AFL 1998 – Twenty Years On: North Melbourne Kangaroos (2nd)

Another year near the top for one of the “Teams of the Nineties”, which faltered on the only day that mattered in 1998.


All bar two of the 1999 premiership winning side were on this list (S. Motlop and S. Clayton were the newies that year) which clearly just needed some minor tweaks (and the absence of Essendon).


Quite a few of these Roos scarpered in future years. The Rising Star of 1998, Byron Pickett, picked up another flag at Port (but not much at Melbourne). Anthony Rock was given two super(annuation) years at Hawthorn, Mick Martyn was “given a lifeline” by Pagan’s Blues and Martin “Swish played footy with his Dad” Pike played rather handily in the Brisbane premiership era. Corey McKernan spent most of the early 2000s trying to avoid Denis Pagan.


That barely scratches the surface of the downstream departures from Arden Street, but after fifteen of these pieces, I’ve hit the wall. Do your own research.


The man called Horse, the man called King-gy by Peter Gordon and the man called Belly have all ascended the footy heights to reach various top flight roles in “the footy industry”. The Jason McCartney story rolls on to this day as a keenly sought list manager. And the little bloke from Preston RSL broke the all time AFL games record.


Let me say that unless you are a court reporter, I couldn’t care less about your Carey, Grant or Archer stories. But if you are able to flesh out any comings and goings that you’ve had with the nicer Roos of ‘98, the comments box awaits.



AFL Debuts 1998: Stuart Cochrane, Dion Miles, Shannon Watt


Kept Under Wraps 1998: Craig Folino, Adam Hay, Kent Kingsley, Wade Kingsley, Julian Kirzner, Luke McCormick, Paul McMahon, Cameron Mooney, Josh Robertson, David Round, Brad Stephens


Never Heard of Him: Paul McMahon


Delisted at end of 1998: Glenn Freeborn, Chris Groom, Damian Houlihan, Kent Kingsley, Luke McCormick, Josh Robertson, Anthony Rock, Wade Kingsley, David Round


Traded at end of 1998: nil


Retirements at end of 1998: Darren Crocker



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About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right


  1. North Melbourne did a John Hewson (1993 Federal election) that season. They lost the one they should have had in the bag, but bad kicking is bad football. Instead of being 6-7 goals up @ 1/2 time they kept Adelaide in the game,and as they say: the rest is history.

    Some seriously good footballers in that group.

    You said you’d never heard of Paul McMahon. Who is Dion Miles?

    Damian Houlihan went on to play in a premiership side for another Kangaroos team. Corowa-Rutherglen.


  2. I still have not forgiven them for throwing away that flag.

  3. Wonder what happened to that Simpson bloke?

  4. Stewart Cochrane is undoubtedly the nicest of the nice bunch Swish. Maintaining a family tradition.

  5. Adam Hay played a couple of pre-season games but returned to WA maybe in 2000.
    He came to Brisbane for a North Melbourne supporter group function. The club had promised us David King but he was knocked out in a pre-season game…
    Adam was a lovely bloke. I was hoping he’d make it but he didn’t. Never played a senior game for North.

  6. Matt, Adam Hay played int he 2005 WAFL Flag, for South Freo. Was a lovely day too….

  7. Adam Haase says

    No. 44 Luke McCormick later taught at my high school Mooroolbark College but didn’t teach me.

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