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In The Mix: Round 5

Thomas Loftus  April 17, 2018 1:19 PM

After an extremely impressive performance in Hobart on Saturday night, it unlikely that we will see many changes to the North Melbourne side. 

However, with North’s VFL side having an impressive come from behind win of its own, the selection scenario for this weekend’s clash with Hawthorn perhaps isn’t as straight forward as it seems.

North Media takes a look at those in the mix for selection. 

Defenders

116-gamer Sam Wright is edging ever closer to his first AFL appearance since 2016. The half-back has been among the best in all of his VFL appearances so far, and his 25-touch effort in Sunday’s victory wouldn’t have gone unnoticed. 

Ben McKay is another to have impressed during the pre-season, and another strong performance on twin brother Harry has him in good stead to add to his solitary appearance at AFL level. 

Midfield

With the Roos’ list in such healthy shape at the current moment, there is plenty of competition for spots in midfield.

Paul Ahern was outstanding in the VFL on Sunday, with his ball usage a particular highlight in the three-point win.

The smooth moving midfielder has 29-touches, and had coaches and fans alike excited.

Declan Mountford was one of North’s most impressive debutants last year, and he has impressed with his hard work in pre-season, particularly after overcoming an injury to his AC joint.

The North number 42 stood up when his side needed him most on Sunday, kicking a goal from a tough angle to lift the Roos into the lead for the first time.

Mitch Hibberd has been in the mix in recent weeks, and a 25-disposal haul against the Blues will do his chances no harm.

Should North be looking to stretch the Hawks’ Ben McEvoy with a two-pronged approach, Braydon Preuss is waiting in the wings after another 55 hit-outs on Sunday.

Forwards

Nick Larkey impressed with his goal-kicking in the VFL pre-season, and this has carried into the season proper. 

The young key-forward kicked another two goals on Sunday, and can consider himself unlucky to be behind two of the form key-forwards in the competition in Ben Brown and Jarrad Waite. 

Cameron Zurhaar has been among the emergencies for the AFL side in recent weeks, and could be close to adding to his four senior appearances.