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Harvey would love big crowds

21/06/2010 10:42:34 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne captain Brent Harvey admits he'd love to play in front of big AFL crowds every week, but concedes it can't happen given his side's draw.

Harvey starred in Sunday's win over Port Adelaide, but the game attracted just 15,109 fans at Etihad Stadium.

That attendance was the third-lowest across the league this season, and continued the run of small crowds at Kangaroos home games.

Harvey said North's draw - which includes six home games against sides from outside Victoria, which draw low crowds in Melbourne - made it tough for the Kangaroos to attract big crowds.

"I won't lie to you, it would be fantastic to play in front of 43,000 people every single week," Harvey, a 292-game veteran, told Foxtel on Monday night.

"But that doesn't happen when you play Port Adelaide at 1.10 on Sunday at Etihad Stadium and it's raining outside.

"There's a lot of factors for it ... but I just love playing footy and if we win I don't care if there's only two people there."

North have averaged crowds of 24,252 at their eight home games this season, and that figure is inflated through the 43,752-strong attendance at the clash with Carlton in round 12.

Only Port, whose crowds at home games average 22,482, draw less fans to home games than the Kangaroos.

North have already played Sydney, West Coast, Adelaide, the Brisbane Lions and Port at Etihad Stadium, and host Fremantle in round 19.

Their other remaining home games are against Essendon in round 17 and St Kilda in round 21.

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