Sunday Footy: North and Melbourne Bag Needed Wins

Melbourne claim their second win of the 2012 AFL season while Adelaide suffers shock loss to North.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Melbourne won their second game of the season by defeating Greater Western Sydney 20.15.135-9.3.57.

An 11 goal first quarter ended with the Dees just six points ahead, but it turned into a shellacking after that as GWS managed just 4 goals for the rest of the match.

Mitch Clarke kicked four first quarter goals for Melbourne, but was the victim of some friendly fire towards the end of the second when his head collided with James Magner’s knee. A concussion saw the forward subbed out of the game at half-time. It didn’t matter though; Rivers kicked four, while Garland, Sylvia and Davey combined for seven to carry the Demons attack.

It was the first game at the MCG for GWS and their performance wasn’t particularly impressive, especially considering coach Kevin Sheedy had been targeting the game for the club’s second win in their inaugural 2012 season.

In the other Sunday game, Adelaide suffered a shock loss at the hands of North Melbourne, going down 17.19.121-13.11.89.

North, who have been very unconvincing in recent weeks, played a near perfect game and received a number of stellar performances, none more surprising that the play of Robbie Tarrant.

Tarrant led North with four goals and was among the Roos best in a career game. Tarrant has been with the Roos for five years now, but has never been able to cement his position in the side. Form like he displayed on Sunday will go a long way towards establishing his place at the club.

It was a bad loss for Adelaide. After starting the round second on the premiership table, they now slide down to fifth and will have a tough test in Richmond next weekend.