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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.

Records:
  • * 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

AFL: Up-and-comers

Which of your club's young players is primed to take the next step? Who needs a big pre-season?

AFL.com.au's writers take a comprehensive look at each club's players from the 2014 draft and later, assessing their early pre-season form, picking those set for a big 2018 and identifying those in need of a big summer.

Forward Mitch McGovern and midfielder Hugh Greenwood are set to be in the Crows' best 22 heading into next season. McGovern showed glimpses of his spectacular marking ability this year, while basketball convert Greenwood will be better after his third football pre-season. Greenwood is a contested ball king. The speedy Wayne Milera looks like a natural fit to take over Charlie Cameron's spot in attack as a pressure forward. Also, don't be surprised to see third-year defender Tom Doedee get a crack at taking over the third-tall defender role left vacant by Jake Lever's move...


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Phantom Form Guide

After all those games, all that athletic testing and all of the club interviews, we are finally a week away from the NAB AFL Draft.

It is crunch time for recruiters to finalise their lists of prospects, and the same applies to us at AFL.com.au as we reveal our final Phantom Form Guide for 2017. 

This is our rating of the best 30 players in this year's pool. It is not a mock draft or necessarily an indication of where the players will get selected or where bids may come for father-son or academy players.

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
October ranking: 1

Rayner is the most exciting, game-changing prospect in the pool and for that reason is the No.1 player in the Phantom Form Guide. It was rare for Rayner to play a game this year without showing at least a couple of his tricks – whether it be an explosive burst from a stoppage,...


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Phantom Form Guide

After all those games, all that athletic testing and all of the club interviews, we are finally a week away from the NAB AFL Draft.

It is crunch time for recruiters to finalise their lists of prospects, and the same applies to us at AFL.com.au as we reveal our final Phantom Form Guide for 2017. 

This is our rating of the best 30 players in this year's pool. It is not a mock draft or necessarily an indication of where the players will get selected or where bids may come for father-son or academy players.

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
October ranking: 1

Rayner is the most exciting, game-changing prospect in the pool and for that reason is the No.1 player in the Phantom Form Guide. It was rare for Rayner to play a game this year without showing at least a couple of his tricks – whether it be an explosive burst from a stoppage,...


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History of pick 91

For the second time in the past five years, North Melbourne will take pick 91 into the draft.

In 2012, North used their late fifth round selection to promote then rookie Aaron Mullet to the senior list. 

The midfielder went on to play 76 games over the next five seasons, and has since joined Carlton after being delisted earlier this year.

While many clubs elect to pass on the pick, there are those who view the selection as an opportunity to elevate one of their rookies to the senior list.

History of pick 91:

2016 - N/A
2015 - N/A
2014 - N/A
2013 - Pass
2012 - Aaron Mullett (Rookie Promotion) - 76
2011 - Jackson Allen - 4
2010 - Jarryd Blair (Rookie Promotion) - 143
2009 - Matthew Maguire - 71
2008 - N/A
2007 - N/A
2006 - N/A
2005 - N/A
2004 - N/A
2003 - N/A
2002 - N/A
2001 - N/A
2000 - N/A
1999 - Pass
1998 - Pass
1997 - N/A
1996 - N/A
1995 - N/A
1994 - Pass
1993 - N/A
1992 - Jeremy McVay - 0
1991 - N/A
1990 -...


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History of pick 91

For the second time in the past five years, North Melbourne will take pick 91 into the draft.

In 2012, North used their late fifth round selection to promote then rookie Aaron Mullet to the senior list. 

The midfielder went on to play 76 games over the next five seasons, and has since joined Carlton after being delisted earlier this year.

While many clubs elect to pass on the pick, there are those who view the selection as an opportunity to elevate one of their rookies to the senior list.

History of pick 91:

2016 - N/A
2015 - N/A
2014 - N/A
2013 - Pass
2012 - Aaron Mullett (Rookie Promotion) - 76
2011 - Jackson Allen - 4
2010 - Jarryd Blair (Rookie Promotion) - 143
2009 - Matthew Maguire - 71
2008 - N/A
2007 - N/A
2006 - N/A
2005 - N/A
2004 - N/A
2003 - N/A
2002 - N/A
2001 - N/A
2000 - N/A
1999 - Pass
1998 - Pass
1997 - N/A
1996 - N/A
1995 - N/A
1994 - Pass
1993 - N/A
1992 - Jeremy McVay - 0
1991 - N/A
1990 -...


