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Match Report

North run away with win in the wet

By Travis King, afl.com.au Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network May 27, 2018 1:17 PM

Watch the highlights from Sunday's clash against the Roos.

Watch the highlights from Rd 10 against North Melbourne.

North Melbourne has become the first travelling team to beat Fremantle at Optus Stadium after a gritty 28-point triumph on Sunday evening.

After a tight first half, the rain came and the Roos adapted to the conditions better to kick away to a 12.14 (86) to 8.10 (58) victory.

Freo's loss could be soured by a potential concussion suffered by veteran ruckman Aaron Sandilands, who clashed heads with Sam Durdin attempting to lay a shepherd in the last term.

Coleman Medal leader Ben Brown was well held by Joel Hamling but still booted two important second-half goals, however veteran Jarrad Waite (three) was the difference.

The 35-year-old slotted two crucial majors during a wet third term, guiding the Roos to a handy 11-point advantage at the final change.

Waite's third from the goalsquare to open the fourth quarter gave North just enough breathing space to survive a gallant Freo fightback.

Freo were struggling to find an avenue to goal but when defender Michael Johnson stepped up from long-range and Michael Walters soccered his second, the home side closed to within three points with plenty of time remaining.

However, Fremantle's charge was snuffed out in controversial circumstances.

A non-decision when tagger Ben Jacobs wrenched Hamling away from a contest allowed Shaun Atley to burst through to goal, incensing the majority of the 37,575 fans.

The incident took the wind out of Freo's sails and late goals to Mason Wood and 200-gamer Todd Goldstein secured North's sixth victory, and ensured Brad Scott's men will finish round 10 in fifth spot on the ladder.   

Tagger Ben Jacobs was outstanding for the Roos, bouncing back after Nat Fyfe (31, eight clearances) won the battle in the opening quarter.

Fyfe racked up 13 disposals, four clearances and booted a goal before quarter-time but Jacobs limited the captain's influence from then onwards and finished with 29 disposals, nine tackles and a goal.

Ben Cunnington (20 disposals) continued his strong form, with support from Shaun Higgins (24), who fought through a tag from Bailey Banfield in a spicy battle.

Walters was Freo's best, and tried to lift Ross Lyon's outfit with 27 disposals and two majors, while workhorse David Mundy (24, one goal) was tireless and Luke Ryan's (28) rebound was valuable.

For all their territory dominance (31-19 inside 50s), the wasteful Roos only took a one-point lead into half-time, leading 4.12 to 5.5.

North had six behinds on the board before Walters opened Freo's account and about the only thing the Roos could've kicked was themselves.

Fyfe's dominant opening term gave Freo an eight-point early edge, and it was looking ominous for the visitors when Brennan Cox kicked a goal to start the second stanza.

But the Roos rallied and, struggling to find the major opening, they had a simple answer – just get closer. 

Jy Simpkin, Ben Jacobs and Kayne Turner kicked truly from point-blank range, as North worked back into the contest and weight of contested possession (161-146) and inside 50 (60-46) numbers eventually told the story. 

"Aaron going down changed the mix around stoppages a little bit and they got some territory in territory conditions," Dockers coach Ross Lyon said.

"I thought they just had a bit of an edge on us in different parts of the game with speed, a bit of polish and consistency in things we're trying to do, probably some decision-making.

"When the game was tight there was a couple of things, obviously our discipline was disappointing and not at the level required.

"But I thought as the game was really tight their key forwards took some clunks and kicked the goals."

FREMANTLE                       3.4      5.5      6.8      8.10 (58)                  
NORTH MELBOURNE        1.8      4.12    7.13    12.14 (86)            

GOALS
Fremantle: Walters 2, Brayshaw, Fyfe, Cox, Mundy, McCarthy, Johnson
North Melbourne: Waite 3, Wood 2, Brown 2, Simpkin, Jacobs, Turner, Atley, Goldstein

BEST 
Fremantle: Walters, Fyfe, Hamling, Matera, Langdon
North Melbourne: Jacobs, Waite, Cunnington, Tarrant, Turner, Macmillan 

INJURIES 
Fremantle: Sandilands (head knock)
North Melbourne: Durdin (head knock)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Williamson, Fleer, Hay

Official crowd: 37,575

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Nat Fyfe
    Nat Fyfe
    31
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Jacobs
    29
  • Fremantle
    Luke Ryan
    28
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    27
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Nat Fyfe
    Nat Fyfe
    128
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    125
  • Fremantle
    Luke Ryan
    124
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Jacobs
    114
  • Fremantle
    Ed Langdon
    106
Scoring Leaders
  • Jarrad Waite
    Jarrad Waite
    3.0
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    2.1
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Brown
    2.1
  • North Melbourne
    Mason Wood
    2.0
  • Fremantle
    Brennan Cox
    1.2

