North not good enough says Shaw

13 September 2020 19:24:18 GMTPlus10

North Melbourne coach Rhyce Shaw says his side are not up to the standards required to compete in the AFL following a heavy defeat against the Fremantle Dockers.

North have now suffered 13 defeats out of 14 games, but the latest performance against the Dockers sank to new levels as they conceded 99 points, their highest of this campaign.

Speaking after the game Shaw refused to make excuses and seemed at a loss to explain North's inept display.

"(It was a) really disappointing performance, it doesn't read well," Shaw told reporters after the game.

"It's not good enough. We need to be more consistent. The AFL's an elite competition and at the moment we're not up to standard.

"Fremantle did a great job. They were working really hard and getting across the ground really well and we just couldn't match them in that area, it's plain and simple.

"We were -28 in contested ball, -5 loose balls, it's hard to read that kind of stuff and that's where the game was won and lost."

In complete contrast, the mood in the Dockers camp was understandably upbeat, with coach Justin Longmuir delighted with the performance of his three tall forwards in particular.

Jesse Hogan has had a frustrating 2020 but managed to kick four goals, Matt Taberner got three and Rory Lobb chipped in with one, which all bodes well for the future.

"Our forward line is starting to work really selflessly together and it's about us kicking a score maybe rather than individuals kicking a score," Longmuir said.

"I think we saw that today and they all ended up getting a lick of the ice cream which was nice."

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