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.
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.
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.
AFL Players’ Association chief executive Paul Marsh says a proposal to bypass the players’ union on pay negotiations would be “extremely disrespectful”.
AFL supporters have slammed Essendon for increasing reserved seat prices for the Anzac Day blockbuster against Collingwood by up to 80 per cent.
It's still too early to make definitive judgements, but so far as a group, the band of returned Essendon players have underwhelmed. Here’s the report card.
Controversial call on Zieball's bump divides opinion, three's still a crowd in the ruck, a welcome return, and fair dues to the Dockers.
Hawthorn have had some huge moments. But this game against old rivals Geelong at a packed MCG is, for different reasons, as important as any of them.
Melbourne were left to lament the heavy cost of a poor quarter of football for the second week in a row, with coach Simon Goodwin admitting "we're shattered as a footy club" as the Demons went down to Fremantle by two points in an MCG heartbreaker.
In the context of the bigger picture, Lachie Neale's goal for Fremantle right on the half-time siren at the MCG on Saturday didn't seem like a big deal.