The North Melbourne Kangaroos are in a period of transition on the field.
After topping up their list looking for an elusive AFL Premiership win earlier in the decade, the Roos were forced to face the reality that comes with an ageing squad no longer capable of playing finals football and began their rebuild.
The 2019 season marked the end of an era for the Shinboners, with Brad Scott vacating the coach’s box after 10 years and 211 games in charge. Rhyce Shaw took up the reins mid-season and did enough to secure the gig on a full-time basis, but he was gone the following year as the Roos plummeted into the bottom four.
Is there value surrounding the club in any of the popular 2021 AFL betting markets? Let’s take a look.
About the North Melbourne Kangaroos
|Home ground:||Etihad Stadium|
|Premierships:||4th – 1975, 1977, 1996, 1999|
|2020 ladder finish:||17th (3-14)|
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Updated North Melbourne futures betting
|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$151||$15||B Cunnington $51||T Powell $31||J Stephenson $81|
|Apr||$501||$51||B Cunnington $101||T Powell $11||J Stephenson $101|
|May||$501||$101||B Cunnington $101||T Powell $15||NA|
|Jun||$1,001||$251||B Cunnington $81||T Powell $17||NA|
|Jul||NA||NA||B Cunnington $67||T Powell $17||NA|
Best North Melbourne bets for the 2021 AFL season
Where are the best North Melbourne Kangaroos bets in the AFL futures markets that matter?
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- The 2020 campaign was a debacle for North Melbourne, with Rhyce Shaw leaving his post mid-year after less than a season at the helm. David Noble takes over a leaky boat that looks destined to sink to the bottom of the ladder in 2021.
- Will the Roos even win a game this year? Plenty of punters are asking that question, and it is no surprise to see North Melbourne pegged as short-priced favourites for the wooden spoon. It is hard to see how any other team could finish bottom this year.
- The Roos don’t have a standout in the AFL Rising Star betting this year, but Tom Powell might the pick of the bunch. The likes of Flynn Perez, Jack Mahoney and Will Phillips could also see a bit of game-time.
Kangaroos players to watch in 2021
While the Roos have had their woes in recent times, Jy Simpkin has emerged as one who can lead them to a brighter future. The young midfielder has come on in leaps and bounds in the absence of Ben Cunnington, and North fans will hope to see that development continue this year.
Squeezed out of Collingwood only two years after winning the Rising Star, Jaidyn Stephenson heads to North Melbourne in search of a new challenge and greater opportunities. Although best known for his forward craft, it looks as though Stephenson will spend plenty of time in midfield for the Roos.
Jack Ziebell is the embodiment of the Shinboner spirit, and he will be keen to get back on the park after playing only eight games in 2020. The word in preseason is that Ziebell will play in the back line this year, so it will be interesting to see how he adapts to a new role behind the ball.
North Melbourne Kangaroos records
- Most matches:
Brent Harvey – 432 (1996-2016) *AFL Record
- Most goals kicked in one match:
John Longmire vs. Melbourne, 1990 – 14
- Most Best & Fairest awards:
Brent Harvey – five (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010)
- Most goals in a season:
Doug Wade (1972), Malcolm Blight (1983) – 103
- Most career goals:
Wayne Carey – 671