2017 North Melbourne Football Club season

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North Melbourne
2017 season
President Ben Buckley
Coach Brad Scott
(8th season)
Captain(s) Jack Ziebell
(1st season)
Home ground Etihad Stadium (Capacity: 56,347)
Blundstone Arena (Capacity: 19,500)
Pre Season 2 wins, 1 loss
AFL season 6-16 (15th)
Best and Fairest Shaun Higgins
Leading goalkicker Ben Brown (63)
Highest home attendance 42,814 vs Western Bulldogs (Round 4) Etihad Stadium
Lowest home attendance 8,758 vs Greater Western Sydney (Round 3) Blundstone
Average home attendance 22,678 (Decrease 5,493)
Club membership 40,343 (Decrease 4,671)

The 2017 AFL season was the 92nd season in the Australian Football League (AFL) contested by the North Melbourne Football Club.

List changes[edit]

Retirements and delistings[edit]

Player Date Reason Career games Career goals Ref.
Nick Dal Santo 24 August 2016 Retired 322 156 [1][2]
Michael Firrito 24 August 2016 Retired 275 29 [1][3]
Brent Harvey 24 August 2016 Retired 432 518 [1][4]
Drew Petrie 24 August 2016 Delisted 316 428 [1]
Farren Ray 14 September 2016 Retired 209 59 [5]
Robin Nahas 14 September 2016 Delisted 117 135 [6]
Brad McKenzie 26 October 2016 Delisted 37 6 [7]
Joel Tippett 26 October 2016 Delisted 9 0 [7]

Trades[edit]

Date Gained From Lost Ref.
17 October 2016 Paul Ahern Greater Western Sydney Pick 69 [8]
20 October 2016 Nathan Hrovat Western Bulldogs 2017 third round pick [9]
2017 third round pick
2017 fourth round pick 2017 fourth round pick
20 October 2016 Pick 92 Geelong Aaron Black [10]
20 October 2016 Marley Williams Collingwood Pick 105 [11]

Free Agency[edit]

Out[edit]

Player Date Free agent type New club Compensation Ref.
Daniel Wells 11 November 2016 Unrestricted Collingwood 2nd round [12]

National draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Recruited from League
1 12 Jy Simpkin Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup
2 34 Declan Watson Aspley Football Club NEAFL
2 36 Josh Williams Surfers Paradise Australian Football Club QAFL
5 75 Nick Larkey Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup
Rookie elevation Majak Daw North Melbourne AFL
Rookie elevation Braydon Preuss North Melbourne AFL

Rookie draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Recruited from League
1 11 Cameron Zurhaar East Fremantle Football Club WAFL
2 28 Oscar Junker Western Jets TAC Cup
3 43 Matthew Taylor Perth Football Club WAFL

Season Summary[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Rd Date and local time Opponent Scores (North's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance Ref
Home Away Result
1 Sunday, 19 February (2:05 pm) Sydney 0.8.15 (63) 0.9.11 (65) Won by 2 points Coffs Harbour International Stadium (A) 3,040 [13]
2 Sunday, 26 February (2:05 pm) Hawthorn 0.13.17 (95) 0.11.8 (74) Won by 21 points Arden Street Oval (H) 3,981 [14]
3 Friday, 10 March (5:50 pm) Greater Western Sydney 2.15.17 (125) 0.12.15 (87) Lost by 38 points Manuka Oval (A) 3,997 [15]

Home and away season[edit]

