While he admired the passion of Essendon supporters on hand, Australian anti-doping chief Ben McDevitt said he had been keen to stress the importance of the World Anti-Doping Agency code before a Senate estimates committee this week.
You're a long time retired, an adage that is again being borne out in the wake of the suspended Essendon dozen.
Essendon coach John Worsfold has admitted he did not know if suspended Bombers players have made the right call in appealing their doping convictions, but he said he supported their right to do so.
If you believe those who represent the Essendon 34 the rules changed unfairly, halfway through the process. Fact, or convenient fantasy?
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has come out in strong support of the Essendon 34 and in particular Dyson Heppell, describing him as the player he most feels for.
As the 34 banned past and present Essendon players prepare for yet another fight, the head of Australia's anti-doping authority can also prepare for a grilling, this time before the Senate estimates committee.
Today 34 current and former Essendon players will file an appeal with the Swiss Federal Tribunal. Are they likely to win? Can we watch? Your questions answered here.
Former Essendon rookie Hal Hunter will receive more than 100 new documents about his health from the AFL, as he continues to battle the club through the court system.
AFLPA boss Paul Marsh has confirmed all members of the Essendon 34 will lodge an appeal against their 12-month bans from football in Switzerland.
A successful appeal for the Essendon 34 could see the banned footballers playing again this season.
Football clubs have shifted away from altitude training and gone in search of the sun.
As the deadline nears for an appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport ban on the "Essendon 34", an AFL review of captain Jobe Watson's 2012 Brownlow Medal is expected to be delayed.
Essendon has secured their eighth top-up player, with former Hawk Sam Grimley set to play a role up forward.
Port Adelaide chairman David Koch says the four clubs with banned Essendon players are "paying for somebody else's indiscretion", but insists the Power's premiership hopes will not be derailed by losing Paddy Ryder and Angus Monfries.
Pre-seasons once focused on new recruits, new coaches, new game plans.
The four AFL clubs with banned former Essendon players have been refused the right to replace the players serving drug suspensions this year.
The Essendon supplements scandal is set to continue for at least another year, as the 34 past and present AFL players banned for an anti-doping breach for a year by the Court of Arbitration for Sport will appeal to a Swiss court.
If the hourglass figure has long been seen as an attractive ideal in women, it is a demographic shape that AFL clubs wish to avoid.
Player manager Peter Jess is hopeful that the compensation claims of banned Essendon players can be resolved without having to go to court.