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Thompson ain't done yet

After 200 games, Scott Thompson admits that for the first time since his debut ten years ago, he thought his AFL career could be over.

The stoic defender ended the 2017 season in strong form, but when North continued its brave plan to invest in the future and prioritised the re-signings of much younger players, he was suddenly faced with the daunting prospect of being unemployed.

"It was a nervous wait and a situation I'd never really been in. It was a new experience," Thompson told NMFC.com.au in a candid interview.

"You get a phone call and it's either them telling you to, 'look for a new job' or, 'you've still got a job' so you do have to think about life after football ... but it was great North gave me the call and gave me the nod for another year.

"I played my 200th game and it must have been close to being my last game because [I had] six weeks of waiting and then a nod. I...


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Thompson ain't done yet

After 200 games, Scott Thompson admits that for the first time since his debut ten years ago, he thought his AFL career could be over.

The stoic defender ended the 2017 season in strong form, but when North continued its brave plan to invest in the future and prioritised the re-signings of much younger players, he was suddenly faced with the daunting prospect of being unemployed.

"It was a nervous wait and a situation I'd never really been in. It was a new experience," Thompson told NMFC.com.au in a candid interview.

"You get a phone call and it's either them telling you to, 'look for a new job' or, 'you've still got a job' so you do have to think about life after football ... but it was great North gave me the call and gave me the nod for another year.

"I played my 200th game and it must have been close to being my last game because [I had] six weeks of waiting and then a nod. I...


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Be part of something special

In 2010, North’s most influential members united as one and formed a Coterie group, known as the Shinboner Club.

A Coterie membership like no other, the Shinboner Club makes a significant impact on the club’s on and off field success.

Sustainability and investing in North’s core business, the Football Department are avenues these Coterie members actively assist in by being part of this respected group.

This vital network has been critical in ensuring key objectivities within our Football department can be continuous such as luring key talent like Shaun Higgins and Jarrad Waite, paying close to 100% of our salary cap and investing heavily in the high-performance space.

As a valued member you will receive invitations to exclusive inner-sanctum events and functions with North players, coaches and key club personnel, while gaining a rare insight into the business strategies of...


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Be part of something special

In 2010, North’s most influential members united as one and formed a Coterie group, known as the Shinboner Club.

A Coterie membership like no other, the Shinboner Club makes a significant impact on the club’s on and off field success.

Sustainability and investing in North’s core business, the Football Department are avenues these Coterie members actively assist in by being part of this respected group.

This vital network has been critical in ensuring key objectivities within our Football department can be continuous such as luring key talent like Shaun Higgins and Jarrad Waite, paying close to 100% of our salary cap and investing heavily in the high-performance space.

As a valued member you will receive invitations to exclusive inner-sanctum events and functions with North players, coaches and key club personnel, while gaining a rare insight into the business strategies of...


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Indicative draft order

Below is the indicative order of selection for the 2017 NAB AFL Draft following the trade period.

The draft will be held in Sydney on Friday, November 24. 

Rookie list promotions are included among the compulsory minimum of three selections that each club must have at the draft, but the names of these players will not be formally read out at the draft.

Each pick is given a points value as part of the AFL's bidding system for father-son and academy prospects.

Note: Port Adelaide will not receive any compensation for the loss of Jackson Trengove, after later taking in Tom Rockliff and Steven Motlop as a free agents.

Indicative draft order

ROUND ONE
BL 1. Brisbane Lions
FREM 2. Fremantle (received from Gold Coast via Lachie Weller trade)
CARL 3. Carlton
NMFC 4. North Melbourne
FRE 5. Fremantle
COLL 6. Collingwood
STK 7. St Kilda (received from Hawthorn in 2016)
STK 8. St...

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Making up for lost time

Taylor Garner was running laps again on Friday, like he has so many times before in his five-season AFL career.

