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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

North opens TSL doors

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Ben Brown played in the TSL before his move to Victoria.

North Melbourne has announced a new partnership with AFL Tasmania that will enable Tasmanian State League (TSL) and Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) players to be eligible for selection in North’s VFL sides.

North VFL Manager Andrew Carson said the partnership, which extends to VFLW via the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club (MUWFC), is designed to help retain the TSL talent pool in both the men’s and women’s competitions and reduce the number of players leaving to pursue football careers interstate.

“We’re committed to developing the game and players in Tasmania and jumped at this opportunity to further enhance the prospects of TSL players,” Carson said.

“These players will have the opportunity to come and train with us and be exposed to the AFL standards and requirements we set for our VFL players.”

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North opens TSL doors

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Ben Brown played in the TSL before his move to Victoria.

North Melbourne has announced a new partnership with AFL Tasmania that will enable Tasmanian State League (TSL) and Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) players to be eligible for selection in North’s VFL sides.

North VFL Manager Andrew Carson said the partnership, which extends to VFLW via the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club (MUWFC), is designed to help retain the TSL talent pool in both the men’s and women’s competitions and reduce the number of players leaving to pursue football careers interstate.

“We’re committed to developing the game and players in Tasmania and jumped at this opportunity to further enhance the prospects of TSL players,” Carson said.

“These players will have the opportunity to come and train with us and be exposed to the AFL standards and requirements we set for our VFL players.”

Carson said...


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North opens TSL doors

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Ben Brown played in the TSL before his move to Victoria.

North Melbourne has announced a new partnership with AFL Tasmania that will enable Tasmanian State League (TSL) and Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) players to be eligible for selection in North’s VFL sides.

North VFL Manager Andrew Carson said the partnership, which extends to VFLW via the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club (MUWFC), is designed to help retain the TSL talent pool in both the men’s and women’s competitions and reduce the number of players leaving to pursue football careers interstate.

“We’re committed to developing the game and players in Tasmania and jumped at this opportunity to further enhance the prospects of TSL players,” Carson said.

“These players will have the opportunity to come and train with us and be exposed to the AFL standards and requirements we set for our VFL players.”

Carson said...


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Big Ben stands tall

Star forward Ben Brown is preparing to become more of a senior figure in 2018, as he enters his fifth year in the AFL.

“It’s really exciting for me given that I’ve gone from being one of the youngsters to being one of the most experienced players at the club pretty quickly, so I think I can start to take a little bit more of a leadership role.” Brown told SEN on Thursday morning.

Brown, who spent most of November in the Australian International Rules camp alongside some of the game’s best players, is looking to share the lessons he learnt from his representative teammates with North’s young, emerging list. 

“Suddenly I’m in the same team as guys like Paddy Dangerfield and I’m sitting next to (Nat) Fyfe at dinner, it was a pretty nuts experience,” he said.

“I just tried to take in as much as I could while I was on the trip and talk to the guys and get to know a couple of them a bit...


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Big Ben stands tall

Star forward Ben Brown is preparing to become more of a senior figure in 2018, as he enters his fifth year in the AFL.

“It’s really exciting for me given that I’ve gone from being one of the youngsters to being one of the most experienced players at the club pretty quickly, so I think I can start to take a little bit more of a leadership role.” Brown told SEN on Thursday morning.

Brown, who spent most of November in the Australian International Rules camp alongside some of the game’s best players, is looking to share the lessons he learnt from his representative teammates with North’s young, emerging list. 

“Suddenly I’m in the same team as guys like Paddy Dangerfield and I’m sitting next to (Nat) Fyfe at dinner, it was a pretty nuts experience,” he said.

“I just tried to take in as much as I could while I was on the trip and talk to the guys and get to know a couple of them a bit...


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Big Ben stands tall

Star forward Ben Brown is preparing to become more of a senior figure in 2018, as he enters his fifth year in the AFL.

“It’s really exciting for me given that I’ve gone from being one of the youngsters to being one of the most experienced players at the club pretty quickly, so I think I can start to take a little bit more of a leadership role.” Brown told SEN on Thursday morning.

Brown, who spent most of November in the Australian International Rules camp alongside some of the game’s best players, is looking to share the lessons he learnt from his representative teammates with North’s young, emerging list. 

“Suddenly I’m in the same team as guys like Paddy Dangerfield and I’m sitting next to (Nat) Fyfe at dinner, it was a pretty nuts experience,” he said.

“I just tried to take in as much as I could while I was on the trip and talk to the guys and get to know a couple of them a bit...


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North signs VFL talent

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Max Hayes is one five of North's signings for its standalone VFL side.

North Melbourne’s own VFL side became a reality on Thursday with five players now contracted for season 2018. 

Talent including former North Ballarat midfielder Nick Rippon and utility Mitch Rodd, Sandringham Dragons defender Max Hayes, Canberra Demons midfielder Jordan Harper and Central Districts midfielder Chris Jansen, are amongst those first to sign on.

