Tom Rockliff's climb back into leadership contention at the Brisbane Lions demonstrates just how much damage can be undone over one solid pre-season.
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 women's revolution that has engulfed the AFL over the summer has broken another barrier with the appointment of Emma Quayle as the game's first female club recruiter.
Mike Fitzpatrick raised eyebrows when he once accused the AFL Commission he joined 14 years ago of suffering from a lack of bravery. He did not back away from that after announcing his departure from the game's top job.
Tim Worner may have survived as the chief executive of the AFL's free-to-air broadcaster, but on any reasonable analysis his position as a director of the Sydney Swans has become untenable.
Ross Lyon realised watching Fremantle last year during the pre-season competition that something was not right with his team.
Media speculation surrounding Harley Bennell's debilitating calf injury has racist overtones according to his coach Ross Lyon.
A leading public health academic employed by the AFL Players Association to change the gambling culture endemic among AFL clubs has criticised the game's failure at head office level to follow suit.
We now know exactly where to find the most controversial Brownlow Medal in the game's history.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has not ruled out the prospect of reducing the number of players in AFL games as the competition works to reduce on-field congestion.
For all his last-ditch attempts to manage expectations around the national launch of women's football, it seems that Gillon McLachlan and his team have created a monster with the birth of AFL Women's.