Round 2 2000

Round 2, 2000
Melbourne vs Kangaroos
Friday 17 March
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 23,348

North Melbourne3.88.1313.1517.18.120
Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 25 points

Goalkickers: James Cook 6, Cameron Bruce 4, Russell Robertson 4, Brad Green 2, David Schwarz 2, Jeff Farmer 1, Brent Grgic 1, Anthony McDonald 1, Guy Rigoni 1, Peter Walsh 1

Brownlow Votes:
3 - Shane Woewodin
2 - Andrew Leoncelli
1 - Guy Rigoni

Best and Fairest
31 - Andrew Leoncelli
24 - Cameron Bruce
20 - Peter Walsh
20 - Guy Rigoni
18 - James Cook
18 - Shane Woewodin

First Game
Brad Green (and first goal)
Paul Wheatley

After ten straight losses dating back to July the previous year the Demons got back into the winner's circle on a hot Melbourne evening. The day had seen a maximum of 34 degrees, and the temperature was still in the low 30s at the first bounce, which suited the Demons, coming off a nine day break from their round 1 loss to Richmond. To make sure they weren't affected by the conditions Melbourne players wore ice-vests at quarter time.

North superstar Wayne Carey and top recruit Leigh Colbert both missed the match and the reigning premiers suffered their second straight loss to open the year, falling 37 points behind midway through the second term. The Dees had eight goals in a row before a behind, then North mounted comeback which got them within 13 points with three minutes to go before Russell Robertson kicked the sealer. In contrast to Melbourne's accuracy, North had 1.11 from the end of the first quarter to the end of the second.

James Cook booted six in his second game at his third club and Cameron Bruce was also prominent in his second game with four goals. Brad Green was another Demon rookie having a day out, racking up eight kicks, four marks and two goals against reigning Norm Smith Medallist Shannon Grant in the first quarter alone before being shut down by future Demon Byron Pickett.

Neale Daniher said "We had many players who ran themselves into the ground tonight. The determination to keep 'answering the challenge' is something that we regard as one of our core values. It was great to see that displayed tonight."

Best were Cook, Bruce and Robertson. Jeff White (shin) was replaced in the selected side by Marcus Seecamp.


Age - 18/03/2000
Age - 19/03/2000
Herald Sun - 18/03/2000

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