Blog log from R20 of 2015: North Melbourne vs St Kilda

North is kicking with a slight breeze in Q1. (Q1 2:23)
Hickey gets a free on Firrito for a hold as they wrestle under a high ball to 35m on a slight angle. He misses. (Q1 3:18)
Gilbert gives to Sinclair deep in the pocket 20m out, but there are too many North defenders nearby and it’s Dal Santo who catches him HTB to prevent a score. (Q1 7:53)
North rebounds up the guts from that free, Garner is released by Waite to run through CHF and goal from 45m! (Q1 8:23)
Lose ball at half forward for North after Minchington fumbles, Petrie mops up and gives to Atley forward of the pack for a goal from 35m on a slight angle. (Q1 15:22)
Thomas marks a Gibson pass at 45m on the flank and misses. (Q1 16:22)
Sinclair marks a quick Gilbert kick from the HFF at 30m on the flank. He navigates the breeze to kick truly. (Q1 19:07)
Newnes sends a high, hopeful ball to the flank 35m out, Geary contests, the ball flips over the back where Hickey is on his own to rove, turn and snap truly! (Q1 20:52)
Hickey’s man Firrito had slipped over, which is why he was free. (Q1 21:22)
Bruce marks on the lead at 30m near the boundary and boots his first goal, delivering on a long period of repeat inside 50s by the Saints to build pressure. (Q1 27:23)
North has had 36 kicks and 56 handballs. Saints at the same time: 62 kicks, 47 handballs. Pressure stats are all going the Saints’ way. (Qtr Time)
Brad Scott is fully justified in giving his players a massive spray at the QT break. If the Roos thought that all they needed to do was turn up, they have been rudely shocked. (Qtr Time)
Weller gathers a loose ball on the HFF with Hansen lumbering behind, he wheels onto his right boot and hits Minchington on the lead at 40m on a slight angle. Minchington goals! (Q2 1:05)
Harvey kicks high from the HFF to the hotspot where Petrie juggles a mark over Goddard. But the Dish sprays it horribly for a behind. (Q2 3:08)
The Webster kick in goes to three North players who easily spoil the one Saint in Armitage, Cunnington roves and goals off a step from 35m on a slight angle. (Q2 4:23)
Hansen thumps a long Montagna ball to the square through for a behind. (Q2 6:08)
Dal Santo kicks OOTF from the kick in, Weller marks the Montagna free at 35m near the boundary. He can ride the wind from here… just wide. (Q2 7:08)
Again the Saints are pouncing on poor North rebound disposals and pressuring the ballcarrier to force repeat inside 50s. (Q2 9:08)
On one such occasion, Hickey marks at 35m on a slight angle after Geary mows down Higgins to win a HTB free in the centre. But Hickey misses. (Q2 9:54)
North finally gets clear on the rebound around the outer wing, Brown wins a free for an arm chop at 45m on the flank going for an Atley ball. His set shot drifts across the face. (Q2 11:39)
Sinclair goes long to the square, Minchington bumps Atley off the fall but somehow manages to toepoke it wide from 5m out! (Q2 14:43)
Yet again North can’t rebound past the centre line, Armitage passes to Riewoldt at 45m on a slight angle. Rooey misses as well. (Q2 15:37)
Newnes marks the kick in on the HFF 55m out, Ziebell comes in late and punches him in the head, melee forms, ump reports him and pays 50m, goal to Newnes! (Q2 16:39)
Riewoldt marks and/or gets a free for high contact by Atley 45m out in front after a free off the ball conceded by Waite at CHB. Rooey misses again. (Q2 18:55)
It’s not an easy wind, but the Saints haven’t handled it well this quarter and should be much further in front. (Q2 19:20)
Minchington roves a McDonald fumble at 40m in the corridor and has a quick snap… another behind. (Q2 21:46)
Firrito plays on after marking and evades Weller to go long to the square from half forward, Petrie marks and goals. (Q2 24:05)
Hickey stands up and takes a big contested grab falling backwards under heavy Hansen pressure. He lines up from 25m on the flank in the last minute before HT… and goals! (Q2 27:55)
Petrie marks a centring ball by Waite at the hotspot, then gets a 50m penalty to ensure he boots the first goal of Q3. (Q3 1:41)
Newnes goes long down the flank to Acres 25m out, the ball flips over the back for Armitage to tap forward and goal from the square! (Q3 4:40)