Rd Date and local time Opponent Scores (North's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance Ladder
position
Record Ref.
Home Away Result
1 Sunday, 26 March (1:10 pm) West Coast 13.15 (93) 21.10 (136) Lost by 43 points Etihad Stadium (H) 21,997 15th 0–1 [16]
2 Sunday, 2 April (1:10 pm) Geelong 17.10 (112) 17.9 (111) Lost by 1 point Etihad Stadium (A) 30,917 12th 0–2 [17]
3 Saturday, 8 April (1:45 pm) Greater Western Sydney 10.7 (67) 15.19 (109) Lost by 42 points Blundstone Arena (H) 8,758 17th 0–3 [18]
4 Friday, 14 April (4:20 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.14 (86) 12.17 (89) Lost by 3 points Etihad Stadium (H) 42,814 17th 0–4 [19]
5 Sunday, 22 April (1:10 pm) Fremantle 9.13 (67) 9.8 (62) Lost by 5 points Domain Stadium (A) 33,319 17th 0–5 [20]
6 Saturday, 29 April (7:25 pm) Gold Coast 16.11 (107) 14.10 (94) Won by 13 points Etihad Stadium (H) 15,431 15th 1–5 [21]
7 Sunday, 26 March (1:10 pm) Adelaide 22.13 (145) 13.8 (86) Won by 59 points Blundstone Arena (H) 10,064 14th 2–5 [22]
8 Sunday, 14 May (4:40 pm) Sydney 11.12 (78) 18.12 (120) Lost by 42 points Etihad Stadium (H) 21,589 15th 2–6 [23]
9 Sunday, 21 May (3:20 pm) Melbourne 13.12 (90) 15.14 (104) Won by 14 points MCG (A) 33,218 14th 3–6 [24]
10 Sunday, 28 May (3:20 pm) Carlton 15.6 (96) 17.11 (113) Won by 17 points Etihad Stadium (A) 32,802 13th 4–6 [25]
11 Saturday, 3 June (7:25 pm) Richmond 9.12 (66) 14.17 (101) Lost by 35 points Etihad Stadium (H) 36,100 13th 4–7 [26]
12 Bye 15th 4–7
13 Friday, 16 June (6:10 pm) St Kilda 10.12 (72) 12.17 (89) Lost by 17 points Etihad Stadium (H) 26,107 16th 4-8 [27]
14 Saturday, 24 June (7:25 pm) Western Bulldogs 15.17 (107) 16.10 (106) Lost by 1 point Etihad Stadium (A) 28,263 17th 4-9 [28]
15 Saturday, 1 July (4:35 pm) Gold Coast 18.10 (118) 14.15 (99) Lost by 19 points Metricon Stadium (A) 12,779 17th 4-10 [29]
16 Sunday, 9 July (1:10 pm) Fremantle 12.10 (82) 13.8 (86) Lost by 4 points Etihad Stadium (H) 19,267 17th 4-11 [30]
17 Saturday, 15 July (1:40 pm) Port Adelaide 19.13 (127) 8.9 (57) Lost by 70 points Adelaide Oval (A) 34,138 17th 4-12 [31]
18 Saturday, 22 July (1:45 pm) Essendon 20.12 (132) 16.9 (105) Lost by 27 points Etihad Stadium (A) 40,359 17th 4-13 [32]
19 Saturday, 29 July (2:10 pm) Melbourne 11.10 (76) 10.12 (72) Won by 4 points Blundstone Arena (H) 13,939 16th 5-13 [33]
20 Saturday, 5 August (3:20 pm) Collingwood 7.15 (57) 16.15 (111) Lost by 54 points Etihad Stadium (H) 33,394 16th 5-14 [34]
21 Sunday, 13 August (7:25 pm) Hawthorn 18.8 (116) 14.5 (89) Lost by 27 points University of Tasmania Stadium (A) 14,509 16th 5-15 [35]
22 Sunday, 20 August (3:20 pm) St Kilda 18.19 (127) 12.6 (78) Lost by 49 points Etihad Stadium (A) 29,162 17th 5-16 [36]
23 Sunday, 27 August (2:10 pm) Brisbane Lions 11.13 (79) 19.16 (130) Won by 51 points The Gabba (A) 15,416 15th 6-16 [37]
Source

Statistics[38][edit]

