Finals Team Previews: North Melbourne

And in Part 1 of an 8-part series, we’re analysing North Melbourne’s season, making guesses at their players to watch, and giving off our predictions for the finals series ahead.

The Quick Stats

  • Ladder position: 8th
  • Win-loss record: 13 wins, 9 losses
  • Form: WWWLL
  • Coach: Brad Scott
  • Captain: Andrew Swallow
  • This week: v Richmond, MCG, Sunday 3.20pm
  • Last finals appearance: 2014, preliminary finals

Home and Away Season Summary

For a team that made it all the way to the prelim, North Melbourne was patchy throughout the first half of the year, going 6-7. They then went on a seven-game winning streak that included the scalp of Fremantle, but their performance throughout the season against stronger teams leaves much to be desired.

Players to watch

Todd Goldstein

Goldstein has scored more than 90 Dream Team points in every game since round 8. He’s actually a real chance to become the first North Melbourne player to win the Brownlow since Ross Glendinning in 1983. Goldstein has been in incredible form throughout the year, but was missing in North’s game against the Tigers last week.

Shaun Higgins

After leaving the Western Bulldogs, Shaun Higgins proved he still has plenty of legs in him, having a career-best season. He sits as North Melbourne’s leading goalscorer, got past 30 disposals twice for just the fourth and fifth times in his career, and played his 150th game against the Bulldogs in round 22. Wait for Higgins to score a few goals.

Our prediction

While North Melbourne does have a lot going for them, there’s also the fact that they’ve beaten two teams in the top 8 for the entire season, and they’re up against a fighting Richmond looking to end their 14-year drought without a win in the finals. Elimination finals.

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