• WeBet
  • TradieBET
  • QuestBet
  • BoomBet
  • Picklebet
  • PlayUp

2022 AFL Team Previews: North Melbourne

March 1st 2022, 12:10pm, By: Jack Tobin

North Melbourne Team Preview

After a positive back end to the 2021 season and an impressive haul in the National Draft, there’s a buzz about North Melbourne that hasn’t been felt for many years. Can David Noble’s side begin to push back up the ladder in 2022?

Jack Tobin will be previewing EVERY team in the lead up to the 2022 season, while the BYB AFL crew will be back this year to give their betting tips on every game. Be sure to head to the AFL Tips page for regular updates!

North Melbourne Season Preview


In: Callum Coleman-Jones (Richmond), Hugh Greenwood (Delisted Free Agent), Jason Horne-Francis (Pick 1), Josh Goater (Pick 22), Miller Bergman (Pick 38), Jackson Archer (Pick 59)

Out: Robbie Tarrant (Richmond)

The Kangaroos had a successful off season, prying youngster Callum Coleman-Jones from Richmond to add to their ruck/forward stocks. The Roos secured a generational talent in Jason Horne-Francis at pick 1, while adding a massive x-factor in Josh Goater. Tarrant’s departure will hurt but given where the Roos are at, it provides an opportunity to get more games into some of their younger defenders.

After losing their first eight games by an average margin of 51 points, there were fears if North Melbourne could win a single game in 2021. The Roos picked up wins over Hawthorn, West Coast, Carlton and the Gold Coast, as well as a draw against GWS. Their young core of Jye Simpkin, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Tarryn Thomas and Jaidyn Stephenson began to string some impressive games together. With the likes of Tom Powell, Will Phillips and Horne-Francis in the wings, North Melbourne are building a scary midfield.

North Melbourne’s biggest improvement needs to come from their defence, which was the worst in the AFL last season. The Roos conceded 94 points per game (the most in the AFL) allowing 6 scores over 100 and another 7 scores over 90. Their defence was a large reason as to why they suffered so many blowout losses, with the Roos 17 losses coming by an average margin of 40 points. Aidan Corr will come into the lineup after an injury interrupted 2021, however North Melbourne needs to improve their defensive system drastically.

A big positive for North Melbourne last season was the emergence of their young forwards. Nick Larkey kicked 42 goals, Cameron Zurhaar bagged 31 goals after a low start to the season, and with Coleman-Jones in the forward line this season, there’s plenty of reasons for Roos fans to be excited about.

Coming into David Noble’s second season as senior coach, it’s important we see an identifiable game style out of North Melbourne this season. In 2021 North Melbourne ranked 18th for points against, 17th for points for, 16th for inside 50’s and 14th for tackles. There’s plenty of talent on the list, but there needs to be some serious progress in their game plan this season.

Breakout Player: Callum Coleman-Jones

Coleman-Jones finally strung some games together in 2021 in his third season in the AFL, after being stuck behind the likes of Tom Lynch, Jack Riewoldt, and Mabior Chol. Coleman-Jones played eight games in 2021, before requesting a trade during the offseason, seeking greater opportunities. Coleman-Jones burst onto the scene with four goals on debut against Adelaide and followed it up with two goals in each of his second and third games. Coleman-Jones’ marking ability was a standout, averaging 4 marks per game in his seven completed games. With a settled spot in the North Melbourne side, Coleman-Jones will be able to get consistent opportunities as a focal point in the Kangaroos forward line.

What Do The Kangaroos Need To Do In 2022?

The key for North Melbourne this season is sticking to the process and continuing to get games into their young players. They aren’t under any pressure to win games and challenge for finals, so development must be their priority. Horne-Francis (18), Phillips (19), Powell (19), Thomas (21), Stephenson (23) and Simpkin (23) are all still very early in their careers, so continuing to give these guys consistent opportunities will benefit North Melbourne in a major way.


North melbourne prediction

North Melbourne began to show signs in the back end of 2021 that the rebuild is on track, they competed hard and their young talent in the midfield is begging to be taken notice of. The next step for the Roos is improving their defence so that they aren’t suffering consistent blowout losses like they did in early 2021. Their young core is bigger and more advanced than their fellow bottom four sides from last season, so it’s difficult to see North Melbourne not improving. They won’t be challenging for a position in the top eight, but there’s plenty to like about this North Melbourne side.

Jack Tobin has a Bachelor of Media and Communications Degree, majoring in Sports Media, and has been part of the Before You Bet writing staff since 2019.

Jack is a sports fanatic but is particularly keen on Cricket, AFL, Basketball, NFL and Soccer where he has a keen eye for spotting a winner or three. Jack is still waiting for Essendon to win a final in the AFL, while he also supports the Miami Heat in the NBA, Manchester United in the EPL and the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL.

Horse Racing Tips

View More

Our team of expert horse racing analysts bring you regular horse racing tips from major horse racing meetings in Australia and internationally. The highlight of the Australian horse racing calendar is the Spring Carnival, featuring the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and, of course, the Melbourne Cup, and we'll be there riding every winner home with you with our free racing tips and best bets. Giddy up!

AFL Tips

View More

For the best AFL tips, stay tuned into Before You Bet as we provide previews and AFL betting tips for every match of every round, as well as coverage of the AFLW Women's competition, AFL premiership odds, Brownlow Medal vote predictions and a rolling Brownlow Medal leaderboard. If you love AFL football as much as us, then you'll enjoy following our AFL betting tips!

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)

View More

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has taken off in Australia with fantasy sports and racing proving hugely popular in Australia thanks to the emergence of Draftstars. We have regular DFS tips, strategies and projections for Australian daily fantasy sports players.

NRL Tips

View More

NRL tips for every match of the 2024 NRL season. The National Rugby League is the biggest rugby competition in Australia and we have previews and NRL betting tips for every game, plus best bets for special events like the State of Origin.

Set a deposit limit.