The halfway point of the season! It's a large edition of the Notebook to mark the milestone, with a number of topics covered.
On the agenda this week: Gold Coast's terrible third quarter, the Western Bulldogs' maturity, and a starting point for Melbourne's forward trio.
Where to start? The short version is all the negative parts of the first two weeks coalesced into an unstoppable snowball. The long version … well. Here we go.
Another two excellent matches in Round 11, even with the compressed schedule, leads us into a handful of vital clashes in Round 12. But before then, what caught the eye over the last few days.
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.
How things can change for North Melbourne in the space of three weeks.
What can you take out of a pre-season game when both sides are missing key players?
What we’re going to avoid today is delving into the normal clichés which make appearances like clockwork after a disappointing loss. What we are going to tackle is why the third quarter played out the way it did.
Most results have gone North Melbourne’s way so far this weekend.
When was the last time North Melbourne won one of those games?