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Shore stands up

NORTH Shore co-coach Nick Dixon has urged his players to maintain the momentum after beating Bell Park for the first time since 2008.

The Seagulls have put themselves in the mix to be a finals contender in 2022 following the one-point win at Windsor Park, which snapped a 16-game losing streak against the Dragons.

Dixon said the 10.9 (69) to 10.8 (68) victory was significant in North Shore’s evolution.

“Bell Park is a well-respected team, and they’re always thereabouts come finals time,” he said.

“So, for us to play in a really tough game and grind out a win was really pleasing.

“The boys showed a lot of character.”

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North Shore led by 13 points heading into time-on in the last quarter before the visitors kicked consecutive goals to pull within a point of the lead.

However, the Seagulls held on for arguably their best win since beating South Barwon at McDonald Reserve to keep their finals hopes alive late in the 2017 season.

“There were a lot of stoppages throughout the day and a lot of contests,” Dixon said.

“The boys winning their one-on-ones, especially in really important moments late in the game, was probably the biggest difference.

“In the biggest stages of the games, we probably stood up and had the better moments.”

North Shore now faces a crucial away clash with fellow finals aspirants Leopold at Memorial Park in Round 5.

“We expect a really tough contest, but we’ve got the train rolling now,” Dixon said.

Dixon was full of praise for the performance of wingman Brad Gerrard, who has returned to the club this year after stints with GDFL clubs Anakie and North Geelong.

“In that second quarter, he brought his own footy because I reckon he nearly had 20 touches,” Dixon said.

“He was unbelievable in his ability to read the ball, make early decisions, and get to space.

“Phil Bellchambers was really good. I think he nearly had 20 tackles.

“He does a lot of the grunt work for us in the middle and allows me and Noah (Lever) to get on the outside and get our games going.”

“So, we just need to keep that going, and hopefully, we can put some wins together and start to get to our season looking in good shape.

“We know it’s going to be tough, but the boys are motivated for it.

“As soon as the boys came off the ground yesterday, they were talking about Leopold straight away, which is a good sign.

Kyle Skene (knee) is unlikely to take on the Lions.

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