Blog log from R9 of 2017: Melbourne vs North Melbourne

Frost is caught holding the ball by Turner inside 50. Turner kicks centrally to Wood 30m out on a slight angle. Wood misses the set shot to the left. (Q1 0:38)
Gibson finds Garner 60m out who hands to Wood on the run 50m out but Wood misses another shot at goal, this time to the right. (Q1 2:03)
Williams turns it over badly by hand and it comes to Oliver who has the shot from 45m out but misses to the left. Probably rushed the shot. (Q1 5:20)
Hrovat charges through the middle of the ground and allows North to overlap handball all the way to Brown who runs into an open goal. (Q1 6:38)
Ball up 20m from the North Melbourne goal and Goldstein taps it perfectly to Cunnington who kicks the goal. (Q1 8:08)
Vickers-Willis with time and space 80m from goal finds Brown on the lead with a nice kick. Brown’s kick for goal from 35m out on a 45 degree angle misses to the far side. (Q1 9:42)
Tarrant outmarks Wiedeman and kicks long to Brown on the lead once again. Brown lines up 40m out on a 45 degree angle and kicks the goal. (Q1 10:59)
Pedersen gets the handball 60m out, sees an open goal square, kicks long and bounces through a nice long goal. (Q1 12:24)
Thompson marks in the middle of the ground and does well to pinpoint Ziebell 40m out on a 45 degree angle. Ziebell goes back and nails the goal. (Q1 15:35)
Ball up for grabs deep forward where Brown handballs cleverly to Vickers-Willis who finds Williams for the relatively simple snap which he completes. (Q1 23:04)
Long ball in from Thompson to Waite who can’t mark. Vince fumbles and Wood pounces on the loose ball and snaps a nice goal. (Q1 25:49)
Pedersen catches Goldstein high 40m from goal directly in front. Goldstein hooks the set shot to the right. (Q1 27:07)
Lewis has a quick snap at goal but it only just scrapes in for a behind. (Q1 29:49)
Viney kicks long to the top of the square where Hannan outmarks Thompson. Hannan goals. (Q2 4:25)
Frost knocks Higgins over off the ball and gives away the free kick 40m out but Higgins can’t convert. (Q2 7:22)
Plenty of niggle in this one. Multiple off the ball frees, usually involving Higgins and Vince. (Q2 7:49)
North turn the ball over and Melbourne make them pay via Davey who finds Viney on his own in the goalsquare. (Q2 10:23)
Tarrant chips very wide to Wood who marks 40m out, inches from the boundary line. He improves the angle, snaps for goal and splits the difference. Fantastic goal. (Q2 13:20)
Ziebell breaks from the centre clearance, takes two bounces, kicks for goal from 60m out but misses badly to the right. (Q2 13:20)
Higgins marks on the 50m arc. Goes back, loads up and just sneaks in the goal. Another great finish. (Q2 19:16)
Vickers-Willis turns the ball over deep in defence. It comes to Petracca who hands to Hannan who goals from the goal line. (Q2 23:49)
Hunt outpositions Mullett and hands to Hannan who kicks backwards to Pedersen 35m out directly in front. Pedersen goals. (Q2 25:21)
Jones finds Frost 65m from goal. Frost runs to 55m, kicks at goal and it sails through! (Q2 27:06)
North work the ball forward via Higgins and Garner. Eventually it comes to Wood who spots Brown on his own in the goalsquare. Goal. (Q3 4:52)
Higgins breaks away from the pack, kicks at goal from 25m out but hits the post. (Q3 6:52)
Tom McDonald turns the ball over badly coming out of defence with a kick that goes straight to McDonald who then kicks to the top of the square where Brown marks again and goals. (Q3 10:05)
Garner runs down McDonald in the middle of the ground. Gibson takes advantage and gets to Hrovat who finds Higgins in the pocket but Higgins misses. (Q3 14:01)
Bugg marks 40m out from goal but opts to pass to Jetta who runs to 20m out and goals to halt North’s momentum somewhat. (Q3 19:12)
Long ball into Brown vs Frost and Frost gives away a holding free. Brown’s set shot from 35m out on a 45 degree angle is a goal. (Q3 21:01)
Long ball into the Melbourne forward line where Bugg is paid a mark despite Hannan having hands on it as well. Bugg’s set shot after the siren from point blank range misses! (3 Qtr Time)
Swallow marks 40m out and hands to Higgins who scrubs the shot at goal but it lands with Wood in the pocket. Wood hits the post with his shot. (Q4 1:02)
Hannan outmarks Atley and kicks to Salem in space 45m from goal. Salem measures the shot and goals to keep this one tight. (Q4 3:30)
Frost bursts away from a pack and hands to Oliver who kicks a nice long goal from 50m out. (Q4 6:13)
Watts hands to Vince 40m from out. Vince snaps quickly and misses. North by 8 points with 12 minutes remaining. (Q4 11:55)
Lewis marks 40m from goal on a tight angle. He goes back, takes his time and keeps his kick low, splitting the difference. Great kick. 2 point game. (Q4 14:15)
North win a contest on the wing and Higgins and Waite link up through handballs to find Garner who runs to 35m out and goals. (Q4 16:13)
Swallow handballs forward from the F50 stoppage to Wood who throws it on the boot and it’s a goal! (Q4 20:44)
Petracca marks 75m out, plays on, bursting past Ziebell in the process and kicks to the hot spot where Kent roves a goals. (Q4 24:48)
4 minutes remaining, 8 points the margin. (Q4 24:48)
Wood shrugs a tackle in the pocket, hands to Higgins who gives to Turner who releases McDonald on his left to snap what might be the winning goal! (Q4 26:23)

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