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North Melbourne not ready to give up on Good Friday game despite another heavy defeat


According to coach David Noble, North Melbourne is not set to lose the showpiece Good Friday game despite another bombardment on national television from the Western Bulldogs.

Despite a gallant second quarter from Noble’s side, the game was all but over in the quarter when the Bulldogs held a 45-point lead after an eight-to-one first quarter.

The 68-point loss at the hands of the Bulldogs follows a 128-point loss in the same game last season, raising questions about whether another club should be awarded a spot in the game instead of the Kangaroos.

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However, Noble hit back at such suggestions after the game, saying the Kangaroos “expect to play in this game every year” despite their poor performance.

“As a club as a whole, it’s not just about the game. Between us and the Bulldogs over the last six or seven years we’ve worked very hard to make it a standout game,” he said. he declares.

Noble also took a thinly veiled swipe at rival clubs who retained marquee fixtures despite similar scoring endings.

“If you go back and take a look at the history of our marquee matches, there are a lot of other clubs that haven’t really achieved the goal of those marquee matches,” he said. -he declares.

“Over a period of time, they are able to struggle together and improve their performance and so these marquee games hold.

“We are fighting tooth and nail on this game. We love this game, we are very privileged to play in this game, but we would not expect to lose this game.

“I just want to make it clear from our club’s point of view, we plan to play in this game every year.

“We’re making it a standout game. We understand and love its significance, but it’s a whole aspect of the club, it’s not just (the game). I understand today is a big chunk of it, but it’s a bit wider than that.

“We do a lot of work behind the scenes as a club to support the Royal Children’s Hospital and Good Friday.”

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