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Beginnings: North Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Kangaroos, is the fourth oldest Australian rules football club in the AFL and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia and the world. It is based at the Arden Street Oval in the inner Melbourne suburb of North Melbourne.

  • * Record Attendance: 72,216 at the MCG in round 9, 20 May 1994
  • * Most Games: Wayne Schimmelbusch 306 (1973-87)
  • * Most Goals: 671 Wayne Carey (1989-2001)
  • * Biggest finals crowd: 113,839 for the 1974 grand final at the MCG
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
8 North Melbourne 22 12 10 0 1956 1859 105.2 48

North loses a heartbreaker

The Western Bulldogs have hung on for a one-point victory against a brave North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

The Bulldogs looked to have secured their first win since round 10 when they led by 26 points at the 11-minute mark of the final term, but the Roos were not done, kicking the next four goals and levelling the scores when Shaun Higgins kicked a behind at the 29-minute mark.

With little more than a minute remaining, Jake Stringer reclaimed the lead for the Dogs with a behind from 45m on the boundary line, a threadbare margin they held until the siren to claim a 15.17 (107) to 16.10 (106) win.

After Ben Cunnington goaled to cut the Dogs' lead to one point at the 24-minute mark, Ben Brown looked to have put the Kangaroos in front two minutes later when he marked close to goal, played on and kicked truly.

But the goal was disallowed after a free kick was paid against Mason Wood for...

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North's VFL coach named

North’s very own VFL team is beginning to take shape, with current development coach, David Loader, named as the inaugural head coach.

Loader has spent the last 18 months at Arden Street, working closely with the club’s younger players at VFL level.

Before arriving at North, Loader spent nine years with the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup.

“We’re really rapt to have David taking charge of our new VFL team. He has a wealth of experience with developing young players and has established great relationships with our emerging players over the past two seasons,” North’s GM Football Cameron Joyce said.

“We’re confident he’ll enjoy a really smooth transition into VFL coaching as we enter the competition in 2018.”     

Andrew Carson has been appointed as the VFL Football Manager, crossing over from the Roos’ recruiting team.

Prior to his role at North, Carson was the Regional Manager at...

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VFL: Round 10 Report

Match result

Footscray 13.17 (95) def. Werribee 10.11 (71)

In action

Jed Anderson
Will Fordham
Lachlan Hansen
Mitch Hibberd
Nick Larkey
Daniel Nielson
Braydon Preuss
Matt Taylor
Corey Wagner
Sam Wright
Cameron Zurhaar

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Story of the game

Werribee had been on a roll, winning the last six on the trot, but it was Footscray who came out on top in a game with plenty of momentum swings.

Footscray took an early lead in the first quarter, before Werribee fought back, ensuring the Dogs’ lead remained in the single digits in the second and third terms. Footscray kicked away late in the third quarter and were ultimately too strong for the Tigers.

All eyes from the North camp were on Sam Wright, as he played his first match in several months and made a successful return from ankle and foot issues that had kept him sidelined this year.

North’s number 19 got through...

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Harvey’s Heroes Clinic 2017

North Melbourne has sent out invitations for one of the most popular events on the club’s annual calendar, the Harvey’s Heroes Clinic.

Junior members with clinic entitlements will take to Arden Street for an afternoon of skills, learning and a signing session with the players on Tuesday, July 4 between 1 and 3pm.  

Deck the kids out in the North colours, and get them ready for a day of fun with all the Roos’ stars.

If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP for your child by calling 1300 KANGAS (1300 526 427) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Guest passes are available for $70, which includes entry into the clinic and the Harvey’s Heroes merchandise pack.

What: Harvey’s Heroes Clinic
When: Tuesday, July 4 – 1pm-3pm approx.
Where: Arden Street Oval – 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne
What to wear: Dress in North Melbourne colours
RSVP: June 23, 2017

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Wright, Wagner return

Sam Wright and Corey Wagner are set to make their returns from injury on Saturday, with the pair named in the Werribee line up to take on Footscray.

