It started as an avalanche in reverse. Few would have fancied the Brisbane Lions going into this QClash against the Gold Coast Suns: on paper, no match for their opponents, in either experience or talent. Yet, within 18 minutes, the Lions had seven goals on the board and had opened up a 44-point lead. By half-time, it was 46.
With a fascinating mix of elite youth, cool experience and talent returning from injury, this is a critical season for Rodney Eade's charges.
Few clubs can hope to emulate a tale of football romance as large as that scripted by the Western Bulldogs in 2016. But they can follow the means by which that triumph was achieved. And that means handball. Lots of it.
It's a mug's game, gazing into the crystal football, but I'm shrugging off last year's pathetic prognostications to have another go at predicting who'll finish where on the AFL ladder.
As the No.10 pick in last year's AFL national draft, Jack Bowes clearly has some serious sporting talent. Where does it come from? Well, that's the really interesting part.
The Bulldogs captain explains how Travis Cloke will fit into the premiers' forward line.
Former Fremantle and now Gold Coast midfielder Michael Barlow has spoken candidly of his hurt at being dumped by his old club.
Greater Western Sydney and the Gold Coast Suns are the two AFL teams that were born on second base with draft picks galore. The Giants are now running for home, the Suns are seemingly stuck back on first base.
Gold Coast champion in ominous touch on his return to the field for his first game in eight months. And he says he'll be even sharper by round one.
The Western Bulldogs had good cause for concern late in the second term at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night.
Overlooked for two games, Melbourne forward Jack Watts has been picked for his first senior game on the eve of the season.
Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane has rejected suggestions that coach Rodney Eade is under pressure this year.
The latest strike in the bloodless coup launched almost three years ago by Gillon McLachlan against the football crisis in southern Queensland took place on Tuesday when the AFL's Mark Evans took over as chief executive of the Gold Coast Football Club.
The AFL's strong concerns for the embattled Gold Coast Suns has seen head office send its most senior football mind to take over the franchise club.
AFL development boss Simon Lethlean looks certain to take over the game's football department in the coming days following Mark Evans' departure to the Gold Coast. With Evans' surprise move fast tracking Gillon McLachlan's plan to restructure his executive Lethlean will be rewarded in part for his key role in establishing the AFL Women's competition.
Port Adelaide president David Koch has told Gold Coast Suns if they wear red-and-gold jumpers in their match in Shanghai it will be the last time they are invited to China.
Gold Coast Suns CEO Andrew Travis has resigned, the AFL club has confirmed.
Gold Coast have overcome a slow start against an undermanned Essendon to remain unbeaten in the AFL pre-season with a three-point win in hot conditions at Harrup Park in Mackay.
Brisbane recruit Jack Frost may have to wait until round 2 to make his Lions debut, after the Match Review Panel offered him a one match suspension for a dangerous tackle on Gold Coast forward Brandon Matera.