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Kangaroos committed to Good Friday match

01/04/2010 01:53:27 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne remain committed to their goal of playing on Good Friday, despite the AFL's point blank opposition to the idea.

The Kangaroos will train at Arden St on Friday morning and coach Brad Scott admits one of the reasons for the session will be to promote their campaign.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has repeatedly said the league will not play a game on Good Friday.

Melbourne Storm will host an NRL match on Friday at Etihad Stadium.

"North were really the innovators there in terms of wanting to play a game on Good Friday, so we absolutely maintain that we'd love to play a game on Friday night," Scott said.

"Some other clubs have expressed interest as well, we certainly were the initiators of that (idea).

"We're going to train at 10.30 tomorrow and again we'd encourage our supporters to come down - the Easter bunny will be running around.

"We hope that's a bit of a prelude to hopefully a Good Friday game at some stage."

The Kangaroos will play St Kilda on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.

St Kilda are coming off a tough win over Sydney, while North started the season with a 14-point loss to Port Adelaide.

The Kangaroos trailed by 50 points before a much better second half.

Scott is taking heart from North's upset round-21 win over the Saints last season - one of only three losses for St Kilda last year.

"I have a lot of respect for St Kilda and the way they go about their footy, they deserve to be right up there in flag favouritism, so it's going to be a real challenge," Scott said.

"But last year, with relatively similar players, they were able to get the job done, so we're hoping for a similar result.

"When we play disciplined football with the structure we want to have, we can be quite a good team, as we showed in the second half.

"When we don't, we'd be mediocre at best.

"We were disappointed with our contested ball results (against Port), we were disappointed with the stoppage results, so if we can turn the tables there it will go a long way to getting the result we need against St Kilda."

North will be without Drew Petrie, while the Saints will miss Justin Koschitzke through suspension and Sam Fisher is injured.

Scott noted St Kilda vice-captain Lenny Hayes, who missed the round-21 game last year, is now back in their team.

"His inclusion makes a huge difference to their team, particularly their contested ball result," Scott said.

"There are obviously some players missing - Koschitzke won't be there and Drew Petrie won't be there.

"Koschitzke missing just means Michael Gardiner is available and Rhys Stanley, we saw in the NAB Cup (he's) a very capable player.

"So they're in a fortunate situation where they have ready-made replacements."

Scott had a sarcastic response when it was pointed out that Fisher would also be out of the Saints side.

"A little bit weaker, yeah - Fisher isn't there and (Brendon) Goddard, (Sam) Gilbert, (Jason) Gram, (Justin) Blake, (James) Gwilt all step up," he said.

"Yeah, they're much weaker without Fisher."

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