Luke McDonald's return to action was interestingly marked by a new role on the wing. David Noble's post-match comments on it revealed some fascinating possibilities.
For how the round looked on paper leading in, it turned out to be quite entertaining in reality. A draw, two more games decided by a kick, Nathan Buckley’s Collingwood farewell and a ripper in Adelaide which kicked things all off.
A largely uneventful afternoon at Hobart, only featuring North Melbourne jumping out to a five-goal lead at three quarter time, getting reeled back in, plenty of notable talking points from siren to siren and it all ending with North’s first draw since Round 16, 2009 ... actually, maybe there's a fair bit to talk about.
At the halfway point of North Melbourne's season, it feels like a natural time to reset and reflect on what we've learned so far.
Forgive me if I’m a little bit rusty today, I looked up the manual on how to write about a North Melbourne win and it had been so long all the ink had faded out.
A slight detour from the script for this week's Notebook, with a single-topic focus on Geelong's method of moving the ball against Richmond.
As promised last week, it's an all-positive edition of the Notebook, featuring Richmond and Liam Baker, the Suns and Izak Rankine, along with Brisbane's favourable matchup against Port Adelaide.
Although wind in Hobart makes for an exponentially funnier game, from a long-term development perspective it was great for it to take a rare Sunday off.
6-0 for the first time since 1965, comfortable wins over last year’s premiers and runner up, a defensive setup humming in all areas and genuine belief coursing through the playing group.
Six weeks into the season, we're at the stage where trends we see are more likely to be legitimate. Today it's all about West Coast, set shots, Carlton's defence and St Kilda's form.