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North Melbourne 2010

North Melbourne (updated 24 Mar 2010) 

Time poor summary

An improving young list and better luck with injuries offsets the loss of Simpson and Gibson.  Expect slight improvement to approx 8 wins and 14thSee possible R1 team selections at the bottom of this page.

 

More detailed Analysis

The North Melbourne Football Club had major changes in the coaching ranks. 

Brad Scott replaces Dean Laidley as Senior Coach.

But also out goes Darren Bewick, Anthony Rock and Daniel Daly 

New assistant coaches are Shane Watson (Eastern Ranges), Brett Allison (Sydney), Jason Lappin, Jon Haines (player development manager) and Glenn Archer (backline coach, part-time).  And they also have their new facilities as a bonus.

The team is in a rebuilding mode and the game style is also being changed a la Brad Scott.  Expect inconsistency as the relatively inexperienced list works with the new coaching panel.  The NAB Cup gave us a reminder of this: beating the Cats in round 1 and then losing a nail-biter to Freo.  A new coaching style took a year or two to develop at the Saints when Ross Lyon arrived.

 

The fact that they steered away from recruiting 20+ year old players tells us that they are seriously building for the long term.  How they go in the next five years will be the measure of the new coaching team’s achievements in 2010. 

 

Last year the team lost star Brent Harvey for seven weeks as well as rising stars Anthony, Warren and Ziebell for ten games each.  This year the injury news is better.  A few interruptions to some players pre season, but few significant injuries to begin the year.  Drew Petrie (who has been starring in the pre season) misses rounds 1 and 2 through suspension against Port (away) and Saints in Melbourne.  North would probably have been the underdog in both games even with Petrie in the team.  Of great interest is the form of high draft pick of some years ago Daniel Wells.  He missed the proper NAB Cup matches but played well in the last two NAB Challenge games.  If he has a great season, the Roos would be some chance for the finals.  He shapes as a player who comes good just after you have written him off for the last time.  And time will tell if this is correct or not.

 

Matt Campbell (coming into the prime of his career) and Levi Greenwood both look like improvers this season.  Ben Speight has been elevated from the rookie list.

 

Players to buy:  Ryan Bastinac and Sam Wright (coach likes both of these guys!)  Beware!!! North has a Warren Benjamin (cheap but hasn’t played a game yet) and emerging talent Ben Warren.  Ben Warren is the one to buy.

Don’t expect too much from:  Gun recruit Cunnington who has missed most of the pre season (keep a watch on him for 2011 perhaps)

8.4 wins + / – 2 ½ wins and 14th.

 

Possible Round 1 team:

Certs

Anthony, Liam
Campbell, Matt
Firrito, Michael
Harvey, Brent
McIntosh, Hamish
McMahon, Scott
Rawlings, Brady
Swallow, Andrew
Thompson, Scott D.
Urquhart, Gavin
Warren, Ben
Wells, Daniel  *
Wright, Sam
Ziebell, Jack

* = injuries pre season

 

 

Likely

Bastinac, Ryan

Goldstein, Todd

Grima, Nathan  *

Hale, David

Hansen, Lachie

Jones, Corey

Pratt, Daniel

Thomas, Lindsay

* = injuries pre season

 

Fringe

Adams, Leigh  *

Ross, Ben

Tarrant, Robbie

Speight, Benjamin (elevated from rookie list)

* = injuries pre season

 

 

Missing Injured

Cunnington, Ben

Garlett, Cruize

Harding, Leigh

Lower, Ed

 

Petrie, Drew  out for rounds one and two (suspended) and also injured (broken bone in foot)