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More heat on North after meek loss to GWS

GWS has added further misery to North Melbourne's AFL season with a 49-point win at Marvel Stadium. Photo: AAP
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North Melbourne is facing more scrutiny after a meek 49-point surrender to Greater Western Sydney left it floundering near the foot of the AFL ladder.

Stephen Coniglio and Harry Himmelberg starred for the Giants in their 15.12 (102) to 7.11 (53) win at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, which extended the Kangaroos’ losing streak to 11 games.

It was the ninth straight week coach David Noble’s side has conceded a triple-figure score.

And there could yet be more pain, with No.1 draft pick Jason Horne-Francis likely to be suspended for a high hit on GWS star Josh Kelly.

Second-year coach Noble had pleaded with Kangaroos fans to attend the standalone match but just 13,742 turned up to witness the visitors dominate from the outset.

GWS celebrated Callan Ward becoming the first player to reach 200 games for the club with a convincing display.

Coniglio (34 disposals, five clearances), Jake Peatling and Jake Riccardi kicked three goals each as Tom Green (30 disposals), Ward (30) and Kelly (27) had an influence around the ball.

Remodelled defender Himmelberg was allowed to do as he pleased in defence, racking up 37 disposals, 16 marks and 11 intercepts as he repelled a string of opposition raids.

The versatile tall is still the Giants’ leading goalkicker this season, having taken his tally to 19 in 12 games with a long bomb via a hand-off from Toby Greene (two goals).

Some of the gloss was removed from the Giants’ victory when Harry Perryman was taken to hospital with suspected rib and lung damage after a collision with an opponent.

Perryman was substituted out of the game before halftime but his teammates finished the job.

Giant Matt de Boer readies to pounce as North’s Aidan Corr tries to trap a loose ball on Sunday. Photo: AAP

The Kangaroos entered the contest having lived through four goalless quarters in their previous nine and produced another in the opening term.

The Giants controlled territory and made it count by building a commanding 30-point lead by the first change.

North conceded seven goals before kicking its first when Curtis Taylor nailed his set shot more than nine minutes into the second quarter.

Some of the Kangaroos’ better ball-winners went missing, with Horne-Francis and Hugh Greenwood managing four first-half disposals between them.

Himmelberg had 20 in the same period, while Jaidyn Stephenson, recalled by North after two games in the reserves, had just one.

Stephenson finished with five disposals but was just one of many Kangaroos players who lowered their colours.

Luke Davies-Uniacke (33 disposals) and Jy Simpkin (22) battled hard in a losing cause and Taylor provided a highlight with a big mark on Lachie Keeffe’s back.

Todd Goldstein and Nick Larkey kicked two goals each for North, which has its mid-season bye in round 14.

GWS hosts the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.

The Giants have now had two wins and a draw since Mark McVeigh took the coaching reins from Leon Cameron, who stood down last month.

But those victories have been against the two bottom sides – the Kangaroos and West Coast.

-AAP