AFL

North Melbourne
11.11.77
Gold Coast
18.12.120
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North Melbourne
Gold Coast
Q1
1.4.10
7.4.46

    North Melbourne Events

  • 9 mins - Behind, A.Black
  • 10 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 17 mins - Behind, M.Daw
  • 22 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 27 mins - Goal, D.Petrie

    North Melbourne and Gold Coast Events

  • 2 mins - Behind, M.Rischitelli
  • 3 mins - Goal, C.Dixon
  • 5 mins - Goal, D.Prestia
  • 7 mins - Goal, M.Rischitelli
  • 14 mins - Goal, T.Lynch
  • 16 mins - Goal, G.Ablett
  • 19 mins - Goal, H.Bennell
  • 23 mins - Goal, B.Matera
  • 26 mins - Behind, H.Bennell
  • 29 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 31 mins - Behind, T.Lynch
Q2
7.6.48
10.5.65

    North Melbourne Events

  • 1 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 2 mins - Goal, L.Greenwood
  • 8 mins - Behind, L.Greenwood
  • 9 mins - Goal, L.Thomas
  • 12 mins - Goal, B.Harvey
  • 21 mins - Goal, S.Gibson
  • 25 mins - Goal, B.McKenzie
  • 26 mins - Goal, M.Daw

    North Melbourne and Gold Coast Events

  • 11 mins - Goal, S.Day
  • 16 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 17 mins - Goal, B.Matera
  • 31 mins - Goal, A.Hall
Q3
10.10.70
13.10.88

    North Melbourne Events

  • 2 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 4 mins - Behind, D.Petrie
  • 13 mins - Goal, M.Daw
  • 14 mins - Goal, R.Bastinac
  • 16 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 17 mins - Goal, A.Black
  • 19 mins - Behind, L.Greenwood

    North Melbourne and Gold Coast Events

  • 1 mins - Goal, C.Dixon
  • 7 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 9 mins - Behind, C.Dixon
  • 15 mins - Behind, G.Ablett
  • 20 mins - Goal, H.Bennell
  • 22 mins - Behind, H.Bennell
  • 27 mins - Goal, C.Dixon
  • 28 mins - Behind, J.O'Meara
Q4
11.11.77
18.12.120

    North Melbourne Events

  • 14 mins - Goal, A.Mullett
  • 25 mins - Behind, R.Bastinac

    North Melbourne and Gold Coast Events

  • 1 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 8 mins - Goal, G.Ablett
  • 10 mins - Goal, G.Ablett
  • 19 mins - Goal, G.Ablett
  • 24 mins - Goal, B.Matera
  • 30 mins - Behind, B.Matera
  • 32 mins - Goal, T.Lynch

Scorers

North Melbourne
Gold Coast
Goal Scorers North Melbourne Gold Coast
Goals and Behinds Daw (2.1), Greenwood (1.2), Bastinac (1.1), Black (1.1), Petrie (1.1), Gibson (1.0), Harvey (1.0), McKenzie (1.0), Mullett (1.0), Thomas (1.0) Ablett (4.1), Dixon (3.1), Matera (3.1), Bennell (2.2), Lynch (2.1), Rischitelli (1.1), Day (1.0), Hall (1.0), Prestia (1.0), O'Meara (0.1)

Team Statistics

North Melbourne
Gold Coast

Statistics

North Melbourne Gold Coast
Goals 11 18
Behinds 11 12
Scoring shots 20 31
Goals/scoring shots 55 58
Disposals 385 390
North MelbourneGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
L.Adams 14 7 2 7 8 2 0 0 0 2
S.Atley 23 11 6 12 10 1 0 0 0 2
R.Bastinac 12 9 3 3 5 1 1 0 0 1
A.Black 11 7 5 4 5 2 0 2 0 0
B.Cunnington 27 16 3 11 16 6 2 1 0 9
N.Dal Santo 26 12 1 14 20 1 1 0 0 10
M.Daw 8 5 2 3 7 3 3 0 6 2
M.Firrito 14 6 2 8 6 0 1 1 0 0
S.Gibson 30 18 9 12 4 3 0 2 0 2
T.Goldstein 15 4 3 11 7 6 1 1 43 2
L.Greenwood 27 15 5 12 12 8 1 2 1 5
N.Grima 20 17 6 3 3 3 1 0 0 0
L.Hansen 30 23 17 7 5 2 1 2 1 1
B.Harvey 19 12 5 7 5 2 1 1 0 1
L.McDonald 5 4 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0
B.McKenzie 15 9 4 6 6 2 1 0 0 1
A.Mullett 13 10 4 3 2 3 0 0 0 0
D.Petrie 13 7 4 6 7 3 0 0 0 0
L.Thomas 11 8 3 3 4 5 2 4 0 0
S.Thompson 16 7 7 9 7 0 0 0 0 0
J.Tippett 9 5 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
J.Ziebell 27 18 9 9 11 9 0 0 0 2
Gold CoastGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
G.Ablett 28 15 4 13 14 3 5 2 0 5
H.Bennell 23 14 7 9 3 2 0 0 1 0
G.Broughton 20 8 3 12 8 5 2 1 0 1
S.Day 17 7 4 10 6 2 1 0 4 1
C.Dixon 9 6 2 3 7 5 3 2 5 0
A.Hall 14 8 5 6 7 4 0 1 0 0
J.Harbrow 27 18 5 9 14 3 0 1 0 3
K.Kolodjashnij 25 13 5 12 12 2 1 0 0 1
S.Lemmens 14 8 0 6 5 1 1 2 0 0
T.Lynch 21 13 8 8 13 3 1 0 0 0
B.Matera 15 10 3 5 2 3 0 0 0 0
S.May 10 10 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
T.McKenzie 16 10 5 6 2 7 0 2 0 0
T.Nicholls 8 1 0 7 7 2 0 0 11 3
J.O'Meara 26 12 4 14 15 6 0 2 0 8
D.Prestia 28 16 3 12 12 2 0 0 0 6
M.Rischitelli 14 9 2 5 5 1 0 1 0 2
L.Russell 5 2 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
M.Shaw 20 11 7 9 6 5 1 0 0 2
D.Stanley 19 12 5 7 5 2 1 0 0 0
D.Swallow 20 7 1 13 11 9 1 2 0 5
R.Thompson 11 4 2 7 6 1 0 0 0 0

