Desperate to avoid a sixth consecutive loss, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has lost patience with tall forward Jesse White and goalsneak Jarryd Blair, with the pair dropped among four changes at the Westpac Centre for Saturday's clash with Melbourne.
At three-quarter time on Saturday night, Paddy Ryder's return to an old stamping ground to take on his old side was one he probably preferred to put behind him. Thirty minutes later, it was the stuff of which he might have dreamt.
The impact of Paddy Ryder on Saturday night was a matter of perspective – ask two coaches and get two very different answers.
Essendon will scour the nation in a bid to improve their thin ruck stocks.
The former Bomber who has led football's part in tackling youth homelessness.
Joe Daniher is one of the most exciting, young key forward propositions to materialise in a long time. But Essendon, you need to find him a genuine, goalscoring running mate - urgently.
James Hird admitted he missed Paddy Ryder and had considered playing a second ruckman against him in Essendon's clash with Port Adelaide.
The World Anti-doping Agency's appeal of the verdict in the Essendon case is set to be heard from mid-November in Sydney.
Brent Harvey believes he’ll be the last to pass the 400-game milestone.
Essendon star Dyson Heppell believes he would be ready to take the captaincy permanently if incumbent skipper Jobe Watson decided to hand it over for next season.
Bomber evergreen struggling to play again as Kangaroo great prepares for 400th.
Having been thwarted at previous attempts to interview Stephen Dank, Australia's anti-doping body has declared it looks forward to such an opportunity now the former Essendon sports scientist has appealed his lifetime ban.
Stephen Dank, the man at the centre of the Essendon supplements saga, has appealed his lifetime ban by the AFL anti-doping tribunal.
Former Essendon coach Mark Thompson says Jobe Watson could quit the sport and has even questioned whether he would launch legal action over the handling of the supplements saga.
There is so much to look forward to on Saturday afternoon, when the Dogs take on the Cats at Simonds Stadium.
The greatest difference between North Melbourne and Essendon wasn't experience, although that was a factor. Nor was it efficiency, even though the Roos tend to score more easily.
It's a vital game for North Melbourne as they push for a spot in the top eight. The Kangaroos have a 7-7 and can't afford to drop this game.
The verbal hand grenade James Hird threw at the AFL had "probably" broken his non-disparagement clause but league bosses have opted to not take any action against the Essendon coach.
Looking at the AFL ladder after 15 rounds, a teenager would be forgiven for not knowing that at one point in recent history Friday night's opponents Essendon and North Melbourne dominated the footy landscape .
James Hird will be at the helm when Essendon play North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.