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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

Syd Barker Medal photos

Check out all the best photos from the 2017 Syd Barker Club Champion Dinner at Peninsula, Central Pier.

Photos by Sustainable Image

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The scene is set at the Syd Barker Medal

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Ready for guests

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Ben Jacobs and Arina

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The McDonald family

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Shaun Higgins and Heidi

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Ben Brown and Hester

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Chairman Ben Buckley

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Coach Brad Scott

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Captain Jack Ziebell

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Scott Thompson with Leigh Tudor

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Ben Brown wins Peter Scanlon Community Award

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Andrew Swallow receives Life Membership

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Todd Goldstein's Life Membership

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Ben Cunnington, Shinboner of the Year, with Anthony Stevens 

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Lachlan Hansen wins Harold Henderson Best Clubman

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Hansen a crowd favourite

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Jy Simpkin, Best Young Player, with VFL coach David Loader

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Third place, Ben Brown

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Second place, Ben Cunnington

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Shaun Higgins and Brad Scott

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Shaun Higgins talks to a big crowd

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Shaun Higgins with the Syd Barker Medal

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Shaun Higgins congratulated by wife...


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Brownlow form guide

The AFL.com.au Brownlow Predictor tallies reporters' vote projections for every game - below is each club's best hope, the player likely to be quickest out of the blocks, and those one-vote wonders that every Brownlow count delivers.

Vice-captain Rory Sloane and All Australian midfielder Matt Crouch are the Crows' best chances of polling strongly. As the minor premiers, the Crows should collect maximum votes for a number of games. Club great Mark Ricciuto is the club's only Brownlow medallist, sharing the award in 2003. 

Best chance: Rory Sloane
Sloane started the season with a bang before he struggled to get involved once opposition teams tagged him. A couple strong performances in rounds 18 and 22 had Sloane finish the season with 21 votes on our Brownlow Medal predictor, which is good enough for fifth overall. Sloane should collect maximum votes in five games this season. He is...


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Brownlow form guide

The AFL.com.au Brownlow Predictor tallies reporters' vote projections for every game - below is each club's best hope, the player likely to be quickest out of the blocks, and those one-vote wonders that every Brownlow count delivers.

Vice-captain Rory Sloane and All Australian midfielder Matt Crouch are the Crows' best chances of polling strongly. As the minor premiers, the Crows should collect maximum votes for a number of games. Club great Mark Ricciuto is the club's only Brownlow medallist, sharing the award in 2003. 

Best chance: Rory Sloane
Sloane started the season with a bang before he struggled to get involved once opposition teams tagged him. A couple strong performances in rounds 18 and 22 had Sloane finish the season with 21 votes on our Brownlow Medal predictor, which is good enough for fifth overall. Sloane should collect maximum votes in five games this season. He is...


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Brownlow form guide

The AFL.com.au Brownlow Predictor tallies reporters' vote projections for every game - below is each club's best hope, the player likely to be quickest out of the blocks, and those one-vote wonders that every Brownlow count delivers.

Vice-captain Rory Sloane and All Australian midfielder Matt Crouch are the Crows' best chances of polling strongly. As the minor premiers, the Crows should collect maximum votes for a number of games. Club great Mark Ricciuto is the club's only Brownlow medallist, sharing the award in 2003. 

Best chance: Rory Sloane
Sloane started the season with a bang before he struggled to get involved once opposition teams tagged him. A couple strong performances in rounds 18 and 22 had Sloane finish the season with 21 votes on our Brownlow Medal predictor, which is good enough for fifth overall. Sloane should collect maximum votes in five games this season. He is...


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The stat leaders

The Syd Barker has been run and won by Shaun Higgins, and it's no surprise the dynamic midfielder featured prominently among the leaders in many key statistical categories.

Whether it be his work at the stoppages, pumping the ball into attack, setting up his teammates, or hitting the scoreboard himself, Higgins had a brilliant season. 

Today, NMFC.com.au looks at all statistical leaders in 2017. 

Kicks

Luke McDonald 276 (Avg. 12.55)
Shaun Higgins 269 (12.81)
Jack Ziebell 262 (13.79)
Sam Gibson 245 (11.14)
Robbie Tarrant 229 (10.9)

Handballs

Ben Cunnington 327 (Avg. 16.35)
Sam Gibson 241 (10.95)
Shaun Higgins 224 (10.67)
Trent Dumont 200 (10.53)
Shaun Atley 200 (9.09)

Disposals

Ben Cunnington 511 (Avg. 25.55)
Shaun Higgins 493 (23.48)
Sam Gibson 486 (22.09)
Luke McDonald 463 (21.05)
Jack Ziebell 422 (22.21)

Contested possessions

Ben Cunnington 294 (Avg. 14.7)
Jack Ziebell 212 (11.16)
Shaun Higgins...


