One-time powerhouses Sydney and Hawthorn are shot for this season. It’s in how they approach the future that matters most now.
Rohan Connolly, a senior football writer for The Age and radio broadcaster with sports radio station 1116 SEN, has been covering the game since 1983. A multi-AFL Media Association award-winner known for his passion and love of the game, he analyses the AFL for the newspaper and contributes a blog and weekly video, "Footy Fix", for The Age's football website, Real Footy.
Saint kicks the greatest ever clanger, umps make a fine mess, the maestro returns, and a Giant acts up again.
AFL umpires coach Hayden Kennedy can expect a phone call from Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade on Monday after some controversial calls in a narrow loss to North Melbourne.
Richmond in 2017 seem to have turned back the clock. They've had five straight wins to start the season. They’re playing a longer-kicking, more contested brand. And in Jack Riewoldt, they’ve got a spearhead actually kicking some goals.
Not only had North Melbourne failed to win a game thus far, before Saturday night they'd also lost every one of their final quarters, outscored by more than 15 goals in the process.
Indifference to the AFL's newest club definitely won't be an issue when GWS take on the Western Bulldogs. This is a match-up which actually does tick all the boxes of authentic rivalry.
It's easy to overreact to a poor finals performance. But, importantly, Geelong didn't.
What’s with this incessant need to tinker, not just with laws of the game, but the very framework of an AFL competition that is working just fine? The 17-5 fixture proposal is just another example.
A relieved Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has praised his side's ability to find enough to prevent what would have been an embarrassing loss to Brisbane in much-loved captain Bob Murphy's 300th game.
The sentimentality was emotional, heartfelt and rightly earned. But at the end of it all, the Bulldogs still had a game to play, one they were expected to win in a canter against a hardly-rated opponent.