TEAMS FIGHT BLUES IN COLOURFUL JERSEYS
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.
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.