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WATCH LIVE ON ing to work through that part of our game to get a bet­ter re­sult from that.

“That hope­fully will take not as long as we’d think, if that makes sense, be­cause it does take a bit of lag to catch up. We’re un­der­stand­ing why the is­sues are oc­cur­ring, we just need to con­tinue work­ing on a so­lu­tion, which will take a lit­tle bit of time.

“We’re hop­ing it bounces back on Thurs­day night.” NORTH Mel­bourne’s Tar­ryn Thomas has set­tled into Mel­bourne just fine.

There are only two things get­ting on his nerves about life in the big smoke — traf­fic and park­ing fines.

The for­mer Tas­ma­nian got his li­cence at the end of the pre-sea­son, but his new-found free­dom has been a cause of frus­tra­tion ever since.

Driv­ing to the Kan­ga­roos’ Ar­den St head­quar­ters is one chal­lenge and find­ing a park­ing spot valid for more than two hours nearby an even big­ger headache.

“I’ve got heaps of park­ing fines,” Thomas said.

“So that’s prob­a­bly my big­gest hate. And traf­fic. I have to leave at a cer­tain time so I don’t get stuck in traf­fic.”

Heaps of park­ing fines? How many? “I think I had two in the first two weeks and then I got a cou­ple last month so I’m prob­a­bly up to seven [this year],” Thomas said.

Find­ing a spot on the foot­ball field has been an eas­ier task for Thomas, who has missed just one game since mak­ing a Round 2 AFL de­but.

A two-goal per­for­mance against Gold Coast last week­end earnt the 19-year-old the Round 12 NAB Ris­ing Star nom­i­na­tion, be­com­ing the third Kan­ga­roo to salute this sea­son af­ter Bai­ley Scott (Round 1) and Cameron Zurhaar (Round 7).

“When I got drafted to North ev­ery­one got around me and all the other draftees,” Thomas said.

“So it’s been an easy tran­si­tion.”

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