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Nate1993

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DaveyBoy123

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Jan 26, 2003
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The Herald-Sun have posted what they think is our GREATEST TEAM OF THE PAST 50 YEARS

B:
David King, David Dench, Glenn Archer

HB: John Rantall, Ross Glendinning, Brent Croswell

C: Keith Greig, Anthony Stevens, Wayne Schwass

HF: Wayne Schimmelbusch, Wayne Carey, Sam Kekovich

F: Corey McKernan, Malcolm Blight, Brent Harvey

Ruck: Gary Dempsey, Barry Davis, Barry Cable

Inter: Byron Pickett, Adam Simpson, Jimmy Krakouer, Arnold Briedis


North Melbourne has been one of the most successful clubs of the past 50 years. Since 1970 the Roos have appeared in eight Grand Finals, winning four of them across successful eras in the 1970s and 1990s with teams packed with stars.

So how do you fit them all into one team? The answer is, you can’t. Footy writer Jon Anderson had that unenviable task on this week’s Herald Sun Footy Podcast, and the quality of some of the players who missed the cut is testament to the standard set by the best 22.

Ando said club great David Dench got the nod at full-back over fan favourite and two-time best-and-fairest winner Mick Martyn. At the other end of the ground Hall of Famer Maclolm Blight took the full-forward spot over 1990 Coleman medallist, and current Sydney coach, John Longmire.

Among the other names to miss out were Drew Petrie, Peter Bell, John Blakey, Phil Krakouer, Shannon Grant, Brady Rawlings, Craig Sholl and Andrew Swallow.
 

Asifhe Givashe

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The Herald-Sun have posted what they think is our GREATEST TEAM OF THE PAST 50 YEARS

B:
David King, David Dench, Glenn Archer

HB: John Rantall, Ross Glendinning, Brent Croswell

C: Keith Greig, Anthony Stevens, Wayne Schwass

HF: Wayne Schimmelbusch, Wayne Carey, Sam Kekovich

F: Corey McKernan, Malcolm Blight, Brent Harvey

Ruck: Gary Dempsey, Barry Davis, Barry Cable

Inter: Byron Pickett, Adam Simpson, Jimmy Krakouer, Arnold Briedis


North Melbourne has been one of the most successful clubs of the past 50 years. Since 1970 the Roos have appeared in eight Grand Finals, winning four of them across successful eras in the 1970s and 1990s with teams packed with stars.

So how do you fit them all into one team? The answer is, you can’t. Footy writer Jon Anderson had that unenviable task on this week’s Herald Sun Footy Podcast, and the quality of some of the players who missed the cut is testament to the standard set by the best 22.

Ando said club great David Dench got the nod at full-back over fan favourite and two-time best-and-fairest winner Mick Martyn. At the other end of the ground Hall of Famer Maclolm Blight took the full-forward spot over 1990 Coleman medallist, and current Sydney coach, John Longmire.

Among the other names to miss out were Drew Petrie, Peter Bell, John Blakey, Phil Krakouer, Shannon Grant, Brady Rawlings, Craig Scoll and Andrew Swallow.
How could you possibly not have Schimma listed on the wing?

Davis ahead of Grant is disrespectful.
 

Passmore

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The Herald-Sun have posted what they think is our GREATEST TEAM OF THE PAST 50 YEARS

B:
David King, David Dench, Glenn Archer

HB: John Rantall, Ross Glendinning, Brent Croswell

C: Keith Greig, Anthony Stevens, Wayne Schwass

HF: Wayne Schimmelbusch, Wayne Carey, Sam Kekovich

F: Corey McKernan, Malcolm Blight, Brent Harvey

Ruck: Gary Dempsey, Barry Davis, Barry Cable

Inter: Byron Pickett, Adam Simpson, Jimmy Krakouer, Arnold Briedis


North Melbourne has been one of the most successful clubs of the past 50 years. Since 1970 the Roos have appeared in eight Grand Finals, winning four of them across successful eras in the 1970s and 1990s with teams packed with stars.

So how do you fit them all into one team? The answer is, you can’t. Footy writer Jon Anderson had that unenviable task on this week’s Herald Sun Footy Podcast, and the quality of some of the players who missed the cut is testament to the standard set by the best 22.

Ando said club great David Dench got the nod at full-back over fan favourite and two-time best-and-fairest winner Mick Martyn. At the other end of the ground Hall of Famer Maclolm Blight took the full-forward spot over 1990 Coleman medallist, and current Sydney coach, John Longmire.

