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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

Macmillan signs extension

North Melbourne can confirm Jamie Macmillan has penned a contract extension, keeping the No. 34 at Arden St until at least the end of 2020.

“I wouldn’t be signing another year if I didn’t think we were going anywhere,” Macmillan told NMFC.com.au. 

“I still had another two years to go, but I think given the list turnover this year, everyone recognises that there are some exciting times ahead.”

Macmillan believes the club has the right foundations to build something special and said the players are determined to prove the critics wrong.

“We’ve seen some of the older guys go, what we’ve lost with them we’ll miss for sure, but I think the younger guys coming through have got enough in them to replace it.

“I view Cunners [Ben Cunnington] as one of the best inside-mids in the competition, Taz [Robbie Tarrant] is probably one of, if not the best full-back in the competition and they’re the...


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Macmillan signs extension

North Melbourne can confirm Jamie Macmillan has penned a contract extension, keeping the No. 34 at Arden St until at least the end of 2020.

“I wouldn’t be signing another year if I didn’t think we were going anywhere,” Macmillan told NMFC.com.au. 

“I still had another two years to go, but I think given the list turnover this year, everyone recognises that there are some exciting times ahead.”

Macmillan believes the club has the right foundations to build something special and said the players are determined to prove the critics wrong.

“We’ve seen some of the older guys go, what we’ve lost with them we’ll miss for sure, but I think the younger guys coming through have got enough in them to replace it.

“I view Cunners [Ben Cunnington] as one of the best inside-mids in the competition, Taz [Robbie Tarrant] is probably one of, if not the best full-back in the competition and they’re the...


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Macmillan on North critiques

North Melbourne utility Jamie Macmillan and his teammates are "pissed off" about what he described as "disrespectful" critiques of the Kangaroos' prospects.

Macmillan hit back at gloomy assessments delivered by critics including of ex-Hawthorn recruiter Gary Buckenara and former Western Bulldogs and Richmond coach Terry Wallace.

Wallace believes the Kangaroos have the "least talented" list in the AFL, while Buckenara also angered Macmillan by not rating midfielder Ben Cunnington and key defender Robbie Tarrant as elite players.

North finished 15th this season after winning just six games and have farewelled a wealth of experience over the past two off-seasons, with the general consensus being that only a long rebuild will bring success.

However, Macmillan, a member of North's leadership group, remains optimistic about returning to the finals next year.

The 26-year-old, who has signed...


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Macmillan on North critiques

North Melbourne utility Jamie Macmillan and his teammates are "pissed off" about what he described as "disrespectful" critiques of the Kangaroos' prospects.

Macmillan hit back at gloomy assessments delivered by critics including of ex-Hawthorn recruiter Gary Buckenara and former Western Bulldogs and Richmond coach Terry Wallace.

Wallace believes the Kangaroos have the "least talented" list in the AFL, while Buckenara also angered Macmillan by not rating midfielder Ben Cunnington and key defender Robbie Tarrant as elite players.

North finished 15th this season after winning just six games and have farewelled a wealth of experience over the past two off-seasons, with the general consensus being that only a long rebuild will bring success.

However, Macmillan, a member of North's leadership group, remains optimistic about returning to the finals next year.

The 26-year-old, who has signed...


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Phantom Form Guide

With all eyes now firmly on the NAB AFL Draft, it is time for another update of the Phantom Form Guide. 

AFL.com.au has ranked the best 25 players in the draft pool, not taking into account where they might actually get drafted or where bids may come for father-son or academy prospects. It is not a mock draft. 

There will be one more update of the Phantom Form Guide ahead of next month's draft, which will be held at Sydney Showgrounds on November 24.

1 Cameron Rayner

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

Rayner did not test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine due to a nagging knee injury that bugged him a little towards the end of the season. However, his best work had well and truly been done by then, proving to recruiters his unparalleled ability in this year's draft pool to impact a game. After blitzing the under-18 carnival with...


