Flag favourites two weeks ago after beating Fremantle at the same venue, the Western Bulldogs' hopes of winning the first AFLW premiership are in tatters after they were beaten by Melbourne at the Whitten Oval on Saturday night.
The Western Bulldogs look to have suffered an early setback in their premiership defence with ruckman Jordan Roughead hurting his knee in the first quarter of the club's pre-season opener.
Follow the scores and stats as the closest thing to a traditional AFLW rivalry flares at the Whitten Oval.
Unprecedented brain monitoring piloted in the AFLW to deepen the code's understanding of concussion is extending into the elite men's competition, with Collingwood, Essendon and Melbourne agreeing to participate in pre-season games.
The Melbourne succession plan was about grooming a new coach and maintaining stability. It was not about the next coach replicating everything of his predecessor.
There has been a rash of changes to the captaincy arrangements at AFL clubs.
With a new Hawthorn star in the middle, a new coach in the box and different looking players on the ground, Melbourne have got as strong a side as possible for the first JLT series match.
To set the scene, it's 3.16am on Sunday, I've got my foot in a bucket of ice at the kitchen table and after trying all my tricks for trying to get to sleep (eat, meditate, stretch, read book, repeat) I've decided to put the post-match buzz to good use and get some words down. These night games are a killer!
Melbourne midfielder Jake Melksham will make his long-awaited return to senior footy on Saturday after sitting a year out of the game.
Melbourne's women's team has suffered a double blow with Meg Downie and Stephanie De Bortoli both ruled out for the rest of the season.
Brisbane Lions key position player Tayla Harris and Melbourne midfielder Lily Mithen are the round two nominations for the AFL Women's Rising Star award.
Second-year blues are a common affliction in the AFL but few have suffered them as badly as Melbourne's Angus Brayshaw did last year.
Melbourne's Meg Downie has been released from hospital without any serious damage after being knocked out in a clash with Collingwood's Sophie Casey Casey at Ikon Park on Saturday night.
Ultimate frisbee champion Cat Phillips proved the value of AFLW teams casting their recruiting nets wide, when she booted two impressive goals to help Melbourne to their first win of the season.
Follow live scores and statistics from the second match of round two of the new AFLW competition.
Almost 20 years after his father held the top role, Jack Viney will this season share Melbourne's captaincy, a position which could be his own in the years to come.
Partners in life, rivals in AFL football, Penny Cula-Reid and Mia-Rae Clifford are the first elite league player couple to tell the world they are gay. Though still unable to marry legally in Australia, the 29 and 30-year-old pair is engaged and wear diamond rings to show it. But on Saturday night, in a match for premiership points between Collingwood and Melbourne football clubs, there will be no love lost.
The quiet resignation of Daisy Pearce from Melbourne's welfare team came as the top footballer felt at risk of being "footied out" when she knew her unique position should have been inspiring her more than ever.
We saw the best of sport in 2016, a year boasting some remarkable sporting fairytales. Here's a look into the crystal ball to ponder some sporting scenarios that, yes, may seem unlikely now but should they somehow eventuate, might leave you smiling again.