Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014
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SUNDAY MAY 18 2014 SPORT 61 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Harvey at sharp end as Roos carve up flat rivals BRENT Harvey put on an AFL masterclass as North Melbourne cruised to an 87point win over Brisbane at Etihad Stadium yesterday. Harvey was irrepressible in his 370th match for the Kangaroos, underpinning the hosts impressive run through the middle and encapsulating the ease in which they found loose men all over the ground. The 36-year-old booted two goals and helped himself to a game-high 39 disposals as North triumphed 17.23 (125) to 6.2 (38). Inaccurate goal-kicking from the Kangaroos saved the gastro-ridden Lions from suffering record-breaking humiliation, instead of mere embarrassment. Josh Greens late goal ensured it was not the Lions lowest score since the merger between Fitzroy and Brisbane, but 6.2 (38) was their lowest mark in Melbourne since the two clubs became one in 1996. Captain Andrew Swallow, playing his first AFL game since rupturing an Achilles tendon in round 18 last year, Nick Dal Santo and Sam Gibson were all influential in Norths midfield dominance. Lindsay Thomas kicked four goals, while Majak Daw and Drew Petrie clutched four contested marks each but struggled to convert and finished with a combined tally of 2.8. While North were desperate to atone for a loss to Gold Coast and re-enter the top eight, the Lions limited depth was further stretched by a gastro bug. The Lions, already minus Matthew Leuenberger (knee), Daniel Rich (knee), Ash McGrath (calf) and Brent Staker (calf), had to leave sick duo Tom Rockliff and Joel Patfull out of their squad. Dayne Zorko, substituted out of the game after three touches, and Daniel Merrett were among those Lions on the field to feel the effects of the bug. The visitors simply couldnt create any extended periods of pressure, with the contested possession count 146-88 in Norths favour. Sometimes training is even harder than this, as youve got 22 blokes in the reserves trying to get a game, Campbell Brown said in the third quarter while calling the game for Triple M. I cant see any will to fight, and some of their senior players have been their worst. The win was crucial for the Roos, who face away matches against Geelong, West Coast and Adelaide. By ROB FORSAITH AFL Shining Suns earning the respect of rivals WHAT a difference a fortnight makes. Going into their round-seven clash against North Melbourne, most of the pre-game talk was whether Gold Coast could break their supposed hoodoo at Etihad Stadium. The Suns scored an impressive 43-point win over the Kangaroos and head south to take on St Kilda today as overwhelming favourites with the bookies. Its just the latest sign of how quickly Guy McKennas men are developing into genuine finals contenders. It probably wasnt until their trip to the MCG to play Melbourne in 2013 that the Suns went to the Victorian capital with people giving them the slightest chance of pulling off a win their ninth visit to Melbourne since their inaugural campaign in 2011. This weekends trip could result in the Suns third straight win in Melbourne after beating the Roos and Demons already in their five-win, two-loss campaign. A victory over the 14thplaced Saints would further cement the Suns in the eight. Forward Tom Lynch concedes these are the encounters Gold Coast need to be winning if they want to be taken seriously by their rivals. From day one, weve been trying to earn the respect of the competition, Lynch said. We feel that were starting to earn that a little bit but we know weve got a long way to go before fully earning that respect. The Suns welcome back 205cm ruckman Zac Smith for todays clash in what will be his first AFL appearance in almost 12 months after undergoing a knee reconstruction. Kade Kolodjashnij is out with knee soreness and The Saints will miss defender James Gwilt. Melbourne high-flyer Jeremy Howe takes his weekly hanger for the Demons in their upset win over Richmond at the MCG yesterday Picture: ALEX COPPEL Demons in late surge to squeeze out Tigers MELBOURNE held their nerve for a gutsy 17-point AFL win against Richmond at the MCG yesterday. The Tigers badly wanted a win to honour club great Tom Hafey, but they only have themselves