Every Wednesday, until footy returns, we'll be heading into the archive to recap some of the great games throughout North Melbourne's rich history.
This week, we take you back to 1995, and a Qualifying Final clash against Richmond at the MCG.
The sixth-placed North Melbourne side came up against the third-placed Tigers in front of over 68,000 fans at the ‘G.
While Richmond would get a second chance in the event of a loss, the Roos’ season was very much in the balance; they needed to win to ensure they advanced past week one.
North went in with confidence following a ten-point victory in the teams’ last meeting, just four weeks earlier. Denis Pagan’s team had overcome a 27-point half-time margin with Wayne Carey (five goals) and Brett Allison (five goals) brilliant on a Friday night.
Back in the same timeslot, it was a blockbuster start to the ’95 finals series.
Heading back to a memorable 1995 Qualifying Final for today's #WaybackWednesday.— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) June 3, 2020
What are your memories from a classic against the Tigers at the 'G?
Full highlights to come.
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The Roos boasted almost 700 games’ more experience than their opponents, but still had an exciting next tier coming through; Glenn Archer (70 games), Corey McKernan (45) and David King (39) were among those on the rise, while Wayne Schwass (145 games), Carey (121) and Rock (110) were at the peak of their powers.
For the Tigers, it was their first finals appearance since 1982.
The frantic pace right from the opening bounce set the tone for a September classic.
Check out all the highlights below, thanks to Canterbury.