It was the game that almost didn’t exist. Collingwood and North Melbourne made their way onto the MCG Sunday afternoon for what became a training park frolic. Zero tackling pressure, zero desire to win the hard ball and complete focus on remaining injury free. The Kangaroos had a minuscule reason to try – pride – and so they eventually came out on top.
Directly after the match it looked like team selection for next weekend’s elimination final had been thrown into turmoil with injuries to Lynch, Brown and Reid. The good news is that they all look like they’ll come up. The bad news is that Nathan Buckley and the match committee have an almighty task on their hands to sqeeze a nearly full list into a starting 22. Good luck fellas.