Roos Ready For Finals Charge

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Andrew Swallow was outstanding against the Dockers last week. Image courtesy of skynews.com.au
Last Two Matches

Round 23, 2012 - North Melbourne 105 d GWS Giants 77 at Skoda Stadium
Round 2, 2012 – North Melbourne 183 d GWS Giants 54 at Blundstone Arena


Form

     Rd 9       Rd 10       Rd 11       Rd 12       Rd 14   
North Melbourne    L  W  L  B  L
GWS Giants   L  L  L  L  B

North Melbourne is one of the most free-scoring teams in the competition, but even they couldn’t find a way through Fremantle’s seemingly impregnable defence. For a team that has posted four scores of over 120 points in 12 games, it was almost embarrassing to kick just four majors in an afternoon in the 67-29 defeat . The Kangaroos stormed home to gain a finals spot last year, and realistically, they have to get the chocolates in their next five matches, which are all very winnable contests. Brad Scott’s team finishes with Essendon, Hawthorn and Collingwood, so they don’t want to leave their run too late.

GWS Giants don’t have a finals issue to worry about; their problem is more about winning just one game. Gold Coast went through the first four months of the season without a ‘W’ last year, but the Suns were certainly more competitive than the young Giants team has been. Five of the last six games they have only managed to score in the 50s, which doesn’t win you many games at this level (unless you’re Fremantle, of course).

The Kangas’ midfield gets a boost with Jack Ziebell returning from suspension. GWS will be without gun young mid Stephen Coniglio and one of their promising rookies Lachlan Plowman with both being rested.


Key Men

(Kangaroos) Andrew Swallow – North Melbourne skipper Andrew Swallow rarely has two bad games in a row, and after putting in a stinker against brother David’s Gold Coast Suns in round 11, he came back to star against Fremantle last week. The West Australian was outstanding in his home state collecting 33 touches and laying eight tackles. It wasn’t enough to get his team over the line, but he should have his way against the smaller and younger Giants.

(Giants) Jeremy Cameron – Remarkably, Jeremy Cameron is still in contention to win the Coleman Medal despite playing on the worst team in the league. He has 33 goals so far this season in 12 games, and that’s after kicking only six in the first four games of the year. He is already one of the best forwards in the league, and you have to wonder what he could do with decent supply. North can play loose in defence, so he should get some opportunities, and he kicked four majors in his only game against them last season.


Prediction

As with most teams, it will come down to how badly the Kangaroos want to beat the Giants. They were competitive at Etihad earlier this season going down by 39 to Essendon, but copped a 94-point flogging under the roof against Carlton in round 10. North Melbourne can’t afford to take anything easy given its current predicament. North Melbourne by 70 points .


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