Paddy Ryder isn't a great talker, but the media rounds in the lead-up to his 200th game didn't faze the Port Adelaide ruckman. Comfortable is the best description of where the 29-year-old is at these days.
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.
Road trips in AFL football have never been easy. But in season 2017, they seem have become even tougher.
Dees leave tipsters confounded, Rance running with the GOATs, free choice no easy choice, and the Suns set again.
There’s a lot for which to be thankful this AFL season. A tight competition, close finishes, plenty of unpredictability. And, thankfully, an absence of a perpetual air of crisis.
Sydney have kept their finals hopes alive with an inspiring comeback win against Richmond, but face an anxious wait over the availability of Lance Franklin after he was reported on a rough conduct charge
As a perennial power of the past two decades, Sydney have had plenty of wins which have reaped bigger rewards than Saturday's thrilling comeback effort against Richmond at the MCG.
Collingwood have stayed competitive in 2017, their greatest losing margin just 23 points, but the bottom line remains a win-loss record of 5-7 and top eight chances fading fast.
Blues bloom, Dayne Beams inspires, Crows and Sloane play tag, and form is temporary - but quality permanent.
The pieces of the Essendon jigsaw puzzle are starting to come together. And so is the way they play their football.
Coach John Worsfold is optimistic form against Port Adelaide will be closer to the norm for Essendon.