This time there was no reason for pessimism or concern as North Melbourne's human highlight reel rounded the Arden St surface.

Garner is readying himself for his first proper pre-season after an 18-game campaign filled with promise, having finally escaped his curse of needing post-season surgery.

But repeat hamstring issues, as well as hip, knee, quad and shoulder injuries – dating to his TAC Cup days with the Dandenong Stingrays – means he will cautiously, but optimistically, advance from here.

"My body's good … confidence in my body is the main thing," the 23-year-old told AFL.com.au in a rare interview.

"I have to be a bit careful at times not to get too excited, and I definitely have a different program to everyone else. 

"I just have to know my body, and I think I've...


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Waiting in the wings

Alex Morgan knows there’s a big opportunity for him at North, but acknowledges making his long awaited AFL debut will be tough.

The 21-year-old knocked back a one-year deal to stay at Essendon to join the Kangaroos following the trade period, and says he’s more than ready to put in the hard yards.

“I saw that there was a young list at North and that really excited me, being a young player as well, so whilst I really enjoyed my two years at Essendon, I’m really excited by what’s to come,” he told NMFC.com.au.

“There are spots up for grabs if you’re willing to do the work … there are a lot of people that really feel that they can take the opportunity with both hands this year so it’s not going to come easy, but I feel like if I put in the work, I should get the rewards.”

Likely to play at half-back – his regular position – the speedy defender hopes to one day push up the ground onto a...


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Macmillan applauded

Nick Dal Santo has praised ex-teammate Jamie Macmillan for standing up in the wake of stinging criticism. 

Macmillan said on SEN that he and his teammates felt ‘disrespected and pissed off’ following comments that put North and its players down. 

“I love it that he’s sticking up for his football club,” Dal Santo said on SEN Afternoons.

“It’s what he believes, it’s like someone speaking ill of your family or your friends, you stick up for them. I love that about Jamie.

“If people are prepared to say about you and your football club, and he’s sticking up for Ben Cunnington and Robbie Tarrant in particular, go for it.

“I’m comfortable with players sticking up for their club and giving it back a little bit. It’s always respectful.”

Dal Santo also objected to some of the commentary used about North’s list and individual players by so called “experts”.

“Some of the wording, ‘the worst list...


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The Roo-generation

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs.

They are the two years that could change it all for North Melbourne.

A list bereft of top-liners – outside of Robbie Tarrant, Ben Brown, Shaun Higgins, Ben Cunnington and maybe Jack Ziebell – has a chance to change the external opinions that matter. 

Greater Western Sydney midfield jet Josh Kelly, whose father, Phil, played 61 games for North in the 1980s, is waiting tantalisingly at the end of 2019.

The 2017 All Australian effectively hedged his bets when he re-signed for only two seasons at the Giants, knocking back the Kangas' audacious $10 million, nine-year offer.

Publicly, at least, Kelly's contract timeframe was translated as: "You tempted me, North, but I'll try to win a flag with GWS while you get your house in order. Don't lose my number."

It was impossible for the young...


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Minson joins Roos

2013 All-Australian ruckman Will Minson has joined North's coaching ranks, assigned the task of instructing former foe Todd Goldstein, as well as Majak Daw, Braydon Preuss and developing rookie Tom Jeffries.

Minson comes to Arden Street with a wealth of experience having played in three consecutive preliminary finals in 2008-10 and won a VFL flag.

Goldstein is looking forward to collaborating and knows a new perspective could help him return to his best.

“It’s great to have someone like Will, who is fresh out of the game,” Goldstein told NMFC.com.au.

Minson takes over from former North champion Alex “Russian” Ishchenko in the role of ruck coach.

“We had ‘Russian’ for a number of years and he was absolutely outstanding for me but now, to get a new face in and some new perspectives and ideas, is really exciting,” Goldstein added.

“I think he’ll be able to help me adds some more strings...


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Petrie's 20 lives on

Nick Larkey interview (Nov 17, 2017) Nick Larkey spoke with North Media after being given the No. 20 guernsey.

