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North Melbourne and the 1990's

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  1. boncer34

    boncer34 It's just the way I say things

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    With the exception of Boomer who really was only in his infancy in the 90's I agree.

    Though keep in mind the 90's was still fairly amateurish by todays standards, the "dirt poor" factor of not having the best facilities etc wasn't really in play, at least for '96 anyway. Maybe it played a factor by 1999.
     

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  2. Engimal v3

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    Maybe, but North won a flag after being bottom 4 in football department spending. We're talking gaps of millions of dollars between the top and bottom. The Dogs are the only team to do it since, in 2016.
     
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  3. boncer34

    boncer34 It's just the way I say things

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    In the 90's was the gap that big? Richmond and Collingwood weren't flush with cash, Hawthorn was broke, Dogs and Saints didn't have a shit load, maybe the interstaters?

    Don't get me wrong you're right they did well but I think the have and have nots gap wasn't quite that big in the 90's until professionalism really took off.
     
  4. Alphonse_

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    I disagree strongly, only Carey (with all due respect) could be considered an all time great in those Roos flag teams..

    Always thought West Coast and especially Geelong squandered flag opportunities in that decade with superior lists.
     
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  5. Handsome.B.Wonderful

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    How many all time greats do you need to win 3, 4 or 5 flags?
     
  6. Power Raid

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    Yep, I loved the eagles and cats sides, with the cats the most unlucky.

    The general rule was having 9 top players and excellent depth puts one in the running for a flag. I forget who played when for the roos but pickett, harvey, blakey, carey, king, martin, archer, rock, stevens, Schwass, grant, simpson, pike and bell etc is pretty impressive.
     
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    ... and by my reckoning North only won one final between 1990 and 1994, which is also five seasons.
     
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  8. JeanLucGoddard

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    Boomer played his first game in 96. Was regular in 97, a key cog in Pagans Paddock in 98 and BOG in a State of Origin game in 99.

    As for facilities not mattering, I think it was Matthew Lloyd who said Sheedy revved the team up by pointing out the drastic difference between the clubs respective facilities, asking how his players could get beaten by blokes who had no gym.

    The whole line bàck then was that Essendon were the Manchester United of footy.

    Turns out the were the East German womens shot put team, but that's another matter.
     
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    Interesting how many premiership coaches came through the Pagan coaching set up that defined the North 90s team.

    Simpson, Longmire, Clarkson. Even Hardwick played under 19s for North then followed Pagan to the Essendon twos for a year.
     
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    Judging by the stats sheet without watching the game, seems like he was also robbed of the Norm Smith medal in 1996.

    Brownlow, Norm Smith and Rising star would have made for a decorated career, 2 flags to go with it too.

    Makes me wonder if there would be less talk of North being a one man(Carey obvs) team if Mckernan had been recognised with these awards.
     
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    He got a carlton best and fairest though.
     
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  12. Handsome.B.Wonderful

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    He made a comment during the Grand Final parade to the effect that the Brownlow meant nothing to him anyway and a Norm Smith wasn’t on the radar, he only cared that North won on Saturday.

    Knowing the conservative AFL under Ross Oakley and the fact they treated McKernan being suspended as an embarrassment, you wouldn’t be surprised to know that he wasn’t considered to win the Norm Smith.
     
  13. Pricey97

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    I’m not saying that he did care about these awards. I have no doubt he wanted the team to succeed before his own individual honors.

    Just pointing out there might have been another award he probably deserved, and how decorated his career could have been.
     
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  14. Handsome.B.Wonderful

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    I am agreeing with you, just saying that it would have been well known amongst the team of shills the AFL assembled to vote for the Norm Smith in 1996 that McKernan was not to win it.
     
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    Like all good teams - strong bodies - keep their feet and dont fall over
     
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    Yep. Carey kicked 80 odd goals in 96, but McKernan was the better player that year.
     
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    Two other blokes not mentioned in that list. John Blakey and Martin Pike. Very strong bodies, long accurate kicks, good overhead. Primarily defensive minded players who could also attack with great effectiveness.

    All the great teams have this kind of player.
     
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    Harvey is an all time great. Blokes like Simpson and Longmire were absolute guns onfield who have shown just how brilliant as onfield generals they were.
     
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    I didnt get to watch much Carey, but i find it impressive his goals per year seem to stack up similar to the modern forward, yet he was still considered the best. Were his goals kicked in important moments, or was he just like Riewoldt with his off the ball work.
     
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    Kicked at important moments. He had the ability to turn a game in ten minutes.

    He would take huge crashing pack marks, and kick massive long goals.

    Buddy is similar in that regard. Carey did it with two hanging off him.
     
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    Carey was the ultimate big moment player. He turned so many games at crucial moments, and everyone knew he was going to get the ball, and play 2 or 3 on him at these times and still win the contest. He had tremendous self belief bordering on arrogance which made him a great player but loathed by the opposition.

    I kind of see the same thing in the NBA where you just know that the ball is going to superstar player when they are down by 2 points with 10 seconds left. And they inevitably win the game for their team.
     
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    Yep brilliant team with stars across the lines and good forwards, I liked that they played strong, contested, direct football, unlike the semi-circle, backwards chipping stat-padding sides of today.
     
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  24. JeanLucGoddard

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    Carey also played classically beautiful footy. He was insanely brave in his high marking, his long kicking for goal would get the crowd up while the ball was in the air, the way he played was everything that we tell ourselves makes our game different and better than soccer or rugby.

    The commentators absolutely loved him.
     
  25. MISFITS

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    I thought that Essendon blew the 90s.
    WCE had an aging list late 90s from memory.
    Geelong were like Collingwood in the late 70s.
    Close but just lacking that something.
     
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