It’ll be Wright’s first game at any level since his JLT Series appearance in March against the Giants.

A series of ankle and foot complaints have held Wright back but the 26-year-old has overcome them to play on Saturday.

For Wagner it’ll be his first game since suffering a high ankle sprain in the early minutes of North’s win against Adelaide in early May.

Jed Anderson and Lachlan Hansen return to the VFL after being omitted from the North side.

While Hansen has been playing in the backline for the Roos, he has been named at centre-half-forward for Werribee.

Sam Durdin and Braydon Preuss have passed their respective concussion and ankle tests and are all set to line up in the key-position posts.

Ben McKay will make his return from a hip...

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ET: Finding form fast

Luke Beveridge says the Western Bulldogs need to find form quickly if they are to have a significant impact in September.

The Bulldogs are currently in ninth position on the AFL ladder, having lost four of their last five games, but their coach is confident things can quickly turn.

“We went into last week’s game making sure we found it (form) and we didn’t. We are well aware as the weeks tick by, that our chances towards the back end of the year diminish,” Beveridge said on Friday.

“We’ve got to focus on the things that made us a good side when we’ve beaten pretty good teams. We feel we can get back there. It’s as good a time as any against the Kangaroos this week.”

Sunday’s 57-point loss against Melbourne was the Bulldogs’ worst, in respect to margin, in a year.

“Melbourne was very good last week and the things you might think let us down maybe didn’t at different times,” Beveridge...

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Curran's long wait over


Tom Curran (right) made his return in the VAFA on the weekend.

Injuries hampered what looked to be a promising AFL career for Tom Curran, but the former Roo was a welcome sight on the field in the VAFA on the weekend. 

Back for his first competitive game in four years, Curran played for Collegians. 

While things didn't go completely to plan, the 23-year-old was back doing what he loved. 

“First centre clearance of the game we got a free kick and within 10 seconds I’d marked it on the lead and had a shot at goal and missed,’’ the former Roo told the Herald Sun.

“That kick out went out, we marked it and it got kicked back in, I flew for that mark, got my hands to it at the top of the pack and jarred my finger.

“I didn’t know I’d done anything, we kicked a goal and I went to high five my teammate, looked down at my hand and my pinky finger was sideways.”

After leaving the field, Curran...

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Fighting all the way

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Brad Scott reiterated on Thursday North remained primarily focused on pushing its finals claims.    

Asked whether North might reach a point this season where it put a greater priority on blooding players, Scott did not categorically rule out such a switch but suggested it was highly unlikely.

"If you know anything about North Melbourne we'll fight and bite and scratch until we mathematically have absolutely no chance (of making the finals) and then when we have mathematically no chance we'll fight and bite and scratch until the end of the season," Scott said. 

"That's the way we go about it."

Scott also dismissed the suggestion North would be better served looking towards the future over the remainder of 2017.

"There's another word for that that the AFL has used in the past," Scott said. 

"We believe firmly that our...

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Daw ready to play

After signing a three year deal last September, Majak Daw is yet to make his mark on season 2017.

Daw played in North’s Round 2 match against Geelong this year, but hasn’t been seen since.

A string of minor injuries in the first half of the year has prevented him from gathering any momentum, until now.

"That's been the biggest thing with me ... it's been spoken about, my potential, but I haven't really played many games," Daw said.

"It's not the best number (his senior games), but it's really been out of my control.

"I'm still pretty optimistic, I have two years left on my contract and hopefully I can really make something of my career.

"I just need to train, get my injuries right."

The 26-year-old has played just 26 career games, and knows it should be more, so he’s looking to add to the tally and hopefully that process begins this week.

Three goals in the VFL last weekend for...

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Turner sidelined

North Melbourne small forward Kayne Turner will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury.  

Turner's injury is a blow for the Roos given the 21-year-old has been one of their most-improved players this season.  

North confirmed on Thursday afternoon Turner had suffered a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury during the round 13 loss to St Kilda and was expected to be sidelined for 3-6 weeks.  

