North lift for Howard
Monday, 13th May, 2019
By Kelsie Mitchell
The Bulldogs celebrated their player-coach Codie Howard’s 250th League game with a huge win almost as impressive as the man himself.
The game kicked off with North clearly dominating the field and Tyler McInnes booted their opening goal within the first two minutes. McInnes’ impressive marking was a feature in the first quarter.
Blake Clare, in a new role up forward, kicked North’s second fourteen minutes into the first quarter and this was shortly followed by another goal by Anthony Henderson as the Dogs ran all over the Magpies despite going against the breeze.
Leading by 19 points to start the second term, North added another six goals on the scoreboard during the quarter to break the game wide open and take a 58-point advantage into halftime.
Central were improved this term but their performance wasn’t on par with North’s. At times when they had the ball, they were indecisive and couldn’t advance far into the forward half. North acted as a team unit and this worked well in their favour.
The Magpies finally had their first goal when Anthony Berg slotted a goal within the first three minutes of the second half thanks to a free kick and fifty-metre penalty. Unfortunately, this was the only real demonstration of their success on the scoreboard.
There was a lot of back and forth action on the field with Matt Muscat and Hamish McLean both instrumental to Central’s efforts. Despite the fight, Trent Barraclough and Shane Dalby kicked another goal each for North to see the Bulldogs lead by 65 points at the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter closely resembled the first half as North did as they pleased with overwhelming strength and skill. It was another six-goal term with majors from the likes of Jayden Kelly, Anthony Tidball and Shane Dalby, to name a few.
North continued to run and pile on the punishment as the time wound down, eventually taking the win by 99 points as the siren sounded.
North had strong contributors in both attack and defence led by Dalby up front, who took at least a dozen marks and kicked six goals to return to some form after a slow start to 2019, and Jake Borlace, who was solid in defence in the absence of Matt Dempster.
Their midfield dominated thanks to the ruck work of Trent Barraclough who also booted three goals. Quinton Beavan and Eddie Morgan were back to their best out of the centre while Jayden Kelly was very good at centre-half forward.
Tyler McInnes, Bailey Shepherd and Tobias Hack were also impressive for North throughout the afternoon.
Central had a crack for most of the game but have a long way to go if they’re to challenge in 2019.
Players of note from the Pies include Berg, James Bressanelli, Luke Neal, Hamish McLean, Josh Hanford and Matthew Sullivan while skipper Jason Masclet battled manfully in the middle.
Next Saturday will see North and South go head to head at the Jubilee Oval while Central host West at the Memorial Oval.
NORTH:3.2 9.5 11.7 17.8 (110)
CENTRAL: 0.10.11.21.5 (11)
North - S. Dalby 6, J. Kelly 3, T. Barraclough 3, A. Henderson 2, C. Howard, B. Clare, A. Tidball
Central - A. Berg
North - S. Dalby, T. Barraclough, Q. Beavan, J. Borlace, E. Morgan, B. Shepherd
Central - A. Berg, L. Neal, J. Bressanelli, H. McLean, J. Hanford, M. Sullivan