Power supplier: Brendon Ah Chee, 23, Australian rules footballer

Jack Kerr
Port Adelaide’s Brendon Ah Chee on his unusual surname and improving the Indigenous space in the AFL.

Making history with the AFL women’s league

Martin McKenzie-Murray
Finally granted a league of their own, female Australian Rules players now have the chance of professional progression through the sport. The fans are onboard, but will the dollars – and the skills – follow?

Among Giants: Nick Haynes, 24, Australian rules footballer

Jack Kerr
GWS Giants defender Nick Haynes ahead of his team’s qualifying final against the Sydney Swans.

Wanting it more: Aaron Vandenberg, 24, Australian Rules footballer

Richard Cooke
Melbourne Demons midfielder Aaron Vandenberg on the benefits of his late start in the big league.

The whistleblower: Eleni Glouftsis, 23, AFL umpire

Erin Riley
Meet the AFL’s first female field umpire.

Defence department: Lee Spurr, 28, footballer

Richard Cooke
Late-bloomer Lee Spurr on hitting his straps with the Fremantle Dockers.

Adam Goodes’ bipartisan career ends but legacy will live on

Martin McKenzie-Murray
His stellar career has lately been dogged by controversy, but Adam Goodes retires as a proud Indigenous man calling out his code’s racist underbelly.

The trailblazer: Daisy Pearce, 27, Australian Rules footballer

Richard Cooke
Ahead of this weekend's exhibition match at the MCG, Demons captain Daisy Pearce talks about the growing appeal of women's Aussie Rules.

Mr Reliable: Steve Johnson, 31, AFL player

Tracey Holmes
Geelong Cats star Stevie J on growing up a Collingwood fan.

The captain: Bob Murphy, 32, footballer

Richard Cooke
Rascally Bob Murphy on finding inspiration for his writing and loving the Bulldogs.

The red-and-blackest day as Essendon players cleared

The “blackest day in Australian sport” wasted millions in legal fees, sullied reputations, and brought calls for countless sackings. How did the investigations get so out of control?

The highs and lows of being drafted into the AFL

Luke Ablett
There’s talent aplenty amid the rookies recruited at last week’s AFL draft. But can the realities of professional footy live up to their dreams?

Final eyes: Shaun Burgoyne, 31, AFL player

Richard Cooke
Dual premiership player Shaun Burgoyne once again sets his sights on September glory.

How the Essendon Bombers crashed to earth

Martin McKenzie-Murray
A Federal Court ruling on the ASADA v Essendon saga is pending. So how did it all come to this?

Straight shooter: Jeremy Cameron, 21, AFL player

Richard Cooke
He's a rising star of the AFL, but Jeremy Cameron's 2014 season has been cruelly cut short by injury.

The AFL is shifting the goal posts

Change for the sake of change may be sold as progressive reform, but in sport – or politics – is it really necessary?

Knowing the score: Chelsea Roffey, 32, AFL umpire

Richard Cooke
Chelsea Roffey became the second woman to umpire in the AFL. This year she celebrates 10 years as a first grade goal umpire.

Cricket Australia and the AFL fight for best and brightest

Michael Filosi
The AFL is out-muscling Cricket Australia in attracting our multitalented young sportsmen.

Bloods brother: Adam Goodes, 34, AFL player

Richard Cooke
Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year and two-time Brownlow Medallist, talks about injury, education and family.