Noble excited by North young guns

06 March 2021 21:17:51 GMTPlus10

North Melbourne head coach David Noble says he would not hesitate to throw any of his picks from last year's NAB AFL Draft straight in against Port Adelaide in round one.

Will Phillips, Tom Powell, Charlie Lazzaro and Phoenix Spicer all figured as the Kangaroos suffered a 39-point defeat against Hawthorn in Saturday's AAMI Community Series.

Powell caught the eye with 15 disposals in the first half of the clash, and Noble says if any of the quartet deserve a place in the side to face Port, he will put them in.

"It depends on where we're going to play them, but no (we wouldn't have any doubts about playing the youngsters)," Noble said.

"If they're physically and mentally ready to go and their form is good, then they will vie for a spot like anybody else. If you're going to put them in against a hardened midfield, you just have to be careful as to the timing.

"Port Adelaide is a hardened team, we know that. But what they do bring is energy, they bring speed, they bring versatility. That's good for us."

Meanwhile, Ben Cunnington (concussion), Jed Anderson (calf) and Jared Polec (hamstring) will all be available and Noble admits he now has a dilemma.

"You do (have to balance it)," Noble added. "It's only Phoenix Spicer's first quarter, Will Phillips did really well, Charlie Lazzaro has played all the way through, Tom Powell has played all the way through, Dom Tyson has put his hand up … I think we'll be OK for numbers.

"It will be nice to have those guys, but we won't rush them."

North are priced at 1500/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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