North Hold Off Hard-Finishing Bombers

ESSENDON 5.0 6.3 8.10 12.10 (82)
NORTH MELBOURNE 2.6 7.9 9.13 13.15 (93)

Essendon: Colyer 2, Watson 2, Ambrose 2, Heppell, Goddard, Daniher, Bellchambers, Melksham, J.Merrett
North Melbourne: Petrie 2, Thomas 2, Waite 2, Ziebell 2, Gibson, Harvey, Cunnington, Nahas, Higgins

Essendon: Hurley, Baguley, Heppell, Goddard, Colyer, Z. Merrett
North Melbourne: Ziebell, Petrie, Hansen, Nahas, Cunnington, Harvey

Essendon: Langford (quad)
North Melbourne: Brown (knee)

Essendon: Kyle Langford replaced by Ben Howlett at half time.
North Melbourne: Ben Brown replaced by Shaun Atley in the third quarter.

Reports: Jarrad Waite (North Melbourne) reported for striking Zach Merrett in the third quarter

Umpires: Chamberlain, Findlay, Harris

Official crowd: 43,972 at Etihad Stadium