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Phantom Form Guide

With all eyes now firmly on the NAB AFL Draft, it is time for another update of the Phantom Form Guide. 

AFL.com.au has ranked the best 25 players in the draft pool, not taking into account where they might actually get drafted or where bids may come for father-son or academy prospects. It is not a mock draft. 

There will be one more update of the Phantom Form Guide ahead of next month's draft, which will be held at Sydney Showgrounds on November 24.

1 Cameron Rayner

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

Rayner did not test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine due to a nagging knee injury that bugged him a little towards the end of the season. However, his best work had well and truly been done by then, proving to recruiters his unparalleled ability in this year's draft pool to impact a game. After blitzing the under-18 carnival with...


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Simpkin to tackle no.12

PRESS PLAY above to watch Lindsay Thomas speak about Jy Simpkin.

Lindsay Thomas has backed rising star Jy Simpkin to take the next step in his career, with the youngster set to step out in his recently vacated No.12 jumper.

“It’s funny, I said to my wife, if there’s going to be anyone that knocks me off my perch it’s going to be Jy Simpkin, the kids so talented...and he’s knocked me off my perch and put me out of a job,” Thomas joked to NMFC.com.au.

“I couldn’t be prouder and give it to a better kid.”

In what was an overwhelming and emotional experience, Thomas, who was delisted by North, personally contacted Simpkin asking if he would like to wear his No. 12.

“Hopefully he can make the number his own, he can beat all the records that I’ve set over the 11 years and I am sure he will,” Thomas said.

“I felt like I’ve done not just the number but the jumper proud.”

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Simpkin to tackle no.12

PRESS PLAY above to watch Lindsay Thomas speak about Jy Simpkin.

Lindsay Thomas has backed rising star Jy Simpkin to take the next step in his career, with the youngster set to step out in his recently vacated No.12 jumper.

“It’s funny, I said to my wife, if there’s going to be anyone that knocks me off my perch it’s going to be Jy Simpkin, the kids so talented...and he’s knocked me off my perch and put me out of a job,” Thomas joked to NMFC.com.au.

“I couldn’t be prouder and give it to a better kid.”

In what was an overwhelming and emotional experience, Thomas, who was delisted by North, personally contacted Simpkin asking if he would like to wear his No. 12.

“Hopefully he can make the number his own, he can beat all the records that I’ve set over the 11 years and I am sure he will,” Thomas said.

“I felt like I’ve done not just the number but the jumper proud.”

The duo formed an...


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History of pick 23

The second pick belonging to North Melbourne in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, pick 23, is a familiar one for North fans.

As with all picks, there is a mixed history with this position in the draft order. Pick 23 success stories include premiership defender Tom Lonergan (Geelong) and key Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis, as well as legends of the game like Michael Long (Essendon). 

For each Tom Lonergan, there is a Murray Newman, with numerous picks not reaching their second round potential.

To North fans, there is one pick that stands out above the rest. With pick 23 of the 2000 AFL Draft, the Roos selected Drew Petrie.

Petrie remained at the club from 2001 until 2016 and his 16 stellar seasons with North certainly left a mark on the club’s record books.

The versatile big man currently sits second for games played (316), and sixth on the leading goal kicker’s tally (428). Before his...


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History of pick 23

The second pick belonging to North Melbourne in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, pick 23, is a familiar one for North fans.

As with all picks, there is a mixed history with this position in the draft order. Pick 23 success stories include premiership defender Tom Lonergan (Geelong) and key Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis, as well as legends of the game like Michael Long (Essendon). 

For each Tom Lonergan, there is a Murray Newman, with numerous picks not reaching their second round potential.

To North fans, there is one pick that stands out above the rest. With pick 23 of the 2000 AFL Draft, the Roos selected Drew Petrie.

Petrie remained at the club from 2001 until 2016 and his 16 stellar seasons with North certainly left a mark on the club’s record books.

The versatile big man currently sits second for games played (316), and sixth on the leading goal kicker’s tally (428). Before his...


