It's that one-and-only night on the AFL calendar. No, the Brownlow Medal count hasn't been delayed a couple of months. It's draft night. The big occasion when the 18 clubs make vital decisions about new personnel .... decisions that can eventually result in premierships.
It has been a big week at the Swans. In football terms, about as dramatic as they come. But you wouldn't know it because one of their players borrowed his girlfriend's car and had a prang. Such is the all-encompassing circus that follows Lance Franklin.
Mercurial forward Tyrone Vickery will be forced to bide his time in the VFL, with Richmond coach Damien Hardwick ruling out a reprieve for the axed tall against Hawthorn on Sunday.
Coolmore Stud’s management team rates Peter Snowden’s training capabilities high and the Darley mentor will prepare part of its huge racing string.
Kurtley Beale will ignore the wishes of his coach that he rest a painful foot injury to back up at inside-centre for the Waratahs in Auckland on Friday.
It is now beyond dispute that any suggestion Lance Franklin and his rockstar lifestyle would be left to their own devices in a big city not obsessed with Australian football was fanciful.
Warringah coach Haig Sare suspects there are many in Sydney club rugby circles who believe the Rats' undefeated run after four rounds of the Shute Shield is a fluke – and one that will be shown up this weekend.
Gerald Ryan has already made one multimillion-dollar call with his two-year-olds this season and got it right.
ACT Brumbies captain Ben Mowen still refuses to watch a full replay of his team's 2013 Super Rugby grand final defeat, revealing the pain of losing the championship is "still fresh" and is "too tough" to relive.
I remember the thrill when I was invited to a league try-out camp for the South-West Gippsland under-14s. I felt out of my depth, and it turned out I was, given the flick at the first cull of the squad, but I was excited to be there.How I wanted one of those red on white SWG jumpers. How fascinating it was to train with only the best players from the league, to have one’s minimum standards lifted just by being there. It was inspiring.