This was a game that North Melbourne couldn't blow, and in which Carlton couldn't be blown apart. Both clubs satisfied those pass marks, despite the final score.
Concussion has forced another AFL player out of the game, with North Melbourne's Leigh Adams retiring on expert advice after suffering one too many head knocks.
On the eve of his 200th game - coincidentally his first appearance against his former club - Jarrad Waite believes he "really needed" to move away from Carlton and join North Melbourne.
Carlton and North Melbourne will reinforce their support for Adam Goodes when indigenous players from each side join their captains for the pre-game toss of the coin at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
As a club that has already embraced free agency, North Melbourne, perhaps naturally, has welcomed the move to allow clubs to trade future draft picks.
Recurrence of ankle injury brings former Kangaroo's career to an end.
Having enjoyed arguably his best game of the season, Brent Harvey has urged North Melbourne coach Brad Scott to "keep the foot on his throat" as the veteran star looks to maintain his reinvigorated form.
Having starred in his 400th game, North Melbourne great Brent Harvey looks certain to play on in 2016, according to Australian football legend Leigh Matthews.
It was a shame, really, for Boomer's milestone to be played in Brisbane, in front of a paltry crowd against a team that's barely of AFL standard right now.
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott wasted no time in paying tribute to Brent Harvey in the wake of his 400th game, after being adamant earlier in the week that any decision over his future would be made in the best interests of the club.
Stirring up Brent "Boomer" Harvey is not hard – just moving things around in his locker will throw him for the rest of the day.
Wayne Carey caught up with his old teammate Brent Harvey for the first time since Carey's inglorious exit from Arden Street ahead of Harvey's 400th game.
Brent Harvey believes he’ll be the last to pass the 400-game milestone.
Bomber evergreen struggling to play again as Kangaroo great prepares for 400th.
Brent Harvey's father will present his son with his North Melbourne guernsey for the night as the Kangaroos look to celebrate a 400th-match milestone - and slay a decade-long losing record.
Todd Goldstein will be a front runner for North Melbourne’s best and fairest, if not the Brownlow medal, his coach said.
The greatest difference between North Melbourne and Essendon wasn't experience, although that was a factor. Nor was it efficiency, even though the Roos tend to score more easily.
It's a vital game for North Melbourne as they push for a spot in the top eight. The Kangaroos have a 7-7 and can't afford to drop this game.
Looking at the AFL ladder after 15 rounds, a teenager would be forgiven for not knowing that at one point in recent history Friday night's opponents Essendon and North Melbourne dominated the footy landscape .
Good Friday football could shape as another piece of a lucrative new television broadcast rights agreement, meaning its introduction may be delayed until 2017.