to blame for the 14.7 (91) to 9.20 (74) result. Richmond kicked a wasteful 5.12 after halftime. The loss also leaves the Tigers in a major hole with two wins from eight games, while the Demons continue their resurgence and are 3-6. Demons midfielders Nathan Jones and Dom Tyson and forward Cameron Pedersen starred in the win. Jack Watts kicked two vital goals in the last term and had three for the game, while Dustin Martin was the best on field for Richmond. Hafey, Richmonds beloved four-time premiership coach, died on Monday aged 82. The Tigers honoured him with a pre-game ceremony where the crowd of 56,910 gave a minutes applause. Past Tigers greats also presented the four premiership cups that the club won in the Hafey era to members of his family on the MCG wing. In a scrappy first half, Richmond were never able to break clear. They led by a goal at quarter-time and three points at the main break. Melbourne forward Chris Dawes is in trouble for high contact with Alex Rance late in the first term. His clumsy challenge is certain to attract match review panel scrutiny. The Demons started to pile on the pressure for Richmond in the third term, kicking the first two goals. Richmond subbed on Ben Lennon for his AFL debut and within seconds he had kicked a goal following on from his very first possession. But Melbourne kicked five goals to two for the quarter and the Tigers also lost defender David Astbury with a potentially serious knee injury. While Richmond kept spraying their shots on goal, they drew to within four points midway through the last term. Melbourne then kicked successive goals in a couple of minutes to confirm the hardfought victory. By ROGER VAUGHAN Applause rings out to celebrate Hafeys memory A MINUTES silence would have been an inappropriate gesture for someone as loved and inspiring as Tom Hafey. Instead, the fans and players had a minutes applause before the opening bounce of Richmonds AFL match against Melbourne yesterday at the MCG. The Tigers and the wider AFL are in mourning following Hafeys death last Monday aged 82. Hafey coached Richmond to four premierships between 1967-74 and is one of the clubs most important figures. But as Hafeys long-time friend Kevin Sheedy noted, it was also a time to celebrate a great life. Sheedy, too upset to talk about Hafey during the week, gave a touching speech yesterday at the pre-game function. The back pocket who played in three of Hafeys Richmond premiership teams remembered a coach who had a profound impact on all of his players. There was only one Tom Hafey, Sheedy said. Thinking back on his life, I often wonder (as) we sit there where we would have been without that man. In a moving pre-game ceremony, players from Hafeys 1967, 69, 73 and 74 premiership teams and members of his family lined up on the MCG wing. Sheedy and fellow Richmond stars from that era, Kevin Bartlett, Francis Bourke and Michael Green, held the four premiership cups. They then handed them over to Hafeys daughters Rhonda, Karen and Jo and his sister Brenda, who placed them on four podiums. Hafeys widow Maureen did not attend the game. Sheedy called Maureen the players best friend. He remembered a nervous walk after a loss. As Hafey fumed, Maureen would walk a few steps behind him. I would say to Maureen get him happy as quick as you can, Sheedy said. 74TIGERS2.3 4.8 6.16 9.20 91DEMONS1.3 4.5 9.6 14.7 BEST Melbourne: N Jones C Pedersen D Tyson J Watts M Jones J Howe. Richmond: D Martin D Jackson B Houli S Edwards. GOALS Melbourne: J Watts 3 C Pedersen 2 D Tyson 2 A Riley B Vince C Dawes J Kennedy-Harris J Viney M Jones N Jones. Richmond: B Lennon 2 S Edwards 2 D Jackson D Martin J Riewoldt S Lloyd T Cotchin. UMPIRES Ben Ryan, Mathew Nicholls, Leigh Fisher. CROWD 56,910 at MCG 125KANGAROOS5.5 8.11 13.18 17.23 38LIONS1.1 3.2. 4.2 6.2 BEST Nth Melbourne: B Harvey S Gibson L Thomas N Dal Santo L Greenwood R Nahas. Brisbane: J Redden J Aish J Adcock R Lester GOALS Nth Melbourne: L Thomas 4 A Black 3 B Harvey 2 L Adams 2 D Petrie J Ziebell L Greenwood M Daw S Wright T Goldstein. Brisbane: J Green 3 M Close 2 C Beams. INJURIES Brisbane: Tom Rockliff (illness) replaced in the selected side Michael Close, Joel Patfull (illness) replaced in the selected side by Nick Robertson UMPIRES Jacob Mollison, Dean Margetts, Robert OGorman CROWD 21,152 at Etihad Stadium