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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

The new age

With the North Melbourne 44-man list now finalised, we can now have a deeper look into the make-up of our squad.

It’s no secret that North is building to the future, and this is reflected in the age of the squad for 2018.

22 players are currently aged 21 or younger, highlighting the excitement around a young group. This is a significant increase on 2017, when 18 of the 44 were over 21.

16 players fall into the 22-26 year-old bracket, with many of this group holding plenty of AFL experience.

Of the remaining six players, four are between the ages of 27 and 29, with only two 30+ year olds in the squad.

Age breakdown

Current average age - 22 years, 197 days
Average age, Round 1 2017 - 23 years, 218 days

18-21 year-olds = 22
22-26 year-olds = 16
27-29 year-olds = 4
30+ year-olds = 2

With such a young group, you could expect there may be a lack of experience in the side.

However, even with...


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The new age

With the North Melbourne 44-man list now finalised, we can now have a deeper look into the make-up of our squad.

It’s no secret that North is building to the future, and this is reflected in the age of the squad for 2018.

22 players are currently aged 21 or younger, highlighting the excitement around a young group. This is a significant increase on 2017, when 18 of the 44 were over 21.

16 players fall into the 22-26 year-old bracket, with many of this group holding plenty of AFL experience.

Of the remaining six players, four are between the ages of 27 and 29, with only two 30+ year olds in the squad.

Age breakdown

Current average age - 22 years, 197 days
Average age, Round 1 2017 - 23 years, 218 days

18-21 year-olds = 22
22-26 year-olds = 16
27-29 year-olds = 4
30+ year-olds = 2

With such a young group, you could expect there may be a lack of experience in the side.

However, even with...


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VFL: Meet the coach

Ahead of North Melbourne's first season with a standalone VFL side, we'll be following the team's progress from the first training session, right through to the first game. 

Today, we meet the Roos' inaugural VFL coach, David Loader. 

It was by no strike of fate Loader landed the job as North’s VFL coach; a development coach at North, he boasts years of playing and coaching experience, and with one key element he believes is critical for success.

Where it all began...

The bulk of Loader's football career was played at the SMW Rovers Football Club in the Mininera District Football League.

Retiring in 1994 with around 200 games to his name, Loader then went on to coach the senior side for eight years.

Loader’s junior football years were spent at Waurba and Lexton.

From player to coach...

Loader’s coaching journey began in 1995 at SMW Rovers. He coached the club to a premiership in...


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VFL: Meet the coach

Ahead of North Melbourne's first season with a standalone VFL side, we'll be following the team's progress from the first training session, right through to the first game. 

Today, we meet the Roos' inaugural VFL coach, David Loader. 

It was by no strike of fate Loader landed the job as North’s VFL coach; a development coach at North, he boasts years of playing and coaching experience, and with one key element he believes is critical for success.

Where it all began...

The bulk of Loader's football career was played at the SMW Rovers Football Club in the Mininera District Football League.

Retiring in 1994 with around 200 games to his name, Loader then went on to coach the senior side for eight years.

Loader’s junior football years were spent at Waurba and Lexton.

From player to coach...

Loader’s coaching journey began in 1995 at SMW Rovers. He coached the club to a premiership in...


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Walker’s perfect cross

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Most footballers spend their entire lives dedicated to improving their game in the hope of earning a spot on an AFL list, but for Will Walker, being drafted has only been two years in the making.

Walker, who was recruited to North Melbourne with pick 23 in last week’s draft, was on track to become a soccer star, before his love for footy re-emerged at the age of 16.

“So I was playing (soccer) down at Dandenong and it was a big new TAC Cup equivalent league, so it was sort of like a rep league almost, and then at the end of my Under-15 season we all went our separate ways,” Walker told NMFC.com.au.

“I thought why not give footy an opportunity because all my best mates at school played, and I just thought why not?”

The 18-year-old played football intermittently throughout his teens, but caught the eye of TAC Cup side Sandringham...


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Walker’s perfect cross

PRESS PLAY above to watch the Will Walker interview.

Most footballers spend their entire lives dedicated to improving their game in the hope of earning a spot on an AFL list, but for Will Walker, being drafted has only been two years in the making.

