North Melbourne Into The AFL’s 8

North ran away with a win against the Saints, stealing the eight position on the AFL ladder.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Brilliant for a second consecutive week, North Melbourne were fantastic in defeating St Kilda 21.10 (136) – 15.13 (103), stealing the Saints number eight spot on the AFL ladder in the process.

It is safe to say that these two clubs wouldn't have met for a friendly beer after the game. There were a couple of fisty cuffs that are sure to be looked at by the Match Review Panel in the coming days.

Daniel Wells dominated with 34 touches and two goals while Leigh Adams collected 32 himself while adding another two majors. Drew Petrie was the major goal kicker with four while Lindsay Thomas and Lachie Hansen kicked three each.

A MacMillan goal put the Kangaroos up three goals early in the fourth before Harvey and Thomas each added a touch of brilliance on two more. The game appeared all but done until three unanswered St Kilda goals saw them come within 14 points with six minutes remaining, but Bastinac and Wright were able to secure the win with a pair of goals.

St Kilda seemed troubled by the pace of the game early on, falling behind before they eventually adjusted to kick six of the final seven goals of the first quarter to double the Kangaroos score.

North Melbourne stormed back in the second, kicking six goals to the Saints’ three, but when tempers flared towards the end of the term Swallow was given a 100 meter penalty and a certain goal, enough to get them within two-points at the major break.

Wells booted the Kangaroos fifth consecutive goal stretching back to the previous quarter midway through the third as the North Melbourne forward height proved to be too much trouble for an undersized St Kilda backline.

St Kilda have a tough test next week against Essendon as they look to move back into the eight while the Kangaroos take on West Coast in Tasmania.