After playing just two games in a 2016 season blotched by injury and a club-imposed four-game suspension, Turner had entrenched himself in North's forward line over the first half of the season.  

Playing the Kangaroos' first 12 games, Turner was the Roos' second-highest goalscorer with 15, behind key big man Ben Brown on 29. Turner had been held goalless in just two games, round nine against Melbourne and round 11 against Richmond.  

Turner's defensive pressure was also excellent...

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The fine selection line

The calls tend to get louder at this time of the year.

‘When will the young guys come into the side?’. ‘How long until they get a game?’.

There are a number of factors which go into promoting youth into the side, the most important of which is looking after the players, as Brad Scott explains.

“For young guys – especially the ones in their first year in the competition – you’ve got to look at their body shape and their ability to compete physically against guys who have got hardened AFL bodies,” the North coach told NMFC.com.au.

“There are some young guys who come straight out of the Under 18 system who are pretty much physically ready to go, and others need a little time to develop.

“We’re looking at the ability to match it physically with other guys at AFL level, knowing you can get an 18-year-old playing on a 32-year-old.

“You don’t want to expose a boy against a man but they...

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AFLX on its way

The AFL is planning to launch its version of cricket’s Twenty20, with a series of matches involving non-finalists in September this year.

Under the proposal, the Saturday after round 23 - when the top eight teams are given the bye - would be set aside to launch AFLX, a fast-paced, scaled-down version of traditional football.

The AFL recently alerted clubs to its plans, and on Thursday night confirmed its September launch hopes for the radical concept.

"We are currently investigating the opportunity of using the Saturday of the bye round to showcase AFLX via the best players from teams which have missed the finals," AFL football operations manager Simon Lethlean told The Footy Show.

"We are exploring this with the clubs, and have contemplated incentives to play and prize money.

"We are very excited about AFLX.

"It’s a fast-paced, high octane version of our game and it will be a new...

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Team: Three changes for Bulldogs clash

Majak Daw has been rewarded for his form in the VFL, coming back into North’s side to face the Bulldogs.

Three goals and some influential passages of play during his ruck stints last week against the Northern Blues means Daw will play his second game of the year.

Jamie Macmillan returns after hamstring tightness forced him out against the Saints. His run and carry was sorely missed and will be gladly welcomed back.

With 23 disposals the last time he faced the Bulldogs, he was one of North’s better contributors on Good Friday.

The third inclusion for the Saturday night clash is Andrew Swallow, another who has been performing at a high level for Werribee.

He collected 28 disposals and seven tackles last week, and has averaged 30 disposals a game in the VFL this season.

Lachlan Hansen, Jed Anderson and Kayne Turner, who injured his knee last week, are out.

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The Preview: Round 14

Who: Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne
Where and when: Saturday June 24, Etihad Stadium, 7:25pm EST
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Both sides will be desperate for a win when they meet at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

It will be the return meeting from Good Friday, when North narrowly fell to the Bulldogs by three points.

The Bulldogs have slipped out of the top eight after heavily losing their last two matches, while North is looking to bounce back after a disappointing performance against St Kilda on Friday night.

Recent games between the sides have tended to be close. The highest margin of victory in the last four matches is only 23 points.

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Winning the contest

Earlier in the week, NMFC.com.au explored the link between sides taking on the Bulldogs in the contest and coming out with favourable results.

The inclusion of Andrew Swallow...

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AFL: Pay deal announced


Paul Marsh and Matthew Pavlich from the AFLPA with AFL chairman Richard Goyder and CEO Gillon McLachlan.

AFL players will receive a 20 per cent pay rise this year after a new $1.84 billion dollar, six-year pay deal was announced in Adelaide on Tuesday afternoon. 

The bumper pay rise lifts the average player wage from $309,000 to $371,000 and the player salary cap from $10.37m to $12.45m.

In 2022, the final year of the agreement, the average player wage will be $389,000 with a salary cap of $13.54m.  