Match Details

North Melbourne
Gold Coast
START TIME
1:10PM
WEATHER
Scattered Clouds. Cool
VENUE
Etihad Stadium
Umpires
Jeff Dalgleish, Robert Findlay, Tristan Burgess

Gold Coast upsets North Melbourne in AFL clash

GOLD COAST 7.4 10.5 13.10 18.12 (120) NORTH MELBOURNE 1.4 7.6 10.10 11.11 (77)
Goals: Gold Coast: G Ablett 4 B Matera 3 C Dixon 3 H Bennell 2 T Lynch 2 A Hall D Prestia M Rischitelli S Day. North Melbourne: M Daw 2 A Black A Mullett B Harvey B McKenzie D Petrie L Greenwood L Thomas R Bastinac S Gibson.
BEST Gold Coast: Prestia, Lynch, Matera, Ablett, Bennell, Swallow, Kolodjashnij, Dixon, Harbrow, O’Meara. North Melbourne: Hansen, Cunnington, Ziebell, Gibson.
Umpires: Jeff Dalgleish, Robert Findlay, Tristan Burgess.
Official Crowd: 19,819 at Etihad Stadium.

North Melbourne was getting the ball, holding onto it, using it well and kicking some goals. In almost every imaginable way it was back in the game, but by the half-time siren it was still three goals down. For all its work, there was so much more to do.

Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett is tackled by Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos during the round seven match on Sunday.
Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett is tackled by Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos during the round seven match on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

That this was the case says plenty about just how devastating Gold Coast’s first quarter was. Quick, proactive, energetic. Six goals in a row, room to run, almost every opportunity taken and what seemed an absolute understanding of what they, and each other, were capable of doing.

When Aaron Hall placed a long kick into the open forward line, it almost didn’t seem to matter who would be there to run onto it. He knew that whoever it was was more likely than not to win the race. As it happened, it was Harley Bennell, who reached the goal square long before anyone else.

In Bennell, Dion Prestia and David Swallow, the Suns simply kept getting the ball. They decided what was going to happen in this game.

If they didn’t have room to run with it, the player beside them did. They had support, wherever they were, no matter what circumstances they were in.

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In Hall and Brandon Matera, they had a couple of small forwards who kept finding space that should not have been available. In Tom Lynch and Charlie Dixon, they had men able to take strong marks, to out-position and confuse players of much more experience.

That so much damage was done so early was in one way good for North Melbourne. It might have been reactive and it may have been slow but it was hard to tell because it was never really given a chance to be or do anything. What it had was time to fix things.

Drew Petrie’s mark in the the last minute meant it had at least one goal up by quarter-time, and it got going from there. Ben Cunnington, held to three first-quarter possessions, had 14 in the second, most of them of them contested. He managed four clearances to go with them.

As he got more involved so did Sam Gibson, Jack Ziebell and others.

Todd Goldstein made life harder for Tom Nicholls, another Sun to have started extremely well. Brent Harvey began to find the sort of room Hall had snuck into.

Throughout, the Roos had Lachie Hansen, who started taking his 12 first-half marks when the Suns were in absolute control, and whose resistance was important given how quickly Gold Coast moved the ball.

But suddenly, the Suns had things to think about.

They were happy to readjust, they weren’t bothered by the challenge and they trusted themselves and their plan. The Suns don’t go into their shells any more, which is another reason North’s five second-quarter goals did not ensure anything but a more entertaining contest.

The influence of Bennell and Swallow decreased a little as the North Melbourne midfield got moving, but they recovered and by then others had became influential: Jarrod Harbrow, Kade Kolodjashnij and even Gary Ablett, who was reasonably well held by Levi Greenwood early until he went nuts in the last quarter.

In Lynch and Dixon, the Suns had more reliable targets than North, which almost got the ball into Majak Daw’s arms four or five times before he held onto his first mark late in the first half.

They always had enough run. But it was their willingness to use it, and attack, that kept them in front.

The Suns defended well, picking off North's long, hopeful kicks in.

They kept trying to score, and to keep keep North Melbourne’s mind on the chase. They did it again late in the third quarter, when North pushed again, kicking three goals in three minutes. The three-quarter-time margin? Three goals, again.

Ablett’s second goal, early in the last quarter, made North’s job difficult. His third, less than a minute later, made it harder. Then came his fourth, from a fortunate free-kick by the boundary line.

Suddenly, this was what it was from the start: controlled, comprehensive and, quite simply, too good.