Walker, who was recruited to North Melbourne with pick 23 in last week’s draft, was on track to become a soccer star, before his love for footy re-emerged at the age of 16.

“So I was playing (soccer) down at Dandenong and it was a big new TAC Cup equivalent league, so it was sort of like a rep league almost, and then at the end of my Under-15 season we all went our separate ways,” Walker told NMFC.com.au.

“I thought why not give footy an opportunity because all my best mates at school played, and I just thought why not?”

The 18-year-old played football intermittently throughout his teens, but caught the eye of TAC Cup side Sandringham...


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AFL: Every club's list

Rory Atkins, Eddie Betts, Luke Brown, Kyle Cheney, Brad Crouch, Matt Crouch, Ben Davis, Harry Dear, Tom Doedee, Richard Douglas, Darcy Fogarty, Jordan Gallucci, Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson, Hugh Greenwood, Curtly Hampton, Kyle Hartigan, Elliott Himmelberg, Sam Jacobs, Joshua Jenkins, Alex Keath, Jake Kelly, Riley Knight, Rory Laird, Thomas Lynch, David Mackay, Mitchell McGovern, Andrew McPherson, Wayne Milera, Reilly O'Brien, Andrew Otten, Myles Poholke, Paul Seedsman, Matthew Signorello, Rory Sloane, Brodie Smith, Daniel Talia, Taylor Walker

Category A Rookies: Jackson Edwards, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen, Paul Hunter 2nd Year, Benjamin Jarman 2nd Year, Lachlan Murphy, Patrick Wilson 

Jacob Allison, Harris Andrews, Zac Bailey, Connor Ballenden, Ryan Bastinac, Dayne Beams, Tom Bell, Jarrod Berry, Rohan Bewick, Charlie Cameron, Allen Christensen, Cedric Cox, Tom Cutler, Liam Dawson, Jack...


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AFL: Every club's list

Rory Atkins, Eddie Betts, Luke Brown, Kyle Cheney, Brad Crouch, Matt Crouch, Ben Davis, Harry Dear, Tom Doedee, Richard Douglas, Darcy Fogarty, Jordan Gallucci, Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson, Hugh Greenwood, Curtly Hampton, Kyle Hartigan, Elliott Himmelberg, Sam Jacobs, Joshua Jenkins, Alex Keath, Jake Kelly, Riley Knight, Rory Laird, Thomas Lynch, David Mackay, Mitchell McGovern, Andrew McPherson, Wayne Milera, Reilly O'Brien, Andrew Otten, Myles Poholke, Paul Seedsman, Matthew Signorello, Rory Sloane, Brodie Smith, Daniel Talia, Taylor Walker

Category A Rookies: Jackson Edwards, Cameron Ellis-Yolmen, Paul Hunter 2nd Year, Benjamin Jarman 2nd Year, Lachlan Murphy, Patrick Wilson 

Jacob Allison, Harris Andrews, Zac Bailey, Connor Ballenden, Ryan Bastinac, Dayne Beams, Tom Bell, Jarrod Berry, Rohan Bewick, Charlie Cameron, Allen Christensen, Cedric Cox, Tom Cutler, Liam Dawson, Jack...


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North records another profit

Despite a tough year on the field, North Melbourne is pleased to announce another profit, underlining the success of the club's prudent management and strategically run business.

A net profit of $242,656 (after depreciation and amortisation) for the financial year ended 31 October 2017, is the club's ninth profit in the past ten years.

The club had an operating surplus of $633,625 (before amortisation of training facility) and an increase in year-on-year revenue of $1.2m to $39.7m.

Despite a challenging year and tough economic environment, North Managing Director and CEO Carl Dilena said the result was a credit to the club's loyal supporters and commercial partners, and its hard working staff.

"For perhaps the first time in our club's recent history, the business has been able to absorb a much softer year on the field, which impacts areas such as consumer business and membership, and...


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North records another profit

Despite a tough year on the field, North Melbourne is pleased to announce another profit, underlining the success of the club's prudent management and strategically run business.

A net profit of $242,656 (after depreciation and amortisation) for the financial year ended 31 October 2017, is the club's ninth profit in the past ten years.