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The stat leaders

The Syd Barker has been run and won by Shaun Higgins, and it's no surprise the dynamic midfielder featured prominently among the leaders in many key statistical categories.

Whether it be his work at the stoppages, pumping the ball into attack, setting up his teammates, or hitting the scoreboard himself, Higgins had a brilliant season. 

Today, NMFC.com.au looks at all statistical leaders in 2017. 

Kicks

Luke McDonald 276 (Avg. 12.55)
Shaun Higgins 269 (12.81)
Jack Ziebell 262 (13.79)
Sam Gibson 245 (11.14)
Robbie Tarrant 229 (10.9)

Handballs

Ben Cunnington 327 (Avg. 16.35)
Sam Gibson 241 (10.95)
Shaun Higgins 224 (10.67)
Trent Dumont 200 (10.53)
Shaun Atley 200 (9.09)

Disposals

Ben Cunnington 511 (Avg. 25.55)
Shaun Higgins 493 (23.48)
Sam Gibson 486 (22.09)
Luke McDonald 463 (21.05)
Jack Ziebell 422 (22.21)

Contested possessions

Ben Cunnington 294 (Avg. 14.7)
Jack Ziebell 212 (11.16)
Shaun Higgins...


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The stat leaders

The Syd Barker has been run and won by Shaun Higgins, and it's no surprise the dynamic midfielder featured prominently among the leaders in many key statistical categories.

Whether it be his work at the stoppages, pumping the ball into attack, setting up his teammates, or hitting the scoreboard himself, Higgins had a brilliant season. 

Today, NMFC.com.au looks at all statistical leaders in 2017. 

Kicks

Luke McDonald 276 (Avg. 12.55)
Shaun Higgins 269 (12.81)
Jack Ziebell 262 (13.79)
Sam Gibson 245 (11.14)
Robbie Tarrant 229 (10.9)

Handballs

Ben Cunnington 327 (Avg. 16.35)
Sam Gibson 241 (10.95)
Shaun Higgins 224 (10.67)
Trent Dumont 200 (10.53)
Shaun Atley 200 (9.09)

Disposals

Ben Cunnington 511 (Avg. 25.55)
Shaun Higgins 493 (23.48)
Sam Gibson 486 (22.09)
Luke McDonald 463 (21.05)
Jack Ziebell 422 (22.21)

Contested possessions

Ben Cunnington 294 (Avg. 14.7)
Jack Ziebell 212 (11.16)
Shaun Higgins...


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Higgins: "I'm in shock"

PRESS PLAY above to watch Higgins' interview after the Syd Barker Medal.

Shaun Higgins has credited a move to the midfield for his rapid rise in 2017, which culminated in his first Syd Barker Medal win on Friday night.

Higgins took out the coveted award ahead of Ben Cunnington and Ben Brown, admitting it came as a bit of a surprise.

“I’m in shock to be honest,” Higgins told NMFC.com.au after accepting the medal.

“I knew that it would be a tight race and I knew that my year had been relatively consistent, but by no means had I thought I’d win.”

Higgins enjoyed the most consistent season of his career, with his ability to break the lines and hit the scoreboard making him one of the league’s more dynamic on-ballers.

“It was something that we probably flagged a couple of years ago and unfortunately last year, I had a knee operation that didn't allow me to play through the midfield,"...


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Higgins: "I'm in shock"

PRESS PLAY above to watch Higgins' interview after the Syd Barker Medal.

Shaun Higgins has credited a move to the midfield for his rapid rise in 2017, which culminated in his first Syd Barker Medal win on Friday night.

Higgins took out the coveted award ahead of Ben Cunnington and Ben Brown, admitting it came as a bit of a surprise.

“I’m in shock to be honest,” Higgins told NMFC.com.au after accepting the medal.

“I knew that it would be a tight race and I knew that my year had been relatively consistent, but by no means had I thought I’d win.”

Higgins enjoyed the most consistent season of his career, with his ability to break the lines and hit the scoreboard making him one of the league’s more dynamic on-ballers.