Among the other names to miss out were Drew Petrie, Peter Bell, John Blakey, Phil Krakouer, Shannon Grant, Brady Rawlings, Craig Sholl and Andrew Swallow.
There wouldn’t be too many better teams than that.
 

SpiderBurton22

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Mar 17, 2012
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North Melbourne
The Herald-Sun have posted what they think is our GREATEST TEAM OF THE PAST 50 YEARS

B:
David King, David Dench, Glenn Archer

HB: John Rantall, Ross Glendinning, Brent Croswell

C: Keith Greig, Anthony Stevens, Wayne Schwass

HF: Wayne Schimmelbusch, Wayne Carey, Sam Kekovich

F: Corey McKernan, Malcolm Blight, Brent Harvey

Ruck: Gary Dempsey, Barry Davis, Barry Cable

Inter: Byron Pickett, Adam Simpson, Jimmy Krakouer, Arnold Briedis


North Melbourne has been one of the most successful clubs of the past 50 years. Since 1970 the Roos have appeared in eight Grand Finals, winning four of them across successful eras in the 1970s and 1990s with teams packed with stars.

So how do you fit them all into one team? The answer is, you can’t. Footy writer Jon Anderson had that unenviable task on this week’s Herald Sun Footy Podcast, and the quality of some of the players who missed the cut is testament to the standard set by the best 22.

Ando said club great David Dench got the nod at full-back over fan favourite and two-time best-and-fairest winner Mick Martyn. At the other end of the ground Hall of Famer Maclolm Blight took the full-forward spot over 1990 Coleman medallist, and current Sydney coach, John Longmire.

Among the other names to miss out were Drew Petrie, Peter Bell, John Blakey, Phil Krakouer, Shannon Grant, Brady Rawlings, Craig Sholl and Andrew Swallow.
I'd have Ben Cunnington before Simmo.

Edit, maybe by the end of his career.
 

discodaddy

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"Damien Hardwick has laid down the challenge to his players and the rest of the competition, declaring the 2020 premiership will be one of the greatest ever achievements seen in the game".

This is both hilariously misguided as well as self-serving. Winning a flag is not like climbing Everest - 100 people can start that journey and there are no guarantees that anyone will make it to the top. In footy, if there is a season, there will be a premier. All teams could replace their players with lesbian nuns and one such team would still be crowned premiers. Sure it has been hard for footy players, but I'm pretty sure they are doing better than most people. The mountain they have to climb is the same height for all 16 teams*, and one of them will win the flag. That makes the eventual premier's task no more arduous than anyone else's**.

*[cough/Dusty/Puma]
**[I'll concede that if some teams have to spend months in a hub*** then it's probably to their disadvantage]
***Pornhub???
 

King Corey

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Jun 9, 2001
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The Herald-Sun have posted what they think is our GREATEST TEAM OF THE PAST 50 YEARS

B:
David King, David Dench, Glenn Archer

HB: John Rantall, Ross Glendinning, Brent Croswell

C: Keith Greig, Anthony Stevens, Wayne Schwass

HF: Wayne Schimmelbusch, Wayne Carey, Sam Kekovich

F: Corey McKernan, Malcolm Blight, Brent Harvey

Ruck: Gary Dempsey, Barry Davis, Barry Cable

Inter: Byron Pickett, Adam Simpson, Jimmy Krakouer, Arnold Briedis


North Melbourne has been one of the most successful clubs of the past 50 years. Since 1970 the Roos have appeared in eight Grand Finals, winning four of them across successful eras in the 1970s and 1990s with teams packed with stars.

So how do you fit them all into one team? The answer is, you can’t. Footy writer Jon Anderson had that unenviable task on this week’s Herald Sun Footy Podcast, and the quality of some of the players who missed the cut is testament to the standard set by the best 22.

Ando said club great David Dench got the nod at full-back over fan favourite and two-time best-and-fairest winner Mick Martyn. At the other end of the ground Hall of Famer Maclolm Blight took the full-forward spot over 1990 Coleman medallist, and current Sydney coach, John Longmire.

Among the other names to miss out were Drew Petrie, Peter Bell, John Blakey, Phil Krakouer, Shannon Grant, Brady Rawlings, Craig Sholl and Andrew Swallow.
Shannon Grant ahead of Adam Simpson every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
 

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Asifhe Givashe

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Depends on the criteria you use. 71 games 2x Syd Barker winner. Rantell similar. 70 games 1x Syd.
300+ games + NS plus all the games he won off his own boot!?


Shannon Grant ahead of Adam Simpson every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
That forward line....

Keka going off the boil after ‘75 was a real shame.
For those posters who saw him play, bit like Dusty? Or who would you say he plays like in the modern era?
 