Match Stats

  • 351 Disposals 349
  • 70.4 Disposal Eff 61.9
  • 146 Contested Pos 163
  • 88 Marks 67
  • 21 Free Kicks 24
  • 41 Clearances 35
  • 46 Inside 50s 60
  • 47 Rebound 50s 38
  • 83 Tackles 79
  • 42 Hit-outs 46
  • 86 Interchanges 85

Breakdown

  • 3.4 (22)
    1.8 (14)
  • 5.5 (35)
    4.12 (36)
  • 6.8 (44)
    7.13 (55)
  • 8.10 (58)
    12.14 (86)

Player Stats

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Nat Fyfe 14 17 31 4 1 7 2 8 1 0 128
2Michael Walters 16 11 27 8 0 3 3 6 2 1 125
3Luke Ryan 22 6 28 10 0 0 0 4 0 0 124
4Ed Langdon 19 7 26 6 0 2 3 6 0 0 106
5David Mundy 15 9 24 6 0 0 2 4 1 0 97
6Adam Cerra 6 9 15 3 0 0 0 9 0 1 82
7Michael Johnson 11 4 15 8 0 0 2 4 1 0 81
8Stephen Hill 11 1 12 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 66
9Andrew Brayshaw 9 8 17 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 65
10Bailey Banfield 10 5 15 5 0 1 1 3 0 0 65
11Lachie Neale 7 13 20 0 0 0 3 6 0 0 62
12Connor Blakely 9 3 12 5 0 0 2 5 0 0 62
13Danyle Pearce 5 8 13 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 60
14Nathan Wilson 11 3 14 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 59
15Brennan Cox 6 4 10 4 6 2 1 2 1 2 59
16Aaron Sandilands 0 7 7 0 35 2 1 2 0 0 56
17Darcy Tucker 9 5 14 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 53
18Brandon Matera 7 6 13 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 48
19Joel Hamling 6 4 10 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 44
20Hayden Ballantyne 7 3 10 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 40
21Cam McCarthy 5 4 9 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 39
22Alex Pearce 4 5 9 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 30

North Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Ben Jacobs 11 18 29 4 0 3 4 9 1 0 114
2Kayne Turner 12 11 23 4 0 3 1 6 1 2 102
3Shaun Higgins 18 7 25 5 0 2 0 3 0 2 99
4Jarrad Waite 15 4 19 5 0 0 1 4 3 0 99
5Jamie Macmillan 16 5 21 7 0 1 0 4 0 0 96
6Shaun Atley 11 8 19 2 0 1 0 4 1 2 80
7Billy Hartung 7 12 19 7 0 0 1 4 0 0 79
8Ben Cunnington 8 12 20 1 0 0 2 8 0 0 77
9Todd Goldstein 4 4 8 0 42 0 0 2 1 1 77
10Jed Anderson 8 11 19 1 0 0 3 8 0 2 74
11Luke McDonald 13 5 18 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 70
12Trent Dumont 7 8 15 3 0 2 0 4 0 1 65
13Scott D. Thompson 14 1 15 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 63
14Jy Simpkin 6 11 17 1 0 0 1 4 1 0 62
15Ben Brown 7 3 10 3 0 2 0 2 2 1 59
16Mason Wood 6 4 10 1 0 1 1 4 2 0 55
17Robbie Tarrant 10 3 13 2 0 3 1 2 0 0 50
18Marley Williams 8 4 12 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 49
19Jack Ziebell 6 5 11 2 0 1 1 3 0 2 46
20Ryan Clarke 5 8 13 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 41
21Sam Wright 5 2 7 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 30
22Sam Durdin 5 1 6 1 4 0 2 1 0 0 22

Team Lineups

North Melbourne

B

  • Sam Durdin,
  • Robbie Tarrant,
  • Marley Williams

HB

  • Jamie Macmillan,
  • Scott D. Thompson,
  • Luke McDonald

C

  • Shaun Higgins,
  • Ben Jacobs,
  • Jack Ziebell

HF

  • Kayne Turner,
  • Trent Dumont,
  • Shaun Atley

F

  • Jarrad Waite,
  • Ben Brown,
  • Mason Wood

Fol

  • Todd Goldstein,
  • Ben Cunnington,
  • Jed Anderson

I/C

  • Jy Simpkin,
  • Ryan Clarke,
  • Sam Wright,
  • Billy Hartung

No Late Change

In

  • Sam Durdin

Out

  • Majak Daw (Rested)

Milestones:

  • Todd Goldstein  - Played 200th game

Last updated: 5:36PM Sunday, May 27, 2018

Byes:

  1. Gold Coast Suns,
  2. Port Adelaide