Adam Simpson has implored the AFL to stop tampering with its rules and asked the game's new football boss Simon Lethlean to run a more consultative process with the 18 clubs and their coaches.
Caroline Wilson has been chief football writer for The Age since 1999. She was the first woman to cover Australian Rules football on a full-time basis and the first woman to win the AFL's gold media award. She has won the AFL Players' Association's football writer of the year (1999) and the AFL Media Association's most outstanding football writer and most outstanding feature writer (2000, 2003, 2005). In 2014 she won the Melbourne Press Club's Graham Perkin award as Australian journalist of the year. She also won a MPC Quill Award in 2003.
Memories of struggles have never left the new Demons coach, but nor has the enduring love or the enjoyment of the game.
The AFLW grand final venue debacle that has so enraged league bosses and the Brisbane Lions is perhaps symptomatic of a competition born in haste and raised on the run.
Geelong will offer Chris Scott a revised two-year contract extension after the premiership coach's management rejected the Cats' move to put a minimum payout clause into the new deal.
The AFL Commission has decided to strip Greater Western Sydney of its Murray region recruiting zone in a move that will shape the immediate futures of two highly-rated draft prospects.
Richmond are playing down the mystery surrounding their yet-to-be-unveiled leadership group.
The AFL Commission will surely end months of procrastination over the next 24 hours and finally correct the flawed favouritism it bestowed upon its youngest club by handing it a virtual Australian rules grass-roots recruiting zone.
A three-year, naming-rights deal worth more than $1 million struck by St Kilda will see Moorabbin renamed RSEA Park as the Saints put the finishing touches to fund their $30 million move back to the future.
The latest chapter in one of football's great unresolved fallouts unfolded this week as St Kilda hosted a small but heartfelt dinner to thank those supporters who have helped fund the historic move back to Moorabbin.
Comment: Mark Williams has done Dustin Martin a disservice in enlisting the prodigiously talented but media-paranoid star footballer as a marketing tool to promote his Sherrin Precision football.