Blog log from R12 of 2020: North Melbourne vs Brisbane

McLuggage and McCarthy fail to convert some early set shots from difficult positions, not a good start for the wayward Lions. (Q1 2:53)
Answerth roves on the HFF and gives to Zorko who hits the post. (Q1 4:30)
Larkey leaps in front of Gardiner to mark 40m out on a slight angle, his set shot is wide left. (Q1 6:14)
Cameron jumps on the back of Vickers-Willis to mark a McStay ball 30m out on a slight angle, but he punches low and wide. (Q1 8:41)
Lester fumbles on the last line and the North small swarm, eventually Mahony centres for Larkey to dive in front of Robinson 20m out to mark and… miss badly. (Q1 10:18)
Scott runs onto his left foot for a snap from 45m on a slight angle, it lands in an empty square but takes a leg break the wrong side of the goalpost. (Q1 11:27)
Wood intercepts in midfield and goes up the guts to the hotspot where Larkey plays for and gets a pushing free on Gardiner for the first goal, finally. (Q1 13:07)
Anderson turns the ball over by hand, McCluggage marks on the HFF but his set shot is touched off the boot and wide anyway. (Q1 16:11)
Ballenden centres from the pocket to the hotspot where Davies-Uniacke is pinged for a hold on McStay, he kicks the first goal for Brisbane. (Q1 17:05)
Lyons misses on the run from 40m in the corridor after a feed from a pack by Hipwood. (Q2 0:05)
Wil Walker is pinged for HTB at a stoppage 25m out in the pocket, Neale’s set shot falls on the behind line for McInerney to mark and goal! (Q2 3:24)
Davies-Uniacke bullocks his way through a pack on the wing and goes long for Larkey to mark behind Andrews 20m out in front for his second goal. (Q2 10:14)
Starcevich kicks from behind a pack at half forward, McCarthy marks unopposed near the hotspot and goals. (Q2 15:40)
Goldstein intercepts a rebound kick by Witherden to the wing, the repeat inside 50 goes to a big pack near the hotspot where Xerri clunks it and goals. (Q2 18:25)
Hipwood marks a Starcevich pass from the wing to 40m out on a slight angle, on the end of a rebound started by Birchall. Hipwood kicks the first goal of Q3. (Q3 1:05)
Scott flies above Lester to clunk the next centre clearance kick by Anderson. He lines up from 35m on a slight angle and kicks truly. Suddenly it’s a shoot out! (Q3 2:50)
Bailey roves a Hipwood contest at half forward, baulks, jinks, bobs about like a cork in the ocean then bounces through a snap from 35m… but it’s touched off the boot, point. (Q3 9:49)
Mathieson roves at half forward and falls into a tackle by McDonald to draw a free. Crowd boos but he lines up from 40m on a slight angle, shanks for no score. (Q3 10:29)
McCluggage misses a snap on the run from the HFF. (Q3 12:33)
Finally a goal, this one from the line after Bailey beats McDonald to run onto a long ball to grass by McCluggage. (Q3 14:10)
Zorko drops the footy on the HBF and the North forwards swarm, eventually Larkey claims Andrews HTB 45m out but his set shot doesn’t score. (Q3 15:59)
Zorko has space on the fat side wing and passes to three Lions on the HFF, Berry wins the raffle to mark 45m out but doesn’t score. (Q3 18:00)
Davies-Uniacke mows down Berry in the Brisbane FP to prevent a score. (Q4 1:29)
The Lions get repeat inside 50s, Vickers-Willis is pinged for tunnelling McCarthy at the hotspot who punches low and straight. (Q4 2:45)
North have kept it close all day without ever really threatening to mount a charge, and now Brisbane are finally kicking away. (Q4 3:13)
Dumont roves a stoppage on the HFF and gives to Higgins who runs around three blokes with a bounce if you don’t mind, then feeds Murphy for the goal from 40m in front. (Q4 6:28)
Sunshower happening now. (Q4 6:58)
Zorko marks a long ball in front of Vickers-Willis in the pocket 20m out, but misses. (Q4 11:00)
Goldstein draws a holding free on Gardiner at the top of the square, Xerri plays on to advantage into the open goal. North are coming! (Q4 13:08)
Williams kicks OOTF on the HBF, Zorko passes to Lyons 30m out deep in the pocket who doesn’t score. (Q4 17:50)
Two Roos spoil each other going for a long ball to the Brisbane goalsquare, the crumb falls for McInerney who hoofs home the sealer from 10m. (Q4 18:50)
Goldstein roves a Higgins speculator to the hotspot and gives to Zurhaar who screws through the goal off the right boot under heavy pressure. (Q4 21:29)
Berry catches Anderson high at the next centre bounce, ball flies in from the wing to a huge pack 25m out on the flank where Zurhaar takes a huge mark… but misses. (Q4 23:14)
1:35 at the kick in, Birchall goes to the wing, stoppage, 1:24. (Q4 23:56)
Higgins kicks long to the hotspot but Robinson clears, North pumps it back in but Andrews marks next to the behind post, that ices the game. (Q4 24:26)
Zurhaar gets a high contact free just before the final siren and converts from 45m on a slight angle to bring the margin back to a single point. (Q4 26:10)

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