The Sydney faithful were given a two-for-one meal deal by their superstar pair.
The bad advice that has punctuated Essendon’s handling of its drug scandal since David Evans departed almost 14 months ago has been exposed in an emphatic, costly way in the Federal Court.
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his players have the "carrot" to take them further next season.
Sydney are optimistic Sam Reid has only jarred his knee and will be available for the grand final after his injury scare on Friday night.
The strictly first-world problem faced by the Swans was that it was as early as round eight when they showed they were a grand final team.
The hand that covered Brad Scott's mouth crept up to shield his eyes. cradling a head labouring under the dull weight of frustration. Here was the picture of another North Melbourne turnover.
Essendon faces a massive legal bill after losing its Federal Court challenge against the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
A few pre-game ramblings.
Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder will confirm his wish to seek a trade to another club, despite Essendon’s attempts to persuade him to stay and hope that the player would re-consider his position.
Under mounting pressure for its choices in a doping investigation that has tainted two AFL seasons and could yet bleed into another, Essendon's board will determine whether the club's costly, and increasingly damaging, challenge of Australia's sports anti-doping agency will continue.