North Melbourne have the chance to establish some momentum, as they begin a run of four games against teams in the lower half of the AFL ladder.
Faltering North Melbourne have the opportunity to prove their worth against lower placed sides and establish much needed momentum heading into the AFL finals, starting against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.
The match in Canberra marks the first of four games against teams entering the round in 16th (GWS), 14th, (Bulldogs), 10th (Crows) and 17th (Demons).
Coming off successive losses, North enter this weekend’s round in sixth, but only with a percentage advantage over three other teams.
They’ve enjoyed notable away wins over Sydney and Fremantle and home victories over two other competition heavyweights, Hawthorn and Port Adelaide,
However, the Kangaroos have only a 6-6 record this year against teams starting the round below them on the ladder, with bottom six sides Carlton and Brisbane among those to lower their colours.
History suggests they should have little trouble with the Giants, who are locked in a three-way battle with Melbourne and St Kilda for the wooden spoon, with each having won just four times this season.
The Kangaroos have beaten GWS by an average of 81 points in their three previous contests.
While the Giants have lost five in a row, they seem to be finishing off there season more competitively than in their first two years.
In the past two rounds, they suffered an honourable seven-point home loss to Geelong followed by a 27-point defeat by Richmond at the MCG.
“I think this time last year teams were scoring about five more goals in each game, so we’re heading in the right direction, that’s for sure,” Giant Jed Lamb told AAP.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge. We’ve been competing really well over the last few weeks and been pretty close to knocking a few teams off.”
Lamb and Matt Buntine have been promoted to the Giants’ senior side in place of the injured Josh Hunt and the omitted Sam Frost.
For the Kangaroos, Ben Brown and Kayne Turner replace Majak Daw and Aaron Mullett.
“They (North Melbourne) are up there with the best teams when they are on, so we’ve got to be on our own game to be competitive in our last game (this season) in Canberra,” Lamb said.