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North Melbourne Kangaroos
|Full name||North Melbourne Football Club|
|Home and away season||TBD|
|Leading goalkicker||TBD (0)|
|Best and fairest||TBD|
|Competition||Australian Football League|
4 (1975, 1977, 1994*, 1995*)
|Grounds||Melbourne Cricket Ground (capacity: 100,018)|
The Failed Merger
In 1921, North Melbourne were subject to Mereger talks with Essendon Football Club. After that had fallen through, North would lose it's recruiting territory to the Bombers and wouldn't get to enter the VFL for four years until 1925. This began one of the oldest rivalries in league history.
The Ron Barassi (Jr.) Era
Malcolm Blight, Keith Greig, and Barry Cable weren't even the biggest names on the roster - coach Ron Barassi took most of the headlines. Barassi's tenure as coach was the true detriment of North football, after finishing dead last earlier in the decade. Barassi was asked to step in for the 1973 season, they would go on to lose the 1974, 76, and 78 Grand Finals to Richmond and the latter two to Hawthorn while beating Hawthorn in 1975 and Collingwood in the first ever Grand Final Replay in 1977. The three Grand Final meetings in four years sparked a rivalry among the Hawks and North. Following Barassi's departure, the team saw another period of decline. It would be nearly two decades between Grand Finals appearances.
Even though Essendon is considered a major rival of the Kangaroos, the same cannot be said about Essendon who have much more integral rivalries with four other clubs: Carlton (like the Celtics and the Lakers in the NBA excpet have 16 flags each), Collingwood (who play at least on Anzac Day - Round 5), Hawthorn (more recently from about the mid-1980s and escalated by the "Line in the Sand" match in the mid 2000s), and Richmond (from the 1942 Grand Final halftime brawl). 1921 saw a brief time of uncertainty as the Roos and the Bombers were to merge and then join the VFL. This however failed and Essendon got the benefit of North's recruiting territory. Following the only Grand Final meeting between the two in 1950 things had died down until the 1990s after then-Dons legendary Coach Kevin Sheedy labelled some team officials as "softies" like a "Marshmallow" earlier in the season after a match between the two. They by chance, would meet in one of that years qualifying finals and North fans following the win had been given marshmallows to throw at Sheedy as he walked off the pitch. This was followed by a famous comment from a Seven Network reporter "The marshmallows are flying out here at the moment . . . A few of them are hitting Kevin, but luckily they're very soft."
The two teams' sqauds compete for the Archer-Hird Medal (an individual award for match most valuable player) since 2008, named after the Don's former player and current coach James Hird and North legend Glenn Archer. Since the awarding of the medal, the two clubs have clashed four times in the oping round - including the last three (2012, 2013, 2014) and the first in 2008. This match has been played at the Etihad each time since, but Essendon does play some home games at the MCG as well.
Ths rivalry much like Essendon's with Hawthorne is rather new, but a little older. As the 1970s began, both teams had risen to prominence. They would go on to meet in many of the Grand Finals towards the middle of the decade, with North appearing in Five straight and winning two (both against Hawthorn, but losing the latter two of the three losses to the Hawks). Th teams alternated dominance the next two decades Hawthorn in the 80s and North in the 90s. In 1996, both teams were subject to merger talks as Fitzroy were to join North and Melbourne to Hawthorn, both of which were the most prominent of all merger talks between all clubs that season.
Prior to the merger of the clubs, there was a rivalry that lasted through the early 1970s that was based on off-field incidents mostly regarding the 1965 incident over the Coburg City Oval.
These two sides competed in the first drawn Grand Final, which North won the replay by 27 points.
Schedule and Ladder
|Round||Date||Time||Venue||Opponent||Home Score||Away Score|
|1||26 Mar||7:25p||MCG||WELLINGTON LIZARDS|
|2||2 Apr||3:35p||ES||port melbourne midshipmen|
|3||10 Apr||1:10p||MCG||richmond bombers|
|4||17 Apr||4:40p||MS||gold coast suns|
|5||23 Apr||4:35p||MCG||HAWTHORN HAWKS|
|6||29 Apr||7:50p||MCG||CANBERRA BULLDOGS|
|7||8 May||3:20p||ES||carlton blues|
|10||27 May||7:50p||MCG||COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES|
|11||3 Jun||7:50p||MCG||BRISBANE DEMONS|
|12||11 Jun||7:25p||AO||port adelaide power|
|13||17 Jun||7:50p||WS||wellington lizards|
|14||23 Jun||7:20p||MCG||AUCKLAND SAILFISH|
|15||2 Jul||12:00p||SO||greater western sydney giants|
|16||10 Jul||1:20p||MCG||CARLTON BLUES|
|17||16 Jul||4:35p||DS||fremantle dockers|
|18||22 Jul||7:50p||MCG||GOLD COAST SUNS|
|19||30 Jul||7:25p||MCG||WEST COAST EAGLES|
|20||6 Aug||7:25p||MO||canberra bulldogs|
|21||13 Aug||2:10||ES||st kilda saints|
|22||20 Aug||1:45||MCG||PORT ADELAIDE POWER|
CAPS - indicate home match
- Home games in "CAPS"
- All times local, Please note daylight savings is in effect in Victoria, Tasmania, NSW, ACT and SA. Queensland, NT and WA are not affected by daylight savings. For broadcast details, visit AFL.com.au/ broadcastguide.