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Seagulls keen for a scalp

North Shore co-coach Nick Dixon. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NORTH Shore co-coach Nick Dixon says it’s time for the Seagulls to move past honourable losses and win games against quality opponents.

After handing Lara a 22-goal hiding Round 1, North Shore lost to St Joseph’s by just 13 points the following week and trailed St Mary’s by just 10 points at three-quarter time last round before suffering a 54-point defeat.

“We’re pretty disappointed not to be 2-1 and ahead of the ledger,” Dixon said.

“We really want to be making up some ground coming into the next part of the season.”

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That starts with Bell Park at Windsor Park on Saturday afternoon, as the Seagulls look to end a losing streak against the Dragons dating back to 2008.

“If you look at the first part of the year, we’ve had pretty similar performances,” Dixon said.

“They put up a good fight against Colac, and we challenged St Mary’s at times but couldn’t get over the line.

“We go in expecting it to be a tight contest, and we’re ready to play four full quarters of footy.”

Dixon says there were plenty of lessons from the loss to the Saints.

“It was probably a good game to have at the start of the year because when we played our style, it shows we can match up and compete with the best sides,” he said.

“But when we don’t play it, we can get hurt pretty quick.

“We reviewed the game really hard, and I think we’ll be a lot better for it going forward.”

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Veteran Jason Davenport will return after missing last week and add some class to the North Shore side.

However, Round 1 hero Mitch Langan remains sidelined after dislocating his shoulder against Joeys the following week.

“We’ve opted to be pretty cautious with him,” Dixon said.

“There were no tears or ligament damage, which is a positive. But, we’re not going to rush a shoulder.

“He’ll probably be another few weeks … we play Newtown in a few weeks.

“Hopefully, around then, he’ll be looking to come back in.

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