TEAMS FIGHT BLUES IN COLOUR­FUL JER­SEYS

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

PRE­SENTED last night with an Essendon side that re­fuses to play a ruck­man, the North Mel­bourne’s Todd Gold­stein gorged him­self stupid.

Gold­stein easily dealt with makeshift ruck­man Shaun McKer­nan in the Round 16 opener at Eti­had Sta­dium.

The left- footer had 27 pos­ses­sions at 93 per cent ef­fi­ciency, eight marks, eight clear­ances and 55 hit- outs for Brad Scott’s side.

He fin­ished with a sea­son­high 221 rank­ings points.

North Mel­bourne won a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game for only the sec­ond time this sea­son, 14.9 ( 93) to 9.14 ( 68).

McKer­nan was only re­cently up­graded off the rookie list and Gold­stein racked up the hit- outs.

Gold­stein beat him in a bounc­ing ball one- on- one on the wing in the last quar­ter to set up a Ben Brown goal that took the game away from Essendon.

He caused panic ev­ery time he went near the ball and awarded seven frees – six of them coughed up by McKer­nan.

All of which made Essendon fans won­der what coach James Hird re­ally thinks of out­cast ruck re­cruit Jonathan Giles.

UNIVER­SITY Hawks will turn blue and the Curra Swans will be pink for their an­nual CleanIT Char­ity Cup game to­day.

The yearly fix­ture sees the Townsville Aussie rules sides move away from their tra­di­tional colours to cre­ate a greater aware­ness of anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion and to sup­port can­cer re­search.

Curra pres­i­dent Brodie Youd said to­day’s game would be one of the club’s high­lights of the year and en­cour­aged all sup­port­ers to come down to Neil French Oval.

“Both clubs recog­nise that mate­ship we have as one big fam­ily and that we all play a part in the com­mu­nity to fur­ther ex­pose the signs of de­pres­sion and to help the re­quired re­search to rid the world of can­cer,” he said.

“Since start­ing this char­ity cup both clubs have helped raise in ex­cess of $ 5,000 for their re­spec­tive char­i­ties and we hope to grow this more this Satur­day.”

For the Swans to­day’s game is a great chance to build on the mo­men­tum gained from last week’s thump­ing win over the Townsville Lions while Univer­sity will be de­ter­mined to bounce back from a last round de­feat.

To­day’s other round 16 match will see the Thuringowa Bull­dogs take on the Her­mit Park Tigers in a top of the ta­ble clash at Tony Ire­land Sta­dium.

The Bull­dogs have been the form side all year on their way to a 11- 1 record but their sin­gle loss of the sea­son did come at the hands of Her­mit Park back in round two.

In both fix­tures the re­serves game will kick off at 1pm be­fore the main games kick off at 3pm.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

BLUE ON PINK: Loki Davey, Kurt Poole and Brett Baker "Squid" will be vy­ing for the tro­phy in to­day’s AFL an­nual char­ity match be­tween the Hawks and Swans.

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