Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has warned his team it cannot afford to "trip up too many times".
Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.
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Tom Boyd remains a "fair way off" from again playing a match, with the Western Bulldogs uncertain when he will be back.
Emerging Richmond star Daniel Rioli has shown faith in the club by re-signing for another two years.
Alastair Clarkson has dismissed speculation he could replace Nathan Buckley at Collingwood, declaring he is intent on remaining at Hawthorn.
As Andrew Mackie takes in the spectacular sight that is the Charles Brownlow stand redevelopment at Simonds Stadium, it's clear he takes pride in how the club has transformed on and off the field since he walked in as a young lad from South Australia in 2002.
No wonder Patrick Dangerfield has paid particular attention to Luke Hodge, arguably the greatest finals performer of the past decade.