Let’s get this one out of the way first: This post will be an umpiring free zone.
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.
Some games are relatively by-the-book and there’s not a lot which stands out to catch the eye. Sunday was not one of those days.
It’s so relaxing being able to sit back and enjoy the last quarter with a result already in hand.
With any lingering, last-gasp optimism for North’s 2019 snuffed out by yet another loss in Adelaide, now seems like an unfortunately perfect time to chart how it all came to this just six rounds in.
It’s much easier writing these things after a win, let me tell you.
Before we get to North’s style of play against Fremantle, let’s take a step back and look at AFL trends. More specifically, how teams defend.
A final round game with nothing on the line sometimes feels like an episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway.