The North Melbourne stopper looked like he was in for a long day when Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe produced a monster first quarter with 13 disposals, four clearances, two contested marks and a goal. But Jacobs continued to win plenty of his own ball and was able to more than even things up from there. Jacobs finished his day with 29 disposals, four clearances and a goal, while Fyfe managed 31 disposals, eight clearances and a goal. That was a win for the Kangaroos.
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The North speedster was involved in some huge plays, particularly late in the game. His pace and ball use were crucial in the conditions as he put the ball inside 50 six times from his 19 disposals, one goal of his own and two goal assists.
On a day when congestion was high, Walters looked one of the few players really capable of breaking it open. He continued to present and was as positive as anyone on the ground. He bobbed up with his second goal to bring his side within three points in the last quarter. He finished his day with 27 disposals at 85 per cent.
Hamling was in doubt through the week after he was left concussed by a Lance Franklin elbow a week ago. But not only did he line up, he got the big job on Coleman Medal leader Ben Brown. Hamling was giving away plenty of height to the big Kangaroo but didn’t let it stop him from having an impact. He was able to get his hand in to punch the ball nine times out of 10. He kept Brown to just two goals, with the second a holding free kick against Hamling.
Neale is really a victim of his own high standards but he was well below his best on a day where conditions should have suited him. He finished a tough day with 20 disposals, seven clearances and two inside 50s.
The skipper is normally a great kick for goal but was one of the big offenders as they wasted the chance for a hot start early in the game. He struggled to get involved from there in his role up forward and he was responsible for a 50m penalty in the final term which allowed Michael Johnson so goal.