For Erin Hoare, Friday's return to the field was an emotional rollercoaster, but there was one thing that stood out from the centre of the action, writes Kate O'Halloran.
Brisbane centre back Jenna McCormick is juggling a career in the AFLW and W-League, but her impressive performances with the Roar means a spot in the Matildas' World Cup squad is within reach.
Port Adelaide Football Club's Jack Watts says while he was not doing anything illegal, footage of him snorting white powder during Oktoberfest has caused his club "pain and burden".
Carlton's Alex Fasolo breaks his arm while drinking on Australia Day, joining Port Adelaide's Ollie Wines on the list of AFL players injured on Saturday.
The growing number of girls and young women playing AFL has brought with it a rise in serious injuries on the field. Coaches are working to build strength and educate their players on how to protect themselves during play, and there are calls for more research funding.
Hawthorn has a nightmare start to training in 2019, with Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell taken to hospital with a broken leg — the club admits he is likely to miss the entire season.
Although Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin made careers playing AFL, sharing a combined 675 games and nearly 1,000 goals, they want to encourage young people to look beyond the footy field.
More than one in 10 Australian kids have the neurobiological condition ADHD. For many it can lead to learning and discipline difficulties. But some athletes have been able to focus their impulsive energy to excel at sport.
The buzz is real around the top-end talent at this year's AFL Draft. Sam Walsh takes the headlines at pick one for Carlton, but intriguing storylines — on the players, and how and why they were picked — are spread throughout the opening round of selections.
In an AFL draft class tipped as the best in 15 years, there seems like no way to lose if you have pick number one. But crunching the numbers from previous years shows how clubs can often get it wrong.