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Blog log from R14 of 2023: North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs

Blog log for North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs, R14 of 2023

Greenwood roves at half back and tries to ride a Ugle-Hagan tackle for a give off but can’t release, JUH wins the HTB free 45m out on a slight angle… but shanks for no score. (Q1 1:11)
Greenwood comes from the side of a pack 15m out in front to clunk a big pack mark from a long Scott speculator from the HFF, he sends through the opening goal of the evening. (Q1 5:17)
Curtis is one-out with Duryea 20m out, Simpkin flashes through but doesn’t get a handle on the crumb but Curtis taps forward to him for the goal from the square. (Q1 10:21)
Bontempelli bursts away from the next bounce and passes to Hannan 40m out in front in front of Ziebell, he misses to the left. (Q1 11:21)
Baker roves a Ziebell inside 50 chaos ball but tries to baulk past Spicer and gets caught HTB. Spicer shoots from 35m in the corridor but tugs it left. (Q1 13:51)
Corr spoils a long Hannan ball to the square just in time to prevent a Naughton mark, then rushes it. (Q1 14:54)
Weightman roves a Naughton contest near the behind post and misses an impossible checkside running flat out to the boundary. (Q1 15:25)
McNeil passes inboard from the wing for Weightman 40m out on a slight angle, who misses again. (Q1 17:21)
Ugle-Hagan marks in front of Logue 40m out on the flank, his set shot fades right and is rushed. Dogs again kicking poorly in forward 50. (Q1 19:52)
Hannan passes to Naughton 40m out on the flank on the end of a rebound around outer wing following a stoppage. Naughton steers through the first Bulldog goal, belatedly. (Q1 22:12)
Duryea’s short pass from a Greenwood OOTF kick 25m out is intercepted by Curtis for an opportunist goal! Oh dear. (Q1 24:58)
Wardlaw catches Baker HTB outside CHF after the next bounce, Greenwood earns a high contact free on English near the hotspot and converts. (Q1 26:23)
Forward conversion is the difference in the game so far, and given the Bulldogs’ extreme problems in that area in recent weeks, that’s a big alarm bell for them. (Qtr Time)
Larkey misses near side right after marking on the lead on the boundary 25m out. (Q2 1:13)
Weightman marks unopposed 40m out on the flank on the end of a flowing move through midfield for the Dogs, he delivers a lovely drawing set shot for his first goal. (Q2 4:12)
Ugle-Hagan takes a link mark and passes to Naughton 30m out in the pocket, suddenly the Dogs have found their radar as this one sails through as well. (Q2 7:08)
McKay catches Treloar high after roving at the hotspot, he misses. Didn’t get the Q2 memo! (Q2 9:08)
After a long period of the ball living in the Bulldogs forward 50 with repeat stoppages, Stephenson is over the back for a Zurhaar long ball to slingshot into the open goal. (Q2 13:09)
Too many repeat inside 50s for the Scrays, Bontempelli eventually marks a Williams kick to 30m on the flank but misses across the face to the right. (Q2 22:52)
Weightman marks a Naughton long pass to the pocket 15m out in front of Curtis, he steers through goal number two. (Q2 26:14)
Liberatore receives from Treloar for a snap off a step from 45m on a slight angle, but it fades left. (Q2 28:10)
Ugle-Hagan gathers a ground ball in the pocket and gives inside for Daniel who snaps the goal from 20m. Dogs into the lead finally, it has been coming for some time. (Q2 29:25)
Lobb marks a Ugle-Hagan pass in front of Thomas 40m out on a slight angle and bangs through the first goal of Q3. (Q3 1:23)
Powell feeds a flat-footed Goldstein who turns and shoots from 45m in front… fades left. (Q3 4:55)
Weightman takes a screamer on the back of Logue, bootstuds in the back of the North defender. And boots his third goal, more importantly. (Q3 7:50)
