The lure of an historic fourth straight AFL premiership isn't what is driving veteran Hawthorn star Sam Mitchell this off-season, even if it would confirm his team's place as arguably the greatest ever.
While their teammates are sweating through 40-degree weather at pre-season training in Australia, the AFL's elite players will attempt to defend their international rules title in temperatures close to zero.
Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Carlton made an 11th-hour bid for the Giants' Adam Tomlinson that, if successful, would have freed them up to agree to trade Andrejs Everitt to the Suns on a hectic final day of the trade period.
Mark Hawthorne, Nino Bucci Police have searched the home of a star Hawthorn premiership player as they investigate rape allegations made by a 19-year-old girl against two members of the football club's playing squad.
Former Richmond captain Chris Newman has taken the first step towards a senior AFL coaching position, signing up as a development coach with premiers Hawthorn.
Staff writers A second Hawthorn player is being investigated in connection with an alleged sexual assault.
Chloe Booker A Hawthorn player is under police investigation over an alleged sexual offence in Melbourne's south-east.
Liam Mannix For a decade, Hawthorn's list management team has played the bravest game in the AFL. It has paid off in spades.
Andrew Stafford If you could line up Hawthorn's modern triple-premiership winning heroes with the most recent side to achieve the monumental feat, the Brisbane Lions of 2001-2003, who would emerge on the premiership dais?