JESSE HOGAN 7:45pm 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.
Matt Murnane, Jon Pierik 6:50pm Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has vowed to approach Friday's blockbuster against Collingwood as a full dress rehearsal for finals, underlining how crucial it is to take winning form into September.
5:27pm Dead-eye forward Luke Breust has extended his stay at Hawthorn, signing a two-year contract extension.
DANIEL CHERNY 11:06pm Sydney, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and North Melbourne will have pre-cooked meals sitting in the fridge come finals time, but fellow premiership aspirants Fremantle, Geelong and Essendon will need first to defrost any inclusions they have in September.
JESSE HOGAN Geelong coach Chris Scott was right to say the club's lapses within games have generally only affected the size of its wins, rather than dragging a likely win down to a shock loss. But with just one more round until finals the Cats are running out of time to remedy their inability to sustain pressure on an opponent for an entire match.
JESSE HOGAN Former St Kilda coach Stan Alves has praised Will Langford's role in Hawthorn's surge past Geelong on Saturday night.
LIAM MANNIX The AFL has slammed Channel Seven’s ‘disrespectful’ coverage of a controversial score-review during Saturday night’s blockbuster Hawks-Cats clash.
JAKE NIALL Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his team will have to improve to go far in the finals.
MICHAEL GLEESON Were you unaware of the history of these teams the transformation from one half of the game to the other would have seemed fanciful.
JON PIERIK While they have been the fiercest of rivals for seven seasons, with another chapter to be played out at the MCG on Saturday night, there is also great respect between Geelong and Hawthorn.
CAROLINE WILSON Alastair Clarkson’s push to regulate the business of AFL coaching has gathered a momentum which must surely earn him the title as the most influential coach in the game and one of the most powerful men in football.
GREG BAUM Hawthorn was blockaded in Sydney's half. The game plan called for it to hold its nerve and thread its way out, but it wasn't working. The football was hot when it fell to Jordan Lewis, who instantly brought 10 years and 200-plus games of experience to bear on the moment.
JON PIERIK Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his Hawks cannot afford to adopt a "flippant" attitude to Saturday night's clash against Geelong, admitting his team is still trying to work out the best way to combat a rival that has beaten it in 12 of their past 13 matches.
Harry Taylor Harry Taylor writes about the birds and the bees ... and protecting the hive against enemy threat.
The meeting of Hawthorn and Geelong all but guarantees a legendary match, despite Clarkson's poor record against the Cats.
Hawthorn has recalled Jonathon Ceglar at the expense of fellow ruckman Ben McEvoy for Saturday night's round-22 AFL blockbuster against Geelong at the MCG.
JESSE HOGAN Fremantle's Nat Fyfe has had his two-match suspension upheld and needlessly accrued 69 carry-over points in the process after a bungled tribunal challenge.
LIAM MANNIX The Hawks will enjoy a light week of training ahead of a ''cat and mouse'' game against Geelong on Saturday.
PETER HANLON Hawthorn is on its doorstep, but Geelong's focus on what lies around the corner is such that it is open to entering Saturday night's game without not only Steve Johnson, but Jimmy Bartel and perhaps Tom Hawkins too.
EMMA QUAYLE Hawthorn’s players have not given up on a top-two finish, but are acutely aware of their need to limit their opposition to lower scores in the final stretch of the season.
BRAD ELBOROUGH Hawthorn lost nothing in going down to Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.
Brad Elborough and Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson upbeat despite the Hawks relinquishing a place in the top two of the ladder.
BRAD ELBOROUGH Fremantle has issued a timely reminder of its premiership credentials with an impressive 19-point win over Hawthorn.
Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.
Justin Chawick Fremantle will be merely happy escaping with the four points when it locks horns with Hawthorn.
JAKE NIALL Watching Hawthorn train, you won't necessarily notice it, because your eyes are invariably drawn to Cyril Rioli, Luke Hodge and Jarryd Roughead.
Former Hawthorn captain Richie Vandenberg says coach Alastair Clarkson always striving for self-improvement
DANIEL CHERNY He is a dual-premiership coach perhaps on his way to a third September glory, but Alastair Clarkson continues to strive for improvement in his own performance, says a former Hawthorn captain.
Premier Hawthorn has confirmed the return of its two best players from the 2013 grand final for Sunday's round-21 clash with Fremantle in Perth.
SAMANTHA LANE Jeff Kennett has pilloried Paul Little following the Essendon chairman’s call for the federal government to step in and provide a “circuit breaker” to resolve the Bombers’ doping probe.