Passmore

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May 22, 2001
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That forward line....

Keka going off the boil after ‘75 was a real shame.
For those posters who saw him play, bit like Dusty? Or who would you say he plays like in the modern era?
I'm not arguing the merits of Shannon Grant, I just don't think it's disrespectful to anyone to have Barry Davis in the team. There's no criteria on games played. 2 x b&f in that era is phenomenal. And he's our first premiership captain.

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DR Tipple

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Dec 13, 2012
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B: David King, David Dench, Glenn Archer

HB: John Rantall, Ross Glendinning, Brent Croswell

C:
Keith Greig, Anthony Stevens, Wayne Schwass

HF: Wayne Schimmelbusch, Wayne Carey, Sam Kekovich

F: Corey McKernan, Malcolm Blight, Brent Harvey

Ruck: Gary Dempsey, Barry Davis, Barry Cable

Inter: Byron Pickett, Adam Simpson, Jimmy Krakouer, Arnold Briedis

solid back half
 

Snake_Baker

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An early career Longmire would go to full forward, Blight to the HFF, Keka & Corey to the bench

Simmo, Briedis & Choppy would make way. Agree on including Shagger, he'd go in the other forward pocket.



B: David King, David Dench, Glenn Archer

HB: John Rantall, Ross Glendinning, Brent Croswell

C:
Keith Greig, Anthony Stevens, Wayne Schwass

HF: Wayne Schimmelbusch, Wayne Carey, Malcolm Blight

F: Shannon Grant, John Longmire, Brent Harvey

Ruck: Gary Dempsey, Barry Davis, Barry Cable

Inter: Matthew Larkin, Jimmy Krakouer, Sam Kekovich, Corey McKernan

Emerg: Adam Simpson, Brady Rawlings, (any one of about 6 blokes)
 

Bigeasy

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My NMFC team of the last 50 years:

B: Henshaw Dench Archer
HB: Rantall Glendinning Pickett
C: Greig Cunnington Schwass
HF: Schimmelbusch Carey Blight
F: Harvey Brown Grant

R: Dempsey Stevens J Krakouer

I: McKernan, Higgins, C Sholl, Kekovich.

Keka on the bench as his best was just outside the 50 year perimeter which also coincided with his brother Michael's death around that time. As a side note, my father used to tell me that Michael was a freak. He played junior footy with North and debuted for the seniors and then was tragically killed when hit by a car when he went for a run. He was 17. Big Sam was never the same after that, still a great player but not as consistent.

Other players to miss out that were stiff were Bell, Sholl, Longmire, Goldy, Simpson, B Rawlings, Martyn and German
 

Tas

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North Melbourne Jy Simpkin concedes coronavirus testing is something he’ll never get used to as footy return looms
North Melbourne midfielder Jy Simpkin says he felt like he was having his brain tickled when he underwent COVID-19 testing on Friday. It’s the ‘new normal’ for AFL players as they prepare for footy’s return on June 11.
Lauren Wood, Sunday Herald Sun

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Jy Simpkin doesn’t think he’ll ever get used to having his “brain tickled”

The North Melbourne midfielder – like every AFL player – was this week tested for coronavirus and is bracing for a “new normal” which will include an inspection of his living arrangements and twice-weekly testing for the contagious disease.

“I’m not looking forward to it, to be honest,” he said.

“We had ours on Friday, and the thing goes that far up your nose, it feels like it’s literally tickling your brain. It brings instant tears to your eyes. Twice a week is not going to be fun.

“Hopefully we get used to it – otherwise it’s going to be a long year of corona testing.”

Simpkin, who lives with teammate Mason Wood and an accountant mate from home town Mooroopna, thinks his situation won’t change too much but admits it will make for a very quiet few months ahead.
North Melbourne's Jy Simpkin trains at Arden St with the club's high performance manager Jona Segal. Picture: Tim Carrafa's Jy Simpkin trains at Arden St with the club's high performance manager Jona Segal. Picture: Tim Carrafa

North Melbourne's Jy Simpkin trains at Arden St with the club's high performance manager Jona Segal. Picture: Tim Carrafa

“It’s going to be the same old boring life, but it’s what we’ve got to do to get back playing footy and if it means we get back playing footy, I know I’m happy to do that,” he said.

“If you lived by yourself it wouldn’t be great … I like to interact with people and do stuff, so when I’m home alone, I go pretty crazy.”


When Simpkin was put through his paces on Saturday morning under the watchful eye of Roos high performance boss Jona Segal, the apparent temperature sat just above one degree.