“It was something that we probably flagged a couple of years ago and unfortunately last year, I had a knee operation that didn't allow me to play through the midfield,"...


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Read more: Higgins: "I'm in shock"

Higgins: "I'm in shock"

PRESS PLAY above to watch Higgins' interview after the Syd Barker Medal.

Shaun Higgins has credited a move to the midfield for his rapid rise in 2017, which culminated in his first Syd Barker Medal win on Friday night.

Higgins took out the coveted award ahead of Ben Cunnington and Ben Brown, admitting it came as a bit of a surprise.

“I’m in shock to be honest,” Higgins told NMFC.com.au after accepting the medal.

“I knew that it would be a tight race and I knew that my year had been relatively consistent, but by no means had I thought I’d win.”

Higgins enjoyed the most consistent season of his career, with his ability to break the lines and hit the scoreboard making him one of the league’s more dynamic on-ballers.

“It was something that we probably flagged a couple of years ago and unfortunately last year, I had a knee operation that didn't allow me to play through the midfield,"...


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A Grand Final hit

The iconic Mazda North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast has again proven to be the biggest event outside of the game itself with another package sell-out announced.

In its 51st year, North has already exhausted the allocation of its highly popular Grand Final ticket and breakfast combinations in close to record time, with only limited tickets to the breakfast event remaining.

A long-standing tradition, the Mazda North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast brings together the world of sport, politics and entertainment and this year includes names such as AFLW super-star Erin Phillips, North champion and premiership cup ambassador Brent Harvey, comedians Peter Helliar and Titus O’Reilly and music legend Mark Seymour.

Speakers from the highest levels of politics will address guests throughout the morning before Fox Footy's best analysts and experts preview the big game and provide their tips...


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North supports marriage equality

Today the North Melbourne Football Club became a signatory to Australian Marriage Equality (AME) via the letter below. 

The North Melbourne Football Club writes to express its support for marriage equality.

One of the core values of the North Melbourne Football Club is “Belonging”. This is not just a word we have grabbed out of the dictionary or randomly selected and pay lip service to – because since its inception in 1869, our club has opened its arms to people from all walks of life.

We recognise the right of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) players, members and supporters to play and enjoy sports without experiencing prejudice and discrimination. This includes the right to marry the partner of their choice.

The value “belonging” goes right to the heart of what we’re all about as a progressive and inclusive club. We’ve worked hard over the years to...


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The story of Syd Barker

Ahead of the 2017 Syd Barker Club Champion Dinner on Friday night, NMFC.com.au looks back at the man behind the medal. 

Below is an excerpt from 'The Shinboners - The Complete Story of the North Melbourne Football Club'. 

The book is available in The Roo Shop. 

How great was Sydney “Syd” Barker? It was said on his untimely death, (Barker had died suddenly while at work, at the Abbottsford Fire Station, from “an incurable disease”), on 23 March 1930 at the age of just 42, that, “few men have left, or are likely to leave, their impression on Australian football to the same extent as the late Sydney Barker”.

Indeed, Barker holds a special place in the hearts of North Melbourne people, his name living on through the Syd Barker Memorial Trophy which, since 1937, has been awarded to North’s fairest and best player each season. (Since 1970, it has been the Syd Baker medal).  Although Barker...


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The story of Syd Barker

Ahead of the 2017 Syd Barker Club Champion Dinner on Friday night, NMFC.com.au looks back at the man behind the medal. 

Below is an excerpt from 'The Shinboners - The Complete Story of the North Melbourne Football Club'. 

The book is available in The Roo Shop. 

How great was Sydney “Syd” Barker? It was said on his untimely death, (Barker had died suddenly while at work, at the Abbottsford Fire Station, from “an incurable disease”), on 23 March 1930 at the age of just 42, that, “few men have left, or are likely to leave, their impression on Australian football to the same extent as the late Sydney Barker”.

Indeed, Barker holds a special place in the hearts of North Melbourne people, his name living on through the Syd Barker Memorial Trophy which, since 1937, has been awarded to North’s fairest and best player each season. (Since 1970, it has been the Syd Baker medal).  Although Barker...


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War chest to grow

With speculation rife that Josh Kelly will join Dustin Martin in rebuffing a huge contract offer from North Melbourne, Kangaroos coach Brad Scott says the club's war chest will grow for future raids on star players.

The Kangaroos have been public in a desire to add some star power to their young and inexperienced list, and tabled multi-million dollar long-term deals to Kelly and Martin.

