27/05/2024

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The Kangaroos are up for the challenge when they face the in form Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.

The last time the Kangaroos came up against the Bulldogs, it was a 128 point loss in a match that Kangaroos fans won’t look back on too fondly.

For coach David Noble, the match was a massive learning curve and said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to come up against a top side.

“We had a lot of learnings that came out of that first game, the level of intensity, what you need to bring on a regular basis. Some good learnings to come out of there,” Noble said.

“They’re a tough opponent, aren’t they? They’re building a really strong profile, their brand is great, defensively they’re really strong, stoppages they’re really strong, their front half pressure is really strong.

“We believe that we made some steps forward since the last time we played them. We’re looking forward to the challenge of taking on another top team, you’re always learning every week but when you play the best you get some really good insights on what the top teams do.”

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After kicking 18 behinds in the match against the Gold Coast one thing the Kangaroos will need to fix is their goal kicking.

“We always have a goal kicking program some of it is different from week to week, some of it’s a bit more on the run and some of it’s a bit more set shot,” Noble said.

“We’ve added a couple of sessions being an eight-day break this week, so that’s been good to be able to have a couple of go’s at that, some of it in our main training session yesterday and what we call craftwork on Tuesday.

“There was a handful of goals you would expect the guys that had those set shots to put them through. They would have gone back with Heath [Younie] and assessed their routines.

“Hopefully they can step up this week when they get their chances and put them through the big sticks.”

It was announced today that North Melbourne had broken a membership record, having over 45,000 members sign up for 2021. Noble is pleased with the way fan’s have gotten behind the club this year.

“The sign off of our fans to understand what we’re doing is just incredible, they’re seeing what we want to do and they want to be apart of that journey.

“We want them to cheer for the Phillips, the Powells and Lazzaros as hard as they have with the Tarrants, the Goldsteins and the Cunningtons. To have them at the start of that journey with us and where we’re going has been phenomenal.”

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