Tim Lane On this winter Sunday, the teams of Melbourne’s east and west meet in the southern-most state.
Tim Lane Lance Franklin can light up the modern game, but his inaccuracy holds back Hawthorn.
Tim Lane It's fashionable these days for coaches to espouse the notion of consistently putting their teams "thereabouts". That is, of achieving a run of top-four finishes. Of regularly being in the ballpark.
Tim Lane Of all the clubs that might provide a light on the hill for football's Victorian battlers, the Western Bulldogs have long appeared the least likely.
Tim Lane Tasmania's ambition to become a member club of the AFL is dead for at least 12 years.
Tim Lane Football fans of all affiliations have enjoyed cheering on the never-say-die Cats.
Tim Lane The brown-and-gold force has now struck back decisively: two premierships in six years.
Tim Lane Once again a Swans premiership has been made possible by their inspired trading.
Tim Lane With plenty of issues facing the game, having no football operations manager is yet another one.
Tim Lane Carlton has a long history of bringing in outsiders to produce instant results - it's not always worked.
Tim Lane Hawthorn's Lance Franklin is developing into something truly unique.
Tim Lane It's not just cattle on King Island, where three footy teams are going hell for leather for supremacy.
Tim Lane In Tasmania, the AFL has eschewed the opportunity to be a healer and force for good.
Tim Lane Dealing with the psychological impact of winning is just as important as dealing with defeat.