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.

For a large number of Saturday and Sunday fixtures, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports are your options and Kayo is the most affordable.

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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
Round 6 Friday, 23 April Fremantle vs North Melbourne Optus Stadium, WA 9:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 7 Sunday, 2 May North Melbourne vs Melbourne Blundstone Arena, TAS 1:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 8 Saturday, 8 May North Melbourne vs Collingwood Marvel Stadium, VIC 1:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 9 Saturday, 15 May Hawthorn vs North Melbourne University of Tasmania Stadium, TAS 2:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 10 Sunday, 23 May Essendon vs North Melbourne Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 11 Saturday, 29 May St Kilda vs North Melbourne Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 14 Saturday ,19 June North Melbourne vs Brisbane Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 15 Saturday ,26 June North Melbourne vs Gold Coast Suns Marvel Stadium, VIC 1:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel

North Melbourne Kangaroos squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
15 Paul Ahern Defender, Midfield 18
3 Jed Anderson Midfield 63
18 Shaun Atley Defender 197
16 Aiden Bonar Midfield, Forward 6
50 Ben Brown Forward 121
42 Tom Campbell Forward, Ruck 44
30 Charlie Comben Forward, Ruck 0
36 Joel Crocker Defender 0
10 Ben Cunnington Midfield 209
9 Luke Davies-Uniacke Forward, Midfield 21
1 Majak Daw Defender 50
14 Trent Dumont Midfield 82
24 Sam Durdin Defender 19
6 Taylor Garner Forward 43
22 Todd Goldstein Ruck 234
43 Aaron Hall Midfield 109
37 Kyron Hayden Midfield 1
4 Shaun Higgins Midfield 220
46 Lachlan Hosie Forward 0
5 Ben Jacobs Midfield 90
20 Nick Larkey Forward 19
34 Jamie MacMillan Defender 157
35 Jack Mahony Forward, Midfield 0
11 Luke McDonald Defender 109
41 Matthew McGuinness Defender 0
23 Ben McKay Defender 4
40 Thomas Murphy Defender 4
39 Flynn Perez Defender 0
17 Jasper Pittard Defender 148
13 Jared Polec Midfield 128
8 Bailey Scott Forward, Midfield 4
12 Jy Simpkin Forward, Midfield 56
25 Robbie Tarrant Defender 148
31 Curtis Taylor Forward 2
26 Tarryn Thomas Forward 20
28 Kayne Turner Forward 79
21 Dom Tyson Midfield 110
33 Ed Vickers-Willis Defender 15
19 Joshua Walker Defender 85
27 Will Walker Forward 4
2 Marley Williams Defender 120
32 Mason Wood Forward 57
38 Tristan Xerri Forward, Ruck 0
7 Jack Ziebell Forward, Midfield 210
44 Cameron Zurhaar Forward 28

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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