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History of pick 4

The AFL NAB National Draft is just around the corner and for the first time since 1988, the number four pick lays with North Melbourne.

Of course, not every player taken with selection four has become a star, but in the past 30 years the pick has started the AFL careers of the likes of Justin Leppitsch (Brisbane), Mathew Pavlich (Fremantle) and more recently Josh Kennedy (Carlton & West Coast Eagles). Between the trio the accolades are astonishing; seven best-and-fairests, 11 All-Australian selections and 1,413 goals in 787 games.

Jason McCartney started his career at Collingwood after arriving with pick four in 1990, going on to play 182 games, including 107 with North.  

Farren Ray was the most recent number four selection to play at Arden Street.

Drafted to the Western Bulldogs and going on to play seven seasons with St Kilda, including three Grand Finals, he retired in...


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History of pick 4

The AFL NAB National Draft is just around the corner and for the first time since 1988, the number four pick lays with North Melbourne.

Of course, not every player taken with selection four has become a star, but in the past 30 years the pick has started the AFL careers of the likes of Justin Leppitsch (Brisbane), Mathew Pavlich (Fremantle) and more recently Josh Kennedy (Carlton & West Coast Eagles). Between the trio the accolades are astonishing; seven best-and-fairests, 11 All-Australian selections and 1,413 goals in 787 games.

Jason McCartney started his career at Collingwood after arriving with pick four in 1990, going on to play 182 games, including 107 with North.  

Farren Ray was the most recent number four selection to play at Arden Street.

Drafted to the Western Bulldogs and going on to play seven seasons with St Kilda, including three Grand Finals, he retired in...


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History of pick 64

While the picks later in the draft are often harder to get a read on, with the work that goes into recruiting in the modern era clubs have a huge opportunity to grab a potential bargain. 

RELATED: History of pick 4 | History of pick 23

North will go into the upcoming draft with the fourth round selection for the first time in history, in the hope of uncovering a gem. 

Despite many pick 64’s failing to make an impact at the highest level, there have been a handful of draftees who have managed to carve-out strong careers.

The most distinguished player to be taken with this selection is Nick Malceski, who was drafted by Sydney back in 2002.

The defender played 176 games for the Swans, before moving to Gold Coast where he lined-up 34 times across two seasons. He retired at the end of 2016.

Malceski earnt an All-Australian cap in 2014, and was an integral part of Sydney’s 2012 premiership...


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Back into it

With plenty of sunscreen and zinc applied under the sweltering spring sun, North’s seniors players engaged in a skills session on Monday.

There was a return of familiar faces as well as the appearance of a new one, with ex-Bombers’ recruit Alex Morgan joining a host of players returning from injury. Sam Wright, Ben Jacobs and Marley Williams were among those taking to the track as they continue on the comeback trail.

The only players not in attendance were from the 1-4 year group, who after returning from a high-performance camp in Utah will link up with the rest of the boys on Wednesday.

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Jarrad Waite on the run. 

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Mason Wood takes a breather.  

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Shaun Higgins recieves his instructions.

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Darren Crocker delivers his message.

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Jamie Macmillan hits a target as Mason Wood watches on.

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Scott Thompson enjoys a moments rest.

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Ben Cunnington hits the track.

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Jarrad Waite looks to catch up...


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Lindsay’s pride

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Lindsay Thomas says he wants to be remembered as an honest and hard-working Shinboner who gave it his all.

The dynamic forward departed the club at the start of November, and says while saying goodbye was tough, he will cherish some amazing memories from his time at Arden Street.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’ve been here (North) most of my life and unfortunately it’s come to an end,” Thomas said.

“I’m super proud of what I’ve been able to achieve at the footy club. A shy indigenous boy from Port Lincoln coming to the big smoke and making an impact, like I felt like I have in 11 years, is pretty cool and I’m pretty happy and proud of my achievements.”

The 29-year-old represented the royal blue and white on 205 occasions, booting 325 goals, which places him 11th on North’s all-time goal kicking list.

Thomas said he never...


