Blog log from R18 of 2020: North Melbourne vs West Coast

Durdin marks 40m out on a slight angle and the first score of the game is a point. (Q1 2:39)
Polec baulks inside and pokes a short pass to Higgins 45m out on a slight angle on the end of a flowing move through midfield, Higgins bangs through the opening goal. (Q1 11:51)
Larkey stands tall in front of Foley to mark a low pass by Davies-Uniacke up the middle to the hotspot after the next centre bounce, he goals as well. (Q1 13:51)
Murphy marks at the hotspot but misses. (Q1 17:46)
McDonald reaches over Ryan to intercept a Gaff dump kick to the North HFF and goes quickly to Hall 40m out on a slight angle, who misses. (Q1 21:52)
Williams goes long to the square from half forward, it’s off Darling’s hands for the first Eagle score, a behind. (Q2 4:48)
McDonald drops a defensive mark in the BP, ball falls to the boundary where Darling gathers and tries a Daicos special… he gets the off break but did it snick the post? No, goal. (Q2 7:47)
Ryan sets up Ainsworth to mark and goal from the top of the square, restoring sanity to what had looked a massive upset. (Q2 11:22)
Murphy slides in front of Sheppard to mark a long Larkey ball down the flank to 20m, but he misses badly. (Q2 14:02)
Ryan roves a Kennedy contest on the HFF, shrugs a flying Walker tackle, has a look inside then goes himself from 40m… lovely finish. (Q2 16:32)
Nelson is claimed in a double tackle and pinged for HTB at the North Melbourne hotspot, Ziebell wins the free over Hall and misses with a chip shot. (Q3 1:15)
Ryan marks over McDonald 25m out on the flank from a long Darling kick but he misses badly as well. (Q3 4:53)
North tries to run out of defence but McDonald gets mown down by Allen 40m on the flank to concede a HTB free. Allen delivers a perfect set shot. (Q3 5:48)
Zurhaar marks an Anderson ball up the guts over Hurn 35m out, his set shot is straight up the guts as well. (Q3 7:53)
Ainsworth marks a Hurn pass in front of Tarrant 30m out on the flank and smacks the front of the goalpost. (Q3 11:05)
Petruccelle marks a short Ainsworth pass 40m out on a slight angle but he also misses. (Q3 13:58)
Simpkin crumbs and misses from the pocket 20m out. (Q3 16:38)
Goldstein gets a ruck free on Sheed for an obvious block 20m out on a slight angle, but he hooks it right. (Q3 19:23)
Ziebell marks a Davies-Uniacke ball unopposed in the pocket 20m out with Kelly hurt from a previous contest. But Jay-Z sprays his set shot as well. (Q3 20:54)
Walker is pinged for a block on Allen 20m out on the flank, Allen converts. (Q4 6:14)
Allen bounces through his third goal from half forward to extend the Eagle lead. (Q4 8:24)
Goldstein’s handball deep in defence bounces straight to Ryan who does the rest off the right boot from 10m. (Q4 12:15)
Anderson sails through a long snap from half forward to keep some flame alive for the result. (Q4 17:22)
Higgins gives up a 509m penalty to bring Ah Chee to 10m out on an angle for some cherries in the final minute… which he spurns. (Q4 25:45)

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