# Player name Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O Br
Totals Averages (per game)
3 Jed Anderson 5 3 2 28 28 56 8 24 0 0.6 0.4 5.6 5.6 11.2 1.6 4.8 0 0
18 Shaun Atley 22 11 11 185 200 385 76 57 0 0.5 0.5 8.4 9.1 17.5 3.5 2.6 0 0
50 Ben Brown 22 63 30 180 76 256 120 27 35 2.9 1.4 8.2 3.5 11.6 5.5 1.2 1.6 14
13 Ryan Clarke 15 6 4 127 170 297 56 31 0 0.4 0.3 8.5 11.3 19.8 3.7 2.1 0 0
10 Ben Cunnington 20 10 5 184 327 511 58 97 0 0.5 0.3 9.2 16.4 25.6 2.9 4.9 0 11
38 Majak Daw 7 4 3 28 20 48 17 23 112 0.6 0.4 4.0 2.9 6.9 2.4 3.3 16.0 0
14 Trent Dumont 19 7 3 191 200 391 46 83 0 0.4 0.2 10.1 10.5 20.6 2.4 4.4 0 0
24 Sam Durdin 8 1 4 58 32 90 32 14 0 0.1 0.5 7.3 4.0 11.3 4.0 1.8 0 0
27 Taylor Garner 18 16 8 153 133 286 80 61 0 0.9 0.4 8.5 7.4 15.9 4.4 3.4 0 0
43 Sam Gibson 22 5 9 245 241 486 100 71 0 0.2 0.4 11.1 11.0 22.1 4.5 3.2 0 1
22 Todd Goldstein 19 12 6 94 161 255 54 55 576 0.6 0.3 4.9 8.5 13.4 2.8 2.9 30.3 0
6 Lachlan Hansen 13 5 2 101 85 176 87 22 0 0.4 0.2 7.8 5.8 13.5 6.7 1.7 0 0
39 Mitchell Hibberd 4 0 0 18 29 47 10 8 0 0 0 4.5 7.3 11.8 2.5 2.0 0 0
4 Shaun Higgins 21 18 25 269 224 493 77 106 0 0.9 1.2 12.8 10.7 23.5 3.7 5.0 0 9
8 Nathan Hrovat 22 14 8 193 191 384 86 58 0 0.6 0.4 8.8 8.7 17.5 3.9 2.6 0 0
40 Nick Larkey 2 0 0 2 4 6 1 1 2 0 0 1.0 2.0 3.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0
34 Jamie MacMillan 13 2 3 137 107 244 47 26 0 0.2 0.2 10.5 8.2 18.8 3.6 2.0 0 0
11 Luke McDonald 22 8 8 276 187 463 92 94 0 0.4 0.4 12.5 8.5 21.0 4.2 4.3 0 0
23 Ben McKay 1 0 0 2 7 9 1 3 3 0 0 2.0 7.0 9.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 0
42 Declan Mountford 12 3 2 78 99 177 38 46 0 0.3 0.2 6.5 8.3 14.8 3.2 3.8 0 0
17 Aaron Mullett 18 5 2 225 135 360 74 30 0 0.3 0.1 12.5 7.5 20 4.1 1.7 0 0
26 Daniel Nielson 7 0 0 33 28 61 24 8 0 0 0 4.7 4.0 8.7 3.4 1.1 0 0
31 Braydon Preuss 8 5 6 42 29 71 29 23 180 0.6 0.8 5.3 3.6 8.9 3.6 2.9 22.5 0
21 Jy Simpkin 13 9 5 72 69 141 35 31 0 0.7 0.4 5.5 5.3 10.8 2.7 2.4 0 0
9 Andrew Swallow 16 4 3 134 179 313 33 106 0 0.3 0.2 8.4 11.2 19.6 2.1 6.6 0 0
25 Robbie Tarrant 21 1 1 229 144 373 131 55 0 0 0 10.9 6.9 17.8 6.2 2.6 0 0
12 Lindsay Thomas 9 5 7 68 42 110 25 32 0 0.6 0.8 7.6 4.7 12.2 2.8 3.6 0 0
16 Scott Thompson 21 1 1 168 154 322 108 52 0 0 0 8.0 7.3 15.3 5.1 2.5 0 0
28 Kayne Turner 15 17 8 94 89 183 54 61 0 1.1 0.5 6.3 5.9 12.2 3.6 4.1 0 0
33 Ed Vickers-Willis 7 0 1 34 62 96 16 22 0 0 0.1 4.9 8.9 13.7 2.3 3.1 0 0
41 Corey Wagner 4 0 2 18 13 31 6 6 0 0 0.5 4.5 3.3 7.8 1.5 1.5 0 0
30 Jarrad Waite 10 22 18 96 45 141 49 25 5 2.2 1.8 9.6 4.5 14.1 4.9 2.5 0.5 3
36 Josh Williams 2 1 2 13 13 26 10 4 0 0.5 1.0 6.5 6.5 13.0 5.0 2.0 0 0
2 Marley Williams 13 3 0 94 133 227 31 27 0 0.2 0 7.2 10.2 17.5 2.4 2.1 0 0
32 Mason Wood 10 14 11 79 58 137 42 25 0 1.4 1.1 7.9 5.8 13.7 4.2 2.5 0 1
7 Jack Ziebell 19 13 6 262 160 422 66 110 0 0.7 0.3 13.8 8.4 22.2 3.5 5.8 0 1
44 Cameron Zurhaar 4 2 3 22 14 36 9 7 0 0.5 0.8 5.5 3.5 9.0 2.5 1.8 0 0

Ladder[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA % Pts
1 Adelaide 22 15 6 1 2415 1776 136.0 62 2017 finals
2 Geelong 22 15 6 1 2134 1818 117.4 62
3 Richmond (P) 22 15 7 0 1992 1684 118.3 60
4 Greater Western Sydney 22 14 6 2 2081 1812 114.8 60
5 Port Adelaide 22 14 8 0 2168 1671 129.7 56
6 Sydney 22 14 8 0 2093 1651 126.8 56
7 Essendon 22 12 10 0 2135 2004 106.5 48
8 West Coast 22 12 10 0 1964 1858 105.7 48
9 Melbourne 22 12 10 0 2035 1934 105.2 48
10 Western Bulldogs 22 11 11 0 1857 1913 97.1 44
11 St Kilda 22 11 11 0 1925 1986 96.9 44
12 Hawthorn 22 10 11 1 1864 2055 90.7 42
13 Collingwood 22 9 12 1 1944 1963 99.0 38
14 Fremantle 22 8 14 0 1607 2160 74.4 32
15 North Melbourne 22 6 16 0 1983 2264 87.6 24
16 Carlton 22 6 16 0 1594 2038 78.2 24
17 Gold Coast 22 6 16 0 1756 2311 76.0 24
18 Brisbane Lions 22 5 17 0 1877 2526 74.3 20
Source: AFL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.

Honours[edit]

Syd Barker Medal[edit]

1. Shaun Higgins 217

2. Ben Cunnington 211

3. Ben Brown 209

4. Robbie Tarrant 204

5. Luke McDonald 192

=6. Jack Ziebell 161

=6. Sam Gibson 161

8. Taylor Garner 134

9. Scott Thompson 126

10. Shaun Atley 125

AFL Award Nominations[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

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