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AFL 2019: North Melbourne – Midseason Report Card

Is there anything positive for North Melbourne in their mid-season report?

A season that started with high expectations has instead seen long term coach Brad Scott depart with the team sputtering to a five and eight record at the bye. Mathematics suggests that the Kangaroos finals hopes are still alive but a bottom four finish would seem more realistic than a return to September action.


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What’s gone right

Youngsters Cam Zurhaar and Tarryn Thomas have shown promise up forward for the Kangaroos. The talented pair and Bailey Scott, with their Rising Star Nominations, have shown that the future could be bright for North Melbourne.

Veterans Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell and Todd Goldstein have all produced consistent performances. Nick Larkey has been a positive for Ben Brown too, with the curly-haired forward finally able to rediscover his 2018 form after a slow start.

You could also mount a case that the club’s bungling of the Scott departure might also have proven to be a positive with the team winning three of their four games since the non-announcement announcement took place.


What’s gone wrong

How much time do you have?

Rather than contending for a finals berth, a two and seven start to the season means North are on the look out for a new coach. Their off-season additions have failed to make an impact with the exception of Jared Polec and Jasper Pittard who have been serviceable rather than exceptional.


Standout player

Ben Cunnington

Hard as a cat’s head, and as reliable as a Swiss clockwork, Cunnington has been a shining light for the Kangaroos through a dark start to 2019. Underrated by many outside of Arden Street, Cunnington produces week in and week out for the Kangaroos and his efforts deserve much more from his team mates than he is currently receiving.


Run home

Round 15 v Collingwood (Marvel Stadium)
Round 16 v St Kilda (Blundstone Arena)
Round 17 v Essendon (Marvel Stadium)
Round 18 v Brisbane Lions (Gabba)
Round 19 v West Coast (Optus Stadium)
Round 20 v Hawthorn (Marvel Stadium)
Round 21 v Geelong (GMHBA)
Round 22 v Port Adelaide (Marvel Stadium)
Round 23 v Melbourne (Blundstone Arena)

With just one of their last nine matches against teams below them on the ladder, they will need to produce their very best if they are to avoid a bottom four finish.


Final Grade

D

Not wanting to kick them when their down but it’s fair to say that they have failed to live up to even the lowest expectations for this group.


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