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  • Writer's pictureJack Turner

2023 Defence Ratings: North Melbourne

2022 Numbers:

Points Against (Brennan Jakovich Shield): 2397 - 18th

Inside 50's Against Per Goal: 3.95 - 16th

Scarlett Silvagni Medal Votes: 8 - 17th


Keys: Aiden Bonar, Aidan Corr, Kallan Dawson, Griffin Logue, Ben McKay

General: Jackson Archer, Miller Bergman, Aaron Hall, Luke McDonald, Bailey Scott, Kayne Turner, Lachie Young

In: Griffin Logue

Out: Kyron Hayden (delisted), Josh Walker (delisted), Matt McGuiness (delisted)

Not much could have gone worse for North Melbourne in 2022, winning just two games, and one of them being against a decimated early season West Coast and claiming a comfortable wooden spoon.

The only highlight being a shock win against Richmond, coming a week after they just couldn't remember how to win against Collingwood.

Griffin Logue coming in helps offset the delisting of Josh Walker, but his absence will still be missed. Ben McKay is a genuine talent, but is yet to play a full season, and is set to miss the first four to six weeks of 2023.

The upside of the youth of Bergman, Turner and Scott is offset by the age of Hall and McDonald, with little star power in the backline - or for that matter anywhere on the ground.

Not only did North suffer the most points against in 2022, they also allowed goals reasonably easily, despite high intercept and spoil figures from McKay, Walker and Corr - something that could go a long way fixing their defensive issues.

The best North can do in 2023 is avoid another wooden spoon, but The Back Pocket hopes to see a lot more of Logue in the votes, and a few more wins on the board.

Back Pocket Rating: F

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