Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says fighting wins over the past fortnight won't influence the call on Nathan Buckley's future, declaring the coach's full body of work will determine whether he is reappointed.
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.
Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has resigned from his post at the AFL club.
When it comes to the feel-good story of the season, Jarryd Roughead's return from cancer cannot be beaten. That was a battle which had far greater implications than what may or may not happen to a sporting career.
The AFL's Irish contingent in Victoria have become a surrogate family to each other as the players forge, or look to forge, a career in football.
Motivations of many a kind can go into the make-up of an AFL coach. Whether it's from a desire to taste the spoils of club, team or personal success, or from the more darker recesses of proving critics wrong, there's much a coach can call on.
The influence Irish male players have had on the AFL over the decades is clear, and there is no reason not to think this won't stretch into AFL Women's competition.
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has warned his team it cannot afford to "trip up too many times".
AFL players would have had the chance to enjoy a $10,000 payment package under State of Origin plans considered by players five years ago.
Will Friday night's top-of-the-table blockbuster be a grand-final preview?
Liam Jones gets two-year contract extension as reward for his stunning rebirth as a key defender.