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North Melbourne Kangaroos, Geelong Cats and David Noble press conference

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North Melbourne manager David Noble could only shake his head as he spoke to the media after his side’s 60-point loss to Geelong across Bass Strait.

Adding a third defeat of 10 or more goals in their last four matches, the miserable defeat was the Kangaroos’ worst at their second home, Hobart’s Blundstone Arena.

Speaking after the game, a frustrated Noble weathered his young side’s costly mistakes which resulted in a host of turnovers and another massive score to recover.

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“That level of consistency just isn’t there, is it?” he said.

“We started badly, and especially in contested ball. The two things for us this week were our contested ball and our defense, and still far too slippery today. This ground lends it, if you can defend it well, that helps.

“In patches we were able to defend the pitch quite well, but we addressed the disputed ball after the quarter and put it on an equal footing.

“Our turnovers today were just terrible. They really hurt us on the scoreboard and have been for a few weeks now. Something we need to deal with very seriously.”

Scoring just four goals through the first three quarters, the Kangaroos trailed by a game-high 76 points in the final period.

However, one positive note in a game full of negatives was that North Melbourne finished strong to win the final quarter 32-28.

“We won the first quarter of the last quarter of the year. Getting ahead of the Cats was a really good job on that side,” Noble said.

“The journey that we’re on, we have to take those little wins. We know sometimes there’s a process in place and you don’t feel like you’re progressing, but those little wins are where we’ll go far and give a small reward in this sense.

“But especially turnovers, those are the ones where you either want to put the ball to the body, be clean on the ball, not give up on that loose ball.

“Those are some of the things we have to sort out, we just can’t let this ball keep leaking because it’s too hard to stop.”

Now 1-5 for the season, Noble was concerned about the inconsistency shown by the team.

“The players haven’t brought as much as we thought with that energy and intensity consistently,” he said.

“It fluctuates and when we get it we’re fine and we can manage. But being able to absorb some of the pressure the opposition puts on you and then use it is probably where we so.”

North Melbourne will next meet Carlton at Marvel Stadium.

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