Painful selection decisions for both grand finalists, as well-earned good fortune and a proud achievement cap the weekend's action.
Dangerfield, then daylight. That's the overwhelming expectation for Monday night's Brownlow Medal count. But could there be a surprise winner? Or at least a smokey capable of giving him a fright?
The finals is a time when heroes are born and legends are made. But as this list illustrates, the month of September isn't always full of feel-good stories.
Sydney coach John Longmire says superstar forward Lance Franklin was not recruited to win the Swans a flag but to help the club regenerate.
Footy fans lucky enough to have a ticket to Saturday's Grand Final will be able to catch a free tram to the MCG.
He's the furniture king of the west, and he's back, with a message for the (so far) all-conquering Western Bulldogs.
At Spotless Stadium on Saturday night, the Bulldogs might have set a record for non-grand final tears.
Footscray upstage flag fancy Casey to claim their second VFL premiership in three seasons.
Peel Thunder have made history by taking out the 2016 WAFL premiership with a hard-fought win against Subiaco on Sunday.
Bulldogs quietly confident their key ruckman will be fully recovered in time for decider against Giants.
As the Western Bulldogs come down from the euphoria of breaking their grand final drought, Sydney star Luke Parker says the Swans did not handle the week well in 2014 and it played a part in their horrible performance against Hawthorn.
Sydney defender Aliir Aliir's grand final dream is still alive.
While many Doggies fans who've been watching their team 50-odd years and never got to see them at the "big dance" miss out, there's still a spot for those with enough money and the lust to be seen at "an event".
Saturday's grand final will be Sydney's third in the past five seasons and their fifth in the past 12 seasons, surpassing Geelong's four grand finals over the same period, and equal with Hawthorn.
The Western Bulldogs have already made history of sorts. After the events of the last few weeks, what’s a little more?
Amid the happy tears shed by Western Bulldogs people as their team booked a place in an historic grand final were the tears of a 23-year-old Bulldog player grappling with having his world rocked by a close-range tragedy.
Jackson Macrae didn't think of Isaac Smith. He didn't think of missing, or what was riding on his boot.
To win the grand final the Bulldogs must defeat cliche not just Sydney.
A lost footy bet has seen one man paint his front fence in the Western Bulldogs' club colours.
Aliir Aliir - will he or won't he? And is Buddy Franklin worth $10 million?
Andrew McGrath's dominance in big games may propel him to the No.1 pick in this year's AFL draft.
Phil Davis hopes GWS can use Saturday's preliminary final loss as a precursor to future success.
The Western Bulldogs are through to their first grand final in 55 years after a thrilling six-point win over GWS.
Like Monty Python's crucified men singing, "Always look on the bright side of life", or Bill Shorten's week-long victory lap of Australia immediately following his election loss, the traditional football criteria by which winning has been defined is no more.
Sydney will head into next weekend's AFL grand final determined to enforce the Bloods code and be the hunters - and not the hunted - as they seek redemption for the 2014 failure.
The Swans and either the Giants and Bulldogs have much to digest over the next couple of days.
At 42, Cornelius van Uijtert has never had the chance to see his beloved Western Bulldogs make it to the grand final.
Who will be crowned best dressed, and who will shock and delight?
The Bulldogs beat the house. They beat the odds. They beat the system. They beat the Giants, these Davids. And they're in the grand final for the first time in 55 years.
The Western Bulldogs are preparing for their biggest week in almost six decades.
Giants coach Leon Cameron admits the Western Bulldogs deserved their preliminary final win.
Sydney chief executive Andrew Ireland says the Swans do not crave a premiership to validate Lance Franklin's controversial $10 million deal.
Daniel Menzel is set for a new contract, but there are many questions surrounding the composition of Geelong's list in 2017 after the Cats' disappointing end to their 2016 campaign.
There'll be history made either way as new kids on the block GWS take on sentimental favourites the Bulldogs for a spot in the grand final against Sydney next Saturday at the MCG.
Did Alastair Clarkson have a point? Do Hawthorn's three premierships in an 18-team equalised competition edge the Pies "Machine's" haul around the time of the Great Depression? We've decided to look at how each of the six "three-peats" in VFL/AFL history stack up.
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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