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, even though the Roos missed out on finals.
Is there value surrounding the club in any of the popular 2020 AFL betting markets? Let’s take a look.
About the North Melbourne Kangaroos
|Home ground:||Etihad Stadium|
|Premierships:||4 – 1975, 1977, 1996, 1999|
|2019 ladder finish:||12th|
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Updated North Melbourne futures betting
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$34||$2.75||$7||B Cunnington $67||A Bonar $26||B Brown $6|
|Feb||$34||$2.75||$7||B Cunnington $67||A Bonar $26||B Brown $6|
|Mar||$34||$2.75||$7||B Cunnington $67||A Bonar $26||B Brown $6|
|May||$67||$3.20||$8.50||B Cunnington $41||A Bonar $26||B Brown $7|
|Jun||$67||$3.20||$8.50||B Cunnington $41||A Bonar $26||B Brown $7|
|Jul||$251||$12||$51||T Goldstein $41||C Taylor $19||B Brown $23|
|Aug||$501||$51||SUS||T Goldstein $126||B Scott $26||C Zurhaar $251|
Best North Melbourne bets for the 2020 AFL season
Where are the best North Melbourne Kangaroos bets in the AFL futures markets that matter?
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- Who knows what to expect from North Melbourne this year? We became accustomed to Brad Scott’s Roos threatening to do something and then winding up in mid-table, but we might see something different with Rhyce Shaw at the helm. That said, it would be a massive shock if North rose to flag contention this year.
- Can the Roos inch up the ladder and into the finals this year? They are but one among a cluster of finals chances that finished outside the eight last season. There is a lot more love for the likes of Hawthorn and Melbourne to improve, and perhaps rightly so, but keep an eye on North’s early-season form before writing them off altogether.
- Ben Cunnington finished the 2019 season with his second Syd Barker Medal, so you can understand why bookmakers rate him as North’s best chance in the Brownlow Medal betting. However, history shows that Shaun Higgins – who polled 18 votes last year – is the one who captures the umpires’ attention.
- Bailey Scott started the 2019 season like a house on fire but failed to cement a spot in the senior side. The young midfielder is still eligible for the AFL Rising Star this year, while Aiden Bonar could also push for a nomination after making the switch from Greater Western Sydney.
- Ben Brown is one of the leading candidates in Coleman Medal betting this year. The big Tasmanian forward has booted over 60 goals in three consecutive seasons, so the form is there.
Kangaroos players to watch in 2020
It was only a few years ago that was Hall was touted as one of the most exciting players in the AFL. He managed only six games in his first season at North, so there is plenty of pressure on the 29-year-old Tasmanian to deliver.
The AFL scrapheap is littered with former GWS Giants players who left in search of opportunities but never amounted to much. Bonar looks the goods, but it remains to be seen how he will fare when thrown in the deep end.
There is so much to like about Wood, but injury issues and goalkicking jitters have kept him from realising his potential. If he gets a clean run and starts slotting his set shots, he could be the difference between North missing and making the finals.
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