2021 AFL preview: North Melbourne Kangaroos team guide
How long will the Kangaroos take to re-emerge under new coach David Noble?
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Roos midfielder Dom Tyson says new coach David Noble brings a calm, holistic approach to the group. It will be interesting to see whether Noble is still feeling calm midway through the season!
So there's a new coach and a list overhaul, including the key recruitment of former Rising Star winner Jaidyn Stephenson from Collingwood. But there are likely to still be tough days ahead in the short-term.
The highly respected Noble, the former Brisbane Lions football department chief, brings a wealth of knowledge to the club. He is the right man to rebuild the club and turn their negative game style from last year into an attacking and expansive brand of footy.
How to watch North Melbourne AFL matches
Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your options for watching games in 2021. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.
Kayo and Foxtel have every game live and ad-free. Channel 7 shows between three and five of the nine games per round depending on the region. North Melbourne fans would be well advised to consider a subscription service as many of their games are not shown on free-to-air.
A Basic subscription starts from $25 per month for use on two devices. For $10 more per month you get a third screen. On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 sports. Kayo also has a 14-day free trial for new users.
It also comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.
Watch North Melbourne matches overseas
If you are out of Australia during the season, you don't need to miss out on AFL action. With the Watch AFL app, you can stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.
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When do North Melbourne play next?
The Kangaroos host Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on Sunday 21 March at 1:10pm AEDT. The complete AFL draw is here.
|Round||Date||Match||Stadium||Kick-off||How to watch|
|Round 1||Sunday, 21 March||North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide||Marvel Stadium, VIC||1:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 2||Saturday, 27 March||Gold Coast Suns vs North Melbourne||Metricon Stadium, QLD||8:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 3||Friday, 2 April||North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium, VIC||4:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 4||Sunday, 11 April||North Melbourne vs Adelaide Crows||Marvel Stadium, VIC||2:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 5||Sunday, 18 April||Geelong Cats vs North Melbourne||GMHBA Stadium, VIC||5:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
North Melbourne Kangaroos squad
|Player Number||Name||Position||Career Games|
|15||Paul Ahern||Defender, Midfield||18|
|16||Aiden Bonar||Midfield, Forward||6|
|42||Tom Campbell||Forward, Ruck||44|
|30||Charlie Comben||Forward, Ruck||0|
|9||Luke Davies-Uniacke||Forward, Midfield||21|
|35||Jack Mahony||Forward, Midfield||0|
|8||Bailey Scott||Forward, Midfield||4|
|12||Jy Simpkin||Forward, Midfield||56|
|38||Tristan Xerri||Forward, Ruck||0|
|7||Jack Ziebell||Forward, Midfield||210|
North Melbourne history
The Kangaroos have endured some difficult times in their history, combined with a couple of golden eras in the 1970s and 1990s in particular.
Over the past decade or so, they have hovered between around 6th and 15th positions. Never quite bottoming out and gaining some coveted high draft picks and not quite challenging for a flag to add to the four they currently hold.
That trend does seem set to continue in the short term, unless Noble can weave some magic with the current roster and add some hidden gems to the list.
Image source: North Melbourne team website
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