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.
This dossier is a little different to the previous three. There’s next to no point detailing how Richmond plays, because everyone knows that.
We’re at roughly the halfway mark of this topsy-turvy season and the ladder is starting to take shape.
Against Richmond, in an attempt to rectify recent ball movement woes, the dial was pushed way too far towards attack.
This week on From The Notebook: Collingwood using 'the front of stoppages', Fremantle v St Kilda from both teams' perspectives, and explaining Sydney's tactics.
Hawthorn brutally exposed what happens when Richmond is off its game totally, so surprising to watch given how rare it has been over the last three years.
It was an intriguing battle between two systems; the fine-tuned chaos of Richmond against a Geelong outfit having to adjust to the biggest match of their season without their fulcrum.
It’s been a fascinating season for Richmond. On the surface, it appeared their extensive injuries up until the bye would cruel any chances of a premiership tilt.
There was an element of the unknown walking into Marvel Stadium on Friday night.