North legend Drew Petrie will keep a close eye on emerging forward Nick Larkey, after the youngster was recently handed his famous No.20 jumper.

“It’s great to hear that Nick will take the number, I wish him well and hopefully he can add to his games tally significantly this year,” Petrie told NMFC.com.au.

“I’ll always watch North and I’ll always have an eye on whoever’s in the number 20 jumper.”

After 17 seasons in the AFL, Petrie can still remember being handed the number.

“I remember walking into the Arden St changerooms seeing my name printed below the number 20, it was one of the most exciting days at the club,” Petrie recalled.

“But, I was just a custodian of the number 20 while I was at North Melbourne.

“It’s not my jumper, I never owned it, it never belonged to...


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North to play AFLX

North Melbourne will take on Essendon, Carlton, St Kilda, Melbourne and Hawthorn during a round-robin of the new AFLX format in February.

Described as the "high-octane version of the sport", the modified game will be played across three cities in three nights, with the Roos to play at Etihad Stadium on Friday, February 16.

North trialled AFLX during its 2017 pre-season campaign, with the game consisting of two ten-minute halves, with a two-minute break at half-time. 

AFLX will be played on a rectangular field with dimensions similar to that of a soccer field, with 10 players per team. 

It is a seven-a-side format with three players on the bench and there is no limit to rotations. 

In order to create a fast and free-flowing game, the last touch out-of-bounds rule has been introduced, while the ball will be kicked in after all scores. 

To promote high scoring, the League has also...


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History of pick 78

North’s final pick in this year’s draft is No.78, and despite it being a late fifth round selection, history shows there might be some talent left.

While many clubs have elected to pass on selections this deep, others have acquired solid performers, namely Hawthorn and Richmond.

Former Hawthorn captain Richie Vandenberg was pick No.78 in 1997, and went on to forge a solid AFL career while Richmond drafted strong defender and rising star nominee Ty Zantuck with this same selection in 1999.

History of Pick 78:

2016 - N/A

2005 - N/A

2014 - Jesse Palmer - 3  

2013 - Pass

2012 - Clancee Pearce (Rookie Promotion) - 50

2011 - Orren Stephenson - 15

2010 - Lewis Stevenson (Rookie Promotion) - 9

2009 - Pass

2008 - Jason Davenport - 28

2007 - N/A

2006 - Bryce Campbell - 8

2005 - N/A

2004 - Pass

2003 - Pass

2002 - Pass

2001 - Pass

2000 - Pass

1999 - Ty Zantuck - 77

1998 - Pass

1997 - Richie...


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VFL ... what's next?

We already know North Melbourne will field a standalone VFL side next year, but what are the next steps as preparations get underway for the Roos' inaugural season? 

NMFC.com.au will keep you up-to-date with all the latest news heading into 2018.

Here's some of the key information you need to know to get prepared.

Who is coaching the inaugural North Melbourne VFL side?
David Loader will be senior coach of the inaugural North VFL side. He will be assisted by AFL Development Coaches Gavin Brown and Ben Dyer and VFL Football Manager, Andrew Carson. 

There will be four assistant coaches to assist the three AFL development coaches. 

How many staff are required for the operation?
There will be approximately 30-40 staff working closely with the VFL side, consisting of full-time club employees, part-time staff and volunteers.

The roles include GPS game/training analysts, statisticians team,...


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Majak Daw’s single focus

Majak Daw is hoping a change of numbers could turn his fortunes around next season with the forward/ruck swapping his well-established No.38 for No.1.

Still to do a full pre-season after eight years at Arden Street, Daw said the decision to trade jumpers wasn’t an easy one.

“Maybe it’s the change I need,” Daw told NMFC.com.au.

“Changing my number was the last thing on my mind but I asked the club to give me a couple of days to think about it.

“I’ll be on the other side of the locker room now, I’m excited about it.”

The number 1 jumper returns...#NMFC pic.twitter.com/EKrab0YMIW

— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) November 14, 2017

Regardless of what number he has on his back, Daw knows there’s high expectations on him to perform, but he accepts the responsibility.

“There is pressure on me to start performing, being consistent, playing more games and having more of an impact, but that’s...


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