Why Essendon could be better off letting Michael Hibberd leave.
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.
Adelaide and West Coast set to take a closer look at father-son prospects.
In this alternate universe, Port Adelaide sit safely inside the top eight. In this other world Hawthorn would still be scrambling for September, Adelaide would be holding top spot.
Tom Boyd will travel to Cairns with his Western Bulldogs teammates, clearing the way for a return to the senior team for this week's game against Gold Coast.
Mitch Clark has told Geelong he over stepped the mark with his on-field sledge about teammate Mitch Duncan's sister, but will not be punished by the club.
The Blues feel good about themselves again. They have some of their morale back, some of their old self-assurance. Much of their work for this year is already done. But not all of it.
Nick Blakey and Bailey Scott will have a rare choice should they be good enough to be drafted in two years.
Brisbane have warned the AFL against appeasing "noisy" clubs by making kneejerk changes to the draft bidding system for northern academy and father-son prospects.
Essendon did everything right, but it just wasn't enough to defeat an inspired St Kilda.
Brodie Grundy is learning about finding the balance, trusting his intuition, his gut, and playing good footy.