Not for the primary time, Mason Wooden lit it up in a sport of footy at Arden Avenue. Sadly for North Melbourne, this time it was in enemy colors.
The elusive ahead, who was picked up by St Kilda earlier this month by way of the pre-season supplementary choice interval after 65 video games and 76 targets for the Kangaroos, kicked 4 targets for his new membership in a 91-point thrashing of his former membership on Thursday.
His was the stand-out efficiency for the Saints, who disregarded the calendar in a efficiency that was robust, smooth and disciplined. And what’s clear for the Saints is that may haven’t any scarcity of attacking choices, with 11 gamers kicking targets within the 22.8 (140) to six.13 (49) victory.
Jack Lonie and Josh Battle kicked three every for the Saints, whereas Max King and Tim Membrey etched kicked two targets. Enjoying at their toes for the primary time was former Tiger Jack Higgins, who additionally kicked two together with one inside the primary 15 seconds of the match. It was possible the fulfilment of a lifelong dream for the small ahead who grew up as a fanatical Saints fan.
The Saints additionally unveiled former Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch, who moved effectively by the centre of the bottom whereas Nick Coffield, Hunter Clark, Douglas Howard and Ben Lengthy had been additionally distinguished. Paddy Ryder was the primary ruckman for the Saints within the absence of the injured Rowan Marshall, however in addition they took the chance to take a look at former Adelaide massive man Paul Hunter, who like Wooden, joined the Saints as a supplementary interval pick-up.
Thursday’s sport additionally marked the primary sport in St Kilda colors for former Melbourne and Hawthorn key defender James Frawley and he performed the primary three quarters, earlier than disappearing for a run across the close by streets by the ultimate quarter.
It was North Melbourne’s first aggressive hit-out beneath new coach David Noble. He was lacking some midfield grunt with each Jed Anderson (calf) and Ben Cunnington (concussion) not taking part in and first-choice massive man Todd Goldstein additionally wanting on.
If he was beneath any illusions as to the enormity of the duty forward, the primary quarter alone would have set him straight, with the Saints kicking seven targets to 1. Jaidyn Stephenson kicked two targets in his first sport for North after his headline-making cross from Collingwood, however he performed virtually solely within the ahead line and at instances was matched towards the larger, bulkier Frawley.
Fellow newcomer Aidan Corr was serviceable throughout half-back, however North’s finest may need been prodigiously-talented teenager Tarryn Thomas, who kicked a beautiful purpose within the third time period.
North is again at Arden Avenue on Saturday week for his or her AAMI Problem Sequence conflict with Hawthorn whereas per week from tonight, the Saints meet Carlton at Marvel Stadium within the first AFL membership sport performed in entrance of crowds for greater than a 12 months.