Bailey Smith receives from Liberatore and gets a right-foot snap off across the body from 35m on the flank under pressure… curls into the left goalpost. (Q3 13:56)
Stephenson converts a set shot from 30m on the flank with immaculate professionalism. (Q3 16:21)
Larkey marks a Stephenson pass to much the same spot, and repeats the dose. North suddenly back in touch when it looked like they might curl up like a young side often does. (Q3 18:24)
Weightman marks in front of McDonald 45m out near the boundary, his drop punt is straight through the hi-diddle-diddle for his fourth major! (Q3 20:32)
Larkey marks a long Zurhaar ball from the HFF to the pocket behind Keath, and turns to run into the open goal for his second! (Q3 22:27)
McKay arrives late to smash Weightman after marking a Daniel pass to the boundary 30m out, no penalty so he has to line up from the tight angle… checksides his fifth! (Q3 26:01)
The Dogs work the ball by hand through half forward after the next bounce, Bontempelli snaps the goal from 20m in the pocket. (Q3 27:54)
Weightman marks on a hard lead in front of Corr in the pocket just as the 3QT siren sounds, the ump’s ears are the most important here and he waves it off, no mark. (Q3 32:12)
Smith gives to Tr3eloar who curls through a nice finish off the right curling in from 30m on the flank. (Q4 1:06)
Bontempelli roves near the hotspot, rides a Logue tackle and delivers a handball over his shoulder to Weightman who snaps goal number six off the right! (Q4 3:10)
Lobb marks on the HFF and pokes a pass down the line for English to mark unopposed 35m out, he converts. (Q4 4:40)
Powell snaps a goal after baulking away from a stoppage to the top of the square. Player reaction tells us we are definitely in junk time. (Q4 8:00)
Sheezel to Phillips to Powell from a stoppage on the HFF, snaps off the left curls through from 40m on a slight angle. (Q4 10:11)
Technically North are still in touch, but the Dogs have always had another gear or three since HT. (Q4 10:41)
Macrae roves and snaps wide off the left from 30m on the flank under McDonald pressure. (Q4 13:20)
After Bergman kicks OOTF on the HBF, Hannan marks 50m out on the flank, his set shot falls on the line to be rushed. (Q4 14:15)
Coleman-Jones has done bugger all today but he links up at CHF and feeds Sheezel for a long ball to the square, Stephenson goals from the line! (Q4 16:11)
Larkey it was who marked over Keath and provided the goal assist Joe the Goose special. (Q4 16:41)
Bontempelli is too tall and strong for Phillips, and takes a contested mark one out at the hotspot from a centring ball by Baker. He kicks truly, Dogs steady. (Q4 18:41)
McNeil chips a pass to the flank 40m out for Hannan to mark in front of Logue, he misses near side left. (Q4 20:11)
Too much supply for the North defenders to cope with, Smith roves the latest repeat inside 50 on the HFF and gives to Bontempelli who lopes clear and strokes it through from 45m. (Q4 21:46)
Thomas centres to the hotspot for Larkey to mark for his third goal, but it’s junk time now with 6:17 to play and margin still five kicks. (Q4 23:11)
Bontempelli’s tackle forces Phillips to cough it up to West, he feeds English who blazes wide from 35m. (Q4 25:43)
Naughton burns the footy by foot on the rebound straight to Curtis, long ball to the square where Zurhaar beats Naughton and Keath to take a contested grab and run into goal. (Q4 27:11)
Ford tries a checksiding grubber off the left after roving the next centre clearance 35m out, but the ball refuses to curl right and stays left of the goalpost. (Q4 28:55)
Ugle-Hagan gathers a bounce pass in the pocket and goes inboard to Weightman 45m out on the flank. He goes for seven… straight but just not long enough, rushed. (Q4 30:59)
Ugle-Hagan juggles a mark from a long Weightman kick inside 50 to 20m on a slight angle. Final siren sounds, JUH misses. (Q4 33:14)

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