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Roos pair battle in goal-kicking duel

22/04/2008 06:25:30 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne's two Aboriginal live-wire forwards are involved in a private battle to be the club's leading crumbing goal-kicker.

Lindsay Thomas and Matthew Campbell have waged a friendly war between themselves in a bid to lift each other's performances for the Kangaroos each week.

The pair squared the ledger on Saturday night, kicking two final term goals apiece to help the `Roos snatch a seven-point win over Collingwood.

"If he kicks a goal before me, I always think I want to get one because I won't hear the end of it," Thomas said.

"As long as we get goals for the team and we win, we're doing our job."

Campbell said the competition has got the best out of both of them.

"We try and keep a tally between each other," Campbell said.

"I suppose it keeps us competitive, it sort of helps us playing on the weekend, because you know if he gets one, you need to get one back."

Thomas and Campbell said they are good mates off the field, mixing in with fellow indigenous players Daniel Wells, Eddie Sansbury and Cruze Garlett.

And at times, it seems the two goal-sneaks have a sixth sense on the field, which allows them to instinctively read each others movements on the ground.

But Thomas disagrees with such a notion and had a little dig at his mate.

"Probably a bit hard to see Matty he's pretty small," Thomas said.

"But we're both up forward and know where each other are."

For the Kangaroos faithful, the bond between the pair has evoked memories of the Krakouer brothers, Jim and Phil in the 1980s.

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