“These guys have tremendous talent and were amongst the best players of their former clubs,” North VFL List Manager Nick Byrne said.

“Guys like Rippon, Jansen and Harper have all been recognised as best and fairest players and have a great deal of class and experience.

“Rippon is a powerhouse, Jansen is not only a great decision maker but executes, and Harper is a very talented running machine.”

Byrne said the depth and versatility of the group is impressive and...


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North signs VFL talent

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Max Hayes is one five of North's signings for its standalone VFL side.

North Melbourne’s own VFL side became a reality on Thursday with five players now contracted for season 2018. 

Talent including former North Ballarat midfielder Nick Rippon and utility Mitch Rodd, Sandringham Dragons defender Max Hayes, Canberra Demons midfielder Jordan Harper and Central Districts midfielder Chris Jansen, are amongst those first to sign on.

“These guys have tremendous talent and were amongst the best players of their former clubs,” North VFL List Manager Nick Byrne said.

“Guys like Rippon, Jansen and Harper have all been recognised as best and fairest players and have a great deal of class and experience.

“Rippon is a powerhouse, Jansen is not only a great decision maker but executes, and Harper is a very talented running machine.”

Byrne said the depth and versatility of the group is impressive and...


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North signs VFL talent

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Max Hayes is one five of North's signings for its standalone VFL side.

North Melbourne’s own VFL side became a reality on Thursday with five players now contracted for season 2018. 

Talent including former North Ballarat midfielder Nick Rippon and utility Mitch Rodd, Sandringham Dragons defender Max Hayes, Canberra Demons midfielder Jordan Harper and Central Districts midfielder Chris Jansen, are amongst those first to sign on.

“These guys have tremendous talent and were amongst the best players of their former clubs,” North VFL List Manager Nick Byrne said.

“Guys like Rippon, Jansen and Harper have all been recognised as best and fairest players and have a great deal of class and experience.

“Rippon is a powerhouse, Jansen is not only a great decision maker but executes, and Harper is a very talented running machine.”

Byrne said the depth and versatility of the group is impressive and...


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North helps keep watch

Jamie Macmillan is urging more workplaces to change behaviours in a bid to prevent violence against women, after attending the Our Watch Maritime Logistics & Charity Luncheon.

Hosted by Spirit of Tasmania, Macmillan attended the event with North Managing Director & CEO, Carl Dilena and took a lot out of the afternoon.

“One in six women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner, they are alarming statistics,” Macmillan said.

“Women and children should live free of violence and in respectful and safe environments.”

Our Watch has been established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.

Dilena said North is proud to continue working closely with Our Watch.

“We stand for equality and have been working with Our Watch to launch one of the first gender equality...


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No holding McKay back

For most debutants, being carried off the ground on a stretcher would be a forgettable moment, but North big man Ben McKay is using his experience as inspiration.

Now entering his third season, the key position player is confident he’s developed a strong foundation to help him make 2018 a career-defining year.

“I feel like I’ve set myself up well over the off-season break and put in the hard work, and I’m hoping to see results from that,” McKay told NMFC.com.au

In his first outing back in Round 23 against Brisbane at the GABBA, McKay suffered a game-ending concussion late in the third quarter after colliding with teammate Sam Durdin, but the 19-year-old refuses to dwell on it.

“It’s not the way I wanted it to pan out, but that’s footy.” McKay said.

“It was nice to get that one game in by the end of the year and get that monkey of my back, and I can now use that as motivation to have...


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Tom's timely call

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Sitting by the computer waiting to see if you’re drafted can be a nerve-wracking experience, but Tom Murphy’s experience was on another level.

The AFL hopeful had just settled in with his family to keep an eye on the Rookie Draft, when things took a turn.

“I was watching it with Mum, Dad and my sister at home on my laptop, but the numbers for the draft weren’t showing up,” Murphy told NMFC.com.au 

Years of junior football and a lifetime dream were on the line, with a dodgy internet connection causing havoc. 

Thankfully, help was at hand.

“I got a call from my mate Miles in Adelaide and he told me I’d been picked, then I got a ring from my manager and it all escalated pretty quickly,” Murphy said.

“I was over the moon, it’s been a really long journey and to hear my name being called out was a huge relief.”

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Counting down

Round 1 is around 100 days away, and there’s a real buzz in the air at Arden Street.

The uncomfortable conditions have done little to deter the Roos’ young group, with every player having a point to prove this pre-season with so many spots up for grabs.

The main sessions each Wednesday are perhaps the toughest of the week, but also the one the players enjoy most.

Players warm-up before main session.

Todd Goldstein is a standout performer, for a big man his pace and endurance is outstanding. During match simulation, he seems to be everywhere. 

Goldstein leads the pack in the running component of today's training. 

Goldstein splits two defenders with a booming handball.

Only 19, Jy Simpkin is electric. He seems to get into dangerous scoring positions frequently.

