David Sygall One of them resurrected his career after three serious knee injuries. Another had not touched a football until five years ago.
Andrew Wu Rhyce Shaw has been ruled out of this week's grand final re-match against Hawthorn after hitting a stumbling block in his recovery from an abdominal strain.
Teo Pellizzeri Follow our live coverage as Carlton battles the Brisbane Lions in the pre-season decider.
Caroline Wilson AFL's decision to rob Brisbane of NAB Cup grand final a shocker on so many levels.
AFL captains are tipping Hawthorn and West Coast to battle it out for this year's premiership.
Brent Diamond After last year's Grand Final loss, Port Melbourne declares it has some unfinished business to attend to.
Brent Diamond Former Hawk still relives his untimely slip in the defensive goal square.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder Brad Sewell has urged teammates to banish memories of their grand final defeat, declaring that dwelling on the past could impact on their hopes for redemption next season.
Jake Niall Sydney's team of 'no-name' players pulled off a heist of Shakespearean proportions.
Caroline Wilson Most premierships are foregone conclusions by the time living minutes become dying seconds in the twilight of grand final day. Many are anti-climactic and usually the short-priced favourite gets up.
The selected teams for the 2012 AFL grand final.
Sydney small forward Ben McGlynn will miss Friday night's preliminary final against Collingwood, but the club is hopeful his season isn't over yet.
David Polkinghorne With a flourishing building business, Mitch Daniher didn't think he'd have time for footy this year.
Sam Lienert Sydney smashed its seven-year hoodoo against a tired but valiant Collingwood to surge into next Saturday's AFL grand final on a high.
Richard Hinds THE Sydney Swans will play in Melbourne's grand final. The Melbourne Storm will play in Sydney's.
Hawthorn will play Sydney in the AFL grand final after holding off an outstanding challenge from Adelaide to win their preliminary final by five points.
Michael Cowley Sydney's grand final preparations will not have any external distractions after ruckman Shane Mumford was cleared to play in Saturday's decider against Hawthorn by the match review panel.
Jesse Hogan Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge is confident he is all but over a stomach virus which threatened to derail his grand final campaign.
Will Brodie Having trouble picking which team to barrack for in the grand final? The former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett is here to help.
Jesse Hogan Hulking Sydney ruckman Shane Mumford will play in his first grand final on Saturday after being cleared in a match review panel investigation.