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70 SPORT Saturday, April 16, 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 get him up for this week. He overstretched for a ball and got a little bit tight in that area, but certainly no major damage was there, so that gives him a chance for next week. They expect to know more about Cripps availability by the end of this weekend, but Voss said Cripps would have to prove he could train before putting his hand up for Saturday weeks match against Fremantle in Perth. Voss remains close with Port coach Ken Hinkley after working under him for seven years but they avoided each other roos belted yet again as dogs yap up victory NORTH Melbournes viability in the marquee Good Friday slot is sure to come under scrutiny again after being smashed by the Western Bulldogs for the second year in a row. A year after copping an embarrassing 128-point defeat to the Dogs, the Kangaroos were totally outclassed again on Friday at Marvel Stadium, losing by 68 points. The Bulldogs set up the win with a blistering first quarter which saw them kick eight goals, including four to livewire Cody Weightman, as they shot out to a 51-point lead early in the second term. It looked like a sequel to Good Friday Massacre 2021 was in the works, and you could almost hear league executives scratching their heads as to what they were going to do with this marquee match going forward as the Kangaroos looked on track for back-to-back 100-point losses on the Easter public holiday. And while North Melbourne hit back hard with a strong second term, which featured five consecutive goals, the Bulldogs wrested back control of the contest after halftime to cruise to an easy victory. Having kicked 18.43 in their previous nine quarters, the Dogs had no such issues with accuracy this week when the game was up for grabs, scoring 21.13 (139) after being 18.5 at one stage to the Kangaroos 11.5 (71) in a result that Dogs coach Luke Beveridge will hope kickstarts his teams faltering season. Bailey Smith was magnificent for the Bulldogs, finishing with a colossal 43 disposals (13 contested), while Weightman (careerhigh five goals), Bailey Dale (25 disposals), Aaron Naughton (five goals), Jack Macrae (29 touches) and Adam Treloar (28) were also influential. The Bulldogs dominated the vast majority of the game, and finished with big wins in disposals (427-288), contested possessions (156-120), marks (124-62), inside-50s (67-45) and handball-receives (135-96). The loss was exacerbated for the Roos, who lost Aaron Hall (hamstring) and Jack Mahony (ankle) to injury, while Bulldogs youngster Riley Garcia hurt his knee. Beveridge said his side was still a long way from absolute perfection but was buoyed by an improved goalkicking performance Its a good result and its the chicken or the egg sometimes, Beveridge said of the goalkicking. Its where they come from and how they come in to the forward line. We were able to get them a little bit closer to goal and some great contests from a little bit taller forward line, which we havent always had the luxury of having. I think that made a difference. We were able to scramble some goals, we got one or two from forward 50 stoppages. It just takes the edge off a little bit when you score early, so that was nice. But Beveridge was left to lament a poor second quarter. It was a little bit disconcerting after quarter time, Beveridge said. No doubt the Kangaroos found an edge in their game to challenge us that little bit more but I thought we went away from some of those fundamental things that helped us earlier in the game. Bailey Smith starred for the Bulldogs in their thumping win over the Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium on Good Friday. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Ronny Lerner and Chris Cavanagh FIRST RESIGNATION, NOW COVID FOR AFL BOSS AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has tested positive to Covid but says he will continue working as he enters the final phase of his leadership. After announcing his resignation on Tuesday, McLachlan said he felt fine despite contracting the virus, and would not be taking time off. I woke up with a sore throat this morning and yeah, it got me, McLachlan told 3AW radio on Friday. The league boss said he would not entertain any job offers until he had left the role. Thats all ahead of me you certainly cant speak to anyone while youre in the role so I havent really done that, theres all of that to play out as well, he said. Id like to take a break at the end, thats certainly the counsel Ive been given from others in my situation. McLachlan said the looming new TV rights agreement was firmly on his mind. The broadcast deal is an important thing to get done this year, no doubt about that. Its important for our game, he said. Gillon McLachlan. CARLTON skipper Patrick Cripps is back running and should miss only one match as he recovers from a hamstring strain, coach Michael Voss says. The Blues waited until late in the week to rule Cripps out of Sundays clash with Port Adelaide at the MCG after he was subbed out in the first quarter of last weeks shock loss to Gold Coast. The assessment that weve had, which has been pretty thorough, is that he should be right to go next week, Voss said. Early on, we were hopeful that it was going to be so minor that we might be able to this week as competitors. Ive got a great relationship with a lot of people at Port. Ive got a lot of friends there, he said. But were also in the performance industry and weve got jobs to do. Hes got a job this week to get his team playing the way he wants. Ive got a job for this team to make sure that we can get and correct a few things from last week and really play at our best. Voss hasnt delved too deeply into his Power knowledge base in the lead-in, having spent most of his time focusing on what went wrong in the Suns game after the Blues won their first three games this year. Cripps to miss one week as Blues prepare for Power Patrick Cripps looks dejected after the round-four match at Metricon Stadium. Marc McGowan WEST Coast has been embarrassed by a firsthalf Sydney blitz, as an early demolition job set up the Swans 63-point victory at Optus Stadium. The Eagles were punished by a Sydney outfit missing star forward Lance Franklin in the 18.13 (121) to 9.4 (58) loss on Good Friday. Staring down a 58-point halftime deficit, West Coast finally found some run in the third term, outscoring the visitors but the damage had already been done. The -29 inside 50 count to halftime is now the biggest differential between two sides since 2018 as the Eagles simply could not find an avenue forward and were held scoreless at quarter time for the first time in WA in club history. Whether the Eagles made the right call rushing back veterans Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo and Jamie Cripps after last weeks inspiring win on the road against Collingwood is now a question set to be asked by the critics. Despite missing Franklin, Sydneys two talls in Logan McDonald and Hayden McLean dominated the opening term as the visitors took a 34-0 lead at quarter time. The score could have been worse if the Swans were accurate early. Rampant Swans annihilate Eagles hosts embarrassed HARRY Perryman was as frustrated as any Giant after the round 2 loss to Richmond, so he decided to do something about it. The 23-year-old defender proceeded to tell his peers they werent playing as a team, something that grated on him, especially after watching premiers Melbourne thrive as a selfless unit. More than 70 games into his AFL career, Perryman has found his voice in that setting. I was pretty disappointed after that loss, he said. I think if we dont challenge each other the way we should, were not going to get anywhere. I want the best for the team and to win games of footy. If I think I can say something thats going to help the team, Im more than happy to. Thats where we need to get to. The Giants have split their two games since Perrymans frank comments, including a win over Gold Coast, to sit 1-3 through four rounds ahead of an MCG date with the Demons on Saturday night. That is a daunting prospect, especially with co-captain Toby Greene still having one match to serve on his suspension. Harry: We must be one Giant unit plea to play as a team