Simpkin kicking one his many goals of the day.

Mason Wood is back in action after a tough 2017; he looks fit and strong....


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Community-minded

North Melbourne's junior fans will get an extra opportunity to see their favourite stars in Tasmania next year.

Following the Roos' JLT Series match against Melbourne on February 24, the players will stay two extra days for the AFL Community Camp. 

Tassie local Ben Brown can't wait to get back to his home state Tasmania, not only for the game, but to engage on a grassroots level.

“I’m really looking forward to it, it’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the community,” Brown said.

“Our support in Tasmania is not something we take for granted. We've developed a great relationship with Tasmania and love seeing and spending some time with our fans down there.”

North players will visit numerous schools across Tasmania, with players based in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.

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Christmas open training

Fans will have the chance to see all the North stars and the new recruits in action, during a special open training session on December 22.

The team’s final run of the year will be held just three days before Christmas, with supporters invited to Arden Street for the morning session.

Training kicks off at around 10am, with the Peninsula Ladies serving up their famous sausage sizzle and a special appearance from Kanga.

There’ll be giveaways for the kids, as well as autographs and photos with the players when they leave the track.

Before and after the session, don't forget to visit The Roo Shop to check out some great Christmas promotions and specials, and grab a last minute gift for your loved one. 

And of course, Santa will be there! 

What: North Melbourne open training
When: Friday, December 22 – 10am-12.30pm
Where: Arden Street

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AFL: Each club's best 22

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Jake Kelly
HB: Luke Brown, Kyle Hartigan, Brodie Smith
C: Paul Seedsman, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins
HF: Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker, Richard Douglas
F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Bryce Gibbs
I/C: Brad Crouch, Riley Knight, David Mackay, Hugh Greenwood

DEPTH

General defenders: Kyle Cheney, Tom Doedee, Curtly Hampton, Andrew McPherson
Key defenders: Alex Keath, Andy Otten
Midfielders: Jackson Edwards, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Jordan Gallucci, Sam Gibson, Lachlan...


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AFL: Each club's best 22

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Jake Kelly
HB: Luke Brown, Kyle Hartigan, Brodie Smith
C: Paul Seedsman, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins
HF: Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker, Richard Douglas
F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Bryce Gibbs
I/C: Brad Crouch, Riley Knight, David Mackay, Hugh Greenwood

DEPTH

General defenders: Kyle Cheney, Tom Doedee, Curtly Hampton, Andrew McPherson
Key defenders: Alex Keath, Andy Otten
Midfielders: Jackson Edwards, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Jordan Gallucci, Sam Gibson, Lachlan...


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Hartung takes out Yo-Yo

PRESS PLAY above to see Jack Ziebell mic'd up at the Yo-Yo test.

North Melbourne recruit Billy Hartung's second chance at an AFL career is on the right track, with the former Hawthorn midfielder taking out Monday's Yo-Yo test at Arden Street.

Hartung was the standout in the endurance assessment, going two levels beyond second place-getter Mitch Hibberd. 

The ex-Hawk's performance was up there in the club's best results since they started using the test six years ago, and rivalled that of former Kangaroos' hard runner Sam Gibson. 

Incidentally, while Hartung impressed his new teammates with his running prowess, Gibson was over in Adelaide taking out the 2km time trial in his new life as a Crow. 

Hartung was dumped by the Hawks in October after four years and 63 games, mainly because of concerns about his tackling and contested game.

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Hartung takes out Yo-Yo

PRESS PLAY above to see Jack Ziebell mic'd up at the Yo-Yo test.

North Melbourne recruit Billy Hartung's second chance at an AFL career is on the right track, with the former Hawthorn midfielder taking out Monday's Yo-Yo test at Arden Street.

Hartung was the standout in the endurance assessment, going two levels beyond second place-getter Mitch Hibberd. 

The ex-Hawk's performance was up there in the club's best results since they started using the test six years ago, and rivalled that of former Kangaroos' hard runner Sam Gibson. 

Incidentally, while Hartung impressed his new teammates with his running prowess, Gibson was over in Adelaide taking out the 2km time trial in his new life as a Crow. 

Hartung was dumped by the Hawks in October after four years and 63 games, mainly because of concerns about his tackling and contested game.

The elite runner said he'd appreciated candid...


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Waite planning to deliver

After 15 seasons of AFL football, Jarrad Waite has decided to change things up.

A competitor, the veteran has realised in order to get the best out of himself in 2018, he needs to modify his training loads before Christmas.

“I sat down with all the physios and the conditioning staff here and probably for the first time, got a really solid plan going into the pre-season,” he said.

“I said to them, ‘I don’t need to be fit come December 1; I need to be fit come Round 1 and then get through the season.’”

 “I’ve always been one who wants to take part in every session before Christmas, but I’ve got to realise that’s no longer the smart thing to do.

“I sit out a few drills on a Wednesday, my major days are Mondays and Fridays and I don’t run two days in a row.”

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