The ageless Brent Harvey has added some class to the 'Roos young line-up. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/George Salpigtidis
Last Five Meetings
Round 13, 2012 – North Melbourne 121 d Adelaide 89 (Etihad Stadium)
Round 11, 2011 – North Melbourne 115 d Adelaide 68 (Etihad Stadium)
Round 8, 2010 – North Melbourne 84 d Adelaide 75 (Etihad Stadium)
Round 12, 2009 – Adelaide 68 d North Melbourne 24 (AAMI Stadium)
Round 7, 2008 – Adelaide 107 d North Melbourne 74 (AAMI Stadium)
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Thanks to their heartbreaking defeat by West Coast last weekend, North Melbourne has now gone down in three games by four points or less . Given their super-tough draw this season, that could well be the difference between this team making the finals or spending September on an early end-of-season holiday. Right now they need to beat other top eight contenders, starting with Adelaide on Sunday.
Adelaide has won two on the bounce, albeit against GWS and St Kilda, two teams which have combined for the grand total of two wins so far this year. The Crows are still to beat a quality football side this year, and the midfield is too reliant on the ball-winning abilities of Scott Thompson , although it must be said former Best and Fairest winner Richard Douglas has certainly lifted his game in 2013.
The Crows dodged a bullet with key forward Josh Jenkins cleared of knee damage which leaves him free to line up against the Kangas. Given their inexperienced forward line, the last thing Brenton Sanderson would want would be to lose one of his key men.
(Kangaroos) Brent Harvey – After missing the first six weeks of the season due to suspension, it took just two weeks for Brent Harvey to remind Kangaroos fans why he is so vital to their team – as if they needed any reinforcement after a decade-and-a-half playing for the Shinboners. Harvey was close to best-on-ground in the shattering two-point loss to West Coast, picking up 24 touches, eight marks and two goals. He adds dash and class to the young ‘Roos side, and you can’t help thinking they may have come out on the right side of the ledger in a couple of those close losses if he had have been around all year.
(Crows) Richard Douglas – The Crows have almost as much depth in the midfield as any team in the competition, but few of them are firing on a regular basis this year. One who can’t be lumped in that group is Richard Douglas. After winning the B&F in 2010, he has had a couple of seasons interrupted by injury, but he is firing on all cylinders in 2013. He has had 22-plus possessions in five of his last six games, and probably put in his best performance of the year against St Kilda last week.
They fly under the radar a bit, but the Kangaroos are as exciting and have as much potential as Richmond. Brad Scott’s team just needs to start winning games, instead of competing gamely but falling short at the final hurdle. They’ve had a nightmare draw to start the season, but there are plenty of genuine opportunities to pick up four points in the club’s next ten games before a horror run to finish the year. Both teams are still looking for their first decent scalp this season but North Melbourne looks the team more likely to get the chocolates, if they can put in a four-quarter performance. Kangaroos by 18 points
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