North Melbourne Kangaroos

North's Grima retires effective immediately

Claire Siracusa 11:06 AM   Kangaroos key defender Nathan Grima has announced his retirement, effective immediately, after being advised he will need a third operation on his back.

Surgery puts Wells' season in doubt

Daniel Wells has played just two games in 2015.

Ronny Lerner 8:05 PM   The immediate future of North Melbourne veteran Daniel Wells is under a cloud after he had surgery on his troublesome Achilles tendon on Tuesday morning.

Boomer: Kangas can't afford to dwell on Suns loss

Brent Harvey says the team is disappointed with their on-off performance.

Ronny Lerner 8:03 PM   North Melbourne must put the bitter disappointment of their 55-point loss to lowly Gold Coast behind them or run the risk of having their "pants pulled down again" against Geelong this week, according to Kangaroos veteran Brent Harvey.

Kelly faces fitness test as Cats look to rebound

James Kelly injured his knee against the Power in round 11.

Jon Pierik   While Jimmy Bartel seems assured of a senior return this week, veteran Geelong midfielder James Kelly will need to prove his fitness before he is given the opportunity to face slumping North Melbourne on Saturday night.

It's 'now or never' for North Melbourne, says Ziebell

North's Jack Ziebell is wrapped up in a tackle

Matt Murnane   Jack Ziebell says it is "now or never" for North Melbourne.

North Melbourne's season 'in precarious position'

Kangaroos interim coach Darren Crocker and Suns coach Rodney Eade join the players in a huddle on the ground after the game to pay tribute to Phil Walsh.

Andrew Stafford   North Melbourne interim coach Darren Crocker admitted his team's season was "in a pretty precarious position" after his side suffered an unexpected thumping at the hands of the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday.

Skipper back and the Suns burn North

Shaun Atley of the Kangaroos is tackled by Gary Ablett of the Suns during the round 14 match on Saturday.

Andrew Stafford   Let's start with the match highlight, which came early. In a bumper year for the high mark, North's Lindsay Thomas took a serious contender for the best yet: floating for what seemed like forever on the shoulders of Adam Saad, Thomas eventually took the grab facing the wrong way as his opponent twisted and buckled beneath him.

Pies pick Moore, Rioli back for Hawks

Darcy Moore, seen here with Travis Cloke, was on the cusp of making his AFL debut before sustaining a hamstring injury five weeks ago.

Daniel Cherny   Showtime has finally arrived for Darcy Moore, with the Collingwood father-son pick one of two debutants named by the Magpies to face Hawthorn on Friday night.

Work-life out of whack in modern AFL: Petrie

On the players' side: AFLPA boss Paul Marsh.

Drew Petrie   It looked like an evacuation. Players and staff streamed out of our club's headquarters in North Melbourne and spilled onto the surrounding streets.

Kangaroos say they won't sledge Suns

Wise counsel: North Melbourne stand-in coach Darren Crocker speaks to his players during a break in the game on Saturday night.

North Melbourne caretaker boss Darren Crocker has no idea what to expect this weekend but is sure of his AFL coaching future from next week.

'Unsociable' Hawks are good guys compared to some

Bad guys? Hawthorn and North Melbourne players wrestle with each other after a high hit by Luke Hodge on Andrew Swallow in round five.

Jesse Hogan   They've built a reputation around their brand of "unsociable football", the club that plays closest to the edge, in terms of aggression.

Ablett declares himself fit to return on weekend

Gary Ablett is set to return on the weekend.

Jesse Hogan   Gold Coast champion Gary Ablett says he is all but certain of making his long-awaited return to playing this weekend as he insisted he did not make a unilateral decision to miss one more week with a shoulder injury against the wishes of the club's coaches and medical staff.

No charges against Brad Scott

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Jason Phelan   North Melbourne coach Brad Scott will not face any charges over an alleged assault at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

Gibbs facing two-match ban for tackle

No malice: Blues player Bryce Gibbs is facing strife after a tackle on Robbie Gray.

Jesse Hogan   The possibility that Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray could have returned from a hefty tackle by Bryce Gibbs that knocked him out has not saved the Carlton player from a ban of at least two matches.

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Not so smooth at the top, not so rough at the bottom

Rare feeling: Dylan Buckley, Patrick Cripps and Nick Graham singing after the round 12 win.

Rohan Connolly   "Nothing is ever as good as it seems and nothing is ever as bad," Leigh Matthews has famously said about most things in football. The AFL legend is spot-on about that at the moment.

Gibbs tackle to be high on panel's agenda

No malice: Blues player Bryce Gibbs is facing strife after a tackle on Robbie Gray.

Jesse Hogan   North Melbourne premiership players Wayne Carey and Wayne Schwass have defended the tackle by Bryce Gibbs that inadvertently knocked out Robbie Gray, as the player himself insisted he did not want to hurt his Port Adelaide opponent.

Giants find it tough going against Roo veterans

Robin Nahas of the Kanagaroos ships the ball under pressure.

David Sygall   Greater Western Sydney showed there is life beyond their legion of injured stars, but all the fight they could muster was not enough to topple a hardened North Melbourne.

Steele a 'flag bearer for the future' of AFL: Matthews

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David Polkinghorne   David Matthews says Canberra's Jack Steele was a "flag bearer for the future of the game".

Steele could've debuted '4 or 5 weeks ago': Cameron

Canberra's Jack Steele will make his AFL debut for the GWS Giants against North Melbourne on Saturday.

David Polkinghorne   Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says  Jack Steele could have made his AFL debut "four or five weeks ago"  and  "100 per cent" deserves to play against North Melbourne at the Sydney Showgrounds on Saturday.