The post Brad Scott era begins for North Melbourne with a match up against the in form Richmond. Will they fell the Tigers bite or will they give Rhys Shaw a perfect start to life as an AFL coach?
Last Five Meetings
|2018||Rd 8||Rich||12. 10 (82)||NM||11. 6 (72)||MS||29,153|
|2017||Rd 11||Rich||14. 17 (101)||NM||9. 12 (66)||ES||36,100|
|2016||Rd 11||NM||18. 16 (124)||Rich||7. 12 (54)||BA||17,844|
|2015||EF||NM||15. 15 (105)||Rich||14. 4 (88)||MCG||90,186|
|2015||Rd 23||Rich||16. 12 (108)||NM||10. 7 (67)||ES||40,461|
North have won seven of the last ten matches between the two teams. The Tigers three victories, coming in the last three matches at Docklands, giving them a 3-2 edge in the last five contests.
Five reasons to watch
The young Tiger has been an excitement machine in his first season in the big time. In quick time he has become a favourite of the Tiger faithful and neutrals alike. Will he be able to add to his already impressive highlight reel under the bright lights of Friday night footy?
Perhaps not as appreciated by the fans of other clubs, but Jamie Macmillan importance to North should not be underestimated. He plays game number 150 against the Tigers and will relish the opportunity to test his wares against one of the more dangerous forward lines in the competition.
There will be some points scored.
The scene is set for a high scoring encounter, with both teams in the top six for goals scored in 2019. When this is combined with the fact that the Kangaroos have conceded more goals in 2019 than all bar one team in the AFL, you can expect that there will more than a few goals scored on Friday night.
North stars playing for their future.
With a new coaching regime coming in at seasons end after, what looks likely to be a disappointing campaign, it isn’t too outlandish to say some North players are playing for their careers in the back half of 2019. If they want to have the chance to continue their careers in 2020 and beyond, be it in blue and white stripes or at a new home, they will need to produce some big performances this week and in the weeks ahead. Could this bring the best out of a side that has failed to live up to grand preseason expectations.
The Tigers welcome back their skipper this week, one of a number of players they expect to return over the coming weeks. That they have been able to not just survive, but thrive in their absence means that they now find themselves extremely well placed to make a genuine charge at the premiership at seasons end.
Apart from a disappointing effort against the Bulldogs, Richmond has been in superb form in recent weeks. The emotion of Brad Scott’s departure saw the best of the Kangaroos last week but it is hard to see them getting the better of the Tigers in this one.
Richmond will win by 16 points.