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.
There is a hell of a lot to talk about today, thankfully much more positive than last week.
The general tone for the first two-thirds of this post may not match the mood in the outer, so let’s start with an explanation for why.
Just a little bit to cover off today...
The pre-season has been a valuable learning tool to hit Round 1 v Hawthorn running.
In pre-season, it was termed as a year of discovery. Now we’re at the end of it – from an on-field perspective at least – what have North Melbourne come away with?
So, North Melbourne have a wooden spoon for the first time since 1972. And everyone will react differently, but mine is a world apart from 2017 and 2020 where finishing bottom was a live possibility at the start of the last round.