North Melbourne coach David Noble has defended his membership holding the marquee Good Friday timeslot regardless of one other poor efficiency on the large stage.
The Kangaroos have been smashed by the Western Bulldogs by 68 factors in Friday’s conflict at Marvel Stadium in a sport the place Noble’s facet conceded eight objectives within the first quarter.
It follows North’s 128-point loss the Dogs within the corresponding match final 12 months, whereas the Roos have now misplaced 4 in 5 Good Friday matches by a median of greater than 64 factors.
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Questions are being requested of whether or not North Melbourne, who fell to 1-4 on the season amid a rebuilding part, deserves to proceed to play on Good Friday.
But Noble pressured how a lot off-field work the membership has put in to construct the sport up.
“As a whole of club it‘s not just about the game,” Noble mentioned.
“Between us and the Bulldogs during the last six or seven years we‘ve worked really hard to make this a marquee game.
“If you go back and have a look at the history of our marquee games, there are a lot of other clubs who haven‘t hit the mark in those games.
“Over a period of time you‘re able to wrestle things together, improve performance and therefore those marquee games hold.
“We’re fighting like tooth and nail on this game. We love this game. We’re very privileged to play in this game, but yeah, we would not expect to lose this game. We expect to play in this game every year, we’re making it a marquee game.
“I understand today is a big piece of it, but it’s a bit broader than that. We do a lot of work behind the scenes as a club to support the Royal Children’s Hospital and Good Friday.”
Former North Melbourne chairman and Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw mentioned the membership wanted to “protect” the Good Friday match.
“After the 128-point loss last year, there were lots of questions asked,” he mentioned.
“This is something that going back to the great Bob Ansett and Wayne Carey in the ‘80s first put this on the table as something the Kangaroos wanted to make their own.
“It’s taken 30 years to land the slot.
“You’ve got to protect it with everything you’ve got.”
North Melbourne play only one extra Friday evening match this 12 months in Round 8 in opposition to Fremantle that follows the conflict between Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs on the identical evening.
St Kilda nice Leigh Montagna mentioned the AFL needed to again within the Roos to proceed enjoying within the marquee match to construct it up.
“There’s swings and roundabouts. All these marquee timeslots, Collingwood v Essendon, Geelong v Hawthorn, yes they play epics, but that’s because they’ve been playing it for so long,” he mentioned on Triple M.
“Give the Kangaroos time, at some point they’ll be a better side than the Western Bulldogs, it might be a few years away.
“We’ve seen the Carlton-Richmond season opener for years and years, and now Carlton are the better team potentially.
“So I just think you stick with it and put up with a little bit of disparity between the two sides, but in a couple of years time it’ll swing and roundabout.”
The Roos will look to bounce again in opposition to Geelong subsequent week at Blundstone Arena.