AFL

Scott Spits

Began his full-time career at The Age as an online sports reporter in 1999 before joining Sportal as the Deputy Editor of the AFL-Telstra online network in 2002. Rejoined the online desk at The Age in 2006 and was online sports editor between 2006 and 2016. Has covered two Olympics (Sydney 2000 and London 2012), numerous Australian Open tennis tournaments and several AFL grand finals. Reads the back page first. Hack golfer. Wannabe tennis star.

Dignified exit: Jobe Watson hopes to retire on a high by helping the Bombers into the finals

Watson's damaged relationship with footy

Jobe Watson has much to be satisfied about, but the retiring Essendon champion admits the club's drugs saga took a toll, and that football hasn't felt quite the same to him since.

Essendon footballer Dustin Fletcher.

Another lap of honour for Essendon icon Dustin Fletcher

An icon of the Essendon Football Club and one of only four players to reach the 400-game AFL milestone, Dustin Fletcher will be celebrated by the Bombers faithful before Saturday's game against old foes Carlton at the MCG.

Stellar year: Richmond star Dustin Martin has been outstanding this season.

The Danger and Dusty Brownlow show

As the AFL clubs jostle for finals positions over the closing month-and-a-half of the home-and-away season, a compelling head-to-head race for this year's Brownlow Medal is bound to unfold.