North Melbourne's clash against the GWS Giants has finished in a draw.
With Jy Simpkin helping out the old firm of Todd Goldstein and Ben Cunnington in the middle of the ground, the Kangaroos were the better side in the opening half and could have led by more than six points at the main break if it wasn't for the individual heroics of Josh Kelly.
Aaron Hall and Tarryn Thomas got in on the act to help North Melbourne open up the 28-point lead at the final break, but the Giants weren't done with yet.
Toby Greene - relatively well held up forward by a reinvigorated Kayne Turner - was thrust into the middle of the ground and the move paid dividends immediately as the Giants kicked the first three goals of the final term to close within 10 points heading into time on.
Lloyd had hardly had a kick all day, but he helped tie the scores with a little over a minute remaining with two quick goals and the stage was set for a grandstand finish.
But Lloyd fluffed his lines with a tough chance and then Adam Kennedy failed to convert with a torpedo from 70m after the final siren as both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Aaron Hall (35 disposals) and Jy Simpkin (31) were the leading ball-winners for the Kangaroos.
Ben Cunnington had 25 touches and kicked two goals, while Tarryn was busy with 19 possessions and two majors.
Cam Zurhaar was brilliant with his toughness around the ball, finishing with 16 disposals, five tackles and two goals.
Jy loves the Apple Isle
Underrated midfielder Jy Simpkin continued his Tassie love affair by picking up 31 disposals in a superb individual performance. Simpkin has now collected 30 disposals or more on three occasions this season, with all of those efforts coming in Tasmania. The Kangaroos always enjoy their visits to Tasmania and Simpkin seems to love it even more based on his rich vein of form in the most southerly state.
Kayne handed big task
David Noble hasn't been scared to give Kayne Turner some big jobs so far this season and the rookie North Melbourne coach threw the much-improved utility another tough task when he gave him the job on inspirational Giants skipper Toby Greene. Greene was his own worst enemy with an inaccurate 1.4 in front of goal, but Turner stuck to his task all day to finish with 16 disposals and can hold his head high for a very good performance on the dangerous Giant.
NORTH MELBOURNE 5.1 9.4 13.7 14.10 (94)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 4.1 8.4 8.9 14.10 (94)
North Melbourne: Zurhaar 2, Larkey 2, Cunnington 2, Thomas 2, Davies-Uniacke, Goldstein, Mahony, Powell, Scott, Stephenson
Greater Western Sydney: Finlayson 2, Lloyd 2, Himmelberg 2, Flynn 2, Kelly 2, Greene, Taranto, Ward, Hill
North Melbourne: Simpkin, Cunnington, Zurhaar, Goldstein, Hall, Stephenson
Greater Western Sydney: Kelly, Haynes, Cumming, Taranto, Hopper, Flynn
North Melbourne: Garner (TBC)
Greater Western Sydney: Nil
North Melbourne: Taylor (unused)
Greater Western Sydney: O’Halloran (unused)
Crowd: TBC at Blundstone Arena