The 20 per cent figure, first reported by AFL.com.au in March, will be followed by rises of 1.2 per cent (2018), 1.3 per cent (2019) and two 2 per cent in 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

The deal was voted on by the players on Tuesday afternoon and signed off by AFL Players Association CEO Paul Marsh with overwhelming support of the League's 850 players.

AFL chairman Richard Goyder declared the...

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North confirms bigger HQ

North Melbourne is a step closer to expanding its Arden Street headquarters with architects set to deliver new plans for a multi-storey extension.

Managing director and CEO Carl Dilena confirmed the club had already consulted with Melbourne City Council ahead of its submission to build on the extension slab, that sits between the existing exterior wall of the facility and outdoor pool.

"We have a workshop with the architects on Thursday to go through their first set of drawings," Dilena said.

"From there, we will refine them and then finalise them before submitting to council for approval."

As part of having a standalone VFL team beginning next season and its push to secure an AFLW licence, North intends to extend its facilities and upgrade the Arden Street Oval so it can be 'match ready'.

"This would include new interchange benches on the oval, improved lighting, coaches boxes and a...

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Blight's finest moments

Malcolm Blight was officially named a Legend of Australian Football at Tuesday night's gala Hall of Fame ceremony.

A champion footballer with North Melbourne and Woodville, Blight completed his legacy by leading Adelaide to back-to-back premierships.

Here are six moments that made Blight a Legend of the game. 

1. Malcolm's Magarey

The prodigiously talented Woodville onballer/forward enhanced his standing as one of the hottest properties in the country when, at 22, he won the 1972 Magarey Medal as the outstanding player in the SANFL. Blight kicked 45 goals while playing predominantly as a ruck-rover.

2. Blight becomes a dual premiership star

After six years at Woodville, Blight was finally coerced into transferring to North Melbourne, becoming a key member of the club's first two premiership sides, in 1975 and 1977. Almost dropped by Ron Barassi after the 1977 Grand Final draw against...

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Match Centre: Round 14

Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne
Etihad Stadium
Saturday, June 24 - 7.25pm

All the information you need to know for our away game against the Bulldogs on Saturday night.


Member access
This week's match is a designated away game. Only members with away game entitlements will be able to access the venue by scanning their card at the gate.

Members can find a seat in any of the designated General Admission areas on Level 3. Members are encouraged to upgrade to a reserved seat by visiting Ticketmaster on ticketmaster.com.au or calling 136 100.

Match-day enquiries
Membership representatives will be located in the Away Team Hub outside Gate 5 for membership sales, general enquiries and scarf or cap collection.

Member Code of Conduct
While barracking and supporting the club is a vital part of the game, offensive or aggressive behaviour (including yelling and swearing when dealing...

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In The Mix: Round 14

After two disappointing losses in a row, North could look to the VFL for reinforcements.

Werribee has won six in a row and the Roos’ contingent has played a key role in the streak.

North also has some key players returning from injury as soon as this week, with the likes of Ben Jacobs, Sam Wright more likely to come back via the VFL. 

NMFC.com.au looks at those who could be in the mix for a call-up.


Jamie Macmillan (hamstring fitness) looks a certain starter if fit given his form before the bye and importance in the back half.

Sam Durdin may need another week at VFL level after suffering a concussion last week.

Daniel Nielson has emerged as a player who could be ready to take the next step up, with several strong performances for Werribee in the past month.


Andrew Swallow continued his fine form against the Northern Blues last week and could be ready to return,...

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Emulating the best

When you taste the ultimate success, it’s inevitable other sides will attempt to emulate your style.

That’s what has faced the Western Bulldogs in 2017. Opposition side have used elements of the play which made the run to last season’s premiership so memorable, starting with focusing heavily on winning the contest when facing the premiers.

The contested possession numbers show what sides have done against the Bulldogs this season compared to 2016.

After 12 games last season, the Bulldogs were +293 in contested possessions, more than double the next best side.

So far this year, they rank eighth in contested possessions at +86 through Round 13. It’s a huge departure from the same time period last season.

