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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

AFLCA: Two Roos poll

Ben Cunnington has polled votes from the coaches for the fifth time this season, while Jarrad Waite’s move to the wing brought immediate positive feedback.

Cunnington had a huge last quarter, almost dragging the Roos over the line single-handedly. The midfielder had more contested possessions than any of his teammates had total disposals.

Waite kicked a team-high three goals, and also had nine marks as he enjoyed being further up the field.

Brad Scott and Luke Beveridge agreed on the best two players on the field, but it differed after that.

They gave three different players their three, two, and one vote allocation.

Votes: Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne

9 – Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
9 – Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne)
3 – Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs)
3 – Liam Picken (Western Bulldogs)
2 – Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs)
2 – Lachie Hunter (Western Bulldogs)
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Cunnington accepts ban

Ben Cunnington has accepted a one-match ban for striking the Bulldogs’ Toby McLean.

The North midfielder will now miss Saturday afternoon’s clash against the Gold Coast Suns.

The Match Review Panel’s findings on Monday were as follows:
Ben Cunnington, North Melbourne, has been charged with striking Toby McLean, Western Bulldogs, during the fourth quarter of the Round 14 match between North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday June 24, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Western Bulldogs Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the head/neck/throat area. The incident was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to...


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Vote for your best & win

Simply by voting for North’s top three players each week, you could win a North signed guernsey or tickets to the Syd Barker Medal.

The Mazda Excellence Award recognises the Roos’ standouts in every game, with votes compiled to find one winner at the completion of the 2017 season.

Vote for your 3-2-1 at the completion of each round, and you’ll be in the running for the prizes.

So who gets the nod? Remember, three votes goes to the player you adjudge best on ground via the form below.

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4. Shaun Higgins

Playing against his old side, Higgins' class came to the fore in the last quarter.

He penetrated the game with his long kicking, finishing with 19 disposals, six clearances, nine tackles and seven inside 50s. 

8. Nathan Hrovat

Another who stood tall against their former side, Hrovat had 17 touches, six tackles and a goal in an impressive outing. 

9. Andrew...


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Cunnington cops ban

Ben Cunnington has been charged with striking Bulldog Toby McLean.

The midfielder could miss North’s trip to the Gold Coast after the Match Review Panel (MRP) offered the number 10 a one-match suspension.

The MRP deemed the incident as “intentional conduct with low impact to the head/neck/throat area”. The decision results in a two-match suspension, however it can be reduced to one week with an early guilty plea.

North have until tomorrow morning to decide whether to appeal the decision at the tribunal.

The full MRP ruling

Ben Cunnington, North Melbourne, has been charged with striking Toby McLean, Western Bulldogs, during the fourth quarter of the Round 14 match between North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday June 24, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical...


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In The Media: Round 14

There were plenty of talking points from North’s narrow loss to the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Ben Cunnington’s final quarter heroics almost helped North get the four points in a frenetic finish at Etihad Stadium.

The Age

“The reigning premiers had seemingly shrugged off a stubborn but inferior Roos outfit when Matthew Suckling goaled to extend the Dogs' lead to 26 points at the 11-minute mark of the final term. But the Roos, and in particular Ben Cunnington had other ideas. Cunnington had 12 final quarter touches including two goals as North came from the clouds to all but do what had been done to them several times earlier this year.” – Daniel Cherny

Herald Sun

“There’s no denying (Cunnington’s) final quarter against the Bulldogs. He had 12 disposals, eight contested possessions, four score involvements and kicked two goals. His ability to find teammates by hand when under...


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ET: Ablett’s wait and see

Gold Coast is “more than hopeful” Gary Ablett will return for Saturday afternoon’s clash against North Melbourne.

Ablett pulled out of what was set to be his 300th game with a calf complaint, but could return for the match at Metricon Stadium.

"He did a test [on] Friday but didn't get through that," Suns’ coach Rodney Eade said.

"We're more than hopeful but, with his age, we'll just wait and see ... he's had tight calves before."

Gold Coast will also be sweating on the fitness of Pearce Hanley, who left the field in the last quarter of the match against St Kilda with a hamstring injury.

"We think it might be neural still ... we don't think he's done it. Pearce is pretty certain he hasn't," Eade said.

Brandon Matera (foot) and Kade Kolodjashnij (concussion) are set to be available to return, while Matt Rosa is available after a suspension.

Aaron Hall will remain on the sidelines after...


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Higgins: Bring back clock

Shaun Higgins says the shot clock should be returned to stadium big screens for all shots on goal, including those in the dying stages of each quarter.

Higgins was called to play on as he took a shot on goal in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Western Bulldogs, and said he did not hear the call from the umpire 40m away. Bulldog Jake Stringer saw the umpire wave play on and pounced on an unassuming Higgins.

“I didn’t hear a lot, which was the issue,” Higgins said on Channel 7’s AFL Game Day.

“I think most players now are programmed to look up and check the shot clock. There was no shot clock there for me to look at given it was inside two minutes.

“Given the 40 metre distance, I think Jake Stringer probably was the only one that could see the umpire call play on and unfortunately for me, he mowed me down.”

The shot clock does not appear on stadium big screens in the final...


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No dwelling on decisions

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North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was frustrated by some aspects of the umpiring during his team's one-point loss against the Western Bulldogs, but stressed the Kangaroos had not – and would not – dwell on it.

The Kangaroos were on the wrong end of the free kick count during Saturday night's game at Etihad Stadium, receiving 14 to the Bulldogs' 26.

When the Bulldogs went into half-time with a 21-point lead, the count sat at an even more lopsided 4-16.

There were several controversial moments in the second half. Just before three-quarter time, Shaun Higgins was tackled from behind when he was about to take a set shot from 45m, after the umpire behind play called play on.

And a Ben Brown 'goal' that would have put the Roos ahead late in the game was disallowed after a free kick was paid against Mason Wood for an...


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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

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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.

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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.  

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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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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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North Melbourne 22 12
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