Bombers Open The Season With Strong Win

NORTH MELBOURNE 3.0 5.3 8.5 9.6 (60)
ESSENDON 4.1 8.5 11.8 15.9 (99)

GOALS
North Melbourne: Thomas 4, Black, Dal Santo, Harvey, McKenzie, Wright
Essendon: Chapman 4, Goddard 3, Hardingham 2, Daniher 2, Watson 2, Howlett, Ryder

BEST
North Melbourne: Thomas, Macmillan, Harvey, Cunnington, Mullett
Essendon: Watson, Chapman, Goddard, Heppell, Zaharakis, J.Merrett, Hooker

INJURIES
North Melbourne: Goldstein (shoulder), Cunnington (concussion)
Essendon: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
North Melbourne: Leigh Adams replaced Scott McMahon in the fourth quarter
Essendon: Zach Merrett replaced Martin Gleeson in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Dalgleish, Mitchell, Mollison

Official crowd: 42,332 at Etihad Stadium