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Blog log from R24 of 2023: North Melbourne vs Gold Coast

Blog log for North Melbourne vs Gold Coast, R24 of 2023

Casboult kicks off this contractual obligation game with the first goal, followed by two from Flanders. (Q1 11:59)
Collins is out of position on a fast counter from half back as the Suns are playing very high, Larkey marks a Thomas pass 20m out in front for his first goal. (Q1 16:17)
Larkey marks a Tucker pass in the pocket 20m out, again Collins giving too much leg rope. The set shot is into the near right post. (Q1 20:34)
Larkey roves his own contest on the HFF and passes to Tucker to mark in front of Fiorini at the hotspot, he converts as well. (Q1 22:14)
Ellis roves behind a stoppage and tries a checkside off a step from 40m on the flank… curls wide right. (Q1 25:15)
Rosas roves an Ellis contest from the hotspot and snaps a nice goal on the turn off the left from 30m on the flank. (Q1 26:03)
Goater beats Flanders to a ground ball on the wing, jinks away and hits Larkey with a nice low ball to 45m on the flank. Souva shoots near side right. (Q1 28:25)
Burgess gets a contact free on Dawson but misses from 45m on a slight angle. (Q2 0:53)
Taylor intercepts 40m out on the flank but his careful drop punt is just too short, Andrew touches it through on the line. (Q2 2:09)
Swallow juggles a mark in front of Goldstein from a Sexton kick from the centre to the pocket 20m out, he converts. (Q2 3:11)
Greenwood hits the post with a snap from half forward. (Q2 5:36)
Fiorini snaps his first goal of the afternoon from 40m on a slight angle after Anderson reefs out a handball to the inside from a throw in. (Q2 7:06)
Miller kicks another one for Gold Coast on the end of a rebound around outer wing, roving a Sexton contest 30m out on a slight angle and snapping off the right. (Q2 9:06)
Larkey marks a Curtis pass on the lead 30m out on the flank for his second goal, nothing Collins could do there. (Q2 10:16)
Larkey roves at half forward and kicks to the top of the square for Taylor to mark and goal. (Q2 12:11)
Powell turns a full circle looking for an option after marking at half forward, MacPherson corrals, kicks eventually goes to Larkey 40m out on the flank for his third goal. (Q2 16:31)
Goldstein follows up his contest with Ballard on the behind line to gather and give inside for Larkey to run into goal for his fourth! North back within a kick. (Q2 19:33)
Rosas bounces through another quality finish after roving in the pocket 20m out. (Q2 20:40)
Sheezel runs up the centre after a feed from Simpkin and sends a laser of a pass past Andrew to Curtis 40m out on a slight angle, he kicks truly. (Q2 22:45)
Swallow is favoured by a smothered Anderson kick on the HFF, he turns and shoots off a step from 35m… drifts wide right. (Q2 25:51)
Ellis misses a long set shot from the HFF. (Q2 29:07)
Greenwood marks a juggler over Andrew 40m out on the flank, runs in left and shoots left for a point off hands. (Q2 30:06)
Swallow marks 45m out near the boundary after Turner’s scragging causes a free and 50. He misses. (Q2 32:35)
Ballard touches through a snap by Simpkin from half forward. (Q3 1:06)
Ford takes a contested grab in front of Ballard 30m out on the flank, another melee forms in the pocket but no penalty… Ford converts anyway, North in front. (Q3 4:00)
Lazzarro runs from the next bounce and passes short to Ford 45m out in front, another nice set shot for his second in a row! Harley Reid watching with great interest. (Q3 5:39)
Powell turns the ball over by hand in the centre and there are red shirts everywhere on the counter, Chol receives from Davies and chips the goal from 40m on a slight angle. (Q3 7:25)
Bit of shower on the liver in this game, Ballard drops Larkey off the play near the golasquare for a very cheap goal. (Q3 11:24)
Goater sprints around outer wing after the next bounce and goes long over Collins to Larkey who marks 30m out on a slight angle and boots goal number six! (Q3 13:14)
Chol taps a crumb to the Suns goalsquare, Fiorini roves and kicks but Sheezel’s body was right there, was it touched? Ruled a behind. (Q3 18:14)
Larkey marks on the lead 45m out on a slight angle, this for number seven… slots it! (Q3 19:21)
Ford sees Simpkin running forward of the play to space at half forward after a Miller kick clanger, hits him in stride and Simpkin slots the goal on the run from 40m. (Q3 21:48)
Burgess bounces a point from the HFF. (Q3 21:48)
Corr is pinged for encroachment on the mark to bring Casboult from just outside the 50 paint to the line for a charity goal. (Q3 25:17)
Turner marks 45m out on a slight angle and hears a call from Corr, who receives and bangs through his first goal in the royal blue and white from outside the paint! (Q4 2:16)
Chol marks a short Sexton pass 25m out on a slight angle and steers through the goal. (Q4 6:36)
Andrew reaches over Larkey to spoil a long ball to the top of the square, Ballard dives but Greenwood gets a toe to it first, review shows a Sydney Harbour Bridge play, goal! (Q4 9:19)
Johnstone spoils another long ball to the square, Tucker roves and feeds Howe for another one! Just about a winning lead for North now! (Q4 12:04)
Another centre clearance to North, Andrew is pinged for some soft contact on Larkey just outside the hotspot. Larkey for number eight… sneaks inside the left goalpost! (Q4 13:32)
Oh no, but the soft call was a behind and it’s reviewed… good call as there was a feather on it. (Q4 14:12)
Larkey marks a Goldstein pass near the square and does get his eighth goal this time. (Q4 16:58)
Rosas screws through his third goal from the hotspot. (Q4 18:41)
Ellis misses from the HFF. (Q4 19:22)
As does Davies. (Q4 20:29)
Atkins also has a lash, his snap lands on the goal line with Howe trying to get back, reviewed… ruled a goal. (Q4 21:28)
Davies marks an Atkins pass on the HFF and also converts. (Q4 24:22)
Three straight kicks in it, 6:26 to go, North can still lose from here. (Q4 24:22)
Thomas streaks away from the next bounce, Curtis roves Larkey’s contest at the hotspot and snaps a lovely finish off the left. (Q4 25:27)
Anderson speeds away from the next bounce, long ball up the guts but Chol drops the mark and Scott rushes. That might have been the ice play. (Q4 27:09)
Rosas kicks for grass to Swallow to run onto but he hits the post under pressure from 25m. (Q4 29:09)
Thomas passes to Ford 30m out on a slight angle, he adds a cherry for his third goal. (Q4 32:51)
Larkey draws another contact free going for a Curtis pass to 35m on a slight angle, that one was there. This for nine… never in doubt. (Q4 34:18)

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