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North v Geelong 1997 qualifying final on fox footy 5pm and 11pm tonight on fox footy.
If I remember correctly Ben Graham ga e an interview during the week before tha game stating he knew how to play and beat Carey (he beat Carey during the year when Wayne had just come back from shoulder reconstruction and basically had one arm).
Carey had a radio show at the time with Jason Dunstal and James hird, and they played Graham’s interview during the show and were laughing and geeing up Carey.
I remember Carey saying ‘he said that did he’, and Dunstall saying ‘if you could see Carey right now he has that look in his eyes’.
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North v Geelong 1997 qualifying final on fox footy 5pm and 11pm tonight on fox footy.
If I remember correctly Ben Graham ga e an interview during the week before tha game stating he knew how to play and beat Carey (he beat Carey during the year when Wayne had just come back from shoulder reconstruction and basically had one arm).
Carey had a radio show at the time with Jason Dunstal and James hird, and they played Graham’s interview during the show and were laughing and geeing up Carey.
I remember Carey saying ‘he said that did he’, and Dunstall saying ‘if you could see Carey right now he has that look in his eyes’.
Never pook the bear
Think that is my all time favourite Carey game
 
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North v Geelong 1997 qualifying final on fox footy 5pm and 11pm tonight on fox footy.
If I remember correctly Ben Graham ga e an interview during the week before tha game stating he knew how to play and beat Carey (he beat Carey during the year when Wayne had just come back from shoulder reconstruction and basically had one arm).
Carey had a radio show at the time with Jason Dunstal and James hird, and they played Graham’s interview during the show and were laughing and geeing up Carey.
I remember Carey saying ‘he said that did he’, and Dunstall saying ‘if you could see Carey right now he has that look in his eyes’.
Never pook the bear
A bit like hawthorn in the mid part of this decade 1997 was evidence of how a great on-field culture can perform even under duress. Carey missed huge chunks of the year, we had injuries left, right and centre and yet found ourselves still in it at half-time in a prelim with only half a team left on the park.
 

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Eight reasons for North Melbourne fans to get excited ahead of 2019
Chris Cavanagh, Herald Sun
January 8, 2019 6:00pm
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North Melbourne were one of the surprise packets of 2019 and have only bolstered an up-and-coming list over the off-season.

CHRIS CAVANAGH takes a look how the Kangaroos are building a finals-ready list.

BIG MAN: SLIMMED DOWN GOLDY IN CAREER-BEST SHAPE

ZIEBELL: FINALS A PASS MARK FOR ROOS IN 2019

TYSON: NEW ROO ‘DID THE MATH’ ON DEMONS TRADE

EIGHT REASONS FOR NORTH MELBOURNE FANS TO GET EXCITED

POLEC FACTOR

The Kangaroos had been aggressively pursuing a quality, experienced midfielder for some time and finally landed one in wingman Jared Polec during the trade period. Polec joined the Roos on the back of a career-best 2018 season with Port Adelaide, during which he averaged 25.1 disposals, 4.5 marks and 2.9 tackles. North Melbourne believes the 26-year-old will complement their current onball brigade nicely, with Polec’s class, speed and ability to break the lines making him a welcome addition next season.
New Kangaroo Jared Polec. Picture: Michael Klein
Jasper Pittard at North Melbourne training. Picture: Michael Klein

OTHER RECRUITS

Aside from Jared Polec, the Kangaroos also picked up three other experienced players during the trade period in Dom Tyson (Melbourne), Aaron Hall (Gold Coast) and Jasper Pittard (Port Adelaide), who also help add further depth and create pressure for spots. Tyson played 17 games including three finals in 2018, averaging 20 disposals through the midfield, clearance work and hardness inside a hallmark of the 25-year-old’s game. Hall had an injury-interrupted campaign which restricted him to just six games for Gold Coast last season, but the midfielder averaged 25.6 disposals in 2017 and is confident he can still improve in a range of areas of his game, including defensively. Then there is Pittard, who finished last season strongly for the Power and has 126 AFL games under his belt, the Roos confident he can become the type of half-back flanker they have been looking for who can run and carry the ball.

IMPROVED DEFENCE

A large part of North Melbourne’s rise in 2018 was its ability to better defend. While the Roos scored just 33 points less at the attacking end over the course of the season, the club conceded a total of 474 points less in the back half — an average of 21.5 points a game. That helped the side record its best percentage in a season since 2014 at 108.94, only just shy of sixth-placed Sydney (109.5) which won two more games. There is still room for improvement, for North Melbourne ranked 10th overall in terms of scores against. But last season showed the club is on the right track in that area.
North Melbourne defenders Scott Thompson, Robbie Tarrant and Marley Williams shut down Jack Darling.

RISE OF LDU

The Kangaroos’ top draft pick in 2017 at No.4, Luke Davies-Uniacke showed enough to suggest he can be key cog in the midfield for years to come during a seven-game debut season in 2018. Oozing with potential, the club extended the young gun’s contract by a further two years in March before he had even played an AFL game. The 19-year-old went on to develop across the season and while he finished in the VFL he played three dominant games in the seconds to round out the year, providing a solid springboard for 2019.

