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In The Mix: Round 10

With North coming off a disappointing loss to Sydney, changes might be in store ahead of Saturday’s match.

10:00am May 21, 2019

Round 10 replacement game

This week's game with the Western Bulldogs is a designated replacement home match.

9:30am May 21, 2019

2000's

2000
Record: 14-8, 106.2%
Ladder Position: 4th
Finals: Defeated in the Preliminary Final
Syd Barker Medal: Peter Bell
Leading Goalkicker: Wayne Carey (69)

The turn of the century saw North Melbourne's last season as a contender for the premiership with the squad that had taken them to two premierships in the 90's. Aging legs led to inconsistent performances and the worst defence out of the teams that finished inside the top four.

After a humiliating 125 point loss to Essendon in the qualifying final despite seven goals from David King, North Melbourne bounced back with a courageous 10 point win against Hawthorn in the semi final. It couldn't carry on to the preliminary final, as repeated attempts at a comeback against Melbourne fell short to bring to a close one of the most successful era's in North Melbourne history.

2001

Record: 9-13, 91.1%
Ladder Position: 13th
Syd Barker Medal: Shannon Grant
Leading Goalkicker: Saverio Rocca (48)

Much like previous seasons, 2001 brought a slow start for the Kangaroos. But unlike the past, there was to be no recovering. Despite a stretch of seven wins in nine games, North only had nine victories for the season, illustrating their struggles. In the absence of Wayne Carey for almost half the season, new recruit Saverio Rocca topped the club's goalkicking.

Round 16 brought perhaps the most talked about regular season game in AFL history, as North Melbourne jumped out to a 69 point lead against the reigning premiers Essendon, before miraculously being reeled in to lose by 12 points. The Kangaroos would have their revenge by not losing to Essendon...for another seven years.

2002

Record: 12-10, 98.8%
Ladder Position: 7th
Finals: Defeated in the Elimination Final
Syd Barker Medal: Adam Simpson
Leading Goalkicker: Saverio Rocca (50)

In an extraordinary start to the season, Wayne Carey quit the club after revelations of an affair with the wife of Anthony Stevens were exposed. In spite of that, North Melbourne did what North Melbourne does best - win against all the odds.

With troubles off field and constant battles on-field, North Melbourne managed to sneak into the finals with a record of 12 wins and 10 losses to face Melbourne. After a near-miraculous recovery in the last quarter, Melbourne pulled away late to end the Kangaroos' season - the last with Denis Pagan as coach.

He had been elevated to the senior role in 1993 and presided over a remarkable decade at North Melbourne - seven straight preliminary finals from 1994-2000 culminating in three grand finals and two premierships.

2003

Record: 11-10-1, 98.3%
Ladder Position: 10th
Syd Barker Medal: Brent Harvey
Leading Goalkicker: Leigh Harding (33)

Former premiership player Dean Laidley took over the position as head coach in 2003, and immediately showed the effect he would have on the team - leading it to a draw against the rampaging back to back premiers, Brisbane, in round 3.

2003 was an emotional season with multiple marquee matchups - Round 5 was North Melbourne's first match against the new Carlton coach, Denis Pagan. The very next week saw Wayne Carey return to Etihad Stadium to face North Melbourne for the first time since leaving the club at the start of 2002.
 


2004

Record: 10-12, 100.33%
Ladder Position: 10th
Syd Barker Medal: Brady Rawlings
Leading Goalkicker: Saverio Rocca (49)

After the highs and lows of 2003, 2004 was sedate by comparison. Following a memorable last gasp win against Carlton in Round 3 thanks to a last minute Daniel Wells goal, North Melbourne hovered around mid table for the year.

A crushing loss in Round 22 to the eventual runners up, Brisbane, was a poor way to send out two champions of the club in Anthony Stevens and David King. The duo combined for 533 games, Stevens debuting in 1989 and King in 1994.

2005

Record: 13-9, 99.23%
Ladder Position: 5th
Finals: Defeated in the Elimination Final
Syd Barker Medal: Brent Harvey
Leading Goalkicker: Nathan Thompson (52)

2005 was characterised by a series of comebacks from seemingly impossible positions. From Round 2 against Sydney to a remarkable conclusion of the Round 19 match against Collingwood, North Melbourne had their supporters on the edge of their seats all season long.

It culminated in the club's first finals appearance under Dean Laidley in his third season in charge. Unfortunately, North Melbourne couldn't replicate their victory over Port Adelaide in Round 18 in the Elimination Final and their season was ended.
 


2006

Record: 7-15, 80.94%
Ladder Position: 14th
Syd Barker Medal: Brady Rawlings
Leading Goalkicker: Nathan Thompson (54)

With a finals appearance in 2005, hopes were high heading into 2006. However, they were quickly dashed as the side struggled to get any momentum going right from the very beginning. An opening day win against Port Adelaide was a misnomer, as North Melbourne only had two wins total through the first half of the season.

Despite Nathan Thompson's brilliance throughout one of the best seasons of his career, North Melbourne ended with the worst attack in the league by total points scored.

2007

Record: 14-8, 109.26%
Ladder Position: 4th
Finals: Defeated in the Preliminary Final
Syd Barker Medal: Brent Harvey
Leading Goalkicker: Corey Jones (46)

2007 looked to be heading in much the same direction of 2006 in the early stages. Nathan Thompson injured his knee in the pre-season and was ruled out for the entire year, and it was promptly followed by three consecutive defeats to start the home and away season.

However, a Round 5 win against Geelong (which inadvertently released them on the entire AFL) was a turning point of the season, and part of a six game winning streak that miraculously turned everything on its head.

Due to finishing in the top four, North Melbourne had a double chance that came into play after a heavy loss to Geelong in the qualifying final. They rebounded the next week with a famous win against Hawthorn before a loss to Port Adelaide in the prelim signaled an end to their season.

2008

Record: 12-9-1, 96.98%
Ladder Position: 7th
Finals: Defeated in the Elimination Final
Syd Barker Medal: Brent Harvey
Leading Goalkicker: David Hale (35)

The biggest off-season in the club's history ended with James Brayshaw leading a now-united board in keeping North south and refusing a move to the Gold Coast. On field North Melbourne continued on the fringes of the top four, and needed only a win in the last round against Port Adelaide - Shannon Grant's 300th match - to secure the double chance.

However in a stunning turn of events, North turned in their worst performance of the season and were comprehensively beaten by 76 points. Instead of a double chance, the club had to travel to Sydney for a sudden death elimination final and were defeated by 35 points to end their season.

2009

Record: 7-14-1, 83.37%
Ladder Position: 13th
Syd Barker Medal: Andrew Swallow
Leading Goalkicker: Drew Petrie (27)

Much like 2006, players and supporters alike entered 2009 with expectations of a successful year after a finals appearance the season prior. But again, much like 2006, those hopes were quickly dashed after an opening round win - this time against Melbourne.

After avoiding their lowest score by only five points in an ugly loss to Adelaide in Round 12, Dean Laidley's tenure at the club as head coach ended. He had been the coach since Denis Pagan left at the end of the 2002 season, coaching 144 games (the fourth most in North Melbourne history) for 71 wins, 71 losses and two draws.

Brad Scott was appointed as senior coach for 2010 and beyond.