North Melbourne Kangaroos

Roo Resurgence Eliminates Bombers
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by janetl — Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:05am — Last Updated: Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:12am

Janet Linn reporting for AFANA from Melbourne, Victoria

In a no holds barred Second Elimination Final in front of 78559 fans, Essendon lined up against North Melbourne for the right to advance further into the Finals series. The Bombers had much to prove after two tumultuous seasons marred by the ASADA investigation into the use of prohibited substances at the club in 2012. Banned from the 2013 Finals series as a result, finally they had a chance to play on the big stage and give their fans something to celebrate. For North Melbourne it was “make or break’ type pressure hanging over their heads with the absence of team “barometer” Brent (Boomer) Harvey (through suspension) a definite disadvantage.
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SANFL Hall Of Fame
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by Lisa Albergo — Sun, 08/03/2014 - 12:49pm — Last Updated: Tue, 08/05/2014 - 9:05am

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The SANFL recently held the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Among the inductees were Port players Matthew Primus and Chad Cornes and Adelaide stars Tony Modra and Tyson Edwards. Primus and Cornes join former teammates Warren Tredrea and Josh Francou as Hall of Fame members.  read more »

Crows Find Form
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by kloeds — Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:43am — Last Updated: Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:02am

Jamie Kloeden reporting for AFANA from Adelaide Oval, Australia

Adelaide players have referred to their season thus far as "a roller coaster" with the last five rounds alternating between wins and losses. Players have stated publicly that their aim is to find some consistency and start stringing the wins together or risk playing themselves out of Finals' contention. North Melbourne on the other hand is currently in the Top Eight but is a team still fighting for consistency as players try to live up to big preseason expectations.
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Kangaroos Break Drought
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by rickb — Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:53am — Last Updated: Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:26am

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It has been a long time coming but on ANZAC Day in Round Six North Melbourne finally won its first game since 2007 against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium. The Kangaroos were behind in the early stages of the game after the Dockers burst out of the gates to forge ahead by 26 points but managed to fight their way back into the contest with class and skill.

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Lou Richards Honored
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by Lisa Albergo — Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:00am — Last Updated: Sat, 04/26/2014 - 8:01pm

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just as Round Five was about to get underway, Magpie legend and media personality Lou Richards received two honors from his beloved Collingwood and the AFL. Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, CEO Gary Pert and AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick were on hand for the unveiling of a statue of Richards. Richards, 91, was in attendance with family and friends.  read more »

AFL Life Membership Awards
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by Lisa Albergo — Sun, 02/23/2014 - 12:11pm — Last Updated: Tue, 02/25/2014 - 6:10am

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The AFL will hold its AGM in March, at which time nine new life members (honored for their services to the game) will be announced. The newest inductees will be: recently retired triple premiership Geelong midfielder Joel Corey, former Brisbane Lions’ dual premiership player and current Geelong coach Chris Scott, North Melbourne premiership player and current Sydney Swans coach John Longmire, St Kilda’s Norm Smith Medalist Lenny Hayes, six-time Grand Final umpire Brett Rosebury and Sydney Swans’ dual premiership player Ryan O’Keefe. All qualified automatically during the 2013 season by reaching 300 games as a player, umpire or player and coach.  read more »

Sloane Show Sinks Kangaroos
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by kloeds — Wed, 08/14/2013 - 8:45am — Last Updated: Tue, 08/20/2013 - 5:58am

Jamie Kloeden reporting for AFANA from AAMI Stadium, Australia

While unlikely to eventuate, both Adelaide and North Melbourne were still chances to make the Top Eight leading into this game, making it a virtual Grand Final for both sides. The Kangaroos were coming off a great win over the mighty Geelong outfit nine days earlier so with that good form combined with the memory of a heartbreaking loss to the Crows in Round 9, most were expecting a spirited start by Brad Scott’s charges.  read more »

Magpie Defender Retires
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by Lisa Albergo — Sun, 07/21/2013 - 11:33am — Last Updated: Mon, 07/22/2013 - 7:32pm

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Veteran Collingwood defender Ben Johnson, who last played in Round Three this year, has succumbed to a run of injuries and announced his retirement just ahead of Round 17. Johnson, 32, said he had nothing left and it was the right time. Johnson has supported the club all his life and said, “It’s been a great ride. We enjoyed some great times, played some great footy and I’ve met some amazing people, including some of my best mates."

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Brilliant Roos Trounce Tigers
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by Boris Kilpatrick — Tue, 07/09/2013 - 10:17am — Last Updated: Wed, 07/10/2013 - 7:34pm

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Richmond came into the Round 15 match against the Kangaroos aiming for a fifth successive win for the first time in 13 years. The Kangaroos were hell bent on turning around the frustrating form that had seen them lose six games by a margin of 16 points or less. For Brad Scott and his boys it was a must win game if North Melbourne were to stay in the hunt for a Finals berth. Missing from the Tiger line up was the injured Ivan Maric, while Kangaroo Lindsay Thomas had been given a self-imposed holiday for his mini head b*tt against the Giants in Round 14.

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Dockers Jump To Third
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by rickb — Wed, 06/26/2013 - 5:08am — Last Updated: Wed, 06/26/2013 - 8:26am

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Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Patersons Stadium, Perth

Dockers players (and supporters) find themselves in the heady environs of the top of the Ladder after a comprehensive belting of the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Patersons Stadium in Round 13. In wet and blustery conditions, the football was average at times and the Kangaroos never really left the starting blocks after a dismal first quarter.

North could not find a path to goal at all. Their tackling was ferocious however and they had the Dockers on the back foot for about the first ten minutes of the game. However once they settled and adjusted to the pace, Fremantle began to move the ball forward and started to pepper the goals. The weather made for some inaccurate kicking and the Dockers wasted some gettable shots to tally up three behinds. North, on the other hand, could manage only two of their own, registering a paltry score when the quarter ended. It was only seconds before the siren that Fremantle kicked their only goal after Michael Barlow soccered the ball off the mud for a major and a seven point lead.  read more »

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