SPORT Ma­jak mo­ment for Roos

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

NORTH Mel­bourne al­ready had a mas­sive morale boost with Ma­jak Daw’s first AFL game in 706 days and Ade­laide not show­ing up.

The Crows giv­ing them the free­dom of Met­ri­con Sta­dium was just the cherry on top.

The Kan­ga­roos snapped a six-game los­ing streak and con­signed a woe­ful Crows to a cal­en­dar year with­out an AFL win as Ade­laide’s sea­son ar­guably hit a new low with a 12th straight loss, North coast­ing to a 19.5 (119) to 7.8 (50) tri­umph.

It was 17th v 18th on the Gold Coast and the Crows looked ev­ery inch the bot­tom side on the lad­der, con­ced­ing the most points so far in 2020, as the Kan­ga­roos marked a day they and the AFL will for­ever look back on fondly with a huge 69-point win.

It had been spo­ken about at length this week ever since North an­nounced Daw would play for the first time since he fell into the Yarra River in De­cem­ber 2018.

But see­ing North’s No.1 back at AFL level rammed home just what an in­spi­ra­tional story it has been for Daw over the past 18 months.

Hawthorn leg­end Der­mott Br­ere­ton was moved to tears ahead of the game, say­ing Daw had “re­claimed his life” and it was an in­spi­ra­tion for oth­ers strug­gling in life.

Daw showed he wasn’t in the team just for a heart­warm­ing story though, with some nice marks.

But his goal in the fourth quar­ter was well and truly the mo­ment of the game.

In fact it was so much more than a goal.

The first blow of the day came for Ade­laide at 5.30am when for­mer cap­tain Tay­lor Walker rang coach­ing staff to in­form them he was suf­fer­ing from gas­tro and would not make the trip to Queens­land.

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