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Kangas' coaches lose plot in win

Sportal July 22, 2012, 9:49 pm
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North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was elated with his side's narrow win over Richmond on Sunday and admitted he 'lost the plot' when the siren went.

Trailing by seven points heading into the final quarter, Roos power forward Drew Petrie single-handedly got his side over the line with five goals in the last term.

But despite leading by 17 points with less than five minutes remaining, the Tigers ensured a nervous finale with two quick goals.

A flying snap by Shaun Grigg in the final minute just missed as North held on for a four-point victory in a thrilling finish.

"I think coaches generally feel relieved if they win and go back to the drawing board if they lose, but there was some genuine elation in that today," Scott said.

"We lost some close games so if you get a shot of the box, we lost the plot when the siren went, it's pretty embarrassing I'm sure."

Scott was pleased to be on the right end of a close result after already losing three matches this year by just two points and praised his captain Andrew Swallow and the other leaders for getting his side over the line.

"I think it's important, while I haven't bought into the fact that we haven't finished games well that there's an underlying issue there, I've just felt that there's some contests we've lost and some mistakes we've made that have cost us," he said.

"You make mistakes throughout the whole game, but we were starting to stack them up at the end of games. The ability to withstand the pressure and we're really proud of our leadership.

"We're rapt (Andrew) is our captain, he played like a great captain today and he had the rest of his team following his lead.

"We're not deluded, we know that it's important in the schemes of the ladder. As a coach you try and work for the most part and I think 99 percent of the time I'm able to stay in the moment and do the things that we need to do to make sure we're a good side.

"When the siren went I thought we had done enough to win the game and I was just rapt that the boys got their reward for effort."

With the Tigers charging in the final minutes of the match, Swallow said he told his players to 'just keep going and do anything to win the contest' and he couldn't have been more proud by the desperation they showed at the end.

"You saw Lindsay's (Thomas) smother on the half-forward flank was unbelievable," he said.

"Leigh Adams running and diving, Lachie Hansen putting his body over the ball... We could probably go back and watch that and we had 15-16 guys who had a massive influence on the game not just by getting possessions but willing themselves on the contest."

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  1. matty02:16pm Monday 23rd July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hawks totally outplayed the Pies, no doubt about it well done.... But the umpires destroyed Collingwood, as usual. If it was a close game there would have been more made of just how bias it was...

  2. Daggers01:46pm Monday 23rd July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I agree with comments about the dodgy umpiring this w/end. But the Tigers v Roos game was as good as I thought it would be. Go Hawks!

  3. Eoin12:46pm Monday 23rd July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    AFL needs an alarm clock. They need to wake up to themselves. Bodgy decisions wreck everything

  4. Chris12:43pm Monday 23rd July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    umpires in serveral games this week were #$%$ why have a rule book if they are going to pick and choose the free kicks they give. they need to start getting it right soon after all that what they get paid for

  5. Scotty11:47am Monday 23rd July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Possibly the most biased umpiring I have seen for a long time. Free kick count ended up about even, but it was the ones they missed and the ridiculous ones given that cost Richmond the game. Abysmal effort by the blokes in green.

  6. nicky11:43am Monday 23rd July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    scott said he not deluded he is were head high

  7. paulski11:08am Monday 23rd July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The way they're going, Richmond aren't even looking good for their usual 9th spot this season...

  8. Dave's 4310:08am Monday 23rd July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    another roo win from obviouse umpiring errors ,,,,