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Winning is the best thing in the world: Zurhaar

Friday night marked just his 17th career game, but 21-year-old Cameron Zurhaar played a pivotal role in helping North Melbourne take down Richmond in what was one of the upsets of the season.

The Kangaroos headed into the game with a plan to pressure the Tigers into submission and the youngster took it upon himself to set the tone early with five tackles in the first quarter before ending up with a game-high 10.

Cameron Zurhaar had arguably the best game of his career on Friday night.

Cameron Zurhaar had arguably the best game of his career on Friday night.Credit:AAP

The small forwards previous best was five tackles in a game, so he was understandably chuffed with arguably the best performance of his fledgling career.

"Definitely Im proud of myself but its a team effort at the end of the day," he said.

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"Everyone was laying their tackles, the pressure in the forward line was unreal and all over the whole ground so thats what we came to do and we executed really well.

"I just played my role tonight and I guess I got the rewards with a couple of tackles and that's what we do in the forward half, we try to bring the pressure to the backmen and thats exactly what we did and we ended up with the result that we wanted."

It was a turbulent week at Arden Street, with coach Brad Scott abruptly departing the club and Rhyce Shaw stepping in as caretaker for the rest of the season.

Zurhaar credited the club's leaders for ensuring the playing group remained focus on the job at hand despite all the drama that was swirling around them.

"Our leaders are massive. Jack Ziebell, Shaun Higgins, Robbie Tarrant, Jamie Macmillan – theyre just the best leaders I could ask for being a young player," he said.

"They just really shut down everything from the outside and focused on us as a small group and together we got the win tonight.

"It's just an unreal feeling. Winning a game of football is the best thing in the world, especiallRead More – Source