2020 AFL preview: North Melbourne Kangaroos team guide
An encouraging end to 2019 under new coach Rhyce Shaw offers hope for North Melbourne fans this season. Do finals beckon?
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Brad Scott's 10-year stint as head coach of the Kangaroos came to an end midway through 2019. In came Rhyce Shaw, the likeable former Sydney Swans premiership-winning defender.
Shaw managed to revitalise the group, winning 7 of the final 12 games of the season. That earned him a three-year contract.
It will again be a fiercely competitive competition and North don't have the resources or fanbase enjoyed by other clubs in the league. But the "Shinboners" will still be aiming to push towards finals football for the first time since 2016.
How to watch North Melbourne AFL matches
Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and the AFL Live Pass are your options for watching games in 2020. 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/month for use on 2 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.
Another viewing option is AFL Live Pass, which is free to Telstra customers. You can also buy a subscription from the App Store or Google Play. Live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display size, so you can't watch it on your TV, laptop or tablet.
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 2020 AFL season from overseas.
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When do North Melbourne play next?
|Round||Day||Date||Match||Stadium||Kick-off (AEST)||How to watch|
|Round 1||Sunday||22/3/20||North Melbourne vs St Kilda||Marvel Stadium, VIC||1:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 2||Sunday||14/6/20||GWS Giants vs North Melbourne||GIants Stadium, NSW||1:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 3||Saturday||20/6/20||North Melbourne vs Sydney Swans||Marvel Stadium, VIC||1:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 4||Sunday||28/6/20||Hawthorn vs North Melbourne||Marvel Stadium, VIC||6:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass|
|Round 5||Saturday||4/7/20||Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne||Marvel Stadium, VIC||7:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7|
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 Shaw 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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