North Melbourne report cardPosted: September 14, 2011
Won 10, Draw 0, Lost 12: Finished 9th
FINDS OF 2011
Todd Goldstein, Cameron Richardson, Cameron Pedersen, Jamie Macmillan, Kieren Harper
Hamish McIntosh, Lachie Hansen, Lindsay Thomas, Michael Firrito
Ben Warren, Gavin Urquhart, Daniel Pratt
Brady Rawlings (retired), Ed Lower (delisted), Ben Ross (delisted), Marcus White (delisted), Brayden Norris (delisted), Matthew Scott (delisted)
WHAT THEY NEED
Poor skill execution was the Kangaroos’ Achilles heel in 2011, so expect them to target elite ball-users to bolster their midfield and half-back line in the trade and draft periods. North may also look for a quick small forward, while it could use another quality key-position player.
The effort was there, but the finishing class was not. However, that should change if some of North’s youngsters can develop as much as Todd Goldstein and Jack Ziebell did in 2011. Goldstein was terrific in 2011, leading the competition with the most hitouts as the premier ruckman (741), ahead of Dean Cox, Aaron Sandilands and Brad Ottens to assume the no.1 ruck role. Injuries curtailed the Roos in the first half of the season, robbing them of their best side and exposing their lack of depth. Andrew Swallow had his best and most consistent season, leading the midfield admirably, and has all the attributes to be the club’s next captain. Youngster Jack Ziebell excelled as a tagger in the second half of
the season, Drew Petrie booted 48 goals in outstanding season as the key forward, while youngsters Jamie Macmillan, Kieren Harper, Cameron Richardson and rookie sensation Cameron Pedersen was a bonus. Lachie Hansen, the club’s no.3 pick in the 2006 draft, struggled and finds himself potentially figuring in trade negotiations come October. Ruckman Hamish McIntosh may also find himself at a new home in 2012, after the sudden emergence of Goldstein as the no.1 ruck. The Roos are a good ordinary side who struggle to beat teams above them and this must change. Brad Scott needs to be active during the trade period, recruit well in the drafts, add to the coaching staff and tinker with his side if the Roos are going to improve on their 9th place finish, 2 years in a row.