North didn’t disappoint
Monday, 20th July, 2015
North went into Saturday’s game against West with the weight of the world on their shoulders with the 1965 premiership side looking on and, with Codie Howard playing his 200th game, the expectations were high.
But, this breed of Bulldog did not let their supporters down as they registered a resounding 143 point win over the Robins.
North had Dalby in the back half, Dempster on a wing and Kelly starting up forward, so the start was always going to be important as they did not want to scrap it out with the Robins and they received the perfect start through Jones and Watson to race to a 12 point lead early in the term.
The Robins lacked a little polish going forward and with the North back half working up the ground it made life hard for the Robins, the margin was extended to 18 points midway through the term with the North midfielders getting on top, and when Reynolds and Watson goaled the margin was out to 31 points.
To the Robins credit they fought the quarter out and received some reward when Kickett goaled late in the term to make the difference 25 points at the first break.
The Bulldogs opened the second term in a similar fashion with Dempster having a early shot on goal, minutes later Rayner and Barraclough slotted through majors and the lead was out 38 points, the Robins tried in vain when they had the footy but in the end their experience and poise under pressure showed as they turned the ball over.The Bulldogs had raced to a 58 point lead midway through the term, the Robins finally received some reward for effort when Kickett kicked his second, but reply was swift from North with goals to Kelly and then minutes later Rayner and Henderson goaled to give the Bulldogs a 74 point half time lead.
The second half commenced with North again doing the attacking and the margin was increased through goals to Barraclough and Jones, they at times tried to invent passages of play instead of going direct to the many scoring options they had up forward.
Howard again showed his class when he goaled and the lead was now out to 94 points, Barraclough showed his liking for goals when he kicked his fourth before Henderson and Dalby who had moved forward goaled and the margin at the last break was 116 points.
The final term commenced with Dalby kicking his second before Henderson snagged a beauty from the scoreboard pocket this was followed by goals to Garrick and Henderson and the lead was now 140 points. As the term approached time on Reynolds kicked his second and in the dying stages Harvey kicked a consolation goal for the Robins but at the final siren the margin was 143 points in a one-sided affair at League Headquarters.
The Bulldogs had a dominate midfield with Howard, Morgan and Kelly finding plenty of the footy while Johnson and Barraclough were also very good and Watson again proved how valuable he is to this side with a great game both at ground level and in the air.
The Robins failed to have any standouts on Saturday but credit must go to Andrews, Milne, Tonkin for their efforts and Carpenter who never stopped trying for the whole game.
North - C. Howard, J. Watson, T.Barraclough, E. Morgan, J. Kelly, B. Johnson.
West - T. Andrews, D. Milne, J. Tonkin, J. Carpenter,
North - T. Barraclough 4, A. Henderson 4, S. Dalby 2, J. Watson 2, J. Jones 2, L. Reynolds 2, N. Rayner 2, E. Morgan 2, T. Tidball 1, J. Kelly 1, C. Howard 1, M. Garrick 1.
West - N. Kickett 2, J. Harvey 1.