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History

North Melbourne Kangaroos

Full name North Melbourne Football Club
Nickname(s) AFL
2016 season
Home and away season TBD
Pre-season Cup TBD
Leading goalkicker TBD (0)
Best and fairest TBD
Club details
Founded 1925

'Colours'

Blue, White

Competition Australian Football League
Chairman Andrew Demitriou
Coach Brad Scott
Captain(s) Andrew Swallow
Premierships

4 (1975, 1977, 1994*, 1995*)

  • Under Carlton merger
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.

Rivalries

Major

Essendon

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.

Hawthorn

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.

Minor

Carlton

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.

Collingwood

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
8

14 May

1:45p SS geelong cats
9 21 May

7:25p

MCG ADELAIDE CROWS
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
QF/EF tbd tbd tbd
SF tbd tbd tbd
PF tbd tbd tbd
GF 24 Sept 12:00p MCG tbd

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.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
1 ADEL
2 AUCK
3 BD
4 CB
5 CARL
6 COLL
7 FRE
8 GEEL
9 GCFC
10 GWS
11 HAW
12 NMFC
13 PAFC
14 PMFC
15 RICH
16 STK
17

WELL

18 WCE

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