Australia's most in-demand female footballers have won rare licence: the power to hand-pick the AFL club they want to call home and reject even the most compelling of suitors.
The Western Bulldogs could be buoyed by the return of star defenders Easton Wood and Jason Johannisen, while three others remain in the mix for senior selection ahead of Saturday night's Blockbuster against Sydney.
After three years of flawless Hawthorn, in 2016 no team stands without warts.
Having a stand-alone VFL side means the Western Bulldogs have not fretted about their tough run with injuries this season, says veteran Matthew Boyd.
As AFL clubs enjoy their mid-season bye and list managers turn their attention more towards 2017, we take a daily look at one club – how it has performed so far and what to expect from here.
Western Bulldogs great Chris Grant will move into the new full-time executive role of director of football at his former club.
Despite his side kicking just five goals on Saturday night, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club won't risk playing Tom Boyd in the seniors until the key forward is ready.
Geelong does it very efficiently against the Western Bulldogs, taking top spot on the ladder with a thumping 57-point win at Etihad Stadium.
Top spot is up for grabs as the Western Bulldogs square off with Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
I have now sat in AFL coaches' boxes on game day with four clubs.
Marcus Bontempelli played his debut AFL season against a backdrop of superlatives about his talent and potential. Two years down the track, on the eve of his 50th game, it’s happening again.
The five clubs to miss out on fielding a team in the opening season of the AFL's inaugural women's competition will push for future inclusion, despite their dismay at being overlooked.
Not since the declaration that the Victorian Football League was to become national have the string pullers of Australia's dominant sports code enacted something so significant.
Luke Dahlhaus is upbeat despite the prospect of around a month on the sidelines with a medial ligament issue in his knee, having initially feared his injury was much worse.
Truck loads of plaudits have covered the Western Bulldogs in recent years so it is difficult to name new ones for their gripping three-point win over Port Adelaide Oval.
Western Bulldogs midfielder Clay Smith was typically best on ground with 36 disposals and five tackles on return from a third anterior cruciate ligament injury in Footscray's seven-point win over Geelong at Whitten Oval on Saturday.
The AFL's rich new broadcasting deal looks likely to come at a further cost to supporters without Foxtel with the prospect of just three games in half of the home-and-away rounds next season being televised on free-to-air.
Popular Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy has cited "unfinished business" as a motivation to play on next year.
Western Bulldogs defender Matt Suckling has likened gun teammate Marcus Bontempelli to Hawthorn champion Sam Mitchell.
An "outstanding" performance by Marcus Bontempelli helped steer the Western Bulldogs into the top four with win over West Coast.