Horne-Francis Comes Under MRO Control For “Round-Arm” Hit As Roos Falls For Giants

GWS have secured their fourth win of the season after beating North Melbourne 53-102 at Marvel Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

It wasn’t much of a fight from the first bounce, as Mark McVeigh’s Giants cut the kangaroos mid-back as they scored 10 to two in the first half.

Although the Kangaroos were able to make a game out of the clash in the third term, it was ultimately too little too late as the Giants scored three goals from the last term to run the 49-point winners away.

Giants midfielder Stephen Coniglio was all over the away side with 34 disposals and three goals, while forward Harry Himmelberg dominated with 37 disposals and 16 points.

They were aided by Tanner Bruhn (two goals, 24 disposals) and Lachie Whitfield (29 disposals) as the Giants claimed comfortable wins in disposals (423-295), scores (149-69) and within 50s (54-40). †

For North Melbourne, Curtis Taylor (one goal, 18 disposals) and Luke Davies-Uniacke (one goal, 33 disposals) fought hard in defeat, while the Roos may be left without number 1 draft pick Jason Horne-Francis for their next game if the 18-year-old hit GWS’s Josh Kelly with a late swinging arm in the third quarter.

Now that the incident will come under MRO investigation, AFL Nation’s Sam Hargreaves and Michael Barlow shared their thoughts when the hit took place live.

“He (Kelly) was felled when he got off it,” Barlow said.

“They all came for Horne-Francis, he was frustrated.

“This is going to be a watch. Jason Horne-Francis picked it up late.”

“Oh, that’s a round arm, that’s weeks,” Hargreaves added.

“They need to get out to settle him. He was unraveling at halftime. He was clearly in distress and comforted.”

Off the pitch, most of the pre-game pre-game was surrounded by the touted crowd, with some fearing the clash could bring the stadium’s lowest-ever attendance for an AFL game set at 8,974 when Melbourne and GWS met in round 23 of 2015.

Despite these concerns, Kangaroos fans were still able to head to Docklands when the crowd officially came in at 13,742, well above expectations.

The Giants will aim for another win when they host the Bulldogs next Saturday night, while 17th-placed Roos takes the week off with a farewell.

TOTAL SCORE

North Melbourne: 0.3, 2.5, 4.7, 7.11. (53)

GWS: 5.3, 10.4, 12.9, 15.12 (102)

GOALS

North Melbourne: Goldstein 2, Larkey 2, Davies-Uniacke, Taylor, Curtis

GWS: Rabbit 3, Peatling 3, Riccardi 3, Greene 2, Bruhn 2, Himmelberg, de Boer

BEST

North Melbourne: Luke Davies-Uniacke, Curtis Taylor, Jy Simpkin, Todd Goldstein

GWS: Stephen Coniglio, Harry Himmelberg, Lachie Whitfield, Tanner Bruhn, Tom Green

Injuries

North Melbourne: N/A

GWS: Harry Perryman (ribs)