Tom Boyd is prepared to shoulder another heavy load in the ruck should Jordan Roughead not recover from an eye injury in time for Saturday's grand final.
Emma Quayle joined The Age as a cadet journalist in 1999 and has been covering football since 2001. She has won awards from the Australian Football Media Association and AFL Players Association for her feature writing, and specialised for many years in covering junior football and the AFL draft. Emma's two books - The Draft and Nine Lives (the story of former Essendon wingman Adam Ramanauskas' battle with cancer) - were published in 2008 and 2010.
The Western Bulldogs will be inspired by captain Bob Murphy's business-as-usual attitude more than the heartbreaking injury that will have him sit out the grand final, according to his stand-in.
Tom Boyd always knew his decision to switch from Greater Western Sydney to the Western Bulldogs would not be understood by everyone.
Western Bulldogs forward Tom Boyd will undergo major shoulder surgery at the end of the club's season.
Five Western Bulldogs players who could make a difference against the GWS Giants in their preliminary final showdown on Saturday.
Sydney are finessing their game plan for Friday night's clash with Geelong.
Richmond say they will work with Gold Coast to negotiate a fair trade for Dion Prestia, who has accepted a five-year offer to join the club.
Hawthorn's investment in the future has also helped the team keep in contention for this year's premiership, says coach Alastair Clarkson.
Ruckman Tom Nicholls is on the cusp of signing a new deal to stay on with the Gold Coast.
Before Jack Fitzpatrick kicked Hawthorn's biggest goal on Sunday he was a seven-year-old diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.