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Kangaroos off to a flying start in AFL

  • Kangaroos off to a flying start in AFL

North Melbourne are enjoying the unfamiliar view from atop the AFL ladder, a position they now occupy for the first time in 18 years.

The Kangaroos boast the only unbeaten record in the competition after an unpredictable opening four rounds, having held firm to beat Fremantle by 31 points on Sunday evening.

"We've still got a lot of things we need to work on, but our ambitions are to be a great side and great sides just find a way to win," North Melbourne midfielder Sam Gibson said on Monday.

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There's probably no better example of that than Hawthorn's last fortnight (when the reigning premiers scraped three-point victories against the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda).

"Regardless of whether things are going your way or not during the course of a game we just find a way to win."

Flying starts have hardly been a feature in the previous six seasons of Brad Scott's tenure, making the successive victories against Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle even more significant.

"It's a situation we haven't found ourselves in a long time," said Gibson.

"Usually at this time of the year we're trying to make up for a slow start, so it's good to get a few wins on the board early and consolidate some good form."

Fremantle came hard at the Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, hitting the front a couple of times during the third term before the home side steadied to win 20.12 (132) to 14.17 (101).

The Dockers are now in deep trouble at 0-4, a position from which no side has recovered to contest finals since the top-eight system was introduced in 1994.

It is in sharp contrast to 2015, when the Dockers won their first 13 games on the trot en route to a maiden minor premiership.

"Freo scored over 100 points last night and that's not something we want to be giving up very often," said the 29-year-old Gibson.

"We'll just get our defensive structures right and limit the other team's ability to score because we know we'll score well ourselves."

HOW NORTH MELBOURNE HAVE STARTED SEASONS UNDER BRAD SCOTT

2016 - 4-0

2015 - 2-3

2014 - 3-2

2013 - 1-3

2012 - 2-2

2011 - 0-4

2010 - 1-3

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