North Melbourne Kangaroos coach Brad Scott was not too pleased with his side’s loss to the lowly Western Bulldogs last week, their second in a row, and it looks as if a few players could find themselves running around in the reserves this week.
North trained today before the assembled media and were made to pair up, don boxing equipment and punch it out. Youngster Jamie McMillan suffered a bloody nose in the process.
North dropped out of the eight after an embarrassing 101-83 loss to the Dogs, a week after falling short in the fourth-quarter against the league leading West Coast Eagles.
Scott openly questioned his player’s effort, the first time he has in two and a half years at the helm.
"But I'll never tolerate inconsistency of effort. That's the first time we've opened ourselves up to the accusation that our effort was un-North Melbourne-like, “he said.
"We've seen tangible examples of players not giving the effort required, so we'll address that."
Scott also refused to protect Lindsay Thomas' troubles in front of goal this season, saying that his forward shouldn't be missing shots on goal from 20 meters out.
The Kangas face Port this weekend who are winners of just one game this season. A loss in Adelaide could really damage North’s top-8 aspirations.
In other footy news, star Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah will face court a North Territory court via camera linkup tomorrow midday, facing charges for an alleged machete attack outside of Alice Springs in March.
Jurrah was granted leave by the club and the attack was believed to be a result of a large disagreement between families, a dispute that has split the Yuendumu community north of Alice Springs.
While tomorrow’s appearance is only a short preliminary hearing, Jurrah could be in real strife if eventually convicted.