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.

High expectation: Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli is second-favourite to win the Brownlow Medal this year.

Dangerfield, Fyfe or The Bont for the 2017 Brownlow?

Rarely has an AFL season promised such a varied and enticing list of potential Brownlow Medal storylines. For starters, it's not often that you get three first-time winners crowned within the previous six months.

St Kilda's Josh Bruce, who kicked seven goals, takes a strong mark against the Blues.

Bruce kicks seven in Saints' huge win over Carlton

At a venue that has historically been barren for the St Kilda Football Club, the Saints took advantage of a vastly under-strength Carlton to record a 92-point pre-season victory at the Blues' spiritual home.