Kangaroos too strong for Crows in AFL

24 junio 2012 11:58

The Crows had the chance to go top of the ladder if they had taken the points and many expected them to do so after the Kangaroos struggled to get over the line against the lowly Gold Coast on their last outing, just a fortnight after they were humiliated by the Hawks in Launceston.

But after a difficult month, North seemed to re-discover the verve and flair that took them to a surprise victory over Geelong in Round 3 as they produced a run of seven unanswered goals either side of the first change to go into half-time almost seven goals ahead.

And, while the Kangaroos had to weather a third-quarter charge from the Crows, they kept their cool to run out 17.19 (121) to 13.11 (89) winners in an impressive display that sees them climb to 11th on the ladder, equal on 24 points with eighth-placed St Kilda.

The fifth-placed Crows will take little from this encounter, although it seems likely that a bout of flu that swept through the Adelaide camp through the week may have taken a heavy toll on them.

That's not to take anything away from North Melbourne, who were fantastic throughout and withstood a serious Adelaide fightback in the third term after going 48 points ahead of their opponents seven minutes into the quarter.

That was the cue for Adelaide to fire off four unanswered goals and shrink the margin back to 22 points, as North's problems with containing run-ons this season once again reared its head.

But as the Crows swept forward late in the third quarter, youngster Shaun Atley produced a game-breaking effort in defence as he took on two Crows opponents, busting one tackle, side-stepping another and putting on the afterburners to help set up a Lindsay Thomas shot down the other end.

And, while Thomas has had plenty of doubters with his set shots, this time the much-maligned forward nailed the goal - one of the three for the match - helping North to a five-goal advantage at the last change.

Along with Atley, who had 23 disposals, Daniel Wells was exceptional with 31 touches that included six clearances and eight inside 50s as Leigh Adams produced 26 disposals and three goals.

Meanwhile, in the other game on Sunday, Melbourne notched their second win of the season with a dominant 78-point victory over Greater Western Sydney.

The Demons kicked seven goals to nil in the third quarter to defeat GWS 20.15 (135) to 9.3 (57).

But the victory may have come at a cost after Melbourne's key forward Mitch Clark, who dominated early with four first-quarter goals, suffered a heavy bump midway through the second term.

He took no further part in the game due to a leg problem, but it mattered little as the Demons cruised to the victory with Jared Rivers and Colin Garland kicking seven goals between them.

Nathan Jones was superb in the midfield with a game-high 34 touches and Jack Watts impressed in his 50th game with 27 quality disposals off half back, while young trio Taylor Adams, Adam Treloar and Toby Greene were all prominent for GWS.

To the Giants' credit they finished the game strongly and outscored the Demons in the final term, although it would be little consolation for what was a disappointing performance.

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