The prospect of a showdown between the Women's Big Bash League and AFLW next summer is becoming more realistic, and Cricket Australia hopes its beefed-up pay offer to female players will help sway them to choose cricket over football
Jordan Lewis sees no reason why Melbourne's emerging midfield cannot reach the same dizzying heights as the recent premiership-winning on-ball divisions he was involved with at Hawthorn.
The AFL will look at extending the women's footy season next year following the hugely successful inaugural campaign this year.
Essendon's No.1 draft pick Andrew McGrath could be set for a baptism of fire against Hawthorn - lining up on the electrifying Cyril Rioli.
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says it will take a few games to gauge whether the players are psychologically switched on.
Luke Breust has put a stressful post-season behind him by turning his back on free agency and signing a brand new four-year contract with Hawthorn.
The 2017 AFL premiership season is just hours away from kicking off and it appears as though "new" will be the theme of the opening round.
Ground staff are working furiously to get the Etihad Stadium surface ready in time for the ground's AFL season-opener.
Round one is only days away and with the Western Bulldogs set to face Collingwood at the MCG on Friday night, new Dog Travis Cloke won't have to wait very long to face his old side.
AFL legend Kevin Bartlett has put a "black line" through West Coast's 2006 premiership in the wake of the Gillard Report which was published by News Corp on Tuesday.