The club had an operating surplus of $633,625 (before amortisation of training facility) and an increase in year-on-year revenue of $1.2m to $39.7m.

Despite a challenging year and tough economic environment, North Managing Director and CEO Carl Dilena said the result was a credit to the club's loyal supporters and commercial partners, and its hard working staff.

"For perhaps the first time in our club's recent history, the business has been able to absorb a much softer year on the field, which impacts areas such as consumer business and membership, and...


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Weight a minute

For most young men, putting on muscle too easily would be a dream. For North Melbourne big man Majak Daw, it's a problem.

Daw has long drawn admirers for his magnificent physique but says he needs to be careful he doesn't put on unnecessary weight.

"I go in the gym and just look at weights and pile on the kilos," Daw said to the laughs of reporters at Maribyrnong Secondary College on Thursday.

"It's functional strength, doing a lot more of that. When I'm in rehab, I miss out on doing all that sort of stuff, the one-on-one marking contests and the rucking.

"It's probably spending more time out there, doing the functional stuff, rather than the weights in the gym."

Daw is recovering from a season-ending foot injury suffered in August and expects to be back in full training by Christmas.

The 26-year-old is contracted until the end of 2019 but believes next year will be make or break for...


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Bucking the trend

There’s never been any doubt about where Ben Buckley’s loyalties lie, but the North chairman’s resolve is set to be tested like never before with his son, Jack, joining the GWS Giants as a category B rookie on Monday afternoon.

After 74 games for North, Ben Buckley would have loved nothing more than to see his son in the royal blue and white stripes, but is now just happy he’s been given an opportunity at the highest level.

“My first passion is for the Kangaroos and for them to be successful but we are extremely excited about the opportunity for Jack,” Buckley senior said.

“You can put aside your loyalties to see your son try to match it with the best in the country. I think in this day and age it’s easy to manage those potential conflicts.”

While Jack grew up supporting North, he’s understandably had a change of heart.

“I’m a Giant now and North is off my radar now,” Jack said.

“I’m...


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Bucking the trend

There’s never been any doubt about where Ben Buckley’s loyalties lie, but the North chairman’s resolve is set to be tested like never before with his son, Jack, joining the GWS Giants as a category B rookie on Monday afternoon.

After 74 games for North, Ben Buckley would have loved nothing more than to see his son in the royal blue and white stripes, but is now just happy he’s been given an opportunity at the highest level.

“My first passion is for the Kangaroos and for them to be successful but we are extremely excited about the opportunity for Jack,” Buckley senior said.

“You can put aside your loyalties to see your son try to match it with the best in the country. I think in this day and age it’s easy to manage those potential conflicts.”

While Jack grew up supporting North, he’s understandably had a change of heart.

“I’m a Giant now and North is off my radar now,” Jack said.

“I’m...


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Draft: Looking to 2018

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

The show rolls on for clubs and recruiters, who will quickly turn their attention to the 2018 pool of draft prospects.

We're going to do the same. If you're already looking forward to studying the under-18 landscape next year, here are 10 prospects worth following.

Jack Lukosius
Key forward
194cm/82kg
Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia
9/8/2000

Lukosius showed why many consider him the early favourite to be next year's No.1 pick when he kicked four goals in his SANFL debut for Woodville-West Torrens in a preliminary final earlier this year. It was a performance that showed why so many are excited about him: he's tall, athletic, smart on the lead and a beautiful, long kick. He also had a standout game for South Australia against the Allies during the under-18 carnival. 

Sam...


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North's best rookies

The 2017 AFL National Draft may have come and gone, but the opportunity for clubs to add players to their list isn’t quite over.

Tonight, those players who missed out on Friday, and players without a club after being delisted, will have a second chance at a shot at the AFL.

The Rookie Draft may not have the profile of the national draft, but there are certainly still some potential stars to be uncovered, if history is anything to go by.  

Here are some of the best rookies to land at North in recent years.

Leigh Harding

Arriving at North Melbourne with pick 13 of the 2000 Rookie Draft, Harding went on to play 141 games for the club, kicking 157 goals, including a club-high 33 goals in the 2003 season.