It proved a far cry from where the young Roo spent the majority of his football hiatus – Kununurra, where on Sunday it will enjoy a forecast of a lazy 34 degrees.


The keen fisherman spent five weeks with his girlfriend’s family in far northern Western Australia, so became used to isolation, reeling in barramundi over a metre in size and even goanna.

But training alone had its challenges, tasked with an individual program to try and follow to the letter.

“Without a doubt, especially in those times a couple of months ago when we didn’t know when the season was coming back … there was times where you do get less motivated than what you’d want to be like,” he said.

“But you get through the program still which is just what you’ve got to do.”

Since he returned three weeks ago, Simpkin has embarked on one-on-one sessions with Segal, who travels from where he is isolating with his family – and for a while, young Roo Tarryn Thomas – in Gladysdale in the Yarra Valley to meet with players.

Segal is the first to admit the hiatus has posed its challenges, but he’s tried to make the best of it. Picture: Tim Carrafa
Segal is the first to admit the hiatus has posed its challenges, but he’s tried to make the best of it. Picture: Tim Carrafa

Segal admits the lengthy lay-off had the potential to “flatten a lot of players” both mentally and physically, but said a heavily football-based program had been developed in order to keep focus on whenever Round 2 could loom.

So he tried his best to keep players engaged in whatever way he could, even turning to his wardrobe.

“You’re trying to maintain that connection with players that you’re used to seeing every day, for most of the day,” Segal said.

“All of a sudden, you’re on Zoom, you’re in your house, in your own room, and you’re trying to talk to them about something.

“Normally there’d be the odd remark, question, whatever … sometimes there was nothing back (as everyone got used to stilted online meetings).

“That was the first challenge. I’m thinking ‘has my internet dropped out?’.

“I actually started to dress up a bit for the meetings, so I’d put on a suit or something else just so I’d know that players would send me a message taking the mickey a bit. At least I knew they were listening and watching.

“The trickiest thing was not having a rock solid return date.”

Now June 11 has been pinpointed, he said a whole new workload begins from Monday.

He’s “not necessarily worried” at the prospect of an increase in injuries, but concedes management is “on our checklist of things that we’re aware of”.


“I think had we not had the level of communication with players over the break that we’ve had, and not known exactly what guys are doing, not being able to see the quality of session that guys have had, you’d be very uneasy,” Segal said.

“We’ve still got some screening that we’ll need to get done. We need to see physically exactly how guys have returned, but that’s then our challenge in terms of how we manage that first week back. But for a lot of the group, we’re really comfortable with what they’ve done and we’re not expecting many surprises. But antennas are up.”
Just wait until you get older, Jy, and the doctor tickles your kidneys through your arse.
 

Groucho

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300+ games + NS plus all the games he won off his own boot!?




That forward line....

Keka going off the boil after ‘75 was a real shame.
For those posters who saw him play, bit like Dusty? Or who would you say he plays like in the modern era?
Regarding Keka I guess he could be compared to Dusty these days but he was very unique. He was a pack burster who would back his strength to get out of any situation. He was a goal kicker who kicked 10 against South and could make things happen seemingly out of nowhere. My favourite memory is the ‘74 final against the Hawks where he took the ball and the pack parted like Moses and the Red Sea and he torpedoed a goal on the run from 50. Even the , admittedly very polite , Hawk family In front of me applauded that. Great player ruined by injuries and shaggers back.
 

RobZombie

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300+ games + NS plus all the games he won off his own boot!?




That forward line....

Keka going off the boil after ‘75 was a real shame.
For those posters who saw him play, bit like Dusty? Or who would you say he plays like in the modern era?
In his own era, Carman would be the closest comparison. Modern era, maybe Jeremy Cameron?
 

Hojuman

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My NMFC team of the last 50 years:

B: Henshaw Dench Archer
HB: Rantall Glendinning Pickett
C: Greig Cunnington Schwass
HF: Schimmelbusch Carey Blight
F: Harvey Brown Grant

R: Dempsey Stevens J Krakouer

I: McKernan, Higgins, C Sholl, Kekovich.

Keka on the bench as his best was just outside the 50 year perimeter which also coincided with his brother Michael's death around that time. As a side note, my father used to tell me that Michael was a freak. He played junior footy with North and debuted for the seniors and then was tragically killed when hit by a car when he went for a run. He was 17. Big Sam was never the same after that, still a great player but not as consistent.

Other players to miss out that were stiff were Bell, Sholl, Longmire, Goldy, Simpson, B Rawlings, Martyn and German




Michael never played a senior game sadly 😔
 
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