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Season Preview - North Melbourne Kangaroos
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Ins: Nick Dal Santo from St Kilda, Robin Nahas from Richmond.

Outs: Luke Delaney to St Kilda.

 2013 Record – 10th on ladder – 40 points – 10 wins, 12 losses.

 Stat Rankings – 

Positive: 1st in marks against, 1st in handballs against, 1st in disposals against, 1st in kicks against.

Negative: 15th in tackles.

Summary:

Kangaroos fans will be hoping for a season that gives them fewer reasons to throw themselves into the Yarra or put their size 10s through their 50 inch full HD tv’s.

At times they looked like the real deal in 2013 but their uncanny habit of throwing away leads in the final quarter of matches put paid to any pretentions of finals footy they may have had.

Were the Kangas unlucky in 2013 or just complete bottle merchants? Either way, they are highly unlikely to be on the wrong end of quite so many close matches this season.

I like the additions of Nick Dal Santo who, although looking like he’d had enough of the shambles at St Kilda, still averaged almost 25 disposals per game in 2013 and Robin Nahas who struggled to get into the Richmond side last year. He’ll bring a lot to the Kangas as he has speed to burn and his offensive pressure defies the common belief that his effort is questionable.

I hope we get to see more of Majak Daw this year as he looked as if he was going to take the AFL by storm when, inside a minute on his debut against the Lions in round 4, he took a great mark inside 50, stepped back and knocked over a goal with his first kick on the big stage and also when he bagged 6 goals against the Bulldogs in round 7. He only appeared in two more games last season in rounds 8 and 9. He’s also extremely shiny, and I like shiny things.

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