AFL great Dermott Brereton has taken aim at players he feels are milking free kicks for high contact - but the AFL has no plans to change the interpretation.
North Melbourne's reign as the last unbeaten side in the premiership has come to a bruising halt at the hands of the Swans in a spiteful heavyweight clash in front of 38,498 fans at the SCG.
What an intriguing match-up. North Melbourne are unbeaten heading into AFL round 10 but many pundits are tipping them to fall to the Sydney Swans on Friday night.
Dinosaurs are once again roaming the green fields of the AFL. And they're thriving.
Sydney are continuing their investment in youth but the job of quelling North Melbourne's tall timber became that bit tougher after injured veteran Ted Richards was left out.
Sydney's win over Hawthorn last week not only showed they could beat their great rival on the big stage but may have uncovered an even greater pay-off - how best to use Lance Franklin.
John Longmire plays down the pivotal role he is said to have played in Lance Franklin's recovery from the emotional depths he reached towards the end of last season.
Lance Franklin's return to his superstar ways is propelling Sydney to the level of box office success rivalling the halcyon days of the Tony Lockett era and has the Swans in sight of breaking their home crowd record.
As the anniversary of Adam Goodes' Indigenous Round war cry approaches, Swans leadership group member Dane Rampe reveals what it was like to see the effects of the drama up close and personal.
North Melbourne full-back Scott Thompson faces one of the most mentally taxing tests in football on Friday night when he attempts to find a way to curb the brilliant bursts of Lance Franklin.
Following the agony of losing to Richmond after the siren, the Sydney Swans hit back superbly to down Hawthorn last week - but even that will pale in significance to the task of halting the AFL's only unbeaten side this Friday night.
Heath Grundy has scoffed at suggestions he is vulnerable in one-on-one contests as Sydney's defence braces itself for another fierce onslaught.
Alastair Clarkson doubted Hawthorn's poor form and uncharacteristically bad skills were attributable to the emotional impact of the upsetting news of the return of Jarryd Roughead's cancer.
These two modern day rivals go head to head once again. After an emotional week following the news that Jarryd Roughead's cancer had returned the Hawks will be an unknown quantity.
There is a point where a team begins to wonder if an opponent has their measure. Midway through the last quarter Sydney was nearing this juncture. That they did not meet it could prove critical to their fortunes this season.
Sydney defender Ted Richards is in doubt for next week's match with North Melbourne after suffering his second concussion in less than a year.
Hawthorn has gotten by without Jarryd Roughead all season, but this night they severally felt his absence. It was a hollow as palpable as any presence. Roughy was missed.
Two minutes into the second quarter of Hawthorn's match against Sydney, a ripple of claps turned into stadium-wide applause.
Gary Rohan will make his latest comeback from injury against Hawthorn but Sydney remain unsure which position he is best suited to playing – and they might not have an answer for a while yet.
It has long (and often) been said that a champion team will always beat a team of champions. When Sydney knocked off Hawthorn in the 2012 Grand Final, it was their even contribution across the ground, and teamwork, which got them over the line.