Although this tends to be a near-forgotten match from North’s season, how it unfolded provided a glimpse of what would pop up repeatedly as the year rolled on.
Nothing illustrates North Melbourne's recent change as clearly as one passage of play from the first quarter.
North Melbourne’s noteworthy experiment lasted about two and a half quarters against GWS on Sunday at Blundstone Arena.
Let’s set the scene for what we watched unfold at Blundstone Arena on Saturday night.
Games tend to move at a slower pace in Hobart. Whether you think that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on personal preference. But it does fundamentally change how the game is played.
We’re heavy on intangibles today as North Melbourne looks to keep its season alive.
Do we reassess what 2018 could bring?
Today will be the perfect measure of where North stands this season.
11 wins from the last 13 matches at Blundstone Arena qualifies the ground for fortress status; it’s not an exaggeration to say it’s where North has played best in recent years.
Make it 11 wins from North Melbourne’s last 13 games at Blundstone Arena, with a never troubled, almost wire to wire 86-point victory over Carlton on Saturday night.