It’s the bitter feud that Kangaroos video games record-holder Brent Harvey says set the membership again “4 or 5 years”.
Anthony Stevens and Wayne Carey had been the 2 pillars a dominant North Melbourne facet was constructed round all through a profitable run in the course of the Nineteen Nineties.
Each males arrived on the membership in 1989 and shortly established themselves as mainstays in coach Denis Pagan’s facet.
Carey was the Kangaroos’ skipper whereas his finest mate, Stevens, was the vice-captain for North’s two premierships in 1996 and 1999 earlier than issues turned extraordinarily bitter.
Within the again finish of 2001, Carey and begun an affair with Stevens’ spouse, Kelli, an affair that might finally tear aside the membership.
Based on Carey, the flirting began in November 2001 when he, Kelli Stevens and his spouse, Sally, discovered themselves in a lodge room after his brother’s marriage ceremony in Wagga.
“We had been sitting in chairs close to the mattress the place Sally was asleep, simply speaking and consuming.
“It was then, very late at night time, that our dialog abruptly developed a distinctly sexual connotation.
“I can not bear in mind precisely what was mentioned however there was no mistaking the tone. It was suggestive, and we discovered we had been flirting with one another.
“That night time of Sam’s marriage ceremony triggered one thing. We turned extra flirtatious from then on. After having been simply associates for therefore lengthy, abruptly this suggestive, sexual teasing entered the connection.”
Based on Carey, the pair first connected in January 2002 after Stevens got here to his house when his spouse wasn’t current.
“Sally and I had been within the means of transferring flats in January and in the future Kelli came to visit when Sally wasn’t there,” he mentioned.
“That was the primary time we kissed. It was solely temporary. However immediately I believed to myself, “F—, what the hell have I achieved?”
“We each knew that it was improper. She knew and I knew, as a result of we had talked concerning the ramifications.
“Regardless of all of that, inside a few weeks we ended up sleeping collectively. Within the new house owned by Sally and me.”
Carey and Stevens thought they had been previous the affair when the Kangaroos skipper had mentioned they wanted to maneuver on earlier than issues got here to a head at teammate Glenn Archer’s home a couple of weeks later.
The affair was primarily made public when Stevens adopted Carey into the toilet in the course of the get together.
“I could not consider she’d do this. Stroll into a toilet after me in entrance of 20 or 30 individuals,” he mentioned.
“Was she utterly mad? Did not she perceive what she’d simply achieved? It was solely once I mirrored on it later that I believed possibly she needed individuals to learn about us.
“I resolve there was nothing to do aside from exit and face the music. So I unlocked the door and walked out, as innocently as I presumably may. I walked again to the place I had been standing and picked up my beer. As I began consuming it, I believed: “Bloody hell, possibly nobody noticed what occurred.” For a quick second, I felt aid.
“Then Arch walked up with a grim look on his face and mentioned: “Duck, what the hell’s occurring? One thing’s occurred, include me.”
“So I adopted him as he took me all the way down to the storage the place Stevo and Kelli had been having an argument. I may see Stevo was livid. He’d seen his spouse comply with me into the bathroom and that, I assume, had confirmed all his worst fears and suspicions. When he noticed me he mentioned: “What the f— do you assume you are doing?”
“Then Sally rushed down from the get together and needed to know what had occurred. I attempted to elucidate however she burst into tears. She mentioned she knew this was taking place all alongside, she may inform one thing wasn’t proper.
“The get together began to degenerate into pandemonium: Sally was crying, Kelli was crying, Stevo was upset, there was shouting and tears.”
The affair resulted in Carey quitting North Melbourne previous to the 2002 season, with Stevens awarded Kangaroos’ captaincy.
Archer, Stevens and Carey briefly threatened to return to blows when Carey first confronted North Melbourne in Adelaide colors throughout his comeback season in 2003 season.
Regardless of the drama, Stevens and Carey have mended fences within the years since, assembly forward of the 20-year reunion of the Kangaroos’ 1996 premiership win in 2016.