14/04/2024

Luke Davies-Uniacke had the ball on a string Wednesday morning. Image: NMFCOfficial

We take a look at which players impressed during North Melbourne's intraclub match at Arden Street on Wednesday morning.

North Melbourne engaged in their first full length intra-club match at Arden Street on Wednesday morning as they prepare to take on Collingwood and St Kilda in their pre-season clashes.

The teams were split into a ‘Blue’ team which consisted of the more first string players, and a ‘Yellow’ team that featured a mix of young Roos and North Melbourne VFL talent to fill the side. 

The teams were regularly mixed after each quarter, although the ‘Blue’ team remained the strongest. Despite the eventual 64-point victory to the aforementioned side, there was plenty of talent on display that had many North Melbourne supporters excited for the upcoming season. 

Luke Davies-Uniacke was far and away the best player on the ground. The superstar mid accumulated at will and used his trademark explosive pace to clear from congestion regularly. He would kick the first goal of the match and finish with another to go with his large number of possessions. 

The tandem of George Wardlaw and Harry Sheezel stamped their authority on the game after quarter time, with the former showing a competitiveness and ball hungry nature seemingly from a bygone era. Arguably in the top five players on the ground, Wardlaw should be firming as a Rising Star favourite if he can remain healthy. 

A new look and very young North Melbourne focused heavily on transitioning the ball from halfback to their forward line with speed through the corridor. This suited pick 2 from last year’s draft Colby McKercher.

His speed was evident throughout the game, and seemed to be the main drive off half back as he accumulated plenty of disposals. Perhaps being trialled in a similar vein to Sheezel last year, McKercher will be one for the Supercoach team for the 2024 season.

A real highlight from this contest was the performance of youngster Charlie Lazzaro. He seemed to be everywhere, with his hard running and composure with the football setting up a number of scoring opportunities for his side.

Up forward, Cam Zurhaar showed that he is in peak condition ahead of the season opener. Although he would be wayward in front of goal, four goals from nine shots, he proved to be one of the main focal points inside 50 as he pushed to be a part of every contest. His partner in crime Nick Larkey was also potent in front of goal also with four majors.

Cam Zurhaar was prolific in front of goals. Image: NMFCOfficial

Cam Zurhaar was prolific in front of goals. Image: NMFCOfficial

With plenty of question marks around North Melbourne’s tall defensive stocks, Charlie Comben showed that he might be a suitable replacement for Ben McKay. The forward turned backman is the ultimate competitor in the air or on the ground. Toby Pink took plenty of intercept marks, while Kallan Dawson and first year player Wil Dawson also had some nice moments in defence. 

The ‘Yellow’ team were competitive all day, even holding the lead for much of the first quarter. This was off the back of second year player Cooper Harvey, who worked hard to find himself in the right spots for his side. The son of a gun would be rewarded for his hard work as he would end up with four goals for the day. 

North Melbourne will host Collingwood at Arden Street on February 21, before they clash with St Kilda for the Community Series which will take place at RSEA Park on March 3.

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