NORTH Melbourne saw more turnover than most may have expected, with the forward line hit the hardest. Some positional changes and reliance on new players will likely be how the Kangaroos make their way through season seven.
B: D.Hardiman B.Brown
HB: N.Bresnehan J.Ferguson E.Kearney
C: J.Bruton E.Gavalas I.Eddey
HF: V.Wall T.Randall J.Garner
F: E.King S. Abbatangelo
Foll: K.Rennie A.Riddell M.King
I/C: S.Wright E.O'Shea T.Craven A.O'Loughlin A.Smith
Emerg: T.Gatt S.McCarthy
Changes from last season
Given the significant number of midfielders on North Melbourne's list, some will likely be pushed to other lines to provide support. This includes star Jasmine Garner who is exceptional around the ball, but whose presence will be needed in attack due to the loss of both Daria Bannister and Daisy Bateman.
Emma King, Tahlia Randall, and Sophie Abbatangelo will continue to be the main targets inside 50, while the athletic Vikki Wall has the makings of a great attacking player.
Wall's fellow Irish recruit Erika O'Shea's run and penetrating kick has the potential to fill the gap created by Aileen Gilroy's departure.
Despite this, the backline will arguably be the most stable line compared to last season, with key posts Danielle Hardiman and Brooke Brown supported by the more rebounding Nicole Bresnehan, Jasmine Ferguson, Emma Kearney and Sarah Wright.
In the mix
Recently drafted duo Charlie Granville and Sophia McCarthy will put pressure on the likes of Abbatangelo for a place in the forward line as coach Darren Crocker looks for players who can reliably present and impact the scoreboard. As rookie Zoe Savarirayan gains more game experience, she will start to press for a spot in attack.
Taylah Gatt's run and carry out on the wing may see her win a place in the side should she help solve the Kangaroos' transition between midfield and attack, while Grace Matser will develop underneath Kim Rennie and King as ruck depth.
Perri King and Ella Maurer are midfielders who are largely victims of the club's glut of midfield options, but like Gatt, should any prove to be reliable in connecting the midfield and forward line they will be one step ahead.
Meanwhile Cassidy Mailer is the ultimate utility, who can fill any necessary gap when needed, but has excelled recently in defence so is likely to be aiming for one of those spots should they open up.