I want it to be our turn soon....I really, really do!!!

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north_lad

All Australian
Oct 26, 2003
660
1,526
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Since when is not recruiting s**tcampaigner Caddy a bad thing?

Didn’t we get Dal Santo, Waite, Higgins and Polec?
People are quick to dismiss those recruits for whatever reason. They were made when we were playing good footy, we were on a downward trend for a couple of years throwing huge coin at players and they didn't come. It doesn't mean a whole lot in the scheme of things because most if not all of them stayed at their clubs who have been playing finals, we aren't.
 

HongKongRoo

Club Legend
Jul 6, 2006
1,721
516
Hong Kong
AFL Club
North Melbourne
I think the focus on who the players are is misguided. Richmond showed that you don't need to have a team of superstars, just need to have a good system in place. Hardwick comes from the Clarkson school of teamwork over individuals. It's an old adage but a champion team will always beat a team of champions. When the team plays well, individuals look better. No Rance, no problem. Clarko got rid of Buddy, no problem. An AFL superstar is more about personal marketing than value to the team or team success. I'm less interested in doing trades for the sake of it and more interested in making sure our system is well drilled. I always felt that Scott never got things quite right with our preseason. We mostly seemed to be off the pace, it wasn't until the season started that we were able to get coherency, especially in the last few years. We need to be better than that.


Let's see what Shaw can do with our mob.
 

Hojuman

Norm Smith Medallist
May 20, 2012
7,926
19,667
Seoul
AFL Club
North Melbourne
I think the focus on who the players are is misguided. Richmond showed that you don't need to have a team of superstars, just need to have a good system in place. Hardwick comes from the Clarkson school of teamwork over individuals. It's an old adage but a champion team will always beat a team of champions. When the team plays well, individuals look better. No Rance, no problem. Clarko got rid of Buddy, no problem. An AFL superstar is more about personal marketing than value to the team or team success. I'm less interested in doing trades for the sake of it and more interested in making sure our system is well drilled. I always felt that Scott never got things quite right with our preseason. We mostly seemed to be off the pace, it wasn't until the season started that we were able to get coherency, especially in the last few years. We need to be better than that.


Let's see what Shaw can do with our mob.


Traipsing round in Utah pre-season enjoying snow and NBA games at high altitude instead of doing the hard yards at Arden st. with a sherrin in your hands.

Hope Rhyce still has a bit of old school in him.
 

SunnyBoner

Team Captain
Aug 15, 2009
326
458
Sunshine Coast
AFL Club
North Melbourne
I think the focus on who the players are is misguided. Richmond showed that you don't need to have a team of superstars, just need to have a good system in place. Hardwick comes from the Clarkson school of teamwork over individuals. It's an old adage but a champion team will always beat a team of champions. When the team plays well, individuals look better. No Rance, no problem. Clarko got rid of Buddy, no problem. An AFL superstar is more about personal marketing than value to the team or team success. I'm less interested in doing trades for the sake of it and more interested in making sure our system is well drilled. I always felt that Scott never got things quite right with our preseason. We mostly seemed to be off the pace, it wasn't until the season started that we were able to get coherency, especially in the last few years. We need to be better than that.


Let's see what Shaw can do with our mob.
Well said HKR. I've been trying to say something like this all week. We've seen what happens to clubs (Melb, St Kilda and Carlton) who get obsessed with high draft picks. Donuts. We don't have a superstar list but it's still solid and i reckon there are some real gems in last years crop. With a small forward, hard running midfielder and a key defender we are back in the game. Richmond's success is based on playing for each other, a brother culture whereby every player knows their role. Footy is played between the ears - and the heart - and this is what we need to tap into (along with an unrelenting desire to play for each other).
 

HongKongRoo

Club Legend
Jul 6, 2006
1,721
516
Hong Kong
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Well said HKR. I've been trying to say something like this all week. We've seen what happens to clubs (Melb, St Kilda and Carlton) who get obsessed with high draft picks. Donuts. We don't have a superstar list but it's still solid and i reckon there are some real gems in last years crop. With a small forward, hard running midfielder and a key defender we are back in the game. Richmond's success is based on playing for each other, a brother culture whereby every player knows their role. Footy is played between the ears - and the heart - and this is what we need to tap into (along with an unrelenting desire to play for each other).
You know what I liked when Rhyce took over? Those teeny tiny team things that we were missing under Laidley and Scott but which were drilled into the Clarkson teams. Sheparding, effective blocks, aggressive mark standing to stop play ons and generally willing ourselves more effectively to the next contest. Anderson, Zhurrhar, Turner, Thommo do it all instinctively but we had too many players who would give the ball then just sag off the contest under Brad. Great to see TT and Simpkin learning these habits early.
 