Kelly is expected to recommit to Greater Western Sydney for a further two seasons, while late last month, Martin elected to remain at Punt Road for a reported $1.3M. a season over seven years.

Scott said while North was aggressive in its attempts to lure the star duo, he conceded the Kangaroos were more optimistic than confident on winning their services.

"I think there's always an element of hope … (because) possession is nine-tenths of the law and the players generally stay," Scott told SEN on...


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War chest to grow

With speculation rife that Josh Kelly will join Dustin Martin in rebuffing a huge contract offer from North Melbourne, Kangaroos coach Brad Scott says the club's war chest will grow for future raids on star players.

The Kangaroos have been public in a desire to add some star power to their young and inexperienced list, and tabled multi-million dollar long-term deals to Kelly and Martin.

Kelly is expected to recommit to Greater Western Sydney for a further two seasons, while late last month, Martin elected to remain at Punt Road for a reported $1.3M. a season over seven years.

Scott said while North was aggressive in its attempts to lure the star duo, he conceded the Kangaroos were more optimistic than confident on winning their services.

"I think there's always an element of hope … (because) possession is nine-tenths of the law and the players generally stay," Scott told SEN on...


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Higgins wins Syd Barker

Shaun Higgins has capped off a career best-season winning his first Syd Barker medal with 217 votes.

The midfielder narrowly claimed the award ahead of Ben Cunnington (211) and Ben Brown (209) in a gripping vote count that went down to the wire.

It has been a memorable season for Higgins who achieved career-highs in disposals (averaging 23.5) and tackles (averaging 5). He ranked 3rd in the league for inside 50’s and 9th for goal assists.

Higgins, 29, who signed a contract extension until the end of 2019, played 21 of 22 games after managing only 9 games in 2016 due to injury.

Cunnington went close to claiming his second Syd Barker after a stellar home and away season in which he had a career-high in average disposals (25.6) and ranked among the game’s elite in clearances, centre clearances and contested possessions.

Ben Brown finished in third place after booting 63 goals for the...


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Higgins wins Syd Barker

Shaun Higgins has capped off a career best-season winning his first Syd Barker medal with 217 votes.

The midfielder narrowly claimed the award ahead of Ben Cunnington (211) and Ben Brown (209) in a gripping vote count that went down to the wire.

It has been a memorable season for Higgins who achieved career-highs in disposals (averaging 23.5) and tackles (averaging 5). He ranked 3rd in the league for inside 50’s and 9th for goal assists.

Higgins, 29, who signed a contract extension until the end of 2019, played 21 of 22 games after managing only 9 games in 2016 due to injury.

Cunnington went close to claiming his second Syd Barker after a stellar home and away season in which he had a career-high in average disposals (25.6) and ranked among the game’s elite in clearances, centre clearances and contested possessions.

Ben Brown finished in third place after booting 63 goals for the...


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Syd Barker: The awards

While the coveted Syd Barker Medal went to Shaun Higgins, several other players were recognised for their contributions during the club’s night of nights.

Ben Cunnington was donned Shinboner of the Year. The award epitomises the club values – real, bold, belonging and never beaten. Elite performance and class are also common words used to describe the midfielder; fans and club members voting on Cunnington to also claim the Mazda Excellence Award.

19-year-old Jy Simpkin has proven to be a potential star already, awarded The Best Young Player award. Voted by the NMFC staff, he has been recognised for making his mark within the club and the AFL in his first season.

Simpkin was drafted to North Melbourne in 2016 and has played 13 AFL games since his debut in Round 1 this year.

The spirit of giving, going the ‘extra mile’ on numerous occasions, often without recognition, and never...


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Syd Barker: The awards

While the coveted Syd Barker Medal went to Shaun Higgins, several other players were recognised for their contributions during the club’s night of nights.

Ben Cunnington was donned Shinboner of the Year. The award epitomises the club values – real, bold, belonging and never beaten. Elite performance and class are also common words used to describe the midfielder; fans and club members voting on Cunnington to also claim the Mazda Excellence Award.

19-year-old Jy Simpkin has proven to be a potential star already, awarded The Best Young Player award. Voted by the NMFC staff, he has been recognised for making his mark within the club and the AFL in his first season.

Simpkin was drafted to North Melbourne in 2016 and has played 13 AFL games since his debut in Round 1 this year.

The spirit of giving, going the ‘extra mile’ on numerous occasions, often without recognition, and never...


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