The immediate flow on effect from the contest being more of an even battle, is that the Bulldogs’ defensive unit has been under more pressure.

While the defensive numbers are close to...

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Round 12
When Home Away Venue
Thursday, 18 June (7:20 pm) Adelaide 12.13 (85) def. by Hawthorn 17.12 (114) Adelaide Oval (crowd: 49,108)
Friday, 19 June (7:50 pm) Richmond 10.10 (70) def. by West Coast 13.12 (90) MCG (crowd: 45,178)
Saturday, 20 June (1:40 pm) Carlton 17.8 (110) def. Port Adelaide 16.10 (106) MCG (crowd: 27,693)
Saturday, 20 June (4:35 pm) Greater Western Sydney 8.13 (61) def. by North Melbourne 18.9 (117) Spotless Stadium (crowd: 7,824)
Saturday, 20 June (7:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 22.14 (146) def. Brisbane Lions 11.8 (74) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 21,129)
Sunday, 21 June (3:20 pm) Geelong 13.11 (89) def. by Melbourne 18.5 (113) Simonds Stadium (crowd: 28,007)
Bye: Collingwood, Essendon, Fremantle, Gold Coast, St Kilda, Sydney

Round 13
When Home Away Venue
Thursday, 25 June (6:10 pm) Fremantle 12.8 (80) def. Collingwood 11.7 (73) Domain Stadium (crowd: 37,145)
Friday, 26 June (7:50 pm) Sydney 11.11 (77) def. by Richmond 14.11 (95) SCG (crowd: 37,579)
Saturday, 27 June (1:40 pm) Hawthorn 16.18 (114) def. Essendon 11.10 (76) MCG (crowd: 62,500)
Saturday, 27 June (4:35 pm) Brisbane Lions 10.9 (69) def. by Adelaide 11.16 (82) Gabba (crowd: 18,146)
Saturday, 27 June (7:20 pm) St Kilda 7.14 (56) def. by Western Bulldogs 9.8 (62) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 26,511)
Sunday, 28 June (3:20 pm) Carlton 14.19 (103) def. Gold Coast 9.15 (69) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 30,207)
Bye: Geelong, Greater Western Sydney, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, West Coast

Round 14
When Home Away Venue
Thursday, 2 July (7:20 pm) Sydney 14.10 (94) def. Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) SCG (crowd: 28,316)
Friday, 3 July (7:50 pm) Collingwood 12.19 (91) def. by Hawthorn 15.11 (101) MCG (crowd: 75,880)
Saturday, 4 July (1:40 pm) Richmond 10.18 (78) def. Greater Western Sydney 10.9 (69) MCG (crowd: 35,968)
Saturday, 4 July (4:40 pm) Gold Coast 19.11 (125) def. North Melbourne 10.10 (70) Metricon Stadium (crowd: 14,444)
Saturday, 4 July (7:30 pm) Western Bulldogs 9.10 (64) def. Carlton 7.11 (53) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 31,445)
Saturday, 4 July (7:10 pm) Melbourne 9.6 (60) def. by West Coast 16.18 (114) TIO Stadium (crowd: 11,873)
Sunday, 5 July (1:10 pm) Essendon 8.4 (52) def. by St Kilda 25.12 (162) Etihad Stadium (crowd: 38,020)
Sunday, 5 July (2:40 pm) Fremantle 13.6 (84) def. Brisbane Lions 7.6 (48) Domain Stadium (crowd: 32,970)
Sunday, 5 July (cancelled) Adelaide vs. Geelong Adelaide Oval
  • The match between Adelaide and Geelong was cancelled following the death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh on 3 July, with each team receiving two premiership points. It was the first premiership match ever to be cancelled outright, rather than rescheduled or postponed, in VFL/AFL history.[2][30] Starting times of some other matches were adjusted slightly to accommodate tributes to Walsh.[31]
  • St Kilda recorded its highest score – 25.12 (162) – and greatest winning margin – 110 points – in matches against Essendon.[32]

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