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Blog log from R1 of 2021: North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide

Blog log for North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide, R1 of 2021

Davies-Uniacke slips into a high tackle by Houston 50m out on the flank, he plays on but just misses. (Q1 2:45)
Amon is front and centre for a speculator to a pack crashed by Marshall at the hotspot, he checksides the first goal with classic crumber’s skills. (Q1 5:24)
Powell marks a Larkey ball next to the behind post behind Clurey. The first-gamer screws through his first senior goal. (Q1 7:47)
Butters intercepts a dump kick by Simpkin and goes quickly to Ladhams 40m out on the flank. Ladham’s set shot looks good but fades and is rushed on the line. (Q1 10:07)
Gray marks on the lead at the hotspot and sees Boak on his own heading towards goal, it bounces but Boak has time to mop up and stroll into goal. (Q1 11:33)
Turner roves a stoppage in the pocket but misses from 20m. (Q1 13:31)
Scott misses on the run from 40m on a slight angle. (Q1 17:56)
Aliir drops a defensive mark on the HBF, Mahony gets a chance for a pressured snap from 30m but it drifts across the face. (Q1 23:43)
Long ball to a big pack clears it on the HFF for North, Davies-Uniacke is first to the crumb, he holds off Burton’s chase long enough to run into the open goal! (Q1 27:02)
Turner has had a dirty day so far but he pokes a nice pass from congestion to space for Stephenson to run onto 35m out on the flank. The ex-Magpie misses. (Q2 3:28)
Butters roves on the HFF at pace and dribbles through a fantastic finish from 30m near the boundary, skidding end over end. (Q2 4:48)
Fantasia tries to do the same to a long Lycett ball to the pocket but he misses from 20m. (Q2 5:42)
Mahony has space on the wing but no one to kick to so goes inboard, Byrne-Jones picks him off and feeds Fantasia to run to 50m on a slight angle for a twelve-point play. (Q2 8:54)
A rebound from defensive hotspot started by Ziebell ends with Powell running to half forward and going to Walker 20m out on a slight angle for a goal. (Q2 10:08)
Byrne-Jones drops Stephenson after disposal, downfield free to Thomas near true CHF but he shanks for no score. (Q2 12:51)
Marshall marks 20m out on a slight angle after elbowing Corr in the back to send the Roo sprawling, home fans boo as Marshal converts. (Q2 15:31)
Butters feeds Dixon for a snap across the body for his first goal, from 20m in the pocket. (Q2 16:34)
North had the clearance dominance in Q1 but that has switched around now and Port’s superior forward efficiency is telling on the scoreboard. (Q2 17:34)
Dixon storms onto a long ball to the hotspot for his second goal in a minute after a quiet game up to this point. Worrying signs for the Roos. (Q2 18:34)
Ladhams it was with the pass and goal assist. (Q2 19:09)
Another centre clearance to Boak, he feeds Houston steaming up from defence to hit the lead of Marshall 25m out on a slight angle, he converts as well. Port in control. (Q2 20:34)
Farrell snaps just wide from the HFF. (Q2 24:50)
Houston turns the ball over on a slow play from behind centre, Stephensonruns to the point of the centre square and wastes the opportunity with a dribbling point. (Q2 27:08)
Fantasia gathers a bouncing ball at half forward, the chaser Ziebell slips over to give him time to baulk around Corr and skid through the goal from 50m on a slight angle. (Q2 28:34)
Polec’s handball clanger on the wing sets up a mark on the lead by Fantasia from a Boak pass. Orazio lines up from 30m on the flank and kicks truly, his third. (Q2 30:30)
Butters hits the lead of Dixon at the hotspot, McKay spoils but straight to Bonner who snaps the first goal of Q3. (Q3 0:45)
McKay is pinged a bit unluckily for holding a tackle on Boak after the ball leaves the area, Boak makes him pay with his second goal from 45m on a slight angle. (Q3 4:38)
Mahony passes short to Scott 40m out on a slight angle, who misses but the ump spots Wines encroaching on the mark so Scott gets another chance on the goal line, easy goal. (Q3 8:12)
Gray misses on the lope from 40m on the flank. (Q3 10:09)
Fantasia runs onto a loose ball at half forward and streams into the open goal. (Q3 11:42)
Walker juggles an impressive contested grab over Clurey hard in the pocket 20m out, but his screwing set shot is wide. (Q3 12:48)
Boak passes short to Fantasia 30m out on the flank, who misses. (Q3 13:46)
Larkey bombs long up the guts to Goldstein one out with Aliir, that’s a rare loss in the air to the Port recruit today as Goldie marks and goals from the top of the square. (Q3 16:06)
Rockliff gets a free for a push in a pack 40m out on the flank after a stoppage, he misses. (Q3 19:28)
Dixon marks an Amon long kick up the guts in a pack 20m out, but misses. (Q3 21:16)
Aliir pushes Taylor in the back as they go for a ground ball 45m out on a slight angle, who doesn’t score. (Q3 25:13)
Rockliff passes to Ladhams 40m out on the flank, his set shot is a shank but Butters marks with a bit of luck at the top of the square and goals. (Q3 27:17)
Butters slides forward from the next centre bounce with lots of space, he goes to Marshall 20m out in the pocket for a behind. (Q4 0:21)
Thomas feeds Scott for a goal at the hotspot after getting involved in the build up to beat Aliir. (Q4 2:20)
After a contact free on Burton, Simpkin gives to Thomas who snaps a goal himself from 40m on a slight angle. (Q4 3:55)
After a rushed behind to North off a Young attempt, Port goes the length of the ground ending with Boak hitting Lycett at the hotspot for some junk. (Q4 8:19)
Motlop is on his own on the outer wing in three acres of space, he waltzes to 30m on the flank and pops through some garbage. (Q4 12:17)
Wines goes short to Butters 40m out on the flank who misses. (Q4 14:19)
Scott roves a Stephenson speculator to a pack 20m out but misses. (Q4 17:23)
Aliir is pinged for a hold on Mahony after a contest 20m out on a slight angle for some junk. (Q4 19:15)
Thomas roves and runs into an open goal to give the long-suffering North fans something to cheer. (Q4 19:54)
Dixon marks near the hotspot and misses. (Q4 21:22)
Fantasia marks 45m out on a slight angle but chooses to pass inside to Duursma 40m out in the corridor, who converts. (Q4 26:54)
Powell roves a Clurey spoil at the top of the square, kicks straight but Houston touched it off the boot. (Q4 30:20)

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