Originally a small crumbing forward, Harding suffered a serious knee injury late in 2006 that kept him out of the entire 2007 season. Upon his return Harding re-invented himself as...


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North's best rookies

The 2017 AFL National Draft may have come and gone, but the opportunity for clubs to add players to their list isn’t quite over.

Tonight, those players who missed out on Friday, and players without a club after being delisted, will have a second chance at a shot at the AFL.

The Rookie Draft may not have the profile of the national draft, but there are certainly still some potential stars to be uncovered, if history is anything to go by.  

Here are some of the best rookies to land at North in recent years.

Leigh Harding

Arriving at North Melbourne with pick 13 of the 2000 Rookie Draft, Harding went on to play 141 games for the club, kicking 157 goals, including a club-high 33 goals in the 2003 season.

Originally a small crumbing forward, Harding suffered a serious knee injury late in 2006 that kept him out of the entire 2007 season. Upon his return Harding re-invented himself as...


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Rookie draft order

For the second straight year there will be no NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft, after clubs with spare list spots advised the League they would be not participating in it on Monday afternoon.

The AFL also released the order of selections ahead of the rookie draft, which begins via teleconference from around the country at approximately 5pm AEDT on Monday.

There will be 43 picks available for the rookie draft among clubs, which will include Adelaide taking father-son prospect Jackson Edwards.

Cillian McDaid (Carlton), Luke Lavender (Essendon) and Tom Jeffries (North Melbourne) have already been pre-selected as category B rookies.

A total of seven players have also already been locked in as northern academy and Next Generation Academy players, with Gold Coast adding Jacob Dawson and Jacob Heron to its list, and the Giants signing Jack Buckley, the son of North chairman Ben, as a NSW zone...


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Rookie draft order

For the second straight year there will be no NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft, after clubs with spare list spots advised the League they would be not participating in it on Monday afternoon.

The AFL also released the order of selections ahead of the rookie draft, which begins via teleconference from around the country at approximately 5pm AEDT on Monday.

There will be 43 picks available for the rookie draft among clubs, which will include Adelaide taking father-son prospect Jackson Edwards.

Cillian McDaid (Carlton), Luke Lavender (Essendon) and Tom Jeffries (North Melbourne) have already been pre-selected as category B rookies.

A total of seven players have also already been locked in as northern academy and Next Generation Academy players, with Gold Coast adding Jacob Dawson and Jacob Heron to its list, and the Giants signing Jack Buckley, the son of North chairman Ben, as a NSW zone...


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North adds speed demon

North Melbourne has added Tom Murphy and Gordon Narrier to its list following the 2017 Rookie Draft.

Murphy, a Dandenong Stingrays’ product, was selected with pick No.4 and has the ability play all three zones according to North’s national recruiting manager Mark Finnigan.

“He’s a good rebounding defender with a penetrating kick that can also go through the midfield and push forward,” Finnigan said.

“We were able to get a good look at Tom recently when he trained here at Arden Street with our VFL squad.

“His mix of speed and endurance was very appealing to us and we think his long kick can really open the game up.”

With its second pick, No.20, North selected exciting outside midfielder/forward Gordon Narrier from the Perth Demons.

“Gordon represented WA at the Nationals as a 19-year-old and has excellent speed and ground coverage,” Finnigan said.

Boasting extraordinary pace, Narrier...


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Reunited at North

The move from Perth to Melbourne can be quite a daunting one for a young draftee, but for North Melbourne recruit Kyron Hayden, it’s about to become a whole lot easier.

Hayden, who was selected with pick 62 in last Friday’s NAB AFL Draft, will be joined by Western Australian teammate and schoolmate Gordon Narrier.

Narrier was recruited by North with its final pick in Monday’s Rookie Draft.

“Yeah I’m tight with Gordon, we both went to Hale, (I) played footy with him for a couple of years, so I know Gordon pretty well,” Hayden told NMFC.com.au.

Still finding his feet in Melbourne after arriving on Sunday afternoon, Hayden is looking forward to welcoming his good mate to the club.

“It will make it a bit easier having a familiar face around, and make it a bit more comforting too,” Hayden said.

Narrier, who will arrive at Arden Street in the coming days, has already caught the eye of...


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