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Blog log from R15 of 2024: Melbourne vs North Melbourne

Blog log for Melbourne vs North Melbourne, R15 of 2024

Pickett misses a low-percentage snap from the boundary 35m out. (Q1 2:04)
Petty roves his own contest 35m out on a slight angle, Luke McDonald had left his man to go to the square but Pickett receives the handball and snaps the first goal. (Q1 3:48)
Zurhaar roves near the goalsquare and gives to Sheezel who spins away from Bowey to snap the opener for North Melbourne. (Q1 6:18)
Oliver is pinged for timewasting after an OOTF kick on outer wing, Davies-Uniacke is brought to half forward for a pass to Larkey 20m out in the pocket, he misses near side left. (Q1 8:44)
Coor intercepts in the back pocket but his kick across the backline is picked off by Petty leaping in front of Luke McDonald 20m out on the flank… but he misses. (Q1 12:53)
Tholstrup marks 40m out on the boundary, centres for Tom McDonald who is called to play on, his hurried snap is straight through! (Q1 15:32)
van Rooyen scrubs a clearance kick from the HFF to the hotspot where Turner marks in front of Luke McDonald for his first goal. (Q1 18:18)
Bowey coughs it up at half back trying to play on past Simpkin, Teakle marks 40m out in front but pushes his set shot left. (Q1 20:19)
Sheezel gets fingertips to a Viney kick from the HFF to the hotspot, Chandler roves and bounces off some high contact to kick the goal. (Q1 24:29)
Sparrow clears from the next bounce after a feed by Viney, Petty marks on his chest in front of Comben 45m out in front for another one to the Demons. (Q1 26:12)
Larkey marks in front of a pack 50m out on a slight angle, his set shot falls in the square and is off hands for a point. (Q2 0:55)
Sparrow catches Wardlaw HTB at CHF but pushes his set shot right. (Q2 5:45)
Powell pokes a pass to Pink 40m out in the corridor, who misses. (Q2 9:25)
Davies-Uniacke is perhaps unlucky to be pinged for a push from behind on Neal-Bullen, looked in the buttocks rather than the back. The footy gods skew the kick OOTF. (Q2 13:35)
Zurhaar marks a long Davies-Uniacke speculator floating across a pack 30m out on the flank for this first goal of the night. (Q2 15:08)
Repeat inside 50s for North Melbourne, Ford takes a speccy on the back of Gawn from a Comben speculator to 30m on the flank. Ford misses badly to the right. (Q2 19:55)
Rivers roves a loose ball at full pace on members wing, scythes through traffic like Moses parting the seas and slams through a sensational finish from 45m on a slight angle! (Q2 23:25)
Teakle takes a link mark on the HFF and feeds Wardlaw for a running snap from 45m that flies near side to the right. (Q2 24:26)
Phillips passes from CHF to Simpkin near the hotspot, Demon fans hooting as they thought Sheezel was caught HTB in the build up. Simpkin converts. (Q2 25:55)
Larkey taps to Zurhaar on the boundary 25m out, Langdon catches him high, HT siren sounds so Zurhaar’s banana has to be traditional… narrow to the right. (Q2 29:32)
Curtis marks 50m out on a slight angle, his kick is straight but lands on the line to be rebounded. (Q3 0:53)
Melbourne has a convoy running from a stoppage at half back, Pickett has two bounces and delivers a lovely pass to Turner 30m out on a slight angle, he goals. (Q3 3:20)
Teakle provides link play in the centre, Davies-Uniacke jets through CHF and pops through the goal from the hotspot. (Q3 5:22)
Tholstrup marks a short Bowey pass within range but goes on quickly to Neal-Bullen 40m out on the flank. Nibbler delivers a peach of a set shot. (Q3 16:50)
Sparrow converts a set shot from 25m on a slight angle, North has been competitive but are lacking class. (Q3 20:41)
van Rooyen marks a Viney kick to the hotspot in front of Comben and pops through another one. (Q3 22:41)
Fritsch has had a dirty night but he sharks a Sheezel handball at half forward and kicks quickly to the top of the square for Gawn to mark and goal. Hope slipping away for North. (Q3 25:21)
Simpkin runs up members wing ahead of Salem and kicks over Tom McDonald for Zurhaar to mark 25m out on the flank, who goals. (Q3 27:51)
Windsor bumps Stephens after kicking inside 50, downfield free to Zurhaar 20m out on the flank which he converts for goal number three. (Q4 1:18)
Ford feigns a handball after marking on members wing and points at Windsor moving on the mark, ump pays 50m, Ford converts from 40m on a slight angle. (Q4 5:31)
Sheezel leaps over Howes for a contested grab in the pocket 20m out, he curls in a big goal off the right! (Q4 14:04)
Simpkin plays on to advantage for a long ball to Zurhaar one out with McDonald, the latter gives away a front-on contact free, Ford plays on into the open goal! (Q4 16:43)
9:24 to go and all the momentum is with North. (Q4 17:21)
Clock ticks under 4:00 with most of the ball in Melbourne’s half. But the Roos rebound and send a long ball to half forward, Zurhaar roves and snaps goal four from 40m! (Q4 24:56)
Coor starts a rebound but it breaks down with Ford’s poor decision at half forward, clock down to 2:30 now with a kick the difference. (Q4 26:56)
Brown mows down Larkey on outer wing to stop another attack, 1:46 to go! (Q4 28:13)
Comben intercepts on the HBF and starts a switch around members side, clock ticks to 1:00 as the ball hits the wing… (Q4 29:13)
Attack breaks down on the HFF, ball up, 47 seconds left. (Q4 29:13)
Gawn down to Viney, cleared to the wing, another ball up, 36 seconds. (Q4 29:43)
Gawn himself this time, Comben drops the intercepts, Fisher misses a handball but Powell rebound, ball inside 50 to be won on the ground, it squirts past Zurhaar and out, siren! (Q4 30:29)

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