Sunday evening marked the first time North had played an opponent twice at the same venue under David Noble, making it another important step in the process of learning about the team.
A two-topic Notebook this week. First it’s all about Brisbane’s forward spacing, and then a dive into what’s changed at Richmond over the last month.
A much deserved win is just reward for the constant improvement we’re seeing from North Melbourne week on week.
Luke McDonald's return to action was interestingly marked by a new role on the wing. David Noble's post-match comments on it revealed some fascinating possibilities.
For how the round looked on paper leading in, it turned out to be quite entertaining in reality. A draw, two more games decided by a kick, Nathan Buckley’s Collingwood farewell and a ripper in Adelaide which kicked things all off.
Like clockwork, there’s always one surprise packet each season.
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.
With the cavalry returning – unleashing Jordan De Goey and Jaidyn Stephenson in the first final is almost unfair – things are rounding into form at just the right time for Collingwood.
Friday night wins are always fun. It just sets up the entire weekend perfectly.
10 years. 211 matches. Four finals series. Two preliminary finals. The Brad Scott era at North Melbourne has ended to a decidedly mixed reaction.