Goals into the wind like that one are very important if the Saints are to hold onto this lead in a low-scoring affair. (Q3 5:11)
Garner takes the free after Dempster kicks OOTF 40m out, and threads the needle for a big goal! (Q3 7:06)
The Saints fight at ground level after Hansen is spoiled on the Saint HFF, Steven centres to the hotspot for Bruce to run onto. Bruce misses, disappointingly. (Q3 9:57)
Geary marks a very short kick on the wing, Thomas comes in late and concedes 50m to put hm 40m out on a slight angle… he goals! (Q3 10:46)
Thomas roves a Goldstein centre clearance to CHF at full pace, evades Webster long enough to get a grubber away… it bounces through! (Q3 12:37)
Goldstein gets a ruck free at the next centre bounce and hits Ziebell at 40m on the flank. Jay-Z sails through another one for North! (Q3 13:24)
Waite passes from the HFF to Thomas in front of Webster at 35m on a slight angle, LT steers through another one for North, they’re within a kick all of a sudden! (Q3 16:42)
Goldstein has carried this entire North team off the canvas with him and dragged them back to where they are a real chance to win now. (Q3 16:42)
Geary’s panicked blind kick across halfback is straight to Petrie 45m out on a slight angle. Petrie puts the Roos in the lead with his third major! (Q3 18:21)
Petrie clunks a big pack mark at the hotspot after North again boss the centre clearance with Goldstein tapping to Jacobs. THe Dish boots his fourth, North kick away! (Q3 20:24)
Fisher pushes Petrie into the fence 15m out to conceded a free, but Petrie tries a pass to the opposite pocket that doesn’t work, Saints clear. (Q3 22:20)
Weller receives from Bruce at half forward, baulks two onrushing Roos and snaps from 40m on a slight angle… wide. (Q3 24:08)
Harvey ducks but is paid a high free on Roberton deep in the pocket 20m out. Boomer goes short to Ziebell at 15m on the flank, who hits the post. (Q3 25:43)
The Saints can’t rebound across the centre line, eventually Sam Wright passes to Thomas at 25m on the flank. LT shoots for goal number three for Q3… and kicks it! (Q3 27:13)
Waite bounces through a behind with a long snap from the HFF. (Q3 28:47)
Waite misses again from the pocket 20m out under a Geary tackle. (Q3 29:44)
Harvey sharks a Goddard handball and snaps to an empty square, it sits up on its point but just barely goes over the line before Roberton gets back to rush it! (Q3 30:34)
Waite misses again with a set shot from near CHF. (Q3 31:34)
Thomas snaps high from the pocket 20m out but it lands on the line and is rushed, just before the 3QT siren and the standing O from the North fans in the Hobart crowd. (Q3 32:28)
It was Goldstein who was the catalyst for that 15 minute period at the end of Q3 where North just dominated every aspect of the game. (3 Qtr Time)
Long centre clearance by Jacobs from the first bounce of Q4 to the hotspot, spoiled but there are plenty of North numbers at the fall, Petrie’s tackle releases Waite to goal! (Q4 0:31)
Gilbert clears from the next centre bounce but it bounces past Hickey for a behind. (Q4 1:17)
Cunnington bounces a behind from a stoppage on the HFF. (Q4 2:08)
Fisher passes to Bruce just inside 50m on a slight angle, in front of Wright. Bruce, who has not done a whole lot today, misses this one. (Q4 5:51)
Weller passes to Riewoldt at much the same spot as Bruce’s last chance. Rooey punches this one through for his first goal. (Q4 7:22)
Higgins marks and converts from half forward. North aren’t losing this one, even without the wind in Q4. (Q4 10:52)
Gibson marks a Brown ball at 45m on a slight angle, uncontested as most of his possessions are. He goals, North are home halfway through Q4. (Q4 13:52)
Higgins has a mid range snap touched off the boot by Geary, confirmed by video review. (Q4 15:22)
Nahas runs into an open goal to kick off the official start of junk time. (Q4 15:53)
Jacobs misses from a stoppage at the hotspot. (Q4 18:39)
Riewoldt marks in front of Tarrant and converts a set shot from the hotspot, but he’s not very excited about it. (Q4 19:39)
Harvey scoots to 40m on a slight angle and sails through another one for the Kangas. (Q4 22:07)
Bruce marks a Longer ball at the hotspot and goals, to general disinterest. (Q4 29:36)

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