Speaking as an Australian, there was sadness – heartbreak really – to watch AFLW best and fairest winner Erin Phillips pay tribute to her partner in the knowledge that the couple have returned to a country that still bans them from getting married.
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.
The AFL will not attempt to make more money from its $2.5 billion broadcast rights agreement regardless of whether it moves to a twilight grand final in 2017.
Former Melbourne director Russel Howcroft has spoken of his profound admiration for the late Dean Bailey, and his regret at the manner in which the Demons coach departed the club.
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.
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.