SunnyBoner

Team Captain
Aug 15, 2009
326
458
Sunshine Coast
AFL Club
North Melbourne
You know what I liked when Rhyce took over? Those teeny tiny team things that we were missing under Laidley and Scott but which were drilled into the Clarkson teams. Sheparding, effective blocks, aggressive mark standing to stop play ons and generally willing ourselves more effectively to the next contest. Anderson, Zhurrhar, Turner, Thommo do it all instinctively but we had too many players who would give the ball then just sag off the contest under Brad. Great to see TT and Simpkin learning these habits early.
There was an immediate change under the Scamper! Players seemed free to play their natural game and he wasn't afraid to give Simpkin, and TT an extended run in the middle to give us that spark we need.
 

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Hearts to hearts

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 16, 2001
19,602
30,928
Melbourne VIC
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Wales, Eastwood, West Ham
I have said this before but I have infinite patience about North winning another flag. I started following football in 1993, picked a club fairly randomly, and saw them play seven preliminary finals in a row for two flags. I’m ahead of most football supporters already, and I’m satisfied if I spend the rest of my life supporting non-premiership North melbourne teams to pay it back.
 

Liam Boy

Premiership Player
Oct 12, 2008
3,402
2,330
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
I have said this before but I have infinite patience about North winning another flag. I started following football in 1993, picked a club fairly randomly, and saw them play seven preliminary finals in a row for two flags. I’m ahead of most football supporters already, and I’m satisfied if I spend the rest of my life supporting non-premiership North melbourne teams to pay it back.
fu** that, more flags
 

Passmore

Norm Smith Medallist
May 22, 2001
9,546
19,412
The Gasometer Wing
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Norf
I have said this before but I have infinite patience about North winning another flag. I started following football in 1993, picked a club fairly randomly, and saw them play seven preliminary finals in a row for two flags. I’m ahead of most football supporters already, and I’m satisfied if I spend the rest of my life supporting non-premiership North melbourne teams to pay it back.
Out of interest, what was the reason you randomly chose North?


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Hearts to hearts

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 16, 2001
19,602
30,928
Melbourne VIC
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Wales, Eastwood, West Ham
Out of interest, what was the reason you randomly chose North?


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BHP put me up in North Melbourne when I landed, the tram wore blue and white (same colours as the local rugby team I watched every week growing up in Sydney), and I always liked vertical stripes. I had lived in Elwood and Fitzroy by then but the colours and stripes gave North the edge over Saints and Lions, thank fu**.
 

King Corey

Moderator
Jun 9, 2001
22,887
60,680
Windy Hill Safe Injecting Room
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
St Johnstone
BHP put me up in North Melbourne when I landed, the tram wore blue and white (same colours as the local rugby team I watched every week growing up in Sydney), and I always liked vertical stripes. I had lived in Elwood and Fitzroy by then but the colours and stripes gave North the edge over Saints and Lions, thank fu**.
The colours pulled you in but it was the Kanga Kasino weekly meat tray win that kept you here.
 

SunnyBoner

Team Captain
Aug 15, 2009
326
458
Sunshine Coast
AFL Club
North Melbourne
I have said this before but I have infinite patience about North winning another flag. I started following football in 1993, picked a club fairly randomly, and saw them play seven preliminary finals in a row for two flags. I’m ahead of most football supporters already, and I’m satisfied if I spend the rest of my life supporting non-premiership North melbourne teams to pay it back.
This is curious. I am in my 50s, i've seen 4 flags (on TV), I don't live in Victoria but i pine for another flag. I really hope we are heading towards another one now...
 

Event Horizon

Brownlow Medallist
Sep 24, 2002
19,302
7,947
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Arsenal, Victory
I have said this before but I have infinite patience about North winning another flag. I started following football in 1993, picked a club fairly randomly, and saw them play seven preliminary finals in a row for two flags. I’m ahead of most football supporters already, and I’m satisfied if I spend the rest of my life supporting non-premiership North melbourne teams to pay it back.
I started in 1991, and can see what you mean. But I used all my credits about 10 years ago. Now I want success and I have had enough of the same crap.
 

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