ROHAN CONNOLLY 6:55pm Essendon will get to play its elimination final in Melbourne next week, but coach Mark Thompson remains at a loss to explain the lapses in concentration which saw his team only just scrape out of its game against Carlton with a draw.
ROHAN CONNOLLY 7:15pm The first draw of the year in the AFL came on the penultimate day of a six-month home-and-away season and was probably a fitting result, given that both Carlton and Essendon at one stage had led by 30 points. But if there was a moral victor of sorts it had to be Carlton.
EMMA QUAYLE Sam Rowe has never wanted his illness to be the most important thing about him, but he is happy to talk about it if it helps other people decide to get checked.
JON PIERIK North Melbourne defender Lachie Hansen says Jarrad Waite would be welcome at Arden St if he decided to leave Carlton.
JESSE HOGAN Richmond may not end this year with a finals berth, but it is on track to end it with a unique achievement: going through an entire season without making a late change.
JAKE NIALL Carlton has increased its offer to key forward Jarrad Waite, with a Paul Chapman-style deal now on the table.
DANIEL CHERNY Carlton fans “have had a long year” and deserve to be rewarded with a farewell victory over Essendon, says defender Michael Jamison.
JON PIERIK Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg has been quick to act at his new club, adopting a "fan-friendly" philosophy and investigating whether this year's heritage guernsey should become the permanent strip.
JON PIERIK An already storied club rivalry could be set for another grand chapter with Collingwood firmly in the mix as Mick Malthouse's opponent when he breaks Jock McHale's record for most games as an VFL-AFL coach in round five next season.
JESSE HOGAN No players are facing suspension heading into the final round of the home-and-away season.
ASHLEY PORTER Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has revived his argument from 1985 that the game needs as many as six interchange players.
ASHLEY PORTER Carlton has endured some dark nights, but rarely have so many Blues done so little.
Lee Crossley It's an important match for Port Adelaide if they are to have any hope of snatching a top four berth from Fremantle.
PETER HANLON One day, we'll reflect that the saddest part of this sorry saga was that football looked to rugby league for a steer on what to do next.
JAKE NIALL When the word passed around that Jonathan Patton had gone down with a second knee injury, there wasn't only movement at the station near Sydney's Olympic Park, where the Giants reside.
PETER HANLON Shaun Ryan has not thumped a football into the turf since the last quarter of the 2011 grand final, and his back feels all the better for it. He has a young family and a career as a barrister that brings him up to the city from Torquay several times a week.
LARISSA NICHOLSON Carlton forward Jeff Garlett has been charged by police over an incident in the city earlier this month.
JON PIERIK Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has identified three areas in which the Blues have improved as they begin plotting a strong pre-season in a bid to have a more successful 2015.
ASHLEY PORTER Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley feels blessed that he has 41 of his 44 players available for Friday night's clash with Carlton.
JON PIERIK Mick Malthouse says Jeff Garlett "is certainly in the mix" for a recall against Port Adelaide on Friday night, as the small forward and Mitch Robinson fight to regain the respect of their teammates.
JON PIERIK Carlton star Dale Thomas has escaped serious injury to his reconstructed right ankle, and remains in the frame to play against Port Adelaide on Friday night.
LIAM MANNIX Mick Malthouse has lauded his battered and bleeding Blues, saying the toughest thing about Friday night’s loss to Geelong was the lack of reward for effort.
LIAM MANNIX All three senior players who missed Geelong’s match against the Blues are a chance to return next week for the grudge match against the Hawks, according to Geelong coach Chris Scott.
GREG BAUM Geelong’s sighs of relief and Carlton’s boos echoed through the Etihad chamber at the final siren, but the feature of this game that might resound furthest into the future was the Blues’ courage.
Rising Star nominee Troy Menzel has signed a two-year deal with Carlton that will see him remain at the AFL club until the end of 2016.
ROHAN CONNOLLY Carlton has much to look forward to in the recent form of high-priced recruit Dale Thomas.
WAYNE CAREY If the race to the AFL flag was for runners, it's fair to say Geelong has been ever so slightly off pace over the past few years. The Cats have been thereabouts, but when it's come to the final straight, they've lacked that extra gear needed to get over the line. Not this year.
LIAM MANNIX Carlton’s clubrooms are humming as the Blues bask in the warmth of three wins from their past five matches.
PETER HANLON On Friday night against Carlton, Mark Blicavs reaches a milestone of sorts that won't appear on the Geelong banner, yet betrays how much his football story demands acclaim in huge capital letters. It will be his 50th game of football since the under-14s.
All of a sudden, Carlton football club is a happy place to be. Improved AFL performances, a legendary re-signing, an inspirational debut and a happy coach.