2022 Pocket Profile: North Melbourne Kangaroos
Being a North Melbourne supporter has always had its fair share of frustrations, not to mention the constant heckling and taunting from supporters of other clubs.
Sure, 2021 was a tougher year than most for North Melbourne supporters, finishing last and being beaten by an average of 40 points per game.
But it’s evident that behind the losses, a champion team is being built from the ground up, something that should excite North Melbourne and SuperCoach fans alike.
Aaron Hall ($572,900 DEF)
What a remarkable difference a change of role has to a player. Being underutilised at Gold Coast and struggling early on after being traded to North Melbourne, Hall flourished in a new role off half-back in 2021.
His SC average extended to new heights, finishing the season with an average of 105.2 and as the 10th most expensive player ahead of Petracca, Walsh, Gawn and Lloyd.
An average of 105 is impressive for a defender in SuperCoach, but its worth noting that Hall had two injury affected matches in 2021 (Round 2 and 5). Taking those out boosts his average to 114.6 which would have put him in 15th overall for SC averages and easily the #1 ranked defender.
#1 defender in 2022? Fair chance…
Tarryn Thomas ($459,300 MID/FWD)
Heading into his 4th AFL season, Tarryn Thomas looks like an absolute prime candidate for a breakout. Of course predicting a breakout is a fickle business, but looking at the following statistics, it’s impossible not to get excited. Time to get nerdy…
In Thomas’s last 10 matches of 2021, his playing statistics looked something like this:
Pretty good hey? Well, let’s compare these stats to some of the current superstars of the game around the same time in their respective careers (games 38-47 for reference).
I don’t know about you, but I see some insane similarities across the board in most categories, and Thomas did this with less game time. If we extrapolate each stats for 100% game time and add in some conditional formatting (green = good, red = bad) we see that Thomas excels against these superstars.
In the following 10 games (48-57), Josh Kelly averaged 85.6 SuperCoach points, Dustin Martin averaged 94.1, Nat Fyfe averaged 109.6 and Marcus Bontempelli jumped to a staggering 120.7 average.
Now I’m not saying that Tarryn Thomas is Marcus Bontempelli 2.0, but it’s certain that we’ll see Thomas improve his SC average in 2022 and could easily become a top 6 forward.
Jed Anderson ($407,100 MID/FWD)
After being traded to North Melbourne at the end of the 2015 season from Hawthorn, Anderson has had mixed results on the field.
Struggling to find his way into the side and being forced out due to a number of injuries, it wasn’t until 2018 where he started to string together consecutive games and start improving.
Then in 2020, he broke out averaging 104.7 from 15 games including 4 scores above 140.
2021 saw a return to bad luck and more injuries, and while his durability has been far from ideal (9.4 games per season) if he can put these injuries behind him (and get vaccinated 🤐) he could prove an astute pick given his DPP.
Jason Horne-Francis ($207,300 MID)
Was it going to be anyone else than North Melbourne’s first ever #1 draft pick? 😀
Touted as a once-in-a-generation talent, Jason Horne-Francis could have easily been playing in the AFL last season and should walk straight into North’s best 22 for Round 1.
Unlike the majority of his fellow draft class, Horne-Francis played every game at senior level in 2021, playing 20 games for South Adelaide in the SANFL where he averaged 85 SC.
Hot tip: Given North Melbourne’s current midfield depth, Horne-Francis will line up on the half-forward flank and spend a healthy portion in the forward third of the ground, with SuperCoach now introducing a review of player positions, I’d wager Horne-Francis will be MID/FWD DPP by Round 6.
Jared Polec ($246,900 MID)
Yes, Polec hasn’t been this cheap in SuperCoach since Round 3, 2014 and his highest average was 94.6 in 2018, but don’t fall into this trap.
Just don’t. He’s on the rookie list for a reason.