North cause upset
Monday, 30th May, 2016
North have caused the season’s first upset scoring a impressive 31 point win over the ladder leaders South on Saturday at League Headquarters.
Since the start of the 2014 season the Roos have been the dominate side in the competition winning 40 out of 45 games played and it has been the Bulldogs who have troubled the Roos at different stages, claiming 2 wins and a draw before Saturdays upset win.
The North side on Saturday was arguably the best side they have put on the paddock for some time and it was going to give them their best chance of a win if they could put it together.
At the final siren they were able to play ewa pressure game that just threw the Roos off their game, something they haven’t experienced for some time and it wasn’t handled all that well and both sides will learn from that game.
The Roos ran to the Essential Energy end in the opening term aided by a three goal breeze, the contest was a defensive battle for the 10 minutes before the show started with South spearhead Cody Schorn kicking three goals in 6 minutes as the Roos raced to a 20 point lead midway through the term.
The Bulldogs struggled going forward in the early going but late in the term they were able to find targets going forward and goals to Mannion and Luke Jones reduced the margin to just six points at the first break.
It was now North’s opportunity to run with the breeze and we knew the Roos would be asking some serious questions during the term, again it was a tight opening with the Roos doing a great job defensively while North’s again struggled going forward.
Midway through the term the Bulldogs broke the Roos tight defense with goals to Slater and Henderson and the Bulldogs had the lead for the first time, as the quarter slipped into time on North were able to kick away slightly with 2 late goals and they would go into half time with a handy 9 point lead.
The third term commenced with Mannion kicking his second to extend the margin to 15 points it was the perfect start for the Bulldogs and an important confidence boost going forward, while the Roos had the advantage of the breeze it was the Bulldogs who made the going easy against the breeze with goals to Ruddock and Browne the North lead was now out to 28 points.
North had taken control in most areas around the ground but they had not finished with Anthony Henderson bringing the faithful to their feet with three goals in 4 minutes to give the Bulldogs a comfortable 44 point lead going into the final break, the Bulldogs kicked 6 goals in the third term while restricting the Roos to just 4 behinds.
The final term started with Cody Schorn kicking his fourth inside the opening 30 seconds to give the Roos a glimmer of hope, this hope was soon washed away when Slater kicked 2 goals to extend the North lead to 50 points, the Roos again replied with 2 more goals before North’s put the issue beyond doubt with 2 more majors.
With the lead now out to 50 points and the term entering time on the Roos kept attacking with Ferguson kicking 2 late goals on debut to reduce the margin to 31 points at the final siren.
While the Bulldogs were impressive with their full court press which unsettled the Roos it is now up to the Bulldogs to produce that effort week in week out while we all know the Roos probably with that wake up call are going to be at their best in the weeks to come, what the North win has done is to put some new life into the competition.
North - J. Kelly, A. Henderson, E. Morgan, B. Mannion, C. Howard, Q. Beavan .
South - A. Bird, D. Browne, C. Schorn, J. Peters, J. Gepp, D. Stuart .
North - A. Henderson 6, E. Slater 3, B. Mannion 2, L. Jones 1, S. Dalby 1, J. Ruddock 1, C. Browne 1, Q. Beavan 1.
South - C. Schorn 5, E. Ferguson 2, J. Gepp 1, J. Bird 1, T. Davidson 1.