Have we ever headed into an AFL season with as many as 17 clubs legitimate finals contenders? The top seven fancies seem clear enough. We examine the arguments for 10 other clubs who could also make it to September.
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.
The AFL pre-season has embraced the bush. Now it's once again embracing the suburbs.
Jarryd Roughead is back in training with his Hawthorn teammates as he continues his recovery from a melanoma which saw him sit out the entire 2016 AFL season.
Hawthorn may no longer be the AFL's top dog. But that hasn't changed the level of expectation, says experienced forward Jack Gunston.
Are we happy with AFL football as it's played today? If we're not, we're likely to need more radical changes to the rules than are currently being discussed
Another of football's great characters has been lost with the passing of former Richmond star Billy Barrot. Is there even a place in today's game for characters of his stature?
Former Richmond star centreman Billy Barrot has died, aged 72.
A "best of" side from two decades of the AFL rookie draft proves that those picked at the last chance saloon often do far more than just make up the numbers.
Despite being banned from the game for a year, Dyson Heppell has learned plenty. Now, he's even more qualified to take over as Essendon captain should the opportunity arise.
ASADA has taken aim at disgraced sports scientist Stephen Dank after his appeal against a lifetime ban from sport was formally thrown out by the AFL Appeal Board on Monday.