In a round of football where it is increasingly difficult to find a game of football that genuinely resembles a meaningful contest, it is only appropriate that we focus on a contest that promises to be fought, ferociously, right to the final seconds of one of the final game of the AFL season.
Melbourne defender Colin Garland is expected to sign a new contract soon but the Demons remain uncertain about the future of Jeremy Howe.
The AFL has moved to tighten confidentiality over the Rising Star award by revealing betting will close on Tuesday night.
Next season will be a crucial year for the coaching succession plan.
When it comes to supporters of the traditionally big Melbourne clubs, it seems regardless of on-field performance, they are guaranteed strong support, television audiences and social-media engagement.
Veteran Daniel Cross has opted to retire after Melbourne decided not to offer the 249-game player a new contract.
Melbourne coach Paul Roos has warned club supporters of even more changes to on-field personnel over the off-season.
A below-strength Fremantle team will meet Port Adelaide in their round 23 clash at Adelaide Oval next Sunday.
Fremantle finally have some silverware to put in their trophy cabinet after locking up the minor premiership with a 54-point demolition of Melbourne in Sunday's AFL clash at Domain Stadium.
Swans show they are a true premiership contender with a big win over the Saints.
Former Melbourne president Paul Gardner has questioned whether the players are listening to coach Paul Roos and says the club's aim for seven wins this season was a "modest" objective.
Paul Roos has offered to address his colleagues at Melbourne to reassure them his attack on the "very negative environment" around the club was not aimed at them.
Under-siege Melbourne should give coach-in-waiting Simon Goodwin far greater control over the team's game style next season, leading analyst Matthew Lloyd has urged.
Melbourne president Glen Bartlett has questioned the attitude of his players in a roller-coaster season which has been "really frustrating" but insists the club is on the right path towards playing in the finals next year.
The main storyline going into this otherwise meaningless match – in terms of positions at the business end of the ladder – was the battle of the two favourites for this year's Rising Star award.
Melbourne's future under coach Paul Roos is set to come under more scrutiny this week after the Demons managed just seven goals in another insipid display against bottom-placed Carlton at the MCG.
Melbourne defender Jeremy Howe will begin assessing in a fortnight whether he wants to remain at the club next season, while the Demons are confident of retaining Colin Garland.
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Gillon McLachlan's extraordinary criticism of former Carlton footballer Lachie Henderson has drawn a disdainful rebuttal from the AFL Players Association.
The AFL and Seven will discuss showing more live women's AFL games in 2016 after a ratings success on Sunday, despite the players being booted off the ground early so the men could come out on time.