North Melbourne’s chance of finals football all-but over after disappointing display.
The Fremantle Dockers have all-but killed off the premierships dreams of the North Melbourne Kangaroos after their 38-point victory at Patersons Stadium.
Again the Kangaroos let a golden chance to keep their season alive slip through their fingers as they were overrun in the second quarter and failed to recover as they lost 10.7 (67) to 4.5 (29)
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said his side had to work hard of the win in the wet conditions, with contested ball being the order of the day.
“It was a real grind out there today so to walk away with the four points was very pleasing,” Lyon said.
“It was a high-intensity game where they out-tackled us. They can to play and it was a really demanding game.”
The Dockers have now won their past eight games in a row and face a litmus test of their premiership credentials when they play Geelong next weekend.
“They have a great coach and a great team, we can’t hide from them,” Lyon said.
North Melbourne leader Brad Scott lamented how close his side were to snaring a morale boosting win.
“In the second quarter we let through some easy goal and the rest of the game was an arm-wrestle,” Scott said.
“At crucial times we took our foot off the pedal and we got scored against.
“Taylor Hine did a terrific job in the second half and today (Ryan) Crowley was very good for Fremantle against (Brent) Harvey.”
North Melbourne will play the lowly Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium, as they look to salvage some pride from their season.