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Dogs' AFLW flag hopes in tatters after loss to Dees

Dee crush: Alyssa Mifsud of the Demons is enjoys a goal with teammates on Saturday night.

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.

Bulldog Roughead goes down with knee injury

Jordan Roughead and Max Gawn in action. Roughead later hurt his knee.

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.

Brain monitoring 'first' for AFL women and men

Essendon's Orazio Fantasia wore a sensor on Thursday night.

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.

Fearlessly into the future at Demons

Head coach Simon Goodwin is aiming to establish a "consistent brand" at the Demons.

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.

Old rule gone, new one helps Gawn

Needing game time: Demons coach Simon Goodwin has picked a strong line-up for the JLT series opener.

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.

Daisy Pearce on how the Demons ignited their AFLW season

The art of momentum: Daisy Pearce says it's the little moments that can change a game.

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! 

First openly gay AFL player couple: "We're proud, and proud of each other"

Penny Cula-Reid and Mia-Rae Clifford in the garden at home.

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.

Revealed: how Pearce came close to burnout

Too much: Daisy Pearce was working 14-hour days.

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.

Sporting fairytales: Some unlikely scenarios to ponder in 2017

Nick Kyrgios was booed off after his five set loss to Andreas Seppi.

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.