The selected teams for round six of the AFL season, starting with the Collingwood v Essendon Anzac Day clash.
Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas has lashed out at comments made by his successor Ross Lyon, accusing the now-Fremantle enforcer and other defence-oriented coaches of being responsible for a perceived downturn in the quality of football as a spectacle.
Despite some seriously impressive fantasy performances in Round 5, there has been no change at the very top of the rankings this week.
Melbourne will unveil prized draft pick Christian Salem in Saturday night's match against Sydney at the MCG.
The 'Side by Side' program takes its name not from the Collingwood club song but from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish commander at Gallipoli.
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.
Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham has defended Lance Franklin as a "model recruit" who is the victim of "bullying" by the media, after the latest drama involving the star forward.
The AFL has acknowledged that the umpires have not paid enough frees for pushes in the back over the past couple of rounds.
He laughs heartily at the prospect, but says his new role hasn't evolved quite so far just yet. ''I've heard 'utility' a couple of times, but no, not 'Collingwood defender Alex Fasolo'. That hasn't happened yet.''
North Melbourne say they're ready should Fremantle send Ryan Crowley to its key playmaker Brent Harvey for its Anzac Day re-match.