Roos build Hobart 'fortress'

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 12 April 2013 | 12.50

Roos coach Brad Scott was happy to be in Hobart today after confronting an AFL official last weekend over the Etihad Stadium roof. Picture: George Salpigtidis

HAVING copped their fair share from Sydney's home fans over the past few years, North Melbourne will look to return the favour when the two sides clash at Blundstone Arena tomorrow.

The Roos are hoping to turn their home away from home into a cauldron against the reigning premier as they strive to open their account following two tough losses to start the season.

North had opportunities to win both matches against Collingwood and Geelong in the past fortnight, with the bitter taste of blowing a seven-goal lead in the second quarter against the Cats last Sunday still fresh.

However, coach Brad Scott is confident a victory is around the corner, hoping it can start in Hobart against the Swans who are undefeated - albeit against the teams which finished last and second last in 2012.

"It is really important we build this into a fortress, this is our home away from home,'' Scott said.

"Every time we go to Sydney we get a pretty hard time, now we have to make sure the North Melbourne fans return the favour and we make it a really hostile environment for the Swans.

"They want to come down here and train and familiarise themselves with the ground but one thing they can't get used to is the hostile North Melbourne crowd that is going to be here tomorrow.

"We are building a great presence in Hobart, the people of Hobart are right behind us.

"We have got to turn this into a fortress, the start to the year we have played some pretty good footy but the reality is we are where we are.''

While the Roos trained in front of fans this morning, Sydney will hold a closed session this afternoon.

Scott said it was disappointing for Tasmanian Swans' fans to not see the side in action.

"I don't know what they are going to hide from the fans. We are certainly not going to worry ourselves too much with what they are doing.

"They have put some pretty good evidence together of what they are capable of in the last couple of years, they are a very well drilled side and well prepared but it would be nice for fans to see both AFL teams.''

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