16/04/2024

Kangaroos captain Emma Kearney starred down back yet again in her team's big victory over Carlton. (Photo: North Melbourne/Twitter)

She's slotted into the Kangaroos backline seamlessly, and today it was yet another flawless performance down back for captain Emma Kearney in her side's third win of 2022.

She’s slotted into the Kangaroos’ backline seamlessly, and today it was yet another flawless performance in a new role for captain Emma Kearney in their third win of 2022.

Kearney provided energy and plenty of run throughout the entire contest against Carlton at Ikon Park on a picturesque Sunday afternoon, finishing with 17 disposals off half back.

It was a solid first quarter from the captain, providing pace out of defence as well as finding space to drive the ball inside North Melbourne’s forward 50 consistently.

The second quarter was more of the same for Kearney, continuing to control the tempo of the game and often starting counter attacks for North, which she held throughout the second half.

She’s helping to bring the best out of those around her, with superstar midfielder Ashleigh Riddell yet again dominant for the Roos.

Riddell started the contest like a house on fire, having 20 disposals, 394 metres gained, and five inside 50s by the time the half time siren rang.

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At full time she finished with 30 disposals, 22 of which were kicks, plus five marks, as the Roos picked up their biggest win of 2022 to date against the Blues.

The Roos now sit in third place, with this win keeping them in touch with the top teams. It’s a major blow for the Blues as they drop to 1-3 and stay in 10th place heading into a big few weeks.

Despite the final margin though, the Blues were in the contest for majority of the game, getting plenty of run off half back as well as putting pressure on the Roos.

They were primarily forced into defending in the first quarter, conceding 14 inside 50s while creating only two of their own. Despite this, they stood stoically down back to only be down one.

Paige Trudgeon and Kerryn Harrington led the back six admirably, the latter in her fourth game nearly outshining the captain.

While she faced a difficult day, match up against Emma King and Tahlia Randall at points, Trudgeon has built into 2022 excellently.

The 21-year-old finished with a career high 19 disposals, and two marks. She is now averaging 2.8 rebound 50s for the season.

Teenager Keeley Sherar also impressed in her second game, with 19 disposals and four marks. She provided plenty of movement on the outside and was a strong marking target moving between the arcs.

While the Blues kicked the first goal of the second, North started to get on top with their ball movement and led by eight at half time.

After an even third quarter, the Blues conceded a late goal in the third to Daria Bannister.

Despite the loss, Breann Moody continued her red hot start to the 2022 season. Following up from her 16 disposals and 14 hitouts effort vs Brisbane, she finished with 13 disposals, 19 hitouts and five marks, further adding to her already impressive credentials this year and All-Australian credentials.

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