AFLW 2019 Round 6 – Collingwood v North Melbourne: North continues to dominate

By Caspar McLeod
Collingwood v North Melbourne.
Marvel Stadium



Due to bad planning, I find my seat as the second term begins. I arrive to see lots of families in attendance and that the scores are close. I also notice that the cameras on the third tier are filming the action while only having one section of the crowd shown. Interesting.


The Roos have a profusion of chances and waste them all. Collingwood are showing plenty of heart, a promising sign in a season of only losses thus far. But the Roos are showing their dominance early in this term. Finally, after four consecutive points, their dominance results in a goal. A two point lead at the first break has turned into a twelve point one. Collingwood transition well, but North’s defense is like a brick wall. Eventually they break through thanks to Sarah Rowe. Garner replies to extend the lead once more. Siren sounds and Collingwood trail by twelve points under the (for some bizarre and unknown reason) closed roof.


The start of the second half ends the halftime entertainment consisting of dancing, 80’s music, and a Scottish man named Gary kicking a goal on the, and I quote, “the first anniversary of my sister turning 30” (wouldn’t that make Gary’s sister 31? Why the riddle?)


North clears is from the middle and a minute later increase the margin by six thanks to a goal from Stanton. Both teams increase the pressure. Both teams fumble. Goalless minutes follow. Of course, as I write that sentence, North kick another through Garner. Well played, Jasmine. The Collingwood fan in front of me, attending the game with his family all decked out in black and white, is disgusted by the umpiring (good to see that some things never change), the group behind me are riding every bump in a language I don’t understand (although am fairly certain it is Italian), and the fans around me wearing black and white or white with a tinge of royal blue combine to make one, magnificent beast known as a footy crowd. And while this is happening in the stands, the Roos through Ashmore kick another. Suddenly, they’ve reached the half-century mark. Siren sounds. This game very quickly has turned from an epic into a smashing. Next week’s game in the west between Freo and North should be epic!


But before then, there’s still another quarter to play. North are now toying with their opponents. They illustrate their skills with slick movement, but waste away chances to increase their percentage. Collingwood fight and fight, but to no avail. Collingwood fans, including the man and his family in front of me, look on dejected. Guttridge adds another goal for Collingwood, ending their goal drought, followed by another to captain Chiocci. Siren Sounds. The game ends with North re-establishing their credentials, while Collingwood inch closer to the chasm of a winless year. The much more pressing and depressing drought continues for them (well, depressing if you’re a fan of Collingwood. I personally do not mind the fact that Collingwood are yet to win a game all year).


Happiness reigns for some, sorrow pours from the faces and hearts of others. And for me? Time for food. North by twenty two.


COLLINGWOOD          2.0       3.0       3.1       5.1 (31)
NORTH MELBOURNE 2.2       4.6       7.8       7.11 (53)


Collingwood: Guttridge 2, Grant, Rowe, Chiocchi
North Melbourne: Garner 2, Bannister, Hope, Stanton, Bateman, Ashmore


Collingwood: Bonnici, Lambert, Brazill, Rowe, Grant, Livingstone
North Melbourne: Bruton, Stanton, Garner, Kearney, Abbatangelo, Gillespie-Jones


Collingwood: Ross (ankle)
North Melbourne: Nil


Reports: Nil


Umpires: Adair, McPhee, Jones


Official crowd: 10,612 at Marvel Stadium


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About Caspar McLeod

Third Culture Kid at Heart. Grew up in Asia, discovered footy at age 9. AFL has since been my burning passion. Ask me who were the winners all the grand finals between 1938 and last year's decider, and I'll be happy to tell you. I'm a footy nut with a passion for writing and acting. All though I love writing and acting, during the footy season, AFL is my true passion. Waiting ever so patiently for the day when Essendon Next win the flag.


  1. Great atmosphere Caspar! Was really going for Gary the Scotsman!

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