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Blog log from R1 of 2023: North Melbourne vs West Coast

Blog log for North Melbourne vs West Coast, R1 of 2023

Larkey gets a free for a push in the back by Hurn at the hotspot and sends through the first goal of the afternoon. (Q1 2:27)
Witherden’s pressured dump kick to the HBF is picked off by Shiels 45m out, who tugs the set shot left. (Q1 6:47)
Jones roves a Goater spoil of Allen’s contest to a Ginbey inside 50 kick, he grubbers through the first Eagle major from 20m in the pocket. (Q1 8:03)
Logue is caught under the flight for a long Duggan ball to the square, he gives away an obvious front-on contact free on Allen for the goal. (Q1 11:48)
Allen and Darling raffle the crumb over the back of a big fly by Ryan at the top of the square but somehow Allen gets confused and fluffs it from point blank range! (Q1 13:32)
Ryan wins a free on Powell on the outer wing and passes to Cripps 40m out on the flank, who shoots across the face. (Q1 14:33)
Darling marks a Shuey pass to the boundary 30m out over Logue and threads the needle for his first goal of the season. (Q1 17:58)
Two Eagles bundle each other over trying to defend Davies-Uniacke who slips over too but has time to butter up and goal with ease from 15m. (Q1 21:28)
A lull as Tristan Xerri is helped off. (Q1 25:14)
Powell gets a chance on the HFF off the left but chooses to pass over the pack to Cunnington in the opposite pocket, who misses from 15m. (Q1 27:30)
Davies-Uniacke gives to Zurhaar for a goal off the right from the hotspot after good work in traffic on the wing by Scott. (Q1 28:59)
Cripps marks at true CHF and feeds Shuey flying past, his snap is wide right. (Q1 29:34)
Cunnington beats Barrass to take a link mark on the HFF and centres quickly for Curtis who misses, disappointingly. (Q1 30:48)
Phillips is just on the ground after removing the vest at QT, he spots up Larkey leading from the square to the hotspot for his second goal. (Q2 0:44)
Curtis roves a stoppage 15m out, dodges and snaps truly off his left. (Q2 2:26)
Curtis catches Witherden HTB on the flank 40m out and kicks well wide right and OOTF. (Q2 5:42)
Goater misses a flying snap from near CHF after Cole coughs up a handball. (Q2 9:42)
Zurhaar takes a link mark at half forward and passes over the hotspot to Stephenson 30m out on the flank, who misses. (Q2 15:42)
Shiels gives away a contact free on Darling 30m out on the flank going for a Ryan pass. Darling misses badly. (Q2 18:28)
Finally a long ball works for North, Barrass and McGovern have had a field day so far but Curtis is over the back for a Zurhaar kick to draw the free on Cole and goal. (Q2 19:58)
Powell tackles Gaff at CHF to force a stoppage then clears from it towards Larkey who gets caught high by Hurn 25m out on the flank. Larkey kicks truly, his third. (Q2 23:44)
Jones plays on to advantage with a snap from the HFF that sails through. (Q2 25:56)
Powell is involved twice in a Roo attack from behind centre on outer wing, Comben roves a Barrass drop and feeds Larkey for goal number four. (Q3 1:36)
Darling marks a Shuey kick leaping in front of Bonar 20m out in the pocket but kicks OOTF into the behind post. (Q3 2:51)
Zurhaar intercepts a McGovern handball at CHF and has Comben over the back to volley home another one for the Kangas! (Q3 6:28)
Ryan provides the fly to a long ball to the square, the crumb falls to the side where Kelly roves in front of Ziebell and snaps truly. (Q3 7:45)
The seas part for Comben to storm onto a long centring ball by Bergman from wing to true CHF. Comben’s set shot is short but marked on the goal line by Larkey for his fifth major! (Q3 10:21)
Powell roves and misses a tumbler off the left from the hotspot. North in complete control of this game. (Q3 11:53)
Ginbey roves and misses off the left from a ball up 30m out on the flank. (Q3 13:48)
Cripps chips in front of Allen’s lead to mark in the pocket 20m out, he screws through the set shot easily. (Q3 18:52)
Ryan gets a fabulous bounce chasing a loose ball deep in the pocket, then breaks the ankles of Bonar and Sheezel for an easy snap from 15m. (Q3 21:47)
Allen takes a contested grab from a Darling kick to 25m on a slight angle. He kicks his second goal. West Coast have taken back control of the midfield and now it’s a contest. (Q3 25:53)
Ryan marks on his chest in front of McDonald 20m out in front for his second goal to open Q4. (Q4 0:37)
Davies-Uniacke catches Shuey HTB at half forward, plays on and bounces a snap from 55m on a slight angle… just wide right. (Q4 2:04)
Darling just misses a set shot from 50m on the flank. (Q4 6:07)
Zurhaar and Hurn lock arms in a marking contest in the pocket 25m out, the ump pays a holding free to the Roo who converts to steady the Roos. (Q4 9:08)
Larkey snaps his sixth goal from just inside CHF after roving a Duggan spoil to a Powell inside 50 kick, great time for it too as North could do with the buffer. (Q4 11:07)
Long pokes a pass to Cripps 40m out on a slight angle who just misses left. (Q4 11:52)
Ryan slips over but has the position to mark a Cripps wobbler with McDonald closing 15m out in front. He pops that one through. (Q4 13:03)
Cripps sends Long into the open goal, West Coast aren’t going away! (Q4 14:46)
Davies-Uniacke flips the footy from a pack at half forward out to Scott who blazes well wide. (Q4 16:07)
Comben grabs the ball out of ruck at the hotspot but snaps wide. (Q4 17:37)
Zurhaar feeds Phillips to run free through the HFF and shoot from 40m… narrow. (Q4 19:49)
Allen misses a set shot from 50m on the flank. (Q4 21:53)
Ginbey’s tackle forces Powell to cough the ball up at half forward for West Coast, Gaff roves and misses from 40m in front. (Q4 24:52)
Shuey ducks to draw a high contact free on Powell 40m out on a slight angle, the ump gets sucked in. He kicks truly, 2:50 to go and Eagles get within a kick! (Q4 26:18)
Zurhaar feeds out of traffic at half forward to Turner who hits the top of the square… Taylor has the sit and takes a huge contested mark… but he shaves the post! (Q4 28:33)
1:34 to go and Eagles are still in it. (Q4 28:43)
Greenwood catches Williams HTB in the centre after Hurn bombs the kick in to the centre, one minute left as he pumps it back in… (Q4 29:05)
Hurn rushes, 56 seconds left. (Q4 29:36)
Hurn goes short to Gaff who hits the centre, Scott roves but turns it over, big pack forms on members wing, eventually a throw in with 23 seconds left. (Q4 30:23)
Secondary stoppage on the wing, 16 seconds left. (Q4 30:51)
Free kick in the ruck, that ices it, North wins! (Q4 31:05)

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