Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett is back as Hawthorn president, two days after the AFL club sacked chief executive Tracey Gaudry.
Richmond have stolen a march on Grand Final week celebrations - albeit predictably - with a low-key Dustin Martin celebrating a Brownlow Medal win on the back of a new record votes tally, while the Crows marked the night with their own gathering at the Adelaide Oval.
Call it the footy gods, call it a disturbance in the force. But AFL legend Malcolm Blight says a decade ago, fortune frowned on Adelaide under coach Neil Craig.
The Crows and the Cats are both aiming to make their own history tonight, as they face off in a cut-throat preliminary final, knowing the winner has a genuine shot at the 2017 flag. But they've both been here before - 20 years ago they faced off in a classic semi-final at Football Park - a final still remembered for a crucial, and contentious, umpiring call.
Geelong are not banking on lightning striking twice for Patrick Dangerfield when he takes on his former side in Friday night's cut-throat final.
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has confirmed mercurial forward Jake Stringer is on the AFL trade table.