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Crocker praises Swallow

Darren Crocker has praised the brilliant career of three-time Syd Barker Medal winner Andrew Swallow.

“He lead by example exceptionally well, was a real professional with the way he went about his football and was always looking to get better,” Crocker said on SEN.

“He was an elite tackler.

“I suppose [with] the evolution of our game and how prevalent tackling has become, he was one of the pioneers with that, but he also worked really hard on it too.

“It wasn’t something he really took for granted but it was just a mindset thing.

“He really was a fantastic leader, a fantastic person around the football club.”

While he still had another year remaining on his contract, Swallow decided it was the right time to call it a day with North's youngsters set to get plenty of opportunities in 2018.

“He (Swallow) felt the opportunities may have been limited, especially with where he sees his...


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‘The sky’s the limit'

PRESS PLAY above to watch the Jack Ziebell interview.

As the start of pre-season training edges closer, North captain Jack Ziebell is refusing to write next season off, and says the sky’s the limit for 2018.

“My message to our supporters and fans would be, don’t write us off just yet - come watch us and watch us improve. It’s going to be an exciting year,” Ziebell said.

The young leader taking exception to early, pessimistic predictions.

“They are expecting us to be down the bottom of the ladder next year, and I can tell you firmly within the four walls of our footy club, we firmly disagree,” Ziebell declared.

“We think we’ve got a really, really strong group of players that are ready to compete at the highest level.

“I think when we play our best football, we are going to be very, very hard to beat.”

The 26-year-old believes there are plenty of positives to take from 2017, in...


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‘The sky’s the limit'

PRESS PLAY above to watch the Jack Ziebell interview.

As the start of pre-season training edges closer, North captain Jack Ziebell is refusing to write next season off, and says the sky’s the limit for 2018.

“My message to our supporters and fans would be, don’t write us off just yet - come watch us and watch us improve. It’s going to be an exciting year,” Ziebell said.

The young leader taking exception to early, pessimistic predictions.

“They are expecting us to be down the bottom of the ladder next year, and I can tell you firmly within the four walls of our footy club, we firmly disagree,” Ziebell declared.

“We think we’ve got a really, really strong group of players that are ready to compete at the highest level.

“I think when we play our best football, we are going to be very, very hard to beat.”

The 26-year-old believes there are plenty of positives to take from 2017, in...


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Read more: ‘The sky’s the limit'

‘The sky’s the limit'

PRESS PLAY above to watch the Jack Ziebell interview.

As the start of pre-season training edges closer, North captain Jack Ziebell is refusing to write next season off, and says the sky’s the limit for 2018.

“My message to our supporters and fans would be, don’t write us off just yet - come watch us and watch us improve. It’s going to be an exciting year,” Ziebell said.

The young leader taking exception to early, pessimistic predictions.

“They are expecting us to be down the bottom of the ladder next year, and I can tell you firmly within the four walls of our footy club, we firmly disagree,” Ziebell declared.

“We think we’ve got a really, really strong group of players that are ready to compete at the highest level.

“I think when we play our best football, we are going to be very, very hard to beat.”

The 26-year-old believes there are plenty of positives to take from 2017, in...


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Swallow ends stellar career

RELATED: Swallow timeline | A career in photos | Ten of the best

After 224 games in the royal blue and white stripes, Andrew Swallow has announced his retirement.

The gutsy midfielder, taken with pick No.43 in the 2005 AFL Draft, will be regarded as one of North’s most courageous and decorated players.

“It was a very tough decision to make and it’s with a heavy heart that I’ve chosen to end my AFL career today,” Swallow said.

“I’ve been fortunate to have had a 12-year career with North and I owe a lot to the club for investing in me not only as a player, but also as a person.”

Swallow captained the Kangaroos from 2012-16 and won the Syd Barker Medal in 2009, 2011 and 2012 – becoming only the ninth player in club history to have won three or more best and fairest awards.

“After speaking with my wife, Elise, and weighing up my future and that of our young family, we’re looking for a...


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