Saints clash with Dockers as Power face Giants

A Collingwood AFL player kicks the ball while being tackled by a North Melbourne opponent.

The Saints are looking to return to the top eight when they play the Dockers, while the Power host the Giants in Adelaide.

Earlier, the Suns pipped the Tigers at full-time in a thrilling finish, while the Magpies edged the Kangaroos.

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Magpies edge gallant Kangaroos

A Collingwood AFL player kicks the ball while being tackled by a North Melbourne opponent.
The Magpies found themselves under pressure against the Kangaroos before clinching the win.(AAP: Joel Carrett)

Coach David Noble looks safe for another week after North Melbourne nearly pulled off a stunning upset win over Collingwood.

The Magpies kicked 5.5 to two behinds in the last quarter at the MCG for their seventh straight victory, triumphing 13.10 (88) to 12.9 (81).

Speculation was rife in pre-match radio shows that this would be Noble’s last appearance as Kangaroos coach.

The Kangaroos were a vastly different team compared to last week’s 112-point mauling from Geelong and this was their highest score of the season.

While it was also their 14th straight loss as they head to the wooden spoon, it was their best effort this year.

Kangaroos midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke was best afield with 33 possessions and key forward Nick Larkey kicked five goals.

Magpies midfielder Taylor Adams went off late in the last quarter with a head knock.

The Kangaroos started brilliantly, dominating the centre clearances and taking an early two-goal lead.

After Ben McKay’s move forward last week against Geelong failed, he started as usual in defence.

Scores were level at the first change and Kangaroos captain Jack Ziebell — back from a nasty facial fracture — sparked his team with the opening goal of the second quarter.

The Kangaroos kicked four goals to one for a 20-point lead and put Collingwood firmly on the back foot.

That lead was extended to a match-high 28 points in the third term before the Magpies inevitably hit back with two goals, but the Kangaroos steadied to lead by 26 at three-quarter time.

The Magpies then stormed home as Jeremy Howe and Scott Pendlebury took big marks in defence.



Posted 6h ago6 hours agoSat 9 Jul 2022 at 3:15am, updated 11m ago11 minutes agoSat 9 Jul 2022 at 9:14am



Author: Ivan Robinson