Originally this was going to be a relatively straight-forward review piece, until it started taking a different path down the road of development.
Saturday provided the complete opposite of what we’ve seen from North Melbourne all year.
Considering the final margin was 49 points, it feels strange to start by commending North Melbourne’s effort.
The afternoon started with so much promise.
In recent weeks, posts have usually focused on big-picture takeaways and items to build on in the future. Today’s a little bit different because it’s purely about single-game decisions.
Two weeks ago, I delved deep into my worries with North Melbourne's ball movement. Against Melbourne, there appeared to be a few adjustments and the results looked much better to the eye.
In the absence of Jy Simpkin, Jason Horne-Francis, and Hugh Greenwood, it was a different looking North Melbourne midfield on Saturday.
As a teenager, I spent plenty of winter Saturday afternoons at Vermont Reserve, watching the Eagles kick goal after goal and notch win after win.
What a difficult game to form a conclusive opinion on.
Today’s post is going to focus on a common theme in this matchup, but so rarely do we get two complete opposite quarters to illustrate several key points.