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Monday, 22 April 2019

Kangaroos power-brokers hold crisis meeting


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North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley called a meeting to discuss the club's faltering season after a Good Friday thumping at the hands of Essendon.

According to a Herald Sun report, Buckley met with Kangaroos coach Brad Scott, captain Jack Ziebell, chief executive Carl Dilena and head of football Cam Joyce on Easter Sunday.

The Kangaroos, and Scott in particular, have come under fire as a result of the 1-4 start to the season, and Buckley said he understood fans' frustrations.

"I've spoken to the leaders of the club … after the (Good Friday) game, as you would expect me to do," Buckley told the Herald Sun.

Brad Scott

"Our fans are frustrated, our members are frustrated, and we are frustrated.

"My message is … when we play a certain way, we are as capable and as competitive as most teams in the competition.

"We have to work tirelessly to find the reasons why that is not happening, and rectify that."

However, despite the poor start and the resultant increase in speculation surrounding Scott's position, Buckley backed the veteran coach to turn the Kangaroos' season around.

"Brad has proven he is a very, very capable coach and can produce teams that can be as competitive as anyone in the competition,” he said.

Jack Ziebell

"The coach is an integral part, but he is only one person. We have to be unified in our approach to turn things around.

"(As a club) we support our players, we support our coaches, we support our staff and we support everyone in the organisation."

After a surprising 2018 season which saw the club finish in ninth position despite being tipped to be near the bottom of the ladder, the Kangaroos were expected to contend for a top eight spot in 2019.

The Kangaroos opted against going with youth, bringing in three recruits with AFL experience in the form of Jared Polec, Aaron Hall and Jasper Pittard.

However, all three have failed to have the desired effect to start the season, and Buckley urged the entire playing group to take ownership of the poor results.

Jared Polec

"There is a strong onus on the players to go out and execute to the standards and the game plan that has been agreed upon," he said.

"I know they are hurting, and I know they will work tirelessly to respond.

"We have created a brand over the last multiple decades, and in recent years we have shown the values of the 'Shinboner spirit' can be displayed when we play with that competitiveness and intensity.

"We acknowledge we are not delivering on that consistently at the moment and we have to get our way back to that."

North Melbourne will attempt to resuscitate its faltering season in Round 6 with a win against Port Adelaide in Adelaide.

North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley called a meeting to discuss the club's faltering season after a Good Friday thumping at the hands of Essendon.

According to a Herald Sun report, Buckley met with Kangaroos coach Brad Scott, captain Jack Ziebell, chief executive Carl Dilena and head of football Cam Joyce on Easter Sunday.

The Kangaroos, and Scott in particular, have come under fire as a result of the 1-4 start to the season, and Buckley said he understood fans' frustrations.

"I've spoken to the leaders of the club … after the (Good Friday) game, as you would expect me to do," Buckley told the Herald Sun.

Brad Scott

"Our fans are frustrated, our members are frustrated, and we are frustrated.

"My message is … when we play a certain way, we are as capable and as competitive as most teams in the competition.

"We have to work tirelessly to find the reasons why that is not happening, and rectify that."

However, despite the poor start and the resultant increase in speculation surrounding Scott's position, Buckley backed the veteran coach to turn the Kangaroos' season around.

"Brad has proven he is a very, very capable coach and can produce teams that can be as competitive as anyone in the competition,” he said.

Jack Ziebell

"The coach is an integral part, but he is only one person. We have to be unified in our approach to turn things around.

"(As a club) we support our players, we support our coaches, we support our staff and we support everyone in the organisation."

After a surprising 2018 season which saw the club finish in ninth position despite being tipped to be near the bottom of the ladder, the Kangaroos were expected to contend for a top eight spot in 2019.

The Kangaroos opted against going with youth, bringing in three recruits with AFL experience in the form of Jared Polec, Aaron Hall and Jasper Pittard.

However, all three have failed to have the desired effect to start the season, and Buckley urged the entire playing group to take ownership of the poor results.

Jared Polec

"There is a strong onus on the players to go out and execute to the standards and the game plan that has been agreed upon," he said.

"I know they are hurting, and I know they will work tirelessly to respond.

"We have created a brand over the last multiple decades, and in recent years we have shown the values of the 'Shinboner spirit' can be displayed when we play with that competitiveness and intensity.

"We acknowledge we are not delivering on that consistently at the moment and we have to get our way back to that."

North Melbourne will attempt to resuscitate its faltering season in Round 6 with a win against Port Adelaide in Adelaide.

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