Archive for the ‘North Melbourne Kangaroos’ Category

Aug 3, 2016

Sportznut Sports update from the desk of Ron

sportznutWow, what a great 2016 season we have had in sport.  First of all, the AFL at the half way mark Geelong , Sydney Swans, Hawthorn, Greater Western Sydney, North Melbourne, Adelaide and West Coast all within two wins of top spot on the ladder.  Bookmakers favorite, Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, should be 6 or 7 votes in front for the 2016 Brownlow Medal having his best ever season since coming to Geelong.  Paddy has given the Cats plenty of drive out of the centre plus freeing up Joel Selwood to do what he does best and that’s get plenty of the ball.  Joel will be right up there in the Brownlow count as well this year.  Hawthorn are winning games but not by large margins,  it would appear they are missing that great champion Luke Hodge and he could be the missing link when he gets back from injury.  Luke is such a competitive “beast” that he could lift them over the line for the Hawks four peatGWS Giants also have been playing sensational football with Steve Johnson, Dylan Sheil and Heath Shaw have had plenty of the ball so far this season, but the Giants find it hard to win away from their home ground, remember the Grand Final is played at the MCGSydney Swans are the real deal as well with Buddy Franklin leading the Coleman Medal count and Dan Hannebery winning plenty of best on the ground and making him a good contender to poll well in the Brownlow count.  Western Bulldogs are right up with a top four finish, they have so far this season been the side to watch with fast play on football and relentless pressure that takes its toll with injuries to key players Robert Murphy, Jason Johannisen and Luke Dahlhaus.  Don’t underestimate the Doggies.  Marcus Bontempelli has had a break out season so far and will be polling well in the Brownlow Medal as well.   Adelaide, North Melbourne and West Coast all have a big chance of playing finals football depending where they end up on the ladder.  If all goes well for the second half of the season, this will decide how far they go into September.  Stayed tuned and remember to order all your AFL Premiers memorabilia and Brownlow Medal memorabilia in advance to avoid disappointment as they are all limited editions.
The NRL season is also a ripper with the Broncos, Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys all making up the top four with at least another 4 or 5 clubs knocking on the door.  There is great value to be had if you like to have a punt on your club winning the NRL or AFL Premiership or your favorite player winning the Clive Churchill Medal or Brownlow Medal.  What a great season of sport we are having plus the State of Origin games between Queensland and NSW.  Who will win the series?  Also Wimbledon:  can Novak Jocavic win again or Andy Murray?   How far into Wimbledon will the Australians Tomic and Kyrios get, can they go all the way?  The Tour de France is just around the corner and not far off is our magnificent spring racing carnival with Winx trying to win back to back Cox Plates against some of the best international race horses in the world.  We are eagerly waiting on whether Michelle Payne will retire or try and win with Prince of Penzance again at this year’s Melbourne Cup.
May 14, 2014

AFL Mascots Harv-Time Artist Paul Harvey Limited Edition Print

Harv-time Limited Edition Print AFL Mascot each individual mascot posters measures 42 cm x 30 cm.  RRP $24.99 plus postage and handling.

AFL Mascots Harv-Time Artist Paul Harvey Limited Edition Print

AFL Mascots Harv-Time Artist Paul Harvey Limited Edition Print

Mar 28, 2012

2012 Official AFL Memorabilia Range

Over 20 unique collectible products are now available in the official 2012 AFL Memorabilia range, featuring Hawthorn, Gold Coast, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs, Richmond, Essendon, Carlton, and North Melbourne.

Call Ron now on 03 5229 8007 to secure your item before stocks run out!

Nov 29, 2011

AFL Football Christmas Memorabilia Releases

We are excited to be able to offer a range of new products for each of the clubs we will be working with: Hawthorn, Gold Coast, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs, Richmond, Essendon,Carlton, and North Melbourne. Included in this brochure is just a glimpse of what is to come,we look forward to working with you on what is set to be an exciting program.

Call Ron on 03 5229 8007 now to reserve these limited edition items!

Jun 21, 2009

Adam Simpson 300 Game Photo Piece Limited Edition

Adam Simpson, a player who embodies the shinboner spirit!

Simpson is the third person to join the small club of North Melbourne players to reach the milestone of 300 games including the likes of Glenn Archer and Wayne Schimmelbusch.

