiilK said | April 23rd 2018 @ 9:14am | ! Report

      I have been constantly disappointed during the Scott era with what seemed like a lack of desperation and will to win by the Kangas. The last quarter against the Hawks showed that spirit is back.

      Also good to see Atley putting a couple of good games together.

      • April 23rd 2018 @ 9:56pm
        Doran Smith said | April 23rd 2018 @ 9:56pm | ! Report

        Good to see the likes of Clarke, Dumont and Jacobs performing their role well.

        • April 24th 2018 @ 7:22am
          PhiilK said | April 24th 2018 @ 7:22am | ! Report

          Anderson is also starting to get some consistent form and Zurhaar added a bit of bite as well. If we can fit Garner into the side then we are looking good. I’ve liked Clarke from the beginning and it’s interesting to see him replacing Atley in the Backs and doing a good job. Allowing Atley to push up has seen him gain confidence.

    • April 23rd 2018 @ 11:51am
      Spanda said | April 23rd 2018 @ 11:51am | ! Report

      Great umpiring in the first half, reminded me of the great umpiring in the 2016 GF..

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