Two deadline day deals for Melbourne – one to improve their best 22 and another to fill key position depth.
This … this is the post most likely to leave me wide open for derision.
10-0 in the first 10 matches morphed into 6-8 over the last 14, and what looked like every chance of back-to-back Grand Finals instead became back-to-back finals losses.
After a first half which could charitably be described as ‘tame’, things exploded into life after the main break.
There’s a fine line between Melbourne losing due to their flaws and Sydney winning because of their strengths.
At 10-0 and two games clear on top, it felt like ‘how far Melbourne?’ in 2022.
For the last edition of 2022's Notebook before shifting to finals mode, a look at Max King's goalkicking (again), and the final two minutes of a MCG thriller.
Every so often over the course of a season, it gets to the point where I have a bunch of stats and trends which don’t fit into a piece.