MORE TASSIE

Some Melbourne-based fans might not have liked news that North Melbourne sold another game to Tasmania for 2019, taking their ‘home‘ games at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena from three to four. However, there is a silver lining. The Roos’ record at the venue is remarkable, the club having won 14 of 18 games there since 2012, equating to 78 per cent. Over the same period North Melbourne has won 47 of 85 games at its regular Marvel Stadium base, coming in at just 55 per cent. And, it is not like the Kangaroos have played cellar-dweller opponents in Hobart, having beaten premier West Coast (40 points) and finalist Greater Western Sydney (43 points) there in 2018. An extra game down south might just mean the difference between making finals or not if the club can continue to make the venue a fortress.
Mason Wood celebrates a goal. Picture: Sam Rosewarne

MASON’S TIME

With Jarrad Waite having hung up the boots after contributing 32 goals from 13 games last year, the Kangaroos need another forward to step up and fill the void and that player shapes as Mason Wood. Entering his sixth season, Wood has still played just 39 AFL games, but now is his time to shine. The 25-year-old played a career-high 13 matches last season for a return of 22 goals, kicking at least one major in all but one game. There were also particularly promising performances against Sydney (four goals) and Essendon (three goals), which the Roos will be hoping to see more of on a more consistent basis in 2019.

OH SO CLOSE

Tipped by many to be a bottom-four side in 2018, North Melbourne went on to finish ninth, missing finals by just one game and percentage. It could have quite easily been a very different story, though. Brad Scott’s side lost four games by 10 points or less, including against finalists Richmond and Sydney. There were a further two games in which the Roos went down by 17 points or less, including in Round 1 against Gold Coast which came back to bite. However, those results show the Kangaroos are putting themselves in winning positions almost every week and those experiences in close games should help going forward.
Paul Ahern in action for North Melbourne.

AMAZING AHERN

It took 1285 days and two knee reconstructions after he was originally drafted by Greater Western Sydney for Paul Ahern to finally make his AFL debut for North Melbourne in Round 11 last season. But the No.7 draft pick from 2014 made his mark when he eventually did get on the field. Ahern logged 29 disposals and five clearances in his debut game and finished the season having played 11 matches, averaging 21.2 disposals. The 22-year-old is composed, reads the play well and can break the lines and, if he can stay fit, could just become an elite midfielder in the game in the not-too-distant future.

THE NUMBER: 3

With the additions of Jared Polec and Aaron Hall, the Kangaroos have bolstered their midfield, now rated as the third-best midfield and ruck combination.

Source: Champion Data

TAB ODDS

Premiership: $21

Top-8: $2.25

Most losses: $51

TRAJECTORY

2014: 6th (14-8, preliminary final)

2015: 8th (13-9, preliminary final)

2016: 8th (12-10, elimination final)

2017: 15th (6-16)

2018: 9th (12-10)
 

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Eight reasons for North Melbourne fans to get excited ahead of 2019
Chris Cavanagh, Herald Sun
January 8, 2019 6:00pm
Subscriber only

North Melbourne were one of the surprise packets of 2019 and have only bolstered an up-and-coming list over the off-season.

CHRIS CAVANAGH takes a look how the Kangaroos are building a finals-ready list.

BIG MAN: SLIMMED DOWN GOLDY IN CAREER-BEST SHAPE

ZIEBELL: FINALS A PASS MARK FOR ROOS IN 2019

TYSON: NEW ROO ‘DID THE MATH’ ON DEMONS TRADE

EIGHT REASONS FOR NORTH MELBOURNE FANS TO GET EXCITED

POLEC FACTOR

The Kangaroos had been aggressively pursuing a quality, experienced midfielder for some time and finally landed one in wingman Jared Polec during the trade period. Polec joined the Roos on the back of a career-best 2018 season with Port Adelaide, during which he averaged 25.1 disposals, 4.5 marks and 2.9 tackles. North Melbourne believes the 26-year-old will complement their current onball brigade nicely, with Polec’s class, speed and ability to break the lines making him a welcome addition next season.
New Kangaroo Jared Polec. Picture: Michael Klein
Jasper Pittard at North Melbourne training. Picture: Michael Klein

OTHER RECRUITS

Aside from Jared Polec, the Kangaroos also picked up three other experienced players during the trade period in Dom Tyson (Melbourne), Aaron Hall (Gold Coast) and Jasper Pittard (Port Adelaide), who also help add further depth and create pressure for spots. Tyson played 17 games including three finals in 2018, averaging 20 disposals through the midfield, clearance work and hardness inside a hallmark of the 25-year-old’s game. Hall had an injury-interrupted campaign which restricted him to just six games for Gold Coast last season, but the midfielder averaged 25.6 disposals in 2017 and is confident he can still improve in a range of areas of his game, including defensively. Then there is Pittard, who finished last season strongly for the Power and has 126 AFL games under his belt, the Roos confident he can become the type of half-back flanker they have been looking for who can run and carry the ball.

