North Melbourne are daring to dream of avoiding the 2021 wood spoon after snaring the most important scalp to this point of their full-scale rebuild.
Issues appeared bleak for the Kangaroos after opening the season with eight straight losses, which adopted on from dropping the ultimate eight video games of 2020.
However North Melbourne have shot to type because the spherical 12 bye, beating Gold Coast and West Coast, in addition to drawing with GWS.
The Kangaroos additionally put in preventing efforts in opposition to premiership fancies Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs.
The Kangaroos’ shock 10-point win over the Eagles at Optus Stadium on Monday night time means North Melbourne at the moment are simply half a win behind Seventeenth-placed Hawthorn, and 6 competitors factors behind Adelaide and Collingwood.
If pundits thought North Melbourne would merely roll over this 12 months and settle for the wood spoon, they need to assume once more.
“I do not wish to end on the underside,” Kangaroos coach David Noble declared after the ten.10 (70) to eight.12 (60) win over the Eagles..
“We wish to win each recreation. That is a basic staple. I would like to complete off the underside.
“(Should you) come into the environment, (you’ll) get a way of calm, development, sense of enjoyable. The blokes are having fun with one another’s firm.
“They’re prepared and ready to step up and be selfless for his or her teammates.”
Noble feels the win over West Coast was a big second in his crew’s rebuild.
“We’ll in all probability look again in 12 months time and this could possibly be the marker from the place we transfer off from,” Noble mentioned.
“Our leaders now are driving that customary. They’ve been important in final eight weeks in what they’re creating.
“The dare is there, what we’ve because the bye, we’ve constructed some actually good techniques that dare – it is not a danger. It is the way in which we needed to play.”
Former Magpie Jaidyn Stephenson was finest afield in opposition to West Coast, tallying 38 disposals and a aim.
And ruckman Todd Goldstein fought all night time in opposition to Eagles huge man Nic Naitanui.
Importantly, Goldstein drifted ahead within the dying minutes to kick the sealing aim, including to his earlier aim.
Goldstein is now the document holder for essentially the most hitouts in VFL-AFL historical past, together with his 8525 faucets bettering the earlier document of Aaron Sandilands (8502).
“For Goldy to get the document tonight, the way in which he did, kick the final aim, it is a credit score to him,” Noble mentioned.
“He is a champion of our membership, to be the document holder for essentially the most hit outs is one thing we are going to replicate on tonight and provides him a pat on the again for it.”
The Kangaroos shall be again in motion after they tackle Essendon at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.