After three years of flawless Hawthorn, in 2016 no team stands without warts.
Brad Scott's bad week got worse at Adelaide Oval last night as North Melbourne failed to capitalise on Adelaide's woeful kicking for goal.
Brad Scott was bitterly disappointed at losing to Adelaide by 33 points on Thursday night, but is far from taking a negative approach as to where his team is placed in one of the best battles in the run to the finals on record.
Can the Roos recover after a horror week?
Adelaide's win over West Coast two weeks ago was an emotional one for the players.
Wicked weather is forecast for what already shapes as a rugged AFL clash when Adelaide host North Melbourne on Thursday.
Tom Lynch played six games in two years when he was at St Kilda. He played two weeks in a row just once.
One of the best sports movies ever made is Bull Durham, a riff on the machinations of a minor league baseball club, starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. One poignant motif is the moment the manager, Jo Riggins (Trey Wilson) calls a declining player into his office and says with a stagy sigh: "This is the hardest thing a manager has to do." You know what comes next. Eventually, it comes even for the Costner character, Crash Davis.
With eight wins already in their back pocket, Adelaide are surging towards another finals campaign and are firming as a dark horse for the flag in a year where the premiership race is as open as ever.
Ben Jarman's father was a very big star at Hawthorn, before becoming one of Adelaide's first icons.
Adelaide have done what no other team has been able to do this season, beat West Coast at Domain Stadium.
Adelaide coach Don Pyke has more reason than most to welcome the AFL's focus on Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Adelaide crunched the Saints, and hurting them further was an Achilles injury to defender Hugh Goddard.
Being a fan of the modern game, I find myself pushing back against a constant desire to let Football represent more to me than just a sport. Are the players heroes? Are they inspirational?
Canberra Aussie rules player Talia Radan is ready for the next big step in her footy career.
Goalscorer extraordinaire Eddie Betts doesn't need a corridor. The eye of a needle is enough.
The extraordinary run of health being enjoyed by St Kilda has created logistical headaches for the club.
Players who ran out onto Adelaide Oval and began warming up did not realise women were still playing, club spokesman says.
A set shot at goal from 40 metres or more out directly in front. The best place to take as shot at goal … unless you are the best small forward in the game. It is the last place Eddie Betts wants to take a kick.