IMPROVED DEFENCE

A large part of North Melbourne’s rise in 2018 was its ability to better defend. While the Roos scored just 33 points less at the attacking end over the course of the season, the club conceded a total of 474 points less in the back half — an average of 21.5 points a game. That helped the side record its best percentage in a season since 2014 at 108.94, only just shy of sixth-placed Sydney (109.5) which won two more games. There is still room for improvement, for North Melbourne ranked 10th overall in terms of scores against. But last season showed the club is on the right track in that area.
North Melbourne defenders Scott Thompson, Robbie Tarrant and Marley Williams shut down Jack Darling.

RISE OF LDU

The Kangaroos’ top draft pick in 2017 at No.4, Luke Davies-Uniacke showed enough to suggest he can be key cog in the midfield for years to come during a seven-game debut season in 2018. Oozing with potential, the club extended the young gun’s contract by a further two years in March before he had even played an AFL game. The 19-year-old went on to develop across the season and while he finished in the VFL he played three dominant games in the seconds to round out the year, providing a solid springboard for 2019.

MORE TASSIE

Some Melbourne-based fans might not have liked news that North Melbourne sold another game to Tasmania for 2019, taking their ‘home‘ games at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena from three to four. However, there is a silver lining. The Roos’ record at the venue is remarkable, the club having won 14 of 18 games there since 2012, equating to 78 per cent. Over the same period North Melbourne has won 47 of 85 games at its regular Marvel Stadium base, coming in at just 55 per cent. And, it is not like the Kangaroos have played cellar-dweller opponents in Hobart, having beaten premier West Coast (40 points) and finalist Greater Western Sydney (43 points) there in 2018. An extra game down south might just mean the difference between making finals or not if the club can continue to make the venue a fortress.
Mason Wood celebrates a goal. Picture: Sam Rosewarne

MASON’S TIME

With Jarrad Waite having hung up the boots after contributing 32 goals from 13 games last year, the Kangaroos need another forward to step up and fill the void and that player shapes as Mason Wood. Entering his sixth season, Wood has still played just 39 AFL games, but now is his time to shine. The 25-year-old played a career-high 13 matches last season for a return of 22 goals, kicking at least one major in all but one game. There were also particularly promising performances against Sydney (four goals) and Essendon (three goals), which the Roos will be hoping to see more of on a more consistent basis in 2019.

OH SO CLOSE

Tipped by many to be a bottom-four side in 2018, North Melbourne went on to finish ninth, missing finals by just one game and percentage. It could have quite easily been a very different story, though. Brad Scott’s side lost four games by 10 points or less, including against finalists Richmond and Sydney. There were a further two games in which the Roos went down by 17 points or less, including in Round 1 against Gold Coast which came back to bite. However, those results show the Kangaroos are putting themselves in winning positions almost every week and those experiences in close games should help going forward.
Paul Ahern in action for North Melbourne.

AMAZING AHERN

It took 1285 days and two knee reconstructions after he was originally drafted by Greater Western Sydney for Paul Ahern to finally make his AFL debut for North Melbourne in Round 11 last season. But the No.7 draft pick from 2014 made his mark when he eventually did get on the field. Ahern logged 29 disposals and five clearances in his debut game and finished the season having played 11 matches, averaging 21.2 disposals. The 22-year-old is composed, reads the play well and can break the lines and, if he can stay fit, could just become an elite midfielder in the game in the not-too-distant future.

THE NUMBER: 3

With the additions of Jared Polec and Aaron Hall, the Kangaroos have bolstered their midfield, now rated as the third-best midfield and ruck combination.

Source: Champion Data

TAB ODDS

Premiership: $21

Top-8: $2.25

Most losses: $51

TRAJECTORY

2014: 6th (14-8, preliminary final)

2015: 8th (13-9, preliminary final)

2016: 8th (12-10, elimination final)

2017: 15th (6-16)

2018: 9th (12-10)
Really well informed article, especially about LDU.
 

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Indeed. The poor bloke who put that together won't last long st the Hun then.

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Probably an unpaid intern or a work experience student. When Robbo awakens from his drunken stupor some time tonight he will be seriously pissed off.
 

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North v Geelong 1997 qualifying final on fox footy 5pm and 11pm tonight on fox footy.
If I remember correctly Ben Graham ga e an interview during the week before tha game stating he knew how to play and beat Carey (he beat Carey during the year when Wayne had just come back from shoulder reconstruction and basically had one arm).
Carey had a radio show at the time with Jason Dunstal and James hird, and they played Graham’s interview during the show and were laughing and geeing up Carey.
I remember Carey saying ‘he said that did he’, and Dunstall saying ‘if you could see Carey right now he has that look in his eyes’.
Never pook the bear
So I turned up to this game ...go to Boot of car....NO COAT!

The only warmth I could buy was a North beanie at the MCG

I still have that Beanie; it has been worn in Europe, USA, India and NZ in the years since, the * Final and the Cats Final

It is lucky Beanie Orange Peanut
 
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