Coach – David Noble
Points For – 17th
Points Against – 17th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Luke McDonald
- Jy Simpkin
- Jed Anderson
- Todd Goldstein
- Trent Dumont
2020 Rising Star Noms
Curtis Taylor (Rnd 5)
Ins – Aiden Corr, Atu Bosenavulagi, Jaidyn Stephenson, Lachie Young, Will Phillips, Tom Powell, Charlie Lazzaro, Phoenix Spicer, Eddie Ford, Patrick Walker, Connor Menadue
Outs – Paul Ahern, Ben Brown, Joel Crocker, Majak Daw, Sam Durdin, Shaun Higgins, Lachie Hosie, Ben Jacobs, Jamie McMillan, Tom Murphy, Jasper Pittard, Ed Vickers-Willis, Marley Williams, Mason Wood
Talk about your bad years, at least you could see the direction that Adelaide were heading in and felt there was some improvement. North just gradually got worse and after losing a head coach, stripped their list back to nothing. They have appointed a brand new coach and an intention to play finals football with a very short turn around.
The backline has kept it’s bones together and will rely heavily on Tarrant to get the job done. He will be supported by Walker and possibly McKay. Luke McDonald played some of his best footy in the second half of last year and it will be interesting to see if he gets more time in the middle next season. Corr will come in and join the backline in one of the more baffling recruitment decisions of recent times.
The midfield is sparse and super reliant on Cunnington to do the things that Cunnington does. He will need to drag a young midfield into the contest. Ziebell is looking like his body is a bit worn out and think he will spend less and less time in the middle. Dumont and Simkpin will spend more time in the middle and LDU started to show glimpses last year of why he was recruited so highly and this could be a good year for him.
The forward line is bare. Ben Brown has been their best forward for a long time and they sold him for a pile of magic beans. Larkey will play at the front line. Zurhaar is a fun player to watch but needs to improve the impact he has on games and affect them for longer.
The ruck stocks always look OK as long as Goldstein is there. Keeping him feels like a weird choice for a team in a total rebuild. They look light on if he is injured, the second most taps from a North Melbourne player was Daw and he only had 23 hit outs. I don’t know what to make of the Noble appointment. If it works, it will change the way head coaches are appointed, I think it worked at Brisbane but their list was more advanced than the North list.
I don’t see a world where North don’t collect the wooden spoon this year. They have gutted their list and don’t have a lot of young talent ready to step up and fill the void they have created. They will win one or two games but not many more. Being a North supporter has been tough but its about to get harder.