To help commemorate the former Captain and dual premiership player achievements; ESP has released a photo piece limited edition of 100.


Apr 9, 2009

Starshots – Alan Didak, Rhys Palmer, Brent Harvey

To help commemorate the elite players of the competition, Starshots will be running again this year. We have carried over the players from 2008 as most are still the highest profile at their club and have included 3 new additions in a new format! Please find attached a purchase order template with all the players available including:

  • Collingwood: Alan Didak
  • Fremantle: Rhys Palmer (NAB Rising Star Winner)
  • North Melbourne: Brent Harvey

StarShots 2009:

Personally signed by the player

Limited to 300 units only





Apr 9, 2009

Wayne Carey – The King is Back

“The King” is back! Wayne Carey – Premiership captain, four time best and fairest and seven time All Australian; considered to be one of the greatest players to ever play.

To help commemorate the induction of Wayne Carey into the Kangaroo’s Hall Fame, please find attached an image of the poster now available.

Wayne Carey Individual Player Poster

Size: 500 X 700mm

Material: Gloss UV varnish

$15 each


Mar 24, 2009

Glenn Archer Limited Edition Print

Commemorative Glenn Archer limited edition memorabilia print celebrating the shinboner’s memorable AFL career.

Click for Larger Image

Mar 17, 2009

AFL Football Team Posters 2009

All AFL team posters for the 2009 season are now available.

Click on the posters to see larger images of your football team.

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09-tposter-carlton2 09-tposter-collingwood 09-tposter-essendon

09-tposter-fremantle 09-tposter-geelong 09-tposter-hawks

09-tposter-kangaroos 09-tposter-melbourne 09-tposter-portpdf

09-tposter-richmond 09-tposter-stkilda 09-tposter-sydney


Sep 20, 2008

Shannon Grant Retirement Photo Piece

Champion North Melbourne Kangaroos star Shannon Grant’s career is celebrated in this limited edition personally signed memorabilia piece.

Only 100 units made. Order now to get one for only $349

Apr 18, 2008

Glen Archer signed Jumper

North Melbourne Kangaroos jumper signed by 1996 Norm Smith Medalist and Shinboner of the Century, Glen Archer.

Apr 9, 2008

1999 Grand Final Kangaroos v Carlton

1999 Grand Final Kangaroos v Carlton Panoramic Print with authentic Wayne Carey hand signature.

1999 Grand Final Kangaroos v Carlton

Saturday 25 September 1999
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

North Melbourne Kangaroos won by 35 points.

Quarter by Quarter scores:

Kangaroos 3.3 (21) 9.4 (58) 15.6 (96) 19.10 (124)
Carlton 1.3 (9) 5.8 (38) 7.11 (53) 12.17 (89)


Kangaroos Grant 4, Bell 4, McKernan 3, Carey 2, Abraham 2, Motlop 2, Sholl, Welsh
Carlton Lappin 2, Whitnall 2, Camporeale 2, Ratten, Brown, Hamill, Rice, Allan, Beaumont


Kangaroos Grant (Norm Smith medal), Pickett, Martyn, Archer, Bell, Capuano, Simpson
Carlton McKay, Camporeale, Lappin, Rice, Ratten, Sexton

Coates, Allen, McLaren


In a game of football that was sometimes inspired, at others lacklustre, the Kangaroos won their fourth AFL premiership and in the process stamped themselves as perhaps the team of the 90′s. The result was somewhat summed up in the final quarter when North captain Wayne Carey took a sensational one-handed mark to kick the final goal of the match for the Kangaroos. Brilliant, but still under pressure, and that’s they way it turned out for Dennis Pagan’s side.

In a stirring beginning, Carlton were on the board first through Brett Ratten and looked to have the edge in midfield. However, the Roos settled with Carey getting their first, followed by a wonderful snap from the boundary by Norm Smith medalist Grant. The Silvagni/Carey duel was proving interesting right from the start, with honors even such that neither player had a major influence on the game for the most part. Grant’s performance was important, as he also set up North’s third goal with a spot-on pass to Craig Sholl. Byron Pickett was excellent in defence and, coupled with impressive performances from Martyn and Archer, were the difference on the day. Pickett had the most of the ball in the first quarter, and many times, along with his North mates, repelled Carlton whenever they threatened, only allowing the one goal to Ratten, which was the result of a kick-in error by David King.

