Today’s topics: competence from North Melbourne, Tom Mitchell at Collingwood, figuring out Brisbane’s back seven, and a handful of mini points.
Two deadline day deals for Melbourne – one to improve their best 22 and another to fill key position depth.
This … this is the post most likely to leave me wide open for derision.
10-0 in the first 10 matches morphed into 6-8 over the last 14, and what looked like every chance of back-to-back Grand Finals instead became back-to-back finals losses.
After a first half which could charitably be described as ‘tame’, things exploded into life after the main break.
There’s a fine line between Melbourne losing due to their flaws and Sydney winning because of their strengths.
All year, the question was asked. Who can beat Melbourne?
9-0 in 2022. 16 wins in a row stretching back to late 2021. 31 wins and a draw from their last 36 matches. Melbourne are a juggernaut.
What a whirlwind weekend. There was actually too much happening to fit in one Notebook.