‘That’s Nobes to you’: Emotional Jy Simpkin pays tribute to the axed North Melbourne boss after the rock-bottom AFL side FINALLY ended their horrific losing streak
Jy Simpkin has paid an emotional tribute to former coach David Noble after North Melbourne recorded a much-needed win at Marvel Stadium.
The low point AFL The side ended their 14-game losing streak in dramatic fashion on Saturday night, beating Richmond by four points in a rousing response to Noble’s ax earlier in the week.
Reports suggest Noble’s no-nonsense approach wasn’t popular with his players, but Roos star Simpkin gave special mention to the 55-year-old during the post-match celebrations.
Jy Simpkin has paid tribute to David Noble after North Melbourne’s big win on Saturday
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Simpkin told Fox Footy after the game. “We’ve had so much going on this week – not only that, but the last few years, it’s been so tough – but I’m just so proud of the boys.
“I’m so happy I could cry now. We owe it to Nobes.
“He’s been there the last few years, he’s worked his ass off to make this group better and get us on the road.
“This is for you, Nobes. You deserve it, mate.”
The 55-year-old was left out and reportedly fell out with his beleaguered players
The Kangaroos ended their 14-game run in losses and Simpkin praised his former coach
Elsewhere, an irate Damien Hardwick regretted his side’s costly mistakes as the Tigers slumped to back-to-back losses.
“Our general intention in the first half was poor and our pressure rating of 1.6 was abysmal,” said three-time Premiership coach Hardwick.
“Our system itself held up…we just didn’t execute it.
“It’s not like they were hard shots on target – we shot 1.9 from 30 yards.
“We get paid to score goals, we didn’t and that’s the reality.”