As the finals beckon, we take a look at each of the final eight clubs in the premiership race. Now, it's West Coast's turn.
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.
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The league have taken a big gamble itn introducing a week's break.
Masters of the great escape survive another scare, post-season shake-out begins for some commendable also-rans.
North Melbourne courted the prospect of losing to Greater Western Sydney during the week when it announced the end of four much-loved veterans' careers. It might have been seen as defeatist. But in retrospect, it was simply being realistic.
The AFL on Thursday announced a new record for club memberships. But it appears a significant proportion of these members aren’t actually turning up to games.
Bold or foolish? Only time is going to properly answer the question about the timing of North Melbourne’s decision to announce they would be pulling the pin on four of their five oldest players.
Dane Swan's emergence from run-of-the-mill AFL player to genuine midfield star seemed to sneak up on much of the football world. Maybe even him as well.
Nice one, Melbourne. Here we were, all set up for nailbiting climax to the home-and-away season, and you fluffed your lines.
Just how West Coast and Hawthorn react to the loss of ruckmen Nic Naitanui and Jonathon Ceglar may have a lot to do with determining this year's premier, as well as a perennial football debate.