The Northern Blues’ Round 5 VFL clash presents the opportunity to bounce back. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rose Zarucky)
THE Northern Blues will be searching for their third win of the season when they host North Melbourne at Ikon Park.
In a day which will see the Blues take on the Roos at both VFL and AFL level, the chance to get Sunday off to a winning start will be at front-of-mind for Northern.
Kicking off from 10:30am, here’s everything you need to know about the Round 5 VFL clash
Details: Ikon Park, Sunday, May 5, 10:30am
Broadcast: Due to Channel 7 broadcasting Essendon v Geelong, there will be no stream available for the game.
THE GAME IN FOCUS:
The opportunity to bounce back.
Following the disappointment of last week, Northern will be keen to return to the winners’ list against a North side with similar levels of desperation.
Having been humbled at home against Werribee eight days ago, the chance to get its first home win of the season will present itself to Northern — but there’s no denying the Blues have their work cut out for them.
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While North is yet to record a victory in 2019, the AFL experience of Aaron Hall, Sam Wright and Dom Tyson will have a big say in the outcome of the game.
Should the Blues get back to winning ways, they’ll need a collective approach and a much-cleaner showing than the one which saw them fall to Werribee at Ikon Park last weekend.
The ability to kick a winning score will be crucial for Northern today, having averaged 66 points over the first three games.
Despite triumphs in the first two matches of the season, the Blues struggled to hit the scoreboard last week with just seven goals for the game.
However, there’s no shortage of attacking firepower for Northern to call upon, with Alex Fasolo, Patrick Kerr and Jesse Palmer among the players capable of turning a game.
Kerr and Palmer both have six goals from the opening three games: they’ll need to put in a big showing for the Blues to get over the line.
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After a solid opening month in his return to senior football, Will Setterfield will be in action in the VFL for the Blues.
Following the end of his two-match suspension, Setterfield will have the chance to build significant game time in the middle and up forward against a strong opposition.
He’ll join the likes of Tom Wilson and Sam Fisher for the first time at VFL level, but he’ll renew acquaintances with Matthew Kennedy in a strong one-two punch in the middle of the ground.
Josh Fraser challenged his side immediately after last week’s game to respond, and Northern will have been itching for this game to come around very quickly.
After two weeks in the opening two rounds, the onus will be on the Club’s young leaders to stand up and get back to winning ways before next week’s bye.
There’s a big psychological difference heading into next week 3-1 instead of 2-2: there’s no doubt the four points will be all the Blues have their eyes on.