A fortnight ago the match post was comparing this year’s games against the Bulldogs, and today’s will be much the same with Essendon with a near-exclusive focus on the first half.
How do you defend against fast play? That was the task which confronted North Melbourne on Sunday, and one they ultimately failed on route to a 72-point loss against Essendon.
Schedule losses, an unusually deep defence and contrasts between good and bad kick-mark feature in Round 13's Notebook.
Unbelievably, we now have to endure three whole days without football, which is disgraceful. But at the end of 20 consecutive days with football, we may be starting to see some ladder separation.
In today’s Notebook there’s a look at how the Bulldogs beat Essendon’s pressure, Brisbane’s movement around stoppages and all the what ifs in the final stages of Carlton v Port Adelaide.
It seems to be all the rage this week, so let's start with my pre-game notes on what I’d watch for when North Melbourne faced Essendon at Metricon Stadium...
Round 5's edition of From The Notebook features St Kilda’s use of Jarryn Geary, Essendon laying a foundation and Gold Coast’s scoring from the centre.
Well … that was definitely a game. A really, really frustrating game.
Everyone who entered Etihad Stadium on Sunday knew how Essendon was going to attempt to play.
What a huge game at Etihad Stadium. A win, and North Melbourne is just one game off second. Second.