Id go like this:Our Premiership count should look more something like this:
1949, 1950, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2020. (14)
Id go like this:
1949, 1950, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 = 11
The ones I really think we missed out on in the above:
1978: Let the Hawks kick 3-4 unanswered goals in the first 1/4 before we got on the board, yes we pegged them back and hit the front but we ended up losing by the same amount we let the Hawks kick in the first 1/4.
1983: Minor premiers, probably one of the most talented North sides with us the "destination club" for players wanting to win a premiership but we went out in straight sets in the finals.
1993: Finished 3rd in the rubbish mcintyre 6 finals system, half a game behind both Essendon and Carlton who we beat during the season, forced to play in a sudden death elimination final versus 6th placed Eagles.
Round 8 game against the Crows, up by 30 points 3/4 time, we let Modra go wild in the last 1/4 kicking a bag and the Crows win by 2pts.
Round 22 we lost Horse with a knee injury in the last game versus the Dogs, lost the game finished 3rd, if we won either of those games, or the rd 14 game against the Roy Boys (lost by 1 point), we finish 1st with a double chance.
Finals: Finish 3rd and we lost our finals game against the 6th placed Eagles and straight out of the finals, the Crows 5th who finished below us win their first game in the finals, lose their second but aren't eliminated and get a second chance. What sort of finals system gives a team lower down (5th) in the ladder a second chance over a higher finishing side (3rd), no wonder they got rid of the rubbish system!
1997: Carey injured in round 1 and out for 11 weeks, Archer and Swatta getting suspended, Corey getting injured during the Prelim Final game and the rabbid Saints cheering!
1998: enough said!
1976: Crimins Cup, no way Hawthorn were going to lose this game with their captain lying in a hospital room days away from dieing.
1994: WCE of 94 were an amazing side, I don't think we'd have gone any better than the Cats.
A great memory & Schimma at his best. What a day.Done well to get the whole game.
They’re different I think. There’s so much more congestion around Cunners than there was in the 70s, and his ability to find the right option out of traffic is otherworldly. Cable was more about handball as an attacking weapon. Watching that, the willingness of both sides to attack with long handballs forward is striking. Looks a bit weird in the pre rocket handball days (do they still call it that?) with the flat/tumbling trajectory.Cunnington is impressive, but Cable was another level again.
Cable's skills were extraordinary and well ahead of his times. He is one of the few footballers I ever saw that could stab, drop, punt and drop punt kick both feet perfectly, handpass short or long with pinpoint accuracy. Exceptional.They’re different I think. There’s so much more congestion around Cunners than there was in the 70s, and his ability to find the right option out of traffic is otherworldly. Cable was more about handball as an attacking weapon. Watching that, the willingness of both sides to attack with long handballs forward is striking. Looks a bit weird in the pre rocket handball days (do they still call it that?) with the flat/tumbling trajectory.
Yeah. Cable was my first favourite North player. He was a joy to watch.Cable's skills were extraordinary and well ahead of his times. He is one of the few footballers I ever saw that could stab, drop, punt and drop punt kick both feet perfectly, handpass short or long with pinpoint accuracy. Exceptional.
Barry Cable: 16 kicks, 22 handballs, 3 goalsAbsolutely - most complete footballer I have ever seen.
Matthews is in my top 5 ever. Careyesque in his ability to change the result of a game.Barry Cable: 16 kicks, 22 handballs, 3 goals
Leigh Matthews: 14 kicks, 5 handball, 2 goals.
Leigh Matthews rightfully belongs in the conversation for the greatest VFL/AFL player of all time, and his 1977 season was off the charts when he dominated the competition kicking 91-56 in the process. It was statistically the best season of his entire career. He was averaging 27.9 disposals and 3.9 goals per game heading in to this match, and received the greatest hiding of his established VFL career at the hands of Barry Cable on that day.
Cable's skills were extraordinary and well ahead of his times. He is one of the few footballers I ever saw that could stab, drop, punt and drop punt kick both feet perfectly, handpass short or long with pinpoint accuracy. Exceptional.
North Melbourne's spirit of enthusiasm, which carried the team Into last year's final, was reborn in victory against Essendon. It was perhaps one of the best successes the club has achieved.
If ever I have seen fanatical determination on a football field, North players showed it on Saturday. In a game which abounded with physical clashes, no issue was shirked or risk evaded. It was not great football or an outstanding game, but It was a game that required the combination of courage and ability that brings success in final series.
North's eagerness for battle — and it took the fight io the Dons from bell to bell — surprised Essendon, and showed a possible unsuspected flaw in Essendon, in that some of its players can be forced into the background by well-applied vigor.
With North faster, and more than holding its own in the air and ruck, Essendon had no time to finesse for openings, or for calculated disposal. North also upset Essendon by closing down on the Hutchison, Tate, McEwin combination. This, and the fact that the Essendon wings were soundly beaten, stopped most of the
attempts to get the ball to Coleman. Then McCorkell, at full-back, forced Coleman to work overtime for every kick.
Only once did Essendon threaten to swing into full stride. That was in the third term, and it was significant that it lifted with the play of Hutchison. In the final term, neither side faltered, and It was only magnificent individual efforts in attack, especially by Spencer, that clinched the Issue lor North. One mark by Spencer, from which he regained the lead for the Northerners near time off, will long be remembered by North supporters. He took the ball clean above the pack.
Foote's play and captaincy played no small part In the critical stages. As a spare defender he helped turn attack after attack. In the final few minutes almost every North player was on the ball, and scoring for the Dons became virtually impossible
North got tremendous drive from the wings, where McKenzie and Francis scintillated, the half-forwards recaptured last year's form and the big men were In great form. Brooker astonished with his . improvement. J. Reeves has never marked better, Thornton has distinct possibilities, and Lawrence appears the answer to the centre half-back position.
Saturday's game will, I believe, prove the turning point in Norths' future. The Dons will take small harm from that defeat. They can, and will, do better, especially at Essendon or on the big Melbourne ground.
I think you've got a good point there too.Yeah. Cable was my first favourite North player. He was a joy to watch.
I’ll stick by my point though. What is asked of Cunnington by hand is something Cable didn’t really have to deal with. His vision to find an open option out of traffic the way modern teams work at stoppages is all time great.