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19 minutes ago, DeeSpencer said:

Swirly breeze hasn’t suited our game style all day but we’v been massively outcoached.

Inability to establish a chf and ff to nullify all North’s spare 

North will win this comfortably with the scoring end.

My favourites Birch has stunk it up and Paxy on Kearney has been awful. Paxy just racking junk possessions but never sticks to structure. 

Also no point playing a fast running style of footy when the umps refuse to pay holding and never let your runners get on to the ball 

Didn’t age well.
Paxy should be in the votes. She’s been awful? Cmon now

we let them come at us at the 3rd Q. Defended well and then run over them

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Gee we made head work of that.  Thanks to our defensive structures and defenders we held up well, and over-ran them in the end.  Go Dees.

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All class that quarter, brilliantly deserved. Kate Hore protecting the drop for her mark, then straight kick in the wind, Daisy sensing the moment and delivering perfectly. Just love Tyla Hanks instinct for best option disposal and opening up the game. Defence great as always. Too many contributors to single out really….love ‘em all!!!! 

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Great win girls. The game was not going  our way yet they hung in and then went pounce. Good sides do that. And I just want to tip my hat to Shelley Heath. Can't think of anyone better to have in the trenches.

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Never in doubt 

MELBOURNE 2.0.12 3.1.19 3.1.19 5.3.33

NORTH MELBOURNE 1.0.6 2.2.14 2.4.16 2.14.16

GOALS

MELBOURNE Fitzsimon Hore Mithen D Pearce Sherriff

NORTH MELBOURNE E King Randall

BEST

MELBOURNE Paxman Mithen Hanks Heath D Pearce Birch 

NORTH MELBOURNE Kearney Garner Riddell Wright Bruton Rennie

INJURIES

MELBOURNE T Harris (left shoulder)

NORTH MELBOURNE Nil

REPORTS

MELBOURNE Nil

NORTH MELBOURNE Nil

CROWD 5,592 at Ikon Park

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That was pretty intense and I'm particularly pleased that Daisy got to kick the sealer.

Defence held up brilliantly ont he strictly defensive side but had some trouble breaking out of the ring at 50-70m. That's a team thing. Similarly, we struggled to put it to any kind of forward or space favouring a forward for a long time.

Bannan had a game of 'almosts' and relatively little real impact. A couple of extra steps here, a slightly cleaner break from a contest there, and she would have ended the game in our favour multiple times. Must have been very frustrating and I'd be hoping she is setting herself for a mighty grand final.

Plenty to like. North are like a custom-built counter to the way we'd like to play and they kept the intensity up very well. Good test, time for the grand final!

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43 minutes ago, DubDee said:

Didn’t age well.
Paxy should be in the votes. She’s been awful? Cmon now

we let them come at us at the 3rd Q. Defended well and then run over them

Had a huge last quarter back on ball. For 3/4’s she played predominantly half forward flank and ran around whilst her opponent sat back and cut off every forward attack. 

Many of our experienced and best players - Paxy, Birch, Daisy, Hore, Harris, Goldy. Purcell were quiet for 3/4s. They lifted in the last 

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Ball didn’t quite bounce our way for 3 quarters.

North cut down our handball game

Thanks to the defenders in the 3rd, especially Chaplin. We couldn't find a way out of our back-line, and kicks into the forwards, we couldn't hit them up. The gusty conditions didn't help.

Loved the number of smothers we did.

Using Hore behind the ball helped, as well as having her capacity to move forward. 

Role players of Mithin and Heath, as well as Hanks, Paxman who were in everything all day, and Daisy, Zanker, Mackin, Gillard, Birch, Sherrif, did well.

Not our best game but did it when we needed.

Bring the milk crates, big week as the GF beckons.

Go Dees

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1 hour ago, Demon_spurs said:

Need to find something here.... dig deep Dees

We did!  It was that ‘Demon Spirit’!

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Have been watching more and more of this on telly and decided to go to my first aflw game today - great fun. The standard is terrific, particularly in terms of toughness and intensity.

Took the 2 yo for his first real AFL outing. Wish he had some of the girls toughness gee whiz 

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1 hour ago, Whispering_Jack said:

From memory, the last time we played against the Brisbane Lions (our only loss this year), Tayla Harris was out injured and her presence was sorely missed. We would almost certainly have played a better game today but for the injury.

Fingers crossed that she gets the shoulder right for the Grand Final.

I heard (unofficially) that she’ll be right for next week. No lingering issue with the shoulder. Hopefully that doesn’t change.  🤞🏼 

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