It's a given in sport that if you're not leading, you're losing. So who'd be Malcolm Turnbull right now?
St Kilda's Luke Dunstan has been fined by police after being drunk in a public place early Saturday morning.
Who will be wearing Hawthorn's famous No.5 next season? It's a number close to the hearts of fans after Mitchell donned it for 13 seasons and the much-loved Peter Crimmins wore it in 176 games. Keen observers might also be aware it was even worn by Pat Cash senior in the 1950s.
Richmond board challengers Peter Casey and Simon Wallace have lost in their respective attempts to become Tigers directors, with incumbents Kerry Ryan and Emmett Dunne both re-elected for new three year terms.
Emerging St Kilda forward Jade Gresham is eyeing more time in the Saints' midfield after re-signing with the club until the end of 2019.
Canberra United's code-hoppers Ellie Brush and Jenna McCormick might square off in opening round.
The AFL now looks highly unlikely to expand its eight-team national women's competition until at least 2019 in a move which has placed it at odds with a number of losing bidder clubs who believe they have been misled.
Greater Western Sydney's defence against misconduct charges over the Lachie Whitfield affair has been postponed and is now likely to be heard just days before Christmas.
Josh Kennedy is the new captain of the Sydney Swans after co-captains Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack decided to relinquish their roles with the club.
Geelong have backed reigning Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield following the star midfielder's refusal to rule out a players' strike in response to the pay dispute with the AFL.
AFL financial chief Ray Gunston tried to empathise with leading players by making reference to his son - star Hawthorn forward Jack - at Friday's meeting of league executives and key AFL Players' Association personnel.
Sure, footballers will strike this season. They'll strike up acquaintance, strike up conversations, sometimes strike fear, often strike the public fancy. They'll strike ball with boot as sweetly as they can. They'll strike it lucky, and some will strike gold, and others will strike each other, from time to time.
The first AFL Women's grand final has won a prime-time Saturday afternoon schedule in round one of the AFL season.
The AFL has announced that pre-season footy is set to return with a focus on regional venues.
North Melbourne are a blank AFL canvas for Jack Ziebell to work with and the newly installed skipper plans to create a masterpiece.
Have we ever headed into an AFL season with as many as 17 clubs legitimate finals contenders? The top seven fancies seem clear enough. We examine the arguments for 10 other clubs who could also make it to September.
The Tasmanian North East Football Union will have only two teams next year. The NEFU, as it is known, has been going since 1938. The Leven Association, which was comprised of teams from small farming communities behind Devonport and Ulverstone, started in 1924. It folded last week.
Former AFL star Ben Cousins has admitted going through "a bit of a tough time" and revealed he has no permanent home after being bailed at Armadale Magistrate's Court.
GWS Giants schedule a blockbuster against the Western Bulldogs in the final round of the AFL Women's season.
There are reports that star Fremantle import Harley Bennell's car has been impounded by police after he was caught driving without a licence, adding yet another off-feld distraction to the crucial Docker's off-season rebuilding.
He's only been a Docker for two weeks but draftee Griffin Logue has already made a big impression with the club signing him to a one-year contract extension.
Kobe Mutch grew up playing in the same junior teams as Isaac Cumming and Lachlan Tiziani, who were drafted like he was two weeks ago. Their North Broken Hill side used to win by a pile of points every weekend, so his dad would send him out to play with something specific to work on. "One week he said, only kick with your left foot,' he said. "And the next week, it was my right."
The AFL pre-season has embraced the bush. Now it's once again embracing the suburbs.
Former AFL star Ben Cousins has been released from custody after pleading guilty to breaching a violence restraining order taken out on him by his former partner, Maylea Tinecheff.
Hawthorn have re-signed four-time premiership player Grant Birchall until 2019.
Tom Lynch and Steven May have been named Gold Coast captains after Gary Ablett stood down last month.
Former AFL premiership player Ben Cousins is expected to appear in court after spending a second night behind bars following his arrest for allegedly breaching a violence restraining order.
The AFL career of Fremantle forward Shane Yarran could be over after he was charged with unlawful wounding over an incident from last year.
Andrew Bogut is a formidable basketballer, who played a manful role in Australia's gallant tilt at the windmills in Rio. He is also, more than most sportspeople, socially engaged. I could say, quirkily, doubtfully, provocatively engaged, but he would say the same of my world view.
The GWS Giants have confirmed they will play the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Manuka Oval in the pre-season tournament.
The fairytale of the Western Bulldogs' on-field success has translated into an off-field windfall for the club, with the Dogs wiping more than $6 million from their debt in a year.
Melbourne have opted not to suspend rising star Clayton Oliver after he was caught drink-driving during the AFL pre-season.
The most recent Brownlow medallists from Hawthorn and Richmond respectively will present Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin their 2012 medals next week.
Sydney has an earlier than expected chance in 2017 to avenge its qualifying final loss to GWS.
Brendon Lade is returning to Port Adelaide after seven years as an assistant coach at AFL rivals Richmond.
The Western Bulldogs won't look back at their painful history of preliminary final losses in the lead up to their Saturday night clash with GWS Giants.
Melbourne great David Schwarz says the potential defection of Jesse Hogan would not be "as catastrophic" now as it would have been last year.
There’s two very contrasting narratives developing heading into the penultimate weekend of the AFL season. And sentimentally, they’re at opposite ends of the spectrum.
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