Venue: Etihad Stadium, Saturday, August 5, 7.25pm AEST
Last Time They Met:
R18, 2016, North Melbourne 18.16 (124) d Collingwood 12.12 (84) at Etihad
R9, 2015, Collingwood 17.10 (112) d North Melbourne 14.11 (95) at MCG
R5, 2014, Collingwood 13.15 (93) d North Melbourne 8.10 (58) at MCG
R23, 2013, North Melbourne 19.11 (125) d Collingwood 17.12 (114) at MCG
R1, 2013, Collingwood 15.13 (103) d North Melbourne 13.9 (87) at Etihad
Game notes: North Melbourne’s gritty triumph in Hobart over the Demons put tanking talk on the backburner, while Collingwood had to settle for a draw with Adelaide despite leading by 50 points in the third term. The 13th-placed Pies are gaining late-season momentum as Nathan Buckley coaches for his AFL life, but are still without skipper Scott Pendlebury. That leaves more responsibility on Taylor Adams, Adam Treloar, Daniel Wells and Steele Sidebottom. The Kangaroos’ midfield depth is not as impressive, but Ben Cunnington, Shaun Higgins, Jack Ziebell and a resurgent Andrew Swallow are holding their own in recent times. They also boast a dominant key forward in Ben Brown, who is a legitimate chance of winning this year’s Coleman Medal. Coach Brad Scott has made it clear North will fight out the season and is not thinking about the No.1 draft pick.
Father Dougal’s Tip: North by 3 (Yes, an upset by the home team)
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