Carlton were not to be denied, however, and the Blues came out firing in the second quarter with two quick goals to take the lead. Their running players through midfield in Ratten and Murphy were cutting up the Roos, and the veteran McKay provided excellent run out of defence. Winged Roo Anthony Stevens justified his position in the North side despite a debilitating ankle injury by getting his share of the ball, but he struggled to keep up with Carlton’s Camporeale, who was also getting plenty of it. Decisively, North bigman Corey McKernan swung the game back in favor of his team, with two great goals – one from almost 70 metres in general play, followed by a check side goal from the pocket after a mark. The Blues could perhaps have gone into half time much closer than 20 points behind, had they been able to take some marks at centre half forward, where Whitnall was unsighted and well held by Archer for most of the day. Not only that, their conversion rate was lower than their opponents, and the in-form Matthew Lappin may rue the goal he missed from close range approaching half time.

At half time, the Roos must have been mindful of being in a similar position in 1998 against Adelaide, and losing the match, and you can bet Carlton were aware of this too. They showed they weren’t done with yet by coming out hard in the Premiership quarter and closing to within 13 points. Once again the midfield was proving a problem for the Roos, with Stevens now injuring his elbow and AC joint. Two blows for Carlton came soon after, with a devastating knee injury to the classy Justin Murphy taking him out of the game, along with Ratten having to leave the field via the blood rule, which stopped him from exerting his influence on the game, which was considerable. The Roos were able to regroup from this point, with David King beginning to cut Carlton up with his slashing, bouncing runs through the midfield from defence. Winston Abraham and fellow aboriginal Shannon Motlop were contributors in this third quarter, and both ended with two goals for the game.

Two hundred gamer John Longmire made an appearance in the ruck at this stage, much to the delight of Kangaroos fans, to replace Capuano, who had injured his right knee. Carlton, despite a manly effort from McKay and Lappin, were being overrun and were finding it very difficult to penetrate North’s defence. An empathic passage of play, in which Byron Pickett laid a tackle on Lappin while he was headed for goal, followed by Mickey Martyn crashing through a pack of Blues and delivering the ball out of the danger zone, probably summed up the day pretty well.

Perhaps the decisive move of the game, however, was the shifting of Wayne Carey onto the ball midway through the third term. The King was being blanketed by fullback of the century Silvagni, and was having little influence until Dennis Pagan put him in the centre to plug the gap left by the injured Anthony Stevens. Carey got some vital touches and his intimidating presence must have gone a long way to indicating to the Blues that this was not to be their day. Pagan said it was a spur of the moment thing, but it worked, and three or four goals was the result. North outscored Carlton by 6.2 to 2.3 in what WAS the Premiership quarter. They led by 44 points at three quarter time and were home.

It was left to pride in the last quarter, and Carlton did not lie down, although they were wasteful – as they had been all day – missing several shots at goal early. They battled on however, and Lance Whitnall gave heart to Blues fans by finally getting on the scoreboard to the tune of two goals. Peter Bell however, was enjoying himself for the Roos and was getting better as the game wore on, kicking a couple himself to take his total to four for the day, equaling his mate Shannon Grant, who was continuing to get plenty of it, along with Adam Simpson, who was excellent for the Roos. Youngsters Shannon Motlop and Scott Welsh were also contributing well in their first premiership performances, and in what was a less than inspiring final term, the Roos ran out winners by 35 points, to take their fourth Premiership cup back to Arden St.

Afterwards, Grant was the popular pick for the Norm Smith medal as the best player on the ground, but this award could easily have gone to Pickett, Bell, Archer or Martyn, such was the dominance of the Kangaroos defence. The biggest cheer during the medal presentation ceremony was reserved for John Longmire, who missed the 1996 premiership through injury and last year through poor form. North had erased much of the hurt of their 1998 second half fadeout, and can lay claim to the team of the 90′s after their sixth final four finish in a row, and their second premiership.

Feb 24, 2008

Glen Archer

Artist’s rendition of Kangaroo’s ( North Melbourne Football Club’s) Glen Archer, the centurr’s greatest shinboner in action.

Glen Archer