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2010 Season Preview: My Men

To say it’s an exciting time to be a North Melbourne supporter is a massive understatement. Once again, the team has nothing to lose and everything to gain from a young and underrated list widely tipped to fill the bottom rungs of the ladder. And once again, the tipsters will be in for a big wake up call. In this installment, Reverend Shinboner takes a look at a few of the players that the opposition will wish they saw coming in 2010.

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North’s Kids

The mass media have decided that tanking is today’s issue. Whatevs.

But props must go to Darren Crocker, who is clearly trying to recapture that winning feeling down at Arden St, even if it hasn’t quite worked yet. Tanking is not an option. Clearly, Crock is using the tail end of North’s season to get a good look at the list. And what sort of list is it? Time to have a look at how this season’s debutants are travelling:

Jack ‘Jay-Z’ Ziebell

  • Age: 18
  • Games: 10
  • Goals: 2
  • Season highlight: 23 disposals, 1 goal and the rising star nomination vs Port (Rd 7)

North’s highly touted youngster and only rising star nominee. Played consistently for 10 games before breaking a leg. Looks the goods as an inside midfielder, play-maker and future leader. Will benefit significantly from a solid pre-season.

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Arocca on North’s New World Order

In an exclusive to Roo Beauty, North’s highly regarded CEO, Eugene Arocca, spent some time with Rev. Shinboner to discuss all things North Melbourne Football Club. Among other things, he provided some fascinating insights into the new world order that’s taking hold at Arden St this season.

Eugene Arocca is comfortable talking football. Despite his absolute passion for the administration role he’s in, he doesn’t baulk at questions on the team’s on-field performance.

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Notes from the Outer (On-Field)

Daniel Wells

The big difference on-field last week was Daniel Wells. He played off half-back most of the night, and consistently set-up attack for North with great decision making and defence splitting kicks. Exactly what had been missing most of the season to-date.

After watching him cut up Port, I can’t help but wonder if half-back is where Wells should be playing? Instead of moulding Wells in the shape of Chris Judd or Leon Davis, perhaps Andrew McLeod and the revitalised Aaron Davey are better role models? Wells has struggled under a heavy tag, but that’s a whole lot easier to shake at half-back. And he becomes the go-to man running out of defence, naturally bringing himself into the game and allowing his penetrating kicks to dictate play. I say keep him there.

Matty ‘Flash’ Campbell

The other missing ingredient from North has been polish, speed and accuracy in the forward line. Flash delivered it in spades. Lindsay Thomas looked heaps better with Flash worrying the defenders. Then he strained his hammy (the other one).

Ben Ross

Had a great first match of the season. Seems capable of filling the role that Wells occasionally played in the midfield. Line-breaking runs and accurate, penetrating kicks: scarce in North ranks up until last Saturday. It made me wonder why selection was delayed 6 rounds. Apparently he’s got a bit of attitude around the club … ?

Four Ruckman

Asked about playing four ruckman in one team (Hale, Petrie, Goldstein, McIntosh) Laidley made an interesting comparison to St Kilda with Gardiner, King, Riewoldt and Koschitzke. No-one seems to question them, why do people question North’s selection?  Fair point I reckon.

Aaron Edwards

Playing career best footy. I can’t believe supporters were calling for his head after the off-field dramas in the pre-season. He was always going to be a great team contributor.

Jack Ziebell

Deserved nominated for the Rising Star Award this week, but will miss out on the Geelong game with ‘leg soreness’. More likely he’s just getting rested up as the coach has eluded to a number of times. After a big workload in the first 7 rounds it’s probably a sensible decision.

Sam Wright

Set to debut against Geelong, I’m surprised to see him get the call-up so quickly. The Dale Thomas lookalike (in both hair and playing style) from North-East Victoria was earmarked as a development player in the pre-season. While known as a game-breaker, Laids didn’t see him doing it for a season or two at AFL level, particularly with his slight frame. A couple of good matches in the VFL and now he’s thrown to the wolves: Geelong at Geelong. I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes.

Dean Laidley

Just like the team, I wouldn’t write him off just yet. He’s still extracting great performances from on an exciting young list. Deserves at least another year.

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